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Unveiling India’s Hidden Battle: The Impact of Corruption on Society and Economy

Exploring the Depths of Corruption in India: From Counting Costs to Seeking Solutions

Imagine living in a country where you have to pay bribes to get basic services, where corrupt officials steal your hard-earned money, and where your voice is silenced by fear. It is the reality for many Indians who suffer from Corruption every day. Corruption is when people in power use their position for their benefit. They may take or give money, steal or misuse public funds, or favor their friends or relatives without a valid reason. Corruption affects every level of India’s bureaucratic and political system, and it becomes like a dark cloud that covers the country, dragging it from its natural growth and thriving in trade.

But the question is how much money do the corrupt people make in India, and what do they do with it? Its answer is not so simple, but let’s find out what is Corruption at first. Corruption is when people in power use their position for their benefit. 

Their practice includes:

  • Taking or giving money.
  • Stealing or misusing public funds.
  • Favoring their friends or relatives without having a valid reason to get the benefit.

The recent Corruption in the present government under PM Moid is

  • The CAG reportedly flagged the “very high” construction cost of the Dwarka Expressway, which was awarded to a private firm by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) without following due process.
  • The Congress accused the Modi government of using the ED, CBI, and IT department as “campaigners” and “frontline warriors” of the BJP. It alleged that the central agencies were harassing and arresting opposition leaders on false charges.
  • The AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal called the Modi government’s fight against Corruption a “nautanki” or theatrics and claimed that those who joined the BJP due to ED’s scare were the real corrupt. In contrast, those who did not join the BJP were hones.

How Corrupt is India? 

It’s a really good question, and we, every Indian, should be aware that Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the nation is ranked 85th out of 180 countries. In 2022, India obtained a score of 40 out of 100. It suggests that the public’s opinion of India’s government and public services is overwhelmingly negative.

How Much Money Do the Corrupt Make? 

The exact quantity of money made by India’s corrupt elite is hard to pin down. Usually, they hide cash on secret accounts overseas or use benami accounts to handle it. Global Financial Integrity’s analysis indicates that India lost almost $123 billion as a result of illegal financial activities like trade fraud and tax evasion between 2001 and 2010. 

Another study by the Centre for Media Studies said that Indians gave about $4.9 billion in bribes to get public services in 2017. 

Why Does Corruption Matter? 

Corruption is not just about money; it’s about how it affects our lives. It makes public services worse, makes people lose trust in the government, and breaks the law and human rights. It also slows down the country’s growth by making investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs afraid to work here.

Corruption makes inequality, poverty, and social problems worse by taking away the resources and opportunities that belong to the poor and the marginalized. 

How Can We Stop Corruption? 

To stop Corruption, we need to change many things together. Some steps we can take are Making anti-corruption bodies and rules stronger and making sure they are not influenced or controlled by anyone. 

  1. Making public offices more open and responsible, using digital technology and online services. Making public services easier and faster to get and cutting down the paperwork and power of officials. 
  2. Making citizens and groups more involved in making and checking decisions and protecting those who speak up and act against Corruption. 
  3. Teaching the public and the media about why and how Corruption happens and how to stop it, and creating a culture of honesty and values. 

In conclusion, Corruption in India is so complicated issue that costs the country a lot in financial and reputation. Every Indian needs to work together to fight Corruption and make a better, fairer future for our country.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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