Even for the smallest of crimes committed, for example, caught talking on the phone while driving, the people give small bribes to the police guard in charge. Even for a passport, one first needs to give an unofficial fee to the doorman to let him in. Then, another unofficial fee to the person leading him to the man in charge. At last, one last bribe to the man in charge so that his application is for a passport is passed quickly. If we, as the people of India stop giving bribes, the corrupt officials will stop asking for them. Once the people of India understand that giving bribes is bad and is retarding their country’s growth, they will change for the better of the nation. They will stop giving bribes and soon, corruption will stop. There are some other solutions which include computerization of processes, privatization of public sectors and eliminating the chain of corruption by not just punishing the first level but also higher levels which are involved. Out of 100 crore, only 5 crore people are corrupt. But even that 5% makes our nation look so corrupt.
On the other hand, in July 2008 Washington Times reported that nearly one quarter of the 540 Indian Parliament members faced criminal charges, "including human trafficking, immigration rackets, embezzlement, rape and even murder". At state level, things are often worse. Corruption not only has become a pervasive aspect of Indian politics but also has become an increasingly important factor in Indian elections. In Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2002, candidates with criminal records won the majority of seats. A Times of India poll of 1,554 adults in six metropolitan cities found that 98 percent of the public is convinced that politicians and ministers are corrupt, with 85 percent observing that corruption is on the increase. This shows that corruption in politics is so much that even the public can see it. This shows that the corruption in the politics is no lesser. The Indian public has to choose the correct leaders who will lead the nation well and have a lesser corrupt and more efficient government. It is not only the public or only the government who have to change, it is all the Indians who will have to change for the better of our nation.
The irony is that, at the end of everything, India is still considered to be a very religious country and it is still widely believed that the religion is the basis of Indian life, thoughts and actions. Are not religions against corrupt and dishonest practices? The unfortunate situation in India is that those who call themselves most religious are often found to have indulged themselves in dishonest practices on many occasions. It is high time that we, as a nation, realise that this is wrong and should be stopped. In the Global Corruption Index, India stood 83rd in the world, alongside Malawi and Romania. India recorded a score of 2.8 out of 10. Last year, India's score was 2.7 out of 10, but it stood 71st in a list of 102 nations, unlike 133 this time. I would just like to say stop corruption, save India.
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