Corruption is the misuse of one’s power or position, directly or indirectly, for personal aggrandizement in material terms or to increase one’s power, prestige or influence, beyond what is legitimate, to the detriment of others or society as a whole. According to second administrative reforms commission, Monopoly + Discretion – Accountability = Corruption
Democracy is established on the foundation of mutual trust among people. Corruption pollutes this mutual trust by valuing personal interests over and above the democratic ideal of the common good. The ideals of ‘fraternity’ and ‘integrity’ enshrined in the Indian constitution are breached once corruption starts to creep into the administration.
Democracy also depends on the careful balance between the rights of people individually and as a community, between the duties of the state and the rights of people and between the duties of the people and their rights. Corruption interferes in this balance in various ways, hence distorting democracy.
Today’s politics, where money and muscle power have become the deciding factor of elections, is giving way to the criminalisation of politics. This has made lawbreakers into lawmakers. This has distorted the ‘rule of law’ which is a basis of democracy.
Similarly, the welfare objective of the state requires the use of state resources for the uplift of socio-economically backward. The state resources are nothing but taxpayers’ hard-earned money.
Corruption causes leakages of these resources and acts as a farce on democracy. Corruption thus leads to moral decay by compromising the values of honesty, integrity, impartiality, compassion, transparency, and accountability. It creates a culture of “Chalta Hai!” or “Done Thing” where people become apathetic to the core values of humanity to favor personal interests… By Vyom Bhardwaj