Corruption, Complacency and the Current Generation

After acquisition of political independence in 1947, India witnessed major crisis like partition, communalism, terrorism etc and resolving those led to the development of a comprehensive political system that is considered as one of the world’s best. Parallel issues like poverty, population explosion and utilization of the resources in balancing equilibrium with the big powers of the world have added to the existing quandaries. Many of these problems are extraneous today but have paved way for serious other deep rooted problems in the system one of them being corruption.

Undoubtedly the country has seen remarkable economic growth since independence and is considered one of the emerging superpowers. Quite evidently and regrettably the growth doesn’t justify the tremendous resources we possess and utilize; one of the causative reasons being corruption at all major and minor levels. Very recent issues of the common wealth scandal or the 2G outrage stand testimony for the shameful consequences of corruption. The issue is not just knocking down the country’s reverence globally and hindering the growth but also widening the gap between rural and urban, educated and uneducated classes by inapt exploitation of assets. The problem is so rampant that it has brought in a condition of acceptance and helplessness among the populace leading to a cynical approach towards the issue. The only way to tackle the problem is to devise a systematic approach involving all sectors of people especially the youth. Unfortunately a major section of youth stays unconcerned and uninformed about the venomous consequences of corruption. It is disgraceful how this potent sector of the society can prioritize page 3 gossip or personal problems over raging concerns like corruption.

Corruption more than a subject is a mindset to possess things that are not earned by just ways. Cheating in exams, favouring on grounds of language, cast etc all fall under the broad spectrum of corruption; Although Political corruption, bureaucratic corruption and corruption at individual levels are the three main classes posing serious problems to the society. Whether by choice or not all of us are corrupt at some level and have unfortunately reached a stage that one can’t survive in the system without favouring bribery. Be it a small amount to the traffic police or huge sum to get a government job. Corruption has spread like cancer.

The responsibility of youth in checking corruption is wider than it can be imagined. Younger cohort forms a substantial size of the population and is the most organized sector with significant potential. As a famous quote goes “one who is not a revolutionist in youth is a fool, and one who is a revolutionist at the middle age is a fool”. As age progresses attitudes and priorities amend towards complacency and thus youth is the paramount period to transform the system. Younger masses own the benefit of ever convalescing technologies, dominant media and advanced communication which aid in checking corruption effectively as compared to the other sectors. The first step towards checking corruption is by bringing awareness in youth about its long term and appalling effects thus motivating them into taking individual decisions to rise out of the infected arrangement. Considering a serious political career at a young age than counting it as a profession for the aged is a probable solution to the hitch. Examples of highly educated, young and accomplished individuals like Mr.Sachin Pilot making a mark in politics should inspire young minds to follow their lead. Creating emotional pressure on family and friends against the corruption helps reduce the crisis greatly. Outright protests on any small issue of corruption and immediate reporting will definitely install a fear in the corrupted system and who best to achieve that than the youth? Combating corruption is not an option but a responsibility of every youthful civilian to make the society a virtuous place for the preceding and succeeding generations.

Samhitha Raj

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