Making Politics Real–Government Corruption

Ruhee Merchant, Online Editor

Immorality within governments is causing countries to become plagued with a devastating precedence of inefficiency which can lead to their rapid downward spiral. Corruption is prominent within a plethora of countries and has been perpetuated throughout a span of years, however is not receiving any attention despite the severity. 

Within India, at least one in every two people have paid a bribe in the past year according to CNN, and India is ranked as number 78 in corruption out of 175 countries. This corruption has developed into a brutal, vicious, never ending cycle that has become increasingly widespread in local-level citizen services such as property registration and land issues. People typically pay bribes to the tax department, transport office, municipal corporations, and other local authorities as well.

The Indian government has made efforts to eliminate this bribery and corruption, and they even amended their anti-corruption bill last year under which the punishment for bribery  is a seven year prison sentence. They also organized watchdog institutions that proved to be ineffective due to their inefficient and manipulative nature. While the change from this becoming instituted has become slightly apparent, it hasn’t emphasized a change in the local level. India’s people plunged headfirst into conflict after Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned high-value cash currency to fight off corruption and decrease tax evasion. This essentially led to the highest valued currency–black money– to become “worthless pieces of paper” as Modi put it. While this may have prevented the severe effects of corruption, it single handedly devastated small businesses and destabilized the economy. While Modi thought it would be flawless, it ultimately had a crippling effect on the Indian economy. Nevertheless, Modi has been fighting corruption among the destitute populations that compose India, essentially making the rich richer which defeats the whole purpose behind his initial goal to eradicate this corruption.

Furthermore, while India is a country that has dramatic and severe levels of corruption existing, other countries are also experiencing much corruption including the Philippines and  Maldives. These countries have a very restricted freedom of the press and the rates of journalist deaths there are high. Many journalists who were working on corruption stories were murdered according to the Committee to Protect Journalists which shows how this situation has accelerated out of control. While corruption occurs in the dark, it is a substantial force that has great potential to harm lives–it is a silent killer that exists in hundreds of countries and it NEEDS to be stopped NOW.