Society & Corruption - Page 2
Some possible explanations of how corruption took root can be in the following:
1. Insufficient earning making it difficult to earn a decent living and forcing people to seek illegal monetary favor
2. People expecting out of turn treatment in social, political and even commercial activity, thereby inducing person in position with gratification
3. Sections of society thinking they have what it takes to be above ordinary folk and displaying their wealth contemptuously to buy favors
4. Consumerism and materialism has fueled intense desire to acquire gadgets and goods even if not affordable within legitimate earning
Is acceptance of gratis without primary expectation for the same or working for it not corruption? Perceptions vary. If it is not, is there a dividing line between the two? Where does it lie?
The phenomenon leads to such weird psychological behavior that in a given environment, those indulging in such immoral practices often scoff at those who try to stay clean.
It is a sad commentary on this social menace that each individual is attempting to rob the other. For example, one person wants a trade license and he bribes or succumbs to bribe the officer; the officer in turn wants a driving license and he bribes or succumbs to the transport inspector and so on. One person needs a passport and is forced to pay bribe to an officer; the officer in passport wants a new electricity connection for his apartment and the engineer at Power Company forces a bribe on him. Cynics may argue that everything is balanced in the end, but there is high moral turpitude which is pervasive. Not many people can be thorough with compliance requirements regarding procedures. This is due to complicated laws and lack of transparency. Instead of using enforcement for guiding the gullible people, persons in administration use this to enforce their self-gratification demands at the cost of incomes to state from fines imposed. While governments, especially local governments get weaker and weaker financially, persons in position flourish. Instances are aplenty where persons in certain positions offer to help, in evasion of government dues, for self-gain.
Corruption has become completely institutionalized. Most public service departments have laid out arithmetical formulae for bribes from help seekers. The degree is rampant and alarming. The irony is there appears to be a sense of reconciliation — an acceptance of the phenomenon among citizens. So much so, contrary to times when bribe-seeking used to cause raised eyebrows and reactions, many seem to have accepted it as a fact of life. In fact, so ‘holistic’ is the refrain that people tend to certify some wrongdoers, arguing they ‘deliver’ even if they demand gratification in the process.Continued on the next page