ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Acceptance of Corruption

As crass individualism makes its way, the social attitude towards corruption is more forgiving.

It is as if there is a law of diminishing marginal interest operating in India with respect to corruption. There was a time when exposures of even minor cases of corruption used to be topics of debate in Parliament, the media and other public forums. But issues like corruption and misconduct of politicians and p ublic servants have largely gone out of public debate. It is not that corruption has come down. From all available indications, it has only increased over time. Are society and media then less interested in the issue now? 

Take the case of the Rs 2.6 crore missing from the national headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi last month. After expressing some titillation about the BJP’s discomfiture, the media did not care to investigate the case with questions about where the money came from, why it was kept in cash and why the party did not report the “theft” to the police. In these and other matters of corruption or dubious financial dealings, sometimes even a conspiracy of silence can be detected. Official raids take place every day in some part or the other of the country. Money or properties worth many crores, disproportionate to the raided person’s means, are seized. But the stories do not usually move to the next chapter. Few cases are followed up seriously by either the media or the state and central governments.

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