What is Corruption?

The word corruption means the destruction, ruining or the spoiling of a society or a nation. A corrupt society stops valuing integrity, virtue or moral principles. It changes for the worse. Such a society begins to decay and sets itself on the road to self destruction. Corruption is an age old phenomena. Selfishness and greed are the two main causes of corruption. Political corruption is the abuse of their powers by state officials for their unlawful private gain.

Over 1500 years ago the mighty Roman Empire disintegrated when its rulers became corrupt and selfish. Nations having a tyrannical powerful ruling elite that refuses to punish the corrupt within it, face the menace of corruption. A corrupt society is characterized by immorality and lack of fear and respect for the law.

CorruptionCorruption cannot be divorced from economics. Inequality of wealth, low wages and salaries are some of the economic causes of corruption. Employees often strike corrupt deals to supplement their meager incomes. A licence-permit regime or scarcity of basic commodities promotes corruption.

In societies where traditional, religious, ethical teaching and standards of morality are weak, corruption often thrives. These values should be revived among their congregations and subjects and in this effort religious leaders and chiefs have an important role to play. Of late, the media has carried out a large number of stories of prophets who misuse offerings and traditional healers who abuse their patients.

The judiciary, the law enforcement agencies and the education sector have an important role to play to fight corruption by changing the prevailing laws, punishments and the education system.

Corruption has prevailed in all forms of government. Various forms of corruption include extortion, graft, bribery, cronyism, nepotism, embezzlement and patronage. Corruption allows criminal activities such as money laundering, extortion and drug trafficking to thrive.

Corruption in several forms prevails all over the world with bribery alone crossing one trillion US dollars annually. A state of unchecked political corruption is known as kleptocacy, which literally means “rule by thieves”.

At times, bribes are given to avoid punishment. For some people, being corrupt is a way to get what they desire. In societies which ignore corruption, it becomes a way of life. People getting very low wages feel they have to demand bribes in order to lead decent lives. But they do not realize that corruption causes suffering to others.

The consequences of corruption for social and economic development are bad. Corruption hinders economic growth and deters investment. The impact of development assistance is reduced and natural resources are overexploited causing further harm to a country’s environmental assets. Resources are diverted from sectors such as education and health to less important sectors or personal enrichment. The rule of law is eroded and the people no longer respect or trust the state. A few people manage to get rich at the expense of society as a whole, while the poor suffer terribly. In the long run unchecked corruption pushes more and more people into poverty which often destabilizes a society.

Societies can fight corruption by letting the state know that they have had enough of it.The authorities move very quickly when the press or the television highlights instances of corruption. Education spreads political and social awareness and these are some factors that help curb the menace of corruption.

Category: History, Government & Society

42 Comments on “What is Corruption?”


Ottih Cyprain wrote:

Very good write-up against corruption. I appreciate,
Thanks.

ijeoma mekemam wrote:

A very impressing article, will give the people the insight of what corruption is.
Keep it up, thanks.

Anuraag Pillai wrote:

Corruption is the worst thing practiced on the earth why do people do that why don’t the become honest and support the truth-hood.

Idris noori wrote:

Corruption is the origine of all unlawful activities.

Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay wrote:

Most of the communities in India (such as Bengali), are succumbed in ‘Culture of Poverty’(a theory introduced by an American anthropologist Oscar Lewis), irrespective of class or economic strata, lives in pavement or apartment. Nobody is at all ashamed of the deep-rooted corruption, decaying general quality of life, worst Politico-administrative system, weak mother language, continuous absorption of common space (mental as well as physical, both). We are becoming fathers & mothers only by self-procreation, mindlessly & blindfold. Simply depriving their (the children) fundamental rights of a decent, caring society, fearless & dignified living. Do not ever look for any other positive alternative behavior (values) to perform human way of parenthood, i.e. deliberately co-parenting of those children those are born out of ignorance, real poverty. All of us are being driven only by the very animal instinct. If the Bengali people ever be able to bring that genuine freedom (from vicious cycle of ‘poverty’) in their own life/attitude, involve themselves in ‘Production of Space’(Henri Lefebvre), at least initiate a movement by heart, decent & dedicated Politics will definitely come up.
- Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, 16/4, Girish Banerjee lane, Howrah-711101, India.

S K S wrote:

A very good article.It will be good if we include the reasons why a person becomes corrupt ,where it leads to and how we can stop this .How we can strengthen moral value of our people. What role Education can play in it ? Along with problem we must discuss the reasons and the remedies to solve this problem and the strategy to implement the proposed remedies.

Raluca wrote:

The only problem is that you imposed a limitation on your article when deciding to include religion. This is a very delicate issues, and generalizing in such a way is not academically correct. Bear in mind that in Central and Eastern Europe, for example, you have highly religious populations, and still, they have the highest level of corruption. In this region, corruption is a leftover of the fallen communist regimes.

Hilda wrote:

Very good write-up on corruption, I will share this article with my friends.

Shinnie wrote:

This article has been put up nicely. Will use for my references in lectures. Thank you.

Ali Omoseeke wrote:

A good write up on what corruption is all about. This is impressive, thank you.

nidhi wrote:

it has been writen in good manner………

Shigaba jimba wrote wrote:

A very impressive write-up on corruption. Keep it on

Narender Sharma wrote:

Very nice article. It’s very true a society can not run for long time along with the corruption. It surly get destructed.
Keep it up for awareness for the society.

R.Mrigendra wrote:

The mind-storming article, written with Zeal, Positiveness and Hope for a great future, which, I, hope will be this dark-free.

Puneet kumar wrote:

I think we can’t remove corruption from India, because all departments of India are corrupted. I give you one example One time I went on my bike a policeman stopped me and asked for the license and documents of bike but i didn’t had proper documents so he told me that he can cease my bike but when I requested to let me go, he asked me for Rs.50.
That time I did feel that India is very corrupted.

Laxminarayana Paladi wrote:

Corruption is an act of irresponsible attitude of the people. In the world mostly corruption descends from higher level to lower that is from politicians bureaucrats. This is going to exist in the World, till the people are so enlightened to become responsible and learn the ill effects of it to the whole society., by which the progress becomes stand still or leads to economic disaster.

sweety wrote:

m also against the corruption

Prasad.M.V. wrote:

Very informative.

Gabriel olawale wrote:

Nice work. Keep it up.

viral shah wrote:

Nice job. By giving brief introduction on corruption, this really helps me in getting clear idea about corruption. This article really helps me in my GD.

sanjana wrote:

It is really fantastic description about corruption, which is ruling the world now. I really appreciate the writer. It is our duty to take care of our society. But no one is feeling the responsibility towards the society. The greediness is increasing in people day by day. It is very bad for us. At least wake up now feel some responsibility to do something for the society. Do your duty honestly, that’s enough to remove the corruption.

Vijay Chandola wrote:

It’s good to see such a wonderful write up on corruption…However I personally believe that anyone going through the written material, till now must be knowing “What corruption exactly means?”..I would really appreciate if instead of highlighting the problem, more emphasis will be given to the solution part in future.

jyoti jha wrote:

In India each and every level of society is affected with a very serious disease called corruption and it is very tedious to remove it. I don’t feel even a single field is there which is not touched by it. For example if we go in university to take out some papers like migration they will not give us any response if we don’t pay them for that. Let’s pray to god that our society becomes corruption free.

aaron josif wrote:

A well defined writeup of corruption. Keep it up.

Netra Aishwarya wrote:

This is really a topic to discuss. Everyone becoming irresponsible about their duty. It’s almost impossible to remove corruption from our society.

sunanda wrote:

I am against corruption…… I think we youngsters of India should come forward to control this drastic problem.

Md. Mudassir wrote:

Corruption is that thing which is developed by us because every time we say that our leaders are corrupt but leaders are also elected by us & it’s my opinion we can’t remove corruption in our country because corruption is not only our country’s problem, every country is facing the problems of corruption. If we want to remove corruption firstly just we have to change our thinking we should always think positive, doing that think if we are unable to remove corruption then at least we remove little bit corruption so we should always think positive and should give the right advice to others.

manasi uravane wrote:

I think it is very nice write up on corruption… I think we can’t remove it from all over the world.

Ravali wrote:

The word means the destruction, ruining or soiling of the society the political leaders, hospitals etc., it should stop.

Ibe kalu wrote:

If corruption made Romans Empire to disintegrate, Nigeria will disintegrate faster if it’s not stamped out the country quickly.

Trishala Bhandari wrote:

Very good write up it reflects the truth of 21 century.

jagwer .M. B wrote:

Brilliant write up on corruption, I am in the teaching profession which out to shape the nation and its citizens. But it is regrettable that corruption is rife therein. Shame! Thank you for the insight on corruption.

Suman & Prabin wrote:

Corruption is blood cancer which was going on from the time of independence. The system of India is so corrupt internally, because the very system of Indian political scenario came from the British. British were the clever among the world. During the time of independence the system of divide and rule divide India into two region India and Pakistan. The Indian bureaucratic system came from the British. So, corruption started from Nehru.

Honey Choudhary wrote:

I am also against the corruption & it is very informative site.

pragya wrote:

Corruption is root of all unlawful activities.

sirisha wrote:

Very informative.

Enamul Haque wrote:

Its very nice to have different views on corruption. Nice work.

vinod bhandare wrote:

Nice article. As a responsible citizen of this country every one should fight against corruption.

jacob Kintor wrote:

Excellent corruption article, corruption is every where, there is no solution if we to continue pointing our fingers; make sure your hand is clean before you point out others. As a good citizen, it is your responsibility to fight corruption in your country.

himani wrote:

i am also against the corraption

anjali wrote:

it is very nice and helpful. thank you so much

vaishali wrote:

THANK YOU SO MUCH it so nice and real

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