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23 JULY, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-IV

 

Q1. “The accomplice to any crime related to corruption is usually our own indifference.” Do you agree with this statement? Elaborate.  (200 words)

 

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Ashish

    Corruption has been considered to be one of the most debilitating evils affecting our society.
    Corruption is not just a legal issue but a socio-cultural one too equally.
    The conformance to societal norms is one of the factors which set the standards of societal ethics and norms, but our indifference to corrupt activities is what sets it apart:
    People are willing to pay if they get over a line in a hospital or school.
    We do not condemn the corrupt activities as strongly as we do it for other crimes. For instance people do not marry their child in a family in which someone is accused of murder but there is no reluctance even where a person has been convicted for corrupt activities.
    Our emphasis is on the children scoring good marks, rather than the broader endeavour of education, which is to make them good human beings.
    People overlook the factor of corruption and vote for candidates who belong to their caste or religion thus undermining the democracy.
    Emphasis on consumerism in place of higher values like truth, honesty etc.

    However not all corrupt activities is due to societal indifference.
    Complex bureaucratic processes add to the discretionary powers of officials, which culminate in greasing of their palm to get the work done.
    Obsolete laws add to the burden of administrative machinery which is already understaffed.
    The developing nature of our economy where enough resources, like enough health and education facilities are not available aplenty leading to concentration of power in the hands of those tasked with ensuring their distribution.
    The tendency of the certain enterprises in the private sector to earn profit at any cost.