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Dynastic Corruption: End impunity

Introduction: Dynastic corruption connotes corruption carried forward from one generation to another and has grown over decades to become a daunting challenge before the country. During the past decades, we have observed that when one generation of corrupt people is not punished effectively, its subsequent generations indulge in corruption with more impunity and that’s what my blog is all about that there is an urgent need to end this impunity. Corruption running through generations and the dynasty of corruption are gouging out the country and if appropriate action is not taken in corruption cases, it becomes universalized in society.

When a corrupt person is let off without or very little punishment, their courage to indulge in corrupt activities grows manifolds and thus it acts like an shield for them and the ratio of the corrupt personalities is rapidly increasing.
Corruption is a major deterrent in the growth of the country. It is an impediment to a prosperous and self-reliant India.

Most importantly corruption is not a separate issue as economic offences, drugs, money laundering, terrorism and terror funding are all inter linked.
There is a need to have a have system of checks and balances and audits against corruption in a holistic manner. There needs to be concerted effort and cooperative spirit among different units fighting corruption.

Dynastic dispensation has occupied the body politic: Article 1 of the Constitution of India reads as: “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States”. The framers of our Constitution could have never thought of the present scenario that India would shift back to a “Union of Princely States”. Now, the States are slowly but surely skimming back to becoming puppets of political dynasties.

The fatal flaws: There are two fundamental fatal flaws of dynastic politics in India — corruption and patronage.

Patronage too has been highly worthwhile in Indian democracy. Patronage politics, family-owned political parties and corrupt means of securing government assets are much more distressing. While economic developments and better governance can combat corruption, political reforms are sine qua non for ending this system of patronage politics

India: A corrupt dynasty or democracy?

To be precise “dynasticism” played a crucial role in encouraging this culture of political corruption.

Is corruption crippling the Indian system ? At first glance, such a question seems bizarre. After all, India has had a functioning democratic existence since before 1947, yet multiple factors that have mushroomed over time has raised serious trepidations about the threat that corruption poses to the Indian state.

Concerns over ‘future of democracy’:

Above all the semi series sits corruption, crippling all the organs of Indian state and reaching into its exaggerated form

The plague of ‘dynasticism’: Perhaps corruption has acquired the upper hand because India’s system for redressing the grievances has become so sluggish. Indians also seem to be losing the sense of fellowship for each other that marked the country’s previous years of struggle during independence.

And without a fundamental sense of camaraderie with one’s fellow citizens, no parliamentary democracy can function. As a result, the government views disagreement as a “disservice”, an unruly challenge that must be crushed.

In such an atmosphere of contempt for opposition, corruption grows more and more. And it is corruption, combined with a loss of accountability, that is corroding the checks and balances of India’s democratic order which is must for good governance.

As a result, what remains is an empty shell of decision-making powers, with bribery being the only real tête-à-tête of government.

All political systems need to reconcile the relationship between private wealth and public power. Those that fail risk a dysfunctional government bagged by wealthy interests. Corruption is one symptom of such failure with private willingness-to-pay undermining public goals.Efforts to promote “good governance” must be comprehensive than the so called anti-corruption campaigns.

Support freedom of the press: Press freedom is important to combat corruption, yet almost half of the world’s population does not have access to freely available news and information, with many living under various kinds of bowdlerization. Additionally, every year hundreds of reporters are attacked, imprisoned, or killed – posing a serious obstacle to exposing the practice of corruption. This is true basically  for investigative journalists who often take great risks to expose financial corruption, for example, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project etc.

Support freedom of information: Freedom of information is an important tool for holding the government’s accountability, as it requires them to be more transparent in their activities, especially how they spend public money. Related to this aspect the global movement for expanding national and local budget-tracking initiatives is an exceptionally important development. This not only important for the fight against corruption, but it helps in building a stable democracy. The protection of whistle blowers is also crucially important. However, there remains a long way to go to inculcate this spirit of  transparency and  accountability and protect the right to information for all.

Conclusion: To conclude the basic requirement is  for law enforcement and national courts to end impunity. Public pressure demanding law enforcement is vital to ensure that the corrupt are punished and the cycle of impunity is wrecked. Nothing is more caustic to anti-corruption efforts than seeing corruption go with impunity. The global effort to reduce corruption is dependent upon all of these dovetailing steps to realize greater financial and information transparency. Importantly, realizing such transparency requires high levels of citizen engagement and public pressure for meaningful improvements on a number of fronts over time at the national and international levels. Fighting deep-rooted corruption is work that will take decades, but the dividends are likely to pay out long afterwards.

 

 

 

Dynastic Corruption :End impunity 

 

Dynastic corruption connotes corruption carried forward from one generation to another and has grown over decades to become a daunting challenge before the country. During the past decades, we have observed that when one generation of corrupt people is not punished effectively, its subsequent generations indulge in corruption with more impunity and that’s what my blog is all about that there is an urgent need to end this impunity. Corruption running through generations and the dynasty of corruption are gouging out the country and if appropriate action is not taken in corruption cases, it becomes universalizedin society.

When a corrupt person is let off without or very little punishment, their courage to indulge in corrupt activities grows manifolds and thus it acts like an shield for them and the ratio of the corrupt personalities is rapidly increasing.
Corruption is a major deterrent in the growth of the country. It is an impediment to a prosperous and self-reliant India.

Most importantly corruption is not a separate issue as economic offences, drugs, money laundering, terrorism and terror funding are all inter linked.
There is a need to have a have system of checks and balances and audits against corruption in a holistic manner. There needs to be concerted effort and cooperative spirit among different units fighting corruption.

Dynastic dispensation has occupied the body politic:-

 

Article 1 of the Constitution of India reads as: “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States”. The framers of our Constitution could have never thought of the present scenario that India would shift back to a “Union of Princely States”. Now, the States are slowly but surely skimming back to becoming puppets of political dynasties.

The fatal flaws:-

There are two fundamaental fatal flaws of dynastic politics in India — corruption and patronage.

Patronage too has been highly worthwhile in Indian democracy. Patronage politics, family-owned political parties and corrupt means of securing government assets are much more distressing. While economic developmentsand better governance can combat corruption, political reforms are sine qua non for ending this system of patronage politics

India: A corrupt dynasty or democracy?

To be precise “dynasticism” played a crucial role in encouraging this culture of political corruption.

Is corruption crippling the Indian system ? At first glance, such a question seems bizarre. After all, India has had a functioning democratic existence since before 1947, yet multiple factors that have mushroomed over time has raised serious trepidations about the threat that corruption poses to the Indian state.

Concerns over ‘future of democracy’:-

Above all thesemiseries sits corruption, crippling all the organs of Indian state and reaching into its exaggerated form

The plague of ‘dynasticism’:-

Perhaps corruption has acquired the upper hand because India’s system for redressing the grievances has become so sluggish. Indians also seem to be losing the sense of fellowship for each other that marked the country’s previous years of struggle during independence.

And without a fundamental sense of camaraderie with one’s fellow citizens, no parliamentary democracy can function. As a result, the government views disagreement as a “disservice”, an unruly challenge that must be crushed.

In such an atmosphere of contempt for opposition, corruption grows more and more. And it is corruption, combined with a loss of accountability, that is corroding the checks and balances of India’s democratic order which is must for good governance.

As a result, what remainsis an empty shell of decision-making powers, with bribery being the only real tête-à-tête of government.

All political systems need to reconcile the relationship between private wealth and public power. Those that fail risk a dysfunctional government bagged by wealthy interests. Corruption is one symptom of such failure with private willingness-to-pay undermining public goals.Efforts to promote “good governance” must be comprehensive than the so called anti-corruption campaigns.

Support freedom of the press:

Press freedom is important to combat corruption, yet almost half of the world’s population does not have access to freely available news and information, with many living under various kinds of bowdlerization. Additionally, every year hundreds of reporters are attacked, imprisoned, or killed – posing a serious obstacle to exposing the practice of corruption. This is true basically  for investigative journalists who often take great risks to expose financial corruption, for example, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project etc.

 

Support freedom of information:

Freedom of information is an important tool for holding the government’s accountabilityt, as it requires them to be more transparent in their activities, especially how they spend public money. Related to this aspect the global movement for expanding national and local budget-tracking initiatives is an exceptionally important development. This not only important for the fight against corruption, but it helps in building a stable democracy. The protection of whistleblowers is also crucially important. However, there remains a long way to go to inculcate this spirit of  transparency and  accountability and protect the right to information for all.

 

Conclusion:-

To conclude the basic requirement is  for law enforcement and national courts to end impunity. Public pressure demanding law enforcement is vital to ensure that the corrupt are punished and the cycle of impunity is wrecked. Nothing is more caustic to anti-corruption efforts than seeing corruption go with impunity. The global effort to reduce corruption is dependent upon all of these dovetailing steps to realize greater financial and information transparency. Importantly, realizing such transparency requires high levels of citizen engagement and public pressure for meaningful improvements on a number of fronts over time at the national and international levels. Fighting deep-rooted corruption is work that will take decades, but the dividends are likely to pay out long afterwards.

 

 Author:

Priya Khushlani

4th Year

Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune

Disclaimer: The author bears sole responsibility for the accuracy of facts, opinions or view stated in the present blog.

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