It is a fact widely acknowledged that unlike many countries where corruption is restricted to highest echelons, in India the malaise goes down to the lowest level of administration. While big-ticket corruption grabs eyeballs, it is the everyday petty corruption that haunts common person. It is very strange and unfortunate that there is no national policy on corruption in India. It is very ironic and unfortunate that nation has failed to declare zero tolerance for corruption and the reluctance and indifference against menace of corruption, as it is assuming serious proportions. There is urgent need to declare a zero tolerance on corruption. From being a land of culture & spirituality, India has degenerated into a corrupt country and ranks among the first few countries in corruption graph, which is a cause of serious concern. The problem of corruption has been institutionalised and there is hardly any segment of the government which does not face the monster of corruption. There is corruption from the top to bottom of the administrative hierarchy and on is faced with the menace of corruption. There is hardly any department of the government which is immune from the canker of corruption and the malady is so deep rooted that one is forced to compromise with his conscience. No work is done without greasing the palms of the corrupt Babus and the man who resists the corruption looked down upon and is an odd man out. Anna Hazare had launched a crusade against monster of corruption and very hesitantly has the Indian parliament legislated on the matter of the Lok-pal and thank god that the country has now a Lok-pal/Lol Aayukt and has passed Lok pal bill though indifferently. The credit for passage of the Lok-pal bill goes to the pressure tactics of the freedom fighter and Gandhian Anna Hazare and his team. Now even the highest office of the Prime Minister has come under the ambit of Lok-pal. The scams, financial irregularities scandals have rocked the Indian state and we are looking as the mute spectators and this is a serious issue. In fact India has become a land of scams and scandals and all efforts should be made to curb the menace of corruption. There should be two pronged strategy to fight the demon of corruption and then only can we control corruption otherwise not. Corruption could be fought administratively and judicially but the tool of education can play be great part in fight against the corruption. We should attack the root of corruption and the root lies in the moral degradation of the society. Therefore, we should make a morally strong nation and this can be done through the medium of education. The country should be made culturally and morally strong and this can be done with means of education. Thus along with administrative and judicial measures we should fight the monster of corruption with the measure of education. Tool of education is no doubt a long term measure whose results can be found after many years. So, administrative and judicial means should be put in motion to fight the demon of corruption. The cancer of corruption has invaded and damaged the very vitals of the society and we should fight the corruption to the finish and save the common man from the ill effects of the corruption. The canker of corruption has invaded all parts of our administrative and body politic and it is threatening our very existence. Corrupt officials should be put behind the bars and the honest officers and officials should be rewarded with promotions and this will go a long way to curb the menace of corruption. The fight against corruption is a challenging job and this requires strong willpower and determination. At present we have a strong willed Prime Minister who has pledged to fight corruption to finish. The fight against the corruption is a Mahayaga and all of us should contribute our bit to fight the canker of corruption. The war against the corruption should be made a peoples movement and it should be fought on a war footing. Any way we should fight corruption to the finish and save ourselves and the national resources from the ill-effects of corruption. A national policy on corruption should be framed to tackle this hydra headed giant and that policy should be acted upon to curb the problem of corruption.
O N Koul