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In its 75th year of independence, India retrieved its past glory and reached a milestone as it overtook the UK to become the fifth largest economy in the world. It came a step closer to better expounding its candidacy for being a superpower. Yet, doubting voices consider India’s claim to ascendency improbable for corruption is impairing India’s resurgence and rise to power.

Corruption is ablaze when fuelled, can cause a fire more disastrousthan the one that burned Lanka to ashes in the Treta Yug. The fire in Lanka led to devastation; that of corruption leads to degradation. It is an invisible intractable conflagration difficult to tackle.

Corruption is the losers’ aegis. It wins when benefits and favours, financial or otherwise, areunfairly channelized to those who are willing to offer in exchange their morality for hard work or resources they owe to the nation.  This harms the nation, for these benefits disfavour sincere efforts of honest individuals and propagate moral delinquency.

The problem of corruption gains a new dimension of complexity in a country as vast and diverse as India. Nary an institution remains safe from the clutches of corruption, whether it be political, educational, administrational or any other. It happens not just in imageries and metaphors of money exchanging hands in dark shady rooms, the problem persists in the day-to-day activities and goings on in the country. A rise in corruption cases in the recent time provides enough evidence to verify the crippled state of India’s moral economy and lack of honest exchange.

Whenevery sphere of the nation becomes a part, parcel or promoterof corruption, the worst hit are the honest cadres, the ones whohave to pay for those who don’t.

It is the honest who actually shoulder the responsibilities of a developed nation because without honest exchange, no nation can thrive and prosper. However,as long as the currency of honesty is deliberately devalued in exchange for an inflow of undue benefits, the country is bound to witness inflation in corruption.

A nation can develop when its citizens are equipped with a strong moral code, one that establishes a system of fair distribution and exchange in the socio-economic sphere and proceeds to dismantle all notions of “donations” or consumption without cost. It is required not just for the sake of morality but because the prudential practice of such a moral code will lead to an effective and streamlined dissemination of resources and contribute significantly to the development of the nation.

Starting from the grassroots and enlightening the common youth about such a moral codeand simultaneously working on a systematic resolution of pending corruption cases, especially those against the high-notches willbe an important step towards eradicating corruption in a long line of measures.

As Gandhi said, “Corruption will go when the large number of persons given unworthily to it realise that the nation does not exist for them to exploit but that they exist to serve the nation. This requires morals, and extreme vigilance on the part of those who are free of the taint. Indifference will be criminal…”

Everything has a price; it’s not a harsh reality but a practicality, the system of exchange in our economies is an inseparable element of existence and progress. But, corruption meansto paythe wrong price and resent honest effort. It is to sow empty seeds and expect maximum fruition when everyone knows: you reap what you sow.

A nation reaps what its citizens sow. And so they must, not the seeds of corruptionbut the seeds of rectitude heralding a spring of development.

Written By : Yashvi Dhaddha, XII-C