Corruption is a cancer that eats away at the fabric of a society. That has what has happened in India through the years since Independence. We let our standards drop. It must have started slowly – like a frog being boiled. Those in power condoned the first actions of the corrupt, thus lowering the bar and sending a signal that it was okay to be a little corrupt. Over time, the bar kept dropping and we kept doing nothing about it. In fact, we voted the folks back into power. That helped legitimise corruption. Re-election is like salvation — it helps make right all the wrongs one did in the previous term.
Through the years, this corruption has spread from government (politicians and the bureaucracy) to even some large organisations who have people with the power to influence.
A friend remarked to me that Corruption in India has now become a non-issue because everyone is corrupt. So, it has become socially acceptable. And people in Middle India sit by and watch their hard earnings looted away. We think we are alone and we cannot do anything.
But one person did manage to change things in his state – without being corrupt.