According to many English dictionaries corruption is a way of dishonesty, late actions and foul schemes that destroy trust’. Others define it as an illegal and treacherous behaviour and misuse of power, especially by the elite and the powerful people of the government.
Corruption has become quite widespread in Kashmir. It has become a common and familiar language in our society. From clerks to top ranking officers, from peons to managers, every one reeks of corruption. Corruption has left a very deep impact on the intellectual and dedicated youth of Kashmir, especially the ones who are being deprived and neglected everywhere. Indeed it pushes the youth towards frustration. If your rights are being denied and obliterated every day, it leads to a sense of deprivation. It seems dedication and qualification are no longer required for a job. To be able to get a job means that you either have to have loads of influence or money.
How many times do we see deserving candidates being left out because they were competing with Mr so and sos son or with someone who paid loads of money? I know many dedicated and hardworking people who qualified many exams with good marks but were disqualified and rejected during interviews because of a few names had already been fixed for the said posts as they had been recommended by some influential people.
It is the dull and incompetent system of the State which promotes rampant corruption through officials who frequently use their government chairs for bribe and nepotism. Perhaps it would not be wrong to say that the increasing unemployment in Kashmir is an indication of a failed state and its institutions. Bad governance, lack of transparency, lack of accountability is what is hindering our progress and development. We live in a state where a crisp note can take you anywhere and get you out of anything. We have people with fake degrees holding offices and drafting policies. The so called the Babus are depriving the deserving by applauding and promoting the undeserving.
Corruption is a game of the foul minds. As corruption begins to firmly establish its roots in our society, our morals and values, which made us who we are, degrade. As corruption becomes more and more rampant, hope diminishes and misery prevails. It becomes pertinent to mention here that it was the Sarkari Babus and our capable and dedicated politicians that watered the seeds of corruption and let it grow and invade every nook and corner of our valley. Moreover, It is very unfortunate that politicians and bureaucrats, who are every other day caught red handed, are never brought to task for their sins and mistakes. Like I said, influence and money can get you out of anything in Kashmir.
It is time we seriously started working towards ending this unjust practice. It is time to rid our society of this plague. Let us pledge to demolish corruption and favouritism from our valley and restore it to its previous glory. It is not only the work of the State administrators or media rather it is the duty of every individual of Kashmir society to fight and end corruption. So, let us all fight to end this practice once and for all.
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