Being from Pakistan, a developing South Asian country that has suffered a lot over the years, I have come to this conclusion that corruption is by far one of the most heinous crimes and it is the primary indicator of any country’s fall. Defined as being dishonest and fraudulent, corruption is all about not obeying the law and carving out ways to exploit the system. It can be associated with any scenario, companies can go unstable, big businesses can go bankrupt, and even the stability of a country can be at risk. Why does corruption have such a big impact? Well the answer to this rather subjective question is quite simple; it basically destroys the basic framework, thus ultimately putting it on a downward trajectory.
As I’m particularly talking about the corruption on a governmental scale and not on a private corporate block, I’ll associate corruption mostly with the exploitation of tax payers money and the drainage of the country’s basic reserves for personal benefits.
With the recent Panama papers that took over the world with their scandalous leaked information about the financial reserves of many world leaders, corruption has once again gained its celebrity importance, and people are talking about it in their normal conversations.
When we see a person of no merit get into a position which requires high expertise, it’s shameful to see that how easily one can fabricate and cut through the whole system, its even more scary to know that if such a person gets access to a higher level, maybe in the top governmental institution, how would he or she contribute to the system and to their country, if they've lived their life on such a merit less base. I don’t want to pin point any particular personality, but there are many such examples and we’re aware of it, yet we don’t speak out. For most of the people corruption isn’t even an issue and calling it a threat is just baseless to them, they tend to think that if they’re not directly being affected by it than its all fine, and they could easily carry out their life, but this self-centered notion gets defaced quite easily when we hear about incidents in many of the developing countries and around the world where thousands of lives are lost just because of the lack of merit and a regulatory body, for example hundreds die daily in underdeveloped areas due to negligence and competency of a false or an untrained doctor, or when a bridge breaks down, crushing people under it, and it is later discovered that the team who was responsible to make it was not even qualified to construct a small house yet due to contacts with the people of high status they got these contracts. It’s sad and the same time threatening, that somewhere out there, these people are running the country, or are in hospitals, or are busy in manufacturing low quality hazardous materials.
Even the education system gets corrupted when unqualified teachers are appointed and ruin generations. Bribing the examiners to get higher grades is also a way that some people use to get through. And the one thing that I find extremely devastating is when these unqualified and merit less people become ministers of education and members of the education department and they arrange a team of people who manipulate the whole system, and as a result a poorly designed and an unregulated education system comes into play. Now how could a student challenge the rubbish which is being taught in that public school? How can he challenge the way his papers are being checked, the grading system, the unqualified teachers who can’t even teach basic English and gets appointed by the ministry to teach at a government college, how can anyone challenge that?
This is corruption, and it runs in every scenario and in every case, from the highest level of office to the lowest local affairs, everyone knows about it, everyone knows how big of a crime it is, yet no one finds is as threatening as it really is.
I’d like to hear from you guys and discuss how we should play our role in combating corruption and finally declaring it as a horrendous crime and a threat to our future generations.