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Three basic forms of corruption
There are three basic forms of corruption which give rise to all its other forms. The first and most important form is related to getting votes because it is only by getting votes that one gets into power.

Voters are paid money and offered wine to get their votes. Jhuggi jhopdi colonies are allowed to be built to get the votes of the people living in these slums. These unauthorised colonies are later regularised to get the votes from the dwellers of these colonies. Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are allowed to become residents of India by having ration cards issued to them to get their votes.

Caste-based reservations and the inclusion of the castes in the reserved categories are done to get the votes of these castes. A separate civil code is allowed for various religious groups to get their votes. Thus appeasement of the minorities is also a form of bribe to get their votes. Meanwhile, all these forms of bribes to get votes eat into the very being of the country but politicians are hardly bothered.

The second form of corruption is that bribes are given at the time of recruitment so that an aspiring police constable has to pay nearly Rs 50,000 to get recruited. The amount varies from post to post and department to department. To recover the bribe paid, various types of corruption are indulged into.

The third form of corruption is that dowry has to be paid.  People indulge in corruption and amass wealth so that they could pay handsome dowry for getting a suitable match for their daughters. One of my friends (a corrupt person), an assistant engineer in MTNL told me that he was willing to pay Rs.1 crore for dowry to get his daughter married to an IAS officer. However, to our amazement, an IAS officer was not available even for the payment of Rs. 1 crore as dowry.

In fact, nearly all the IAS officers had been booked at their probationary stage itself by industrialists and other billionaires. So, my friend had to be content with a businessman.

So, to check corruption, we need to reform our electoral and recruitment systems as well as to ensure strict implementation of the dowry laws.

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