Group Discussion on Corruption

Corruption is at the root of nearly every transaction in the world, let alone India. From big business deals to small traffic tickets, evading the consequences of their actions motivates people to resort to corruption. It blackens the soul and hurts the mores and laws of society. Unfortunately, corruption is a self perpetuating vicious cycle that threatens the very fabric of our society.

Here to consider what GD topics hold relevance, we come across two categories, one group which says Corruption is a necessary evil, while another which holds that corruption can never be the right way out.

As India gears up for the fight against black money, hoarding and benami properties, the rising income inequalities necessitate that corruption becomes more than just a topic for debateā€¦.it becomes a topic for action!

So, let us see some useful facts, quote, viewpoints and a list of Group Discussion topics on Corruption that you can expect to see.

Facts About Corruption in India and the World

  • Corruption has pervaded every corner of the world including India's Public distribution system- according to a World Bank report, only 40% of the grains meant for the poor reaches its target.
  • Funds assigned for medical and social welfare are misappropriated to the tune of thousands of crores each year
  • According to some estimates, nearly 1 percent of the GDP of India is hoarded in illegal bank accounts abroad.
  • The latest crackdown on corruption has been through the Icij's initiative The Panama Papers and the allied The Paradise Papers.
  • Transparency International has accorded India dismal ratings on corruption
    Corruption includes moral, financial and social corruption.
Quotes on Corruption:

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
- Former President, Nuclear Scientist and Visionary A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen's faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.
- US Senator Joe Biden

Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff.
- Former US Fed Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan

GD Topics on Corruption, you can expect to face:

1. Corruption is the Root Cause of Indian Economy's Decline
2. Is Bribe Culture Part and Parcel of Babudom?
3. Corruption is Like Cancer- It Infects World Economies Fast!
4. Black Money and White Income Are Two Sides of the Same Coin!
5. Corruption is a Necessary Evil
6. Lobbying Should be made Legal in India
7. Who is to Blame: Bribe Giver or Bribe Taker?
8. Ban INR 500 and 1000 notes: Corruption Taking a Nosedive or Changing Clothes?
9. Corruption is the Price Paid for Democracy!
10. Will Appointing Lokayuktas and LokPals curb corruption?
11. Lokpal Bill: Pros and Cons
12. Is Privatization the Cure for Corruption?
13. Poverty Leads to Corruption?
14. Is Corruption a Sign of Governance Deficit or Moral Deficit?
15. The Main Outcome of Democracy in India is Corruption
16. Moral Corruption is the Worst Form of Corruption
17. Can A Helpline Solve Corruption Issues?
18. Mera Kya Culture of Corruption: Is Accountability Evaporating in India?
19. Can Web Apps Act as a Deterrent for Bribe Takers?
20. Will Demonetisation Curb Corruption?
21. Can Freedom from Corruption Lead to Moral Degradation?
22. Do We Really Need a Corruption Free Nation?
23. Corrupt Politicians Who Work Are Better Than Honest Ones Who Don't!

How to Eliminate Corruption

  • Demonetisation is the first and foremost means of tackling corruption. It curbs corruption at the root by banning certain currencies and taking away stashes of black money from rich, white collar criminals and terrorists.
  • Under RTI, the evil of corruption can be weeded out, as many activists and NGOS are seeking responses to how funds allocated for welfare are disappearing into thin air.
  • Online auctions for spectrum allocations, government contracts and natural resources is a step forward to ease out business corruption
  • Jan Dhan Yojana and Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme are essential to ensure intended beneficiaries of initiatives taken by the government are truly the poor, and the marginalised, not the creamy layer or the rich elite taking advantage of tax loopholes.
  • Central Vigilance Commission has also declared Anti Black Money Day (Nov 8) and several other such initiatives to make corruption-free India a reality.

While the government has taken a lot of initiatives to weed out corruption, it can only work if the officers, private sector and common man join together to make the vision of a scam-free India a reality. We hope you find all this information useful in dealing with your next Group Discussion.