Increase in the number of Scandals - Is it a sudden rise or better reporting?

Increase in the number of Scandals - Is it a sudden rise or better reporting?

Scams are nothing new in India. Since the independence of our nation, scandals and scams have continued to plague the world’s largest democracy. It is ironic that a country which claims to be for the people, of the people and by the people is run by a coterie of self serving political leaders and corporate sultans.

This has always been the case regardless of which political party has been at the helm. Scams in India’s economic and political milieu are a common occurrence so much so that the upcoming general elections are solely being fought on the issue of corruption.

Enterprising and aspiring political leaders are also hopping on the bandwagon as a fledgling anti-graft party claims it has the numbers to threaten the older parties. While the numbers game is the sole concern of all the political players who aspire to make it big, Indian media is forthcoming about the scams that have rocked our nation since the very start.

The rise in the number of scandals is attributable to whistleblowers who have the courage to speak up and a media that is not afraid to point figures at big names.


• The Global Corruption Barometer by Transparency International in 2013 revealed that 40% of Indians felt that corruption has increased in the nation. 31% said it has specifically increased in the past two years.

The public perception that scandals and scams are rising is a direct result of a proactive media that does not compromise on its values and reports information with objectivity. While there are some instances of paid news or political vendettas, media reports are by and large precise and accurate. Even during the days when attempts were made to stifle media reports, courageous and intrepid journalists have always published important information.

• The expansion of the media industry has led to changes in the ease with which information can be accessed. Social media has changed the way people look at governments and scandals as well. News travels fast and nothing can be hidden from the Indian public for long. International media is equally prompt in relaying information. Scandals are on the rise because people are not holding back anymore.

• India’s dismal ranking in the corruption indices compiled by national and international organizations indicate that our country is indeed plagued with more scams. This is largely because whistle blowers are not afraid to name names. Indian public is fed up of the corruption and even ordinary man is taking on the menace in an extraordinary way. It is not the politicians, but the citizens who are speaking up and changing the scenario.

• Of course, there are instances where scams are strategically exposed by warring factions for political mileage, but this has always been the case. Since the time of India’s independence, political news has always been tinged with controversy and scandals. This is nothing new. What is new is that even political leaders and opportunists are waking up to the fact that corruption is going to become a leading issue in modern times.

Scandals and scams are on the rise in India. People are not afraid to file PILs and activists are taking the courage to act. Why has corruption suddenly become such a big issue? This is because India would have been a superpower by now if successive political leaderships had utilized the funds for the welfare of the people instead of spiriting the money away.

People are fed up of bad roads, power shortages and inadequate social infrastructure. As new parties come to the fore and claim to be the solution, one wonders if it is real change or just another wolf in a sheep’s clothing. Corporate bigwigs are too busy lining their pockets to notice that our scams and scandals will only scare away the investors and reduce the Indian growth story to a mere myth.
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  • RE: Increase in the number of Scandals - Is it a sudden rise or better reporting? -Deepa Kaushik (05/06/14)
  • The fact is both, that is there is a marked increased in the number of scandals in the recent past, with a news thirsty media bursting every new issue they come across. The era of honesty has been lost far behind. The trust factor has touched the zero lines for the politicians today. Our hard earned freedom is lost by our corrupt politicians. The scandals involve huge amount of money and the person by default happens to be in a higher power with much authority.

    The democracy has turned to a mockery with nobody in power caring for the people and their concern. Everyone is greedy for power to grab immense black money. India still has immense wealth to feed coming many generations without employment, but it is utter shame that the money is consolidated into the certain sect of the society leaving all other into poverty.

    There was an interim period when there was an increase in the scandals which never came up to the notice of common man due to lack of influence of the media. With the mass communication growing at a faster rate, the news agencies are desperate in search of news and they make sure to expose every bit in order to increase the rating of their news programme. This aggressive reporting due to the competition has let down the politicians and many others in power involved in big scandals.

    Though the media is exposing unwanted issues as well, still this bit of exposure of the scandals is worth appreciating. The reporters definitely are doing a great job exposing these corrupt people to the public.
  • Increase in the number of Scandals - Is it a sudden rise or better reporting? -Lubna Lakdawala (04/02/14)
  • Increase in the number of Scandals - Is it a sudden rise or better reporting?

    A scandal is a widely publicized accusation that damages the reputation of an institution, individual or creed. A scandal can be based on true or false accusation or both. Recently there has been a surge of scandals/scams. The basic reason for these scams to occur is corruption.

    Most scandals which happen in India are due to corruption. So, if it is not a new phenomenon then why has it become a socio-political issue now? Are the people now more interested in the state of the country or is it just because of better reporting that they have started coming to light?

    Since the inception of the right to information act the people of India want to be aware of the on-goings in their country but this alone does not explain the recent surge in scams or the reaction of the people against corruption. Statistics show that over the past years corrupt and illegal practices are on the rise in India. The reaction towards these scandals have also changed over the years, the Indian population is now educated and take it upon themselves to oppose against these scandals as whenever a scandal emerges they feel great betrayal.

    Almost every few month we hear of a new scandal, the numbers just keeping growing, for instance the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Satyam scam, 2G scam.

    One of the reasons for increased coverage of scandals in media is the public anger against corruption, people like Anna Hazare who revolt against corruption encourages the people to stand against corruption. With the rise of the social media the youth of the country are also worried about the state of the country, they thus want to know what’s going on. Thus the media has to report these scandals.

    All Indians have experienced corruption in one form or the other, thus to irradiate corruption the people have take action against it. There should be more public involvement in these matters

    The Internet and the social media play an important role here. It gives people better access to information and it is also a useful tool to fight against corruption. It is through sites like Facebook and twitter that these scandals are more discussed and opposed.