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4) “Corruption causes misuse of government treasury, administrative inefficiency and obstruction in the path of national development.” Discuss Kautilya’s views.(250 words)

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4) “Corruption causes misuse of government treasury, administrative inefficiency and obstruction in the path of national development.” Discuss Kautilya’s views.(250 words)

 

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to discuss the ill effects of corruption and how it leads to maladministration and obstructs justice by explaining kautilya’s view on corruption and how it can be controlled.

Directive word

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain what do you mean by corruption.

Body

  • Highlight the ill-effects of corruption and how it acts as a termite that makes a nation hollow
  • Discuss kautilya’s view on corruption
    • Kautilyan bureaucracy was a highly centralized merit based system entrusted with important functions including the responsibility of revenue assessment and collection.
    • Corruption is inevitable
    • Detection is difficult
    • Kautilya suggests steps to find out any embezzlement of funds. He says when there is a decrease in the revenue collection (the government functionary might be misappropriating funds).
    • Discuss the remedies he suggested
  • Draw parallel of kautilya’s view on current climate and how his solutions offer a way out

Conclusion – Highlight that just as kautilya suggested, corruption should have a no tolerance policy.