Addressing Political Corruption - Inputs needed

As we go into the elections, business funding of political parties will sharply increase and in many cases quid pro quo arrangements will be made. Below are the key Root Causes and Issues for Political Corruption as highlighted by you. Kindly review and help identify specific solutions that will help address these issues.

We know it is not easy but with the collective efforts of a community of 60,000+ citizens, it is worth taking the next step.

We look forward to your inputs!
Transparency International India

Political Corruption - Root Causes

1. Politics is treated as a trade in our country
2. Election campaigning is a costly game and needs a quite a bit of money
3. Candidates try to buy votes
4. Businessmen think if their candidate wins, he will make it easy for them to earn more money
5. Candidates once elected, try to rake in money that they had spent on their election campaigning
6. Businessmen look at what they are getting in return before donating to a party/candidate
7. Politicians try to earn as much as possible till the time they are in power
8. Politicians have a high level of authority which allows them to direct the Government funds to their personal use
9. Most of the people come to Politics with a motive to make gain out of the Powers of Office but not to serve the people
10. Most of the people who stand for MLA/MP elections are non-professionals and they only have cash (in many cases black or bribe money) available to deploy in election
11. Politicians need lots of money for elections because they disconnect with citizens after getting elected and focus on money making instead of delivering
12. The country does not have a structured system for raising election funded to the extent it is needed
13. Elections are not Government funded as in some countries
14. There is a lack of transparency and accountability in the working of the politicians and therefore acts like extortion of business for bribes by elected politicians stay under covers.

Issues related to Political Corruption

1. Political parties select candidates based on their financial strength
2. Candidates give money to the poor people in return for votes
3. Candidates ask businesses to invest in their election campaigns and promise to return favors when elected
4. Honest candidates are never able to contest elections as they cannot afford to spend that much money
5. As soon as they get elected, they start earning huge amounts through illegal means and their assets sky rocket
6. Most collection of political funds from local Entrepreneurs/SMEs happens in cash in exchange for permissions/approvals to business people
7. High level politicians take huge bribes to help private companies get Government tenders
8. Cash via bribes is used both for a politicians personal earnings, funds for them to fight next election as well as contribution to election/party funding
9. NGOs and relatives/friends companies are used to divert Government funds back to the politician
10. No political party is interested in eradicating the evil. more  

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I agree that India is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The time has come for one and all to unite in one voice against this social and moral evil and menace which is spreading like cancer across the social spectrum. The issuance of electoral bonds may not serve much purpose as the source of such illegal funds is never easy to know. The main intention of everybody to plunge into electoral politics is to reap huge dividends in a very short period of time by using all means of power, legal and illegal . This only leads to the scourge of criminalization of politics. Nowadays, the best way out of this conondrum is to allow state funding of elections. Secondly, people should always have a right to recall elected representatives after a period of say, 1 year if they are not satisfied with their conduct and performance in office. Last but not the least, even if a person is guilty of a proven civil or criminal misconduct, he should be debarred from contesting elections. These steps would go a long way in cleansing the fragile political and electoral system in the country. more  
Indian politicians showing interest in politics is only because they can earn 1000% in short period. In Today's Times of India, an article , how within 5 years a politicians could make his assets in several crores. All ministers - either ruling or past, are corrupt. Join as Corporater, then MLA then MP and become minister. During the period of travel an ordinary illiterate becomes filthy rich . How and what is the source? No answer or NO IT Department interested investigating their resource. Why. Before election, a candidate is asked to publish or declare his wealth. Within the next five years how his wealth becomes 300 - 700 % more.

Unless corruption is arrested at grass route level and freeze accounts of all corrupt politicians without assigning any explanation, no one can expect this country's growth.

All be rest assured, over the next few years India could follow somalia, because of the loot by politicians. more  
It is mostly the Govt.servants help the politicians barring the seasoned, under compulsions by showing the loopholes and easy ways of making money .So if the service conditions of the Govt. officers are suitably changed that interference of the politicians is minimized in the functions /transfers/selections /extensions of service etc.and officers are allowed to function without fear or favour corruption can be eliminated in no time. But will the politicians allow or cooperate to bring about such changes? more  
All your talks are futile as you are coolly ignoring the universal fact - which is : India is one of the most lawless, disorganized, indisciplined, filthy and CORRUPT countries in the world. One of the reasons for this bad label on the tail of the country is its outdated, ineffective constitution which is full of loopholes and not compatible with the needs of the hour. There is NO FEAR OF LAW. This has resulted in "CHALTA HAI" culture. Except for one or two POLITICAL PARTIES, all other political parties are FAMILY BASED which need to be banned forthwith as they become a LAW INTO THEMSELVES. This country is beyond repairs for several decades to come. more  
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