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When press exposes malpractices and corruption, why do people and government remain silent?

by Editorial Team
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When press exposes malpractices and corruption, why do people and government remain silent?

The duty of the press is often summarized as the Fourth Estate, a term that highlights its role as a check on the powers of government. In essence, the press acts as a watchdog, scrutinizing the actions of those in authority and bringing any wrongdoing or injustice to light. This duty is fundamental to the functioning of a healthy democracy, as it ensures transparency, accountability, and the protection of citizens’ rights and interests.
When the press exposes scams, malpractices, and corruption, it is fulfilling this duty by holding the powerful accountable and informing the public about issues that affect their lives. However, the effectiveness of the press in fulfilling its duty depends on the response of both the government and the people.
It’s disheartening when despite clear evidence and proof presented by the press, the government fails to take appropriate action. This inaction not only undermines the trust in institutions but also perpetuates a culture of impunity where wrongdoers feel emboldened to continue their unethical practices.
The malpractices uncovered within the Engineering Cell of the Education Department and the issues surrounding Manipur University serve as stark reminders of the systemic challenges entrenched within our educational institutions. Despite the diligent efforts of the press in exposing these egregious actions, the response from key stakeholders has been dishearteningly minimal.
In the case of the Engineering Cell, where malpractices have tainted the very foundation of educational integrity, the lack of proactive intervention from student organizations, student bodies, and civil society groups is conspicuous. These organizations typically serve as the voice of the student body, advocating for their rights and interests. Yet, their silence in the face of such blatant wrongdoing raises questions about the effectiveness of our collective response to corruption within the education sector.
Similarly, the malpractices within Manipur University have not elicited widespread concern and condemnation. Moreover, the absence of tangible action from the government is deeply troubling.
In both instances, the failure of stakeholders to actively address these malpractices emboldens wrongdoers and perpetuates a cycle of corruption and impunity. It highlights the urgent need for comprehensive reforms, including strengthened oversight mechanisms, transparent governance practices, and robust enforcement of anti-corruption measures.
Equally concerning is the silence of the people in response to these revelations. A vigilant and engaged citizenry is crucial for upholding democratic values and demanding accountability from those in power. When people remain silent or indifferent, it allows corruption to flourish and erodes the foundations of democracy.
Indeed, the failure of both the government and the people to respond effectively to the press’s revelations can embolden those who engage in corrupt activities. It sends a message that there are no consequences for their actions, further undermining the rule of law and public trust in democratic institutions. Therefore, it’s imperative for both the government and the people to actively support and uphold the press’s role in exposing wrongdoing and ensuring accountability.

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