Moral And Corruption In Mario Puzo's The Godfather

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Introduction To corrupt means to break. Since biblical times, corruption has been seen to be against morality and ethics. While the lord condemned it in the Bible, Chankaya saw corruption as a sign of ‘positive ambition’. Ironically, Don Corleone echoes similar views in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. The Preamble of the Constitution of India commands the state to ensure for all citizens justice – social, economic and political. In this pursuit of justice, the Indian state adopted the system of ‘Criminal Justice Administration’. The Criminal Justice System aims at righting the wrongs committed by the perpetrators of crime, on the victims of these crimes, so as to ensure rule of law. But this obvious aim is not the only objective of the Criminal Justice System. It also aims at ensuring ‘equality – of status and opportunity’ by making sure that the criminal justice administration provides a level playing field for all and sundry, irrespective of their status. Public servants wield the might of the state and are supposed to deliver the promised ‘justice’ and ‘equality’. But what happens when those trusted with the responsibility of protecting and running the system themselves turn its adversaries? What if they exploit the very system that they have been entrusted with the protection of? In the nineteenth century Britain, it was the historian and politician Lord John Dalberg-Acton who said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Corruption, today, has

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