I feel many politicians have prick of conscience when they resrt to some dishonest and non-transparent ways. They do all these many times to satisfy their loyal followers, party members, media and to remain in limelight.
In democracy,it is 'Yatha praja, thatha raja'.
So the basic need is people should be honest and then expect and demand honesty from leaders and politicians.
What comes out of above is that there are some who are dishonest. These dishonest people are hand in gloves with their gang and syphon out the money from Govt coffers in one way or other.
This provokes other people also to follow the path and make money by corrupt practices.
The irony is that even though these people are caught red handed they get out of the case by bribing to higher-ups and hiring the best legal brains in the country. This sets a bad example and those who are engaged in corrupt practices carry on their business fearlessly.
No one is honest by birth. It is the fear of rules, regulations and governance that one is afraid of committing a crime. Until unless there is severe punishment and public humiliation these corrupt people whether they are in politics or public offices will not reform themselves.
Knowledge is power.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease