The public sphere or the platform allows the citizens of a country to come together without any restrictions and freely discuss the prevalent societal issues and concerns (Eide, 2010). The impact of these public spheres tends to even influence the country’s politics and government, especially in a democratic nation. In the public spheres around the globe, one of the most alarming concerns is the occurrence of corruption. Even though it is an illegitimate mechanism, nevertheless is highly common instrument of public dominion. In the common public, sphere corruption can be viewed in the form where people with lesser authority pays price for their work to be done by people in greater authority. This work is considered as a favour being done for the people with lesser power, and not the duty of the people with greater power.
Corruption in public sphere could also involve public bodies or organisations mutually swapping favours for their individual benefits. Lack of transparency supports the people in power to meticulously hide the rationale, criteria or legitimacy of granting or denying the alleged “favour”. The corruption degree varies with the layers available for the corrupt people that defy any possibility of public scrutiny, review or criticism.
Though the level of corruption differs from one country to another, however, it would not be overstatement to say that each individual at some point of time becomes victim of corruption, directly or maybe indirectly. The people being affected by the corruption like, common man, business people, journalists, activists, government officials, educators, etc. are the ones who can effectively play a role in prevention of it. In this paper, the study is done regarding the corruption in public life with respect to India. The primary focus is to understand how worldwide online news and social media deal with the corruption in the public life in India (Charron, 2010).