According to Transparency International, India ranks 87 in the 2010 corruption index in a list of 178 countries, ranked from very clean to highly corrupt. Ranked with India at 87 are Albania, Jamaica and Liberia. India slipped from 84 in 2009. In our country kickbacks, bribes, public swindles and land-grabbing is now virtually institutionalised. Clean politicians, bureaucrats and police officials are now seen as a rare, endangered species. And it’s not just people in government, even the private sector has seen its share of scams. In post-liberalisation India, the total money scammed off is estimated to be a staggering Rs 74 lakh crore.
Last year especially was the year of scams, including as it did the 2G and the CWG swindles. Has 2010 changed public perception of corruption? An Outlook-CNN-IBN poll conducted by GfK Mode across eight cities found that corruption remains a matter of very serious concern. In fact, the poll reveals that it is only a close second to inflation and is seen as a bigger threat than terrorism.
Not surprisingly, the majority (66 per cent) ranked politicians as most corrupt, followed by bureaucrats (14 per cent) and the police (7 per cent). Being in power and having presided over several cases of mega corruption, the Congress was seen as the most corrupt political party. Worse, more than half of those surveyed said that none of the political parties had the wherewithal to deal with corruption.
Though there is much concern about corruption, the majority (74 per cent) admitted they have not acted against the corrupt. As many as 56 per cent said they didn’t object when asked for a bribe.
A total of 1,633 adult respondents (1,037 males and 596 females) in eight cities —Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Lucknow and Mumbai—were interviewed between January 8-10 for the survey.
The state our nation is in today is because successive governments, headed by different political parties, have been pushing the nation lower and lower down the transparency index (It’s a Bit Too Transparent, Jan 31). If corruption has become acceptable in our society, it is due to our insensitivity towards it and the 56 per cent vote underlines this fact. We ourselves are to be blamed for that, not the politicians and judges. As for that political gimmickry called reshuffle at the Centre (All Lather, No Soap), the aam aadmi is concerned only about rising prices. We needed major surgery, not this antiseptic lotion wash.
Apropos of your state of the nation survey (It’s a Bit Too Transparent, Jan 31), looting of the country and its people by our own people is a very sad state of affairs. We need to awake to the fact that corruption is not only anti-social but anti-national as well.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
Most of the communities in the entire Indian sub-continent(such as Bengali) succumbed in ‘Culture of Poverty'(Oscar Lewis), irrespective of class or economic strata, lives in pavement or apartment. Nobody is genuinely regret ed or ashamed of the deep-rooted corruption, decaying general quality of life, worst Politico-administrative system, weak mother language, continuous consumption of common social space (mental as well as physical, both). We are becoming fathers & mothers only by self-procreation, mindlessly & blindfold(supported by some lame excuses). Simply depriving their(the children) fundamental rights of a decent, caring society, fearless & dignified living. Do not ever look for any other positive alternative behaviour(values) to perform human way of parenthood, i.e. deliberately co-parenting children those are born out of ignorance, extreme poverty. It seems that all of us are being driven only by the very animal instinct. If the Bengali people ever be able to bring that genuine freedom (from vicious cycle of ‘poverty’) in their own life/attitude, involve themselves in ‘Production of (social) Space’ (Henri Lefebvre), initiate a movement by heart, an intense attachment with the society at large is very much required - one different pathway has to create, decent & rich Politics will definitely come up. – Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, 16/4, Girish Banerjee Lane, Howrah-711101.
People start realising that inflation in fact is due to rampant corruption.The people in power corridor must realise that people are really suffering & the limit is crossing. Indian economy only help flourishing a small section of the population. Large section still reeling under acute hardship & for such pinching price riseonly corruption at top levelis responsible.
Eradicating corruption is like cleaning the staircase. It must start from the top, said Socrates.
We must, therefore, start from Judiciary.
Corruption in Judiciary directly leads to violence in society.
I think, that there is hope for India, on the issue of corrupt politicians. At least, high profile politicians like Mr Kalmadi, will have to be careful, when transacting, or overseeing business transactions. The same is true for the corrupt, but relatively high profile bureaucrat.
What is worrying, is that at the level of the village political representative, there is gross mis-management. The mentioned representative, may use the context, and pretext, of caste, and religious differences, to enrich himself/herself. These contexts and pretexts may be further used as cases of justification as defense.
unfortunately india is exploding at exponential rate as far as population is concerned.i think be it corruption,poverty,unemployment,lack of resources;anything and everything is related to this problem of population.to add to our woes,our politicians are so hell bent to break our system that no matter how difficult the situation is, they have been taking country for a ride.be it 2G,commonwealth,niira radia,politicians cannot bite the end that feeds them.the hope lies with common man .no matter how difficult ,be the support of those who cannot fend themselves.
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