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The Art Of Graft

Panchayati Raj will lead to devolution of corruption. At the other end, reforms too have kicked off a festival of kick-backs.

The Art Of Graft Illustration by Saurabh Singh

One of the most impressive trends of liberalised India is the innovativeness of corruption. Corruption has lost the repressive air that it sported during the days of the 'licence raj' and emerged as a true sibling to conspicuous consumption. As a species, it is startling in its diversity. In fact, we should be as proud of corruption as of our 1,000 variety of mangoes and our 50,000 varieties of rice. In liberalised India, corruption cuts across sports, disaster, terrorism, defence and intellectual property.

Today, civil society has overwhelmed the public sector state in fast-track corruption. Consider two examples. The Tehelka documents and the media reports on cricket have destroyed its myth as an honorary, honourable game and recognised its transformation into the big three of horse racing, matka and cricket. We showed Sharjah why bet on camels when cricketers are available and more predictable.

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