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Why Corruption Is Not An Issue

Why Corruption Is Not An Issue
Why Corruption Is Not An Issue
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WHY is that sense of moral outrage that the hawala revelations were thought to have elicited missing? Has coruption become so endemic that Indians have stopped reacting to it? And have the thinking classes been collectively guilty of punditry on an unprecedented scale vis-a-vis the hawala scandal, confusing what should shock the nation with what does?

These were some of the more obvious questions raised by the findings of the Outlook-DB-MRAS poll. And the only possible answer to all three questions is that classic line from the Yes Minister series—yes and no. At least, going by what a cross-section of social scientists feel about the poll findings. They do add that there can be no absolutes in such an issue except one—that the politics of survival has primacy.

Says Ashis Nandy of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies: "It has never happened that an issue which dominates the media spreads like wild fire through the rest of the country. There is a gestation period. Especially because, till today, over 50 per cent of the electorate...

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