HOW strange it is that, though admittedly a highly corrupt nation, we have no institution for corruption studies. Corruption, after all, is a serious matter that touches all aspects of our national life — social, political, economic, corporate, juridical, moral, and what not! No one or nothing is today free from corruption or its effects. It is, therefore, not merely an issue to rant about on public platforms. Corruption and its pervasive effects require to be studied with serious academic rigour. Isn’t it, therefore, time for somebody like Kapil Sibal or Montek Singh Ahluwalia to initiate action to set up a sort of multi-disciplinary institution to study corruption? Or, may be, to begin with, some central universities can introduce corruption studies in their humanities faculties.
Corruption scholars are broadly of the opinion that the more developed a democracy, the lesser should be the incidence of bribery, kickbacks and financial frauds and fiddles. This is, however, not true, for India is in no way any less developed a democracy than any other country low on the graft scale. We are a parliamentary democracy, have by-and-large free and fair elections, a largely free and independent network of institutions, an independent judiciary, rule of law and a free and enlightened media...READMORE