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March 18, 2013

Corruption is in the genes

humour mk kaw
Corruption is in the genes
indira Gandhi once said famously, “Corruption is a global phenomenon”, as if by being global it ceased to be an anathema. The bhrashtacharis of today speak of corruption being universal, both in respect of time as well as space. Now if corruption has always been there, it would be interesting to analyse whether there are ups and downs in this journey. It is my humble assertion that periods of high economic activity also witness a higher level of corruption.
Take the period of Emperor Ashoka and Chandragupta Maurya. Kautilya says in his Artha Sastra that bureaucrats are like fish that live in water. The revenue of the State passes through the hands of the bureaucrats in the same way as water passes through the gullet of a fish all the time. Thus, it is but natural that a bureaucrat will imbibe a part of the water, wittingly or unwittingly...Read More 

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