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Corruption in India – An overview

December 10, 2008

         Corruption – This is a word which doesn’t require any explanation to understand for us all. Because we are seeing it daily in our life. In India, if we talk about the government or government officials or administrators, somehow we can relate them with corruption. We are paying bribe at times willingly to speed up the work and at times, we are paying due to compulsion to get our needs in time. So we people are both a victim and criminal, in case of corruption.

              Corruption in a developing country like us proves to be a biggest drawback in terms of growth. And the statement said by the Transparent international chief Hugette Labelle on corruption is a perfect one:

   “In the poorest countries, corruption levels can mean the difference between life and death, when money for hospitals or clean water is in play. The continuing high levels of corruption and poverty plaguing many of the world’s societies amount to an ongoing humanitarian disaster and cannot be tolerated. But even in more privileged countries, with enforcement disturbingly uneven, a tougher approach to tackling corruption is needed.”

CPI index:    

        In the CPI of 2008, India has been given a rating of 3.4 and was placed at 85th position. Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden were placed at the first place with a rating of 9.3 followed by Singapore (9.2), Finland (9.0) and Switzerland (9.0). China was placed at 72nd position with a rating of 3.6 and U.S. was placed at 18th position with 7.6 points. Last year India has the rating of 3.5 and placed at 72nd position. So we are improved in giving or taking bribe. Here is the table on how our country performed in the last 8 years:


            If we look at the above index we could see that India never managed to break the barrier of ranking 70, which argues for its high corruption level. In this list Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Netherlands and Finland are the countries which are placed at the top 10 regularly. When we look at what makes to be at the top is their Ombudsman system, which keeps their society bribe free. In India too if our parliament passes the Lokpal bill, then we can see a marked improvement in our system. With the help of RTI act many of our country has got a fresh lease of life, as our citizens are started to reap benefits of this act.

 TI  Global corruption report:

              By the report of Transparency International Global corruption Barometer, Asia-pacific region which comprises of India ranks second in corruption next only to Africa. According to that survey totally 13% of the people have paid bribe, in which Asia-Pacific region consists of 22% way beyond the average 13% and India’s percentage in this 25%.

               What we can infer from that report is political parties and the police are more corrupted when compared to others. And it is no different in our country; they are the highest with 4.6 and 4.5 respectively. You can see it in the below chart:


And what is more worrying fact is that most of our citizens believe that corruption rate will increase in coming years in our country. In the below charts you could see that 90% of the Indians have said that corruption will increase in the coming years.

 Bribe payers Index:

              This report was prepared on the world’s 22 most influential economic countries and India was placed at 19th position. Belgium and Canada tops this list with a rating of 8.8 and Russia is at the bottom with a rating of 5.9. India is at the cluster which is most likely to be bribed.

 There are 3 types of bribery are assessed in this report:

  1.  bribery of high-ranking politicians or political parties.
  2.  bribery of low level public officials to speed up things.
  3.  the use of personal or familiar relationships to win public contracts.

 In India, the 2nd one has got the highest percentage at 30% with the other two at around 25%.

      This transaparency has also provides way to curb the corruption in a country in the articles given here.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5]

 Directorate of vigilance and Anti-Corruption:

           This is a body which has been setup by the Tamil Nadu government to make complaint on public servants regarding malpractices and corruption, and it has been performing very well with even people who are living in rural areas too knows about this and has helped the officials in catching the corrupted officers. You can find the report on them here [1],[2],[3],[4]. If more anti corruption bodies were setup like this means we can surely reduce the amount of corruption in India.

Quotes on Corruption:

    The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.  – Bess Myerson 

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. – George Bernard Shaw 

Corruption  is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.  – Karl Kraus 

      Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today – Mahatma Gandhi.

     So Why I am writing about corruption now. Because December 9 is anti-corruption day. Let us take a pledge on this day: We will not give bribe in any circumstances and thus doing a small help in reducing the corruption rate in our country.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. smallstar permalink
    December 10, 2008 5:00 am

    Nice the new style of your blog… I like it! However… I absolutely have to vent myself… See my last comment in my blog and you’ll understand… A big kiss…

    kanagu: Thank you.. I copied it from my blogging guru 🙂 I will see it soon.

  2. December 10, 2008 10:22 am

    Love the new theme! 🙂
    And I was quite surprised to find out that there’s something called a Bribe Payers’ Index! Hehe! 😀

    kanagu: Thanks man.. happy to see you back here 🙂
    If there is a index for corrupters index naturally there will be payer’s index right 😉

  3. December 10, 2008 11:27 am

    @ Kanagu : Corruption also endangers your security. If the cops are corrupt, the judiciary is corrupt and the people who make the laws are corrupt. However having said that I have experienced both very honest and very corrupt people in India. My general experience has been that small town India is far more corrupt than big town India. Although you may need to pay more if you do need to pay a bribe in bigger cities.

    kanagu: I agree with you completely odzer. With everybody around us is corrupt naturally we are forced to pay the bribes. But we have to stand tall, and say no to it to eradicate this evil thing. But as I have given in this article, the people living in small towns are also knowledgable and they are standing up against this. I was very happy when I read about them.

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  5. December 10, 2008 6:20 pm

    Kanagu – Really a very nice thought that you have put across. Wanted to do something in these lines myself. An actual report ..but somehow it had the involvement of many names and many friends of mine so had to restrain from ity. Kudos to u for putting ths up! People need to think!

    kanagu: Thank you 🙂

  6. December 11, 2008 1:03 am

    I am with others corruption interfers with law and order and thats what prevents a society from moving forward. Great job on the report I would hope this gets wide dissemination to create debate and discussion..dont look now but Kanagu you are a rabble rouser..someone who creates positive change by shaking up the establishment…Zman sends

    kanagu: Thanks steve 🙂
    But I think rabble-rouser is a biggggggg word for me.. I just want to write about the things which are existing here and how and what we can do to improve it..

  7. December 12, 2008 3:01 am

    Wonderful post, Kanagu! Corruption has become a serious problem in our country and it looks like things may not improve 😦

    kanagu: thank you.. but I think if we stop giving bribes then the picture may change..

  8. December 12, 2008 9:30 pm

    Well researched post Kanagu ! As you know I agree with you completely. You must have read on my blog as well.

    I am linking this post on blogbharti. It’ll appear tomorrow. 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Cuckoo 🙂
    Yeah.. I am reading them frequently.. And I have seen your comments..
    And I am proud that my post is getting linked in blogbharti 🙂 thank you so much.. this encourages me to write some detailed and interesting stuffs.. 🙂

  9. December 13, 2008 1:02 pm

    As far as India is concerned I think you summarized pretty well, although the World Bank Governance indicators are another measure of corruption.

    Let me give you a slightly different version of what I also think is corruption. I recently got my motorcycle license in America. I basically ended up paying the state 30 $ for a small card. And not just license, but literally any government work here costs you big time. College application fees costs can run into hundreds of dollars! I call this ‘institutionalized corruption’, where the state or some other agency bullies the common man into paying up much more than he should have to.

    kanagu: Thanks Vikram 🙂
    In America, if you are giving 30$ means it reaches the government directly. But here we are giving 100 rupees to escape from the fine of 500 rupees and no amount is reaching the government, due to which no improvement will happen in our country, as taxes are the only source of income for government. By saying this I am not supporting American way, because they too have their faults like bail-outs during recession with people’s money, and many more…
    Second one ‘institutionalized corruption’, you have mentioned is happening here too, where the entrance application forms for business schools (example) are more than Rs.1000, which will be not at all affordable for a common man. I don’t know on what basis they are charging for the forms. And also I think this prevails in all higher institutions across the world.

  10. December 14, 2008 9:50 am

    i have always wondered why there is no corruption in corporate India. Is human nature itself corrupt that if given a chance we would all be corrupt? It doesnt seem like a rich or poor thing?

    kanagu: Welcome here, IVS 🙂
    Greed and fear are the reasons for the corruption.. At times we are getting bribe to make ourself rich and other times, even if we are stubborn somebody may kill you if we don’t do that. So instead of allowing him for free for the wrong, we will make money out of it.

  11. December 14, 2008 12:09 pm

    What Vikram has said in the above comment is interesting.

    Also Kanagu, corruption is not only prevalent in Govt. but private companies too. I guess it has become a habit and addiction for a lot of people and they are doing this whether they need money or not!

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Well said DI.. /*it has become a habit and addiction for a lot of people and they are doing this whether they need money or not!*/
    You can’t change a habit right… that too in India don’t think of that. Atlast it has becomes a prestigious issue..

  12. December 30, 2008 7:59 am

    Llx94d Thanks for good post

    kanagu: You are welcome 🙂
    Welcome here Jhonny

  13. January 20, 2009 4:02 pm

    hello boss! i really amazing andclearly tell ur options india hasbeen all in all corrpution.;

    kanagu: Yeah.. each and every thing in India was corrupted and it requires each and every citizens effort to revive the fortunes

  14. October 19, 2009 6:26 pm

    Corruption slows down development across the world. I think corruption can be stopped by replacing paper curreny with digital cash. What do you think?

  15. Shobatamilselvan permalink
    November 30, 2010 11:33 pm

    Sir ,
    It’s really interesting ,actually i m planning to write regarding bribe at municipal administration in india since im working in poverty alleviation project in urban slums.Really u’r views gave good idea to shape my article .Thank you.

    kanagu: Hi Shoba.. welcome here.. 🙂
    thats an encouraging comment for me.. I am happy that it helps you.. wishing you all the best 🙂

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    May 9, 2011 8:49 pm

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  18. November 30, 2011 6:30 pm

    Corruption is wild fire which has totally engulfed the Indian nation. The solution has to come through concerted action by the top heirachy of the country administrators and polity and its hapless poor masses. Let us keep on fighting this menace in our country for India can easily become a developed nation in a decade if we manage to eradicate corruption.

  19. MADISHETTY SRITEJA permalink
    March 11, 2012 5:55 pm

    Corruption is not only building from politicians, but being start from childhood as parents pleases their infants to eat or to do something.It should be stop from primary age.

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