Moron the corruption issue

Following my previous post and comments and countercomments and discussions on twitter and facebook and google groups and various other forums, I’ve been thinking about this whole corruption thing. Random thoughts. The kind that comes to you when you’re traveling across the city by auto on a hot summer day, watching the world go by.

Ok so this is for the people who claim that the supporters of Anna Hazare are a large enough group that they probably represent “most of the people”. If this were the case, we have a simple solution to corruption – all these worthies can band together in the form of an “anti corruption party” (when was the last time we had a political party being formed on a solid ideology?) and contest the next elections. And if they can work hard, and ensure that they keep up the kind of efforts they’ve started, they’ll soon be ruling us. And hopefully they’ll continue with their zeal and be actually able to eradicate corruption. (on my end, I promise that if a credible party gets formed with an anti-corruption stand, I’ll get over my NED, get myself registered as a voter and vote for them).

But there are reasons to doubt something like this will happen. A look at the list of nominal supporters Anna Hazare got suggests that a lot of people were there just to be seen and get footage, rather than really wanting to weed out corruption. Again, given the political spectrum across which Hazare’s supporters last week came from, it might not be that easy an idea to form this “anti-corruption party” that I suggested.

Thinking about it further, there is a scary thought – that a large part of our population is actually pro-corruption. And looking at the political parties across the spectrum, it doesn’t sound implausible. So if a large number of people are actually pro-corruption, what are we to do?

Let me put it another way. How many people do you think are really anti-corruption? On all fronts? How many people do you think exist in India who haven’t paid or received a single bribe, however small that might be? Basically I want to estimate the number of people who are against corruption of all kinds, and my sense is that this number is likely to be small indeed.

I think one needs to think about this further before actually figuring out how to weed out corruption. From what I’ve read so far the Lok Pal bill simply adds one extra protective layer, and am not sure of its effectiveness. More about this in another post.

2 thoughts on “Moron the corruption issue”

  1. I believe (ideology) corruption needs to be eradicated. For some, corruption is the easy way out of a tight spot. For others, it supplements their income. In all cases, I claim the rules/laws are violated.

    Your suggestion of forming a political party is a strawman case… it is obvious from the way you set it up that its meant to be taken down.

    Most people are ok with daily corruption because it doesn’t hurt them when they participate in it. Putting NED => passively supporting it.

  2. skimpy,

    what about making anti corruption a profitable venture ?

    if you report on someone asking you for a bribe and that person is caught in the act, he has to pay 10 times the money as a fine immediately. 50% of that will be given to you and 50% will go to the government.

    Similarly, if you know of an exchange of money between two parties and you give info on it, both parties involved give 10 times the amount – you get 50% of it, government gets the other half.

    Huge incentive for squealing on corruption – i am sure ancilliary industries will spring around this.

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