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Re: Corruption in high places



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On Fri, 16 Mar 2001, venugopal wrote:
 1. Corruption, in order to flourish,  requires bribe-givers.

Kudos, Mr Venugopal. That's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but
the
truth. Thanks.

Economics is about understanding human behaviour. If a human is
perfectly
rational, and the typical urban (wo)man is definitely so, he knows the
utility in giving bribes. The policy problem, of course, is how to
remove
the conditions that offer/provide that utility in the first place. One
bureaucrat for 1000 people will naturally encourage bribery, initiated
by
the utility-hunting briber. One bureaucrat for 10 people may not,
probably. The best alternative is having no bureaucrat at all, anywhere.

But if that is not possible, then the focus should be at having a
government machinery commensurate with the population, OR a punitive
legal
focus on the bribe-giver. There is little leeway for a middle path here.

The recent 'exposure' of bribe-taking in the govt corridors/party is
merely an evidence to what Dr Sabhlok has been saying: corruption
*inside*
the government, exists (if it does) for extra-personal reasons such as
the
expenses on the electorate. Outside of the government, as in the public
interfaces it exists due to the bribe-giver, no doubt caused by the
govt's
apathy to the economics of govt-public business transactions.

We would be fools not to see the truth for what it is:  Indians are
rational. Indians are corrupt. The Indian governments are responsible
for
the squalor. (yes, that puts the blame everywhere but on oneself; that
is
the corrupt mind in action!)

Padmanabha Rao



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