India Corruption News

Before I really launch into this blog, here are some blog posts from around the web on corruption in India. The unfortunate thing seems to be that not enough people seem to be raising their voice against corruption and even if they do, not often enough.

Here are a few:

1. Is Corruption Ever Acceptable as a Second Best Solution?

Of course, in an ideal world, the cops would be paid a reasonable salary and Indian drivers wouldn’t stand for this, or any, type of corruption. Given the current situation, extorting money from the helmet-less seems like the best …

2. Indian Government overlooking information about corruption

In the 80’s and 90’s, a lot of films had the concept of a secret Swiss account held by a politician or a corrupt government official, and the mission always was to either get the corrupt minister in some way or to get details of the …

3. India : Corruption and Culling

Bird flu cull hit by ‘corruption’. By Subir Bhaumik BBC News, Calcutta. Several culling teams have stopped working in districts of West Bengal hit by bird flu, complaining of corruption. They say that they are being put under pressure …

4. Corruption and taxes eroding profits of Chinese firms in India

Still, India is a market that companies including TCL, the world’s largest producer of tube TVs, cannot afford to lose.

5. Corruption – It is omnipresent in India

You know the best part I like of the corruption is that, the rates are almost common all over India. If you are caught by traffic police and do not have driving license pay Rs. 50, if you do not have a RC, or vehicle insurance, …

6. Ex-chief justice under corruption panel scanner

… Commission (CVC), the government’s anti-corruption watchdog, has forwarded a set of complaints with allegations of corruption and misconduct against former Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal to the government for further action. …

7. Ripun Borah episode and its significance

People have known and heard about corruption and bribing of many public officials including the ministers. But a minister bribing a cbi official was something extraordinary that people hardly can imagine. The episode reminds us about …

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About time we all got really angry … and did something

This is my first angry post.

Every morning when I’m about ten minutes into a newspaper, my blood begins to simmer. Some days it crosses the threshold and I get really worked up and furious about certain stuff while some days I just don’t read any newspaper or watch any news to keep myself from getting angry about the state of affairs in our country.

Of course, I then also refrain from going out, preferring to stay within the safe cocoon of my home, because I know that if I step out on the city roads, the temperature is bound to rise.

With so much anger inside me about how our government is running (read “ruining”) our country, how a massive part of the private sector is helping the government suck the life-blood of our nation, how we as regular non-VIP citizens daily fail to stand up against the corruption and the incompetence and, instead, become a part of the problem, I am quite surprised that I haven’t already developed chronic-stress.

I do have elevated blood pressure from time to time but it’s mostly due to other, personal stuff like things not working out on my career front. I’m young and I shouldn’t be having elevated blood pressure at my age. I am getting a handle on my career and so don’t have any major worries on that front and neither do I fret about my relationships which are generally hunky-dory.

The only thing that is not going to go away soon is the miserable state of affairs of our country. And just getting angry about it is not going to help anyone, including me.

So I’ve decided to start this blog as an anonymous angry Indian. This will be a place for me to vent my feelings and talk about steps we, as citizens, can take on a daily basis to stop, or at least slow down, the rot that is spreading all around us.

Hopefully, it’ll stir me to action. And maybe a few others.

Feel free to comment on any post and join in the discussion.