Why Hazare’s movement might fail? (via Slate)

Corruption in India is fairly endemic. It is present in everything from traffic tickets to giant government contracts. Hazare is struggling with a mountain of inertia, a community acceptance of corruption and an appreciation of its benefits. He is trying to work with and develop a contrarian philosophy. I suspect this may be based on the Indian development of greater economic and political power in international relations.

The Indians are a proud people to put it very mildly. But a reasonable person can easily conclude that corruption on the current scale will make it very difficult for India to become as signiificant as its large population and geography would make it. Corruption on the current scale threatens national growth and impairs the nation’s standing in the world just as investment banking speculation and greed endanger growth in the United States.

I have a lot to learn about this situation but I’m going to try.

Indians may speak English but the implications and history behind the words are different than in American English. This is not to imply superiority to ether form of the language merely to acknowledge the need for caution.

James Pilant

Before I start, I want to be clear that I want this movement to be a success…. Corruption in India is an integral part of everybodys everyday life. We are on one of the sides, either at the receiving end or the giving. Corruption does not begin in the office, it begins on the streets. It does not care for age, status, class, or position, just the effect varies. The traffic police always gives us two options; First, that is legal, time consumin … Read More

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3 thoughts on “Why Hazare’s movement might fail? (via Slate)

  1. I am trying to get UNCAC ratified by India as well introducing UNGC to all companies. Aa Kathleen Parker of WP asks: Is it time to reconsider the Axis of Evil?” i.e the nexus between Corporate & the Government. Corporate has to understand first sustainability means sustainability of values, now touted as the new jargon for sustainability of profits, without co-relating values to profits. It will not work. Corruption to a large extent is the basis of increased turnover for all Corporate, come what may, in the name of competition. Corporate, there are good ones like SAP, who can initiate the change, should wholeheartedly go ahead in optimizing Principle 10 of UNGC as well 1 to 9. I am not talking only about India but world over.

    Anna Hazare gives that impetus to break the axis of evil. First to know about this Gandhian way, a unique method that closed the production of textiles in Lancashire Mills during the freedom movement, I suggest why Anna Hazare is a good representative this link may help – http://bit.ly/eSzSm6. Gandhians are unique and dare devils, very difficult to tackle them should they arise against Government insensitivity.

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  2. James, you are quite correct. Corruption is endemic in Indian government and businesses must “play by the rules.” Indian businesses are subject to bureaucratic delays and arbitrary regulatory decisions that promote corruption. The government seems to have a regulation for everything. It can be very frustrating to do business in India or with the Indian government — patience is a virtue.

    U.S. multinationals play the game as well. On March 25 it was announced that the Central Bureau of Investigation in India has begun probing allegations of bribes paid by Houston-based Pride International, one of the world’s largest offshore drilling firms, to a judge of the Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal (CEGAT). Officials of the company are alleged to have paid bribes of $500,000 for obtaining a favorable order from CEGAT in June 2003. CEGAT’s ruling, according to indictments served on the company by the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission in 2010, stated that the estimated gain to the company from securing a favorable decision from the Indian tribunal was “at least” $10 million.

    It is unfortunate that the culture of doing business in India is one of corruption. However, we should be careful not to attribute corrupt behavior to Indian society in general. I’m glad you pointed out that Indians are proud people. Their Hindu philosophy is based in their belief in a universal law and order that promotes the well-being of the individual and society.

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    1. Corporate & their bottom line are the main culprits. If Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan, Prince Bernard of Belgium, Italian bigwigs, Mubarak of Egypt could all be bribed to do business how else gullible people of India or Viet Nmm could be made to react when the system as a whole gets corrupted.

      “Their Hindu philosophy is based in their belief in a universal law and order that promotes the well-being of the individual and society.” is indeed true. But the people would not like to accept it if one shows the example today of good governance. It is not anywhere in the world, including US, excepting only one state in India.

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