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A New Zealander’s view on reason for corruption in India: Can We Prevent Clive and Mir Zafar Today

A view that shows a miror to us . It is worth poe ndering that while we are spending billions on arms purchase , we are just not ready for an assymetric war in which corruption , rumours , mischief will be mixed to destroy us in Libyan style . Government and society should prepare the nation for an assymetric warfare too . Corruption will be most difficult to contain because as is visible that politicians today are openly supporting terrorists , It only indicates ease with which India can be won again by a crafty enemy with a big purse .

R.K.Upadhyay

Subject: A New Zealander’s view on reason for corruption in India

A New Zealander’s view on reason for corruption in India:
Indians are Hobbesian
(Culture of self interest)


Corruption in India is a cultural aspect. Indians seem to think nothing peculiar about corruption. It is everywhere.

Indians tolerate corrupt individuals rather than correct them.

No race can be congenitally corrupt.

But can a race be corrupted by its culture?

To know why Indians are corrupt, look at their patterns and practices.


First:


Religion is transactional in India.

Indians give God cash and anticipate an out-of-turn reward.

Such a plea acknowledges that favours are needed for the undeserving.

In the world outside the temple walls, such a transaction is named “bribe”.



A wealthy Indian gives not cash to temples, but gold crowns and such baubles.

His gifts can not feed the poor. His pay-off is for God. He thinks it will be wasted if it goes to a needy man.

In June 2009, The Hindu published a report of Karnataka minister G. Janardhan Reddy gifting a crown of gold and diamonds worth Rs 45 crore to Tirupati.


India’s temples collect so much that they don’t know what to do with it. Billions are gathering dust in temple vaults.

When Europeans came to India they built schools. When Indians go to Europe & USA, they build temples.


Indians believe that if God accepts money for his favours, then nothing is wrong in doing the same thing. This is why Indians are so easily corruptible.

Indian culture accommodates such transactions morally. There is no real stigma. An utterly corrupt JayaLalita can make a comeback, just unthinkable in the West.


Second –


Indian moral ambiguity towards corruption is visible in its history. Indian history tells of the capture of cities and kingdoms after guards were paid off to open the gates, and commanders paid off to surrender.


This is unique to India.


Indians’ corrupt nature has meant limited warfare on the subcontinent.


It is striking how little Indians have actually fought compared to ancient Greece and modern Europe.


The Turks’ battles with Nadir Shah were vicious and fought to the finish.

In India fighting wasn’t needed, bribing was enough to see off armies.

Any invader willing to spend cash could brush aside India’s kings, no matter how many tens of thousands soldiers were in their infantry.


Little resistance was given by the Indians at the “ Battle ” of Plassey.

Clive paid off Mir Jaffar and all of Bengal folded to an army of 3,000.


There was always a financial exchange to taking Indian forts. Golconda was captured in 1687 after the secret back door was left open.

Mughals vanquished Marathas and Rajputs with nothing but bribes.

The Raja of Srinagar gave up Dara Shikoh’s son Sulaiman to Aurangzeb after receiving a bribe.

There are many cases where Indians participated on a large scale in treason due to bribery.

Question is: Why Indians have a transactional culture while other ‘civilized’ nations don’t?


Third –


Indians do not believe in the theory that they all can rise if each of them behaves morally, because that is not the message of their faith.


Their caste system separates them.

They don’t believe that all men are equal.


This resulted in their division and migration to other religions
.


Many Hindus started their own faith like Sikh, Jain, Buddha and many converted to Christianity and Islam.

The result is that Indians don’t trust one another.


There are no Indians in India, there are Hindus, Christians, Muslims and what not.



This division evolved an unhealthy culture. The inequality has resulted in a corrupt society, in India every one is thus everyone else, except God ­and even he must be bribed.


Brian

from Godzone
NEW ZEALAND

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4 Responses to “A New Zealander’s view on reason for corruption in India: Can We Prevent Clive and Mir Zafar Today”

  1. R.Venkatanarayanan
    August 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    This is an utterly nonsensical and scurrilous write-up. What is “confession: id f not transactional? The European wars and wars between Christianity and Islam are replete with bribery. This Newzealander is guilty of sweeping generalization. He or she does not consider what was the situation in India before the Islamic invasion which was followed by Western colonialism.
    The article has some axe to grind,
    RVN

  2. Raman Krishnan
    August 2, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    Dear ” New Zealander”,

    It is unfortunate that you comment upon a religion and culture without sufficient knowledge. You have stereotyped a population of 1.25 billion into a single caricature. I am a hindu, I do make offerings at temples. I do pray for the well being and prosperity of those who are close to me. Your perception that that this tantamounts to a bribe is limited to you and a few who choose to think that way. Unfortunately you will never understand the feelings of satisfaction that one gets after a visit to a temple (irrespective of the quantum of offering made).

    A popular definition of corruption, which you also seem to subscribe to, is “mis-use of power”. How do you fit the bahaviour of hindu devotees vis-a-vis their gods in this context?

    On the subject of invaders, you are blind to the larger ethical and moral issue of racial discrimination propogated by the european settlers. Also, while Mir Jaffer is painted as a corrupt villain who sold his country for a few pieces of silver, you mention nothing about the behaviour of Rober Clive who stooped to the level of offering a bribe. The bribe giver deserves a greater share of the blame than the bribe receiver.

    Corruption is not merely restricted to bribery. Economic extorsion and plundering of the natural resources of the Indian sub-continent by European settlers was by far a much more serious act of corruption.

    What about the attitude of the west towards sustainable development? Preventing a significant population of this planet from enjoying economic properity while not sacrificing their own confort is the greatest act of corruption.

    I do not defend corruption in a ny form whatsover, however, I object to your casual attribution for the reaosn for corruption in India. I blame eurpeans for the high levels of corruption in the developing world which were erstwhile colonies.

    I urge you to read a paper by Acemoglu et al where they argue that level of corruption is a function of the colonization policies adopted by european settlers in different colonies (http://economics.mit.edu/files/4123), published in the Americal Economic Review in December 2001.

    The fact that Newzealand happens to be one of the least corrupt countries, while India figures low on such rankings has little to do with the “nature of citizens”. I urge you to reflect a little and also do a little research before puttting forth your theories.

  3. Ramakant Tiwari
    August 2, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Typical missionary rubbish. Goras came to India and practised bribery, builkt schools to convert Hindus. This author is a typical missionary rascal. He should apologise to the world for the loot and plunder through colonisation.

  4. Vivek
    November 15, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

    Dear Mr. RK Upadhyay

    Indian culture is the oldest in this world. It has gone through a lot of turbulence and turmoil including these foreigners who came as guests to our country and spoiled its innocence by bribing and also presenting the pious practises as bribing God.
    I can say with absolute confidence that New Zealand will not even be able exist for so many years. By the time it is as old as India today, it would be full of manual scavengers.
    So instead of being ashamed or feeling disgusted about our country, it’s better we use our so called “knowledge” to build India stonger. These guys will always use their age old tactics of trying to kill Indian culture by way of hypocrisy because they envy us.

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