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The Art Of Graft

Panchayati Raj will lead to devolution of corruption. At the other end, reforms too have kicked off a festival of kick-backs.

The Art Of Graft
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The Art Of Graft
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Today, civil society has overwhelmed the public sector state in fast-track corruption. Consider two examples. The Tehelka documents and the media reports on cricket have destroyed its myth as an honorary, honourable game and recognised its transformation into the big three of horse racing, matka and cricket. We showed Sharjah why bet on camels when cricketers are available and more predictable.

Indians converted disasters into a new high-growth industry helping to contribute to the ngo-isation of the economy. The cyclones of Orissa and the earthquake in Gujarat showed ngos that disasters could be as lucrative as defence contracts and more legitimate. Not that defence lags behind. The much-maligned tout or middleman shows he thrived and thrives well in our military sector where canteen contracts, patriotism or guns have their price and their lobbyists.

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