Is Corruption in India is a cultural aspect?
We, Indians seem to think nothing peculiar about corruption . It is everywhere. They seem to tolerate corrupt individuals rather than correct them! Our Culture has been that of Tolerance!
Sometimes I wonder is it our beliefs and practices?
I received an email, some of the contents of which which set me thinking! I have added some of my own thoughts am sharing some points from that……I hope to get some answers from Friends!
Is Religion transactional in India?
Do such pleas acknowledge that favours are needed for the undeserving?
A wealthy Indian gives not cash to temples,but gold crowns and such baubles. In June 2009, The Hindu published a report of Karnataka former Minister Mr G. Janardhan Reddy gifting a crown of gold and diamonds worth Rs 45 crore to Tirupati!His gifts can not feed the poor!His pay-off is to God!
Do some religious places of worship collect so much that they don't know what to do with it?
Are Billions gathering dust in temple vaults? The Padmanabhaswamy temple was an example of Wealth collecting dust in vaults!
When Europeans came to India they built schools. When Indians go to Europe & USA, why do they build religious places of worship?Do we Indians believe that if God accepts money for his favours, then nothing is wrong in doing the same thing. Could this be a reason why we don’t take corruption seriously?
Does Indian culture accommodates such transactions morally?Is there is no real stigma?An utterly corrupt Amma in Tamil Nadu or an already accused Sriramulu in Karnataka can make a comeback in India, just unthinkable in the West!
Is Indian moral ambiguity towards corruption 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. This 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. In India fighting wasn't needed, bribing was enough to see off armies? Any invader willing to spend cash could brush aside kings, no matter how many tens of thousands soldiers were in their infantry. Check what’s happening with Terror and it’s control today!Our terrorists after having slaughtered hundreds are enjoying a good lifestyle and being cared for in our prisons! Athithi Devo Bhava?
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 Shukoh’s son Sulaiman to Aurangzeb after receiving a bribe. There are many cases in history where Indians participated on a large scale in treason due to bribery.
The question is-Why we Indians have a transactional culture while other 'civilized' nations don't?
Mostly we Indians not believe in the theory that they all can rise if each of us behaves morally, because that is not the message of our faith. Our caste system separates us. We don't believe that all men are equal. Has this resulted in our division and migration to other faith/religion?
Many Hindus started their own faith like Sikh, Jain, Buddha and many more.Many converted to Christianity and Islam. There are no Indians in India ,mostly there are Hindus ,Christians, Muslims and what not.
Don't Indians trust one another ? Indians forget that 400 years ago they all belonged to one faith. This division evolved an unhealthy culture. Has inequality resulted in a corrupt society?
Why is it that In India every one seems against everyone else, except God?- and even he/she must be bribed?