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Analysis On Corruption

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  1. jayasala42

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    From January we are in Q.
    1.It took nearly 26 days to get the Death Cert.
    2. It took 70 days to get Legal Heirship cert.
    3.It took nearly 5 months to receive patta of the house changed in the names of myself and my children
    4. We are still in Q to get building plan approval.
    Pandemic situation has added fuel to fire.Intermittent bandhs have caused further delays.
    People and authors have expressed various views.
    It is very often argued thus.
    Analysis on corruption in India does not address its cultural aspect. We see nothing peculiar about corruption in India (except that it is everywhere). We see many corrupt individuals in a system unable to correct itself.
    Our media reports corruption episodically. One independent incident of greed follows another.

    Let us set all that aside and look at it differently. No race can be congenitally corrupt. But can a race be corrupted by its culture? To know why Indians are corrupt let’s look elsewhere. What patterns and practices distinguish us?

    First: Religion is transactional in India.

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

    In the world outside the temple walls, such a transaction has a name: “bribe”.

    In India God accepts cash from us, not good work, for which there is no reward.

    Why does the wealthy Indian give not cash to temples, but gold crowns to ensure his gift isn’t squandered on feeding the poor. Our pay-off is for God. It’s wasted if it goes to man. See what this has produced!

    According to the temple’s website, Tirupati got 3,200kg silver and 2.4kg of diamonds in just one year.Those who gifted a kilo of gold, worth over Rs. 21 lakh, got “VIP darshan” (which means cutting the queue) of the idol.

    In 2007, Vellore’s Sripuram temple was built with 1,500kg of gold. By weight alone it is worth Rs. 325 crore.

    In June 2004, Business Standard reported that Tirupati couldn’t melt down 8,000kg of gifted gold ornaments because devotees had stuck precious stones to their gift. This 8 tonnes of metal, worth Rs. 1,680 crore but actually useless, was gathering dust in temple vaults.


    What will they do with all this metal? Gold-plate the walls of the temple (lending new meaning to the phrase “India Shining”). This work was halted by the Andhra Pradesh high court in December. Not because it was wasteful—such things aren’t vulgar to Indians—but because it might have damaged wall inscriptions.

    When God accepts money in return for his favours, what is wrong with my doing the same thing? Nothing. That is why Indians are so easily corruptible. Our culture accommodates such transactions morally. This is key. There is no real stigma. The demonstrably corrupt Indian leader can harbour hope of a comeback, unthinkable in the West.
    Our moral ambiguity towards corruption is also visible in our history.
    Books on Indian history tell us of the capture of cities and kingdoms after guards were paid off to open gates, and commanders paid off to surrender.
    This is unique to India. We read of battles won after battalions evaporated.

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

    The invader willing to spend a bit of cash always brushed aside India’s kings, no matter how many tens of thousands peopled their infantry.

    Little battle was given 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 solution to taking our forts.
    This is the way arguments are placed forth.

    But my knowledge also indicates that the gold and wealth collected through donations in Thirupathi Devastanam is used in forming educational institutions including Medical and Engineering colleges as also charitable Medical Trusts. Only a small part thereof is used in gold-plating and decorating walls and temple premises. Thirumala city is also a self-sustaining township built on Thirumala Hills, whose entire administrative and municipal machinery is entirely managed and funded by the Devasthana Trust.
    Even Shirdi Shri Sai Sansthan collects substantial donations including huge quantity of gold, but its allocation is also for charitable and good causes, after taking care of the temple expenses.
    Though some corrupt and sinning business honchos might be liberally contributing to the treasures, it may only be an insignificant percentage. Most of the donors are well-meaning true devotees. Now that the country and its population have prospered so much, having such liberal and genuine big donors is not surprising. In any case, the atmosphere, ambience in the temple and devotion to the deity certainly cleanses an individual to a large extent.
    If we call donating gold or big money as a display of affluence, but how will we discount submissive gesture of donating hair to Lord Balaji, even by many rich and poor handsome youths and beautiful ladies.
    Incidentally, the Devasthan also gets good revenue by auctioning the devotees’ hair, instead of throwing them as garbage so that the money so obtained is put to productive use. Auction of coconuts and other “samagari” are other major revenue sources.
    Offering to God in prayer should not be compared with
    speed money of corruptive transaction. Generally offerings
    to God are without any expectations--though
    at times they are associated with certain wish fulfillment.
    Mostly it is a way of thanking God.
    Anyway at least Thirupathi Devastanam has put the money
    into good use in improving environment, giving free food
    and building up educational institutions
    -may be medical care also. The same cannot be said about
    corrupt money -which goes into conspicuous consumption
    and promoting black economy.


    All persons offering something to temples by way of gratitude
    cannot be deemed to be undeserving. Even people working
    hard make prayers that their hard work should yield the best
    results they deserve and they should not face hurdles in
    making the best possible attempts.

    Corruption is prevalent in all the nations and the magnitude
    and nature differs.

    The theory that' when God himself accepts gifts ( bribes)
    why can't man?'is not an acceptable one.

    Only a handful offer in gold. Common people suffering from
    severe illness ,physical or mental, or suffering from social
    injustices have the ultimate solace in God.

    It is true that huge quantums of gold lying idle in the
    temple vaults should be put to proper use without
    political prejudice and suitable laws should be
    framed for the purpose.

    God cannot be held responsible for human weakness.

    Jayasala42
     
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  2. Hopikrishnan

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    In USA, the land of the brave and so forth, we call it "lobbying expense" completely legal.

    T-D is that PIG on the boat. They behave better so that they won't be tossed back into the water.
     
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    Thank you for the beautiful response.Legalizing has so many
    comfort zones to many.Yesterday I was talking to a professor of Economics ,a great author.He said categorically"the only way to reduce corruption is to demonetize all currencies of the world
    without offering any compensation and to nationalise all resources."
    It made me introspect a lot.
    jayasala 42
     
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    From cradle to grave, corruption is visible in some for or other. It could be cash. It could be kind. One is transferred and another one posted by influencing the right man at the helm. Tenders handling g corrupt officials. If officer not toeing the line, he is transferred: if an officer at helm of an office toes line of the minister, after retirement he is made governor of a state. If students take tuition from a particular teacher, the pupil gets better treatment and awarded good marks or brownie points.

    Hospital ward women and boys are to be bribed to get their service even at normal times. When my mom was hospitalised, exactly morning four she needs the bed pan. Ward woman was sleeping in an isolated blind corner. I had to plead to make and serve my mom. She was not happy with tips per day I gave.

    To make the baby eat, she is offered chocolate afterwards. To do home work, she offered article or pizza or something else of her choice .

    The man as incharge in burial ground wields extra ordinary power. He would say no more as crematorium booked for its capacity. But when offered double the usual bribe, it can be arranged to accept body under special circumstances.
    God never ask for bribe.

    The story is whatever funds dropped in the hundi or and donated by other means Is only to meet a part of interest payable to Loan drawn fro Kubera by Perumal! But then why for his wedding Lord needed so much cash and Gold & silver and gem stones!

    People around the Lord centuries ago created this hundi andthat small amount utilised only for maintenance of temple and conducting poojas. Amitabh handed over a crown worth crores of rupees. It is just sitting on the Perumal idol. God must be terribly pleased. No. God must be wondering whether it was out of white or black! During demonetisation beyond the target date huge funds reported deposited to Lord Hundi. But then black or white fun’s with trust utilised in their institutions and hospitals.

    God is believed to be immensely pleased with whatever devotee offers - Tulsi, Gold, cash, human hair by way of tonsure. But many after getting favours granted fulfil their commitment to Lord and promptly drop their offerings in cas and kind. This act cannot be equated to under table money or greasing the palm variety.

    I presume the act of bribery began even before the moguls invaded India.

    I do remember “cho’s solution as prime minister In the Tamil drama “ Mohammed Bin Thuglak”. To solve the bribery, he legalises corruption and ordered display of bribe amounts paid to officials of department handling and deciding various projects & issues.

    Someone mooted the plan of nationalising all temples a la demonetising all world currencies !

    The particulars of gold held at TTD stated seem to be of 2010.

    Thanks and Regards.
     
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    What we say Corruption in India is called speed money in Singapore. There is a difference between the corruption you faced in property matters and the so-called 'Lobbying' in the USA and in almost all countries. The first is petty favors and the other is securing power.
     
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