Thursday, August 18, 2011

What a powerful argument about corruption and our hypocrisy!

Most Indians have paid a bribe. Most Indian businesses cannot survive or remain competitive without stashing away undeclared earnings.

Almost everybody who has sold a house has taken one part of the payment in cash and evaded tax on it.

Yet, the branding of corruption is so powerful that Indians moan the moment they hear the word.

Open magazine editor Manu Joseph wrote in The New York Times yesterday about "India's selective rage over corruption" (excerpts above).
Joseph, who has also written a best-seller, Serious Men, is known to hold strong views, which he expresses in forceful language, and I admire his writing greatly. In this case, I also happen to agree with his views.
Read the article in its entirety here to understand how to offer a contrarian and, perhaps, unpopular view, without coming across as an insufferable know-it-all.

  • To read an earlier Reading Room post about Open, click on "Open sesame...". If you want to know more about Manu Joseph, go here.

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