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.
- To read an earlier Reading Room post about Open, click on "Open sesame...". If you want to know more about Manu Joseph, go here.
- Also read: "Fast and let loose", by Bachi Karkaria of The Times of India.