Corruption and bribery exists everywhere, in fact it is growing. Apparently in India corruption is perceived as the civil servants' favourite contest nationwide.
But we should not dump on India. Hardly a day goes by in the West that this or that politician or leading businessman is not in the news as one who was just caught taking payment for something. Actually, this state of affairs is disheartening for the millions of people who had voted for the charged and convicted individuals.
Right now, IMF's chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under investigation for alleged negligence in handling IMF business. More than likely Lagarde will be cleared.
Some others, in other countries charged with corruption fraud and alike offences may go to jail. Although, somehow people at the higher level of society are well lawyered-up and not often sentenced to a jail term.
Corruption must pay for some individuals and companies. We are not talking of small potatoes. For example, corruption in the 28 countries of the EU is costing European taxpayers about €120bn (£100bn) a year, or the equivalent of the union's annual budget.
The fact is that corruption is part and parcel of the modern world, it is growing massively in huge proportions. The developing world losing billions of dollars each year through corruption. In Africa, corruption is the major cause of poverty and conflicts.
As for the fight against corruption? Sounds good. Unfortunately it is like fighting to keep the Titanic afloat after hitting the iceberg.
Alan Greenspan came close to a viable way to handle corruption. He wrote" Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff."
There it is. Perhaps we can do better. If anyone knows how to go about it it, just tell us.