Corruption Perceptions Index, and Jesus and Mo

The 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of Transparency International ranked Pakistan at 117 out of 180 countries. India was ranked 81, worse than China at 77. The top spots are (in order)  New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore. US comes in at 16, Japan at 20, Bhutan at 26. The correlation between poverty and … Continue reading Corruption Perceptions Index, and Jesus and Mo

The Demand and Supply of Fines and Corruption

A comment on the last piece prompts this tiny lesson in microeconomics. "Corruption is one big pain point in the economic growth of a country. I have this funny idea but would like your inputs from an economists perspective. If things get costly it reduces its demand. Can corruption be made costly? This may increase … Continue reading The Demand and Supply of Fines and Corruption

Indians Make it in the USA, not in India

Prime Minister Modi is visiting the SF Bay area this weekend. Entreaties to "Make in India" will echo all around. Sadly, little attention has been given to why Indians themselves are unable to make in India, or even make it in India. Indians make it anywhere except in India. Particularly, Indians make it in the … Continue reading Indians Make it in the USA, not in India

Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi is #4 “Richest Politicians”

Business Insider has a short feature, "Meet The 23 Richest Politicians In The World", and Dr Manmohan Singh's boss, Ms Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi is listed as the 4th richest with wealth estimated between US$2-19 billion. This must have given Kapil Sibal and Digvijaya Singh the conniptions, and I am sure that it lends … Continue reading Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi is #4 “Richest Politicians”

Dr.Swamy’s letter to CBI director

Dr Swamy is a national asset. I sometimes wonder why the Congress goons don't bump him off. May his tribe increase. To increase awareness among Indians of the corruption charges against the Nehru-Gandhi-Maino clan, please circulate this widely. Mr.A.P.Singh Director, CBI, CGO Complex New Delhi 110013. Dec 7, 2011 Dear Mr. Singh: Please refer to … Continue reading Dr.Swamy’s letter to CBI director

Manmohan Singh Epitomizes Evil

As some of you have already pointed out, I have been focusing on public corruption in India a bit too much. A recent comment motivates me to explain my seeming obsession with the appointed prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his crimes. Here's what Rajarshi Roy very thoughtfully wrote: Dear Atanu, I have been reading … Continue reading Manmohan Singh Epitomizes Evil

The Habit of Being Honest

A few days ago, a Pakistani singer by the name of Rahat was caught smuggling around $130,000 out of India. It does not matter what the prescribed penalties are for such an act but the interior minister of Pakistan called up the Home Minister of India, P. Chidambaram and thanked him for facilitating Rahat's release. … Continue reading The Habit of Being Honest