Why are we a society of LAW BREAKING ECONOMIC GANGSTERS? – Do you have an answer?

Why conduct in some societies is dominated by law- abiding behavior while corruption is the norm in others.

What stops Philadelphians from offering twenty- dollars to policemen who pull them over for speeding, while such transactions are the norm on the chaotic roads of Delhi, Lahore —or for that matter, China?

My Philadelphian friend told me it is because you know that it’s likely to buy you a first- hand look at prison in US if you offer a bribe. By contrast, not only can you rightly assume you’ll get away with bribing a policeman in Delhi, it’s actually expected of you.

So Reason 1: Weak law enforcement is the reason for lawlessness in India. Alright point taken. In fact my Philadelphian friend also gave me reasons for why we have Weak law enforcement.  “Policeman’s monthly salary is so meager that he needs extra cash to feed his family.” By that logic, I am probably more likely to get in trouble with the police authorities in Dhaka if I don’t pay a bribe than if I do.

So in a nutshell, in some places, the necessities of daily existence turn ordinary folk into rule- breaking economic gangsters. Fair point

But, is corruption simply a matter of weak law enforcement, or do background experiences (Culture) also affect the decision to behave corruptly?

To understand the role of culture alone, we need to somehow put Philadelphians in an environment with weak legal enforcement to find out what American conscience and social norms—and not the American police—tell them what to do. But alas, Philadelphians are not lab rats and hence our curiosity about the impact of culture versus law enforcement will – probably – not get answered.

Or do you have a fair explanation on the subject?

The Story of Arvind Kejriwal: How a social reformer changed Delhi


Consider that today is January the 19th 2034 & not January the 19th 2014 (about 20 years in future). & now read this blog. You will get the zest of this by the end.

In December 2013, Arvind Kejriwal , an IRS official turned activist, was elected Chief Minister of Delhi, India,  by a landslide. Delhi was reeling from the legacy of Mafia Raj in virtually every Government department and the corruption was rampant across all sections of the society. Crime was rampant—the city held the dubious distinction of being the RAPE capital of India, with over 400 rapes in the 2013 —and the POLICE was notoriously corrupt. Delhi citizens were fed up and Arvind Kejriwal, an “anti-politician” (he was always an activist forced into politics), who had never held any electoral seat, was charged with the seemingly impossible task of creating order amidst chaos.

I know you all know this part of the story even in 2014 but what happened next made it either “The story of Arvind Kejriwal: legend that never was” or “The Story of Arvind Kejriwal: How a social reformer changed Delhi”

Let me give the later part first “The Story of Arvind Kejriwal: How a social reformer Changed Delhi”

Once in office, Chief Minister quickly sprang into action, stationing mime (a person who is good at mimicry) across the city. These mimes had no powers, they didn’t carry guns, nor could they issue challans. They just used a simple method of mimicry and ridicule (one thing that they knew best). Mimes attached themselves to reckless pedestrians, striding behind them and mocking their every move. Reckless drivers were targeted with similar methods. In a matter of months, the fraction of pedestrians & reckless drivers obeying traffic signals reportedly jumped from 26 percent to 75 percent. PROBLEM NO. 1 Solved.


Arvind’s reform agenda started small but soon went well beyond traffic c compliance. He told civilians to offer bribe to officials for favors, set them up, record the event & use recordings as proof of bribe. Message turned viral; civilians started buying all kinds of cameras & started sting operations. Government helpline went berserk with loads and loads and loads of sting recordings. Kejriwal then introduced a cash compensation and legal amnesty scheme for best & successful “Sting operation Civilians”. 5000 officials were suspended in a period of 30 days. Notorious bribe takers had bricks in their pants. Bribery vanished. PROBLEM NO. 2 Solved.

Moral till now: Arvind Kejriwal felt that efforts at attitudinal change were fundamental to all of his reforms, and that transforming civic culture was the key to solving his city’s myriad ills.

I will continue our story in my next blog scheduled for Wednesday, 23rd January 2014.

What’s Trending : Muzaffarnagar is giving birth to Platoon of “SUICIDE BOMBERS”


Do you know what’s trending in Muzaffarnagar (UP, India) these days? No, this trend not in daily newspaper; is neither debated on news channels nor discussed among informed/intelligent Indians. It is also not trending on twitter, tumblr or Facebook. But people in Muzaffarnagar are murmuring that a small town in UP is giving birth to a platoon of “SUICIDE -BOMBERS”.

Want to know about Muzaffarnagar roits watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqSLFn4TvX0

They claim that battered & bruised youngsters, under the influence of various charismatic religious leaders will soon choose a straightforward route to self-fulfillment. Many of them will soon board planes or trains, with the intention of killing as many civilians as possible?

I am not worried whether or not we will be able to stop them. I know like Fenians (Irish anarchist group), Macedonians, Hindu nationalists (among them the killers of Mahatma Gandhi), Fascists, Maoists, Guevarists, Red Brigades, Red Army Fractions, Palestinians and even al-Qaeda’s jihadists we will FAIL in STOPPING them.

What I am worried about is that is this going to end? … EVER? & What I am terrified about is the truth is that wave is never going to pass, it will merely change.

You call them anarchists and define them as people who believe in no government or you call them jihadists and define them as people who believe in imposing a particularly rigid form of government on everyone; their followers are & will continue to take to the BOMB. Men seized with a sense of injustice, or purpose, or hatred, or inadequacy, will continue to resort to bloodshed

We will catch a few; sometimes we will catch them even before the terrible act. That will argue for excellent intelligence and police work. I am sure at times we will resolve some of their grievances that they lend as justification for their attacks. That will argue for good political action. But the wave will never end. What do you think?