Monday, March 19, 2012


This morning while browsing through my old diaries I chanced upon something interesting – a formula for corruption told to me by one of my colleagues which I had jotted down.
Corruption = Monopoly + Discretion – Accountability
Or simply put:
C = M + D – A
Corruption (C) equals Monopoly Power (M) plus Discretionary Power (D) minus Accountability (A)
I had posted this earlier in my blog.
This morning while on my walk, I thought about it and realized that I had missed out one very important aspect - TRANSPARENCY.
Yes, I feel that TRANSPARENCY can help reduce corruption especially in this age of Information Technology and Internet.
So here is the revised formula for CORRUPTION
Corruption = Monopoly + Discretion – Accountability Transparency
Or simply put:
C = M + D – A – T
Corruption (C) equals Monopoly Power (M) plus Discretionary Power (D) minus Accountability (A) minus Transparency (T)
Do have a look around and see for yourself whether this formula is really applicable. Or would you like to add some are other factors too which contribute to corruption?
Going by this formula, it seems to be very simple to reduce corruption, isn't it?
You just have to reduce Monopoly (by increasing competition) eliminate Discretionary Powers to give or withold largesse (by fair and participative decision making) and fix precise and proper Accountability and ensure Total Transparency (especially thorough widespread use of Information Technology).
If it is indeed so simple to control corruption, then why don't we do it?

The reason is quite clear. Most people, especially the powers that be, benefit from corruption. In fact, so many people in society thrive on corruption. And nowadays there is no social stigma attached to corruption - in fact, so many corrupt persons who are involved in scams and amassed huge amounts of wealth seem to have a respectable place in society and enjoy great social status because today it your Power, Wealth and Fame which determine your status in society, and not your honesty, integrity and character which will not earn you much respect. So why should they want to eliminate corruption?

Think about it.

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