I got this comment on yesterday's blog post (see below). The author, like most Indians, DOES NOT DO ANY RESEARCH BUT JUMPS TO CONCLUSIONS. Apparently China is LESS corrupt than India because it hangs its corrupt. It is NOT.
The most cursory exploration of TI's corruption index will prove that point. Indeed, in 2010, China was ranked 78 from the top (3.5 out of 10), India 87 (3.3) – hardly any difference. Over the years, India and China have gone up and down in ranking – around the same area – near the bottom of the pile. Sometimes China is a little ahead, sometimes China is a little behind. Also, I'm assuming that TI can clearly see that after YEARS of 'work' it has made NO DIFFERENCE to corruption in the Third World.
That is because these "solutions" (hang the corrupt, make international laws to make giving bribes an offence) are barking up the wrong tree. NONE of these efforts have been designed to MOTIVATE good people to enter politics – or to reduce unnecessary intervention of governments in the market. All are designed to somehow punish the corrupt. But when everyone is corrupt, this solution doesn't work, since your probability of getting caught is 0.0000001.
you lost me at "NEGATIVE SOLUTIONS HAVE VERY LIMITED EFFECT". The Chinese model (though extreme by having death penalty for the corrupt) has worked. US has had corruption in its recent history and addressed it by punishing the wrong doers. I dont see how punishing a wrong doer is a negative solution. And its not easy to flood the system with "good people" when the system is filled with cut-throat street-smart "bad people". Wake up, sir, and smell the coffee. August 16 will answer doubters like you.
SeethuIt is absurd to suggest that the Chinese model has worked. All the best Chinese brains have left China. And China is BELOW India on Transparency International world rankings of corruption. [Well - not in 2010, where it is just above, but I recall has been below India in many of the past 10 years - but that is like comparing the difference between 19 and 20 in any case]Your argument that it is not easy to flood the system with good people is WRONG. Most of the developed world uses the model I’ve suggested – and that ATTRACTS good people to politics. Good people, instead of leaving India, will join politics. We only need 500 odd good people to run India (in the first instance). How hard is that?
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