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If you want to post any relevant information, your articles, experiences, op-eds, documents, audios, videos, etc., click here to know how to contribute. By crude estimate at least 95% of politicians, judges, police, bureaucrats, industrialists, etc. are corrupt. These corrupts are looting our country for last sixty years. They are nothing but native invaders, thieves and criminals and the single largest threat to the national security. They are not Sahibs, they deserve boot of the masses. According to the standard of any civilized country they deserve at least rigorous life imprisonment. Read the sections below to know how mean they are. India is going through a state of complete anarchy. For every posted news here, there are 1000 similar incidents unreported in the media.

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Jul 11, 2011 Indian Railways, an engine without a driver: "Of the total 90,000 vacancy of safety staff, railway needs 20,000 locomotive pilots and 50,000 Trackmen. There is a shortage of 10,000 personnel of Railway Protection Force. Railway finances are also shrinking with working expenses going up. Basically Indian Railways is increasingly becoming an inefficient transporter."
Jul 11, 2011 No trains to safety: "India that is trundling to the moon in a creaking bullock cart packed with diseased and undernourished people.", "The consequences of substandard material (everyone takes a cut on every purchase), shoddy workmanship, poor maintenance and negligent inspection can be blamed on saboteurs."
Jul 11, 2011 It’s not tough to fight graft: "If we look beyond the ongoing debate over the Lok Pal Bill, we will find fighting corruption is easy: Government should just do it!"
Jul 10, 2011 Citizen and the state: "All the three scams — 2G spectrum, CWG, and Adarsh — were exposed by vigilant citizens rather than by the state institutions constituted to find out and punish such corruption cases. The CBI pursued the cases only after the courts asked it to investigate."
Jul 10, 2011 Civil society group garners city support for Anna’s Aug 16 fast
Jul 10, 2011 Sanjaya Baru: Growth, stability and corruption
Jul 10, 2011 Anna Hazare wants Lokpal to go the RTI way: "He also appealed to the people to switch off their lights on that day between 8pm and 9pm and take to the streets to fight against corruption and 63 years of darkness in Independent India."
Jul 10, 2011 End corruption: Naga Hoho
Jul 10, 2011 Why India needs a Lokpal. Now.: "Any delay in cleaning up the corruption mess will keep foreign investors at bay, says the Infosys founder"
Jul 10, 2011 7 criminals moving in MLA's car held: "Patna police on Sunday claimed to have made a breakthrough in several cases of loot, murder and extortion following the arrest of seven criminals in Khagaul on Saturday evening. They were moving in the town in the vehicle of Danapur BJP MLA Asha Sinha."
Jul 9, 2011 No night out alone: Top cop to women: "Instead of making the city safe for women, he is putting the onus on the victim." "This is ridiculous. The police are violating the right to life and they can't put restrictions on women,"", "Gupta agreed that women did not trust male cops. "When I was joint commissioner (New Delhi range), I visited Jesus and Mary College, where students told me that men cops were more troublesome than roadside stalkers.""
Jul 9, 2011 Now, The Oil Stain - By exposing its lesser arm, is the petromin hiding bigger sins?: "“If the CBI does file an FIR indicating DGH links with RIL, then the conglomerate could become a co-accused.”`, `The private sector nexus with the ministry is so strong that many former officials have joined petro companies over the years, some as reward for special ‘favours’. The rot is not restricted to the ministry as the CBI found, with as many as seven officials in the DGH—from a geologist and geophysicist to financial officers—working against the country’s interests. Considering that DGH officials are on deputation from various PSUs, this is indicative of the spreading cancer of corruption."
Jul 8, 2011 Courting disharmony: "Does the Supreme Court of India want to be the Government of India? Or do the judges of the apex court want to assert their right to be considered as ordinary citizens?", "The scams that have been unearthed in the last few years are of such staggering proportions that all earlier cases appear to deal in small change. The government’s obvious inability and, worse, seeming unwillingness to deal with these cases has taken us, the members of civil society, beyond a point of no return, so that we are no longer willing to be passive bystanders."
Jul 8, 2011 Govt version of Lokpal Bill doesn't cover corrupt first-contact officials: "Ironically, while there is nothing for common man's grievances in the government draft Bill, his activism has been covered. All non-profit organisations, registered or not, funded or not, but receiving donation, howsoever small, shall come within the purview of the Lokpal."
Jul 8, 2011 Decoding India's corruption wars
Jul 8, 2011 India faltering on poverty alleviation: "a person today is not poor if he can spend Rs 24 in a village and Rs 30 in a city. These figures are as absurd as they can get. In Delhi, people pay Rs 15 for a one-way bus ticket. So a man who makes Rs 30 a day in Delhi may travel to work and back, buy and eat nothing but he still not will be considered poor. "
Jul 7, 2011 India needs better pay scale, not laws, to prevent graft
Jul 7, 2011 Dynamics of corruption: "It is the absence of liberal policies and simple rules, efficiency and transparency that increases the opportunities for hanky-panky at the administrative level."
Jul 7, 2011 Will use technology to fight graft, says new CVC
Jul 7, 2011 Corruption in India Dragging the whole country down
Jul 7, 2011 Anonymous website takes no prisoners on 2G scam: "Power of having big “Surname” in India like Tata, Birla and Ambani — says the recent scams in India not only talk about the free loot of scarce resources, but also show the power of belonging to a wealthy family. “It seems that India has been taken over by corrupt politicians in alliance with corrupt bureaucrats and businessmen,” it says. “A number of PSUs (Balco, VSNL, Modern Food, Hindustan Teleprinters, etc) have been divested at throwaway prices. Since liberalisation, a few industrial houses managed by people having big surnames have grown exceptionally by exploiting India’s scarce resources, be it mines, oil, land, ports or spectrum, in alliance with the political masters.”"
Jul 7, 2011 2G scam - Is CBI gunning for Tata, Ambani next? : "a case against Anil Ambani, and perhaps Ratan Tata, may be imminent"
Jul 7, 2011 Bokaro Steel shames VVIP squatters: "Bokaro Steel today published a notice in newspapers, asking as many as 14 high-profile individuals, including senior politicians like deputy chief minister Hemant Soren, to vacate within two days PSU quarters they have been occupying illegally for years. Apart from Hemant, among the others named in the notice were his brother Basant, Bokaro MLA Samresh Singh, Chandankyari MLA Umakant Rajak and Vishrampur MLA Chandrashekhar Dubey."
Jul 6, 2011 Court martial likely against 27 serving Army officers: "against 27 officers for illegally selling off weapons procured for their personal use. It is for the first time in the Army's history that so many serving officers, in this case lieutenant colonels and colonels, are facing such serious action."
Jul 6, 2011 Lokpal Bill a must to curb corruption: Nurul Hooda
Jul 6, 2011 CIC says pulling out CBI from scope of RTI Act is a violation of the law itself: "CIC questions the nature of the CBI which is purely a "police establishment" and does not come under "intelligence'' and "security" as categorised by the central government."
Jul 6, 2011 Slimming without gymming - Tihar’s celeb inmates lose weight, Kani leads chart with 5kg drop : "Guaranteed weight loss: 4-5kg in roughly one-and-a-half months. Free of cost. Asia’s biggest prison is turning out to be the country’s newest slimming centre. Nearly all the high-profile inmates who have made the jail their home, courtesy a couple of scams, have lost weight since they moved in. Leading the pack is DMK MP Kanimozhi, who has shed 5kg in a month and a half. Shahid Usman Balwa, one of India’s richest and a fellow accused in the 2G scam, has lost 4.5kg", "Disgraced sports czar Suresh Kalmadi, locked up since his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scandal, has slimmed down too. The Pune MP has grown thinner by 4kg, despite the occasional tea and biscuits at the office of the now transferred jail superintendent."
Jul 6, 2011 Tracing the Historical antecedents of corruption in India: "Corruption in India is a cultural aspect. Indians seem to think nothing peculiar about corruption. It is everywhere. Indians tolerate corrupt individuals rather than correct them and remain supremely hypocritical about the discourse.", "Indians give God cash and anticipate an out-of-turn reward.", "Indians’ corrupt nature has meant limited warfare on the subcontinent. It is striking how little Indians have actually fought compared to ancient Greece and modern Europe. The Turks’ battles with Nadir Shah were vicious and fought to the finish. In India fighting wasn’t needed, bribing was enough to see off armies."
Jul 6, 2011 India's Crony Socialism: "The total wealth of India's 55-odd billionaires comes to about 20% of GDP, a proportion rivaled only by infamously crony capitalist Russia. Many of India's richest have allegedly used political and regulatory connections to augment their fortunes.", "India's problems stem not from crony capitalism but crony socialism, the continued hold of an often corrupt and inept political class on economic decision making."
Jul 6, 2011 SC stick hurts govts across political divide: "The SC rap is not just limited to the confines of Uttar Pradesh. It resonates in nearly every nook and corner of the country where the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 is invoked to dispossess people of their private land in the name of building SEZs, industries, shopping complexes and gated dwelling units curiously called societies. Despite repeated pleas by jurists, activists and even after the Singur-Nandigram-Jaitapur-POSCO experience, the political class has not felt the need to amend, repeal or replace a draconian law enacted by colonists to usurp 'native' properties."
Jul 6, 2011 It's raining black money disclosures for income tax dept in Gujarat
Jul 6, 2011 HC seeks AIIMS reply on hiring of 91 doctors: "The Delhi High Court has directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to explain why 91 doctors should not be served copies of a writ petition asking the court to quash their appointments over alleged violation of recruitment rules.", "Petitioner Sarman Singh, now a professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine of AIIMS, wants the court to quash appointment of 164 assistant professors initially made on an ad hoc basis, allegedly in violation of rules. The petition, filed through advocate Barun Kumar Sinha, also challenged their “illegal” regularisation and promotion as associate professors."
Jul 6, 2011 Private hospitals are not hotels to charge exorbitantly: SC: "Criticizing the city's big private hospitals for their steep charges, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that they are acting like star hotels and have not kept their promise to treat the poor -- 25% outdoor and 10% indoor -- free of cost."
Jul 6, 2011 Dharavi in Mumbai is no longer Asia's largest slum: "Data from the 2011 census shows there are 3.1 crore people in the island city and 9.3 crore in the suburbs, while nearly 78% of the city's population lives in slums. "
Jul 6, 2011 Salwa judum is unconstitutional: Supreme Court: "The Supreme Court on Tuesday restrained the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre from appointing tribals as Special Police Officers and arming them to counter Maoists, terming the step as 'unconstitutional'.", "Asking the Chhattisgarh government and the Centre to desist from appointing the tribals as Special Police Officers (SPOs) and arming them for countering the Naxals in any manner directly or indirectly, the court said the appointment of tribal youths as SPOs is 'unconstitutional'.", "the court was of the view that arming tribals would lead to a 'dangerous' situation if they turned against the state. The court had also questioned the training programme of the SPOs. "You are playing with the so called SPOs. What will happen if they turn against the state. God save this country," the bench had said during the last hearing."
Jul 4, 2011 Corruption has grown in scale, not extent: Sen: ""I do not think corruption in India has increased, but the magnitude of the money involved in it has."
Jul 4, 2011 Are we trivialising corruption?: "All the three ministers who addressed the press conference — Mr Chidambaram, Mr Kapil Sibal and Mr Pawan Bansal — were all smiles as they addressed the media though, frankly, their smiles hardly left one feeling comfortable. For one thing, corruption, or the lack of moral authority, is no laughing matter. And, pray, what does this government have to smile about really?"
Jul 4, 2011 Greek crisis is a warning signal for India? (Part-1)
Jul 3, 2011 Black Money And The Lok Pal Bill: "Even after 60 years of free India, our country is faced with poverty and uncountable economic sicknesses."
Jul 3, 2011 Beyond scams and skeletons: "The less than Rs.250-crore Central budget in 1950 has shot up to more than Rs.12 lakh crore in 2011-12."
Jul 3, 2011 Who will keep India democratic?: "India's economy has been growing quickly, but activists say democracy is suffering because prosperity is being hoarded by a small group of corrupt elites"
Jul 3, 2011 Fight against Corruption: Are we Serious?
Jul 3, 2011 The corrupt are afraid: "the jan lokpal will be one such independent institution. Instead of being a threat to democracy, it will be a threat to the corrupt."
Jul 2, 2011 India deadlocked over anti-corruption bill: "first version was introduced in 1969, but on that occasion, and on nine subsequent occasions, the Indian parliament rejected the bill. The bill attained momentum this year, triggered by the spate of corruption scandals emerging from the Congress Party-led coalition government "
Jul 2, 2011 CPM lists 6-point agenda in war on corruption: "“Since the 1989 VP Singh government, four bills were brought on lokpal. Also in 1996, 1998 and 2001. All of them provided for placing the PM under the lokpal. It is surprising that the UPA government is refusing to accept this,”"
Jul 2, 2011 Hawk On His Perch: "Vinod Rai’s searing honesty in his job as the country’s CAG has the government in many a bind"
Jul 1, 2011 For Want Of A Bribe: India's Anti-Corruption Push: "The first time I came back from the U.S., the customs official said, "Give me 200 rupees and I won't open your suitcase." My friend said, "Bring some extra Kit Kats or Dove soaps for the customs guy." My mother said, "Just pack your dirty clothes and socks on top.""
Jul 1, 2011 My next may be on corruption: Prakash Jha
Jul 1, 2011 Forget Pakistan, corruption is bleeding India by a thousand cuts
Jul 1, 2011 Life in Tihar: Tea with jail official, chatting with friends: "High tea with the jail superintendent, freedom to enter, leave prison cells or meet co-accused, unrestricted access to jail premises — this is what life is like in Tihar Jail for the high-profile accused in the country`s two biggest scams —2G spectrum scam and Commonwealth Games. "
Jun 30, 2011 Tahrir Square has a lot to teach Delhi
Jun 30, 2011 ‘I would make a film on corruption’
Jun 29, 2011 'We Need System Reforms'
Jun 29, 2011 A systemic approach to reducing corruption
Hum toh aise hain bhaiyya: "The Mahishasur of corruption is threatening to devour India. Not that this problem did not exist before. However, never before in our history did we have such a torrent of scams and scandals tumbling out of the establishment’s cupboard — Commonwealth Games, scandal in the allotment of 2G Spectrum and the Adarsh Housing Scheme, to name a few."
Price hike result of corruption, UPA's faulty policies: BJP
Tale of two crusaders: "Considering the kind of corruption we have seen from those august stables — Justice Dinakaran first and then Justice K.G. Balakrishnan"
Eradication of corruption vital for development, says Kalam: "former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Sunday threw his weight behind the anti-graft movement."
Why is India corrupt? Singapore may have the answers
People's daily: Corruption dents affordability of Indian houses: ""Corruption in India is beyond imagination."
US eager to deepen coop with India on anti-corruption issues
An unlikely hero battling India's corruption: "Whereas Gandhi wanted an India free from Britain, Mr Hazare's wish is for an India free from corruption, and his target is the Indian government itself. He has termed it the country's second struggle for independence."
Left at God's mercy in 'world class' Delhi railway station: "The police constable worked the phone furiously in search for medical help. He was unsuccessful. I asked Mukesh whether there was a medical room or an emergency response team in the station. He said there was none. "Sir, we help the railways but there are hardly any facilities for tackling such situations within the station.""
Corruption bigger threat than hired assassins: High court
Students' anti-corruption movement gathers steam
World view of debate on corruption in India
Corruption in India a major concern for NRIs INOC felicitates Kerala MLA
All for a lokpal with teeth
Corruption can no longer be brushed under the carpet
NRIs to protest against graft at IIFA
The Registration Department – Not ready to stamp out corruption!: "Here is the modus operandi. Bribes are typically asked for directly for the ‘smooth functioning of the processes’. If not, they are tagged under the bracket of ‘facilitation fees’ or ‘mandatory amount’. With a lawyer/builder-registrar nexus in place, this process is more standardized! The lawyer or the builder gives you a letter with the break-up of the amount to be paid for the registration. There is a column titled ‘Miscellaneous’ under which the bribe amount is openly accepted. Additionally, there are pre-fixed amounts which the buyer is directly asked for as the registration amount. When there is a lawyer involved in the process, bribes are even accepted under the column of ‘advocate fees’ or ‘legal fees’ (Box 3). Regardless of the trend, the sub registrar never accepts bribes openly. The transaction takes place through office boys, clerks or a pre-decided settlement between the lawyers/ builders and registrars. Sharing the booty –The transfer industry: But then, how are the profits of this flourishing industry distributed amongst its shareholders? For one thing, the profits are specific to offices, with the most lucrative profits being drawn from city offices. Bangalore is evidently a good place to be posted to! We then filed an RTI application seeking details of transfers in the department as follows: The details of all transfers in the department since 2004-05 to date The details of all recommendations made by MLAs, MPs, ministers recommending the transfers of officials."
Accept Jan Lokpal Bill or Face Agitation: India
'Annaji won't reconcile for a weak Lokpal bill'
We are ready to face bullets for Lokpal Bill: Hazare
After diplomat shame, India to review policy of providing domestic helps
ED seizes Rs 9.3 crore from hawala dealer's office
Full text: Civil society's Lokpal Bill draft
Most frauds in India do not come into light, says survey: "Conmen seem to be having a field day in Asia, especially, in India where most of the frauds never get reported, as per a survey by global consultancy firm KPMG."
A movement to educate all
Corruption is eating rising powers
Cases of MGNREGA funds being siphoned off: Deshmukh
I will get the Lokpal I want: Anna Hazare
Nothin' young about battle against graft
Corruption In India
India’s Anti-Corruption Crusades
India's problem is an opposition deficit: "there has been much talk about India’s governance deficit, as evidenced by the series of scams, the massive daily corruption that Indians have to endure, the Maoist menace in the heart of India, and so forth."
CORRUPT INDIA: Corruption Hurting India’s Image Abroad, Says Corporate Chief
Does the Gandhi cap fit?: "“All are corrupt. Some are graduates, some are PhDs,”"
Four vital steps to fight corruption: "A chief minister's son-in-law demonstrated the highest level of transparency when he accepted a kickback by cheque from one of the most prominent real estate developers of India!"
Seshan for state-funded poll campaign: "The former chief election commissioner of India felt electoral corruption is the worst form of graft that affects the country."
Corruption and transparency, biggest challenges: Blake
Break the fountainhead of corruption: Karat: "break the nexus amongcorporates, politicians in power and bureaucrats in order to tackle the scourge of corruption"
Graft and bribe: India lost $462 billion post-independence
VVIPs lodged at Tihar: "Former telecom minister A Raja, accused of selling 2G cellular licenses at reduced rates to undeserving applicants, is jailed for over three months now. "
Ind loses $ 16 bn to corruption every year, says Kiran Bedi: ""Out of every Rs 100 meant for infrastructure development, only Rs 16 is used and Rs 84 is lost,""
Guardian - Why is India suddenly so angry about corruption?: "Many in India feel betrayed that neoliberal economic policies have not ended but increased fraud and corruption"
India and Greece: Tale of two corrupt nations or is that just one?
States not lifting grain, Centre faces storage crunch
Soiled currency notes sully India's image: RBI official: ""Old notes are not only dirty-looking, they also carry germs and can spread disease."
Corruption hurting India's image abroad, says Murthy

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