Corruption yet again
The West Bengal sting is not the first time that elected leaders have been caught on camera accepting money and promising favours
The West Bengal sting is not the first time that elected leaders have been caught on camera accepting money and promising favours. While the party in question will always label it as political conspiracy, such incidents raise larger systemic questions of probity at higher levels. The problem runs across the political spectrum. The cash-for-questions scam in the last decade where members of Parliament from different political parties were seen taking money for raising questions in Parliament is a case in point. Although corruption at higher levels has gained traction as a poll issue in recent years, it has not really deterred political parties from offering tickets to leaders charged in such cases.
While the relevant agencies are likely to probe the latest case, it is time for the issue to be properly debated beyond mere tokenism. A transparency-, probity- and accountability-reinforced democratic system will lead to efficiency. India will need this to attain its economic potential.
Editor's Picks »
- Artificial intelligence predictions may not always lead to better decisions
- 2G case: Delhi HC defers hearing on CBI, ED plea against acquittals
- Friday Wrap: ‘Parmanu,’ ‘Solo’ make for dull movie week
- In order to grow, we need to get into other markets: Vince Voron
- IHH extends revised offer for Fortis to 30 June
- Motherson Sumi continues to face margin pressure in foreign markets
- What the Warren Buffett indicator tells us about market valuations today
- Jet Airways lands with a thud in Q4 as fuel costs increase
- IBC amendments: Some dilutions, and a lot more speed
- Patanjali’s gambit is paying off in toothpaste wars