The other day an American friend of mine who was doing an article on the Right to Information Act asked me if it would be correct to call India “a country known for its endemic corruption.” I dithered. For a moment, a patriotic instinct that I did not know I had surfaced. “India is certainly not the most corrupt country in the world,” I said to myself. “Is it that notorious for corruption?” I wondered. I’d nearly convinced myself that the statement was slightly unfair, when a couple of events of the last few weeks came back to me.
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