So, who is covering up for whom?
Dozens of witnesses in a massive fraud case in India surrounding cheating at college and government jobs have been found dead, including four in the past two days.
Investigators say thousands of people got jobs or medical degrees from systematic exam cheating that generated millions of dollars in bribes in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
At least 36 people connected to the case in the state, run by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have died since the scam was first brought to light in 2013. More than 2,000 have been arrested in relation to the scam.
Four more people connected to the case have died since the weekend, just days before a Supreme Court hearing and amid opposition accusations that a regional unit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party was protecting the accused.
As someone who has extensive experience of working in properly corrupt areas of the world (although not India) I do get funny looks when I point out quite how uncorrupt the UK is.
It’s a societal, social perhaps, thing. In some parts of the world, if you want to do something, the first question is “Who do we bribe and how much?” I’ve even been in parts of the world where before you decide what you’re going to do you work out who you know well enough to bribe. That being the only way you’re ever going to get inside the network.
In Britain, well, I’ve never tried it, on the grounds that I’m pretty certain that you’re odds on to get dobbed in even for raising the idea of handing around brown envelopes. Several readers here have similar experiences, having worked in odd parts of the world…..although, actually, the real statement here is that it is Britain which is gloriously odd. I have happily bribed my way (yes, back when it was legal) foreign parts and I wouldn’t even know how to start doing so in my native country. It really is a different place.