disclaimer – I have no formal education in economics, business, or management. I could never be a good politician in my school, high school, or college – due to my ignorance and other really important stuff. The following (satires) are from my own perspective on politics from Nepal and similar developing nations in Asia. Any resemblance to any thing (person, donkeys, cats, trees, hammer, nails etc) else is pure co-incidental.
corruption = greed + opportunity
Following are some hypotheses regarding ‘corruption in nepal’. These are based on above general rule of corruption. Both greed and opportunity must be present for all the below hypotheses.
hypothesis 1.level of corruption is directly proportion to the socio-economic status of the corrupted
Those with greater need for richness corrupt more. Example.1. A person in need of urgent money, is unlikely to return the wallet full of cash s/he finds while walking alone. Example.2. A government official will take maximum amount of available bribe option, if he has greater need to support his family. Example.3. A politician or minister of the state is more likely to be more corrupted if s/he has had rough times growing up, with poor family background.
corollary one. corruption level increases if one has more family and relatives to feed. Example.4. Large family and joint family culture has more mouth to feed, and hence more money is needed.
hypothesis 2.corruption depends more on courage than one education and intelligence
corollary two. courage index for corruption increases on successive corruptions,
hypothesis 3.corruption increases with the level of hierarchy in any given office
hypothesis 4.not all corruptions are in a single system, but all systems can be corrupted
hypothesis 5.corruption is “necessary evil” for developing countries like nepal
Following are some more hypothesis, that I am not quite sure about. I have even less clarity on following hypotheses.
hypothesis 6.corruption has seasonal spikes before festivals and important state holidays
hypothesis 7.corruption is all or none phenomenon
hypothesis 8.corruption is not gender neutral
Above presented hypothesis could be explored. Invitation for anyone to proceed on these work. Also, since there are seven billion plus minds out in this world, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone else already has these hypothesis under their name. But right now, I have no knowledge of similar work any where else till this point of time. My ignorance, due to the cold winter.
Top five corruption (present in Nepal – according to me)
5. Corruption in Public/Private Tax payment
4. Corruption in Government Contracts
3. Corruption in Education
2. Corruption in Medicine and Health
1. Corruption in Law and Justice
P.S. – I will be updating this post, with more examples for each of my hypothesis.
P.S.II. – The follow up to this post was written on September 4, 2013 – and its about bribe/bribing. Link to the new post is here.
next post – Jan 8, 2013. 7.30am. NST – taking four day break.
- Transparency International – Nepal (transparency.org)
- Nepal heading on path of failure state:Yadav (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Dealing with Corruption in Indonesia (dinmerican.wordpress.com)
- Nepal among most corrupt nations: report (thejakartapost.com)
- Nepal 139th out of 174 countries in Global Corruption Index (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Transparency International report baseless: Kaira (dawn.com)
- EDITORIAL: Gloomy scenario (thehimalayantimes.com)