my corruption hypothesis – from Nepal

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.

Friday Read – The Great Leap in China, Stalingrad, Eritrea

Almost all of my good friends are out of Nepal, and right now with self-study, life is all about a cooping in my room, with books. Instead of bar, barbecue or cinema, life is more about books, Internet and sleep. No Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn for the moment. No emails or calendar utility in progress.

Wikipedia has become one important source of entertainment right now. This huge source of information, and my love for history, presents as a great companion in these time of exile. Last night was no different, and when I was done with my books, I went straight to view world maps. Found some irregular border lines, in two places and began my journey for the search of information. Random reading intrigues me, and as much as I presume it to be useless, I just hope, someday everything will come handy.

I began with a small country situated in the horn of Africa – Eritrea. Smaller than Nepal, and bordered with Ethiopia. It’s a developing country, better than Nepal, and has some great good potential, but as with many African nation has fair share of troubles within and outside it, hence a border dispute and fighting with its neighbor has had its toll to the country.

Next on stop was India and its border dispute with China. Apparently there are two border dispute, and as much as I knew about Sino-India war of the late 60s, there was another land mass, near the Kashmir territory that was in dispute. I finally found out more about the seven autonomous regions in China. Tibet plateau is not alone. A long page on these border dispute and the autonomous regions let to a brief history in China, and how Mao came up with a great plan to kill so many innocent humans. Made me sad, and angry. The great leap, the agriculture revolution by the officials which had killed so many innocents, in the name of politics. Reading about these atrocities in the name of a belief made me think the difference between politics and religion. How few smart people ruled the hordes of uneducated like animals. Comparing the democracy with the communism, and the socialist movement with corrupt democracy. A total of 7 million people starved to death during the second agriculture revolution in China – as per the official government figure. An outside figure estimates this to be as much as 48 million, with more people agreeing on terms with the death total of around 30 million. That’s more than the current Nepal’s population of 26.6 million. I was curious to know if something like this had also happen in an entirely opposite scenario, when
I read about the anti-communist genocide by the Indonesian government in the late sixties, in the name of politics. There is a great documentary being released about this, I hope I can see it someday.

Reminiscent and similar to the internet social media rule – 90-9-1 – that for every original source of an idea by one person, there will be nine that will develop on it and improve/degrade it (bake it into their own formula) and distribute to the ninety of us who, with the lack of proper social structure or hence forth the information gap, will follow it. This, I see in both politics and religion – especially in my country (Nepal).

Recently, I met an old friend from Brazil – Sao Palo this past week. We talked about democracy, president Lua, and the evolution of Brazilian culture with its politics. It was a wonderful insight on this huge nation, and I hope Fernando is right when he says, Nepal right now is what Brazil was 20 years ago. I hope, this country turns out great in the near future.

PS.i. This post is not a foul cry to the democracy in Nepal, or the corrupt leaders. I am however, trying to gain knowledge on the evolution of it, and would want to know the path it will follow in future.