Wikipedia – con men

comparing nepali politicians to world’s greatest

It’s much easier to make fun of our political leaders in Nepal, than to praise them. Some few have been good, but majority are usually corrupt, and uneducated, with a highly dubious personality background, and almost all have a permanent fixture of “Jail Time” as their credentials.

Ten Commandments for a con man
A set of instructions known as the “Ten Commandments for Con Men” has been attributed to Lustig: Compare these with our current leaders in Nepal. Fascinating, that most is dead on seriously accurate for all of Nepali netas.

  1. Be a patient listener (it is this, not fast talking, that gets a con man his coups).
  2. Never look bored.
  3. Wait for the other person to reveal any political opinions, then agree with them.
  4. Let the other person reveal religious views, then have the same ones.
  5. Hint at sex talk, but don’t follow it up unless the other person shows a strong interest.
  6. Never discuss illness, unless some special concern is shown.
  7. Never pry into a person’s personal circumstances (they’ll tell you all eventually).
  8. Never boast – just let your importance be quietly obvious.
  9. Never be untidy.
  10. Never get drunk.

So do you know who Victor Lustig was? He was a con artist who undertook scams in various countries and became best known as “The man who sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice.” Seriously, he did duped bunch of people to thinking they were buying the Eiffel Tower. Look for more about him in Wikipedia.

P.S. Next post on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Its about mHealth.

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.