Nov 22, 2010

paper on ending corruption in India

Here is one:

How can we take a simple idea and lead to its evaluation at some scale.

Inspirational readings

Pritish Nandy in his blog, "India is not corrupt", argues that 90% of Indians are honest and hard-working, and only 10% of the ruling elite is corrupt, which grabs all the loot, forms supremely networked club of bandits and robber barons, manipulates politics and policy, and most importantly, protects each other when the chips are down, and is spread across all political parties. How can the rest 90% take on this 10% and seize back what is rightfully ours? Remember each person has one vote!

Nov 20, 2010

First post: what is this blog about?

Early this month, a few of my friends were discussing about how can India go up in the software food chain? and a secondary topic of corruption in India came up. We floated a few ideas but wanted to create a more semi-formal way to document concrete ideas on how to reduce corruption in India. Corruption in India is like blood which flows from top officials (government ministers, state chief ministers) to lowest level (babus). More recently, incidents such as Common Wealth Games, Housing scam and Telecom spectrum scam were exposed highlighting just the surface of what is there. Like how you bleed for few minutes when you get a scratch, and then you forget about it, we, as Indian people, will soon forget about these too. As technologists, we want to use technology to reduce corruption in India.

The goal of this blog is not to highlight corruption in India or not to report specific instances of corruption, but to document concrete ideas on "what can be done about it?" Other people can contribute by commenting and providing feedback, and hopefully someday we can actually implement some of these ideas. If you have an idea, feel free to send us an email so that we can post your idea or add you as an author of this blog.