One can’t help but wonder if India’s grand old party – the Congress – is simply a rudderless ship wobbling from scam to scandal, or a carefully planned and well-orchestrated organization with extreme prescience, or a hodge-podge that lies somewhere in between these extremes. As you look at the party and its functioning, one witnesses a series of mixed signals that is bound to confuse even the most casual observer.
We live in a time when corruption in India has reached such incredible levels that even educated Indians can’t get the number of zeros right when asked to write the extent of the 2G scam in numbers. It is universally accepted that there is a serious issue of corruption from the highest levels of government to the most mundane levels of everyday life. The “aam aadmi” is faced with corruption on a day-to-day basis and is simply resigned to the idea of paying bribes. Want to meet the officer, pay the peon a bribe. Want to get your pension approved, pay a bribe. Want a driver’s license, pay a bribe. Want your voter card, pay a bribe. The list continues.