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Corruption: India's Enemy Within

C.P. Srivastava (Author)
Synopsis India today is one of the most highly advanced countries in the developing world. It manufactures almost every conceivable item – from pins and needles to highly sophisticated machinery, ships, aircraft, tanks and missiles. In the realm of information technology, it ranks among the top nations too. India has successfully accomplished a ‘green revolution’ in agriculture and has a well-established political, administrative and judicial structure. But The Economist of 4 September 1999, said: ‘India is the biggest underachiever.’ This is so because even after 53 years of Independence, millions and millions of Indians are still living in conditions of abject poverty, without access to clean drinking water and other basic necessities of life. The bitter truth is that India is beset with the lethal and pervasive problem of corruption in its polity, administration, society and in the business community, which has far-reaching and devastating practical consequences. This book focuses mainly on the problem of corruption and attempts to explain why our country is gripped in its vicious stranglehold. It attempts to assess the extent of damage caused already and warns of dangers in the future if this evil is not checked. It analyses the history of corruption by tracing its origin to the highest echelons of power and tracking its following seepage to the bureaucracy, which apparently gave in too easily to temptation. This book thus claims that the correction process must therefore begin at the topmost political and administrative levels. It has suggested a detailed plan of action towards this end. Besides it has proposed some steps for the promotion of ethical standards in society as well as in the business community.
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About the author

C.P. Srivastava

C.P. Srivastava had a brilliant academic record, obtaining first-class first B.A. (Pass), B.A. (Honours) and M.A. degrees with specialization in Political Science. As an officer of the Indian Administrative Service, he had a distinguished career. He served as a close personal aide and adviser to India’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri. After Shastri’s death, Srivastava was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of the Shipping Corporation of India which he built from a small national enterprise into one of the world’s largest and profitable shipping companies. He was awarded Padam Bhushan in 1972. In 1974, he was elected as Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, United Nations, London, for a four year term. He was unanimously re-elected for three further terms. On retirement, he was designated as Secretary-General Emeritus, the only Indian to have been so honoured by the United Nations. He is also the Founding Chancellor Emeritus of the World Maritime University, conceived and established by him in 1983 under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization. For his outstanding achievements, the Queen of England conferred a Knighthood (KCMG) upon him. Similar high national honours have been bestowed upon him by the Kings of Sweden, Norway and Spain and by the presidents of Germany, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt and many other countries. Srivastava’s biography Lal Bahadur Shastri – A Life of Truth in Politics, was acclaimed as an outstanding work of scholarship. With his vast administrative background, he has now written this volume on the most perplexing and debilitating problem of India – corruption.

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Title Corruption: India's Enemy Within
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0333935314
length xx+240p., Tables; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.