Why Good Ideas Die In India!

Flouting rules comes easy to us, unless of course someone is there with a danda monitoring us. The higher we are in the socio-political power structure, the bigger danda we need to keep us in line – there are no exceptions from the poor day laborer to the richest person, everyone tries to get away with as much as possible. Now, this is nothing unique to India – I’ve been told that Italians are in close competition with us. But I do believe that we (and most likely the subcontinent) might be unique in the extent of this behavior. From the smallest regulation like the requirement to wear the seat belt to doing a Satyam, our society is ridden with this behavior.

Thus this report in Hindustan Times comes as no surprise to me – have opportunity, will flout a rule even though it makes life more difficult for everyone else around you.

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