New Delhi, Nov. 3: Say it a good news or bad, India ranked 18th in the latest Bribe Payers Index 2011 released by Transparency International, with slight improvement in percentage points over the previous rank.
The release of the ranking, might be just a coincidence for India, but in time when country is in grip of multiple scams and whole nation raised voice against the corruption in backdrop of anti graft movement initiated by Gandhian Anna Hazare, India's dismal position could be just an hint how country need a strong anti-corruption act to save the image on nation.
Transparency International releases ‘Bribe Payers Index 2011' every year just to show how fruitful the business environment is in particular country.
In year 2011, India improved its rank by one position at 18 from 19 in year 2010. Is it a significant gain in terms of drop in bribery cases or just a data driven gimmick just to show how corrupt the nation is relatively. China, Russia and Mexico are the countries which are below to India. America and Canada are at the top of the index.
In times, when whole world is in grip of crisis in one form or the other whether it is political or corporate this kind of index definitely shows what should be the course of action in future. Wall Street Occupy or Arab Spring, these are just reflection of the fact that people in general are in deep pain over the increasing economic divide, and corruption is at the root of this slowly building pain.