To root out corruption
The Southasia cover story on corruption discussed many facets of this social evil. While most articles presented well-reasoned arguments, I found the idea of launching a new currency and bonds in the country quite intriguing. This can be a long, tedious and expensive process. But then, to remove this tumor of corruption from society, the cure has to be painful. As far as harassment and bribes are concerned, this cannot be justified in any form. Why should one give a ‘fee’ for a service one has a right to? Why should the taker of the bribe then get his salary?
I believe one way to stop corruption is to increase the salaries of the lower grade office workers. But it is not limited to the lower bureaucracy only. Higher-ups and big bosses are equally involved and the network is woven together so closely that it is almost impossible to catch the culprit. If the leaders of the South Asian region are serious about eliminating corruption from their countries, they should make the anti-corruption bodies autonomous and fully functional while whistleblowers should be guaranteed protection.