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corruption in India HAS declineD? SO SAYS THE CPI ...

How corrupt do you think India is? It is fairly safe to say that we all believe that India has a high degree of corruption. Pakistan- even more so. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (also from the desi world) will probably not fair any better in our minds. USA, of course, is largely believed to be fairly clean. Mexico, again, not! If this is your perception of corruption in the above mentioned countries, you’re actually correct! Well, at least according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2014 that the Transparency International has come out with. And according to it, corruption in India has declined. Well, perceived to have declined. But before that ..

What Is Corruption Perception Index? 

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).  This year's index includes 175 countries and territories. 

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Who Is Transparency International? 

Transparency International are the global coalition against corruption and their vision is a world without corruption in all sectors. Its headquater is in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in 1993. It publishes the Corruption Perceptions Index annually that provides a comparative listing of corruption worldwide. The index is based on extensive research driven by locally based chapters in over 100 countries. 

 The Top Rankers In The Corruption Perception Index ...

The top 15 rankers with high score (clean) are the following-

 (Photo Source & Credit: Transparency International )

Here's how the desi world did...

In order of rank-
Bhutan- 30 rank, score 65 Vs. 63 last year
Sri Lanka- 79 rank, score 40 Vs. 37 last year
India- 85 rank, score 38 vs. 94 rank, score 36 last year
(India was ranked 72 in 2007, falling to 87 in 2010 and then 95 in 2011.)
Nepal- 126 rank, 29 score Vs. 139 rank, score 27 last year
Pakistan- 126 rank, 29 score Vs. 139 rank, score 27 last year

Bangladesh- 145 rank, 25 score vs. 144 rank, score 26 last year

Other countries of interest that did just as poorly... 

China- 100 rank, score 36 Vs. 79 rank, score 40 last year
Mexico- 103 rank score 35 Vs. 105 rank, score 34 last year
Iraq- 170 rank, score 16 Vs. 169 rank, score 18 last year
Iran- 136 rank, score 27 Vs. 133 rank, score 28 last year

Russia- 136 rank, score 27 Vs. 133 rank, score 28 last year

What about the United States Of America?

USA ranked 17 this year with a score 74 as against 19th rank last year.

The most corrupt nations are ... 

And finally the five most corrupt nations are-  Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea and Somalia- all of them scoring 16 and under.

We say .... 

The Corruption perception Index holds no surprise. Just as it did not last year. Many in India are celebrating the perceived reduction in corruption in India but its too early to celebrate. After all, as is clear from the report, India was ranked 72 in 2007, falling to 87 in 2010 and then 95 in 2011. Seems like a fluctuation of +- 10 is attributed more to relativity with other countries than any concrete happenings in India. Whatever the case, obviously a lot needs to be done to see any substantial change. 

In fact, as per the report, José Ugaz, Chair person of Transparency International, has this to say- "Countries at the bottom need to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favour of their people. Countries at the top of the index should make sure they don’t export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries.”

We agree. However, let's hope all the corrupt countries are still salvageable. If Modi could revive the hope for India, lets' hope all is not lost. Perhaps new and charismatic leaders will rise in all the countries leading to a 'cleaner' world. No harm hoping, now is there?

(Want to get involved in Transparency International’s vision of a corruption-free world? Go here.)

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