About this Book:
This book takes the reader on anextensive tour of the phenomenon of corruption and academic research thereon. In the Indian context, the author conclusively establishes the historical and ongoing fostering of negatively-imposed collaborative relationships between the executive and their accountability institutions at their respective apex levels. Theseaberrant relationshipspercolate to structures of theseaccountability institutions. Grand corruption,the prime manifestation of weak governance, is the logical corollary of such collaboration.The common Indian faces the brunt of demands fromextractive street-level bureaucratswho are no more than the percolated tail-end of such collaboration. Governance and accountability deficitstherefore catalyse citizens to seek judicial intervention on their behalf.Likewise, the media dons the mantle of judge, jury and executionerfor self-seeking interest groups and emerges as a dangerously unaccountable parallel structure of governance.India’s new emerging young middle class finds such deficits revolting that sets the stage for confrontation with an impervious State. Yet some institutions survive the onslaught. The book concludes with several out-of-the-box ideas for a global and prosperous India. Delivered in simple prose, this extensively-researched and definitive study would appeal to a wide cross-section of India’s corruption-afflicted society and global academia.
About the Author:
Born in New Delhi on 5th Aug, 1959, Shantanu Basu attended Delhi’s prestigious St. Columba’s School and completed his graduation with Honors in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, in 1979. He graduated with an MBA degree from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2000, and also attended the PhD program in Public Administration in North Carolina State University, USA from 2006-09. He has served the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS) under the Comptroller & Auditor General of India since 1984 and last served as Principal Accountant General (A&E), Assam, based in Guwahati, in the grade of an Additional Secretary to the Government of India. Before joining the IA&AS, he briefly served as a trainee journalist with the Times of India group. In his three decade long professional career, the author has worked with several Union Ministries in key sectors and has several articles in major national newspapers to his credit. He welcomes readers to mail him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and invites them to view samples of his authorship at www.slideshare.net/shantanu_leo that has had nearly 160000 hits to date.