Corruption In India Reason Hinduism?Hindu Baiting

I was informed by a friend of mine that he is deluged with a forward quoting  an article in tennews that Corruption in India is because of Hindu culture, its religion and worship practices.

The article  bases its conclusions on the practice of people offering to God in Temples for favors received, instances where those closest to Kings betrayed the King for Money and that a Politician, J.Jayalalithaa, the present Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu coming back to power despite corruption charges.

No doubt Corruption is a serious virus and has to be eradicated in full.

I thought initially that this article in question is a well meaning one.

But I find that corruption is used as a tool to denigrate Hinduism and Hindu Culture.

I am informed that the article is being forwarded with regularity to young Indians.

The article seems to be by SHANTONU SEN and it is claimed that it was written 6 days ago.

A comment to the post states that,

thisarticle appeared on some blogs 5 years ago. Now it appears as a New Zealander’s view. Tennews please share the source.

but since many Indians are taking this seriously… Observations on corruption are, sadly, correct.’

Which is true?

The name SHANTONU SEN is Bengali.

Is he a Naturalized New Zealander or a pseudonym  for India/Hindubaiter/

As this article seems to have been written, in the Catherine Mayo style, to denigrate Hindu culture rather than addressing the issue of corruption, let me answer point by point.

Corruption in India is a cultural aspect. Indians seem to think nothing peculiar about corruption. It is everywhere.
Indians tolerate corrupt individuals rather than correct them.
No race can be congenitally corrupt.
But can a race be corrupted by its culture?
To know why Indians are corrupt, look at their patterns and practices.
Brian from Godzone
Indians are Hobbesian
(Culture of self interest)
Religion is transactional in  India.
Indians give God cash and anticipate an out-of-turn reward.
Such a plea acknowledges that favours are needed for the undeserving.
In the world outside the temple walls, such a transaction is named “bribe”.
A wealthy Indian gives not cash to temples, but gold crowns and such baubles.
His gifts can not feed the poor. His pay-off is for God. He thinks it will be wasted if it goes to a needy man.
In June 2009, The Hindu published a report of Karnataka minister G. Janardhan Reddy gifting a crown of gold and diamonds worth Rs 45 crore to Tirupati.
India’s temples collect so much that they don’t know what to do with it. Billions are gathering dust in temple vaults.’
Using high sounding  words such as Hobbesian’ which has no relevance to what is being written is a very poor attempt in trying to impress the reader..
This is what Hobbesian is about.
The Hobbesian trap (or Schelling’s dilemma) is a theory that explains why preemptive strikes occur between two groups, out of bilateral fear of an imminent attack. Without outside influences this situation will lead to a fear spiral (catch-22, vicious circle, Nash equilibrium) in which fear will lead to an arms race which in turn will lead to increasing fear. The Hobbesian trap can be explained in terms of game theory. Although cooperation would be the better outcome for both sides, mutual distrust leads to the adoption of strategies that have negative outcomes for individual players and all players combined.The theory has been used to explain outbreaks of conflicts and violence, spanning from individuals to states’
This relates to states and also individuals .
Focus is on self interest.
One should understand that self interest is the basis for survival .
Self interest is not sinful.
It is only when it clashes against the well being o other.
Unlike Corporate Religions, Hinduism understands the limitations and frailty of Human nature and suggests ways to realize Self/Godhood.
Sanatana Dharma, mistakenly called Hinduism, does not believe in Idol worship,
There is no sanction for Idol worship in the scriptures of the  Hindus, the Vedas.
The Reality , Brahman, not to be confused with Brahman is beyond Attributes.
But Human Mind can not operate in a Vacuum.
The cessation of thought processes leads to Self Realization and this is Yoga, a part of Indian Philosophy.
Then why many Gods?
Human beings revere and love things that are dear to them.
So, later Hindu texts , especially the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, realized this and brought in the concept of Personal God,Iswara.
One can worship the form one likes and establish and commune with it in a relationship one is comfortable with.
So, we have God as Mother, Father,Lover, Friend and even as a servant.
Once the mind concentrates on the form, thoughts cease and mind becomes one with he Reality.
At that point of time, one realizes that  the Idol worship is not necessary and redundant..
Till one reaches that exalted State Idol worship is necessary just as LKG is necessary even for a Ph.D. After you get a Ph.D, LKG seems non sense, but with out it Doctorate is not possible.
When one establishes a relationship with a God/Idol, as a Mother, Father, Child, he/she does things to it as one would do for a Living thing.
Mother loves to dress up a child and she gets pleasure out of it.
A child has a right to demand things from its Father.
A child offers a kiss as a gift in return.
This is not a Bribe, but an expression of one’s sentiment.
Similarly People offer things to God as a token of affection and some times demands things of Him.
God has other important business to attend to.
He never interferes in the results one obtains for the actions he performs.
The results are totally dependent on one’s efforts(though His Grace is needed even for this)
But the individual thinks that it is because of the prayer or the offering he has made or  the vows he has taken his problem was solved.
If the results are not to his liking, despite his prayers, a Hindu chides his God, then consoles himself that his his time was not good, common parlance in India for Karma Theory.
What this practice offers is mental solace and strength in times of crisis.
It may be of interest to note that God is called as the Place where Grief resides!
‘Dukka Bukh Dukkah Sadananaha’ Vishnu Sahasranama.
What does God do then?
He provides us the tools to overcome grief and obstacles by strengthening Mind.
As Hinduism is not an organised Religion, where one does not need some ones permission and Baptism to be initiated into it.
God does not play favorites in Hinduism..
2. Hinduism is Transactional.
Yes in the sense that it transacts with the Reality unlike other religions where you need a mediator, like Christ to reach God or the Prophet of Islam.

‘There’s a brand of Christianity I’ve often come across in churches and around the interwebs. I’m going to call it Transactional Christianity.

When you enter into a transaction, you pay an agreed amount and receive a predetermined item or service in return. It’s a fixed equation, backed by terms and conditions: if you pay A, you get B. And if what you get isn’t to your satisfaction, you can usually get your money back.

Many people apply this kind of formula-based thinking to God.

  • If I pray the sinner’s prayer, I’m home free for all eternity.
  • If I read the Bible dutifully and have regular “quiet times”, I can expect God to look after me.
  • If I attend church regularly, I’ll feel like I’m right with God.
  • If I give my ten percent, I’ll reap a harvest of material blessing.
  • If I regularly pray for protection over my family, I can expect perfect health.

Now this is all well and good when everything’s going according to plan and all the transactions are proceeding smoothly. But this kind of thinking has a flip side: when things don’t work out the way they’re supposed to – when something goes wrong with the transaction – we’re forced to look for an explanation. When we pray fervently for a friend to be healed but they still succumb to cancer, we’re left with questions like “Did I pray hard enough?” or “Did I have enough faith?”   Or when, in spite of our efforts to spend regular time in prayer and Bible study, we still find ourselves dry and thirsty and unable to hear God, we begin to wonder what we’ve done wrong, what sin or issue in our life is blocking our direct line to heaven.

And so it is that this very common breed of Christianity often leads to guilt and an unspoken feeling that we must be missing the mark and somehow need to do better. We know that God can be relied upon to keep his part of the bargain – that’s what it says in the terms and conditions, right? – so the problem must lie with us.

The basic problem with a transactional approach to Christianity is this: God does not conform to our notions of how He should behave, who He should bless and how, and what He should do to reward us for honouring our end of the deal.’

The above quote is from the following Link. )

The link is from a Believer in Christ.

When Europeans came to India  they built schools. When Indians go to Europe & USA, they build temples.
Indians believe that if God accepts money for his favours, then nothing is wrong in doing the same thing. This is why Indians are so easily corruptible.
Indian culture accommodates such transactions morally. There is no real stigma. An utterly corrupt JayaLalita can make a comeback, just unthinkable in the West.
Second –
Indian moral ambiguity towards corruption is visible in its history. Indian history tells of the capture of cities and kingdoms after guards were paid off to open the gates, and commanders paid off to surrender.
This is unique to India.
Indians’ corrupt nature has meant limited warfare on the subcontinent.
It is striking how little Indians have actually fought compared to ancient  Greece and modern Europe.
The Turks’ battles with Nadir Shah were vicious and fought to the finish.
In India fighting wasn’t needed, bribing was enough to see off armies.
Any invader willing to spend cash could brush aside India’s kings, no matter how many tens of thousands soldiers were in their infantry.
Little resistance was given by the Indians at the “ Battle ” of Plassey.
Clive paid off Mir Jaffar and all of Bengal folded to an army of 3,000.
There was always a financial exchange to taking Indian forts. Golconda was captured in 1687 after the secret back door was left open.
Mughals vanquished Marathas and Rajputs with nothing but bribes.
The Raja of Srinagar gave up Dara Shikoh’s son Sulaiman to Aurangzeb after receiving a bribe.
There are many cases where Indians participated on a large scale in treason due to bribery.
3.Europeans Built schools.
Out of love for Indian and Indians?
No, to spread Christianity in India and alter India History.
4.On Betrayals.
Betrayals is a Man’s nature.
The article seems to say that there is no corruption and betrayals in the west.
Please read History.
One curious fact is that all these betrayals were in evidence after Invasion by outsiders into India.
As for as Jayalalitha is concerned she has been acquitted by Court and appeal is pending in the Supreme court.
To those who do not know Tamil Nadu she was defeated immediately after the corruption cases came in.
Do not forget Nixon, Betrolucci,Aldrich Ames,the famed five fingering west to Russia.
Do not forget Profumo, Christine Keeler, Brandt’s PA,Sukarno, Rajapakshe,China’s ex strong man Lin Piao…..
5.Let not people whose religion was organised to protect an Empire, whose Savior’s existence is not proven beyond doubt, whose Papacy was created to control people politically,a religion that broke away because a man could not marry a woman out side his marriage.
Hinduism has a detailed code of Ethics.
 Sample from Manu Smriti.

251. A king who thus duly fulfils his duties in accordance with justice, may seek to gain countries which he has not yet gained, and shall duly protect them when he has gained them.

252. Having duly settled his country, and having built forts in accordance with the Institutes, he shall use his utmost exertions to remove (those men who are nocuous like) thorns.

253. By protecting those who live as (becomes) Aryans and by removing the thorns, kings, solely in-tent on guarding their subjects, reach heaven.

254. The realm of that king who takes his share in kind, though he does not punish thieves, (will be) disturbed and he (will) lose heaven.

255. But if his kingdom be secure, protected by the strength of his arm, it will constantly flourish like a (well) watered tree.

256. Let the king who sees (everything) through his spies, discover the two sorts of thieves who deprive others of their property, both those who (show themselves) openly and those who (lie) concealed.

257. Among them, the open rogues (are those) who subsist by (cheating in the sale of) various marketable commodities, but the concealed rogues are burglars, robbers in forests, and so forth.

258. Those who take bribes, cheats and rogues, gamblers, those who live by teaching (the performance of) auspicious ceremonies, sanctimonious hypocrites, and fortune-tellers,

259. Officials of high rank and physicians who act improperly, men living by showing their proficiency in arts, and clever harlots,

260. These and the like who show themselves openly, as well as others who walk in disguise (such as) non-Aryans who wear the marks of Aryans, he should know to be thorns (in the side of his people).


Manu Smriti is one among the numerous texts on Ethics in Sanskrit and we have innumerable Regional  texts .


The following are from the Bible.

Exodus 23:8

“You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.

2 Chronicles 19:7

“Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”

Deuteronomy 10:17

“For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.

Proverbs 21:14

A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

Job 15:34

“For the company of the godless is barren, And fire consumes the tents of the corrupt.

Deuteronomy 27:25

‘Cursed is he who accepts a bribe to strike down an innocent person.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Compare these and decide which is more elaborate .


  • The original inspiration is an article by the anti-Modi Aakar ‘Ahmed’ Patel in 2009 on Mint
    ( and given the present shape (except the NZ) by a Sonia Chawla in Speaking Tree ( I won’t be surprised if the ‘Brian’ part was added by some evangelist. NZ itself is also referred to as Godzone, but no such place exists within NZ.


  • Well replied Ramani. Indic religions teach “nishkam karma” so how can they be transactional or corruption in India can be related to “Hinduism”?


  • Kapali Viswanathan

    Dear Ramani,

    Thanks for the blog. I received the Whatsapp message from a close friend of mine, which prompted me to Google for the keywords. This is how I stumbled upon your blog.

    I sent the following Whatsapp message as a response to my friend.


    We forward only those messages that we agree with. Three litmus tests are to be applied before forwarding messages: (1) is it the truth? (2) is it useful? (3) does it say nice things? The venom spewed in the article is an opinion that is without historical references or accuracy – so untrue. It is not useful in any way because it is only complaints and condemnation. As Dale Carnegie once said, “All fools criticise, complain, and condemn — and most fools do.” The whatsapp post is nothing but foolish complaints and so useless. It has nothing nice to say about the only two living 5000 year old civilizations in the world — Indian and Chinese.

    The British say that HAIL is essential to make people listen to you. H=Honesty, A=Authenticity, I=Integrity, L=Love. The authenticity of the article is dubious. Who is this Brian of Godzone in Newzealand? When I search the web, there are pages that suggest that the author may be a Bengali person! It is not Honest because it attributes corruption and integrity to civilizations instead of to individuals. It has no love at all.

    So, why do a few young Indians fall for such messages and forward such useless bullshit? I can only think that, even in the Information age, some youths in India have not developed a healthy reading habit or a scholarly outlook on life. They seem to be frustrated and appear to be looking for ready made answers for what may be wrong that is making them fruatrated. Alas, they do not realize that it is lack of introspection and the penchant for blaming everything other than oneself for the frustration and anger. This intellectual laziness is exploited by callous writers who are unable to HAIL but wish to be listened to.

    This is not just an Indian problem. It is indeed a problem in many societies in the world. This is more a problem of individuals masquerading as problems of the society and, worse still, problems of civilizations. INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS, that is!


    • Thank You. Regards


      • Well replied Mr. Ramani. This fellow hardly knows about our Indian heritage and ancient civilization and has the tenacy to write these things. Rightly pointed it is more of a jab towards Hinduism than corruption.


  • I think Indians are corrupt because they neither fear God nor hell. If you felt that God was watching you and a single sin could send you to be tortured forever you wouldn’t risk going to hell for any amount of earthly gain. Could this be a good explanation for why Christian countries are attractive for the whole world? Everyone wants to immigrate there, and there is law and order, a working legal system, educated populace and the citizens have courtesy?

    In Judaism you only have to be good to Jews. In Islam it’s the same thing. In Christianity you have to be good to all men. Is this why they allow people from other nations and cultures to live in their lands and be treated equally under the law? Do any non-Christian countries truly permit this?

    Are you truly sure that religious belief and practice is not a good explanation for corruption? Have you studied the religions of the world? Do you know what the world was like before Christianity became a creed? I can’t find any explanation for this, apart from religion affecting culture, and culture influencing the day to day living of societies.


    • Christianity also asks men to b gud Christians nad reward those who r gud Christians…same is d case in Islam…but Islam reaches beyond and asks gud Muslims to be gud to all…not to harm any innocent life…and Islamic history esp in d times of d Prophet PBUH many peace treaties were signed between Jew n Muslims & betn Muslims and Christians


    • Fear and anger bread greater evil than any other human emotion. If God is a synonym for love, then why fear God? Are we fearful of love? We love our parents not because we fear them but because we love them. Similarly, we love God not because we fear God but because we love God.

      We do not have to fear our Gods but only our own evil thoughts, words, and actions. For Gods do not want anything bad or negative for any of us. Gods only wish good for everyone — even the one’s that have done a lot of bad things. Gods always give power and chances to everyone to atone for their sins (paapa) and do the opposite of sin (punya, which is not translatable into English) so that all of us will eventually reach him sooner than later. This being the nature of God, why fear?

      Of course, God wishes us to be responsible and that is why God gives us several chances to reach God (our original state) and the power to decide for ourselves. It is our own decisions and actions that shall lead to God and nothing else. And our decisions and actions are decided by our latent tendencies and habits, which we have accrued over a long period of time. Our latent tendencies and habits are not a curse of God but our own fallibility. We are not originally sinners and there is nothing called an original sin. We are all originally divine and there is something called the original divinity in all things we see around us. When we can intuitively grasp that divinity, which is clouded by the illusion called sin, we realize that we and everything around us are truly divine — the original state.

      This, my friend, explains the Compassion of God while explaining the trials and tribulations in this world. I have not seen any other explanation that is as power while being as soothing, like the love of a Mother for her child, as I see in the faith of my ancestors. That said, I do not look down upon the faith of others’ ancestors because everything around me exists for a reason and only God knows it. I am merely a speck in the ocean and the existence of this speck in relative peace is only due to the compassion, will, and power of God.

      My dilemma is as follows: I am nothing to attack or judge anything but when something attacks my existence, what is my ethical and fruitful recourse in accordance with the Will of God? Do I just ignore and concentrate on better things, do nothing, attack, or defend?

      Even Jesus is supposed to advised, “Judge not for ye shall be judged!” But, I see many Christians habitually judging day in and day out. What do I do? Jesus’s advice those who judged Mary Magdalene ws clear but what may his advice be for Mary Magdalene? It looks to me that many Christians, especially the hard-core ones, have not understood their own Messiah’s advice! This probably is only a paradox for the judging Christians.


  • Hi Ramani,

    While I’m very glad you linked back to my blog article (at, I’d be grateful if you could please make it clearer in your post that the chunk of text you quoted is actually from my post (from “There is a brand of Christianity…” to “…our end of the deal”).

    Many thanks!



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