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Sunday, August 20, 2006


Forgive me for being a cynic, but the proposed ban on spitting and littering in Mumbai is certain to become just another avenue for cops to collect bribes. They are effectively unaccountable and poorly paid, and the two factors combine to create conditions that make corruption inevitable. In those circumstances, the more discretion they get, the more opportunity they will have to misuse their power.

That doesn't mean spitting and littering should not be banned. But the skewed incentives that the cops work under need to be fixed. We're a country prime-ministered by an economist, and you would have thought that we'd have figured that by now.

Or maybe not.
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