Regime changes are always delicate moments in countries facing corruption problems. When the sea of power recedes the low tide often exposes relationships and decisions that many had hoped would never surface. What will the new regime do with the revealed detritus of prior “understandings?” Will there be “professional courtesy” or will the long knives come out?
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Indian general election results will be announced May 16 and are likely to have far-reaching implications for the course of the Indian economy. Why pay attention to the elections in India, the largest vote mounted in human history? After all, India’s not even in the same hemisphere as the United States, as one observer said on TV.
It took more than 45 years, numerous revisions and a sound thumping for a storied political party, but the Indian parliament finally has passed a law authorizing creation of a new agency that may help address entrenched graft by public officials.
We Americans sometimes think that because we have the FCPA and activist enforcement agencies, we also have a monopoly on the fight against corruption. Not true. There are people all over the world standing firm against graft. No matter where, it's dangerous work. But there was plenty of courage and persistence on display in 2013 beyond our borders.
Barely a year after launching a political party to harness anger at widespread corruption, the Aam Admi Party (“Common Man” Party) has pushed the waning Congress Party from its 15-year long rule of New Delhi’s assembly. The new party’s resounding victory may portend big changes for the world’s largest democracy in the national elections expected by May 2014.