Apart from governmental corruption, India is less corrupt in other important areas
Political corruption attracts headlines and popular attention, and reinforces the stereotype that India lags behind many other countries when it comes to corruption.
But headline corruption does not convey the full picture — a deeper look at the 2004 Global Corruption Barometer report shows that beyond corrupt government officials, Indians perceive key areas such as the business sector, media and armed forces are relatively less corrupt, compared to what their counterparts in Japan and the United States think of theirs. India’s religious institutions too match the global average, performing better than Japan’s.
This is not to suggest that corruption in institutions such as the parliament or judiciary is unimportant, but to highlight the fact that the problem does not extend to all spheres of life. A good comparison would have been with China; but Transparency International appears to have been, ahem, unable to collect data for this country.
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