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Corruption – The American Method


Not just multinationals that have globalized. People living with a globalized form of socialistic governments also face the same globalized problems. Corruption is one of them.

A study in collusion and corruption  |  Text in the cartoon - How do you want you want your bailout? Billions, Trillions. Please take your bailout, Thank You  |  Cartoon by David Horsey; source and courtesy - spokesmanreview.com  |  Click for larger image.

A study in collusion and corruption | Text in the cartoon - Small screen asks - How do you want you want your bailout? Billions, Trillions. Big display says - Please take your bailout, Thank You | Cartoon by David Horsey; source and courtesy - spokesmanreview.com | Click for larger image.

Obama administration’s mortgage modification program is more than two years old. From the beginning, it’s been apparent that the participating banks and mortgage servicers were breaking the program’s rules. The administration has long argued it has little power to do anything about it. But now, after millions of homeowners have been rejected, the government has decided it’s finally time to crack down.

On Thursday, the Treasury Department announced it would be withholding government subsidies to the country’s three largest mortgage servicers, which are also among the U.S.’s largest banks: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase. The banks won’t be getting more money until they show “substantial improvement.” (via Eye on the Bailout – ProPublica).

Maya of democracy

Behind the corruption problem, is the ‘modern’ system of governance. Giving unlimited powers to the State is cause for ultimate corruption.

Given a choice of two candidates, selected from some 2,000 collusive politicians, we have been lulled into believing that democracy is greatest thing since sliced bread. Can’t stand either.

Both give me indigestion.

Too big to fail is too big to control also. |  Cartoon dated October 27, 2009  |  By David Horsey  |  Source and courtesy - sfgate.com  |  Click for larger image.

Too big to fail is too big to control also. | Cartoon dated October 27, 2009 | By David Horsey | Source and courtesy - sfgate.com | Click for larger image.

Greed and pain

After taking bailout worth hundreds of billions in US$ (that would be more than Rs.50 crore crores, yes 5 and 16 zeroes), to help homeowners affected by the Great Recession, these banks simply kept the money.

And kept evicting distressed homeowners.

Why did the Government drag its feet for more than 2 years – after serious protests, and clinching evidence?

Corruption? Yes, definitely. Was bribery involved? Don’t know. Is this collusion? Definitely.

Does Shri Bhagwati want to bet anything, that no one is going to jail?

Small guys are statistics

Small business failures is statistics – but big business failure is in ‘national interest’.

This concentration of power at the top, creates a collusive system, where Big People help each other – and the rest of us are statistics.

This pattern has been seen in Communist China and Russia, Socialist countries everywhere (everyone is a socialist now)  – and in Capitalist England and America earlier.

The key

India has been a rich country for most of recorded history

Yet, after 1500 years of recorded history, Indian kings have not left behind fortunes, palaces or monuments. Unlike Rome, Greece, Egypt, China, Babylon, Persia – and everywhere else.

Now that is clean administration. How did India get clean administration for 1500 years?

भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra gives you that.


What is भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra – The classical Indian system of polity worked on ensuring

4 freedoms

– धर्म (dharma – justice)
– अर्थ (arth – wealth and means)
– काम (kaam – human desires)
– मोक्ष (moksha – liberty)

and

3 rights

– ज़र (jar – gold)
– जन (jan – human ties)
– जमीन (jameen – property)

for all.

  1. Amit
    October 9, 2011 at 1:07 am

    – ज़र (jar – gold)
    – जन (jan – human ties)
    – जमीन (jameen – property)
    ===

    I’m curious, and pardon my ignorance here. Do these three words have roots in Sanskrit or some other Indian language? Or is it Persian/Arabic?

  2. October 9, 2011 at 3:38 am
    – ज़र (jar – gold) – The root of the word is difficult to pin down – but in common usage, ज़री (zari), ज़रदोज़ी zardozi (cloth using gold-entwined thread) come from ज़र zar. These crafts were an Indian monopoly for centuries and these words are common usage.

    This is also used in Persian I know. This dictionary does not give the etymology of the word.

    – ज़री – from dictionary link

    – ज़रदोज़ी – from dictionary link

    – जन (jan – human ties) – Sanskrit root word. Like janm, janani, etc.

    – जमीन (jameen – property) –

    Sanskrit (and many Indian languages) dont have ज़ (za) and instead use ज (ja) sound interchangeably.

    Did this sound come into India from Arabic /Persian or Kharoshti, Prakrit, Tamil(?)and other local dialects, I would not know. But Marathi uses this ज़ (za) sound quite a lot.

  3. October 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Anurag, I have been following all your blogs for quite a while now and I want to ask you this : When is the book coming out?! =) Because I think the thesis that you have been slowly developing on Bharat-tantra is brilliant and it needs to go mainstream one day.

  4. October 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    Well … Thanks Unni. What I need is about 6 months, 1-2 assistants, to give finishing touches to these books. I don’t have either today. In the meantime, I continue to do this half finished work – and these discussions help – to sharpen the narrative, and fill out evidence, citations, etc.

    Thanks again. And yes, the Dharampal, Hartog-Gandhiji-Indian education thread is completely amazing. People like Atanu should open their minds before they open their …

    I meant to say laptops.

  5. Amit
    October 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Anuraag, thanks.

    The 4 freedoms you mention as enshrined in the classical Indian system of polity, can be found expounded in Hindu philosophy. Would you have a similar source for the 3 rights you mention? Vedas? Upanishads? Arth Shastra?

    Also, if the words used for the 4 freedoms have unambiguous Sanskrit roots, shouldn’t that be the case for all of the 3 rights, assuming that freedoms and rights were formulated around the same time? Or is using the three words, all beginning with ज/ज़, your own modification of, or synonyms for the original words? Or is that your own conclusion based on your readings? Hope you don’t take my questions in a negative way – I’m just trying to get to the source of the 3 rights, not disagreeing with them. Thanks.

  6. October 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    You need to still develop your ideas further before it ends up in a book format. My own interests have been –
    a. to investigate how ancient indian thought helps solve present day problems.
    b. How to translate from a language whose concepts have no equivalents in western world to something understandble in today’s world.
    c. what kind of actions be taken from this learning.

    I will be more than happy to discuss with you my own learnings.

  7. October 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Amit has asked a fantastic question. I tend to agree with him. The language if “Rights” is christian in origin and is alien to India and much of Eastern nations. There is NO sanskrit word for Rights – adhikar actually means fitness ( as in famous karmaneyava adhikaraste… of BG). Haq is urdu.

    Rights only makes sense in a theology from where it emerged because the guarentor of those rights was God. If i say i have right to free speech, it means it is guarenteed by state (in politics state is God of theology). That means one man’s rights is actually nothing but other man’s duties. You have the right only as long as i follow the duty!!

    Indian culture spoke not of rights but of duties. Every person had duties based on his position in society, family, tradition etc

  8. A Fan of Your Blog
    October 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Wonderful discussion. I am also interested in knowing how one can apply these principles of governance and life to everyday modern life. I get the principles, but I need to be convinced that a) they can be applied effectively and b) they will solve some of the problems of modern life. In other words, something prescriptive rather than a theoretical construct alone is needed.

  9. October 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Amit

    Also, if the words used for the 4 freedoms have unambiguous Sanskrit roots, shouldn’t that be the case for all of the 3 rights, assuming that freedoms and rights were formulated around the same time?

    I don’t think that भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra system came up at one time, in one go, by one set of people.

    Sanskrit texts talk of repeated assaults – and repeated numbers of times that the system was saved and brought back to life.

    Vishnu Dashavatara are only the main avataras. Someone counted another 17 – totalling 27.

    To this 27, add other battles by Shiva, Brahma, Skanda, Indra, etc.

    The 4 freedoms you mention as enshrined in the classical Indian system of polity, can be found expounded in Hindu philosophy. Would you have a similar source for the 3 rights you mention? Vedas? Upanishads? Arth Shastra?

    Purusharth is mapped to भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra 4-Freedoms that are constitutional guarantees against future State restrictions.

    Similarly, the concept of भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra‘s 3-Rights of – ज़र (jar – gold), जन (jan – human ties), जमीन (jameen – property) are actually derived from Indic conventions.

    Again sadly, I cannot claim originality.(Why is life so unfair?).

    This 3-Rights is common knowledge in Hindi-speaking areas.

    Since, you are from the South, possibly you are not aware of this Hindi idiom.

    Probably, something like it exists in Tamil or Telugu also. Tell us if you find it.

    Can this definition be dated? Most probably not. Both these have come up over centuries.

    using the three words, all beginning with ज/ज़, your own modification of, or synonyms for the original words? Or is that your own conclusion based on your readings?

    भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra is a modern compiler program that I have built up to convert the database of Indic political thought and map it to modern concepts.

    My effort is limited to mapping this database – and naming it. All the concepts and ideas of भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra pre-exist in Indian thought.

    But, there is no one Sanskrit text, or document that specifies what Indian political system should be – not at least that I know of.

    Hope you don’t take my questions in a negative way – I’m just trying to get to the source of the 3 rights

    Disagree as much as like. India is still a free country.

    As I see it भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra is a living and breathing system that works, even when we have asuric raj.

    You will find it in Vikram & Vetal stories, and in the lack of palaces for Shivaji Maharaj’s dynasty.

    Indian thought leaders found new ways to bring भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra back to life – when all hope was lost.

    Try reading this Gita’s legendary shloka, where Dharma = भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra

    यदा यदा ही धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत, अभ्युथानम् अधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् |

    परित्राणाय साधुनाम विनाशाय च: दुष्कृताम, धर्मं संस्थापनार्थाय सम्भावामी युगे युगे ||

    Approximate translation:

    Whenever Dharma declines and there is rise of Adharma;
    To protect the virtuous, to destroy the wicked and to re-establish Dharma, I manifest myself, through the ages.

    Sunil

    You correctly point out, ‘Rights’ are derived from the Desert Bloc context where 0.1% of the elites control everybody’s fate. Rights is the result, when the ‘oppressed’ obtain concessions from the Elites, in a competitive and adversarial Desert Bloc context.

    Technically, in a co-operative and negotiated system like भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra, rights is not the correct concept – derived as it is, from the competitive and adversarial context of Desert Bloc.

    This cross-mapping of Indic systems to Desert Bloc concepts, cannot be technically exact. Some of the derivatives will change. The challenge will be to use भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra‘s software devices to run in a Desert Bloc computing environment. Like running a Android app on an Iphone.

    AFOYB

    Welcome back!

    Both the Vishnu and Garuda Purana talk of conclaves, where thousands of rishis gathered to hammer out such ‘implementation’ issues over a period of few years. These problems have come up in the past – and will come up again.

    OK … How can we implement भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra?There cannot be a Planning Commission for Implementation of Bharattantra today. It has to be simple. Something that you and I can do.

    As the first step …

    1. Go buy I kg of gold. Ensure that everyone you know also does that.

    No State. No Government. No elections. No laws. No courts. No Satyagraha. No wars. No Vishnu avataar.

    You can do it.

    Just one kg of gold.

    Unfortunately, it is not my original idea. It is something that I have copied from the Bhagwat Mahapurana.

    One kg of gold is all that it will need. This in itself will sound the death knell of Desert Bloc.

    It is a very simple answer to a complex economics algorithm, but it works. To understand this better, read 2ndlook posts on gold+war. That is how, in the past, Indian thought and political leaders, defeated the asuras.

    The Devas stole amrit (read as gold) from the asuras (read as slave owners).

    Asuras gave chase – and while the Devas were escaping, amrit fell at four holy spots.

    Ergo, Kumbh mela. So, this gold was distributed to the people, at the Kumbh melas. Devas distributed gold (as electrum powder), acquired from asuras, to the janata.

    Some 4000 years ago.

    In the memory of that event, of which the specifics are forgotten, lakhs of people go to the Kumbh mela, four thousand years later also.

    The asuras lost their gold – and their capacity to wage war and enforce their system and maya.

    The devas did not have gold, so they were not the targets of attacks by the asuras.

    Amrit is something that does not die – gold does not die.

    Kumbh is a the pot, that you see in every painting of Shiva, along with the kamandala.

    Electrum powder, was handed out by the kumbh-ful to all who came to the kumbh mela.

    Now read the Kshir-sagar manthan story of Bhagwat Purana. Again.

    Maya

    To understand भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra in our context, we need to overcome the maya of Desert Bloc propaganda. For instance …

    How can you work without courts? What will we do without police? As though Courts and Police are of any help now?

    To use a software example

    If I can explain computer language. When you are trying to port data from one database to another data base – say from IBM’s DBASE to say MSSQL or Oracle, you will need a compiler.

    A software that will take data from the old database, convert the data to a code that will be understood by the new database – and then port the data to the new data base.

    Further, to test this, a reverse-run will be done, to test if the data so ported has been correctly ported.

    Now these kinds of programs are complex and take time.

    Desert Bloc versus भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra battles play out over centuries – which I have named as MAAP – Multi-century Averaging Algorithmic Plan (MAAP), which Parag Tope satirized very well ( a valid tool).

  10. October 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Blog :
    This cross-mapping of Indic systems to Desert Bloc concepts, cannot be technically exact. Some of the derivatives will change. The challenge will be to use भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra‘s software devices to run in a Desert Bloc computing environment. Like running a Android app on an Iphone

    It will make much more sense if you speak in the language of duties than “rights”. Instead of saying भारत-तंत्र support rights to gold, land and people, it is more meaningful to say भारत-तंत्र advocates that it is everyone’s dharma to buy gold, land and treat people humanely. In one go you have converted the philosophy into something actionable and in a language we understand!

  11. October 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm
    Rights, are as you correctly pointed out are Desert Bloc concepts. But with a certain modification and context, it can still be used.

    Duties have a sense of State Enforcement and servitude to the State and society – which is not quite the spirit of भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra.

    तत् त्वम् असि

  12. A Fan of Your Blog
    October 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks Anuraag for your input. Now, since you are advocating buying Gold, does buying a Gold-based fund accomplish the same thing? Why or why not?

    I have not read through your Gold posts as you have suggested and plan on doing so over a period of time. Thanks for the discussion and your clarifications.

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