| Corruption at Delhi Commonwealth Games|
|With less than two months until the opening ceremony on October 3rd. Not only that but the cost of the games, already the most expensive commonwealth games in history, could be as much as three times the original cost estimate of US$2 billion.|
Yet the real headline grabber has been the accusations of corruption swirling around the games. The media, politicians, and the public are all clamoring to declare the whole affair a disgrace. It is the Chairman of the games organising committee Suresh Kalmadi taking much of the criticism at the current time. If true, a disgrace it surely is, but are any of us really that shocked?
Anyone who has worked in overseas construction will tell you that corruption is common and in some countriess it is an accepted business practice. Cover-ups, backhanders, and greasy palms are common across Africa, Asia, and South America and arguably an accepted part of doing business if the job is going to 'get done'.
Does this mean that the locals in these areas are dishonest people? Certainly not - when you realise the local salaries in some parts of the world and the treatment they receive from their employers - the many that do resist deserve nothing but absolute admiration. Does it mean that regular exposure to something that initially disgusts a person can gradually, over time, make them more likely to be OK with it? then accepting of it? and eventually partaking in it? Unfortunately it probably does. Corruption has been around as long as human beings and look set to continue for a long time to come, particularly in the booming emerging markets.
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