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Book review: A Crusade Against Corruption on the Neutral Path by Manohar Manoj
My beloved India as independent, non-violent, democracy with integrity and amity has become the victim of the corruption at the hands of the politicians, bureaucrats and all others involved therein the operation of the economy at large. There is a strong case for zero tolerance against corruption needed to be diagnosed with remedies including good governance. It is believed by the writer that a crusade against corruption is going to take place in India may be with 2019 elections.

The book written by a senior journalist comprises two volumes having 800 pages in it. This book encompasses in it every aspect of corruption, which gets started from numerous meaning and definitions of corruption and then it brings all possible world history and then its prevalence in various forms of the governments.

The book is mainly focused on India, so it has carried corruption from very ancient period of the country to the recent times under NDA Government. The book has compiled almost all the revealed scandals and scams.

The book presents all forms of structural corruption persisting in the country, in various organs of the democracy followed by various ministries of the Government. The writer has claimed in the book which tells us how the corruption is precipitated in many sectors, institutions and professions in the Indian economy.

Manohar Manoj, the writer of the book, is currently the editor and publisher of a magazine, namely, 'Economy India'.

Manoj says he has spent almost 15-year time span in giving shape to this work and has touched almost all the dimensions of the associated problems of the built-in corruption. The writer in the book has vehemently criticized the modalities of the prevention mechanism of the corruption eradication undertaken by the Government of India.

The book also presents all the mass movements related to public resentment against corruption. The book also depicts the various sorts of public opinions and perspectives on corruption that he has accomplished through his massive survey works.

The writer has taken a holistic perspective in producing the comprehensive volumes on the subject of corruption .

The book gives encyclopaedic snapshots on the issue of corruption which impresses upon the  people including this reviewer  that India needs a huge churning of thoughts towards the subject of corruption. This process requires a complete moral overhauling, a complete remaking of institutions, utmost use of technology, a mammoth policy driven system and fully accountable governance. It has to go through all kinds of checks and balances with high degree of systemic precision. The writer deserves a pat on the back for touching almost every aspect of corruption thoroughly justifying his initiative in this book.

To my mind, the book is an all-inclusive exercise on the topic of corruption, which contains high degree of propensity, insights, concerns, observations and wholehearted honest commitment towards the issues of corruption to be reduced if not removed.

To address the issues of corruption, we need to understand, analyse, interpret and adopt good governance models developed by this reviewer. SMART (Simple, Moral, Accountable, Responsive and Transparent) model with SIMPLE attributes of human development consisting of six activities such as Spiritual quotient (SQ) development, Intuition development, mental level development, Love oneself attitude development and Emotional quotient (EQ) development. The synergy of these six aspects is essential requirement of the desirable human resources in governance from top to bottom for facing the challenges prevailing in the economy. Let India become corruption free nation as soon as possible by adopting SMART and SIMPLE models with spiritual input.

*The reviewer is Vice Chancellor, Jagan Nath University, Jaipur (Rajasthan).

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