From remote villages to the halls of power, corruption cripples India

By Ben Doherty
Updated April 18 2018 - 9:29pm, first published October 17 2011 - 3:00am

THE truck was not overloaded, but that hardly mattered. On a Monday last month, the road transport officers who had pulled over driver Anant Lal Gupta on highway two in Chandauli in northern India wanted a bribe, 5000 rupees ($A97), for the imagined offence. Gupta knew the drill, that these bribes were commonplace, an unavoidable cost of doing business.

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