By Dr. Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
I offer here a cultural/historical interpretation of corruption in post-Independence India. I especially want to explore "big" corruption in India, the recent major scams (such as 2G, Satyam, Commonwealth Games) and the colossal corruption numbers quoted to me in many major Indian cities that I visited this winter, involving land deals, corporate pay-offs, state to center black money flows etc and the world of rumor, scandal and celebrity that now envelops the discourse of corruption in India.
Professor Arjun Appadurai is currently Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University in New York City, NY. He was the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School. Appadurai is the founder and now the President of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research), a non-profit organization based in and oriented to the city of Mumbai (India). He is one of the founding editors, along with Carol A. Breckenridge, of the journal Public Culture. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (2006, Duke University Press) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (1996, University of Minnesota Press). His previous scholarly publications have covered such topics as religion, cuisine, agriculture and mass culture in India.
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