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Corruption and National Security: Insights from the Indian Experience

In: Varying Dimensions of India’s National Security


  • Niranjan Sahoo



Arguably the most insidious threat to national security arises from corruption. India knows this phenomenon so intimately. In fact, Transparency International (TI) has consistently ranked India very high in the global corruption index. High-value corruption and big-ticket scams have taken the limelight in the country for too long, at times bringing down governments. However, less is known how national security is deeply linked to corruption in India. This chapter uncovers some of the close links between the graft and various dimensions of security threats to the nation and what measures India has taken to curb the dangerous trends of increasing graft and institutional decay. The chapter argues that national security imperatives demand comprehensive political reforms involving political and radical reform of justice apart from making institutional innovations like Lokpal and RTI to attack corruption from its roots.

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  • Niranjan Sahoo, 2022. "Corruption and National Security: Insights from the Indian Experience," India Studies in Business and Economics, in: Anshuman Behera & Sitakanta Mishra (ed.), Varying Dimensions of India’s National Security, chapter 0, pages 235-247, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:isbchp:978-981-16-7593-5_16
    DOI: 10.1007/978-981-16-7593-5_16

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