Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, [..] says that one category of bribes ordinary Indian citizens pay is in response to pure harrassment. The bribe is not corruption on part of the citizen, as he is receiving no favour in return for the payment – it is the gatekeeper’s fee. But the gatekeeper is already being paid by the Indian state, whose servant he supposedly is.

I agree and before you disagree, this is about one category of bribes.

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