The Incidence of Corruption in India: Is the Neglect of Governance Endangering Human Security in South Asia?
Date of Issue2006
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
In the context of the president’s rule in India in 1975 we look at the intersection of political corruption and human security through the lens of the theory of securitization-desecuritization. We study the ‘deeper politics’ — i.e., the frame of reference of actors — behind the distortions in the civic and political institutions of India. We argue that the securitization of development, in order to extricate the national developmental enterprise from the deadweight of corruption, led to de-politicization of the developmental enterprise, which in turn negatively impacted human security. In doing so, we arrive at some moral, social-psychological, and cognitive understanding of how not to securitize. The policy implications are towards employing securitization only as a last resort.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Working Papers, 103-06
Nanyang Technological University