On 12 March 2019, the Justice Department of the United States accused 50 people across six states of having taken part in a major college admission scandal. Fifty parents were charged for their involvement in a bribery and cheating scheme to get their unqualified children into top colleges of the US, a number of people who have been alleged to be a part of this conspiracy have pled guilty or agreed to plead guilty. The investigation into this morally depraved end-run on the system of admissions to higher education is called Operation Varsity Blues.
Corruption is an abuse of public resources and position in public life for private gain (‘Swarth’ means a private gain in Hindi, hence the title). Corruption has precisely been defined as a deviant human behavior associated with the motivation of private gain at public expense and as such has persisted for centuries. Arthashastra by Chanakya provides an elaborate description of the menace. This sophisticated and detailed treatise on statecraft is essentially prescriptive in nature. This confirms the fact that corruption was rampant enough in ancient India to necessitate expert advice on how to tame it.
The recently concluded Cricket World Cup 2019 was not at all an ordinary event among cricket fans around the globe. The gigantism of cricket as a sport is not something unknown to even those who don’t follow it. The last time India met Pakistan at the World Cup, over 1 billion people tuned in, which equates in viewership to 9 Superbowls, or 52 Game Of Thrones finales. The fact itself is enough to get an idea about the enormity of the sport.