Indian Official Says It’s ‘OK to Steal a Little’
Posted on September 7, 2012
“If you work hard, you can steal a little, but don’t behave like bandits.”
This comment came from Indian governmental official Shivpal Singh Yadav, drawing attention from a number of fellow politicians and reporters alike. His explicit invitation to steal appalled everyone.
“A minister’s statement is like a policy of the government, and if he says so, then the government is offering a license to steal the public money,” local BJP leader Lalji Tandon said.
“It is very unfortunate that a minister who is the uncle of the chief minister and who does not consider himself anything less than a chief minister talks in such a way,” Siddiqui, a former senior post holder in the government, said.
Corruption is one of India’s biggest problems, with 200 million people living under the poverty threshold.
Though Yadav said that he already took back his statement and that it shouldn’t be brought up again, what he said surely tainted his reputation as a credible politician.