India, one of the largest democracies in the world, is being threatened by the monster called Corruption. Though corruption is not a few phenomenon, in the past few years it has assumed alarming proportions and is eroding the very basis of democracy. Corruption is anti-social, anti-national, anti-people and anti-democratic. The rot needs to be cleaned up in the interests of the people and the countrys future. How to stem the rot ? From where should the process begin ? Who should take the initiative ? These are some of the issues that need elaborate discussion. Tackling corruption needs a clear understanding of its nature and the reasons for its growth, the existing anti-corruption mechanism and its loopholes, institutional measures to be adopted to control corruption and finally a time bound plan of action with clear duties and responsibilities for each of the stakeholders. The book Corruption : the rot within is an earnest effort in this direction.
Shri Y G Muralidharan is a well known consumer activist and is engaged in other civic issues like right to information, public service laws, human rights etc. He has trained over 5000 Public Information Officers. He is a prolific writer and has over 3000 articles to his credit. He writes weekly columns in two leading Kannada newspapers. Shri Muralidharan has over 25 books to his credit and a majority of them have been published by Navakarnataka publications. He is a well known speaker on issues of contemporary interest. His books on Lokpal, Right to Information and Personality Development have seen several editions.