My maternal grandfather was a clerk in the public works department. He got the job because his father-in-law (and uncle) knew some engineers in the department, and that was the time when Travancore was ruled by kings.
He received `payments’ from contractors while preparing and signing bills. However, the interesting point was that he had never reckoned this payment as a bribe or part of corruption. He considered it as a `commission’ due to him because of his `position’, which was available to him due to his connections.
His son-in-law (my father) did not like the behavior of my grandfather. He wanted to keep a distance from his `corrupt’ father-in-law. My father was a middle-level government official in charge of co-operative societies in a sub-district. He was close to the communist party (though he was not a party card-holder). As part of his job, he conducted examinations and interviews for…
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