Inside a city office in Delhi.
In Search Of The Red Tape Factory
On today's Planet Money:
David Kestenbaum tries to figure out why there's so much bureaucracy in India. He comes up with a few possible answers — the legacy of colonialism, a pretext for bribery, and/or the machinery of democracy. He also brings back a few pictures of red tape in action. One of the photos is above; a few more are after the jump.
A Delhi merchant offers a "Pay Bill Register":
Here are a couple shots from the pages of the P.B.R., which appears to be some sort of ledger for recording payments to employees:
Finally, a quick reminder that the U.S. has yet to become a paperless nation. Here's one of the Goldman execs at that Senate hearing today:
(Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
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