Is the right punishment for corrupt people. That's my opinion.
It's nauseating to hear about all the corruption with respect to the contracts awarded for various projects related to the Commonwealth Games.
People are doing it so 'transparently' and brazenly as they know that nothing will happen to them ... there are no consequences. Powerful people know that you can always make sure that a corruption case will get lost in the maze of the Indian judiciary. You can make a case last longer than your lifetime and then of course once you are dead, it's over!!!
The death sentence is on the statute books of course for the 'rarest of the rare' crime as of now. People get the death sentence for particularly gruesome cases of murder. Although, another oddity in India has been the fact of how rarely even those few death sentences get carried out. But that's another story.
If people can be awarded the death sentence for murder/rape, then why not give them the death sentence for particularly eggregious cases of corruption as well. I think we as a society have to agree to do it and then we can really use it effectively.
Of course, we'll need to fast track such cases like we manage to fast track cases where any foreigner is raped. Once people see justice being served expeditiously, the corrupt will curb their abandon. China provides a good model in this sphere though it's not a model to be followed in general.
Let's not wax eloquent and get all mushy about the value and sanctity of life and what not. Let's face it. Life is cheap in India.
How many people die in road accidents everyday in India? 300? 400?
How many folks just fall off the railway tracks in Mumbai everyday and die that way? 10? 20?
How many female infanticides happen every year?
How many cases of murder that don't get solved?