BS points to superb anecdote on figuring which state has more corruption in real estate sector.
The article reports a conversation with a real estate builder who tracks unique way to figure corruption in the industry..
A builder who has built properties in several states says he gauges corruption by the food that is served during meetings with ministers and the hospitality they display. While scouting for land for a project, he visited several states. On one such visit to Uttar Pradesh, he met a minister for dinner. The spread: 50 to 100 of the choicest delicacies. The minister tasted about half of them while the builder waited without being offered even a cup of tea. After two hours, he was told that the minister now knew about the proposed project and would get back. On another visit, this time to Gujarat, he met another minister for dinner. This spread was simpler: sabjee, dal, chaas and a couple of chapattis. The minister heard him out and promised him necessary action and even invited the builder to dinner. No guesses for where the builder is working now.
Well based on the corruption in real estate one could actually think the builder choosing to work in a more corrupt state!
Anyways, a nice experiment actually. The researchers should seek appointments into various state ministries, observe the meals and hospitality. Then make an index to see which state has the highest lavish meals and hospitality index. And compare it with corruption in the state..