Governments are adept at making sweeping commitments to save our embattled planet. But what happens when petty corruption stymies those commitments? In this wry, witty look at corruption we see how India’s rivers, forests and cities are being mismanaged for personal profit. In Bihar, flood control embankments have led to an increase in flooding. In many regions, sandalwood smuggling is a popular alternative to the 12 month wait for the government’s tree owner bonus. Environmental laws introduced in the Rajaji National Park now mean that nomadic buffalo herders must pay or bribe foresters to live on the land they have used for centuries. Delhi’s car culture is thriving thanks to low taxes on diesel fuel, but high petrol prices are widening the rich-poor divide. We meet Anna Hazare, a social reformer fighting for poverty aleviation through devotional prayers and Anil Agarwal, an enviromentalist who shares his views on corruption throughout the programme.
Films in this series