Friday, September 11, 2009

Sarkari Babus Around The World - In Pictures

(Sarkari Babu: an Indian slang for a bureaucrat; an "overlord" working in a government office.)

Photographer Jan Banning has a series of photos, called "Bureaucratics", of bureaucrats from around the world. Click on "Photo series" in the left-hand navigation bar to get to the pictures which are grouped by countries.

You can also click on the little "about" button below each picture and see information like monthly salary of the bureaucrat.

The pictures from India are a little...what's the word...dispiriting. Not the people, but their work setting. Well, now do you understand why some of them are driven to accepting bribes?

(Via NPR's Picture Show blog.)


J. Alfred Prufrock said...

The photos from Bihar are so awfully depressing.

I posted about those rooms long ago -


km said...

JAP: Of course you did. I was pretty sure I had read about those offices somewhere :)