The elephant in the road

“You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous” (Deuteronomy 16:19 NKJV).

On a rural road in South Asia, our van was stopped by an elephant and its “mahout” (trainer/driver), and a toll was demanded of us. Toll roads and bridges are not uncommon there but they are normally collected by people with official authorization operating from booths. This was obviously private enterprise. It was also obvious that the business had some significant support from influential people. No common person could maintain that process without such backing. Continue reading “The elephant in the road”