100Voices: Vijay Anand


Vijay Anand is the founder of Fifth Pillar of India, a grassroots corruption watchdog that uses the power of a collective message to stand up against street-level graft. The group’s message to public officials: ask for a bribe and you’re asking for trouble.

In this 100Voices video, Anand talks about the “Zero Rupee Note,” a small piece of paper citizens can hand out when asked for a bribe. He says this seemingly small gesture is proving surprisingly effective.

Anand spoke at Transparency International’s 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Brasília in November. He was interviewed by 100Reporters’ Chad Bouchard.

Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard, a staff writer for 100 Reporters, is an investigative journalist focusing on politics and corruption. His stories have appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, The Financial Times and other publications. His radio stories have aired on NPR, Public Radio International, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America.