“धर्मं-संकट”: Should I pay the bribe? A real-life ethical dilemma

Last week, a long-time reader of the blog (and someone who I know; lets just call him HV) sent me an email asking for advice on how to deal with a “धर्मं -संकट “. His was a real-life ethical dilemma..something I suspect millions of Indians face everyday. He wrote (emphasis added):
I’m in a dharma-sankat! I just moved to India and am very concerned about an ethical dilemma I’m facing almost every week.
How do you manage the problem of bribes one has to pay to the government employees for almost every …