The culture of freebies practiced and perfected by various political parties in India, feigning as ‘populist schemes’, has indoctrinated the voters and has affected a well-rounded welfarist ideology. Doleouts are nothing short of bribes, and that a Government has no imperium to create private assets out of public funds. Free distribution of goods is not a substitute for a truer welfare model that seeks to achieve growth through enhancing productive resources in the economy. Conventional wisdom dictates that unbridled populist and widespread corruption are not only endemic to politics, but are antithetical to economic growth and human development. States in India need higher per capita usage of free goods and services. And, we need politicians and political parties to view us as ‘citizens’ and not just as ‘voters’, willing to reward those who offer maximum ‘muft’ schemes.