In the Indian media and public discourse, the phrase 'criminalisation of politics' is often used to indicate one or more of the following:
- The nexus between organized crime and politics
- High, and still increasing numbers of politicians with criminal cases pending against them.
- Corrupt practices committed by politicians.
Apparently, the third form of usage isn't unique to India, as this wikipedia article talks about the United States.
OED says that criminalisation is "The action of turning an activity into a criminal offence by making it illegal." Clearly, by this definition, politics has not been criminalised in India. Criminalisation of politics could be said to have taken place in countries where formation or membership of political parties is illegal.
Countries with strict drug laws could have been said to have criminalised drugs, jurisdiction with strict laws on firearms usage and possession could have been said to have criminalised firearms, while those places with restrictive business laws could be said (not literally) to have criminalised business.
I request people to check if my understanding of the word criminalisation is correct, and that the Indian media uses it incorrectly. If that is the case, what would be correct and succinct words or phrases which mean (1), (2), and (3) in the first paragraph.