I am looking for an expression, idiom or proverb for a Hindi saying "ulta karobar" which literally means "turtled business" or "upside-down business" and relates to the disorderly handling of an issue or passing of foolish twisted laws that cause inconvenience or commotion/annoyance for the population.

After reflecting over such above mentioned doings, one can say with a sigh, "This is "ulta karobar."

What is the equivalent expression in English?

  • This is a real mess!!!
    – user 66974
    Sep 20, 2018 at 10:13

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fubar -- This is fubar.

(An acronym originating in the military for such bureaucratic impedance to efficiency.)

It's similar to snafu, but more emphatic.


One popular and similarly themed English idiom is putting the cart before the horse:

to do things in the wrong order
People are putting the cart before the horse by making plans on how to spend the money before we are even certain that the money will be available.
from m-w.com

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