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A Ship about to Sink

A SHIP ABOUT TO SINK — Pritish Nandy
A very well-written article! Please read all the way:
I like Manmohan Singh. He has immaculate credentials. It’s these
credentials that have seen the UPA through its most stormy years. If
Singh wasn’t Prime Minister, the Government would have collapsed a
long time back. No, not because of its inherent coalition contradictions
but because it’s simply not possible for so many crooks with conflicting
agendas to loot the country together, almost as if in perfect unison.
The Indian Political Philharmonic Orchestra must be the world’s most
amazing cacophony of rogues, rascals and robbers. Luckily for the UPA,
there was always Singh to fall back on. Most middle class Indians refuse
to be cynical. We know exactly what’s happening around us, we criticize
it constantly, but when it comes to the crunch we all rally around the
nation and the flag. We are not bat-brained paranoids. Neither are we
wide-eyed innocents ready to buy into every ridiculous explanation
thrown our way to explain the loot that’s taking place in broad daylight.
But the latest season of scams has flummoxed all. This is not just Alibaba
and his chaalis chors.
Everyone among the chaalis chors is another Alibaba with his own forty
thieves. That’s the way the pyramid of crime operates today. But because
Singh, soft spoken and self effacing, is the face of this Government, India
has kept faith.But now, enough is enough. Neither Singh nor Pranab
Mukherjee, nor anyone else is capable any more of saving this Government.
It’s neck deep in its own sticky sleaze. What’s worse, you haven’t seen anything
yet. All these scams are but the tip of the iceberg. Talk to anyone
and you will get an instant dhobi list of scams in queue to break.
No, I am not saying this. Congress leaders are, in private. Look at Singh,
wan and way lost. Or Mukherjee going apopleptic in faux anger because
he has to defend what he knows is indefensible. They look less convincing
than Rakhi Sawant playing Joan of Arc.
The problem is: We have voted into power the stupidest bunch of thieves.
They are such losers that they can’t steal a hamburger without leaving
ketchup stains all over. Yet they are constantly trying to pull off
the biggest scams in history. From Rs 64 crore in Bofors, they have
upped the ante to Rs 170,0000 crore in 2G and no, I am not including
hundreds of aircraft Air India bought while sinking into bankruptcy
and preposterous sums spent on arms deals that have made India the
world’s second largest arms buyer when we can’t provide food and
healthcare to 60% Indians. Our leaders are making deals on the sly
with greedy builders, land sharks, illegal mining companies, corporate
fixers, shady arms dealers and, O yes, US diplomats who want to manipulate
our political choices. And, what’s more amazing, they do it like bungling
idiots. Even Inspector Clouseau can outwit them.
But that doesn’t mean they are not malevolent. These are people who
are destroying India from within. They are not just robbing you, me,
and the exchequer. They are destroying institutions, subverting laws,
vandalizing our heritage and history, and trying to build a dazzling,
amoral edifice of crime and corruption unprecedented in the nation’s
history. It’s a scary scenario that could turn the land of the Mahatma
into one gigantic Gotham City with a flyover to hell.
But my question is more basic: Can we trust these idiots to run this great nation?
If you travel and meet people across India, you will realize that for
every scam that breaks—and currently there’s one breaking every
week—there are ten more waiting in line. The media has never had it so
good! And it’s the same gang whose names keep coming up. Kalmadi,
Satish Sharma, Sant Chatwal, Ashok Chavan. The NCP lot.
The DMK. And everyone, in private, is protesting his own innocence,
pointing fingers at someone else. It’s a sure sign of a collapsing
regime. It’s what happened when Rajiv with a staggering majority in
parliament lost his mandate to govern. Rats alone don’t leap off a
sinking ship. So do everyone else.
So even though Singh, like Pontiffs  Pilate, may wash his hands off
every scam that hits the headlines, the fact is: The longer this
Government stays, the more compromised the Congress will be, and the
less capable of coming back to power. You can’t allow the sovereignty
of a nation to be compromised just to win a confidence vote. You can’t
bribe MPs to get your way in parliament. You can’t allow a shady
hotelier, with CBI cases against him, to play roving diplomat and,
worse, give him a Padma Bhushan for it. You can’t appoint a tainted
bureaucrat as the nation’s CVC. You can’t file a FIR against a corrupt CM
and then allow him to melt away. You can’t let the prime witness to the
nation’s biggest scam, who offered to turn approver, be murdered in broad
daylight and pretend it’s a suicide.
If this is the best this Government can do, it’s time to step down.
(contributed by : Amr on 26.08.2012)

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