Saturday, February 19, 2011

Celebrating MMS the new-era Dhritharashtra

There are certain figures in mythology who are tragic figures due to circumstances and some due to their own creations. Dhritharashtra of the Kurus showed a blind eye (literally and figuratively) to the rampant corrupt and vengeful behaviors of his sons and paid for it with the loss of their lives and his kingdom. As a ruler of a nation maintain Raj-Dharma is of paramount importance and is one of the valuable lessons Indian history has tried to teach its rulers. Its something MMS has done poorly in 2 terms as the PM of India.
After numerous scams and feeble efforts to defend the government's inaction and bringing the perpetrators to justice, the new "vigilance" is being swallowed by the MSM especially cHindu hook, line and sinker.
The same Prime Minister whose silence and ambivalence on 2G was seen by the Opposition and the public at large as weakness and even complicity has pushed the Central Bureau of Investigation into summoning and questioning top industrialists like Anil Ambani, raiding Kalaingar TV, the business arm of a key political ally, the DMK, and sending A. Raja, who was Telecom Minister till some time ago, to the unwholesome confines of Tihar Jail.

Call me a sceptic but sending a minster to prison temporarily and raiding KTV is not vigilant action. The corruption is endemic and across the nation and token actions are simply not enough. Sidd V asks a potent question when says,
The question, of course, is whether or not the CBI will persist in its endeavours. Are we being treated to an elaborate dog-and-pony show? Or does the agency's current activism represent a fundamental course correction for a system which has tolerated and thrived on corruption? If yes, does the Prime Minister have the political clout to see things through?

However where Sidd Varadarajan fails to hit the nail on the head is his sympathetic portrayal of MMS as being a decisive leader misled by his ministers.
As an economist and a man of unquestionable integrity, Dr. Singh knew full well the revenue consequences of forgoing an auction for the allocation of 2G spectrum and recorded his unhappiness with the decision. If the Prime Minister were anyone other than Dr. Singh, one might be justified in treating his belated intervention in the 2G matter as an indication of his own involvement. In reality, the delay was the product of both his individual political weakness and his party's failure to understand the political implications of the scam.

Its as though cHindu wants to treat MMS and the UPA with kid gloves and come hard against the BJP for similar failings. Final words from Sidd V.
Corrupt politicians come and go. But unless the crony capitalists who use them are punished, Indian democracy will continue to corrode.

What about corrupt journalists Mr. Siddharth Varadarajan?


Xinhua Ram said...

This deserves a post:

China tries to stamp out 'Jasmine Revolution'

Jittery Chinese authorities wary of any domestic dissent staged a concerted show of force Sunday to squelch a mysterious online call for a "Jasmine Revolution" apparently modeled after pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping the Middle East.

Authorities detained activists, increased the number of police on the streets, disconnected some mobile phone text messaging services and censored Internet postings about the call to stage protests at 2 p.m. in Beijing, Shanghai and 11 other major cities.

Sudhir said...

I left this comment on Sidd's page. how easily they can fool people!

"ummm... Pardon me for my ignorance, but from all the reading that I have been doing in the newspapers (including the Hindu), isn't the Supreme Court driving the 2G investigation efforts? Isn't it because of strictures passed by SC, that the CBI got its act together? Where has the Prime Minister come into the picture?

Next, UPA inherited a corrupt system from NDA? Pardon me again for my ignorance, but NDA invented that system or inherited it from someone else? If it is the latter, would you please be kind enough to enlighten your thousands of readers, where the inheritance came from?

A Union Cabinet minister is directly accused of fraud. He gets to stat as Cabinet minister for 2 years, and then gets re-appointed. And this is being compared to what? Coffin Scam, Petrol Bunk Scam - where no high level politicians were directly charged?? Were those political scams? Do you intentionally bring in NDA, just to ruffle a few feathers?

We have heard enough of this "man of unquestionable integrity" crap. Like someone once said - "Of what use is a honest watchman, if he can't prevent a theft?". Manmohan Singh presided over the worst scams this country has ever seen - right from Hawala scam when he was Finance Minister to the S-Band (and sadly, there is no end in sight). It doesn't matter if his integrity is unquestionable - what matters is his silence while LOOT was happening.

- Sudhir"

Hindu Fundamentalist said...

sudhir, nice comment. i am sure it will be conveniently ignored by sidd.