Defending The Indefensible
What do you do when you are caught with your pants down? Simple - be shameless and make a comparison. How others were more naked than you in the past and how your latest nudity is of lesser proportion and get away with it. Well, at least this was the mantra of Manish Tiwari, who was on a mission to defend Kalmadi and Co yesterday in the parliament. Nonetheless, when he says the money siphoned in the Commonwealth Games 2010 (CWG) till date is just 0.07% of the total budget, is quite bizarre.
The collective looting that is going on in our country from the day Pandit Nehru cracked that coconut on the occasion of the Bhakra-Nangal Dam foundation ceremony is unimaginable. If you total up the estimates of money that has gone down the drain (or Swiss accounts) since independence, it would very easily cross any estimate we have of the British looting us. Still guys like Mr.Tiwari are not ashamed of it but try to weigh the individual loot in terms of the amount of money that has been pocketed. It seems he carefully scrutinises individual loot (in terms of money), discards that which doesn't fall into the merit of being called loot (below 100 crores) and the rest are archived to do a nudity comparison later. Somebody correctly said - idiocy has no limits.
You certainly don't need foreigners to loot you, when you have esteemed individuals like Mr. Tiwari roaming around.
Let's not shoot the messenger - many would say. Mr. Tiwari is the spokesperson of a collective psyche of the ruling coalition. It is because Mr. Tiwari was left to do the dirty work on instructions of his high command; we should not blame the poor chap entirely. Mr. Kalmadi and the CWG are just another pair of skeletons the Congress party were hiding in their closet. If not for the Sherlock Holmesian efforts of a media house, these crooks would have got away with yet another money laundering scam.
Idiocy or not, Mr.Tiwari's confidence while defending the much blackened Kalmadi by virtue of his nonsensical logic is laudable. Laudable because he was sure that the fool and good for nothing common man would understand after hearing that it is only about a hundred crores that's been siphoned, so it doesn't deserve so much hue and cry. After all when we can gulp down cattle food and toilets of Indira Abas Yojna amounting to few thousand crores and can't do anything about it, we ought to be happy that this time we managed to hold them back below 100. Aren't we?
It seems, defending the corrupt and scoundrels is an art which the Congress has pioneered. Not long ago another bolt on Indian democracy was easily let off by the same party in the case of the 2G scam. The said smart chap pocketed a cool few thousand crores during UPA-I and also had the audacity to demand for the same ministry in UPA-II, for which he was gracefully obliged.
None in the Congress seems bothered about where the country is heading, worse if it actually is heading to the drains. Another class act was the case of a minister who prefers to remain absent from parliament and fly around on tax payer's money. 70% absent and still his case was promptly brushed under the carpet by the ruling party. Another minister thinks she is doing a time pass and honour by taking up the railway ministry. She is least bothered where the railways is heading but busy organizing rallies all around West Bengal with hardcore Maoists to her left and right. Yet her voyage against our government policies were hailed as a peace initiative and defended violently by the same set of crooks in the floor. One wonders why poor Shashi Tharoor was booted out for no apparent crime of his. If he is a culprit then on the scale of crime Kalmadi and others could easily be booked under grand larceny.
The list is endless. The latest jingoism of defending Kalmadi as the amount of corruption is quite less left many in bad taste, including few in the ruling government (A certain Mani Shankar Aiyer for sure). Let me tell you Mr. Tiwari - there is nothing called theory of relativity when it comes to corruption. Doesn't matter if it is of Rs.5/- or 5 crore. Hope some sense prevails and you guys would take a step or two in booting out the serious bolt in Indian sports fraternity called Suresh Kalmadi to begin with. Other investigations can very well continue.
Defending The Indefensible
- » Published on August 12, 2010
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