The art of giving and the act of taking

One does not need to know rocket science to understand the pantheism of immorality in politics. At a point of time when the country looks to deal with corruption, the bigger question is can corruption ever have a political solution?

The latest corruption charges against the Mamata Banerjee government comes through as a sting operation by Mathew Samuels, someone whose investigative acumen incarcerated Bangaru Laxman, the Dalit President of the BJP. 

The tape shows the high heels of the party engaging themselves in a shameful give and take policy, a ‘provident fund’ very easily found between politicians and pressure groups.

But can it be acknowledged as corruption? Yes. Can it be acknowledged as a breach of trust? Absolutely. But should only TMC bear the brunt? Not at ALL!

That is the problem unfortunately. We are almost epitomising one example without seeing the wider picture where all political parties engage in such pernicious and unethical practises irrespective of political ideology.

The Caravan magazine in one of its exposes clearly showed a whole set of leaders charged with what can be regarded as in conventional terms, ‘acceptation of freebies’ from corporate forces.

Of course, Mamata is a fallen goddess in the eyes of the dementic middle class and media, or to be more specific in the eyes of an overtly influential media conglomerate of Bengal.

 It is incidentally the same media house which deliberately blacked out the entire Malda terror plot, indirectly helping Mamata to escape criticism in the state even as India Today’s Rahul Kanwal’s report on Malda equated the north Bengal district with India’s own Afghanistan in the eastern border.

But the poor still support ‘the self diminutive lady’ to quote Suhel Seth. Now lets clear the air which perhaps is ventilating you. I am no Mamata supporter. Infact, she has been the most substandard CM according to me with no control on either the hoodlums of her party or her acerbic tongue.

Her party basically is about the same form of regional chauvinism mastered by the Shiv Sena and the TDP. And what is worse, most of the leaders behave like shanties out of jail, baying for money and blood.

But the Caravan issue I resorted to to defend my case of the universality of such naked, blatant nexus between politicians and corporates had names ranging from the Present head of state to an ‘anti corporate’ Communist Sitaram Yechury. 

The expose as far as I remember was on the Essel group, where the then Finance Minister of the country nudged the corporate in question to employ the son of a godman, whom Mukherjee knew.

Interestingly, no TV channel took up the task of following the story (even if a defamation suit was filed against the magazine) perhaps because the clout of the Ruias was too much to stomach.

The art of giving and the act of taking is now an universal truth. Albeit, we should take strong measures so that these cases of corruption are not bailed out, but can we be selective in our judgement and adjudication- implicating some while letting out the others? 

That is the bigger question…..


Corporates and sycophants-the new age oligarchs….

The divine salad of democracy is no more a gospel truth.Rather,it is a lip service to a vast, competitive world of habituated self interest.The Communists who I disagree with most of the times today are fighting for survival. The dreaded Marxian theorists seemed be a last zebra crossing before the engine garners the speed.The theory of corporate control now seems to be a regular convocation for the NGO’s and the left of centre enthusiasts.

The rise of corp-orates has been not an invisible spectacle.Rather as consumerism has exceeded public expectations,more have we fallen into the traps of umbrage of the lord. The politicians as Vinod Mehta said  are easy to attack.However the Tatas of the land, have always somehow saved themselves from the popular or journalistic scepticism. As farmers kick the bucket, the KG Oil Basin seems to flow the crores into a over-reliant purse. 

But how grave and how stereo typed is this proportion of injustice. The subaltern school of thought always believed that History is essentially of the privileged,by the privileged and for the privileged.They believe that the reality of a civilisation has always been determined by the kings and queens,emperors and empresses, Hitler and Churchill. The Kalinga war of 261 B.C is in many ways related unilaterally to Ashoka and the effect it had on his mind and soul and heart.

Author's crisp thought: The
Author’s crisp thought: The “notorious” Ranjan Bhattacharya responsible for cutting deals.It seems the handsome face pervades his covetous nature

The proposition of the oligarchy deciding the fate of the country dates back to the Akbarian period. A small coterie has always been utilised to denote the connotation whether democracy or mixed authoratative structure is the right composure required to run a state and engine a country.The media has become more professional,more prone to advertisement and BREAKING NEWS. Well times change and with that change the colour and the rule book of a sport.

But the media has also taken a downward dive-a cruise towards sycophancy and patron worshipping. The India Today group has had the share of Anil Ambani. According to a report suspense continues over the ownership of the NDTV. (Markandey Katju shared the post yesterday on FB). It is said that Mukesh Ambani had given an interest free loan to Prannoy and Radhika Roy at the 2008-09 period when the group was fighting a financial crisis.

Manoj Modi,the left and the right of Ambani senior almost single handedly ensured that Network 18 loses its editor in chief. The sin of the senior journalist. He stood erect in front of pressure from the upper storeys when the lord wanted the Google hangout with Arvind Kejriwal dropped. Kejriwal also seems to understand that attacking the lobbyists and challenging the extra constitutional or rather super constitutional authorities is not a suave dream. Chandrababu Naidu and KCR forgetting their differences seem to grease when Anil Ambani sends them a date…..

Author's crisp thought:Nira Radia- Don't fantasize over her charm and looks. Vir Sanghvi almost slipped,it is said.....
Author’s crisp thought: Don’t fantasize over her charms and looks!vir Sanghvi almost slipped it is said!

The successive Governments have also shown their apathy and their desire to catch hold of the big bucks which the wealthy easily and quite deceptively offer. “Congress to ab apna dukaan hain”-this is what we heard Mr. Mukesh Ambani speak during the infamous Radia tapes controversy. Well Ranjan Bhattacharya,the son in law of Vajpayee-essentially a power penetrator in Lutyen’s Delhi was the man Ambani was speaking to.

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta,eminent economist who passed out of Delhi School of Economics authored Gas Wars-a book which reflected at the murky business of gas and dubious business concerning national resources. The book not only penetrated the significance of how kith and kin was of little use when cutting deals,it also showed the catastrophe which awaits such blatant high handedness. Thakurta,need I say received a legal notice from the Mumbai Indian ex-officio franchise?

Author's crisp thought: Well the gas seems to leak Mr. Thakurta. What do you say?
Author’s crisp thought: Well the gas seems to leak Mr. Thakurta. What do you say?

The Tatas who have risen from the idea of self rule and swadeshi have also featured in the Singur Fiasco and the Radia jingo. The media barons who seem to be taking onto the role of mini oligarchs nowadays are boiling the same oil. Media,hospitality,airports,agro sector,industry,social security and national security-all seem to follow a same line of belief-the belief of the big pockets. The neo colonial era it seems has drunk into massive beer. Its time we serve him some nimboo pani. Oligarchy and democracy,as idealist as I may sound never gel together. Don’t jail a thief for a theft of 500 note,because what is going on is loot to say the least….

Author's crisp thought:Well the surname of Modi nowadays are all powerful. But try as you may Manoj ji, fashionista Arjun Rampal is something you can think of becoming next time....
Author’s crisp thought:Well the surname of Modi nowadays are all powerful. But try as you may Manoj ji, fashionista Arjun Rampal is something you can think of becoming next time….