One more sting operation. This time targeted against representatives of the people. Aaj Taak and some organization called Cobrapost (Tehelka, Cobrapost—what’s with these sensational names?) went undercover and busted a few of our MPs for taking bribes to table questions in Parliament.
Now I ask —so what? Sure you get some publicity (kudos to Aaj Taak and Cobrapost ), some heads roll, people act shocked—-but what then? What these out-to-create-news-at-any-cost people do not understand is that their actions ruin the greatest currency we have in this world.
Not Euros. Not yen. Certainly not dollars.
If a politician cannot trust a man coming to bribe him then who can he trust? His own party? The people? No. Of course not.
The bond between a briber and bribee is sacrosant—-even a sniff of doubt strikes at the very fabric of the food chain that is politics in India today. It threatens the very basis of our polity—effectively drying up the grease that lubricates the creaking machinery of governance.
Now after this sting operation whenever someone comes to bribe a politician, the poor MP has to run extensive background checks, device a circuitous route to get the money (aah the innocent times of N Rao when politicians carried suitcases full of cash) and in general always watch over his shoulder. The result—-further delays in the decision-making pipeline and an increased cost of maintaining the bribe-taking infrastructure—-a cost that will be passed onto the customer— the common man of India.
A similarly counterproductive thing happened after the “casting couch” sting operation. The bond of trust between producers and aspiring actresses was broken—and as I pointed out in a past post, the upshot of the controversy was that people like Shakti Kapoor had to make sure that starlets totally disrobed before they came in his presence.
Just to check that they did not have any hidden devices on them.
Now let me say I fully endorse what BSP MP Narendra Kumar Kushwaha (25,000) said regarding this controversy.
“It is a ‘bhool’ (mistake), it is nothing more than that”.
Geez people ! Don’t you make mistakes? Haven’t you ever made “silly mistakes” on your maths test in school like forgetting to add the carry over or copying a digit wrong from the test paper?
Remember Jaya Bachchan’s character in “Kal Ho Na Ho” when she remembers her husband fathering an illegitimate child and then breaks down saying “It was only a bhool, he was not a bad man, just a bhool.”
Yes small mistakes happen. And as Narendra Kumar points out 25,000 is funny money—
They have tried to trap MPs. I told them, ‘If you want to give money, give five or 10 lakhs (of rupees). What is this 10,000 and 20,000?'”
Character assassination plain and simple. The fact that Narendra Kumar is corrupt to the bottom of his black heart isn’t cause for shame—as a matter of fact that’s one of the bullets a politician needs to have on his resume. The shame he feels is that everyone now knows that he sells for 10,000/20,000—-why even a crack whore well past her prime with half of her teeth missing and one working eye can do better on a rainy day. And this guy is the people’s representative. Come on show some respect.
Wait there is more. Kushwaha evidently made passes at the undercover reporter who was posing as a briber. Much is made of the fact that he kept on asking the lady to his bedroom—-as if the sexual act cannot be done in the living room. Hell the President of the Great Power did it standing up in the back room of the Oval Office—-he didn’t call Miss Lewdinsky to the Lincoln bedroom did he ?Maybe Kushwaha was being very cordial and maybe he is a bedroom man—-he works better there. (He also called Malhotra, a man, to his bedroom) .Who knows?
Okay there is still more.
He (Kushwaha) also offers to get more MPs on board free of cost, saying lecherously, “Aapke paas deh hai na (You have your body to offer)”
Haha. Verrry clever. Sound editing. This is what our MP actually said.
“Aapke paas desh hai na?” (You have the country on your side).
An inspiring line of patriotism reduced with the suppression of the “s” into a crude come-on line which seems to imply that MPs use parts of their anatomy other than their brain to come to decisions and that a significant section of them were not hugged when they were children and consequently are constantly seeking female attention and acceptance.
As to the other lecherous statements made by the MP, what the presswallahs have done is cleverly take away the statements he made prior to the said statement.
“Arre tum to meri poori awaaz hi lekar chali gayi ho (You have taken away my voice)”,
Now here’s the context.
“Kya? Sirf dus hazar rupaye. Kya boloon main. Arre tum to meri poori awaaz hi lekar chali gayi ho , (What ? Only 10,000 rupees. What can I say? You have taken away my voice)
You maybe asking why am I defending these politicians? Why? Because they are my readers. Yes, they are the ones who regularly visit my blog, comment under the names “Indian” ,” another Indian” and call me names. And there is one thing I will not stand for—-attacks on my readers. Especially those who comment.
Okay here’s the proof. The whole blogging community is now laughing at one of the questions:
Is it true that while NRI firms such as India Uncut of USA, Sepia Mutiny of Britain and AnarCap Lib of Netherlands have been allowed to invest in Indian SSIs, the reputed German investment firm Desipundit has been denied permission? If so, the reasons thereof? Is the Union Government of India planning to make automatic the long procedure of permission for SSIs to import new technologies such as Trackbacks, Pingbacks, Blogrolls, Splogs and Hitcounters?
The blogosphere is laughing out of a sense of superiority —the idea being “haaah what fools these politicians are—-bloggerspeak dupes them.”
Actually Indian politicians do read blogs. They read mine. Because I speak at their intellectual level.
Which is why the Cobras never mentioned “Greatbong of USA ” in that question. Because that would be a giveaway !
Even Mr “Khush Huya” would have said—“Wait, isnt that the dude who writes about Mithunda and who has wet dreams about Sourav Ganguly? Hey these guys are frauds……guards guards stop that lady and let me search her personally for hearing devices. This is a sting. ”
And I will tell you two other blogs whose names the Aajtak/Cobra guys would not dare take: Desibabes and Debonair blog. (Links intentionally not provided). Most politicians have these 2 blogs on their bloglines—compulsory reading for good governance. Along with of course this blog. Ahem ahem.
In conclusion, Operation Duryodhona lives upto its name. Not because it catches Duryodhonas but because it strikes politicians a killer blow below the belt.
Which all said and done isn’t all that bad a thing.