A SHIP ABOUT TO SINK by Pritish Nandy

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    A SHIP ABOUT TO SINK --- Pritish Nandy

    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 criticise 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 chaalis chors. 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 waylost. 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, vandalising 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 realise 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 Pontius 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.

    Extraordinary Issue : Pritish Nandy's blog-The Times Of India
     
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    hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa finally some sense from die hard dynasty servant, i think he is silently wishing for priyanka to take over
     
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    It is time for all the Indians from every walk of life to lay foundation for the Bhartiya Sudharwadi Aur Pragatisheel Dal, where the membership will be based upon merit only. The platform and agenda should be to bring every known corruption case to the court and justice be rendered swiftly with in one to two years time on consistent basis. There are many more ideas on my mind and those will be posted at later date.

    Jai Hind
     
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    Maybe Priyanka can do some makeover.

    Rahul is all washed out!
     
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    I love this The Indian Political Philharmonic Orchestra

    Pritish Nandy hasen't lost his way with words even after becoming a successful movie producer.
     
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    If I find a candidate of your party in my constituency I will certainly vote. :thumb:
     
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    A SHIP ABOUT TO SINK...Nahh I dont think so....Atleast they will give a tough fight.

    And now that the pool has been muddied with the arrival of Anna and his cohorts the Congress' chance have become brighter. BJP should not be lulled into a complacency that they can win it anyhow and they must work harder to achieve their goal.
     
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    Anna is a nobody without Baba Ramdev
     
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    Very possible, but then this time around, Rahul Gandhi should lead from the rear and with less cameo appearances, as Khurshed said.
     
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    Well, you can't blame him from being a diehard Congress supporter.

    His name is Pritish David Nandy.

    This article is an expression of his angst and horror at the degradation of the standards of a one time Great political party.
     
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    I being foreigner can not interfere with the internal affairs of my motherland but fair minded individuals like you should explore the possibilities to set up a third alternative which in a long run will be the best revenge against these incompetent money wasting stooges of egotistic leaders of their respective party.
     
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    The article reflects the middle class' frustrations right now with the Central leadership. There are 2 more years left. And I seriously do not care who forms the next coalition government. I just wish the economy takes off, so that there are jobs for most of the citizens, who then inturn can have 2 square meals a day. PriyankaG, I don't think so. Maybe someone in the lines of Nandan Nilekani, but then he would be just like MMS, a show piece. I would rather like to see a man who walks the talk, Mr. Chidambaram.
     
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    Chidambaram did some good things in the home ministry.FCRA amendment,NIA and the Indo-bangla border fence
     

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