No, this isn’t Dr. Manmohan Singh honestly describing the Coal Scam. These are accusations that he is hurling at Narendrabhai Modi. Next in line to accuse Modi of being a “plunderer” are Laloo Yadav, Sharad Pawar and Deve Gowda.
To see the family fielding its pet robot to take on the government is a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, it is a tacit admission of weakness from the Congress : they understand that the whole party is so deeply tainted with scams that no leader can credibly take on Narendra Modi on the issue of black money. When certified scamsters of the Congress go on TV to criticize the surgical strike of black money, they are only setting themselves up for jeers and mockery from the public. That’s sweet.
Now for the bitter. The bitterness is about the fact that despite being the nominal head of the rampaging robber brigade called UPA-I & II, the carefully cultivated propaganda about the “honesty” of Manmohan Singh endures even today. It’s a testament to the PR failures of the Indian right that they failed to shatter Singh’s image despite billion dollar scams.
Here is just one sample of the “honesty” of this person:
This from May 7, 2014. This man has been two term PM, Finance Minister and Reserve Bank Governor. What more could he have wished to achieve in his life? And yet he cannot resist the temptation to steal some free power and water for himself for his retirement years. When I made this screenshot, I made sure to include in the frame above the latest news from the Indian Express that the same Dr. Singh is accusing others of “looting”.
I have never ever seen Dr. Singh as “honest”. I have always regarded him as the epitome of a compromised intellectual. So dishonest and compromised to the core that he became the pet robot of the dynasty.
This kind of looting of free water and power is something we associate with politicians like Lalu Yadav or Deve Gowda. We don’t associate this with people like Dr. Manmohan Singh. Why? Because of cultural elitism. Some RJD goon refuses to pay bills because his masters are in power. So does Dr. Singh. What’s the difference? The difference merely is that the RJD goon probably does not speak good, fluent English. That’s why an RJD guy getting the exact same favor for himself as Dr. Manmohan Singh will be seen as a goon, while Dr. Singh will appear “honest”. The mentality is *exactly* the same.
Did you know that in his last day as Bihar’s Chief Minister, Laloo Yadav ran away with an expensive Piaget watch and Bose speakers from his office?
Wait. I owe Laloo Yadav an apology. He never did that. Our “honest” PM did:
For those wondering, gifts received by the Prime Minister while visiting countries in official capacity belong to the state. They are not the personal property of the PM to take to his home. And FYI, Narendra Modi used to regularly auction all the gifts he received as CM of Gujarat and donate the proceeds to a Gujarat government girl child education initiative. That’s Narendra Modi for you. The ex-Prime Minister who ran away with speakers and watches and carpets is calling Narendra Modi a “plunderer”.
Now, watches and carpets and speakers might seem like chump change compared to the lakh crore scams that Dr. Singh presided over, but that’s why I call Dr. Singh the ultimate compromised intellectual. Becoming a celebrity robber also takes some initiative and some courage. Veerappan was a dreaded criminal, but it takes balls of steel to become a smuggler like Veerappan. Dr. Singh did not even have the temperament to be a robber baron doing a multi-crore scam. Challenge Dr. Singh to steal 1 lakh crore and he will wet his pants. He was always the compromised intellectual chasing cheap favors. And we have seen intellectuals in our country selling themselves for small stuff, even a free trip to America costing a couple of thousand $$$. THAT is Manmohan Singh…the “chindi chor” as we say in Hindi.
Organized loot, Dr. Singh? Do you mean the CWG scam? The 2G scam or the coal scam? Do you mean scams where the government’s law minister starts editing CBI reports to be presented to the Supreme Court? THAT would meet the definition of “organized loot”. Do you mean governments that bring ordinances to insulate proclaimed offenders from losing their seats in Parliament after being convicted for crimes?
THAT would meet the definition of “organized loot”, Dr. Singh.
You want to know what is “legalized plunder”, Dr. Singh? Legalized plunder is this from 1973-74:
Confiscating as much as 97% of the income of people (beyond a limit) … now THAT would be “legalized plunder”. And guess who was India’s Chief Economic Adviser during the time this happened?
Guess? Guess which good honest doctor was advising the nation?
Why do you think black money came into being in the first place? Because people were fed up of surrendering 97% of their own money as part of the government’s “legalized plunder” program. That’s when YOU sir used to be the Chief Economic Adviser. Ha!
Doctor saab, you reminded us that in the long run, we are all dead. I am unable to decide whether it is just a taunt or a hint to Narendra Modi that he should drop everything else and start plundering right now… in the moment! You know, like you used to do for your party. Because, the Dynasty lives on and you can never have enough black money stashed away for your descendants to come… Right, Dr. Singh?