Our friends the corrupt : What happened to Second Battle for Independence?

Growing up in India, it was not long before I became aware of the monster called “corruption”. We all talked about it, we all shook our heads about it… none of us could do anything about it. The sinister term for the proceeds of corruption was “black money”. From street corner discussions to Bollywood movies, we all heard about how the monster of corruption chews up the common people in this country. In the belly of this monster lies the so called “black money”.

And we all understood that the corruption went right to the top. The peons at government offices were corrupt. The cashiers and accountants were corrupt. Their managers were corrupt. The IAS bureaucrats who ruled over them were corrupt. And the ministers those bureaucrats reported to were corrupt.

Not surprisingly, every common Indian carries within himself this seething, helpless anger against corruption and black money. And so it happened that when a band of “revolutionaries” arrived at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, early in the summer of 2011, this anger exploded. The language used at that time was fully laced with undertones of violence, showing the depth of our anger and frustration. “Final War against corruption” they would call it:

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Or they would call it the “Second Battle for Independence”. Note the imagery conveyed by the words. Corruption was the ultimate monster and we have to begin “final war” against it. No sacrifice is too great in this battle. Because this is the second battle for independence. How can we as patriots not be ready to sacrifice everything we have? This is how corruption and black money was visualized.

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How could we not fight back? Right?

Cut to early 2015, when Modi government published a list of a handful of Swiss Bank Account holders.

The liberal echo chamber erupted with laughter. Ha Ha Ha! After so much ado, this is all that Modi sarkar could do to catch the monster. You stupid bhakts…LOL

Ha ha ha! Most of those Jan Dhan accounts are totally empty. You stupid bhakts again.

Ha ha ha! The income disclosure scheme unearthed just Rs 65,000 crore. You silly bhakts. Can’t stop laughing.

And then at 8 pm on Nov 8, Modi fired a single shot. A single shot that was heard around the world. For black money holders, the world came to an abrupt end. Not with a bang. But with a whimper.

But then a miraculous thing happened. The intellectual echo chamber swiftly shifted the consensus view on what black money is.

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Oh look how wonderful! From a ravenous flesh hungry monster, corruption has suddenly become gentle as sheep. What’s wrong with those poor black sheep? They never hurt anybody, did they? Can’t we just live and let live? Here is Firstpost again, telling us that Corruption is all a big yawn.

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Yes. Why talk of scams? It’s all too boring and too old. It is not like corruption is a problem, is it? The Opposition did not let us down.

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See? Corruption is no man eating monster. Corruption is a teeny tiny mouse. You know, now that I think about it, corruption is a cute little mouse like Jerry. We have all cheered for the lovable Jerry trying to give big bad Tom the slip. Why can’t we cheer for corruption as well? It gets even better :

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Not only is corruption our cute cuddly house pet. How can we forget all the good things that corruption does for us? Black money is our ever faithful friend who stood with us in times of distress and now we want to turn our backs on it. Coming as it is from the current heartthrob of Lutyens Delhi, I expect them to write children’s fables about  the friendship between India and black money. When the nation was on a knife edge of disaster, we were saved by our faithful friend : black money. I even learned that we are demeaning our loyal friend through the use of the term “black money”.

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And don’t you silly bhakts dare talk about sacrifices for the sake of nationalism now. Or eminent liberals will bite your stupid bhakt head off.

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What happened to the imagery of “Final War against Corruption” and “Second Battle for Independence”? All I see today is liberals mocking Narendra Modi and his “bhakts” for telling people to bear some pain for the sake of the nation. Why can’t we talk about patriotism now? What happened to the “Second Battle for Independence” ? NOW suddenly it is silly to talk about soldiers at the border? Who used to talk about the “Second Battle” and “Final War”? What happened? Why did that rhetoric change? 

Friends, I assure you the day is not far when the echo chamber will sing paeans to black money. Instead of “Tom and Jerry”, there will be cartoons like “Modi and Black Money”, where big bad Modi chases around poor little black money. Bollywood will make movies about how the helpless poor were saved by the generosity of black money holders. When we were children we had to write essays in school about “People who help us”. This would include essays such as “Our friend the postman” and “Our friend the policeman”. Don’t be surprised if one of these days, your child comes back from school with a writing assignment on “Our friends the corrupt”.

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16 thoughts on “Our friends the corrupt : What happened to Second Battle for Independence?

  1. There might be a war with Pak in the next 10 years(2018 apparently).I feel this exercise has had an unintended effect of preparing citizens to cope with a war situation.

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      1. I kind of like it when people know that their leader is smart, focused and unpredictable. While this keeps intelligent and honest ones on their toes, it also installs fear in the heart of dishonest ones.

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    1. Not an all out war but a sustained military action of few days to wrest PoK from Pakistan’s occupation. Pakistan’s sense of security lies in that India won’t act fearing a Nuclear retaliation. But surgical strike has called their bluff. Even world community expect few OIc nations and PRc would not object to India’s action as PoK is still legally an Indian Territory.
      Modi’s bold decisions gives feeling that he might not hesitate to act even if he’s under International Pressure to not do so.

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  2. CW ……….What a post!….Wah..wah…..You have powerfully kicked in their collective nuts!!

    Some fantastic statements of this post!:

    Like wild west sheriff…
    “And then at 8 pm on Nov 8, Modi fired a single shot. A single shot that was heard around the world.
    For black money holders, the world came to an abrupt end. Not with a bang. But with a whimper.”

    ‘When the nation was on a knife edge of disaster, we were saved by our faithful friend : black money.’…lol lol.

    ‘there will be cartoons like “Modi and Black Money”, where big bad Modi chases around poor little black money……lol lol….’poor little black money’…how mean!

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  3. mano ya na mano , i think MOST of us are corrupt . Those who are not, are not by conviction but because they do not get a chance( eg salaried employees 🙂 ) to do chori.
    This is my observation after staying in Delhi for last 30 years.

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    1. I am totally fine with that. We should not see corruption as a moral failing. It is purely an economic decision. The role of government is to create carrots and sticks so that the incentive to cheat is outweighed by the fear of penalty.

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    2. In this Nehruvian system, if one gets a chance but still doesn’t do corruption would be a fool.
      There are many corrupt people with black money in my family too. Pretty much same for every individual.
      Socialism/Communism crap is built on deliberate lies and/or deliberate negation of individual’s psychology and society’s social behavior.
      Dishonesty is the basic premise of socialism/communism.

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  4. You put your finger on the reason why Delhi voters got successfully conned by Kejriwal, AAP and our Presstitute media. Kejriwal jumped up and down shouting one slogan after another against corruption, including more than 300 pages full of corruption charges against Sheila Dixit. Delhi voters got thoroughly conned and now Delhites are finding out what Kejriwal and AAP are made up of. Kejriwal is the loudest protester against demonetization along with Mamata. Raj Thakre and Shiv Sena also must have lost millions of Rupees collected through extortion.

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