Overdue. Long overdue.
Somebody needed to bring back the fear of god among the scum of Lutyens Delhi.
Honestly, I never thought this moment would come. But it seems that the government has finally had enough. Within the establishment, the most powerful Congress politician is P Chidambaram. For the BJP, it is Arun Jaitley. Over the years, you will see journos do lots of loose talk. But I challenge you to find me one journo who has ever spoken loosely or disrespectfully either about Arun Jaitley or P Chidambaram.
The arrest of Karti PC should send shivers through the establishment. It seems Modi is finally in the mood for some punishment. The question is: who is next?
Who wants to bet it’s Prannoy Roy?
NDTV has 10 days from the Delhi High Court. When they are down to counting 10 days of relief, you know they must be in hot water.
I don’t know what triggered this sudden flurry of activity from Modi. So far, the PM has been really generous to his foes. I guess his patience finally broke when the Congress tried to pin its PNB scam on Modi’s head.
Yeah, your Finance Minister sits in his office on May 16, 2014 signing files for Mehul Choksi. Your RBI Governor Rockstar Rajan approves the policy on May 21, 2016. They sure seemed to be in a hell of a hurry to get work done before the evening of May 26, 2014.
And now you turn around and say Modi is responsible for the scam?
I guess that’s the only good thing about PNB Scam, it caused Modi’s patience to break.
They are producing Karti PC in court at 2pm today. I have so much faith in the learning of our learned judges that I am sure he will walk free within the next 60 minutes. But at least the government has shown the intent to take on the big guys.
It was really something to watch Karti PC taunting law enforcement back home with his pictures of snowfall in Cambridge. This is probably not going to happen, but let’s hope they can keep him in jail … somehow.
But, as I said, this matter goes beyond Karti PC. When you touch the Chidambarams, you put the fear of god in the hearts of the entire liberal elite. You can be sure that the liberal elites are all calling each other right now, remembering all the scams and looting they have done in their lives and wondering who is next.
These elites have a calendar next to their beds where they are crossing out days till the possible return of the Dynasty in May 2019. Picture them in your head counting the days … still 15 full months to go … and calling up their lawyers. They know that 15 months is enough time for a government to do its homework and arrest them.
Much more than any drought stricken farmer, it is these elites who are today looking towards the summer of 2019, hoping for a bumper monsoon. All those years of collecting Padma awards for spreading lies on “Hindu terror”, of brokering deals between business and politicians on the phone, moving dirty money around through fake companies and unsecured loans. These must have come back to haunt them.
As the elite think of those rosy days, their longing for Rahul Gandhi’s return becomes even stronger. In their dreams they see him taking oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Soon enough, the invites for them start rolling out : an invite to sit on the board of some shady money-laundering NGO, an invite on the PM’s official plane, an invite to pick up the next level Padma award. The doors of Rashtrapati Bhavan even open up for any propaganda news channel wanting to celebrate its 25th anniversary in the highest style.
You know who they are. A good number of them have temporarily retired from public life in last few years. Some are on sabbatical working for foreign newspapers, some have reduced themselves to Twitter and a lazy weekly column. They are all waiting and counting days for the return of the good old times.
That their own Karti could be arrested has come as a rude shock to them. Dear common folks, this is our moment.