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Saturday, April 7, 2012

No heroes but only villains

A few days back a story appeared in an Indian newspaper about unauthorized movement of troops towards Indian capital of Delhi on the very day when Indian army chief moved the highest court against the government on the never-ending saga of his date of birth. The report in the said newspaper was vehemently denied by the government and rubbished by the general; the newspaper stood by its story. In the mirthful disorderliness of Indian state of affairs, it is highly unlikely that truth will make its way to the public domain.

Nevertheless, something was afoot somewhere in the government; even prime minister was woken up in the wee hours of that January morning (http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2012/04/04/three-cheers-for-home-ministry/). To attribute, a spate of incidences in rapid succession to sheer chance would require suspension of disbelief. There was a one-off report of mobile listening devices placed near central government offices again in conjunction with the developments relating to date of birth of the General. When even that failed to arouse outrage, the General went public with the revelation of him being enticed with a huge sum at an earlier date and the alleged culprit being a high ranked army officer.

If that didn’t get any murky, the deed was completed by leak of a letter written by the General to Prime Minister with details of sordid unpreparedness of the army. On the face of it General was as outraged by the alleged leak as the ministries. The General did reveal of his being forewarned about planted stories; a section of Indian press revealed the source of story about troop movement being a minister in the government. One can genuinely ask, can it get any more bizarre than it have already? The answer would be an unequivocal yes, because the whole establishment has fallen into an abyss, which is bottomless. The ending will have no heroes but only villains. 
-Rajiv Kumar

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