The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Monday, 15 October 2012

THUS SPAKE BENI AGAIN: SO WHAT SHOULD BE THE ‘RESPECTABLE’ THRESHOLD FOR THE UPA MINISTERS’ GRAFT?

October 16, 2011 to October 15, 2012 – 366 days – 376 posts – One day at a time – Every day after a year – Its good to be here..  
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Beni Prasad Verma is at it again. He is following his comrade. Khurshid was at it again yesterday. Some said he was to be at it again today. No one can what transpired then. Khurshid, too, is following his comrades. The UPA government has been at it again and again, now even not bothering to do that minimal customary face saving.

Apart from all the analyses of the different breeds of the pundits, it was quite clear yesterday that the Indian democracy lost again to the deeds of its politicians when Salman Khurshid resorted to the shameless bravado to clear his name.

Probably, he thought he is as popular as his namesake, the movie star and so would easily manipulate the audience like his movies do for the ‘invincible’ hero.

Probably, he thought, being the Law Minister of the country entitled him to interpret the law of the land as he wished.

Ironically he ended up opening a Pandora box of further acts that is going to throw more dirt on him. Related acts by his so-called detractors like Arvind Kejriwal and the media houses dug out more in a ‘tit-for-tat’ fashion visiting fake beneficiaries of Salman Khurshid’s Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust. Kejriwal paraded one today. Media reported some other cases.

Salman was shouting, gesticulating, frowning, losing temper, calling names, but not at all articulating.

He showed some photographs, produced a man, produced his version on the funds misappropriated by his non-governmental organization (NGO) that was hard to believe, but didn’t answer even a single question pertaining to the news channel’s story that had carried out a sting-operation and sources based story that told us how Khurshid’s NGO, Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, embezzled the public fund meant for the physically challenged.

How brazen and empty was his clarification is clear from his defense by his brethren including the lose cannons like Beni Prasad Verma who are known more for their misfired verbal jugglery than their contribution towards the nation building.

See what he said today (courtesy: the Indian Express website), “Salman Khursid is a responsible person. He is a Central Minister. He was a Central Minister earlier as well. When he is saying there is no scam, he should be believed. I don't think a person like Khurshid will do anything for an amount like Rs 71 lakh. It is a very small amount for a Central Minister. If it would have been Rs 71 crore, even I would have been serious.”

What does it tell us?

Mr. Verma has only told the truth. All the scams of the UPA government run into multiple thousands of crores. Gone are the days when scams happened to be worth few crores or even less like the Bofors scandal that brought down the then Congress party government.

Now, after India’s good economic growth and its absolute unequal distribution, the concentration of wealth is making the scams happen at the grander levels. Pick any, the 2G spectrum scam, the Commonwealth Games scam, the coal block allocation scam, those countless murky land deals, they all run in tens of thousands or even in hundreds of thousands of crores.

And there are only two accomplices here – the government (politicians + some government employees) and the industrialists. We cannot say anything about social responsibility of the industrialists. In India, most of them don’t believe in it. The political class was expected to put them on the track. But they are hand-in-glove with them now. 

So, Mr. Verma’s surprise over allegations of misappropriation of such a small amount (though it is beyond the reach of almost of the 120 crore Indians even if they spend their lifetime in earning and saving) is quite natural.

They are now in the habit of bigger, larger than life figure scams that run in thousands of crores like the Ambanis who talk nothing but big-ticket multi-billion dollar projects.

They are now habituated of lavish lifestyles though the Ambanis splurge on their own while the politicians splurge on the sum meant for Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’.

Mr. Khurshid has sent the news channel defamation notice for tarnishing his image claiming there were no misappropriations.

Instead the notice should have been sent for linking his name with such a small amount when his colleagues like Suresh Kalmadi and A Raja are in the comfort zone of big bucks. Probably, he didn’t consult Beni Babu before it.

What else should we say?

Salman Khurshid is in denial. His government is in denial. The Uttar Pradesh government, the state where the alleged scam happened, is playing it safe looking for a possible deal. The likes of Digvijay Singh and Ambika Soni are on fire saying Mr. Khurshid has explained every thing and he is clear now.

What else should we say when the documentary proof says the contrary?

For how long would we remain cursed to tolerate leaders who differentiate between small amount and big-ticket corruption?

For how long are we bound to bear the excesses of the political class who is becoming more and more parasitic on us?

Is there a limit to the political nonsense in India?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/