Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Dare not to say: A new twist on old corruption in Andhra

The unfolding case against YSR's son in AP is a great example of how the pols have learnt to beat the system.  In the good old days - corruption was largely local and occurred in small amounts.  And then, if the evidence being presented is indeed true (i think it is), YSR came along.

His family devised an ingenuous plan by combining the principle of raising capital with government business.  The modus operandi was simple, brilliant and seemed iron-clad.  YSR would dole out large government projects or land to private parties that bid for contracts.  In turn, the private parties would not give cash bribes to YSR or his family, but instead would invest in legitimate businesses started by YSR's son.  Now, if Mr. Jagan was a brilliant business man and had the knack to conjure up innovative companies that would generate wealth for their investors genuinely, none of this would have mattered.  Mr. Jagan's credentials are questionable at best, and the only reason he gathered all the fund flows into his companies seems to be his father's CM post and the contracts gained by his investors.

All was good, until YSR passed away.  Now, the central government had to turn a few screws because Mr. Jagan turned rebel.  He was in effect threatening to take the state's MPs with him and make Congress weak at the center.  The best way to get him in line would be to initiate investigations into his assets.  The real question that we need to be asking is why could not CBI do anything when YSR was alive? That is the inconvenient truth of Indian politics.  I am not siding with YSR's kin when I say the Center is on this as well by using CBI as a tool.  I think Jagan deserves to rot in jail forever if the evidence against him holds up in court.  What bothers me is the inaction of the Central government against YSR when he was in power. Sonia, and Congress high command should be ashamed for inaction, something that was justified because YSR brought her total control of the Lok Sabha seats.  

The public is a lot more intelligent now and we all know that acting now does not justify the indifference showed when YSR was looting the taxpayer without any scruples.  It is a shame that the man will probably be not held accountable, if in fact he and his family are found guilty of the alleged crimes.

Media does not talk much about it because they are all scared of the hooligans in the congress party who would never allow anyone to speak up against YSR's regime. That was what it was, a dictatorship that looted the taxpayer for its own benefit. No different from any African regime, except that it probably did not kill innocent civilians to enable the loot.  Better late then never. I hope the CBI does its duty and answers are found to why the government doled out contracts to specific firms and why an ordinary man with no particular skill or talent ended up owning over 10 Billion dollars in assets.  These things could only happen in India!


Jayarama Krishnan said...

"The public is a lot more intelligent now"

That's the one statement I don't agree with. The public is as smart or as foolish now, as it ever was.
And the fact that a bigger bundle of notes and maybe a bigger sachet of biryani / bottle of liquor got his side more votes in the recent bye-elections should tell you which.

Girish Mallapragada said...

It was probably sympathy, but you are probably right; my point was more about people knowing what is cooking behind the curtains with respect to how the Center was playing this issue. Voting and intelligence are an entirely different issue. One would assume that people who see through such corruption will vote against the people involved, but apparently that never happens. Look to our south and we have two corrupt dynasties engaged in a mutual transfer of power once every 5 years because there are no other alternatives. Being corrupt apparently does not preclude anyone from getting elected.