Dear Uncle Bernard, I picked this up
whilst traversing Mother India over the past two months. I thought this could
interest your readers no end. I was unable to identify the author, but that is
not important unless he makes capital of this. Until I come back from Sabah
here is wishing you good health….heard from your FB that you have not been
A fantastic read. Hope you read
and understand the message before its too late. Or is it already too late?
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves
Let me tell you a story about an old man
who lived in a small village somewhere that does not matter. It all began when
the man’s sons came to him and told him that some people from the neighboring
village had stolen a chicken from their farm. The old man told his sons to go
after the thieves and recover the chicken.
The sons said, “Father, it’s only
one chicken. We have hundreds of chicken. One won’t make a difference.” The old
man said, “Do what you please.”
A few days later, the thieves stole a
goat. Once again the old man told his sons to not let them get away with it.
The sons said that they have dozens of goats and it’s not worth the trouble.
The next week it was a horse. Once again the sons rationalized it away saying
that they still had six horses that the farm needs.
Finally, the next week the sons came
back to report to the old man and said, “Father, our sister has been abducted.
What shall we do?” The old man said, “It’s too late. You should have recovered
the chicken. Now there’s nothing you can do.”
* * *
I heard this story from an expat from
New Zealand who runs a very successful school in Singapore. David told me that
in the early years of Lee Kuan Yew’s government, a minister was suspected of
having taken a bribe. People said that since the minister was a close associate
of LKY, in all likelihood the man would get away with it.
But as it happened, LKY had a brief chat
with the minister one afternoon. The next day the minister went out with a bang
— he put a bullet in his head.
Singapore is one of the least corrupt
nations in the world. LKY’s policy is simple: zero tolerance for corruption.
That’s so because he himself is incorruptible and therefore does not tolerate
corruption. The wages of public corruption is death. People know it and act
* * *
India’s appointed prime minister is Dr Manmohan Singh.
Under his watch, the most egregiously blatant instances of public corruption
have taken place. His ministers and other office holders have been involved in
acts of public malfeasance that are stunningly incredible — but for at least a
significant segment of Indian voters, it is quite alright. They appear to take
it as if it’s nothing out of the ordinary. The rulers are going about the rape
of the land and the people just lay back and supinely accept it.
We are talking figuratively about rape
but Dr Singh’s misgovernance has descended into literal rape. Not just rape,
gang rape. Not just gang rape, it has finally hit (one hopes) the rock bottom
into murderous gang rape.
The 23-year old woman who was gang raped
in a New Delhi bus died in a hospital in Singapore.
* * *
They first stole a chicken.
The Congress government under Jawaharlal
Nehru was involved in corruption. The news papers reported it. Nehru responded
saying that the reporters were being silly since corruption is a global
phenomenon and there’s nothing to get all excited about.
Then they stole a goat.
Nehru’s daughter nationalized many
sectors of the economy, thus making public office attractive to the most
criminally corrupt. The people of India did not disapprove. They in fact voter
her back to power.
The stage was set for horse thieves.
* * *
Some people started waking up to the
reality. They realized that somehow the system was not working. They heard the
call from a chosen few and gathered to register their protest. The government followed the time-worn strategy of attack being the best
form of defense. They sent in their baton-wielding cops and the crowds —
leaders too — beat a hasty retreat.
The lesson the appointed prime minister
Dr Manmohan Singh’s government learned was that it does not take a whole lot to
put the people in their place — the place of course being that the people in
the government are the rulers and the people are serfs.
For around a century, a few hundred
million Indians were the serfs of a few thousand British. Now it is different.
India is under self-rule.
An Italian, Antonia Maino aka Sonia
Gandhi, and her bunch led by Digvijaya Singh are ruling about a thousand
Well, perhaps it is not all that
different. Though Maino’s father was a fascist. That could make the British Raj
2.0 a little more vicious than the British Raj of pre-1947.
* * *
It tickles me no end when I hear talk
about India being a free country and a democracy with universal adult
franchise. Every adult has the vote and therefore is in some sense responsible
for the kind of government. In my opinion,India is a kakistocracy — government
by the most corrupt and the least principled. Indians freely elect these
people. And among the elected are criminals who have been charged (and many
convicted) of rape and murder.
The guys who gang raped the unfortunate
woman on the bus in New Delhi share at least some of the characteristics of the
law makers of India: their criminality. A significant numbers of Indians vote
for these kinds of criminals.
* * *
I hear that the despicably dishonest
appointed prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s government moved to shut down
protests in New Delhi by closing down a few metro train stations. Perhaps the
people will back down and go home.
If they don’t back down, I suppose the
unfathomably dishonest cretin, the appointed prime minister Dr Singh will
probably escalate the situation till we see tanks on the streets of New Delhi.
The sister has been abducted.
And if I were a betting man, I would
place the bet that the people are not going to do anything about it. Come next
elections they will vote for Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi and her henchmen.
* * *
Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi and her
gang of vile henchmen are unprincipled criminals. But they are not stupid.
Their moves are calculated to push the boundaries and they know precisely what
they can get away with. They know precisely how much they can steal and yet be
elected. They know precisely how many backs they can break with their police
lathi-charge and still the people will not lynch them.
Indians have an amazing capacity for tolerating injustice.
It was an American, born a slave but who
understood the dynamics of slavery, who put it best over a century ago.
Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895), the renowned American abolitionist wrote,“Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the
exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them . . . The
limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
The rulers are not unintelligent. They
would not be where they are if they were not the most accomplished criminals.
They make the laws, don’t you know. They dictate the terms.
They control the press. The press
provides the cover for them and they in turn protect those in the press that do
their bidding. The Ghoses, the Sardesais, the Dutts — these are not unimportant
players in this sordid play. They are complicit in the figurative rape of India
and are handsomely rewarded for their prostitution.
* * *
The Final Act 9:
No doubt for a few days the twitterati
will be screaming bloody murder. A few thousand will go on candlelight vigils.
In a few weeks, another distraction will occupy the talking heads on TV.
Cricket will take over the collective psyche. And of course the sordid stories
of Bollywood shakers will move the public to other concerns.
Talking of journalists, I am reminded of
what the legendary American radio broadcaster Edward R Murrow (1908 – 1965)
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”
Yes, India does have a government of
wolves because India is a nation of sheep. The tyrants like Dr Singh know well
precisely how much oppression the Indian public is willing to endure.
The rape of the land and the people — literally and figuratively — will
continue……and find a parallel here?