Atanu Dey On India's Development

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain

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Paraphrasing the German poet, historian and playwright Friedrich Schiller (1759 – 1805), you can say that against ridicule even the gods struggle in vain. While Sonia Maino and her family still appear to be largely unscathed from all the scandals enveloping the supremely corrupt Congress party, her son-in-law is the target of some well-deserved ridicule. It is interesting to note that the main stream media in India still does not have the guts to report the truth. It is therefore the social media which has taken on the burden of shaming the guilty through ridicule.

Over at a blog titled “India Update”, shovonc declared that “WARREN BUFFET HIRES SONIA GANDHI’S SON-IN-LAW“:

In news that has relieved lovers of money everywhere, legendary investment guru Warren Buffet has announced that the search for his successor is finally over. New Delhi-based entrepreneur Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Indian Supremo Sonia Gandhi, will soon be taking over as head of Berkshire Hathaway.

“Despite an extremely rigorous gym schedule, this extraordinary young man has become a billionaire in just four years,” said the Sage of Omaha. “Not only did he convince real estate giant DLF to give him an entire suburb of Delhi at throwaway prices, he also got them to lend him the money, interest free. My sources inform me that he is also acquiring two or three other Indian states, but he’s too modest to talk about these things.”

Members of Sonia Gandhi’s domestic staff have welcomed the move.

“I kiss his boots on a regular basis,” said Law Minister Salman Khurshid, “It’s amazing how smooth he keeps the leather.”

“He’s extremely dynamic,” said baggage-handler Manish Tewari. “When I carry his bags at the airport, I can barely keep up. And it’s not just because he doesn’t have to go through security.”

Another blogger, AmreekanDesi, who aims to “Taking the Tire out of Satire”, wrote an open letter to Shri Rober Vadra saying that he was very impressed.

You know how everybody has their life-changing moments? Buddha had it below than Banyan tree. Newton had it when that apple fell on his head. Poonam Pandey when she realized her best talent was taking her clothes off. Similarly, mine was when i saw a sign at the airport listing out the most important people in India, the ones exempted from getting their balls cupped by CISF officers.

President. Prime Minister. Cabinet Ministers. Chief Justice. Shri Robert Vadra.

Man, this must be an order of magnitude bigger than getting AIR 1 in IITJEE, 100 percentile in CAT and topping the civil services exam. In the same year. Mumma must be so proud.

Dude, you’re such a rockstar. And i felt important when Continental airlines sent me a one-time pass to the premium lounge. What a loser.

But i guess you were destined for greatness. Your mom was of Scottish origin, and dad an Indian. Always the mark of a great man to marry a foreigner, and i guess it also fit into the whole Gandhi family theme. But clearly, if there’s one thing you did well, it was getting married to Priyanka ji. Very nice lady she is, tall, charismatic, short hair and all that.

While most Indian men dream of marrying a woman who can get them a crore in dowry, you went long. And how. Good job there.

Don’t get me wrong, i am not like those stupid BJP walas, ranting against you. I truly adore you man. Your journey is going to inspire men and women for many centuries.

I mean, you got the airport frisking exemption even before the chiefs of our defense services. That is so FREAKING AWESOME.

Of course, you are not all about being the first-son-in-law of the country. There’s more to you. Like spending time in the gym to give a complex to Salman and Hrithik. You’re forty and have a six pack of abs. I am 32 and my lungs turn into the Agni missile if i dare run a kilometer. You already have a mustache. I say you should shoot for the lead role in Dabangg 2.

Oh, and i love your 1800cc motorcycle. Even my car doesn’t have that many CCs. But then, the national jamai has to live in style, so it is cool. Kitna deti hai, btw?

There’s so much to you. I think you are doing a great job of removing gender stereotypes that crappy shows like Balika Vadhu are creating. There the bahus spend their time cooking, looking good and taking care of the family name. Here, you are making sure you look good, while taking care of the family name. This is just so sweet. I would do chubby cheeks to you, if i could.

Along the way, you’ve also built yourself a business empire. Stakes in hotels, apartments all over the place, everything totaling hundreds of crores. Excellent example for unmarried budding entrepreneurs. Just one suggestion – you should consider putting up those apartments for rent. Some supplemental income never hurts.

Awesome, man. Awesome. Very impressive.

An awesome piece overall but what I love the best are the “kitna deti hai” and the “I would do the chubby cheeks to you” bits.

OK, enough of fun and games. Now on to the serious stuff. Why, you may ask, didn’t the main stream media do its job of poking around the shady deals that Robert Vadra has been doing for donkey’s years. Simply because the main stream media is part of the whole corrupt system. The MSM journalists and the politicians that they shield from public scrutiny form a symbiotic relationship enveloped in a cocoon of corruption.

I have visited on this blog the matter of the connection between politicians and corruption in India. India has corrupt politicians because the Indian government is more into business and not that much into governance. Look even superficially into any corrupt deal that the Sonia Gandhi-led Congress party people are involved in, and you will note that at its base is a business that the government has no business to be in. The government’s control over the economy — which is what socialism is all about — makes it impossible for the people in government to not be corrupt. Indeed, the most corrupt and the least principled are attracted to be in government precisely because it is the best way to amass enormous wealth by robbing the people.

India is a kakistocracy — government by the least principled and the most corrupt.

The corruption of the main stream media is also a natural outcome of the power that the government has over the economy. Any journalist who dares question the government will be out of a job because the government will make sure that the newspaper or TV station that he or she works for will be the target of unwelcome attention of government agencies such as the CBI (aka the Congress Bureau of Investigation) or the income tax authorities. Therefore no honest journalist can make a living under these conditions — only those who have no integrity or backbone.

Thus the job of exposing the rot in the system falls to commentators and reporters who have access to social media channels like blogs and twitter. This would have been a matter of shame for the MSM “journalists” but for the fact that unlike the average human, they are not burdened with conscience or morals.

  • anup

    Poor Vadra,he became too ambitious while campaigning with the Family during the UP elections. He thought he was politician material and did an interview with NDTV saying that there is a “push by people for him to enter politics”. Guess the Family decided to teach him a lesson for trying to ride on the Gandhi “brandwagon” & unleashed Kejriwal on him.

    Btw, look who is promoting the next Indira (Gandhi); the rightful heir to the Gandhi rule. No prizes for guessing; it is “The Raman”!! Guess the Family put up the crown prince (in waiting) in the limelight as a diversionary tactic while they were figuring out the right time to parachute the next Indira onto the centrestage. She even looks like Indira what with her short hair and trademark saris.

    http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-vadragate-sonia-panicked-priyanka-calmed-cong-down/20121012.htm

  • MSH

    This article by Venky in the First Post is the closest the main stream media has gone to analyze the person. It is a nice article on banana republic -because he knows too well what it means and how he flourishes in such a place.
    http://www.firstpost.com/politics/of-course-robert-vadra-is-right-we-are-a-banana-republic-483785.html