Mallya and the common man
Mallya and the common man
Ignorance is the new name for the so-called common man. Good job, promotion, higher studies abroad, etc—we are caught in a web of everyday errands, to the extent that we have forgotten how to react, let alone retaliate. The way we shoo a mosquito off from us, can’t we shoo away all the anti-social elements from our society? As amply evidenced by the case of the liquor baron Vijay Mallya, those in the wrong these days get more publicity than even film-stars and politicians. I am just amazed at Mallya’s audacity. The old Hindi idiom “chori aur seena zori” is quite apt for him. He took R9,000 crore in loans from banks, drove his company to bankruptcy and then continued partying and continues to lead a lavish lifestyle in the UK! After so many years, his delinquent behaviour has suddenly dawned upon all the banks and now they have finally put a step forward to take action against him? Were they sleeping before? A lay person has to submit hundreds of documents before he gets a loan for an amount as meagre as R50 lakh (after thousands of trips to the bank, there is no guarantee that she will get the loan) and Mallya runs away with a whopping R9,000 crore? There is and there will be many more Vijay Mallyas sitting and taking the banking system and other authorities for a ride. It will perhaps take may be hundreds of years for the world to get rid of plutocracy. Meanwhile, soon, another eye-catching story will lead our attention away and we will forget about this matter.
Riya Kapoor, via e-mail
Development vs other issues
Nationalism seems to be the the season’s marquee topic. With unending elections, routine campaign issues are fast becoming stale. Post-Independence, these had been mundane ones, such as food, education, quality of life and so on and so forth. In a short span of two years since the last general elections, we have graduated to the intellectual era—not that we have found solutions to our earlier problems, but to the extent of reading up our Constitution and engaging in animated debate, there are fresher issues to offer up to the electorate. If Delhi polls were the Modi development-pitch-centric, Bihar explored secularism and anti-caste politics and now, with West Bengal and Kerala lined up, it is the even more lofty issue of nationalism. What do we take up for the next round of polls after May 2016? In this pedantic exercise, if development does not come through, what is the silver bullet to slay demons in the great battle of 2019?
R Narayanan, Ghaziabad
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