Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Current affairs-Signature tune

“Government will not tolerate attacks on the officials and strict action would be taken against those responsible.” These are the utterances of CM Prithviraj Chavan in the aftermath of the killing of additional collector Sonawane who was burnt alive by the oil mafia. “Investigation is on and action would be taken” appears to be the signature dialogue of all VIPs who claim to run our government and our country and make mockery of it. It is only when somebody is killed, Sonawane in this case, that the state rattles, heads roll, that the administration decides to act, and that too, after investigation. There are arrests, investigations, committees, enquiries, court cases and what not, to show that action is being taken and then, every thing is “as usual” till the next horrible incident occurs.

The whole world knows that the fuel adulteration is happening right outside Indian Oil depot and it is happening for years now. It is a network of police, politicians, officials and all of it is too big of an underworld economy to be stopped by the death of a government official. All arrests are temporary noise and it will be “business as usual” in no time. In fact, the oil mafia has dared the government to act, if it can.

The truth is, nothing happened to A.Raja, nothing happened to Kalmadi, Mayawati, Lalu, Lalit Modi, Vilasrao etc.( Vilasrao, in fact, got a plum posting) and nothing will happen to oil mafias. There is open and rampant adulteration in milk, medicines, kerosene, petrol, cooking oil and other food products in our country and all successive governments have failed to check them or have no intention to check them. They know that public outcry is temporary and they wait for this outcry to die its natural death.

Till such time there is always the signature tune of “no body will be spared” to their rescue.

Just a thought………

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