September 17, 2018

Loot & scoot artists and whataboutery

Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes in the New Indian Express on Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher and the derailment of accountability. Excerpts:


"An old adage preaches rather piously that you cannot escape responsibility for tomorrow by evading it today. Well, it turns out that the ‘kings of good times’ have managed precisely that, inverted the axiom to evade consequences. It is not surprising that it happens. It is surprising that the system continues to be detained and denied.


This week, Vijay Mallya, the much-advertised king of good times now facing deportation charges, made a calculated legal move, but outside the court where his case was being heard. He let it be known that he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and offered to settle before he left for London. In response, the finance minister dismissed the claim. The cat, though, has been set among the pigeons. India’s political landscape must witness a re-run of old rhetoric. 


Every decade scam artists have used the system to flee. On the night of December 3, 1984, poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, killing thousands and maiming more for life. On December 7, a state government aircraft ferried Warren Anderson from Bhopal to Delhi, from where he fled to the United States. Justice was denied to the thousands affected. The long arm of the law typically takes its course and runs into a dead end."


Read the excerpts here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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