India: unaccountability, bribery, corruption
Posted by robertpriddy on March 12, 2016
India is a fascinating land where a great many of its people are hospitable even when they have almost nothing. It is a class-ridden and highly non-egalitarian society (the caste system) with massive poverty and countless injustices. The people suffer while the rulers and social elite, whatever they say to get votes, in practice simply accept it as the natural order. The corruption, bribery and unaccountability of Indian politicians is regularly shown to be legion, and the top-down nature of most of Indian life enables them to get away with anything that they consider important for themselves, their families and their caste. It is widely know that Indian statesman, politicians, gurus, and public idols are frequently involved in criminal behaviour and, as countless cases prove. Persons in positions of influence or power very often develop self-serving narratives for the public, and not least to convince themselves of their innocence of their failings and to cover over illegality. They surround themselves with cronies and sycophants to protect them and pump their egos full of false self-justifications. Their world is a stage – and much of their show is vanity and greed for money, power and name. Much of the Indian ‘elite’ were and remain akin to Sathya Sai Baba in that!
Wrong-doers of position and influence are seldom brought to book by the Indian judiciary, which is in practice weighted in their favour, especially due to the vast backlog of cases that cannot come to court for ages. Money is the only answer to getting ahead in the queue. Even the Criminal Bureau of Investigation is under the ultimate control of the government and can be manipulated and even forced to drop investigations without further ado. This is what happened in th case of the murders in which Sathya Sai Baba was deeply involved. The Supreme Court threw out a petition to indict Sathya Sai Baba, and even went so far as to destroy the documentary evidence that the petition had even been heard by them, making it impossible for foreign embassies to find proof of the case. Yet one document kept by the defence lawyers survived. A facsimile can be seen here, accompanied by an account of the entire cover-up.