Wednesday, May 25, 2016

763 Mr. Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Former Secretary in MEA and Former Indian Ambassador to Thailand, is right when he said that UK is corrupt.


This is in continuation of our blog post Nos. 675 dated 26th Feb. 2016, followed by blog-posts, 688 and 691. Click for 675 . Click for 688 . Click for 691 , forecasting that it is not easy to bring back Mr. Vijay Mallya, back to India. Foremost reason for such negative forecast is, the type of country U.K. is. We should not forget the colonial past of U.K. We should not forget the slave trade history of England. We should not overlook that U.K. is running some Tax Havens such as Jersey , Isle of Man (United Kingdom) , British Overseas Territories , Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands. Most of the global colonies having been lost, U.K.'s Economy should have perished long back.

Today, U.K. is prospering by using funds received through its Tax havens. Giving azylum to economic offenders becomes corollory to governing a tax haven country. Consequently, it will be foolish for Indians to expect that U.K. will extend full co-operation in deporting / extraditing Mr. Vijay Mallya. At every stage, U.K. will quote some flimsy internal domestic rule or law or court decision to dodge deporting / extraditing resourceful influential economic offenders.

ON 10th May 2016, when Mr. David Cameron, the Prime Minister of U.K. was overheard saying to queen that Nigeria and Afghanistan were the most corrupt countries in the world and that they will be attending a major anti-corruption Conference hosted by U.K. Mr. Cameron was reported to have been found on camera saying:--

"... We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning to talk about our anti-corruption summit, we’ve got the Nigerians… actually we’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain. ..." "...Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world. ..."


When I read this News report in Independent.co.uk,click to go to : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-video-corruption-quote-comment-nigeria-afghanistan-queen-a7022586.html , it immediately struck to me that kettle was calling the pot, "black". I felt that England itself was the most corrupt country in the world, engaged in running and thriving on Tax Havens.

This idea was pinching me day and night, during the last 15 days. I was hesitating to write openly what I was thinking about U.K., because the World looks at U.K. with great awe. In Telugu language there is a proverb: "kODaluku buddhi ceppi, atta teDDu nAkinaTlu". Approx. English gist: A mother-in-law, lectured to her daughter-in-law about the importance of hygiene and good manners, while cooking. At that time they were cooking some soup with split lentils. Forgetting what she has taught to her daughter-in-law, the mother-in-law licked the wooden spoon used for mixing the soup. U.K. is like the proverbial mother-in-law, when it talks about corruption and anti-corruption meetings.

For some days I was vigorously googling, to find out if anybody else, other than me, has similar views in his mind, about the hypocracy of U.K.'s moral postures. I could not trace. Then I thought that I must have been a cruel cynic, critic and pessimist, finding faults with Great Nations like England.

My wait has ended. Today, I found a Hindustantimes.com news report which deals with the difficulties involved in getting Mr. Vijay Mallya extradited from U.K. Here is the link: Click here to go to Hindustantimes.com. . This report is dated the 22nd May 2016.

It has published a quote attributed to Mr. Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, a Former Secretary in MEA (Ministry of External Affairs), Former Indian Ambassador to Thailand, and Former Indian High Commissioner in Bangla Desh.

"... Chakravarty believes UK’s repeated stand against extraditing people to India has something to do with the money they are investing in that country. The UK has become the foremost haven for criminals from the sub-continent, finding protection under a legal framework skewed in favour of asylum-seekers and fugitives. While the UK PM rails against corruption in other countries, its own institutional 'corruption' in embracing foreign criminals and their money smacks of utter opportunism under the camouflage of human rights. ..."


Subject to corrections and deletions. A lot more is to be added. To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.

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