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Another jailbird

Monday, January 08, 2018

The ranks of celebrity jail inmates just swelled with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s incarceration. This is his second time behind the iron bars and we can’t say for sure whether his first stint taught him any lessons!

Some, if not many, in our political class flout the laws of the land with brazen bravado, believing that no harm can ever come to them. Whilst this is true in most cases, sometimes the odd politico is made to pay for his sins.

Not that jail terms deter the likes of Laloo Prasad. They come out with renewed vigour to perpetrate their unfinished agendas, unembarrassed by their loss of face.

The cheek of it was that Laloo pleaded for leniency on grounds of age and ill health. And, above all, he has alleged that he is being made a victim because of his crusades for social justice!

Cooling his heels in jail is what he deserves for his conviction in the infamous fodder scam. And no special favours to him, please.

Meanwhile, his legacy continues. His son, Tejashwi Yadav, is taking over the reins in his father’s absence and our experience is that the sons of infamous fathers reinforce their notoriety and rarely, if ever, break ranks and come out clean.

So, Indian politics is probably doomed to more Laloo Prasad Yadavs, with the only consolation being that they could well land up in jail for their misdemeanours. Hopefully, this will act as a deterrent. Hopefully... although we are really not that hopeful!

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