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Facilitator Of A Thousand Schemes

Amar Singh, the new SP general secretary, is a millionaire puppeteer of the political process

Facilitator Of A Thousand Schemes
Facilitator Of A Thousand Schemes
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AH, the many splendoured relationship between big business and high politics. Or in this case between middle-level business and United Front politics. The irresistible lure of lucre once one is politically legitimate and the equally obsessive craving for a place under the national sun once one is in posession of a sunrise industry. From Ross Perot to K.K. Birla, tycoons have traditionally hankered for a popular mandate. And the many 'scams' integral to our body politic illustrate that the business of our elected classes is bad business.

Amar Singh, businessman-turned-politician is the new general secretary of the Samajwadi Party and the almost classical stereotype of the backroom kingmaker. Impeccable safari suit and bejewelled hands speak of a millionaire puppeteer of the political process. A constantly beeping cellphone screams of an easy accessibility to the upper decks of the ship of State. A gleaming Range Rover points to many miles traversed from a teenage follower of the Chhatra Parishad in Calcutta to confidant of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Madhavrao Scindia....

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