Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The SKC Scandal: Mr Duggal, Who actually wrote the SKC report?

When I was going through the SKC report on Telangana, sheer disbelief took over me. It, in an odd way, reminded me of the senate hearings scene in Martin Scorcese's "The Aviator". In the electrifying scene where Howard Hughes was being investigated by the US senator Owen Brewster. The dialogue goes this way..

Hughes: Is it true you accept free Pan Am tickets

to circle the support of your C.A.B. bill?

Senator: No, it is not true.   
Hughes: Well, who wrote that bill, senator?
Who actually wrote the C.A.B. bill?                   
.. The actual words. Did you write them?

Senator: This is not how these hearings....are gonna be conducted.

Hughes: I have it. Maybe it'll refresh your memory.                  
"Bill S-    to amend the Civil Aeronautics Act."                   
Now, you introduced this bilto the Senate.
A lot of words.                  
You write all of them?                 
- Did you write any of them, senator?
- Now, look...

Now, this entire bill was written
by Pan Am executives...
...and designed to give that airline
a monopoly on international travel.
You've been flogging this bill all around
the world on their behalf, have you not?
Senator: I have duties that take me
all over the world, Mr. Hughes.
Hughes: Well, what the hell does a senator
from Maine need to visit Peru for?
Senator: I was seeking outlets for our trade goods.
Hughes: Buy a lot of lobsters down there, do they?
Senator, how many times have you visited
Trippe's office in New York... the last three months?
Would you like me to tell you, senator?
Senator: All right, this has gone on long enough.
Juan is a great American. 
His airline has advanced the cause
of commercial aviation for decades.                      
Juan Trippe is a patriot. Juan Trippe is not
a man who is interested in making money......

For those who does not know the background of the scene, let me briefly put it this way. Howard Hughes and Juan Trippe are competitors for the airlines market of US in 1940s and the senator tries to pass bills that gives monopoly over the market for Trippe's PanAm airlines. It is precisely that bill Hughes is referring to in the above scene. The senator tries to pass PanAm executives wish list as a bill, as it is!

While lobbying is always there in every sphere and government, very rarely is it seen, in an issue as prominent as Telangana's, that a committee succumbs so badly to men with power and pelf that they will simply pass their propaganda as the committee's 'objective study' verbatim. I mean no airbrushing, no attempt to at least pretend!! I mean, did the guys at least browse through the report before they signed it!?

Here is a committee that came in under the cover of the reputation of a certain Justice Sri Krishna. But it was clear from the very outset, that with a retired babu - a former chief secretary in the team, who will the shots. In fact even some of the team member's credentials are under question. It turns out that what they claimed they are, they actually are not, like that guy who called himself an economist. More about this later. So the committee with its phony qualifications made a farce show for an year and then submits a report referring those who have been campaigning for statehood for half-a-century (and who actually succeeded) as 'separatists'. It is the exact lingo of the 'Samaikyandra' group led by Lagadapati Rajagopal and K S. Rao. In fact, the report just reads out their arguments as its conclusions!

Every claim of Telanganites' is doubted, but not investigated before being concluded as baseless or insignificant. The report casually uses words like 'so-called discrimination' and 'percieved injustice' when addressing the Telangana's arguments of discrimination. All government statistics are taken at face-value without any third-party (like central government statistics) cross-checking. This, when the state government itself is the defendant! When there is a need to infer from the statistics and understand the deliberate discrimination done, like in case of the irrigated land, no effort was made. So what was the point? 

The report starts and ends with an agenda of trashing all arguments in favour of Telangana, with the same tone and reason of 'Samaikyandra' plutocrats. There is no doubt that what the committee has released as its report is an edited copy of what they were given by these plutocrats. This is unbelievable scandal which shows the corruption and insensitivity of the Indian state. Would someone stand and own up this report? Would Mr.Duggal tell us who actually wrote the report!?


hariesh said...

There is little doubt to even ponder as to whose whims and fancies this report was tailored to. SKC has turned out to be an exercise in futility meant only to degrade our movement.
I think the committe should be made accountable and seek proper justification of the factuals in the report.

chomskyist said...

The danger is that if We dont Protest SKC report "loudly", the Nation will assume the report to be accepted by TG people and it will gain sancticity like Bible and would be Used to Justify "Plunder" on TG people for Coming 100 years.