Probity Didi: The price to pay for being honest – G.J.V. Prasad

Kiran BediTo tell you the truth I must be the most honest and morally upright person in the world. I have never sinned in thought or deed. I have always been wronged; I have never wronged any one. The world is full of hypocrites, sinners, vagabonds, careerists, business people and politicians — in short, full of the most corrupt, self-centred selfish individuals. The world needs me and my elder brother to set it right. We have to be above the law, above democracy, above any kind of accountability in order to do our job of taking care of the world. Like many other incarnations before us, we have been born to set the once-glorious India on the righteous path. We will eliminate evil and establish good. We are transparent in our aims and methods.

First, we will use any kind of blackmail possible to establish the supremacy of our avatar-hood — we are the true representatives of the people. We will use all means possible to denigrate and desecrate institutions for they are corrupt — a product of greed, which can only facilitate fraud. All politicians are bribe-takers and all others are bribe-givers.

We avatars think only of the aam aadmi — the mango man. We enjoy the succulent flesh of the juicy mango, suck it dry in order to have the seeds planted for more trees. We ensure that corrupt people don’t eat those mangoes. If we don’t pay for the mangoes, we do so transparently. We tell the seller that greed is terrible, we educate the seller about the sins of money-making when the country is starving. If we eat these mangoes for free, it is only because we can then distribute the seeds. The seeds are counted and labelled — you can see the entries we make meticulously in our registers. We never keep any seeds for ourselves; all of them are distributed to be planted in villages. The money saved is spent in our trips to remote areas to educate the people about the sins that they are committing and about the greed of the elected leaders.

They say that we bill our hosts for unlimited thali meals when we only have poori bhaji on tours to spread our message about honesty and morality. This money is offered to us by our hosts with the fullness of their hearts. They do so to make us feel that they have fed us properly. This is the punya they want. The money we thus save feeds others in the family. We don’t touch the money — check the books. We are honest, above board, and transparent. The money is used for boarding others who cannot tour like us. What can be more public-spirited and moral than this? We know that people will deliberately misread all this and try to tarnish our impeccable reputation and divide us from our team and our followers. But truth will always win.

Didn’t a very famous man say that if we do it, it is called love, but if the politicians do it, it is called sex? It is a question of attitude and motive. Our motives are pure. We want to educate the masses about the truth, about honesty, about moral living, and about good governance. We want to spread awareness about our business and political class; we want to vote out certain governments. We are not political, we are a moral force. People will sling mud at us, but it will never stick, since we bathe in our own holy water. We are always holier than thou unless you join us and we bless you and sprinkle our water on you. We do everything in plain view and while you may call it cheating, we keep records that can be checked any time — even the inflated bills. It is not for nothing that I am called Probity didi. – The New Indian Express, Chennai, 24 Oct. 2011

» Prof. G.J.V. Prasad teaches English at JNU, New Delhi.

2 Responses

  1. hahaah! i did not know you had a blog sir! i am going to follow this. she’s so annoying though. and ineffectual.


  2. FIR registered against Kiran Bedi – The Hindu – Nov. 27, 2011

    Pursuant to a court directive, the Delhi Police Crime Branch on Sunday registered a First Information Report against Team Anna member and retired Indian Police Service officer, Kiran Bedi, on charges of alleged cheating and criminal breach of trust committed over a period of time.

    The case has been registered under Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, following the court order on a complaint lodged by advocate Devinder Singh Chauhan.

    Time will tell : Bedi

    For her part, Ms. Bedi said: “Having been a cop, I have sound evidence and endurance to deal with this FIR. Time will tell!” She said once the probe begins, she would present the evidence to the investigating officer that would demolish all the charges. “For me now nothing is a surprise. It only strengthens my resolve to do more,” she had said on Twitter on Saturday.

    According to the complainant, Ms. Bedi’s trusts — India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti Foundation — had received donations for providing free computer training to the families and children of police personnel, apart from distributing computers to poor children for free.

    “Instead of imparting free training or distributing free computers, Kiran Bedi, in collusion with some unknown persons, cheated Vedanta Foundation and made a plan to cheat the kids of cops and various paramilitary forces and for the purpose she planned to collect Rs. 20,000 per month per training centre. For siphoning money for herself, Kiran Bedi entered into a donation agreement with Vedanta according to which Rs.6,000 out of the total amount of Rs.20,000 was to be paid by Vedanta to her two trusts, on the false ground that Kiran Bedi had arranged for the land and electricity for the said centre [training centre] for running their activities,” said the complaint.

    Mr. Chauhan alleged that the land and electricity was arranged by the police organisation and not by Ms. Bedi. “Neither Ms. Bedi nor any of her associates disclosed the fact to Vedanta that they are illegally charging Rs.6,000 for each centre for the expenses [of] rent of the building and charges of electricity.”

    The complainant, while mentioning the inflation of air fare bills by Ms. Bedi, also demanded an Enforcement Directorate probe into the donations received by her two trusts from abroad. Adding another charge, he alleged that during her tenure as Principal of Police Training College, Ms. Bedi had ordered purchase of computers at a highly inflated price of Rs.50,000 ,whereas their actual price was only Rs.20,000.

    Kiran Bedi


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