From GOD SAVE THE KING, society moved on to GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY and now WIKILEAKS has not merely rattled the high priests of Hypocrisy, who occupy high places of power and STRATEGIZE ruthlessly and conceal their RUTHLESS intentions with the palatable SECURITY OF THE NATION line to allay the anxiety of the joes and janes, but has transported journalism to the next level.
This aspect was already known to those who had held positions of power, since they themselves were a part of that system which EMPOWERED them through the same means , hence they were unable to rip open the sweet coatings and lay the facts naked to the human eye. With the possible exception of Mikhail Gorbochev, none had laid open a system, of which he was a part of.
Then there were those INTELLECTUALS who also suspected the ostensible reasons based on which certain decisions were made. Yet those “suspicions” were brushed aside by the joes and james as the fulminations of a fevered mind of the intellectuals.
The underlying problem has been the conflict of interest between INDIVIDUALS and INSTITUTIONS. When INSTITUTIONS decide on a course of action, it is very difficult to point fingers at any particular person within the INSTITUTION. In effect, INSTITUTIONS became Special Purpose Vehicles for the managers of the INSTITUTIONS to fulfill their private agenda in the guise of Public Interest. For example, Justice Markandey Katju and his another Bench Justice made the observation “SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT, ” they were making an OBSERVATION on the INSTITUTION but there might be good and fair people in that INSTITUTION as well. So the HC of Allahabad has passed a resolution to expunge those remarks of the Supreme Court. So those GOOD individuals have right to a fair reputation and they rightly protested & naturally the bad ones too join in, to warm up themselves with the fair name of the few.
The biggest BANNER raised to conceal the evil motives of such INSTITUTIONS is SECURITY OF THE NATION. No doubt, security of the nation should override all other consideration, but how valid is it when dealing with INTERNATIONAL issues? I suppose, in International issues SECURITY raised its initial rotten head in the Nuremberg trials (conducted by the victors on the losers at the end of the II World War) where even RESPONDEAT SUPERIOR , a long established doctrine was cut short and the plea that “i merely followed the orders of my superior” was not acceptable, as the court framed a new exception that ‘ILLEGAL ORDERS NEED NOT BE OBEYED, FROM WHOMSOEVER THE ORDER MIGHT BE”. THEREBY STARTED THIS STORY OF SECURITY OF THE STATE.
So to cite a specific instance George Bush Jr, the then President of USA felt threatened by Saddam Hussein; Mr.Obama publicly feels that 26/11 at Mumbai did not warrant India getting ballistic about Pakistan. However thanks to Julian Assange of WIKILEAKS which says that the US was surprised that India did not retaliate with strikes. Well, one was the public posturing but their real perception was that INDIA OUGHT TO HAVE RETALIATED. Such is the GAP between PUBLIC STATEMENTS and STRATEGIC PERCEPTION.
One should thank JULIAN, i feel at first name terms with this Australian. I have not been particularly fond of Australians since the time they started attacking students, who were later discovered by their police to be Indians (LOL). JULIAN ASSANGE has done what the Barkhas and the Sanghvis have failed to do. The Barkhas and the Sanghvis got on to the INSTITUTIONAL BANDWAGON, whereas the FOURTH COLUMN was promoted as the champion of the INDIVIDUAL. It is not their betrayal which is surprising, but that The Barkhas and the Sanghvis have risen so high in the media firmament and remained there so long despite working at cross purposes with their mandate. By hindsight i seem to have a clue why they rose. They were pretending to be protectors of INDIVIDUALS, whereas their core was nothing but INSTITUTIONAL priorities. JULIAN ASSANGE had to RISE and he ROSE.
In the middle of all this cacophony, our own Rattan Tata who had seamlessly stepped into the shoes of the legendary JRD, claims his privacy had been INVADED. Mr.TATA should realize that the tapes put out in the public domain by The OUTLOOK website were tapes which are putatively recordings of the calls emanating or landing on Niira Radia’s instrument. If he had partaken in the goings-on of a sophisticated tout, he should not grudge and raise CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEES, as he is merely incidental side-show and not the main piece!! No doubt, it is an indefeasible right to every Indian, but for Mr.Rattan Tata to raise this bogey seems ludicrous. Now with all his concern about how to doll up the moll in a designer black gown and get her to Mumbai for peacocking herself around, the HALO he had so assiduously held up had fallen and sure enough he has reasons to silence those voices which are very similar to his guttural and measured voice!!
The winners are the OUTLOOK website and OPEN magazine which had so boldly put out RAW DATA for the joes and janes to make up their own minds. Naturally the affected parties have reasons to be miffed!!
Coming back to WIKILEAKS they have blown the lid of the sanctimonious decisions made at summit levels and have provided raw data to show that the reasons for arriving at are plain Machiavellian. So all that false morality promoted seems an unnecessary burden laid on the public.
But all this is nothing new. After all one should remember that Queen Elizabeth defeated the Spanish Armada not by her Royal Navy, but by engaging pirates like WALTER RALEIGH and FRANCIS DRAKE. It is the pirates who finally WIN WARS for their Countries and not the LAW ABIDING SHEEP OF CITIZENS. The sheep are required only for REVENUE collection during PEACE times, but countries thrive and survive during bad times thru ROGUE elements. LIZ KNEW IT AND DID IT MORE THAN 4 and a half centuries back.
Let me tell my readers a secret- RULERS THINK DIFFERENTLY, BUT INSIST ON THE JOES AND JANES THINKING STRAIGHT. It is the latter part which i detest. May the Individuals enlighten themselves and fill up Institutions which are FREE, FAIR and TRANSPARENT. On this road, JULIAN ASSANGE has taken us to the next level.