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Shivraj Singh Chouhan completed 10 years as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on November 29. One of his greatest achievements is to completely dehumanize police officers. They have turned into pet dogs: they bite when he wants them to, they bark when he so desires and all the time they wag their tails before him.
In return, Chouhan gives them protection from the law, as he has given to top police officials who had openly meddled with the evidence in the Shehla Masood murder case. CBI, which is inquiring into Masood murder case, did not even question them.
When Chouhan became chief minister 10 years ago, he was not a member of the Assembly, but a member of Lok Sabha. He resigned from Lok Sabha and contested from Budhni constituency in Sehore district. Collector of Sehore and Returning Officer S K Mishra was removed by Election Commission a few days before polling for violating the law to help Chouhan. This was perhaps the first example when a Returning Officer was disgracefully removed near the polling day. As soon as the Election Commission’s Code of Conduct was over, Chouhan appointed Mishra Collector of Bhopal, one of the most coveted posts, and then Secretary to CM.
That was a message to IAS officers: You help me and I shall look after your interests. Many of the IAS officers offered, willingly and happily, their services in Chouhan’s endeavours to become the corruptest chief minister in the country, and have benefited themselves and their families also, in the process.
Chouhan’s dream of breaking all records of corruption in Madhya Pradesh by the time he completed ten years as chief minister would have remained unfulfilled without the solid help provided by Lokayukta Prakash Prabhakar Naolekar, who shamelessly subverted the laws and procedures to keep him out of harm’s way. Naolekar conveniently ignored the dividing line between truth and untruth while defending the questionable inclusion of his son, Sandeep Naolekar, into the entourage during the chief minister’s visit to China. Chouhan’s government went a step further and denied even knowing who Sandeep Naolekar’s father is.
Later, the chief minister got a boost from High Court Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar. With my meagre knowledge of Judiciary, I was considering former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan as the most corruption-friendly judge. But the manner in which Khanwilkar monitored/assisted Vyapam scam investigation (better to call it ‘cover-up’) by Special Task Force (STF) made me revise my opinion.
Soon after becoming chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for the first time, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had given a clear hint to the people of the State that he had come not to alleviate their sufferings but to gobble up their resources and cause them untold miseries. He had, of course, used mythological symbolism to convey his intentions. He should not be blamed if the people failed to understand what he was hinting at.
He had organised a two-day conclave of secretaries and Collectors in Bhopal ostensibly to learn from them the mantra of development and given it the name of Manthan. He had made it amply clear that he meant by Manthan the mythological Samudra-Manthan when he said that the emerging nectar (Amrit) would go to the public and the poison he would take himself.
The legend of the Samudra-Manthan is that the gods, having been thoroughly defeated and humiliated by the demons, repaired to Lord Vishnu to seek from him renewed vigour and the gift of immortality. Vishnu directed them to collect all plants and herbs of diverse kinds from every quarter and drop them into the ocean; then churn the ocean (Samudra-Manthan) by using Mandara Mountain as the churning stick and Vasuki serpent as the rope.
The Samudra Manthan yielded 14 items including a celestial cow, a white elephant, the goddess of wine, Apsaras (the nymphs), in addition, of course, to terrific poison and a pitcher of nectar which Dhanwantari (the gods’ physician) himself carried in his hands. Lord Vishnu had manoeuvred in such a manner that the nectar or Amrit had been distributed to the gods or Devtas while poison had gone to the lot of the Asuras or demons. By claiming that he would partake of the poison, Chouhan had clearly presented himself as the demon, intent upon destruction of an orderly life all around. He knew what he was saying because he always claims his scholarly knowledge of Hindu mythology.
To help him in his task of swallowing up resources of the State and making the life of the people miserable, he had chosen two worthy lieutenants, corruption-incarnate Prakash Prabhakar Naolekar as the Lokayukta and symbol of corruption Rakesh Sahni as the chief secretary. Outside the official circle, he had two trusted helpers in the discharge of his mission of looting the people, Dilip Suryavanshi and Sudhir Sharma, both controlling between the two of them the builder and mining mafias.