Open Letter to Arms Dealers
Dear Arms Dealers and their Assorted Cronies,
This is in reference to the recent news about the measly 14 crore bribe offered to the Indian army chief, General VK Singh. As a resident of a modern, developing India with a high rate on inflation, i am appalled.
Nothing in India is cheap anymore. I went to a Costa Coffee the other day and the coffee cost me Rs 150. And it wasn’t even hot. A shabbily constructed 3 bedroom apartment in a moderately upscale Gurgaon neighborhood costs in crores. For 14 crores, you’ll probably get a 3 BHK in suburban Mumbai, maybe somewhere in Vashi. Vashi? Who lives in Vashi?
An army chief has high standards. He only drinks the best liquor. His clothes are always starched stiff, and shoes always in the darkest shade of African-American. He is a 62, no 61 year old man who commands a force of a million men who would go to battle for him at the drop of an INSAS rifle. Being the chief of the Indian army is a big deal, you know.
And our people look up to him. For millions of Indians, he is the person they expect to see kicking Pakistani butt if they dare attack us, in a manner much similar to Sunny Deol in Border. [Sunny Deol. What a man. What amazing scream presence!]
Indian people sleep at night feeling safe that our hostile neighbors cannot kill us in our sleep, because we know that
1.) Pakistan doesn’t have missiles to reach a long distance inland
2.) Our army will never let us down.
What will happen to that confidence if the Army chief falters? More importantly, what will happen to the army chief’s confidence if he is offered a bribe that is a fraction of the alleged rate charged by petty politicians for the smallest of tasks? This is a massive blow on the safety of the nation.
WE JUST CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN.
Dear arms lobbies and their middlemen, for these reasons we Indian people implore you, no we beg of you, please raise your standards. You must pay our top army brass the going rate and not try to undercut them.
At least pay them enough to buy a nice 3 BHK in Bandra, if not Colaba. Remember, Army chiefs cannot live in Vashi. They do have some standards to maintain.
It’s a nation’s honor at stake. Please don’t let us down.
Regards and all that.
[Published as an online petition as well. Please sign to get this going.]