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Don't judge the fudge

Don't be all defensive, Kiran Bedi. Any other Indian in your place would have also tried to cut corners.

india Updated: Oct 24, 2011 22:26 IST
Hindustan Times
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Uber policewoman Kiran Bedi has fudged a few bills and put a bit aside into her own NGO. Not done, says the government and everyone who is not part of Team Anna. Ms Bedi, it would appear, travelled the way the rest of us do in economy class and then asked her donors to cough up for business class. The difference, she says, did not go into her own pocket but to greater causes like educating the girl child. Now, we see no reason for her to be so defensive about all this.

Given half the chance, we would do the same, except that we are not invited to give speeches as many times, if at all, as Ms Bedi. But cutting corners is part of Indian tradition. How many times do we have to berate our grocer who will keep just a little off the weight, no doubt to keep his home fires burning, as Ms Bedi did. Those of you who have tried to sell your old newspapers will find a remarkable lightness in the kilos that you have stored up, when the kabadiwallah weighs them at your doorstep. But, do not get upset, he is clearly keeping a few papers to himself so that he can while away his evenings reading the wonderful prose that we write. It now turns out that the redoubtable Arvind Kejriwal, too, parked a bit of cash for the cause in his NGO's account. All we ask is that everyone should hold their fire.

If you were confronted with a few lakhs floating about, what would you do? Turn it into the nearest tax office, or park it in your account and hope that at some point of time, there will be a will written by your aunt whom you never really liked saying that this amount had been kept for you to do as you please. These things don't happen to people like us, but it is possible. So Ms Bedi should just carry on, and let the rest of us carry on with our fudge, fudge, wink, wink.

First Published: Oct 24, 2011 21:27 IST