Hilarious Short Film Explains Corruption in Modi’s Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal. Photo: Screen grab from the video
Rafale Deal. Photo: Screen grab from the video

Congress is demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe in the Rafale case which is stated to be the biggest scam in the world.

By Rakesh Raman

As it is becoming difficult for commoners in India to understand the intricacies of the multi-billion dollar Rafale deal, a professionally produced short film has tried to explain the corruption involved in the deal.

The 2.5-minute film takes the analogy of a group housing society that decided to upgrade security locks for the building.

The character in the film explains in a tongue-in-cheek monologue how the Chowkidar (security guard) of the society fraudulently paid 3 times more money to buy the locks with less security.

The film actress used beautiful expressions to reveal that the Chowkidar gave the contract to a local friend who was selling Pakoras – an Indian fried dish. She concluded that Rafale deal is a deliberate scam to cheat the people of India. Congress shared this short film today.

Earlier, BJP had presented its version of the Rafale deal with a similar video. “Trapped in the web of lies on Rafale Deal? Watch this simplified explanation,” BJP had tweeted Monday.

Rafale Scam

As the Rafale scam is being considered as the biggest fraud by any government in India or abroad, it has become a political hot potato which has the sufficient heat to burn the ruling party BJP headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi’s opponents Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie – who were ministers in the BJP government – and lawyer activist Prashant Bhushan had released a detailed statement along with documents last week about the shady Rafale deal.

According to them, Modi has caused a loss of over Rs. 35,000 crore (about US$ 5 billion) to public funds to benefit his businessman friend Anil Ambani. “Modi has committed criminal misconduct under Prevention of Corruption Act,” Bhushan said.

A large number of Indians are using social media platforms such as Facebook to offer their comments and share the news about the corruption in the Modi government.

Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had brought up the issue of corruption in Rafale deal when he was discussing the no-confidence motion against the Modi government in Parliament.

Attacking the Modi government for its massive corruption, the Congress president had said that Modi who promised to be a Chowkidar (guard of government assets) has become a Bhagidaar (partner in corruption).

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He has alleged that PM Modi is personally involved in the deal in which kickbacks worth thousands of crores of rupees have been paid. Rahul Gandhi also had ridiculed Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s remarks that her government will not disclose the details of the Rafale deal, which is stated to be worth Rs 130,000 crore (approximately USD $20 billion).

Congress is demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe in the Rafale case which is stated to be the biggest scam in the world.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi – who also is the mother of Congress president Rahul Gandhi – led a protest last week to highlight the corruption in Modi government particularly in the Rafale deal.

Supported by Congress MPs and other opposition leaders, the protest was held outside Parliament. The protesters held placards that read “Modi corruption exposed”, “Rafale scam exposed”, and “Rafale cover-up out in the open”.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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