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How BHP Conquered CEPT: A simile on 67th Independence Day

August 17, 2013

On India’s 67th Independence Day, let me narrate this story that began a long time ago.

It was a divided nation that I speak of. Started as a great one, but one that had degenerated slowly.

Sparring at best, warring at worst.

Everyone to their own little fiefdoms. All untrusting of all others, marred by conflicts.

Weak from inside, threatened from within and wide open to outside threats.

All afraid of a bigger fish, or licking up to the closest alley (resulting in some strange alliances, often) and for the shortest term easy gains. Anarchy for most, convenience for some.

Society rotten to the point of breakdown of all economic and moral systems with no inclination to collaborate and think of a bigger dream.

Yet unwilling to give up their booty… even at the peril of losing it all.

An outsider, a third person, observes this opportunity. With earlier attempts at penetration having failed, now recognising that their time has come. They enter as friends, observe all weaknesses. Some genuinely frustrated functionaries, misfits, and some who were plainly out of favour welcome the Trojans.

The new entrant, like a virus, feeds on the weak flesh, and grows stronger. They open the door for more soldiers from own army and also get other insiders to help them. They divide the already divided (or rather, never united) society. Now the new armada advances with full lethal force, and attack the dilapidated structure.

The Czars of erstwhile territories, with their immunity destroyed by their own stupidity crumble, and ultimately the whole crydom comes tumbling down.

And everyone now looks to the rising Sun as future. Most are ready to put the past behind and look at things fresh.

Nature’s way of cleaning, or colonising: you decide.

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