23 November, 2020

A Miasma Of Doubt

Rajaratnam’s bile, and the confused attitude to corruption in India

Illustration by Sorit
A Miasma Of Doubt

Raj Fulminates:

  • Caste: “A Punjabi Khatri wants to marry a Punjabi Khatri....”
  • Class bias: “Middle-class Indians don’t worry about taxi drivers.”
  • Betrayal: Anil Kumar is a “c****”; “The Americans stood their ground. Every bloody Indian cooperated—Goel, Khan, Kumar.”
  • Duplicity: “I gave them [ISB] $1 million. Rajat Gupta, Anil Kumar never gave any.... And I’m not even a f****** Indian.”


As TV screens flashed images of Raj Rajaratnam, the US-based, Sri Lanka-born hedge fund manager sentenced to 11 years in prison for insider trading, his journey from success to disgrace could not have but struck a chord in India. Most successful Indians have similar ‘early’ narratives—they strike out against ‘the system’ and persist until making it. But what...



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