Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sir Flunky

When Westerners met African and Native American chiefs, they would ply them with whiskey and baubles - beads of various colours, worthless to any 'civilised' person, but which greatly impressed the natives.

The baubles used to impress the Muslim chiefs are a little different, a little more abstract, but baubles nevertheless.

Two flunkies - both thick as thieves with the mass murderer Bill Clinton - received baubles.One received the Nobel Prize ('trash and trinkets'), and another received the knighthood. The former was Mohammed Yunus, who stole the idea of microfinance and passed it for his own while cultivating ties with western leaders. The latter is the flunky known as Fazle Abed, founder of BRAC. Apparently, flunkyism runs in the family. In 1913, one of his ancestors received the knighthood as well.

At least, Rabindranath had the decency to refuse the knighthood after the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre.


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