Fiction has an uncanny ability to drive home a point and nail it down your brain. To Kill a Mocking Bird exposes racism stripping it bare. The Great Dictator makes fascism scarier than any documentary on dictators who may have and still are roaming around the world. In the same league, Even the Rain sheds the clothes of privatization efforts on the commons.
An urban legend goes like this: A patient visits a psychiatrist to cure his depression. And the doctor asks the patient to watch a Charlie Chaplin film every day. To which the patient replies, “I am Charlie Chaplin”.
The term crony refers to a long standing friend – in that sense, crony capitalism means a capitalist system, by and for, such long-standing friends. Going by this definition, it is no surprise that people from various spheres have started to describe capitalism practised in India as Crony Capitalism. In the past few months, we have seen several scams hitting the front page - 2G spectrum, Common Wealth Games, Illegal mining scam, Petrol bunk licenses, Adarsh housing, to name a few.