Singh was a bandit who led his troops from the jungles of India to the open plains. He surrendered in 1931, and became a folk hero as he was captured by Indian police officers. In this blog post, we will explore Malkhan’s story and how it relates to our modern world.
The largest and perhaps best example of a Malkhan Singh in progress is and has been the drug cartels of Mexico. This group, which started with humble beginnings as small-time smugglers of marijuana, have now emerged as an economic powerhouse within the country, without any regard to the rule of law. They are so powerful that they can simply bribe police officials in order to avoid arrest, or kill them when they do not comply. They are larger than some corporate businesses, and in the past few decades have grown exponentially in number and influence.
The location of Mexico makes it ideal for drug cartels; mountainous regions provide easy access to hide away from authorities, while vast coastal areas make it incredibly easy to smuggle goods in and out of the country. It also has a long stretch of land that divides two major economic powers, the United States and Canada, which makes it an ideal place for smugglers to utilize in order to get drugs into their markets.
The drug cartels are so powerful that they have been able to influence politics within Mexico. They have funded political campaigns, and either directly or indirectly influenced the election of law enforcement officials. They have even taken out high-profile targets within Mexico, including politicians and police officers. Their power has grown to such a degree that they are now essentially their own sovereign entities within Mexico’s borders, with little regard for the government itself.
The cartel is a Malkhan Singh in progress. It started with humble beginnings, and has grown exponentially over the past few decades with little regard for any type of law; they often influence politics directly, can assassinate high-profile targets within Mexico, and are the most powerful criminal organization by far inside this nation.
The problem with cartels like Los Zetas is that they start out with humble beginnings; it is very unlikely that men who joined the cartel started off wanting to be wanted by police, and kill even more in order to fund their way of life. The drug cartels started much like any other business, and grew through use of strong leadership and loyalty from members until such time when its power became too great to handle, at which point it became this monster that was no longer willing to follow any rules.
Where Mexico is similar to the story of Malkhan Singh is that they are both nations who have gone through identity changes over time. When Malkhan Singh started out as a bandit, he was originally an Indian peasant, doing his best to work in a system that was incredibly difficult to break into. He watched as the British took over his land and killed his people, stealing what little he had in order to survive.