THERE is the story of how Emperor Akbar and Birbal decided to correct a corrupt person by asking him to count the waves of the River Yamuna. Days later, they disguised themselves and saw that the man sat with his notebook on the banks. When they enquired what he was doing, he replied, “I was appointed by the King to count the waves. Now, you have disturbed me, and you have to pay 100 gold coins.” Akbar and Birbal pleaded that they were poor. So, the corrupt man asked them to pay 50. The lesson: there are always ways to make money from anything that you do. Cut to 2017, and Uttar Pradesh. In the last five years, former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has learnt the art of how to remain relevant in the state’s politics. Now that UP is ruled by the BJP, the minorities are scared given the rise in the violence across the state. The top minority leadership went to meet Akhilesh and pleaded with him to help them. The former Chief Minister maintained that only the Samajvadi Party can save them. The problem was that his party did not have the resources to mobilise and confront the BJP. Immediately, the minority leaders enquired how much was required. The shrewd Akhilesh kept quiet, but sources disclose that approximately Rs. 300 crore has been collected till now. This is another way to count the waves.