An expert lockpicker used his expertise in his trade to invent a theft-proof lock.

The thief, Wu Mingrong, was (in)famous for committing robberies after picking locks with a toothpick. He ‘used his skills to build a new anti-theft device during his 20-year sentence in Qianjiang prison’ in China.

He invented a lock that he himself couldn’t break, got it patented and also had his prison sentence reduced!

This news report reminded me of the excellent movie- ” Catch me if You Can“, based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr.,who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned’ (people out of) ‘millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor and Louisiana prosecutor’ before he was finally caught.

He was so skillful at cheque forgery that the F.B.I. later asked for his help in identifying forgeries!

He is currentlya consultant and lecturer at the FBI academy and field offices for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’.

This is not really as strange as it seems at first, I suppose.

Recovered alcoholics are often the best people to counsel addicts about the dangers of excessive drinking. The same goes for reformed drug-addicts. Having ‘been there and done that’ they know all about the dangers and pitfalls of addiction.

I wonder if this same logic could be applied to Indian politics?

Perhaps the worst aspect of our politics is the corruption that has spread everywhere. Maybe we could combat it by making use of the expertise of a reformed corrupt politician?

But where do we find such a politician? Would it even be possible to find one?

A reformed thief? Possible to find. A reformed embezzler? Also possible. A reformed murderer? Even a murderer may have a change of heart. We could find one after some searching.

But a reformed politician? Finding one may well prove to be an impossible dream!