Usually pillage takes place after the war. The army of the conqueror pillages the conquered land. But Chennai, that was called Madras until two decades ago, never experienced war-like conditions of any kind for centuries. But the knaves and scoundrels couldn’t control their urge to pillage and plunder. When a political leader dies or when a living politician wants to establish his power over his blind supporters, a gathering of a huge crowd is ordered and pillage takes place when the crowd assembles in the city in large number. The huge and unruly crowd pillages the merchandise of the poor road-side vendors. The shop-keepers promptly down their shutters. The wily politician declares that the shops closed in response to his call of boycott.