The Aussies are here, but does the public care?



The Champions League has come to a conclusion, and even before the dust settles India and Australia lock horns in a seven-match series. And it’s not just any series, it’s between the No. 1 team in the world and the No. 2 team, with a chance for India to climb to the top. Does it feel like that?

In the recent past, India-Australia clashes have become the premier contest in world cricket, with action both on the field and off it. Australia’s transition phase, with several of their legends moving on, has coincided with India’s ascendancy, making matches both home and away tightly contested. In limited overs cricket Australia have made a strong impression despite losing some of their best, and India’s domination in the shorter versions of the game – their results in the last two ICC events notwithstanding – has meant that no team can afford to take them lightly.

Just looking back briefly at recent India-Australia clashes, it’s clear how much the games mean to both teams. Tempers have boiled over, serious skirmishes on the field have meant frequent visits to the match referee, and everything from umpiring dramas and race rows have broken out.

With all this setting the stage, the home series should already have heated up. Traditionally the jousting begins in press conferences and interview well before the first ball is bowled, but this time has been different. While India have closeted themselves in a quiet camp in Mumbai the Australians have landed and are on a charm offensive, with no barbs being thrown, no provocative statements being issued.

In an international calendar that is so packed that players are literally going from one tournament or series into another without time to catch their breath, the needle is slowly being eroded. Is this a good thing?

The rhetoric surrounding India-Pakistan cricket had reached such a frenzy in the mid-1990s that there was a serious danger of cricket being made out to be more than it is. But then India and Pakistan started playing each other so often, started from 2004, that the public grew cold to the contests.

With the schedule for the next eight years being settled on, and Australia wanting to play India as much as possible – for commercial reasons more than anything else – there’s a serious danger of the contest going the India-Pakistan way.

Already, you can sense the excitement levels dropping. Previously, when the Australians were in town, there was no avoiding them as they made headlines everywhere they went. Now, it seems to be just another series to a public that has got more than it’s fair share of cricket. And that can’t be a good thing for the health of the game globally.

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  • Ram Singapore

    Why this defeatist atttiude on part of Indian political establishment and intellectuals? to earn stus of even regional powe Idnia has to throw its weight and project power. After the American retreat and route is complete in Afghanistan the hell hounds adn devils of Pakistani ISI and Taliban will undoubtedly target India! So the best option is for Idnia to build a front with Russia-Iran and bolster non Pashtun Northern Alliance of late Ahmad Shah Masood. WHAT a Joke America’s own nuts are on fire with total loss of face after 10 years of mollycoddling eveil Pakis! Induia has to fight its own battles and prepare for conflict against power intoxicated China-Pak axis or repeat old history of being beseiged by BARAINS FROM NORTH WEST AND NORTH OF GHE HIMALAYAS-a weak Congress party and bubling heirn apparent cannot rpeside over India’s destiny for long- some thing will give away soon in late 2011 or start of 2012…………………..

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  • Anonymous

    I like this straight forward blog and will become a regular reader. This looks better than Vinod Sharma’s inane comments on Indo-Pak issues.

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  • Anonymous

    The only thing USA , India need to understand is that Pakistan is an incorrigibly vile, duplicitous and treacherous entity , which will violate every agreement signed and defraud the other party. So lesson number 1, do not engage Pakistan in any shape or form. Once you disangage ( stop any aid, trade and minimal relations ) , then you can formulate policies to protect yourself from it.

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  • Sqque

    Keep dreaming…Its FREE , where as India has already disintegrated (Pakistan , Bangladesh) Many more to come….

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  • http://www.ideaindia.com IdeaIndia

    Good blog on South Asian politics. Pakistan should not think that they are in control in Afghanistan. Afghans have a tendency to prove everyone wrong as history shows.

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  • Kbilaney

    Hi Sumant,
    Many thanks for such a detailed report. Staying in Mumbai, it def. looks like, CNG is the name of the game in future.
    However, some inputs received for a CNG + Petrol car – for which, wud request your further inputs :-
    a) Does Petrol mileage in a CNG+Petrol go down to 50%. For example, if SX4 petrol
    variant offers a mileage of 10 kms / litre, would petrol mileage in a CNG/Petrol variant
    offer only 5 kms / litre ?
    b)If yes, what is the solution out ?
    c)btwn a SX4 diesel variant and a SX4 CNG/Petrol variant, what is preferred ?

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    Sumant Reply:

    When a petrol car is fitted with a CNG tank there is no significant drop in mileage per say. The weight of the CNG tank puts an added load to the car but that is the same as a car being driven with the boot filled with load. In no way does the mileage go down by 50%. On the contrary, CNG is a clean burning fuel and as extrapolated in the table gives a much higher mileage than a conventional petrol car, That itself would take care of any loss of mileage.

    Between the SX4 diesel and CNG, I would recommend the latter provided there is sufficient availability of fuel around where you live and you do not mind compromising on the boot space.

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    Ali123ali Reply:

    Very true, the writer only considered statistical approach to justify the conclusions.
    The ground reality is that actual savings petrol vs gas are of the order of 30%. Gas lacks lubrication element thus for the health of the engine petrol has to be used off and on in a CNG fitted car.
    Similarly it cannnot be assumed that maintenace cost of a diesel car is the same as of petrol.

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  • Bvnagarajarao

    very good analysis& detailed report.It helped me to decide in favour of maruti CNG car.B.V.Nagaraja Rao.

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  • Rajendra

    Very nice informative article!!! Just what I was looking for….

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  • Anonymous

    It is because of people like you who always prefer to sit on the edge, the country has come to this passe. The nation needed a strong willed person to lead the cause & we have got it in the form of Annaji. You do not seem to have observed the conduct of Parliament in past few sessions. You may prefer sleeping & let the people wear Anna cap.

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    Abc Reply:

    I agree with you, Ghoda.

    People like him sit on their couch and talk about all the ways to handle critical issues and then themselves are eager to get their work done by paying bribes. If somebody is doing anything, they always criticize.

    What exactly do you know about Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Kejriwal ? How do you know that they are corrupt or they are thinking about bad policies. If you are smarter than them, please come up with better ideas or keep your mouth shut, otherwise.

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    Guest Reply:

    Seems Anna supporters are not good at reading – Let me clarify: I’m not suggesting even once that Bedi and Kejriwal are guilty.

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    Stalin Reply:

    we dont need just one strong willed person you losers. everyone shud do their bit

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  • Ravi

    Let me confess: I also find Anna Hazare preachy, prickly, sanctimonious, dogmatic and dictatorial.

    For reasons listed above some clever person has given him the sobriquet TalibAnna.

    If team Anna had stuck to a single issue – corruption – then it would have acted as a pressure group and would probably have been more effective.

    By widening its agenda and attacking other people, it has become just another political party. If that is what they want then they will have to participate in electoral process and if mandated can bring about the Lokbal Bill of its choice and ferocity.

    Parliament must remain supreme.

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    Mlamba67 Reply:

    Ignorance is bliss for someone like Ravi. They want to remain aloof from reality.
    99 % of these parliamentarians are corrupt. Unfortunately, some people are floating in a deep sea of ignorance.
    Ravi…..are you from Mars??????

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    Ravi Reply:

    Mlamba

    If I am from Mars then you must be from Venus.

    Parliament must remain supreme.

    The Parliamentarians are corrupt, I would agree, but they were elected by their constituents. Anna is not mandated by any one.. He is free to get elected and then fight corruption from within the Parliament.

    The Parliamentarians are corrupt because our whole society is corrupt.

    So I think if you look in the mirror then you will see a man who is aloof from reality and steeped into an unreal form of idealism.

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  • Rajeev

    Well written one of the most evasive articles where the soul motive is to pose as a super pseudo intellectual which always complains and writes for hidden/unfulfilled populist fantasies but sticks to the banner ….I live my life (you know its my life types), I can talk I can write but will do nothing… .

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  • Anonymous

    Anna is from very begging arrogant, dictator everybody accept his order.His only qualification is he can sustain hunger some day. On this capital he agitating movement against corruption in Maharashtra from last forty years..Remove this minister send jail to that officers this kind of demand he forced on government.He have no knowledge how corruption arises,how we can reduce corruption.? Corruption is very deeply inserted in our psyche.Hindu too much afraid to break the law of caste religion but not afraid to break the law of government.He think himself guilty when consciously or unconsciously he break the law of religion but never feel guilty when he break the law Government on the contrary he think government doing injustice for punishing him. When Laloo Yadhav came out of jail on bail he declared what is wrong if I went jail even Lord Krishna was also in jail

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  • Yahoo1

    Govintra: Anyone in the whole world , who is against corruption is against Congress.

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  • Unkanny

    If you were a journalist in Mahatma Gandhi’s time .. you would have found him extremely preachy, dictatorial and prickly too …geez. Mr. journo, grow up . The Indian janta ..the old man from a village in maharashtra is way smarter than you and able to see Anna and team noble intentions ..beacuse he is not a pseudo intellectual ..he has an intuition and a heart , and the guts to support a right cause when he sees one. Perhaps you see Sonia Gandhi , PC, Rahul and the likes as the the cultured , non dictatorial ones ..well, get beyond the outer and you will see who the real DICTATORS in India are , presicely these ruling people..Grow beyond your distorted intellect and get is touch with reality mr.

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  • NRI

    Brilliant. This is the basic problem with Anna and his team. Just imagine what will happen if every politician, every local leader, every bureaucrat, every dera chief, every yoga guru starts behaving like these people saying that whatever they say is final and should be accepted without debate. There will be anarchy and civil war. Corruption is a major problem besides out of control population in India. But removing corruption starts with individual. If every Indian decides that he/she will neither give nor accept bribe or will not use influence for personal benefit, will not jump the que in any form of life, there will be no corruption. If anyone thinks, a Lokpal will come and sweep corruption out of India, then that person is living in a fool’s paradise. Where will this Lokpal come from? If he/she is one of the Indians, then the mindset will be the same. And obviously no one will appoint a neutral foreigner and give so much power to that person.

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    Ranjit Reply:

    We are seeing what happens when every political leader starts looting the country.

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    Indian Reply:

    Why you are writing on behalf of NRI, I am also NRI and support Anna ji. It seems Arnab Mitra is a Congress agent like Digvijay Singh, whose only motive is to have a weak effective lokpall bill and please congress party

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    Guest Reply:

    Mr. NRI, I believe you have never lived in India. You are so aloof from reality and the real India.
    Your thinking is itself deceptive and full of obliviousness. You must be dreaming…wake up please!!!

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    sudhir911 Reply:

    Rule against “murder” was enacted 150 years ago but it has’nt stopped murders. Does that mean “anti murder ” act should not have been legislated. Nobody is dreaming that corruption will be eradicated by lokpal including Anna himself. But JLP will definately give hope strength a stong tool to fight corruption.

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    Stalin Reply:

    Really True, ppl here in India will only support ppl like anna. Only SUPPORT and not contribute in making a difference. I dont want anna as my representative.

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  • JNSS

    It is the most opportuned moment to check the commitment of the opposition parties (in the Parliament) towards the Jan LOKPAL bill.To change the system ,it is the logical necessity to be in the system.If Anna Saheb does not believe in the parliamentary democracy then start delivering instant justice the NAXAL WAY (& people will bless you for it), if not. None of the current political parties will ever let us see a JANA LOKPAL implemented in the true spirit. Hence remaining apolitical is no longer going to help the cause of Jan Lokpal or the Right to recall. And before we do this we should bring together all organizations (small & big) giving them a choice of fielding their own candidates. We should then go to the public seeking support to bring the biggest political revolution by fielding new candidates from all constituencies across India for the 2014 elections with ANNA ji projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

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  • Guest

    Cunningly crafted article to personally attack and malign an ex-soldier who by some unknown who believes in a “mandate” to stand against corruption. Pathetic article by a low life human being.

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    Ranjit Reply:

    Totally agree. This idiot who calls himself a journalist does not address the extend to which corruption has gone or what other remedy is available. Very poorly written article. It’s not an opinion but an agenda.
    - रनजीत

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    Bob M Reply:

    I’m sorry to disappoint you…not an ‘ex soldier’ but an ‘ex army truck driver’

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    Guest Reply:

    Were you ever hit by a bullet while in the line of duty – doesn’t matter if you were driving a truck or cleaning toilets on the border? If not, your argument – if you are capable of making one – are shoddy and irrelevant. I can confidently guess not. So move along trivia king Bob.

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    Ranjit Reply:

    Who has more care and dedication to the nation than generals who were stealing apartments for themselves meant for war widows, in adarsh society.
    I am not dissapointed.

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    Irnbru16 Reply:

    Army truck driver are also very important, beacuse of them Army gets undisrupted supply. They drove through warfield and always on target of opponents

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Any member of the land component of an armed forces is termed as soldier. Please don’t get disappointed. Understand English. Ignore Italian.

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    Go Anna Reply:

    Bob, When IEDs go off the brave truck driving soldiers get killed, not the generals.
    Take some time off from being stupid and have some shame. Meantime go Anna.

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    pramod Reply:

    army truck driver is also trained as soldier, so one can call him soldier

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    Ranjit Reply:

    Who is more dedicated to the nation than Generals taking apartments meant for martyr’s families.
    Not dissapointed.

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  • Ranji T

    I disagree. Corruption, cronyism, autocratic dynastic rule has gone to the extend that countries checks and balances have been rendered ineffective.
    What Anna is suggesting is the only remedy left. And it is more democracy not less.

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  • Gouravgupta

    Anna is steadfast and his demands in Lokpal have been consistent. You could have been steadfast too if you were a true supporter. Enlighten us where IAC has changed it’s stand on any point in Lokpal.. Wish you had asked the same questions about the democratic party president of the ruling party but can not as we do not know her views even though she heads congress for more than a decade…

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  • Rani Sharma

    I think Mitra finds the free speech rights exercised by Anna to be prickly. has Mitra ever written about the corruption which affects the daily life of Indians?

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  • pramod

    ANNA is a people’s movement, not an individual. ANNA, Kejriwal or Bedi provide subject matter support to this people’s movement. The history says how Nehru behaved to keep the power himself and I doubt if we can expect anything different from his descendants. Many in the current political clan believe they are born to rule. See the anarchy, the mayhem going all around. The power brokers, the croons, the musclemen play big roles in determining the fate of the common people. Let me tell you, there would be a day when you will asked to pay hafta to breathe in India. You will need to prove your connection to a politician/bureaucrat to live in India. The rulers in current India….are not they dictatorial ? Do they have any respect for the rules, regulations or their constitutional obligations ? Where should we go as a common man ? ANNA is the only hope who is not only telling about the problems, but providing a solution. He who has done it in his village, who has proved how mighty he can be to fight against the corrupt monsters. Do you have a better solution than JAN LOKPAL ? If you have, bring it before the public. If you do not have accept ANNA, not matter how he is trying to push it through a bunch of corrupt politicians sitting and vandalizing the noble institution of Parliament.

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  • Dev0999

    stop sucking your thumb Arnab.. also stop referring to the dictionary for terms to stamp on people. doers and talkers…. find out the difference between these 2 terms and then realise that you are nothing but a talker. and while you are at talking and not doing anything worthwhile, do write something on the politicians who have been caught with their hands in the till, with their pants down, with smoking guns in their hands….. maybe Anna might have some meaning for you if you remove the filth which is stuck to your glasses.

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  • Gargmurari

    How much money you have taken to write this article from Congress.

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    Guest Reply:

    he is a commisson based agent & writer, his commisson is based on converting Pro Ann supporters to Anti Anna supporters. So, as on date his commisson is -ve because he is converting neutral supporters into Pro Anna supporters.

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  • Support Anna

    1) Mr Arnab Mitra wants to get his article published by negative publicity
    2) HT is another congress-pro news reporter
    3)Govt is forcing these channels to change the peoples mind.
    4)All the above

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  • An

    I endorse this whole heartedly. I am certain, people with little wisdom, democratic not have any affiliations to corruptions and political parties understand this.

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  • Girish

    Arnab: Anna and indian are very tolerant that is why paid journos (and other like sanghvi, barkha, vinod shrama etc) and corrupt politicians are still around. Keep testing our patience and I tell you guys that day is not far when you guys will get Gadaffi treatment and then will not know what to do with looted money. Still there is some time left. Run and return the money youy may be forgiven.

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  • Piyush

    Dear Arnab. You seem to be a nice young man with good writing skills. I am happy to know that in spite of the popular opinion, you have the guts to voice a contrary opinion. But, I want you to read your own work. You have clearly stated what you don’t like, what you don’t want and what you have not authorised.

    From people like you, we need more positive comments. Since you agree that corruption is an issue, I request you to use your writing skills to tell us what you like and what you want. Help us in generating ideas alternative to Anna’s that can help in reducing the menance of coruption. After such work from you, I will be happy to wear a cap stating “I am Arnab.”

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  • Anant64

    This is the problem with Indians. They try to make things 100% perfect. Whatever Anna is suggesting including his arrogance is acceptable rather than mutely accept lifelong all loot inside our houses. Stop cribbing – we have waited a lot – if things go wrong people will correct it later but do not tarnish the movement with your petty remarks

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  • gchaudhary

    dear mr. mitra, If you dont feel to be called as anna who cares.
    Can you just let us know what good you have done for this country or the country men till date . But atleast dont undermine the effort of that 74 year old man fighting for a cause which is like cancer in this country How much money congress has paid you for writing ths article…

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  • Arif

    Congrats Arnab. At least one person dared to analyse Anna whom all the media of the country are making God. This is the time to think that our institutions like Parrliament and other democratic institutions have been developed and strengthed by great thinkers,scholars and Nationalists and these institutions have been proved themselves.
    We cannot allow a semi literate person to destroy everything which we have made after independence.
    All the people of the country has right to express their views but the decision has to be taken by the democratic institutions by employing democratic means.When OMpuri was abusing and preaching the nation to take bribe for voting, Anna was smiling.He has shown his little respect or knowledge of Gandhian ways, a number of times, in National media.
    Let us stop abusing the system and individuals and every person should take oath to fight corruption by amending himself first.

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  • Iitkgp

    chamcha,,,,paid congressi chamcha

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  • Vijay

    I fully agree with Arnab. It is not about a political party, team Anna have extended their views to challenging a single political party. What about people who raise slogans or divert views of people against a certain community. Are they not corrupt? They are. Let me say I am human like everybody else and am part of corruption, because if my electricity is not working i pay 100 rupees to get it fixed by a electrician who is supposed to do it free. Does that mean I am corrupt? Yes I am. So let us change myself society will change. Not by bullying or attacking politicians of a single party, but by changing ourselves.

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  • Letszingdon

    1 word 4 u……….”stupid”

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  • HIMANSHU

    SIr, you might not have given the right for Anna to speak but many have. As for elected or non elected, a minister gets elected from one constituency then how does he get the right to speak for the whole nation. Rather our Prime Minister has not been elected by the people, so should he stop talking for us. You won’t do anything for the country and if someone does you will never shy of pulling his legs. As for targetting politicans they and you must ask yourselves why most of the people hate them– just because of their deeds. Tell me what wrong am I doing if I trust Mr Kejriwal, a maggasay winner or Bedi, the first women IPS more than Sonia or Rahul whose only credentials lie in a family name that many have made a habit of sycophancing.

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  • Kamal

    The first sentence by Arnab itself conveys his bias. He regards Anna as a middle class icon. You ask a rickshaw puller and he will pledge he is an Anna supporter. As regards Anna’s stands, let us not take Anna lightly by the facade of a simple villager he wears. He is far cleverer than some of our Oxford and Cambridge educated politicians. We have seen him make them bite dust again and again.He wears a facade of Gandhism , but also advocates using the tactics of Shivaji if he has to deal with rogues. (All is fair if your adversary is not fair). He does so with fineness which endears him to masses much to the consternation of our political class, which thinks that it has become the custodians of democracy and now have all rights reserved to talk about their own functioning which has been appalling and dictate Anna the code of behavior which they themselves never followed.

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  • Ranjit

    @Bob M Anna a lowly soldier, who is more dedicated to the nation than Generals taking apartments meant for martyr’s families.
    Not dissapointed.

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  • Ranjit

    If bums like you become Anna, that will be the last straw.

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  • Kamal

    Anna wears a facade of a simple villager but he is far cleverer than many of our highly educated politicians. Anna admits himself that he is not a Gandhian all the time. Depending on the situation, he follows the tactics of Shivaji also. And he is not ashamed of it. Gandhiji was also firm and uncompromising when it came to his convictions. Many British Journalists and politicians never accepted him to be a Mahatma but described him to be a clever double talker.

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  • Prks

    you are not anna, we know that you dont want to be anna , we also want that, but there is one more thing that we want we dont want you preaching that and dont tell us that you are doing a good job . Anna is under siege , its true, he is siezed with idea of Indepndent India ,corrupt free India , Now is there there any thing wrong with that, if yes then that person under seige to even think freely, he is under siege to make differene between what is right and what is wrong. Seige under idea that whatever is happening in India is correct.

    I can only think who this person can be gues what i got it either u are politician burecrat , o some paid writer to make small attempt to re-establish old colonial mind set.

    piece of advice , linerate you mind . you dont have to like anna ,but like what he is fighting for. whatever churning you do, you will get only one answer . he is fighting it for us as free indian.

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  • anil

    Are you practising an year 7/8 essay?
    Even kids in schools can write better with sensible arguments, now a days!

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  • Chaand

    India is sick need a DESI surgery,
    Will be cured soon
    Non required Indian

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  • guest

    Congress sponsored article. How much money has been paid to you by congress?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I think he can have his own independent thought that you and Anna don’t like

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  • Bevinda Collaco

    We, and when I say we, I mean those who support Team Anna, are not electing Anna Hazare to make laws for the country. A substantial section of the citizens of India stand solidly behind him for one thing and one thing only – getting the government to adopt a tough Lokpal Bill. The rest of it, the flogging of alcoholics who beat up their families in Ralegaon Siddhi, Bhushan’s views on Kashmir, FDI, or smearing the holy cows of India Sonia, her son, her daughter and her son-in-law, though of interest to the nation as a whole are incidentals. They are being used by ‘intellectuals’ like you to obfuscate the main thrust of the movement.

    We are interested in the Lokpal Bill. We want the CBI to be under a strong Lokpal. It is a matter of shame that the 2G scamsters are sitting in Tihar, or were sitting in Tihar ONLY because the Supreme Court was monitoring the case. We want the lower bureaucracy to come under a strong Lokpal. Candidates pay up to Rs 3 lakh in bribes to get a job in the lower bureaucracy in government. They have to recover that money.And finally the Prime Minister. He or she should also be answerable to the Lokpal. At the same time the Lokpal has to have balances and checks. That is what those who look to Anna Hazare and his team to push the Bill through are hoping for.

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  • Guest

    His not wearing Anna Cap’s is not going to make any difference to this movement.I would question this person’s integrity before he raises a finger on Anna.I also wonder how a useless article like this got space on this newspaper.

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  • BengaliMyself

    typical case of a bengali guy who analyzes everything, points out both sides, gets a great bang out of it, feels like a intellectual – but really contributes nothing.

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    Dev Reply:

    Why don’t you do the honors next time and right an article…rather reading one…as a matter of fact if you are a Bengali…as your title suggest in that case you should let go ur Bengali roots…coz we dont want such bengalis either

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  • Kattooparambil

    The BJP is jumping into Anna bandwagon is to fish in the trouble waters-congress headed UPA is beset by venality. Anna is an antithesis of Gandhian ideologies, who has some extreme views-like violence against people. He is a disgrace to call himself as a Gandhian. He is an attention seeker who is set out to wipe out corruption from the Indian polity and has corrupt ones in his fold and the BJP is also one big happy with corrupt ones in its fold as well. Combination is the key to impact; the Anna coteries and the BJP are the perfect combination-like Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Even more bizarre is Anna is going to bed with the BJP-a member of the BJP’s parent organization, the RSS killed Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • Greatthnkr

    Anna has sacrificed every thing what he has and willing to sacrifice every thing for the future of this country. There is no personal gain for this soul who has led a life of sacrifice for the betterment of the people. Only an individual who lives this life can pass a judgement on a person of his stature.

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  • Virumandi

    Even if you want to, you cant be Anna. Paid blogger A$$Ho!e. BTW, the issue is removal of corruption. Kongross is digging it own grave by throwing muck on Team Anna.

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  • Virumandi

    Even if you want, you cant be. Paid Kongross blogger. Kongross is digging its own grave by throwing muck on Team Anna.

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  • Virumandi

    no one can stop the movement.

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  • Nsharma

    Anything written objectively and thought provoking is labelled as congress propaganda.
    Keep it up ,very well written

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  • Deepak

    Who gave Anna the right to represent all people. I too was supporting him initially, until I saw more of him. He didn’t say a word against the Modi Govt not appointing a Lokayukta for 7 years. And not a single comment against corruption in the BJP. Yet, he has extended his scope to tell people to vote against Congress in Hissur. And he has been bashing Congress leadership with vague baseless statements. Add to that his flip flop on the Pawar slapping incident. And the reaction of his cronies to the corruption issues against them. I still support Anna’s efforts to get a strong Lokpal bill through as also anyone else on the same issue. But Anna’s real agenda and political bent makes him unappealing on the rest of the issues he is extending to.

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    Tina Reply:

    exactly my sentiments.

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    Ranjit Reply:

    You were never supporting Anna

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  • John Abraham

    Bravo Mr.Mitra, Very well said. You have reflected the view of, in my opinion, the educated Indian, who is not aligned to any political party and who would like to see an India that is less corrupt but is uncomfortable with the antics of Team India.
    We have a good system, that has been misused, let us try and fix it rather than try and ‘Indian Spring’ and ruin it all.
    Hope your voice of moderation is heard and well accepted. We all stand for a better and stronger India.

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  • Avijitkr

    You are a perfect example of shallow journalism. I just wonder what u keep thinking when u go to bed n what u keep thinking when u wake up. sorry, ur still sleeping…

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  • Sam

    “I you have not authorised Team Anna to..” for many things.
    But who authorised the politicians to loot our hard earned money, ignore poor people??? may be people like you did.

    “But the charges levelled against them ( bedi and khejriwal) are serious.”
    if these charges are serious than will you define the extent of charges against people like raja, kalmadi including shiela dikshit and chindambaram and RADIA.

    you forgot to mention that how governments refused to accept the years old resignation of khejriwal and fined him for lakhs.

    “Their wishes, they implied, was superior even to the will of Parliament. Politicians,”
    its not their wish, this is what most of indians want. of course like journalists we don’t receive any favor from politicians.

    besides stop treating parliament like sacrosanctum, this is the place where MPs have traded their votes for money.

    I am not saying that Anna is flawless, but I have two choices anna or politicians. and i will do whatever it take to fight corruption a.k.a politicians.

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  • Kvlakshman

    you have spoken like most of the billion plus people in the country. a popular platform sure does not give the right to anyone to decide as to what is good for, like you say, for me you or anyone else for that matter. also true, team anna is just one of the many, many concerned individuals doing their own bit on fighting corruption, practically on the ground. some with modest success and most probably with supreme failure. anna and team anna are fortunate to have the media on their side

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  • Ranjit

    This idiot who calls himself a journalist does not address the extend to which corruption has gone or what other remedy is available. Very poorly written article. It’s not an opinion but an agenda.
    - रनजीत

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with the blog, especially part on being dictatorial. Here is guy that seems to be fighting corruption by not checking that around the people surrounding him and I at times feel he is fighting corruption or the administration in the guise of corruption. I was on his side until it became to wacky in his own circles. By doing what he is doing, he is placing too much trust in the people opposing the govt who themselves aren’t any saintly. One disadvantage he has is that he had never been in administration (pardon me if he had held some position in the past and I’m ignorant of the fact) to know how changes need to be implemented. I don’t think he should try to destabilize the govt (I’m not a fan of any particular political party) to get what he wants –without any clear understanding of what the country wants.

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  • Ziphyr

    And please,honorable Sir, can you enlighten me what gives you the sanctimonious right to speak in the voice of the common man? And sir let me emphasize as a common Indian, ALL the MP’s are CORRUPT without exception

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  • VVK

    Dear Arnab,
    I am surprised by this pointless article. It is frankly in bad taste, and very poorly thought through. You say that you dont agree with Anna’s wider agenda… that his mandate is limited. First of all, who gave him that mandate? You? You dont speak for me, or for any number of citizens. His mandate is whatever he wants it to be so long as the people find his issues relevant. When people – the majority – find him irrelevant, his importance will wane

    Second, allegations. Pehela pathar woh maare jisne paap naa kiyaa ho, jo paapi naa ho. Have you never paid a bribe? Have never inflated your bills – even by 1 Re? Have you never ignored an issue where the press could have played a constructive role? Have you …. I can go and on. Point is, first look into the mirror. Frankly, I think all allegations are trumped up. The very fact that they are being brought up now is proof of that fact.

    Third, At least he has the courage to lay all on the line for improvement. So do Kejriwal, Bedi and company. Do you have that courage? No. In one word, No. To my mind, that “No” take away all right to object to him. We dont have the right to object to him, simply since we are part of the problem. Remember – corruption requires 2 parties – the corruptor and the corruptee. So, first stop paying bribes- by that I mean even 10 Rs, start fighting for the nation and then speak. Idle chatter is cheap, my dear friend. Actions speak louder than words. Have the courage to speak against the system – and then speak. People like you and me- people who do nothing to change the status quo (I include myself) have lost all right to speak against good people.

    I would much rather I change myself before judging Annaji. I find myself ugly in comparison to him…

    My apologies for using such harsh language.
    Regards,

    Vishal

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  • Sandeepkumar

    And you should not wear an ANNA cap soon Mr Mitra, because no one wants a man like you to clean India… not only that you have shallow understanding of the matter, you also state half-facts or should I call intended lies. Here you go:
    - You have problems with some compaign targetting individuals (in particular against your owners gandhi family) and you have no problems on all congress family attacking anna team members individually by baseless allegations
    - you think charges against bedi are “serious” (god knows how its so serious to take you entitlements and donate it to another ngo) and all other scams in India are not “serious” for you to mention. By the way what are the charges against kejriwal which you state “serious”?
    - you have problems with ppl giving their individual opinions (J&K or other matters) and for that reason you are hating the real compaign – but you had no insights asto why this problem of J&K was seeded by a congress gentleman called nehru?
    - you can anna compaign as dictoral and arrogant and other names, and government is displaying the best of the modesty and absolute democracy by avoiding a law so popularly demanded
    - you believe that anna team is adamant to get their lokpal passed to the last comma – can you pls check your facts please?
    - pls provide us results of your survey which makes you believe that a “significant section of Hazare supporters are now having second thoughts”- can you pls prove this theory of yours? may I know who are you to speak of “sigficant section”

    Looks like this is a paid article by all means. I would have loved to a read a well researched criticism of a compaign but this fake stuff is intolerable – Mr Mitra – if you got opinion say it, if you want to a speaker of someone else – you aint gonna get any respect. SHAME !

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  • Dev

    I totally agree at the starting i was all for Anna Hazare campaign against corruption and he has done a great deal to make things work and happen and i wish that we see a better working environment soon, but as days goes by i have realized that the crusade is turning out to be a political vendetta…and everybody who is not in the government or desires attention wants a piece of the cake….Its like your five minutes of fame starts with Anna Campaign…..if he has to remove corruption firstly he needs to make sure how clean are the people who are supporting him…irrespective of people, parties etc etc.

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  • mbaprep

    Silly fellow.
    If he is not Anna, then stay at home.
    Why write useless stuff?

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  • Charles Blunt12

    Arnab ..you are one of the most vicious journalists in Indian media who has absolutely no respect for the truth, legal process and empathy with the affected parties . I have seen you time and again work assiduously to inflame passions of participants, esp during the first Anna fast …you are the epitome of a TRP journo ..nothing more nothing less…your article says it all … now that Anna is more or less a hasbeen you are content to discard him …please study good and great journalism .. the Anderson Coopers / Barbara Walters / etc..etcc…. right now you are the Howard Stern of the Indian News …hopefully you can make yourself a real journalist in good time

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  • Ashusingh71

    Mr Mitra, it is pathetic that you have ben able to concentrate and bring out only non issues….

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  • KK Singh

    Anna is a fine man and he has done the right thing. Congress hoodlums manipulate all the time and finally have it their way. I will celebrate diwali the day Congress and its hoodlums are ousted out of Indian political establishment.

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  • Binajac

    Let us all go on a fast and then we to can get out needs met – give me a break agree with the writer, I did not ask Anna to fast or stand up for ‘my’ rights!!! thanks but no thanks

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  • Anna Supporter

    How much money has Congress given you????

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  • Suresh Pal

    i think you will find every person preachy, prickly, sanctimonious, dogmatic and dictatorial who goes into Fast against goverment whether its Irome sharmila,Mahatama Gandhi or Anna.

    preachy, prickly, sanctimonious, dogmatic and dictatorial.

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  • Santosh

    who is anna..He is just a normal citizen..
    Anna is crossing limit ..He seems to acting like a Right wing politician..
    I fully agree with your point of view..

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  • Guest

    Neither your are Anna nor we wan’t you to be Anna.

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  • Guest

    We respect your agitation, but please be professional and objecive in your comments and try to be responsible journalist. This is the time to join the momentum rather than diverting the views to feed your personal/professional agenda.

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  • vikas

    you can,t be him.

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  • Nalini Subir

    I agree with the article and support for the views expressed in the article. They are very correct what any logical Indian will think,neither suppporting nor criticising any political agenda but surely against prevailing corruption.

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  • corruption free india

    now the article above has a comment on saying anna ji taking it personally on sonia gandhi n rahul gandhi; i personally feel that gandhi’s are not king n queens of this country n are one of the most corrupt ruling families in this country.they treat congress as there inherited party (n so does congress treat them) which is so stupid. rahul gandhi is not even fit candidate n doesnt even know much about whats going around him (in india), n not at all fit candidate for PM yet projected. manmohan singh is like a puppet n i feel sorry for him.
    Congress version of Lok pal is a trash and the party members if asked question ‘A’ reply to question ‘B’. whole party is as if trained to speak bullsh.t.
    i m a support of anna n let me assure u my reporter friend i dont have two minds on this so stop giving these crappy articles n work on some real news(like corruption or how much black money ur dear sonia gandhi has).
    your article looks like congress speaking n has no effect on anna supporters; but it definitely has reduced my respect for HT and i have stopped taking HT.
    i hope HT doesnt let such articles to be posted next time n prove that they are not a parties paper but countries voice

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  • Tasneem51

    To call Anna Gandhian is an insult to Ganndhi who never used viloence unlike Anna who bashes up people who do not follow his diktat….who asked “only one slap:

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  • Sdembi

    Useless piece

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  • Sharma_r81

    Right on. Right on. Right on. Perfect article. Lets not get carried away with anti-government sentiment prevailing at the moment and support all minor dictators, dispots, opportunists etc. who come up to fill the vaccum left by an inept government. Anna and his team do not offer an alternative government – they only offer anarchy.

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  • Kalu Khan

    Personally I think Anna is just a fake, his thinking is based on a person who thinks thats his way is the only, when in the real world it is totally different wake up Anna and team get yourselves a realty check.

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  • Manas_kumar36

    Dear Arnab, I have always liked and agreed with your other articles in the past but this article seems to be so ‘fabricated’ to suit your political masters. It is not an ‘allegation’ because I’ve no proof yet but I would not be surprised if you were ‘paid’ or ingratiated in any other way to come up with such innocent looking yet very malicious article. As far as the dictatorial and haughty attitude of Team Anna is concerned, I agree with their behaviour simply because ‘Laaton ke bhoot baaton se nahi maangte’ and for hardened politicians (*** criminals) who have been running their writs for 64 odd years of Independent India this is the only way to deal with them. A little excess will not be unfair considering how unfair they have been to us ‘Aam Aadmi’ for 64 long years now. They actually deserve worse! We need more Annas and Kejriwals to set them right and to right the wrongs of the past.

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  • Vkj100_2000

    This artical is very relevant. Arrogance is clear in Team Anna’s ACF(anti corruption fighters). We have stopped going to support of this any more because it seems going towards another political group. Lika Baba Ramdev they have formed their group in all cities which decided everything. We agree on many points of team anna, but what surpises me the comment for Aravind Kejriwal ‘NGO’s should not be under perview on LoKpal and their version of JANLOKPAL’s keeps NGO out. Why So, most of us know NGO is another most corrupt group in India. It is widely used to covert black money to move back to India. There are thousands of NGOs where their trustees are using NGO money for personal benefit. Even Aravind Kejriwal who doesnt have money to refund to government, in last 6 months..every travel of his is Air based…why not by train..is he so busy..that the money we donated for Anti Corruption movement goes into their AIR TRAVEL and Personal Political rallies!!
    We need STRONG LOKPAL and CLEANER PEOPLE AT ALL LEVELS!!! What would be the mechanism to get cleaner people at all levels. This has to be thought hrough.

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  • Rakesh katyal

    Mr Mitra let us forget the personal credentials of Arvind or Kiran. Let us simply get on with our fight against corruption. From issue based your blog is cleverly trying to make it personality based. Let us not forget that if we want better future for our children then the corrupt sharks have to be brought down. And if we keep waiting that only the very pure will take up that task then I am afraid it will be too late. Let us wake up and fight this cancer of corruption which is eating everyone. WE will achieve nithing by discussing Arvind or Kiran but will achieve a lot by discussing how to fight corruption.

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  • http://samirsrivastava.typepad.com Samir Srivastava

    How many people vote to elect these parliamentarians? Are they true representatives? We need ELECTORAL reforms. We need good education. So that people can make good educated decision while polling. We need to sit down and devise carefully new system in place of our hopelessly broken system whether in India (largest Democracy) or USA (Greatest Democracy, they too have lobbyists etc…). We have the system where GDP is NOT at all reflected in the Quality of Life of Citizens. We need to eradicate misuse of privacy, IMO, lokpal bill is just for corruption in public life… When watchers get corrupted then? Judiciary, PM, UN Human Rights Council, etc….

    Is there anyone on this planet who has not done single WRONG
    (unfair) thing in his life even as childhood activity… Even hinud gods Rama killed Bali from behind the Tree, Krishna (Butter Thief) also played tricks in Mahabharata..

    Sir could you fast for a day for the common man?

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  • NpIrnbru16

    Good article, but do u write same things for Sibal or Sonia?

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  • Sb

    another paid article by Govt. Utterly shallow and baseless argument. Can he say with the other person in the govt? Why object someone who is fighting for ppl. This is a ploy to confuse the minds of the ppl.

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  • TopCorner

    I agree with “SB”. Its not about Anna… Its about people. He is asking for a better future, which Indian politicians were not able to provide to indian people even after 60 years of indepenedence. Only SCAM and SCAM…. Also this article is very much paid… Its quite visible. I haate HT for this.

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  • Indian

    Why do you not write about what you disagree with in the article ??Why are you so biased that any article against Anna is being brushed aside ??His own conduct is suspect with him going maun when Kiran bedi …

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  • PJ

    Mr Indian… Or Mr Aam Aadmi.. Or whoever You are… I hope You are truly indian because what ever you are saying is totaly bluff! and you are trying to convince the people of india that there is a better life after death.. And about HT.. Dear Sir it is the people who are going to make your newspaper number one and not congress so please stick to honest reporting as it is required from a matured Newspaper such as yours or are you trying to gain cheap publicity as Miss rakhi Sawant does so often!!

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  • Sb

    who says you have to agree with him but don’t hinder it.. this is just a beginning.. someone has to start the revolution… u are talking only when he has raised it publicly

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  • Indian

    Very easy to paint some one with tar .I think the points raise by the writer ring a cord with a majority of the people o the country.The country wants answers not baseless comments like you have written.Why not answer point by point i you think you have a point of view ??

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  • PJ

    Hahaha Yes it strikes a point with the people that is why u can see so many people at the jantar mantar!

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  • Indian

    Is Anna some angel that he has no failings? Everybody else seems to be wrong but him. What stand!

    I wish he acted more like JP, at least JP openly supported one party over the other during the emergency.

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  • Irnbru16

    Good article, but do u write same things for Sibal or Sonia?

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  • GS

    Straight from Congressi HQ. Arnab kitney mai bech diya apna IMAAN.

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  • Tina

    I have always supported corruption. I have always supported corrupt politicians. I will support corrupt Sonia and incompetent Rahul Gandhi who has to read a speech , lust like his mommy.
    Rahul’s great grandpa, grandma, father and mother were all corrupt politicians.
    Totally agreed.
    Still I will support them.
    i will never support Anna or anyone’s Anti-corruption movements.

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  • Sam

    You can always find a reason to blame anyone. You are just helping deviating public from the main topic. Personally I don’t care about Anna’s views on other matters. But the issue he is raising now matters most to me. I find journalists like you as a keyboard warrior who will never importance to the main topic, but everything else.

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  • Mohan

    very true. these people are not important to us as they do not care of public good. What is important to all of us is what Anna is attempting to do because that will potentially turn millions of lives around for the betterment.

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  • Guest

    Still another brilliant analysis. Who’s actually deviating from the main topic of corruption? Team Anna members or Arnab Mitra?

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  • Singh

    exactly!!!!!!!

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  • Ravi

    Mr Mitra
    Tragedy of professional class is exactly what you are going through . Before we achieve our objective , we start analyzing our action and start dragging our feet. You must analyzed how your criticism of annaji is going to affect this movement. This movement is against corruption and what kesariwal or x,y,z is saying or how some team member behaving shoul not matter because they are seasoned politician. We should give them opportunity to improve . Yes if they have done any thing wrong action should be taken but government should pass strong lokpal bill. One can see how political class has cleverly tried to buy time and has tried to discredit Anna team. They are not interested in lokpal bill because they do not want to give up their power to loot this country. After 60 years of independence, politicians of all parties have not done any thing to remove corruption. All are beneficiary to loot , some directly, some indirectly. Let us support annaji in this movement. This is last chance to get lokpal bill. You and others like you and me have no time do any thing for this country which this old grand man called annaji is doing at the age of 75 plus. Get up man , do some thing and stop criticizing.

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  • Sanj

    It is shocking to see that most of the main newspapers in India is under the influence of corrupt Indians. I fed up with TOI and for a change typed Hindustan Times in google. Now, look at this article. Another paid penpusher’s unsolicited opinion published here. These kinds of people are the curse of modern India and should be considered as an antinational pest. He is trying his best to stress that he is against corruption and trying to divide anti corruption supporters, but in an idiotic way apparently supporting the corrupt politicians and defaming the individuals who is selflessly leading the anticorruption campaign. He is manipulating the whole anti corruption campaign and challenging the intelligence of the readers. What a shame on Hindusan Times by publishing these third rated article.

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  • Gsmahla

    Who has given any right to this Hazare & the company to speak on behalf of the people of India??

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  • Govintra

    You are right. Let the elected members rule and loot the India.

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  • Sanj

    It is shocking to see that most of the main newspapers in India is under the influence of corrupt Indians. I fed up with TOI and for a change typed Hindustan Times in google. Now, look at this article. Another paid penpusher’s unsolicited opinion published here. These kinds of people are the curse of modern India and should be considered as an antinational pest. He is trying his best to stress that he is against corruption and trying to divide anti corruption supporters, but in an idiotic way apparently supporting the corrupt politicians and defaming the individuals who is selflessly leading the anticorruption campaign. He is manipulating the whole anti corruption campaign and challenging the intelligence of the readers. What a shame on Hindusan Times by publishing these third rated article.

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  • Rahul

    Hope khaungrass paid you well to sell your soul. Thankfully the average Indian is smarter and can read through the paid articles.

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  • TopCorner

    Agree with Rahul. Atleast there is a Rahul who understands the difference in paid and genuine articles. Jai Hind mere dost. Long Live India and lets hope for a better and scam-free india.

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  • Delhite

    Why are u a BJP /RSS guy ??? If any one who question Anna is a Congressman ??

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  • Cynic

    Hello!! What mandate??
    Anna came out alone, people joined him because they were fed up.
    So if you think you are giving some sort of “mandate” to Anna, just get lost. He doesn’t need “mandate” or support of cowards who need a 75 yr to go hungry for 15 days to rouse them out of their sleep.Take your mandate and leave.

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  • Guest

    Really? I thought you were anna and wanted to be Anna lol

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  • Govintra

    I also support corrupt politicians.

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  • Om

    Om Satyam Param Dhimahi

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  • Georgethomas

    An excellent article. I hope people of India read and analyse what they are doing and how they are taking India to next generation Is this good for us as Indians. I am proud to be Indian and read articles such as above.

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  • PJ

    OH YA…???

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  • Rajiv

    the writer is ashamed to share his name . must he a congress leader . we have nothing to do with Anna and his team. we are for a cause and the team is working for the cause .
    We have had enough of politically and legally correct language last 65 years . NOW we need ACTION . no Jargons please . just goo Public knows the truth . Congress have tried to stifle public opinion in 1977, 1988, 2011.
    Tell me why should people believe Maun maum . He sold India in 123 Nuclear deal . In FDI who is bothered about people .
    US and EU want to push their products . China is making the products for them . Now when the FDI is retai comes wall mart will FLOOD india with china products .

    now we have lost 26% industry to china in last 5 years . After FDI in retail we will lose 100% in the next 3 years .

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  • Indian

    Sorry but it seems you too too live in stone age like this guy Anna Hazare!!
    Do you read news papers …?/economics ….do you really think FDI in retails is diferent from the retail chains we have today ?? do you want your children to work at the kirana wala or in a retail chain ??Do you really think the nuclear deal is bad for India ???You sound just like the Anna of 80’s who used to criticise computers (there will be unemployment )

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  • Arzoos

    I want to be Anna and would like to wear his cap

    Because of teh reasons stated below……
    1) 76 years fighting for cause the cause is (corrupt system)
    2) The Corrupt system whcih evolved in last 64 years with more then 50 years ruled by congress
    3) the system which takes 20 to 25 years to decide a case and if this was wrong so what have we done to mend this in 60 years

    4) Talking abt Democracy Afzal guru attacked the parliment the The house of democartic
    people but he is not hanged shame shame ….
    5)CBI an agency which has got sucess rate of less then 30% cannot extrdicate anyone
    6) none of the politicians are punished
    7) a strong country ruled by weak leader which always bends against China or any other country

    Oh we need strong system Developed by intelligent people that does not have the loopholes

    and this is just the first process to change the system…….Mr editor or Mr Congress or Mr hindustantimes… please
    do something

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  • HBC

    Boring, malicious and so obviously timed…..

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  • Sagar

    Wearing an ‘Anna Cap’ literally does no mean that Mr journalist. It means do you really believe in the noble cause Anna is fighting for??? You have contradicted yourself in your own article. So what is the truth?

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  • Sachin

    Brilliant article…..We all have a tendency to go behind the mob and stop applying our minds towards objective thinking.

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  • Rahul

    Well this is what we deserve….Anna does not have my mandate!

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  • Vivek0110

    Brilliant ! My views are the same on most issues. Glad to see someone say I am Not Anna and I dont want to be !! I wouldnt be calling this man my brother by any standards!! India always loves freak shows !! Remember rajNarain and now Baburao hazare and his flag waving ilk who have nefarious designs and are not as sanctimonious as they profess

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  • Mudit khanna

    Well nobody is forcing people of India to follow Anna, it is at their own discretion. Once people stop following Anna, he becomes a common man.
    He may be riding high on public adulation because he is the one in which people see a ray of hope. His own version may not be perfect but it is definitely better than the govt’s draft. He may not be completely correct but he is better than most of the people in the system.
    If govt, or in that case, anybody feels that Jan Lokpal proposed by Anna and Team is not perfect he/she must come up with a an improvised version. When some people are taking pains to draft an anti-corruption bill other can at least contribute to improve or give their suggestions.
    As far as commenting on other issues is concerned, everyone has a right to say his/her views freely and if media wants to know their opinion, they have to give one. Opinion on Kashmir was Prashant Bhushan’s personal thought and its unfair to associate it with team Anna. If they comment on a certain issue in the country(because they are asked for that), it doesn’t mean that they are politicizing that issue. They have stood only for Anti-Corruption bill i don’t see them preaching about any other issue.
    They may at times target personal individuals, but the one who is in power is ought to be targeted. They are the one who have taken the responsibility and will have to answer suitable questions. So, if they don’t want to discuss about it in public, they must at least clear their stand in parliament.
    It is true that senior team Anna members have been alleged for certain corruption charges, but on a practical note, in a country like India nobody can claim to be fully clean. At some point of time or the other, people have bribed or taken it for their personal benefit. It may be minuscule in front of what we are witnessing in our country today and we need to realize that. I don’t say the members should be taken as role models as they are not. But we can show our support and correct them whenever they go wrong.

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  • Glenn

    am in agreement with your view

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  • Sanjayprasad2

    Reading the comments, I feel bad that we have become so narrow-minded that we’ll start questioning whether there is a possibility of a different view-point; and if there exist we’ll vilify it.

    Even I don’t support Anna, especially some of the tactics, more so after Hissar episode [please call me 'uncivil society' if you want (sic)]. I wish nobody will question supremacy of parliament and this is what team-Anna has been doing lately.

    If you say, politicians are corrupt, well; please look deep inside, let the person who has not committed an act of personal corruption (and I’m not saying perpetuated one) throw the first stone. Our representatives are a reflection of our moral compass and collectively we point towards an extreme acute angle for that matter.

    Moreover, the only person with impeccable credentials in team-Anna till now (Mr. Santosh Hegde) has been marginalized whereas people who have much to answer are calling the shots.

    Lastly, this lesson was ingrained pretty early in life by a teacher and life-guide: to change a system become part of the system and be the change (or the catalyst of the change) and not merely pontificate. Unfortunately, it seems team-Anna has chosen to don blinkered glasses on corruption and usurped the mandate to be my spokesman.

    Thanks and Best,

    Esspee

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  • Pankaj#1

    Manohar;
    Wanted to reply to you, but only in 10 minutes or so, the blog has gone viral and I do not have patience/ time to go that far back. You said people who welcomed Arnab Mitra’s last post should eat crow? why, what is there which suggests that you have discovered a perfect hook for Vijay and Co.? First few lines of Arnab, where he is in total agreement with Anna and his motive, to remove corruption from public life, is all that is supported by 99% of people. Rest is aberration, which must not be there but some how one feels that Arnab is saying here–U unwashed, trying to preach us. While he was silent, when just behind the veneer of being politico ( MPs, MLAs or just office holders), this class was riding roughshod over everybody.

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  • Indian

    I completely agree with Arnab, If there are 2 dangers confronting our country it is anarchist like Anna and the disruptionist like BJP.

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  • http://twitter.com/lofty2304 lofty

    Mr Mitra, you picked on the wrong guy. Anna hazare…..bad timing Mr Mitra..now time for my 2 cents. i totally agree with you. i am shocked and mortified at how intolerant people are for anything negative said against anna hazare. well we are a democracy so deal with it. from lokapl bill …F.D.I….now whiskey….he wants them all… good intention but i love my whiskey …so my viewpoint is “butt out” Mr hazare.. learn to be more flexible…and.. Mr kekriwal….i see a politician in the making and a damm good one too… Mrs Bedi…you madam were my hero still are but show some flexibility.. live and let live… “I agree to disagree with you all”.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shekhar-Lamba/100000180826821 Shekhar Lamba

    Dear Mr. Mitra… It is sad that the media and journalist like you have mess up this country. Like the congress says to team ANNA to contest elections … I suggest before you give your views please prove that if you can be like Annaji ,,,,,,, just fast for 3 days an d I will admire you as the most dedicate Journalist of this country. I will accept that you are not the one who is looking out for stories for fame and wealth….. Jai hind

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  • Harish Puri

    Well said, Arnab – and please ignore the idiots who are trying to vilify you with slander rather than any cogent arguments. While it is no crime being an Army truck driver (I’m a retired Army Colonel myself), he would, of needs, have an extremely limited world view. As for his team, the less said the better..

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    Concerned about India Reply:

    You are absolutely right and our country in in need of objective thinker like you. Sadly people are following Anna as some kind saviour, but people need to put their trust in our democratic institutions.

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  • Neeru

    who cares for your view Mr Mitra. Its not far from reality that you are paid heavily for this article. Otherwise how could it have been possible that when whole nation is struggling to get rid of corruption then your soul didnt criticized you or better say its dead or you have sold it for few Rs. Anna can be right he can be wrong but cause is great and instaed of working for cause you and cunning and money greeders like you who have nothing of their own to contribute to society are throwing bricks on Anna.
    You have completely sold your soul and we people of India who are ruined by this corruption do not agree to you. You go to hell. You can sell every thing for money even your conscience ( That I think you already have sold).

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  • Raj Kumar

    Totally agree with Arnab Mitra….I share his views. Anybody who finds faults with Anna’s undemocratic methods is labeled as pro-congress. Anna and his supporters forget that it is our fundamental right to freedom of expression and speech. Intolerance of fellow citizen’s opinion is talibani way, not the democratic one.

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  • Bikram Singh

    As you do not ascribe to Anna Ji’s way of doing things why do you think that any body reading your blog should agree with you ? If you feel that being a journo you can express your views ,then why do you find faults with Anna Ji. If you do not like Anna’s method, it is your own opinion. If you do not like Anna and can not support him, then at least let him do what he wants to do. Whom do you want we common people to place our faith on- The politicians who always tell lies and have looted us for last 60 years or the journos like you whose pen always supported the upper class indians ?Stop shedding crocodile tears on impending anarchy in India due to Anna. There is already enough anarchy here- lootings, murders ,rape, denial of justice, riots and much more…if you are oblivious to anarchy in India , then do not misguide people.

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  • Bob_thebuilder

    AT LEAST ANNA HAS STARTED TO DO SOMETHING FOR NATION…… IF THE WRITER IS NOT AGREE WITH ANNA, HE CAN PRODUCE ANY BETTER THING HE HAS DONE OR PROPOSED EVER…….. DONT BLAME, THERE IS ALWAYS BETTER WAYS IN THEORY, BUT PRACTICALLY APPLICATION WHEN YOU DO BY YOUR SELF RATHER THAN POINT FINDING IN OTHERS ACTION,……. GET WELL SOON MAMU

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  • Aks

    No offense meant but I support this blog for the following reason.
    If u look into the janlokpal bill agenda I just cant understand how the integrity as well as commitment of chairman and members of Janlokayukt and Janlokpal will be under scan. Just by following a complex procedure for their selection does not entitle them as “saint” who themselves will not take any bribe as even the politicians are selected by a very complex procedure.( Voting)

    Secondly, In our democratic country, only court has the right to punish any individual but Janlokpal is considered to b above court as It has even the right to punish any judge of any court without even the involvement of Chief Justice of India

    Thirdly, If caught in any illegal activity, Chairman and members of Janlokpal will be brought before the same High Court and Supreme Court Judges. Now if Janlokpal is above court how the integrity of this case will be judged and what are the chances that these cases will be solved in a pre defined period( just as every other case which Janlokpal will solve). further who will take action if same procedure is not followed.

    Fourthly, In a democracy every individual has full right to appeal in court. And the apex level is Supreme Court. Shunning this fundamental right of citizens is certainly against the constitution.

    Well being a faithful citizen of India, even I support the anti corruption movement. But I am against the procedure followed by this Anna Team. No one is above law and Parliament. We cant forget that we are living in a democratic country and not ruled by any dictator who will define rules and regulation for us.This is certainly the responsibility of parliament and not any individual.

    Certainly many members of team Anna is also facing and faced charges of corruption. Infact we should not forget that a government official has to face rigorous treatment as certain times they have to take strict action against people who in returntplay games with them and even falsely trap then in charges of corruption. How such cases will be entertained.

    Guys no one is saint here. I have seen a case where a chief engineer in a state electricity board decides to disconnect the connection of all houses which have pending bills of more than 3lakhs. But unfortunately that chief engineer was trapped in a complete false case of corruption who came out of it only by getting transfer from that city. So things are not as straight as it looks.

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  • guest

    frnd by fitting a cng or lpg gas kit the engine gets damage?

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  • Riza Ameen

    Nice Article

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  • Dhaval J Mehta

    Need to address vehicle’s engine recurring maintainance & service cost for complete comparision/analysis.Other wise good article.

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  • dhruv

    cng sahi ya lpg ye to batao

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  • http://twitter.com/IndiaGarage India Garage

    Which is better – cng / lpg / petrol / deisel http://www.indiagarage.com/thread11689.html#post27169

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  • Abhijeet Turkar

    I am planning to buy a spark with LPG factory fitted kit, is ta
    hat good option

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  • Suratsolanki

    Thank you soooo much, i was so much confused over LPG, Petrol pure and desiel. after reading this I really want to thank to the person who posted it. now there is no single hitch in my mind which car i should go for :) . thank you once again

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  • HH

    LoL!!! Barking Dogs seldom Bites and when it’s HINDU it cannot even bark….LoL.

    I agree on one thing though……PAKISTAN………..HOLDS…………..ALL……..THE………CARDS……….ON………AFGHANISTAN……LOL

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  • pradip

    can i fit CNG kit in maruti 800 1999 model??

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sushill.sundar Sushill Shyam Sundar

    You are a rockstar..Very nice and thoughtfully writtten article..Please have a look at the article in the link below and let me know your views.

    http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-03-22/news/31225054_1_cng-models-cng-cars-diesel-cars

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  • Shraman N L

    Very good article.

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  • ajay

    very well written. sumant can u suggest CNG factory fitted car in range of 5 lakh ?

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  • akshay

    I HEARD THAT ANY gas ENGINE WILL BE DOWN AFTER 60,000 KMS IS IT TRUE ?
    PLZ LET ME KNOW IF THERE WILL BE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GAS AND OTHER FUELS ??
    PLZ REPLY ME AT katakam.akshay@gmail.com

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  • James Allen

    There is another problem which is not addressed in the CNG cons, that is the cars servicing. The cars using CNG will take up more air and thus the air filter will need to be changed frequntly, it also dirties the mobil so the oil change frequency needs to be increased. These costs do add up.

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  • p.k.kushwah

    sabhi logo ki request ko dhayn me rakhte hue please yha bataye kis fule ki car lena chaiye amm service bale person ko.

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  • Rajendra Goyal

    Dear Sir

    I purchase I 20 Petrol on 06th August, 2012 whether it is suitable for me to install LPG kit in my car

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