Sex, Sleaze and Netas



This dates back to the 80’s. Late Vir Bahadur Singh was the Chief Minister of the state. I remember my first meeting with him. Singh looked uncomfortable, avoided eye contact throughout the interview. I came out wondering the cause for his discomfort – probing questions or a woman reporter.

Later he became friendly – even invited me over to his famous late night informal sessions from where we got the best of political scoops. No woman had to worry about her image, meeting him alone or in public, in the daytime or at night.

Same was the story with Mulayam Singh Yadav till he got exposed to Bollywood glamour in Amar Singh’s company. He married the second time and papers never wrote about it for the simple reason that he never allowed his personal life to interfere in his professional decisions.

This is where Kalyan Singh failed. No one objected to his ‘closeness’ to Kusum Rai till she issued diktats to officers. Sadly, she has dumped him too.

I remember Kalyan Singh giving me the first interview on Kusum Rai. On record, he justified his special relationship with Kusum, whose father was in the RSS, but off the record he listed out female friends of his detractors in the BJP to justify his closeness to Kusum.

Then UP’s tallest chief minister Narain Dutt Tiwari, currently facing a paternity test case in the court, somehow came to be known for all the bad reasons. It’s sad that today people don’t remember Tiwari for his vision, for his administrative mettle — something for which he has no one else but himself to blame. He could never keep away the unwanted ones.

UP’s political diary is full of sordid tales of sex and sleaze. But never ever the politicians were accused of raping and blackmailing women till former minister Amarmani Trupathi’s love for poetess Madhumita came into circulation. By now most of it has been written in books — Madhumita conceived his child, Singh’s wife got furious and one fine day Madhumita was found dead. Madhumita’s sister relentlessly fought for justice. Today, the Tripathi couple is cooling heels in jail.

It’s rather strange that new crop of politicians have preferred to silence their paramours forever. May be because there are more criminals in the garb of politicians today. Or is it just a coincidence that Shashi was found murdered after love letters exchanged between her and Faizabad MLA Anand Sen became public? Worst still these smart killers don’t even leave any evidence that could nail them.

So far we had heard of CDs, blackmailing, illicit relationship, murder, but the latest is the case of a rape against sacked BSP coordinator and MLA from Banda. As the girl stood by her charge despite the harassment, the BSP MLA tried to find an alibi in his impotency, something he must have hidden for so long. In any way, he needs to know the definition of the word ‘rape’ and his ‘impotency’ may not save him from the charge.

Political parties never get tired of bragging about their code of ethics. Perhaps, dignity of women never formed a part of it. It’s time Mayawati, Sushma Swaraj and Sonia Gandhi ponder over it. This is the worst one can expect when a woman is at the helm of affairs in three major political parties.

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  • Praveen Saxena

    An article which no one can disagree with. I would like to add to this . The Press should revisit its unwritten rule not to talk about the personal lives of political leaders. This is an outdated norm and in the changed times Press should not hesitate in revealing such details about people who aspire to be in public life. A person who is immoral and unethical in his personal life is likely to be the same in his public life and people should know whther he can be entrusted with public responsibilities.

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    sunita Reply:

    Mr Saxena
    Press should keep out of their personal life if their personal life doesn’t dictate their professional one
    or else press has every business to encroach

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    prashant saxena Reply:

    I disagree. Their [personal life is as much a source of concern for the public as their performance.
    If they are womanising and raping, the electorate needs to know. They come to the voters begging for votes, with folded hands and wearing clean khadi, but they are criminals in sheeps clothing.
    If the press knows about it and doesn’t expose their misdeeds, then the press is guilty of allowing criminals to take over the government.
    The press is the fourth estate and is supposed to be the watchdog of democracy.
    The people must be told, if the personal lives of politicians is not in conformity to the3 image they are trying to project. If the press doesn’t tell, it is guilty of complicity.

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    Surangani Reply:

    Its not about encroaching evrybody’s business…its about setting examples.
    For a public servant along with power comes some duties & accountabilities, and moral behaivour makes a part of it, speacially in Indian set up where most of the decision are made on emotional grounds.

    when a senior leader indulges himself in such conducts (including murders) his followers also dont hesitate to go any further on same lines.Moreover its very hard to judge if one’s personal life is dictating his professional life or not.and its practical & easy to connect one’s mindset & moral values basis his actions being it personal or professional.

    Certainly Press shouldn’t make a hype around every other personal issue but needs to take a wise call.Politicians should also reflect a responsible conduct in society.

    Guess, at some point we’ll have to draw a line.

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    Swapnil Reply:

    I don’t think it should, world over polititians are juged by their actions in their personsl lives, why should the indian ones by the holy cows?
    The people have every right to know what a polititian is truely made up of to be able to decide who is the least worst amongst all

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    Indiamusoul Reply:

    I totally agree with Sunita. Now a days you can’t keep out of politician’s personal life. As all the politician’s are corrupt or their hands are tied (as is the case of our PM who is not corrupt) and they have to close their eyes towards corruption. Corruption comes only because of personal reasons like you need money to keep another woman in your life or spend money for sex and then bribe media to keep silence and this chain goes on n on. So in my opinion personal life of these corrupt politicains should be exposed.

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    Indiamysoul Reply:

    sorry folks.My starting statement should be “I don’t agree with Sunita” typing error.

  • Dr.Praveen Kumar Sethi

    These are only few examples quoted by you in this blog and only those where the girl or her family members have come forward against the mentioned politicians and they are facing embarrassing situation now but still there is a large number of unexposed politicians who are immoral, they use government offices, guest houses,dak – bungalows,etc.for satisfying their lust. In most of the cases girls or their family members are tight- lipped due to several reasons.No morality is left in the majority of the politicians and those who are good and ideals are least concerned regarding such immorality. Instead of exposing & punishing the immoral ones, they try to protect them. Power of money and muscle has changed the present political scenario. Morality is no issue now among the politicians.

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    Ash Reply:

    The degeneration of moral conduct is not limited to only the politicians. While not condoning the policians (the scroundels in their last refuge), there will be innumerable instances of Army vehicles ferrying the families of the officers to schools and shopping, ditto with bureaucrats. One is amazed at the number of Army vehicles that are used for family tourism in Kashmir, Ladakh or the North-East. Does anyone in private sector employment think twice before nicking a notepad or a few pens/ pencils or staplers ?

    I find it amazing how quickly the elected become wealthy in India. The IT department, quick to send notices to junior employees to explain bank statement dealings of greater than Rs 5000, never seems to question the amassing of such riches unless the media or the judiciary (which itself seems to be rather selective in upholding the morals) forces their hand.

    It is high time that we introduced Moral Studies in schools to build social responsibility and awareness. I also wish that we would do away with the archaic laws that govern moral and ethical conduct and empower the citizens more.

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  • Narayana Das

    It is well known that ND Tiwari used to go to Amsterdam, stay put in hotel and visit all brothels. Unlike normal oldmen he has been gifted with extra testosterone.

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    shan Reply:

    @N das, according to the limited material shown on TV , Tiwari was RECEIVING , perhaps the exertion would have been too much of a strain on his aged heart. as for the the other organ , there is always that little blue pill by the name of viagra.

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  • shan

    Mulayam, married second time , presumably divorcing the first, would somebody clarify. Also according to sunita narain , so long you dont rape or blackmail , a bit on the side is okay. The culprits are the media who are in the pocket of these politicians and the illiterate ignorant proletariat , who is oblivious to all these misdemeaneur. long live HINDU HYPOCRICY,

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    Anurag Reply:

    What on earth has Hinduism got to do with all this? Don’t just rant out your personal prejudice under any random excuse.

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    shan Reply:

    @Plonker Anurag, your anurag in religion has got the better of your judgement. This hypocrisy is manifest everyday , when censors dont allow a swear word in films, when cleavage showing cheer girls are considered western degraded morals. Wakey wakey

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    TA John Reply:

    Hi, Shan, why suddenly “Hindu Hypocrisy”? I wonder why you drag religion into this discussion.

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    Bichua Reply:

    Dont forget – he is our Maulana Mulayam

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    abhi Reply:

    What is “Hindu” about hypocricy?

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    akar Reply:

    Well, what do you mean by ‘HINDU HYPOCRACY’, it’s ‘INDIAN HYPOCRACY’. Anyway hypocracy has nothing to do with it. We have a very weak justice system, law and order fears the criminal. In fact as indians we are very fearful of death(except Sikhs), so police will be no different.
    When people graduate from crime they become politicians, how do they get tickets(given by bigger criminals, remember Pramod Mahajan ?).

    Deep cleansing is required by the society. Let’s not blame anybody but us. If people are brave, police will be braver! We get the system we deserve. The day we deserve better, we will get it!

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  • Ari

    If the women in power were honest, you could expect change. Power corrupts irrespective of gender. The only difference being that women are better than men at concealing their lies and affairs. There are at least as many (if not more) dishonest women as men.

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  • Sunil Verma

    Agree with Dr Sethi.
    The politicians of today do not consider morality as a virtue. When an MLA is killed by a lady who was repeatedly raped by him, the chief minister orders more security for the MLA’s !
    In today’s context, as long as you have the muscle power, go ahead and do what you want and as you want as long as you deliver the votes at election time. Of course Sonia, Mayawati and Sushma will be glad to offer you tickets.
    The less talked about the press the better. We need no lessons from the likes of Barkha Dutt. Very unfortunate that HT still carries her ‘holier than thou’ articles.
    Jai Hind

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  • Hindustani

    There are two sides to the game. One one side there is the rising politician and on the other a person who offers sexual favours in exchange for an advantage, be it a job, a gas station allotment or whatever that varies in every situation. Can such arrangements of convenience between consenting adults be questioned except in regard to violation of the norms granting the scarce job or gas station etc.? Such arrangements can be brought under public scrutiny only when there is sexual exploitation with a promise of future favour in exchange of present sexual favour and the future promise does not materialize. This is what makes favours against the currency of sex a widespread malaise across the globe!

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  • abhi

    “May be because there are more criminals in the garb of politicians today. ”
    It is high time we have a law barring criminals from contesting elections.

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  • Dr.Praveen Kumar Sethi

    I agree with you that the degeneration of moral conduct is not limited to politicians only but it is necessary that one who is going to lead the mass must be one whose conduct is moral. Morality is lacking among all the classes but politicians are those who set the example and the people only follow them. So they must set the examples of morality first.

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  • Dr.Praveen Kumar Sethi

    My above comment is a reply to Ash.

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  • Pravin Tiwari

    I simply agree with with sunita in this Matter.
    I would like to thank her for coming out with such a nice blog.
    We must have idea about the personal life of politicians. This will help us to elect the right candidate.

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  • Raghavendra

    hello

    i must congratulate you for a very turthful and correct analysis of this subject.

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  • http://www.evyoo.com/ iconsumer

    Sad but after all the noise about consumer empowerment, we the consumer still suffer.

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  • Aditya Mookerjee

    When I was five years old, my parents said, earn five rupees, and then you will know, how hard it is. Twenty years later, people were trying to pay ten rupees as bribe at traffic signals, and we wonder, how we are ‘economically trying to develop’, the tribals, today? We were trying that, all along, or weren’t we? Can we imagine, how economically developed we will be, if we want to pay the equal of five rupees, in say the 1950’s, to others, who want to pay a similar amount to us, when the money isn’t any issue, and then we refuse each other, for any or either reason? Then think about the equal of 1 Lakh rupees in 1950, in a similar situation.

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  • Maddie

    It is true that a woman is another woman’s worst enemy. And reading this blog has very well supported this saying . It would have been easier to ignore this blog if it was posted by a man coz thats what men do …character assassinate the women who are beyond their reach . You should get your facts right before talking about something so controversial and having a good laugh about it …. God forbid if this ever happens to you …. I wonder what will u write about urself … The power of pen comes with great responsibility … Understand it and use it … Dnt misuse it and exploit it …Its more important for a journalist to keep their code of ethics intact…reading this blog doesn’t exhibit much of sincerity.. Jus proves idleness and lack of matter on your part .
    Love maddie

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