Like him or hate him, Modi has a right to speak



The debate over Narendra Modi’s aborted address at Wharton seems new and top of the mind. But actually, it is almost as old as the principle of free speech itself. And it is a debate that has been played out year after year in university after university since time immemorial.

In the late 1970s, when I was at university in England, the National Union of Students (NUS) issued instructions to its members that no university was to provide a platform to fascist or racist speakers.

It was a mistake, the NUS said, to provide them with the oxygen of publicity.

Because the students who framed the policy were bright and articulate they managed to make their views seem reasonable.

The principle of free speech, they said, was integral to a liberal society. But did the liberal society grant the right of free speech to those who were either opponents of the liberal society or those who would, if they could, destroy the liberal society itself?

This was not an isolated position or an unusual one. Shortly afterwards Margaret Thatcher asked the BBC to stop interviewing IRA leaders.

Why should the liberal society provide them with the oxygen of publicity, she also asked.

Leaving aside, the difference in targets – the NUS opposed fascists while Mrs Thatcher opposed Irish separatists – the two positions were broadly the same.

Those who did not subscribe to liberal values did not have the right to claim the protection offered by those values (i.e. the right to free speech) even while they tried to subvert the liberal society and liberalism itself.

I was one of those who opposed the NUS – and Mrs Thatcher, for that matter. I had two problems with the NUS’ position.

First of all, who was to decide which speaker qualified as a fascist or a racist? Once you gave student bodies the right to censor free speech by arbitrarily deciding that speakers were fascist or racist, you set a dangerous precedent.

For many members of the NUS, for instance, Mrs Thatcher was a fascist and the IRA were freedom fighters.

I had a second objection to the NUS’ position. Yes, the liberal society did face a threat from its enemies.

But that threat did not consist of words and ideas. That threat consisted of violence. If a fascist spoke at a students’ union and said that Hitler had the right policies then he did not, in my view at least, challenge the foundations of the liberal society.

If, on the other hand, he and his followers assaulted members of the audience or set fire to the hall then yes, of course, they challenged the liberal society and deserved to be locked up.

My views were often put to the test. In the late 1970s, the Oxford Union invited speakers who wanted Indians in the UK to be sent back home.

Others suggested that Indians were basically lazy and useless. My friends asked if I didn’t find these speeches offensive. Well, of course I did. But I would much rather let the bigots offend me than go against my own belief in free speech.

A test case of sorts occurred when a society in my college invited the historian David Irving to speak.

Irving is now a discredited and forgotten figure but in the 1970s he was a best-selling author who claimed that there was no evidence that Hitler had ordered the extermination of the Jews.

My Jewish friends were appalled. How could an Oxford College offer a platform to a man who was effectively a Holocaust denier? We stood our ground. We did not rescind the invitation to Irving and he addressed a stormy gathering at my college.

My view is that we made a fool out of Irving and exposed him for the humbug that he was. Far better, I said, to fight bigotry with facts and reason than to hide from the bigots.

At one level, the debate about Narendra Modi and the Wharton students’ forum is much the same sort of thing.

Many people believe that Modi had a hand in the massacres of Muslims in 2002. And yes, some of his views are deeply offensive. But as far as I am concerned, if he has not been convicted of any crime and occupies an elected constitutional office, then it is entirely wrong to refuse him a platform.

But the debate also exists on another level. As far as I can gather, what happened was this: a group of students organised an Indian economic summit that was partly financed by the Adani Group, Modi’s great supporters and decided that it would be a good idea to hear Modi speak.

When news of the invitation got out, academics petitioned the university management not to offer Modi the legitimacy of a Wharton endorsement. Modi’s supporters, they said, had already gone around announcing that Modi had been invited to speak at Wharton.

They were using the Wharton name to suggest that Modi now had international intellectual acceptability. Surely, said the protestors, Wharton did not want to be regarded as the university that conferred legitimacy on a man who had been denied a visa by the US government?

Ultimately, the Wharton management sided with the protestors and asked the students to reconsider. So, the invitation was rescinded and the Adanis dropped out.

Seen in those terms, the incident is not one about free speech. It is one of being wary about letting somebody use the Wharton name to advance their political careers.

The protestors say that they have not curtailed Modi’s right to free speech. If he wanted to address the same students by video-conference on another occasion then this would be fine just as long as the event was not linked in any way to Wharton University.

Obviously, this is a complex issue. It is not as simple as free speech vs censorship. The protestors are liberals and their concerns are with the misuse of the Wharton name. Even so, I think they are wrong.

For what it’s worth, I am on Modi’s side on this one. If an India Economic Forum is organised then it is entirely appropriate to invite the chief minister of an Indian state. Yes, he may use Wharton’s name to gain legitimacy.

But Wharton in turn should recognise where the Gujarat chief minister’s legitimacy ultimately comes from: from the people who elected him to a constitutional office in the world’s largest democracy.

I am not one of those people. But I respect their verdict.

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  • Anonymous

    Vinodji

    A very correct analysis.

    It is plain for all to see that Arvind Kejriwal has become a megalomaniac with total disregard for parliamentary procedures. He thinks that he has solutions to all the problems. The fact is the movement has one point agenda – Parliament must pass their version of the Jan Lokpal bill, nothing less would do., as if it is going to solve all the country’s problems.

    Earlier, Ms. Bedi had made that ludicrous statement – Anna is India, India is Anna. Indira Gandhi, anyone?

    Now Kejriwal states that Anna is above the parliament and has all the rights to pressurise it. What he conveniently forgets to state that collectively we are above the Parliament and not individually.

    Tomorrow, he may go around saying that Anna is even above the President of India and has all the “rights” to dictate terms to the nation – parliament, executive, judiciary and what have you. Ayatollah, anyone?

    His campaign only against the Congress Party is surely to settle scores.

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    engrich Reply:

    anna is rss agent.be aware of him.he is unfolding their agenda.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Friends;
    My humble tribute to Jagjit Singh, who introduced me to Gazals. I had been hearing Gazals before but it was on certain occasions only and all that changed, when I heard jagjit. Like his countless admirers, i will miss him for ever.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ pankaj

    Absolutely right… an emotional moment for all of us lovers of his voice…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj/Vijay

    Jagjit Singh will be missed by all those people who love gazals.

    Sab kuch maang liya khuda se
    Tujhko maang kar
    Ab uthte nahin ye haath mere
    is dua ke baad .

    Very sad day indeed.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks Mohan;
    A very appropriate thing you said.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan and Pankaj

    I always had his CD’s in my car. Whenever the mood arose… for me Jagjit was the king. Whether it was

    “woh kagaz ki kishti woh baarish ka paani…’

    Or

    ‘thum itna kyon muskaraa rahe ho….

    A sentimental day for me.

    Vinod Sharma Reply:

    @vijay_kumar
    Kagaz ki kashti was my favourite too. I think it was his best. His voice was flawless but his life a study in choppy waters.
    May his soul rest in peace. He’d live forever in the music he has left behind.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Vinod Sharma

    Absolutely right!! After a long time.. we have managed to totally agree on something.

    Just proves that while politics divides, music unites people!

    Yes, may his soul rest in peace..

    engrich Reply:

    ghalib chutee sharab par ab bhi kabhi kabhi

    peeta hoon roze aab shabe mahtab mein.

    he popularizes ghazal he was great died early.great loss to india.

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~ ~~ TEAM ANNA MAY LOSE THE GOODWILL, THIS WAY ~~~
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    I am all for ending the all pervasive corruption in Indian life. Team Anna must be congratulated for making it a national issue.

    however they would be making a mistake in backing tainted candidates in elections.

    Bhajan Lal epitomised the worse in Congress. Money power, dynastic succession and loot. A mirror image of the Gandy parivar at the state level. His son may be in the BJP while the third candidate a Chautala product, too are not men of integrity.

    They will probably use the goodwill of team Anna by paying lip service to the Lokpal cause but in the end be as bad as Hooda, Vadra(who has vast tracts of land in haryana) and the Congress.

    Kejriwal by endorsing the wrong horses may end up giving the entire cause a bad name.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Yes Anna team should not endorse anyone as most of the politicians
    are tainted. By supporting any party they may loose the credibility. They
    should remain completly impartial.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Agree with you. Bhajan Lal, urf, Bhojan Lal, was fond of eating everything in his way like the proverbial goat. It is sad that first of all, he was admitted to BJP and then, now being supported by Anna team.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay/Pankaj,

    If I remember correctly in late seventies or early eighties one of
    Chauthala guy had barged into All India Radio studio and had thrashed or shot — I dont remember exactly – one of the news reader
    or becuase he did not like what was being said about him and his family. I just dont understand how such people are voted to power.

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    get real Reply:

    Under Congress biggest scams in the history has happened and since they are the ones responsible for holding the bill back that’s why they should rightly be targeted. Once the bill comes then rest of the corrupt can be tackled. By being anti-congress doesn’t mean endorsement of other corrupts.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    Bhajan Lal was a joke. But non violent compared to Chatuala family who are more corrupt.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, team needs to handle with care. Chautala is no barbie doll or cinderalla. Assosciating with him will wipe out a lot of support.

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  • Anonymous

    Vinodji

    Subject: Disqus Application

    This for your IT department to consider.

    The new format for the comments, with all the comments appearing on one page, is causing problems – the browser takes too long to load or hangs or crashes. This problem becomes more severe as number of messages increase. For example, the previous blog as 870+ comments and it has become nigh impossible to access that blog.

    Perhaps it would be good to switch back to old format, where the number of messages were limited at a time (200 or 300 or so) page-wise.

    OR
    To introduce similar division of messages into sub-pages (200 or 300 per page) in this new format.

    I hope you would give due consideration to this.

    PS: all those who are facing similar problems – please reply to this, so that it gets attended to.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Yes you are right. I am also facing similar problem. Since I am not a
    computer savvy person, I asked my son what could be the problem and
    he told me exacly the same thing what you have mentioned in your post.
    Mr. Sharma please do something about this as sometimes it is frustrating
    to access this blog.

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  • Anonymous

    Gopiji,

    Please ignore those ‘ purists ‘ . Your contribution is very important. Though I do not
    contribute much on this blog but I visit this blog regulary and have immense respect for most of of the bloggers whose postings are not only enjoyable but
    educative also. Please dont leave.

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    engrich Reply:

    i asked gopijee why there is no ram temple in hindi speaking belt even in ayodhya.then how any muslim ruler will demolish anything like ram temple.
    why rss destroyed 4-5 years of this country for a king who is so unimportant.bombing of stock market costed india 80billion which now will be 800billions.what actually they wanted.

    he never awnsered.pls ask him to awnser this query.bloggers want to know the reason.

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    Anonymous Reply:



    Click here to see the attached photos

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    Anonymous Reply:

    http://ditchweb.com/files/ngorfk.html

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    But your interjections as with jagjit Singh and some jokes… like the one on He Throw… keep the atmosphere lively and dynamic…

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  • Anonymous

    Mr Sharma’s characterization of the demands of Anna’s team are FULL OF LIES.
    Mr Anna Hazare, suspended his agiation, when Congress committed to bring the lokpal bill , in line with the the resolution adopted by the house, in winter session.

    Where is it ?

    Also considering about minimizing the lies you weave into your blogs.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The winter session of the parliament is scheduled to start on November 21, 2011.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    well Shamraji did start by making kejriwal look nouveu rich by stating that he travel by a toyota fortuner.

    What about our yuvraj then, who travels by plane and helicopter many a time?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay, Rajiv,

    Kejriwal drove in a swanky Toyota Fortuner, because he is funded by the RSS. Such people in earlier times used to be foreign funded.

    Rahul and the Rajmata travel by planes and helicopters because, as per their declaration of assets to the election commission, they do not have much cash (In India, of course) and they DO NOT OWN ANY FOUR WHEELER, swanky or otherwise. Please try to understand the simplicity of the dynasty. The other day the yuvraj rode on the pillion of a motor bike. These are the instances when the leaders, particularly the honest congress leaders show how poor they are.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    WITH BILLIONS IN SWISS BANK, THEY ARE A SIMPLE DYNASTY?????????????

    Vinod Sharma Reply:

    @Rajiiv
    For how long will to keep abusing my hospitality? Is it proper on your part to call anybody a liar? Get some manners if you want to engage with me please.

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    engrich Reply:

    he is very ghatia person.a pain.

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  • Anonymous

    ASHISH AND MISHRAji- 2 pundas fighting hehe
    Please come back, u r missed

    Mishraji did not know about communists in 1942
    Ashish did not know about traitors in 1962

    Then ashish said mishra did not know history. Promptly rajiiiv and doc saheb treated us all to masterclass in Pakistani history and Jinnah
    ———————-
    Now I would like to invite these 2 egoistical pandits to come to my house for dinner- menu- HUMBLE PIE hehe
    ——————————-
    jokes besides, yr contributions are needed

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Balwinder

    it would be quite appropriate NOT to identify them as pundits as most of us on this blog want to obliterate the caste system. For me Ashish would be a software guy and Dr Mishra, a doc.

    Of course you are right that their contributions are missed…

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    AshishC Reply:

    Vijay,
    Pundit in Bengali means a learned person or a Pujari- only in North India, the caste association is supreme.
    An interesting quote from Tagore:
    “Jahar shob kichhu pondo hoyiachhe, she-i Pondit!”
    Translatation, extremely inadequate- one who has lost everything (“Pondo” in Bengali means decimated, reduced to valueless etc), is a Pondit/Pandit”.
    You need to know Bengali to get the priceless pun on Pundit (pronounced Pondit).
    Needless to say, for this rather thoughtless statement, he was mercilessly and justifiably panned.
    Got to run.. work beckons.. paapi, pet kaa sawal hai..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Ashish

    I guess I dont know bengali… though I know Hilsa. But anyway let me quote Tagore… and you then pun

    “Tava Subha Ashisa Mage”

    Well you could also say

    Blog wale ashish maange…

    engrich Reply:

    i may differ with mishra and ashish but i am fan of both.

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  • Anonymous

    @ gopi

    What about a quotation from the Mahabharata or any other epic on the present situation…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Viju
    “Parthranya Sadhunam Vinasha cha ya dusshkritm
    Dharma Samsthan panarthaya Sambhavami Yuge Yuge ‘ -Bhagavad Gita 4;8

    While Anna cannot eb compared to krishna, in a sense, he is trying to reestablish /recalibrate sense of fairness/Dharma.

    I agree with you that Anna should not endorse any candidate; however, he should convince citizens not to vote for “bad” candidates – ie if a Karunanidhi or Sharad Pawar contests.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    a very appropriate comparison…

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    get real Reply:

    For that we also need electoral reforms which Anna is proposing like Right to Reject & Recall. That is a distant reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Gopiji,
    you are lamenting for a long time on the muslim threat originating from kerala in connection with several terrorist acts around the nation..the last one was related to the delhi high court blast..you once again opined about kerala muslim connection and was worried about the way the state is destined to be doomed..now the NIA has indeed arrested a keralite in that case..but to your disappointment he is a hindu who simply sells explosive chemicals to anyone who is ready to pay his price.
    I know your answer ..and that apply to everyone!

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    engrich Reply:

    bhagna aur zhoot bolna inke culture ka hissa hai.

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  • engrich

    anna bhed kee khaal mein bheidiya hai.like gandhi he is chamoleon.indians has to be careful of him.he is agent of indian capitalists and blood suckers.

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  • Kumars1

    Where is Laloo Yadav? I am missing his rants. Vinod Sharma is not in the same league.

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    Anil Reply:

    There are many stupids in Indian politics but he is the intelligent one and I started to respect him for that. He lived his era of stupidity but he is no where to be blamed.

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    Vinod Sharma Reply:

    @Kumar1
    Go for Nitin Gadkari, Vinay Katiyar or Ashok Shingal,

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  • get real

    Why can’t they understand simple thing that if congress brings the bill and looks determined to pass it they will not push for anti-congress campaign? Its not mistake of kejriwal if congress has lost its credibility by using all the dirty tricks in its book to block the bill and crush this movement. It seems we Indians don’t have common sense and are brainless. No wonder why we are still third-world underdeveloped, mostly under the rule of COngress.

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  • get real

    Why can’t they understand simple thing that if congress brings the bill and looks determined to pass it they will not push for anti-congress campaign? Its not mistake of kejriwal if congress has lost its credibility by using all the dirty tricks in its book to block the bill and crush this movement.

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  • get real

    If BJP is at the centre responsible for blocking the bill then BJP will have to face the same heat. But since COngress at the centre now so they are facing this.

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  • Anil

    Mr. Sharma like to sit on the fence and behave like priest to lecture both sdie from time to time. This must be his very own line.
    Why can’t you, Mr. Sharma, make it clear you are for or against (corrupotion)? If, against and don’t like Anna’s line what is your proposal (working proposal and not just theoretical that looks good on book)?

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    Vinod Sharma Reply:

    @Anil
    I too am a citizen of India but have no pretentions of being above parliament. I would like parliament to do its job in line with the resolution it has passed. I partake of popular democracy but I have equal respect for institutional democracy. In other words, we must strengthen existing anti-graft agencies rather than replacing them with new structures. So let the Lok Pal be created while empowering existing agencies.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    One doesn’t have to pretend, we all are above the parliament. It is a creature of our own making. By amending the constitution through our representatives, we can change anything. Therefore people are supreme, not the creatures created by a supreme people.

    As for creating new structures, it is the Amul Baby who declared in the Lokasabha that a constitutional structure has to be created for the new Lokpal!

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  • Anonymous

    Anna’s method and language is congressi..at the end of the day Anna will side with Congress in the name of secularism also known as muslim-appeasing.

    Vinod Sharma is unnecessarily getting worried and upset.

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  • Atul8

    National visibility is an addiction that Team Anna is finding hard to get rid of. They had done a brilliant job of rousing public support against corruption in phase one. An even better job in getting the Govt to back off a bit.

    It appears that the next step of their strategy is difficult to understand. Unless there is a Great Plan which we do not know about or comprehend, I would tend to agree with Vinod that Kejriwal is suffereig from delusions.

    Personally, I am disappointed that the movement seems to be losing its direction.

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  • Anonymous

    I was on leave yesterday and so switched on the TV in the morning . I saw Mrs Shobhana Bhartiya”s interview in ” Conversations” on Lok Sabha TV. She came across as being very experienced and having very clear ideas about the Media business in the country. Spoke about why Home TV failed. Her active role in raising social issues as an MP and that she has introduced 3 private bills and as Promoter of HT Media gave an impression of being a hard task master. But what is she going to do about her Mumbai Edition which still lags behind at No 3.
    About her priority for the future… she mentioned ” Content”. Now there can be no dispute about that. But what is “good content” is the key issue…. She did not give any hint about that. Is it going to be determined by the “Market “ or by “some core company values” …May be we will have some inkling of her mind some other time….. Whether this or that , none can deny the adage that anything which is not truthful shall not succeed . So my simple request to her is do not move away from truth and public good….. Lakshimiji apne aap dheeme dheeme kadmon se aati rahengi

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  • Anonymous

    That Arvind Kejriwal is a BJP agent come as no surprise when Anna himself is a RSS agent and ditto ..saffron clad Baba Ramdev. Late Bhajan Lal was a popular secular leader as long as he was in the Congress …and so was Y Rajshekhar Reddy when he was alive. Now that his son is opposed to Congress , he is to be investigated for ill-gotten wealth .. so what if it was accumulated by his late father.
    Riots in Rajasthan where only Muslims were killed was a minor aberration , fault of the local officials who alone are to be punished. The National Minorities Commission can look the other way , after all it is Congress ruled state. Now those Riots should be forgotten and life should go on as usual.
    Kuldeep Bishnoi is to be condemned because he is father’s son. Chautala is a combination of muscle and power. And JaiPrakash the earstwhile leader of Chaudhury Devi Lal’s ” Green Brigade is paragon of virtue as he is now in the Congress Party.
    This is what Mr Vinod Sharma would like all of us to believe.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Praveen Saxenaji,

    when Krishnaji, the Naxal leader, was “eliminated”, it was the police who acted without authorisation to kill.

    In the Batla House “encounter” with terrorists, the Delhi police were responsible for killing the inmate, who was a peace-loving citizen of Azamgarh (who only occasionally indulged in terrorism of the harmless variety), it was the irresponsible Sharma who was intent on getting killed and got what he wanted.

    when Ramdev was set upon and his campers were mercilessly beaten up, leading to the death of one woman, it was the Delhi police, who acted on their own.

    when Anna Hazare and his team were arrested, causing terrible embarrassment to the congress party and its leaders, it was again the Delhi police who acted on their own.

    In all these cases, the top was Chidambaram, but he had no knowledge of any of these instances.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy Saab

    Chidambaram ,the Home Minister of India , as confessed by him, of late has been suffering from Loss of memory. And we should not be surprised if this what he tells the investigators in the days to come.

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    Vinod Sharma Reply:

    Praveen_Saxena
    I urge you to go through my piece again. I’ve compared Jai Prakash with Chautala and not praised him. An argument based on misrepresentation is nothing but propaganda—- in this case for the BJP-RSS-Kejriwal nexus.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mr Vinod Sharma
    You had mentioned Jai Prakash’s name , but that was merely a reference in passing.. the focus is on why victory of Bishnoi should not be welcomed as it would be “victory of the distasteful legacy of Bhajan Lal” and Chautala’s victory of course shall be worse

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  • Anonymous

    A JAGJIT SINGH ghazal with a MESSAGE for us and our politicians !
    ——————————————————————————————————

    Pankaj,. Vijay and Mohan have expressed their emotions on the unforgettable Jagjit Singh’s physical passing away. He would of course live with us through his voice…

    But one ghazal has a message for all of us, especially our UPA and NDA.

    duniyaa jise kehate hain
    jaaduu kaa khilonaa hai
    mil jaaye to miTTii hai
    kho jaaye to sonaa hai..

    The Congress and the UPA have made a mess of the mandate of 2009. Bilkul mitti mein mila diya…

    And the BJP lost an opportunity in Karnataka …though not the scale of incompetence and corruption.

    I think next time both these parties would be singing this ghazal…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Sanjay

    Interesting comparison. The UPA has indeed made a mess of the opportunity it got.

    It is a strange sight to see two senior men… one pretty old – Pranabda, fighting do violently for the PM’s chair.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    One of my favorite four lines.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    Yes correct and beautifully sung.

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  • Vinod Sharma

    @Rakesh katyal
    Don”t abuse. Make arguments if you can.

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  • Vinod Sharma

    @Ankit
    Disclose your identity fully and I will sue you for defamation. Either prove that I take money from the Minority Commission or apologise.

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~~ BREAKING NEWS !! HT IT GUYS… RAPE A BLOG!! RAPE RAPE !! BACHAO !!~~
    =======================================================================

    This blog as of now is DEAD! MAUT !! RIP …

    Why?

    There used to be a beautiful blog 30 days ago
    But IT guys being what they are … need to to do plastic surgery
    even if it is Marlyn Monroe…

    They tied up with disqus
    The end result was khacha khach.

    Computers went crashing
    Screens we all felt like smashing…

    Manohar, MOhan and me had a bright idea
    why not reduce the page load…

    But the HT IT guys being what they are…
    Probably reshaped it sitting in a bar

    The format they reshaped
    The blog they raped

    Instead of suggested of one page with 100 postings
    we now have 100 pages with one posting !!

    Ha ha ha !!

    WHo is going to read this now
    To the HT IT departments wisdom I must bow … :D :)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Now every two minutes you have to click, for page-turn.
    This blog has lost its charm.
    Perhaps Vinodji is teaching all his “critics” a lesson for being too critical of whatever he writes in support of the party, government and the dynasty.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Shenoy

    This is a blog from Saudia or China now. All comments get censored automatically because nobody comments anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    sab ashish maange..

    I meant

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  • Anonymous

    A person was being interviewed for a job in an airlines.

    He was asked, “what is the difference between a train crash and an air crash?”

    The fellow was foxed. He almost gave up. Then he came up with a gem:

    “In a train crash, you are still there. But, in an air crash, Where are you?”

    Now in this blog, we are all in an air crash.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    As usual you bring smile to face.

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  • Anonymous

    When Anna campaigns AGAINST Congress but not for opposition, he is being called political.
    Let us see few more people who are called apolitcal but they campaign for Congress or other parties, why are they not accused of playing politics?
    1. Priyanka Gandhi: She goes around asking people to vote for Congress. Why is she regarded as not in politics?
    2. Mahesh Bhatt: In last Lok Sabha elections, he UNOFFICIALLY campaigned for Congress in UP and asked people not to vote for BJP. Why was his acts acceptable to Congress?
    3. There are lot of sports personalities, TV actors and film starts who campaign unofficially for diff. parties, why is there no objection against them?

    It is right of every citizen to educate one another on pro and cons of voting for a party. Anna and his team are just exercising their right as Vinod Sharma-Digvijay are enjoying their right to malign team Anna.

    However at the end of the day team Anna is ideologically very close to Congress and to call them close to Sangh Parivar is mischief of highest order.

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  • Anonymous

    Mr. Vinod Sharma,
    5 comments per page is ridiculous. It should be atleast 20. It is taking me 18 clicks to read 65 messages. You IT guys seem to be inexperienced.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Rajeev

    I think 150 comments as it was in the previous format is ideal. Nobdoy complained then

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I never had problems with 150 comments per page..but this 5 comments per page is plain stupid.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I never had problems with 150 comments per page..but this 5 comments per page is plain stupid.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Rajeev, do you think activating an RSS feed and reading the blog only through it will solve the problem?
    Vinod, your IT guys should accept that Disqus was a poor investment decision, ditch it and move on..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That will be good idea but for now if HT IT guys should use common sense and make at least 30-40 comments per page.

    Do these guys ever look at the blog themselves? I’d have fired these morons if I was heading HT IT.

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    Vinod Sharma Reply:

    I have on-passed your feed backs to the IT wing. They have promised to look into it quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Rahul Gandhi regularly travels to villages in India and interact with villagers.
    During one of such visit a villager got up and asked him ” Rahuji, I dont understand
    how you are aspiring to become PM of India. Your educational qualification is suspect, most of the people in India treat you as a kid and call u Amul baby, whenever you say somthing like rapes and murders in UP you seem to
    put your foot in your mouth. I just dont understand why most
    of the congress leaders such us Digvijay Singh and even our PM thinks that you
    will be a good PM. What do you have which other senior and more experienced
    leaders in your parrty dont have ? ”

    Rahul Gandhi SHAAN SE BOLA

    MERE PAAS MAAN HAI

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Beautiful!

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  • Anonymous

    Facts expose the tissue of lies that Mr Sharma often builds his blogs on or weaves into his blogs.

    “Tapes show that government went back on assurance to Anna”

    ( from theHindu )
    Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare may have got Parliament to agree in principle on some crucial provisions in the draft Jan Lokpal Bill, but excerpts from a set of audio tapes aired on a television channel on Monday revealed that the civil society and government members on the Joint Drafting Committee (JDC) differed on major issues.

    The excerpts expose what the civil society members had been saying all along: the government side had agreed to place the draft Jan Lokpal Bill formulated by the civil society members, along with the official Lokpal Bill draft, before the Union Cabinet for consideration, but went back on its word.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2526136.ece

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  • Anonymous

    Mr.Vinod Sharma,
    I just watched your show in NDTV..you just demolished the two ladies with facts and absolute facts..I was dismayed by the sheer arrogance of Kiran Bedi by challenging the anchor for allotting more time to DVS .that was the defense of a looser..she should have graciously put forward her counter views..instead she was intimidating the anchor..what a show of the fascist face of these conspirators ..God save India from these megalomaniacs .

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    engrich Reply:

    why anna is silent on corporate loot.salaries in private sector is crime against humanity.loot of poor peasants by dallals has another story.anna is silent on all these.he is a fascist rss supported brhminst who want to control india.

    he is chamoleon like his guru mk ghandhi.sonia is doing correct job.everyday one thieve is going to jail.now daya maran is under attack.

    he want to establish brhmncl dictatorship based on manusmiriti ans chankya arthshastra.will suppress and enslave entire india.in the name of honesty.

    NATO hs gone to libya to protect libyan.200000 has already been killed.in one city sirte killed 1000 children are butchered.sale of body parts by israelis is at its peak.they are stealing boys orphanage and selling their parts.latest news,
    tody 44 british soldiers killed 16 captured in city of sirte,libya.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinod Sharma can never win any argument because his style of debating is that of propagandist (of congress).

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  • Anonymous

    Where are Gopi and Raju?????

    hey gopi, u r missing today.

    And Raju???

    Mahesh? well we are destined to be opposites… but loved many debates…

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Gopi;
    I am about to right a Gum Shuda ki Talash. So wake up, otherwise, i will have to file a Hebeas Corpus.

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  • Anonymous

    Mr. Sharma,
    We prefer the old format. in this format i feel like sitting in a nude beach and preaching the wisdom of morality..i am affraid the intense and heated discourse of many will be a hangover now .I was following for the past many months the dances of the devils and the angels in this blog..whichever way you interpret as per your senses..suddenly the coherent shape is gone.. will you attend to this?

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  • Anonymous

    We all have seen how Vinod Sharma campaigns for congress and against BJP on all the TV debates. Even in worst days when congressis were running for cover, Vinod Sharma was defending Congress, Dynasty and its corruption with Gutso…Can Congress warn him to remain apolitical?

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  • Pankaj#1

    Friends;
    This is not fair. har problem ko Vinodji ke matthe madh dena. Hey, hey, do not call me names. Vinod has nothing to do with IT. yes, we yearn for a more friendly format, but this is not his doing. he responds positively for his bloggers.

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    engrich Reply:

    kya sahee baat ke hai pankaj

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  • Pankaj#1

    Bhaiye Ganje Ashish ( Pyar main);
    Apne Ashiquon ko kyon tarsate ho?

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    AshishC Reply:

    Hi Pankaj,
    mera aur ek (ganja) chehra…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    here is one for your elusive face:

    तेरे चेहरे से नज़र नहीं हटती नज़ारे हम क्या देखें
    तुझे मिलके भी प्यास नहीं घटती नज़ारे हम क्या देखें

    पलकों पे फैला तेरी पलकों का साया है
    चेहरे ने तेरे मेरा चेहरा छुपाया है
    तेरे जलवों की धुँध नहीं छँटती नज़ारे हम …

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    AshishC Reply:

    Wah, wah…

    Seriously, Shenoy, mock me not, for I am an old, old man!
    Vinodji is waging war- he wants all the regulars to go away. Rajeev was right; even on a games website, one does not click so often as on this blog’s comments section!

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ashish;
    Was sure, you will not take offence. This was just to provoke you enough to write.

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    AshishC Reply:

    My daughter, who took the photo, said, “Daddy, wait, I have to turn the flash off; it reflects too much!”
    Sigh! This young generation- no respect!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZHTQE36KCN27UI4VPK352CRBNM Thangavelu

    please take the issue of janlokpal.only after the no bill no vote propaganda now the congress is coming out that lokpal bill will brought soon.Also there is mischief of constitutional amendment.one time it is telling the parliment has to pass the bill the congress alone can not bring the bill,but now this constitutional amendment.If you congress is really serious bring the bill now.tactically deviating the actual point of bill by alleging through digji as Rss and reservation and now Toyota are only decrease the credibility of congress government.

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  • Anonymous

    Well, well, well. Just saw HISAR on TV.So much for vijay khanna’s SWABHIMAAN , looked like any part of india , OPEN NALA , with a maruti parked by its side . The population appeared BARELY LITERATE, 100% RUSTIC, and the candidates well looked llike RAPIST.
    India has a LONG LONG LONG way to go.Also watched the TELENGANA debate , LOOKS LIKE CASTE IS THE DOMINANT PLAYER IN THIS DIVIDE. Also Owaisi revealed something WHICH WAS SHOCKING. The 15 or so MUSLIM MLA’s in Andhra Pradesh ARE all from his party. NOT A SINGLE MUSLIM HAS BEEN ELECTED WITH OTHER PARTY’S TICKET. Says a lot about Andhra Pradesh , we KNOW SOME PART OF AP IS AS BAD OR POOR AS KALAHANDI IN ORISSA. Cyberabad is not Andhra Pradesh.
    Then this is India , THIRD WORLD intellect , THIRD WORLD THINKING leading to a third grade country. Sleep well, MERA BHARAT MAHAN. This idiot Kejriwal should address the fundamental issues , NOT NAAREY BAZI in favour of CROOKS LIKE CHAUTALA PROGENY

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,
    Sorry to offend you but waste bengal looks even worse.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This is UK for you….highest teenage pregnancy in Europe, 3rd highest in world in obesity, lowest languages ability in Europe, soaring problems with binge-drinking, poor hygiene standards in hospitals!!

    You may add – most over-rated footbal team and being an American dog as well to the list.

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  • AshishC

    I am right now battling too many deadlines to spend much time on this blog; so just a hurried take on the central argument – the way I see it- of Vinod Sharma.
    I have no quarrel with Vinod’s assessment of the goons battling it out in the Hisar bypoll.
    I will not split hairs (or ropes!) about who is 30dB more or less corrupt or venal. That is NOT the point, dear Vinod.
    What the Congress strategy, given voice by Diggy, Vinod etc is:
    - leave Anna for now, but discredit his team.
    The favourite name with which all dogs are branded before being shot is RSS. Bear in mind, this is just a flavour of the month. The same government is not above branding someone else a Naxal or Maoist or whatever- anything that helps.
    A classmate of mine in college recently returned a government award in protest. His name is Sandeep Pandey (who incidentally won the Magasasay too).
    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/activist-sandeep-pandey-returns-nregs-award-in-protest-82872
    Dear Sandeep, I do not think you have the time to read this- but, a long time admirer of your copybook forward defence stroke on the lawns of De Hostel, wanted to pay his respects.

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    Larry Reply:

    Perfect analysis. Its for reading people like you that I visit this blog, and not the sycophant pol. editor of this paper

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    Vinod Sharma Reply:

    @Larry and AshishC
    Ha. Inject the pro-Congress charge and seek to rubbish the whole argument. This is the kind of character assassination the lumpen right wingers attempt. Stop shouting from the roof tops that the water is poisoned so do not drink it. Offer a purer logic. If what I’ve written does not convince you, I aren’t willing to make another effort. Let us agree to disagree without calling each other names.

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    Larry Reply:

    Haha, look who’s talking. Wasn’t it you Sharmaji who attempted to character assassinate the Bhushans on the basis of a fake CD? I don’t need evidence to prove you are a Congress stooge, you have made it quite evident from your columns and your appearances on TV debates. People have been talking about your bias on Facebook too, if you haven’t noticed facebook.com/topic.php?uid=250933355730&topic=16762

    Anonymous Reply:

    Larry,
    Sharma is OK with using RSS card on every issue when talking about team Anna…

    His hyposcrisy knows no bounds…after all he is a congressi journalist.

    AshishC Reply:

    @Vinod,
    if there was any logic in your riposte, pure or not, it totally escaped me.
    Just curious: why are you so touchy about being a Congressi? Garv se kaho.. main Congressi hoon! Nothing to be ashamed of! Or is there?
    I mean, none of us “right wingers” have held you personally responsible, far less culpable for 2G, 3G, Sonia-G, MMS-G, massacre of Sardar-ji (okay, okay, that WAS weak)
    More curiosity: why does anyone who disagrees with you is necessarily a right winger? Or a fascist or RSS (no difference anyway in your books, is there?)
    Do you, or the Congress party harbour illusions about being a left-winger? Can you explain why you think so?
    Can you explain to us, in simple English why my argument was a “right-wing” argument?
    Do you realise, that not a single so called right-winger jumped up an shouted slogans saying “Sandeep Pandey -Maoist, Asha- organization with dubious linkages.. so on”? Because, genuine people know sincerity when they see it.

  • Anonymous

    NEW DRINKING WARNING JUST RELEASED:

    A MUST READ!

    Vodka and ice will ruin your kidneys.
    Rum and ice will ruin your liver.
    Whiskey and ice will ruin your heart.
    Gin and ice will ruin your brain.
    Pepsi and ice will ruin your teeth…
    Apparently ice is lethal!
    Warn all your friends: Lay off the ice ~ Just drink it straight!
    AND DON’T FORGET, IT SANK THE TITANIC TOO!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    Very nice one.

    Mere marne ke baad kafan mein kuch botalein rakh dena
    roz shaam ko piya karoonga
    jab kabhi bhi khuda maange ga hisaab
    to unhe bhi ek peg bana kar de diya karoonga.

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  • Anonymous

    Dr. Anand,
    A warm welcome-back to you.
    you are right in voicing your disappointment with ‘Vinodji’s blog ka haal’.
    He believes in change, but not CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.

    Digvinash Singh will surely bring ruin to the party, which has made him, actually a useless guy, a loser, into what he is today.

    But more than Manish Tiwari, who can at best be termed full of hot air, it is Kapil Sibal, who is bringing back memories of shame and ridicule for this government. From the just released Lokpal tapes, he is reported to have called the chief election commissioner, CAG and supreme court judges names and ridiculed them in very derogatory terms.

    This matter is going to be played up in the media (of course not in HT) making life more dificult for MMS than it is now.

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  • Anonymous

    ==============================================================
    ~~ SHARMAJI KUCH KARO– 5 POSTS PER PAGE IS KILLING THE BLOG ~~~
    ==============================================================

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  • Anonymous

    Pranab Mukherjee was damn right when he said that GDP will rise this
    year …. only that we forgot to ask him what it was ::

    G: GAS
    D: DIESEL
    P: PETROL

    Mera Bharat Mahan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    :)

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  • engrich

    43 witnesses turn hostile; ex-IPS acquitted in Shivani murder

    SAUDI JUSTICE SYSTEM IS FAR BETTER THAN THIS SYSTEM.

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  • Anonymous

    Blog is dead. SHAN cingulategurtus comes, makes most banal boring comments and I do not have even energy to slam him.
    Doc Mishra, Gopi, shoeb, vinay, Ashish, come on guys, do u want egerich to be banned? Why u stay away ?
    VINODJI, PL PUT 30 to 40 comments per page

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    engrich Reply:

    ashish is coming .many new have joined .gopi also come sometime..

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  • Anonymous

    Today is Ashok Kumar’s (Dadamoni) 100th Birthday. For me he is the best actor (natural) in film world. No one can match his style of acting.

    Ashok Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Sanjeev Kumar, Naseeruddin, Farukh Sheikh, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor belong to the school of natural acting whereas rest belong to school of mannerism laced with overacting.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Agree with you Rajeev.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev,

    Exactly my thoughts. The worst among current actors IMO though he is
    very popular outside India is SRK.

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  • Anonymous

    There is absolutely no doubt that Anna Hazare’s call for the boycott of Congress in Hisar by-election was premature and somewhat misplaced! He did it perhaps without realising what effect the outcome will have on the Lokpal bill!

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  • Anonymous

    Kejrawal may be a proxy of BJP…but poor Prashant Bhushen is not definitely..poor chap..the way he was battered….till yesterday he was hailed as the warrior against corruption..this evening he is most hated traitor ..the unfolding of the events are a thriller material.. how sad to some imbeciles ..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Team Anna is campaigning against Congress in Hisar (HARYANA),
    Congress has protested this act of Anna,
    The youth who attacked Prashant Bhushan is HARYANAVI,
    He told that he belonged to some BHAGAT SINGH SENA,
    But congress-friendly media made this BHAGAT SINGH SENA into RAM SENE,
    RAM SENE has no presence outside karnataka,
    It is clear attack on Prashant Bhushan is handiwork of Congress.

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  • Anonymous

    Team Anna is campaigning against Congress in Hisar (HARYANA),
    Congress has protested this act of Anna,
    The youth who attacked Prashant Bhushan is HARYANAVI,
    He told that he belonged to some BHAGAT SINGH SENA,
    But congress-friendly media made this BHAGAT SINGH SENA into RAM SENE,
    RAM SENE has no presence outside karnataka,
    It is clear attack on Prashant Bhushan is handiwork of Congress.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ram Sene will work for any party for money.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev, Mohan,

    in the absence of Amar Singh Dahla, it could only be Digvinash Singh, who might have “arranged” the attack on Prashant Bhushan.

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  • Anonymous

    Salman Khursheed does not want business people to be put in jail even if they
    commit any crime because it will affect investment. What a logic.
    Choron ko chori karne do sazaa mat do

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The congress party used to ridicule and make fun of the BJP calling it a traders’ party. Now it looks like the wheel has had time to make one full circle and it is the congress who is shedding tears for the traders and businessmen!

    [Reply]

    AshishC Reply:

    As Keats said about Shakespeare and Salman Khurshid says about the “Corporate leaders (looters??”
    Other abide our criticism, thou art free!

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~ COMMENTS ARE TAPERING, DEBATE DYING, BLOG… now a dead dog…
    ======================================================================

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  • Anonymous

    Hopefully media will expose this so called Ram Sena or Bhagat Singh Sena or Kranti Sena and the lieful, propogandist, deceitful Congress party ( whose lies are now reaching a level matching that of ISI ) and immediately arrest and prosecute the person or persons involved in the attack.
    Hwoever wouldn’t surprise me if Congress used the vandalism for its political attacks on team Anna.

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  • http://dealstop.co.uk Larry

    Congress’ chamcha editor calling Arvind Kejriwal a BJP proxy…funny ;)

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  • Pankaj#1

    Vinodji;
    I seldom approach you directly but really five posts on one page is problematic. I believe, your’s is one of the most popular blog in world, seriously. It may not be in quality but in quantity certainly. I am exposed to lots of news of global nature, but times and again, I come back here.It sort of belongs to me. Just tweak it a little, listen to Vijay and others and again we may have good time together. Hope to see you soon in Delhi, if Darban with big moustaches is not too harsh to me.

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  • Pankaj#1

    I have a soft spot for Vijay: Priyanka Chopra
    Vijay;
    You brat, this is a head line in TOI. Tum bar bar ham seniors ka majak kyon udate ho?
    Abhi to main bhi jawan …..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Pankaj

    I too have a very very soft spot for Priyanka…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Good to know that nobody is vying for Sonakshi Sinha, Field is
    open for me . Thanks guys.

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  • Anonymous

    @ Shenoy

    Lal bahadur Shastri said

    “Jai Jawan … Jai Kisan”

    Congress today says

    “Amar Singh Dhala Mahaan…. Digvinash SIngh Budhimaan !! ” ;)

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  • Anonymous

    The Congress Party is paranoid by the open campaign of Team Anna in the Hissar election They are more worried that if this is repeated in UP too , then the consequences shall be devastating. It is now settled that Anna enjoys huge goodwill in the middle class across the country and this is an important segment for the Congress . It looks equally worried about the Rathyatra of LK Advani, going by the way the party and its Agents in the media and the so called political commentators have gone hyper about Advani…and shifting the focus to motives of his initiative and trying to divert the attention ..In any case the impact of the Yatra shall be known in the days to come. As time passes we should be ready to see more hysteria and desperation by the Congress . The attack of Bhushan should be seen in that perspective.
    I feel Advani should lead the NDA as its PM candidate …..if NDA is to form the government …and Modi may take over some time later… even midway… by that time some more of his legal battles should be over .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Praveen Saxenaji,

    ironically, it is Advani’s good health that is worrying the congress no end, because MMS is mentally and physically tired, defeated and ready to throw in the towel any day soon. And the Rajmata, who the congressies loved to say was the healthiest looking of all the political leaders of India(?), is already confined to her closed doors of 10 Janpath. But, Advani seems able to withstand the rigours of a 38 day rathyatra across the length and breadth of the country.

    It is also worrysome for the congress that Nitish Kumar who was expected to “protest” against Advani starting the yatra from the birthplace of JP, instead, chose to flag the yatra off. it is possible that Advani may eventually emerge as the consensus candidate of the NDA.

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  • Anonymous

    High Priestess of Secularism and Congress proxy Teesta Setalvad is in big trouble.
    This shows how pro-congress elements have toxicated entire Indian system.

    http://www.rediff.com/news/report/best-bakery-case-teestas-former-aide-demands-retrial/20111013.htm

    A former aide of activist Teesta Setalvad has moved the Bombay high court seeking retrial of the 2002 Best Bakery case alleging that the latter not only fabricated evidence and falsely implicated innocent persons but also “managed” the witnesses.
    Rais Khan Aziz Khan Pathan, in an affidavit, urged the high court to direct an appropriate court in Mumbai [ Images ] to conduct retrial of the case and record his evidence.

    Khan, former coordinator of the Citizen for Justice and Peace, the Mumbai-based non-government organisation headed by Teesta, requested that notice be served on Teesta to explain her conduct and clarify allegations of fabricating evidence in the case.

    Khan even demanded lie detector and polygraph tests on himself and Teesta to “bring out the truth”.

    The affidavit assumes significance as in April 2011, Shaikh Yasmeen Banu, a key prosecution witness in the case, had also filed an affidavit in the high court alleging she was “lured and misguided” by Teesta into giving false testimony against the 17 accused, of which nine were awarded life term by a Mumbai court.

    Fourteen people who had taken refuge in the Best Bakery owned by the Shaikh family in Vadodara in Gujarat were killed by a mob on March 1, 2002, during the post-Godhra riots.

    The appeals filed by the nine convicts in the sensational case are pending in the Bombay high court. Khan contended that on instructions of Teesta, he had in the past met Yasmeen in Baroda and requested her to shift to Mumbai where the retrial of the case was in progress.

    Yasmeen in her affidavit had accused Khan of cheating her and other witnesses for personal gains, which was denied by him.

    Khan contended that he used to get funds from Teesta to organise press conferences for riot victims and meet relevant expenses. He alleged that getting payment for the victims was never Teesta’s priority as she was only concerned to ensure that the witnesses get money.

    “While witnesses used to get Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, the victims were getting only Rs 5,000 (by Teesta),” Khan said. He further stated in the affidavit that he was put up at Sagar Hotel in the Nagpada area of South Mumbai by Teesta for eight months when the trial of Best Bakery case was in progress and was directed by her to keep a close watch on the witnesses.

    “After the court issued summons to witnesses, she (Teesta) asked me to bring all of them to Mumbai even before police approached them”, he said.

    “Throughout the trial, witnesses were paid Rs 100 a day and the payment was made to them every weekly. Although the court order was to keep witnesses at Vasava Government Hostel in Worli, they were kept at Mariam apartment in Bhindi Bazaar”.

    “Neither the police nor the prosecutor ever inquired or asked how these witnesses were so punctually coming to the court for deposition and who is funding their expenses,” he added.

    It was stated further in the affidavit that police used to escort every witness to the court and back to the police guesthouse in Worli and during this period nobody was allowed to meet or speak to them.

    “As per Teesta’s instructions, I used to provide a mobile phone to each witness so that she can be in touch with them and guide them during their stay in Mumbai,” he said.

    “When the Gujarat police were searching for prime witness Zahira Shaikh, Teesta directed me over phone to reach an address in the Alkapuri area of Baroda. When I went there I found she was at a residence of a Muslim woman journalist working with a national daily,” Khan said, adding “Muslim reporters were roped in sentimentally”.

    Khan said he had learnt that some of the victims and witnesses like Yasmeen had recently retracted from their earlier statements or affidavits prepared by Teesta’s organisation and that they blamed him for cheating and manipulation.

    “These witnesses have put me in a very awkward position and I am afraid that I might be prosecuted by the court for helping the witnesses to give false deposition in the court, which was actually not done by me at all”, he added. out of total 73 witnesses, including Zaheera Shaikh, had turned hostile, saying they had seen nothing the night of the attack.

    In February 2006, a Mumbai court had awarded lifer to the nine accused.

    Zaheera and other witnesses who had turned hostile were later convicted for perjury.

    © Copyright 2011 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

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  • Anonymous

    Who is historically opposed to Team Anna?
    Who arrested Anna?
    Who slapped IT notices on KEJRIWAL and BEDI?
    Who came out with BHUSHAN’s CD?
    Who used Agnivesh as spy?

    CONGRESS…

    So who could have attacked Anna Supporters outside Delhi HC?

    CONGRESS…

    Why is our media not using common sense?

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  • Anonymous

    I think everyone should watch Kumar Ketkar debating…He is perfect example of biased journalist who is very crude and kind of propagandist.

    I can tolerate Vinod Sharmas because they have some sense of proportion but Kumar Ketkar is altogether in different Class..Absolute Ghati kind of journalist.

    If you watch him once, you will never want to watch him again…I don’t have adjectives to describe this moron.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev,

    you are right. The other day, Vinodji even had a word of “advice” for the congress! He told Manish Tiwari that the congress is its own worst enemy and if they don’t set their house in order, they will face ruin!!

    You cannot expect Kumar Ketkar to say anything like that. Being a Maharashtrian, he believes that his the sole “voice of India” against the RSS.

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  • Anonymous

    Congress to team Anna..See picture…hint RSS is elephant

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~ WHEN SACHIN’S AVERAGE FALLS FROM 60 TO 10… should he not retire???/
    ======================================================================

    This blog was the Sachin Tendulkar of blogs. Because it had team members like all of us. On the HT site it beat all others hollow. And even all the TOI blogs looked shallow.

    Even when most of us disagreed violently with Vinod Sharma… he DID NOT censor comments as do other blog sites.

    So this was the DON bradman, Tendulkar and Gavaskar of Blogs.

    But…

    In come disqus and the blog is dead. The average postings per day have gone down from 100 to 25.

    So should we not say … “ek blog ka retirement ka time aa gaya hai…”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar, Vinodji (if you are listening),

    Vinod Sharma’s blog was the Tendulkar of the internet media
    where we once discussed the shenanigans of Nira radia
    when we tore into him, he would say, Wah, Sirji, what an idea!
    but, today, the blog is dead, happy is Engrich, the bhedia.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The bhedia…
    Wow

    Will give me a good sleep thinking of the bhedia !

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~ PAKISTAN PLOTS ANOTHER TERRORIST 26/11 ON INDIA ~~~~
    =======================================================================

    The unraelling of the terror plot which was to hit Delhi just reminds us that we cannot be safe with a mad cap neighbour.

    I think SM Kraishana is inadequate… and so is the UPA in matters of handling terror and Pakistan.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Where did you see that news ?
    Anyway, any engagement with Pakistan, in any shape or form, is an engagement with a wuilfully deceitful and fraudulent entity, whose only goal is to defraud the other party. Thats the only ideology on which Pak operates.

    India granted MFN trade status to Pakistan in 2005.Since then Pak has launched numerous terrorist strikes. The latest treacherous statement from Pak foreign minister is that “Pak has agreed in principle to grant India MFN status”. Agreed in ‘Principle’ ? That in diplomatic language means that Pak will not reciprocate India according MFN status to Pakistan in near future, even after 6 years of India unilaterally granting that to Pak, while it will continue to extract concessions from India while arming terrorist groups against it.
    The ineptitude of Indian foreign office and its policy to wards Pakistan is beyond callous.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Rajiiv,
    India and Pakistan look at MFN differently.
    India thinks it will promote trade of goods and services.
    Pakistan hopes it will promote export (Pakistan to India) of Terrorism. This anyway makes official what has been the unofficial policy of Pakistan, all along. For Pakistan, India is the MFN for exporting terror.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In effect, India will truly be the MFN-the MOST FRIGHTENED NATION.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Well Pakistan has accorded India MFT status : Most Favoured Terrorist target.
    What amazes me is Paksitan’s ability to brazenly deceive India, United States and the infinite capacity of India , willing and ever ready to be deceived.
    Actually its incompetance of our government’s foreign policy that Pakistan makes mockery of.

  • Anonymous

    Using the logic thats often employed by Mr Sharma to targets parties oppsed to Congress, should I conclude that Ram Sena / Bhagat Singh sena goons that beat Mr Bhushan up, must be Congress operatives with links to the top leadership ?
    After all, Mr Bhushan is opposed to Congress leadership . Right ?

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  • Anonymous

    There are some regulars missing from this blog.
    What happened to Mr Mishra and Mr Balwinder ?

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  • Shahalamkhan

    Dear Vinod Sharma ji,
    A good analysis indeed. It is the likes of Kejriwals and Bedis who have honestly deranged the Anna anti-graft movement. I am a bit surprised at the persistence of decent people like Prashant Bhushan with this bunch of clowns. The lack of inclusion of private funded NGOs, media and some vitals sections of the Corporate sector make the Kejriwal et al version of the Lok Pal only a mockery of the anti-corruption campaign and their needless chest thumping. The very soul of this middle class, high caste, urban agitation becomes defunct the moment any member of the agitation starts berating on a political agenda and unfortunately Kejriwal has already committed sin. It now that Team Anna was more interested in “satta parivartan” not “vyawastha parivartan”. I hope they should have learnt from Aruna Roy who brought in the RTI act like a whiff of fresh air- no daily media briefings, no india Gates, and of course no Ramlilas!
    Truly,
    Dr. Shah Alam Khan
    AIIMS, New Delhi
    http://www.indiaandbharat.blogspot.com

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    AshishC Reply:

    @Shahalamkhan
    1. I hope you do not think it is “Anna’s movement”- and I hope you think it is your movement too.
    2. Before you call Bedi and Kejriwal clowns, please revisit their resume’- I daresay, they have earned their spurs in public service.
    3. You wish to include NGOs, corporates etc in the anti-corruption movement? Do start one. Do not expect Anna/ Kejriwal/ Bedi to do it all. They are also not talking of women’s emancipation, child-workers, minority rights and rights of farmers and sharecroppers and unorganized labour- you know, you have a large canvas left for you to paint on.
    4. Our freedom movement was led by urban, English speaking, middle to upper class, upper caste people- please trash it also.
    5. Aruna Roy and Kejriwal worked together on RTI- so did many others.

    I do not understand your angst regarding vyawastha parivartan vs satta parivartan- any citizen of this country has the right to campaign for satta parivartan through democratic means. Please let us know what specific steps this particular “satta” has taken to change the “vyawastha” for the better in the last 7 years and we can debate those. If they have not, then the people in this country are within their rights to not lie back and enjoy the experience.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish

    Allow me to point out one aspect re: Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal.

    Sure they have earned their spurs, no question about that. However, during their Jan LokPal movement, they have surely gone overboard

    = Anna is India, India is Anna. (??)
    = Anna is above the Parliament and has the right to pressurize/dictate terms to it. (Is he the Ayotollah of India?).

    = Do not vote for the Congress (as if the other parties are squeaky clean), because they are refusing to pass their version of the Lok Pal bill, knowing full well the standing committee of the Parliament is looking into it and the winter session is more than month away to commence.

    They need not be called clowns, but surely they are sure signs of streak of megalomania. Let them fight elections (assembly level) to begin with.

    All the life’s work can just get washed away by one act of foolishness

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    AshishC Reply:

    Manohar,
    we have both been down this path before..
    The anti-corruption movement is not an Anna movement- he just embodies it today. Is he the architect? Is he the brain? IMO, no. But, his face helps sell the tickets.
    So, Kejriwal- smart cookie that he is- is just indulging in some brand building for Anna.
    Now, let’s not preach virtues of elections as some sort of proof of manhood- our dear PM had to find a Rajya Sabha seat in Guwahati.
    I think the Anna team recognises that they need to spread beyond the cities- so Hissar affords a good opportunity. In one stroke, you get to take the message to the hinterland AND do it in a manner that will compel the political classes and media to pay attention.
    I have no illusion that the anti-corruption movement is or even needs to be apolitical. If the guns are turned on the Congress, (having ruled the country for 90% of the time since independence, what else do you expect?), I for one will not shed any tears.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish

    1) Preach virtues of elections! No.

    OK, let them get themselves elected to Rajya Sabha instead- let us see which political party is ready to back them.

    2) Poor Anna. IMO, they have really taken him for a ride on a tiger and now he cannot get off it.

    3) Smart cookie! Does not seem to me – the way he is going about it. He started with noble intentions, but now seems to be losing his way around. Wait for 6 months perhaps, then we can discuss whether he was really smart or …….

    IMO, the only member of the team who talks sense in Santosh Hegde.

    4) If it was kept apolitical – the credibility would have been higher. Singly out a party to target is more damaging to their movement than the party in question.

    For example, in Hissar if there was a candidate with impeccable credentials (perhaps an independent) and had they rooted for him it would have made sense.

    Also the question to ask whether how many voters will listen to Anna/Kejriwal, when casting the ballot. The majority would still vote on the whatever basis by which they have done for ages.

    Arunvsh Reply:

    vyawastha parivartan will be done by Rover Vadra, Sheela dixit, Digvijay Singh, Cidambaram, Kalmadi,A.Raja, Deshmukh,Sashi Tharoor, Maran,Sharad Pawar &contless persons & above all by ‘alibaba’ Mr. Manmohan Singh

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  • engrich

    Terrorism&corruption cannot be fought without addressing the root cause that is denial of justice, opportunities and reduction of gap between the rich and the poor. Slogans do not fill the empty stomachs or provide jobs etchence anna movement is useless and creation of media.

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    engrich Reply:

    etchence

    etc hence

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  • AshishC

    Rajeev/ Rajiv et al..
    Just came across this – enjoy.
    http://wearethebest.wordpress.com/tag/vinod-sharma/

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    engrich Reply:

    बीजेपी ने कवरेज के लिए पत्रकारों को बांटे पैसे

    for advani shaitani yatra.what this sikh want i dont know.being pakistani has no love for india or indian.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I have never seen Vinod Sharma answering the Bhushan’s CD after it was exposed that it was fake. I guess Vinod Sharma was overly worried in defending his favorite party Congress.

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  • Anonymous

    It is reported that BJP paid Rs500/- to every journalist to cover Mr Advani’s Rath Yatra !

    “CASH FOR COVERAGE” !!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Why are you surprised? Paid news is not a new news. The people like Mr.Sharma go silent when such issue is discussed.

    Why do you think every movement of Rahul gandhi is reported in detail by media? Because they are paid.

    Same thing is happening with Advani’s Rath yatra…Nothing to be surprised about…BJP is now catching up with Congress by imitating it.

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  • Anonymous

    Mr Advani is on “ANTI-CORRUPTION” Rath yatra ! Yet BJP openly bribes journalists !

    Very sad.

    Ann’a movement is just few weeks old. Yet the National party NJP has no hesitation and shame in bribing journalists to cover the Rath Yatra !

    Check the Cash for Coverage :

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/article2537091.ece?homepage=true

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Expect a thundering silence from RSS/BJP/Advani supporters or they will rubbish the report. One should not expect them to condemn the shenanigans of their heroes.

    To think that this is supposed to be an anti-corruption nautanki. Huh!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Prahlad,

    it is no big deal. The media everywhere, particularly the regional media expects payment for attendance and/or reporting. Ashok Chavan is facing court cases for purchasing news. Paranjoy Thakurda has compiled a voluminous report on this phenomenon. The press council of India is trying to shield the politicians, mainly the congressmen, but the CIC has asked the PCI to publish the news in full.

    Please see:http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_cic-cracks-whip-on-paid-news-phenomenon_1590862.

    It is also foolish to suggest that Advani wantsor needs publicity for his rathyatra. The secular media has inadvertantly done everything possible to give worldwide publicity to his rathyatra. Therefore to suggest that moffusil and small time reporters would give any more publicity than already done by the national media is showing one’s own gullibility.

    It is also stupid of the local leaders, who made the payments to willing reporters, publicly. The reporters must have felt exposed.

    It would be interesting to know how many of them returned the envelopes (with the cash, of course).

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy Sir,

    Don’t you think instead of going around the country, Mr Advani should make Yatras to the BJP offices and tell/teach/preach his own followers what “Anti-corruption” actually is all about !

    The charity must begin at home !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shri Lal Krishan Advani does not have the time for such mundane tasks, as he is busy with big things.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am not surprised…I am pretty sure Congress too is paying media to cover Rahul gandhi’s nautankis..

    BJP is just learning congress tricks.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Who wants a copycat party?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Agree with you…One Congress is enough to loot this country dry..

  • Arunvsh

    Mr. Sharma you are a true congressi everybody knows, why you pretend to be a journalist.Please don’t feel shy to be a congressi, but don’t bring bad name to journalism.

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  • Arunvsh

    You are a proxy of congress , why do you feel shy? because of your soul?

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  • Anonymous

    So BJP now has to pay the Congress newspapers and journalists, for just coverage of its events ?

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  • AshishC

    Where are,
    1. Ravi
    2. Gopi
    3. Mahesh
    4. Prabhat
    5. Shoeb…

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~~ EVERYONE INVITED TO CHAUTHA CEREMONY OF THIS BLOG ~~~~
    =======================================================================

    This blog died four days back when comments were restricted to 5 a page. Blog addicts out here need at least 150 comments per page to spar and debate, abuse and admire…

    But since this blog is dead, we now formally invite everyone to the Chautha ceremony to be held at the Hindustan Times office.

    Pandit Vinod Sharma will conduct the ceremony,

    RSS lovers are invited to come in Khaki. Congress lovers can come with a T Shirt saying “I love dynasty and corruption and I am dumb.”

    LeT, Hafeez Saeed and Osama lovers can come with firecrackers to express their happiness at this death.

    Shenoy can write a poem on this untimely death.

    Mohan can think of a sad joke for a change,

    Rajiiv is expected to deliver a scholorly analysis of how and why it happened,

    Vijay Kumar will drown himself with booze,like devdas, as he now looks for an alternative love as he moves from site to site and needs to keep his brain entertained and occupied…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Good one vijay ! Made me smile.

    Maut ke maatam mein bhi muskara rahe hai
    Yeh blog ki maut ka gam hain jo chuppa rahe hain…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    My Good friends, don’t get me wrong
    Give your ear to my sad song
    And if you find it boring and long
    Take a drink neat and strong.

    the song is about the blog and Vinod Sharma
    who cries about Pak, but gives two hoots about Burma
    And of late he has developed a thick derma
    and isn’t bothered when Vijay performs the blog’s kriya-karma

    hundreds visited the blog daily and dozens stayed
    with the blog and for its good health prayed
    many were the people who with words played
    and also a couple, who meanness displayed.

    Now the blog has for ever lost its flavour
    there is nothing for any blogger to savour
    and the rest have lost all their fervour
    But, Vinodji will you do us all a favour?
    will you close down the blog for ever?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ SHenoy

    A good lament ! Just sums up the feelings of all of us..

    Hope Vinod Sharma listens and karate chops the Disqus team

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vintage Shenoy.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    Only you can come with such a gem .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The blog has become 15 per page…

    we need ten poems before it becomes 150 !

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  • Anonymous

    BLOG DEATH cont…

    Events at Chautha ceremony.

    Gopi will give a quotation from Mahabharata.

    Manohar is expected to give an alternate viewpoint which Shenoy is expected to contest.

    Mahesh will give a treatise on the flaws in the IT industry.

    Rajeev will of course speculate that the dumb giys of Infosys must be behind disqus.

    Pankaj will lament that why do we not do thihgs better.

    Shan can be expected to tell us how blogs in Midnapore and Middlesex are infintely better.

    And Vijay Kumar will listen to this and then take a sip of Johny walker ( sadness mein sip lelga bhaiyon) and then leave the bottle for Vinod Sharma…

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vijay;
    You have made me a Rudali. I am not one. I am more proactive. I am so busy, hence do not come out as my true self.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Pankaj

    All said in jest!! I know you are more proactive and always mean welll

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    knew it Vijay. I can also pretend to be hurt.

    Anonymous Reply:

    :) Nice to know that u were just pretending !

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Pankaj,

    Sir, you got the frame wrong! I was sayign that since you are so well meaning and earnest, you will lament that why should we Indians ruin a good blog…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    If this blog does not goes back to its original version than ..

    Aaj family ( bloggers ) ke pyar ne rok ke rakha hai
    Der se hi sahi lekin is blog ko alvida kehna hi hai

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You are right Vijay. This blog seemed to be aperfect adda for meaningful time pass as well as thought provoking tiem pass. But now with so many pages to click, it looks like a hard task.

    The cut and thrust and debate has disappeared.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Sanjay

    Adda is a gud word. yes it was an excellent adda. Sad that it got destroyed in software glitches…

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  • Dr Mishra

    KEJRIWAL, VEER SAVARKAR AND CORPORATE HOSPITALS 2011”””””””’

    Just back from a trip to south India, attended a meeting at Narayan Hrudalaya hosp. Met Dr Devi Shetty and Dr Ashley Da Cruz, two of the best known surgeons of this international center of excellence. At the opulent dinner for delegates, Dr DaCruz spoke of many things, but the largest cheer he got was when he spoke of the galvanising effect of a 75 year old man who captured the imagination of the nation AND INSPIRED US ALL TO DO BETTER.

    I saw a KRAANTI in the eyes of millionaire doctors in Corporate hospitals, that I am sad to say is missing from Vinod and the nay sayers on this blog. They want Kejriwal to be perfect- and in that they have missed the whole BLOODY POINT . Kejriwal is the voice of anguish at the loot of centuries, he is the ankur of a revolution. I care two hoots over his minor imperfections.

    To me, he is the rage of Veer Savarkar, who dared to break his shackles. He symbolises the rage of men who give up comfy jobs and lifestyles and campaign around the country in 40 degrees C. He is rattling the cages which house Amar Singhs, Kanimozhis, Sharad Pawar and Kalmadi- and I go to bed tonight in distant Yorkshire, happy that someone is doing the dirty task back home which will drag India into the 21 st century of justice and equality.
    .More power to you Kejriwal my friend, you will go far.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mishraji;
    When you post, I can feel, as if I am writing ths post.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mishraji, what can I say but agree with Pankaj- you write powerfully. Vinodji pl you pay doc saheb to remain on this blog. His life experiences and travels are too rich and must be shared. Ashish’s reply to Dr Shah Alam Khan had also been brilliant.
    I only hope that Kejriwall plays his cards right. Selfless crusaders get respect, the polish wears off in the akhada of politics. Anyone renmember Ramdev’s fall from grace ?

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  • Anonymous

    The man who attacked Prashant Bhushan can be seen standing close to Chidambaram (who was recently dragged into 2G scam by Pranab).

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  • Anonymous

    A news flash says members of the Sri Ram Sene and Bhagat Singh Kranti are protesting outside the Residence of Arvind Kejriwal in Ghaziabad , regarding “misuse” of Funds. So now it is becoming quite clear why the Police did not take action at Patiala House yesterday, and what many of us feel that all this is part of Congress Strategy to tackle Anna Hazare and his Team.
    … As the UP elections come closer , we should not be surprised to see more of such acts as part of its gameplan. A desperate Congress can be a dangerous Congress

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Saxena

    If this is true, then the Congress stands througholy exposed for using all means– including violence for derailing the movement against corruption.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Praveen

    WHich channel is rthe news on?

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  • Anonymous

    Viju

    I am of the opinion that Prashanth Bhushan was attacked by congressis.

    Then BJP is not a lily either; look at paying the journalists. And, why, oh why the old man is doing this stupid yatra?

    I have not been blogging because this new format drives me nuts…I am used to the old format where I can see the sequence without having to go to multiple pages.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ gopi

    Welcome back !!

    U r right. This new blog format is absolutely USER Unfriendly. Who wants to click 40 pages to trace a comment?

    I hope the HT IT department is reading this.

    Yes, I am also coming around to beleive that the Prashant Bhushan attack could be a COnress game. If it is exposed that way, chop another 3% from the Congress vote bank.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    I had requested Vinodji that there should at most 200/300 messages per page, but HT’s IT team went to the other extreme and reduced it to 5 messages.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi / Vijay Sir,

    Here’s the photograph of one of the person who attacked Bhushan.

    May be some details will also help -

    http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-operation-bhushan-accuseds-family-bears-the-brunt/20111015.htm

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  • Pankaj#1

    Everybody;
    Yesterday again, saw a very old movie, Magnificient Seven. I think that was second English movie of my life.
    Tried to translate those characters for this blog, but we have many more than 7, what to do?

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  • Pankaj#1

    Hey, it is getting better. Suddenly, I can see fifteen posts per page. Cheers. But we need further improvement , at least 50 to one hundred posts in one page.

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~~ THODA HAI… ABHI AUR KI ZAROORAT HAI ~~~
    =======================================================================

    The HT IT guys finally did hear our war cries.

    But…

    O HT walon
    Kuch aur kar dalo

    150 comments per page yeh duniya maange…
    Please please jhuk jao hamare aage ….

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  • Anonymous

    *****************CASH FOR COVERAGE *************
    All Bloggers,

    It is reported that Mr Advani was doing a sting operation to show the World how corrupt journalists are !

    That is why money was distributed to the journalists who were covering Mr Advani’s Rath Yatra.

    The BJP official was the “whistle blower” and he was operating under Mr Advani’s instructions and supervision.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Prahlad

    os ot Prabhat in a new avatar?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I meant… is that Prabhat in a new avatar?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Sir,

    Prabhat who ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Prahalad

    Prabhat was a nice guy who balanced the blog with pro-congress comments. last heard he had taken retirement on the top of Kanchenjunga, after a trek.
    He had promised me a beer at ruby Tuesday, CP, but chckened out at the last moment. I am waiting for him to come out of retirement….

    We always needed him here… maybe u will fill the bill

    Anonymous Reply:

    Prahlad

    Depending on the content of your posts, all sorts of labels will be used to bracket you as either pro-RSS(*) or anti-RSS(**). Everything is black and white – as simple as that – either one is with them or not with them. There is no room for shades of grey or being a neutral observer or for constructive criticism.

    * to be so, there will be flowers and flowers all the way.

    ** to be so, is considered acts of blasphemy, anti-nationalism, unpatriotism, etc and you may be called a jehadi or a Pakistani – the list is long. They may even question your mental faculties, credentials, and motives – this seems to have already started.

    One of the tactics used is to obfuscate the issue you may have raised. In this case, you mentioned about journalists being bribed to cover the rath yatra and what are the responses -1) that you are Prabhat or 2) long post about Tehelka and media in general.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Looking at his Advani fixation and Tehelka transfixation, there is strong resemblance to Prabhat’s posts. However, we do miss Prabhat today, more than ever, because with his “proxy-mity” to Vinodji, he could have managed to lengthen each page to at least 100 posts without most of us bleating and beating about the bush.

    Prahlad, can you manage this?

  • Anonymous

    With Yeddy’s arrest, BJP should stop taking high moral ground. They are becoming B team of Congress. No wonder people have rejected them. The people are fed up with Congress and don’t want a clone Congress to replace it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That is the tragedy. We do not better and creditable alternatives. One is as bad, if not worse, than the other. So people tend to choose the lesser of the multiple evils.

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  • Anonymous

    =========================================================
    ~~~~~~~~~~ HOW BAD IS THE NEW FORMAT OF THIS BLOG~~~~~~~
    =========================================================

    It is so bad that a persistent fungus like Engrich urf Tajendar has given up blogging out here.
    Imagine nothing could shake of this T _ _ _ _. This virus could not be killed by banning.

    But the new disqus format of 15 posts a page has done trhe impossible.

    Killed Engrich.

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    engrich Reply:

    aaj kal bhedie anna kee chaalon ko study kar raha hoon.why u brhmns feel happy by fooling indians.yeddurappa arrested.46 crores ka crown bhee` kaam nahin aya.
    salute to sonia jee and manmohan jee.deer ayad durust ayad.i am waiting a good poem from u.anna wants india to be slave of brhmnst.a civil war.like in libya.today they lost around 20 helocopter.
    ravi bhai aa jao ab to dr misra bhi aan agyee.balwinder je maharaj amritsarwale bhi naach rahein hain.
    ghar aya mera pardesi.

    unke dkhe se jo aa jati hai mukh par shobha,
    who vichartey hain ki rogee ki dasha uttam hai.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Some diseases can only be contained and not cured. Anti-India, pro-criminal–thug-pak elements are among those.

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    engrich Reply:

    what a stupid and rubbish reply.vijay hardly write anything worth replying.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    vij

    absolutel right —

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  • Anonymous

    50 posts a page would be good.
    On an average we get between 30-100 posts a day.
    So 50 posts a day would cover a days posts on most occasions.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Our own yuvraj attended the marriage of the crown prince of Bhutan.
    My informant says, on his flight back to Delhi, the yuvraj, in a vewry despondent mood, was heard humming this song repeatedly:

    swapn jhade phool se, mit chubhe shool se
    lut gaye shringaar sabhi, baag ke babool se
    aur ham khade khade, bahaar dekhate rahe
    kaaravaan guzar gayaa, gubaar dekhate rahe

    aankh bhi khuli na thi ki haay dhoop dhal gayi
    paanv jab talaq uthe ki zindagi fisal gayi
    paat paat jhad gaye ki shaakh-shaakh jal gayin
    chaah to nikal sakii na, par umar nikal gayi
    par umar nikal gayi……….
    geet ashk ban gaye, swapn ho dafan gaye
    saath ke sabhi diye, dhuaan pahan-pahan gaye
    aur ham jhuke-jhuke, mod par ruke-ruke
    umr ki chadhaav kaa utaar dekhate rahe,
    kaaravaa guzar gayaa, gubaar dekhate rahe………

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Shenoy Sahab;
    Neeraj ke is geet main Aaj bhi khasi jaan hai.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj ji,

    these four lines seem prophetic for the yuvraj:

    aur ham khade khade, bahaar dekhate rahe
    kaaravaan guzar gayaa, gubaar dekhate rahe

    paanv jab talaq uthe ki zindagi fisal gayi
    chaah to nikal sakii na, par umar nikal gayi

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  • Anonymous

    Prahlad,

    from Ashish’ post, here is an interesting news item of May 1, 2011:

    “Three weeks ago, Tehelka magazine ran a profile on the father and son lawyer-pair, Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, who are on the Lokpal drafting committee.

    Authored by Rohini Mohan, the piece inter alia repeated the canard that had been artfully spread about the Bhushans: that they had been allotted two prime farm-house plots by Mayawati “for a song”; that they had evaded paying stamp duty on a mansion purchased in Allahabad; that a CD involving Amar Singh hinted at their dark dealings, and so on.

    The following week, Tehelka set the record straight, running a two-page clarification by the author of the original article, acknowledging that the magazine had got “some things wrong” on three key counts (see the Bhushans’ 11-page, point-by-point rebuttal here).

    The Tehelka clarification has elicited a response from prime minister Manmohan Singh‘s media advisor, Harish Khare, in the latest issue of the magazine:

    “Please permit me to put on record my appreciation of your decision to print a detailed clarification about the excellent cover story on the Bhushans. The clarification in no way distracts from Tehelka‘s commitment to responsible and rigorous journalism but it certainly is a welcome departure from the self-serving arrogance that has regrettably become the preferred style among many media practitioners.”

    From a reading of Harish Khare’s “response”, it is clear as day light on whose behalf the rag works “to expose corruption”.

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  • Anonymous

    =======================================================================
    ~~~ HT SOUNDS THE POLL BUGLE— Rahul handsome, Rahul genius, Rahule devta ~~
    ——————————————————————————————————————

    The front page of today;s Hindustan Times is a case study of newspapers and sycophancy.
    This is surely looking like a paper from Saddam Hussain’s regime or from Gadaffi’s Libya. That Rahul is our king, master and lord !!

    Wha Sharmaji Wah !! Ab toh Rajya Sabha seat pakki !

    One the main headline it has Rahul being projected as the guy who will get us and India a Lokpal — which was never done before !! Rahul the genius being credited for the lokpal with his draft being considered. Almost as if Rahul wanted it all along and the opposition was blocking his intention of cleaning up Indian polics and corruption.

    Then it has a photo of our clown prnce smiling like a circus joker while cheerleaders from The Bhutan prince wedding ceremony are clapping.. !! Almost as if to say that the dunce is loved internationally too….

    Wah Wah !! Hindustan Times
    You want India to have bad Times.

    by cheering for “Gaffe Prone”
    You want all of us to moan…

    With UP elections coming
    And power projects upcoming

    Is’nt that the real game????????/

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    Anonymous Reply:

    To remain in good books of Madam the congress chamchas will
    keep Rahul Gandhi in limelight and will keep on giving him the credit even if it is not due to him .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    Absolutely. Poora chamchagiri or sycophacny ka mahaul hai. If India wins the world cup… NDTV has a phto of rahul Gandhi bigger than that of the Indian cricket team on its channel, proclaiming that thanks to “mr Gaffe Prone Rahul ji” India wins the world cup.

    All these media guys look like jokers…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Clear case of indigestion. Cannot stomach (pun intended) the fact he gets all the attention and not the youth icons (Anurag, Varun, et al) from the other side. If it is case of chamchagiri or sycophancy – so what? What can you do anything about it?

    Regarding the world cup final in March – cameras were also on Advani, Jaitely and Co. (in VIP boxes) – You seem to have no problems with that. waah! kyaa baat hai.

    Why do you take these media “jokers” seriously by complaining? Didn’t the BJP buy some of them for Rs 500 only in Satna?

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar;
    Generally I do not interrupt two people, when they are talking. But my question here is, You wrote that BJP tried to bribe Journalists with Rs. 500 ? Have they become so cheap now? What may be happening in Delhi, Bombay, when they are offered 5 Lacs instead? it could happen there as well. Further more, you wrote that Advani did not go to Satna at all, does it means that those 500 reupees, all of them, have gone waste? what a wasteful party.
    Further more, anybody criticizing Rahul for whatever reason is not accepted by you. Any reason?? I am all against character assasination but no body is above public scrutiny.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Read my posts carefully in this blog and earlier blogs too.

    I am not in favour of Rahul or anybody for the sake of it. Who says I do not accept criticism of Rahul or anybody else? I have not spared Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, then why should I spare Rahul Gandhi? I call a spade a spade – there are no holy cows as far as I am concerned. I was only mentioning the fact that a person is invited to a wedding, a royal one at that, a picture is published in the newspaper and see the reaction – chamchagiri, blah, blah, blah. I was only commenting on the ludicrous reaction.

    The reason given for Advani skipping Satna were bad roads(*) – either you accept that face value or give a thought. Didn’t the yatra planners check before hand at the planning stage whether the roads were good or bad?

    * Couldn’t they think of a better reason? Bad roads reflect on the BJP government there. It is a case of double damage – allegations of buying journalists and bad roads. Can’t this party ever get anything right?

    Anonymous Reply:

    The reason the journalists spilled the beans because they were offered only Rs 500. Perhaps, if they had been paid more say Rs 5000 or 10000 each, they would have kept quiet – I am only guessing. So they are not so cheap after all, as you are wondering.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ manohar

    I think you did not see the NDTV website after India’s world cup victory. If you had… and in case you are balanced… either you would have laughed or puked.

    IT WAS NOT A PHOTO. IT WAS A MORPHED PICTURE.

    Here were Tendulkar, Dhoni, Yuvraj and the rest of the team occupying half the frame, and on the other side, a smiling Rahul, his face taking 50% of the frame as if he has beamed elightenment and benevelonce on the team…

    I met a NDTV reporter a few days later. She too laughed saying that it was one of their biggest blunders.

    Manohar, are you defending this sort of dynastic worship, akin of the infamous kim Sung 2 regime of North Korea or the rule of Gadaffi’s children who were going to get the inheritence?

    As for buying the media. I think Rs 500 is a joke. But if you listen to the radia tapes… a lot of media is soliciting the right buyer…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Someone else blunders (NDTV in this case and for whatever reason) and you blame Rahul Gandhi. Waah!

    Rs 500 joke is on the BJP – see my reply to Pankaj.

    You too should read my posts over couple of blogs.Nowhere I have supported dynastic worship. In case of Nehru-Gandhi family, the only person I admire is Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru – though he is no holy cow either. He completely mishandled the China policy.

    If you recall I had condemned Rajiv Gandhi for not doing enough to prevent 1984 in response to your post to me. I had asked whether you would condemn Modi for not doing enough to prevent 2002. There was a thundering silence from your side. You may have your holy cows – I have none.

  • Anonymous

    L K Advani’s nautanki skipped Satna on account(?) of bad roads in MP – a State governed by his party for the better part of a decade — which turns out to be a poor advertisement for the BJP’s ability to deliver on governance and not on account of the allegations of journalists being bribed there.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Manohar

    What is your take on rahul being credited of dreaming, planning and en-visioning a LokPal so as to gaurantee that India becomes corruption free. And the news being projected that the COngress always wanted it, while Anna and BJP had opposed it always. That is why for 46 years Rahul, Indira’s, Sonia and Rajiv’s dreams could not be achieved….

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay

    Rahul Gandhi has expressed the view that the Office of the Lok Pal be given a constitutional status like offices of the Election Commission and Comptroller & Auditor General (to the sycophant Congressmen it is akin to a ‘firman’). It needs to be looked into it and I believe the Standing Committee (consisting of members of all the parties from both the houses of the parliament) is going to weigh the pros and cons of that. It will be the will of the majority of the parliamentarians and not one individual’s that shall prevail – the UPA does not have the numbers to push their (or Rahul’s) version through the parliament, especially in Rajya Sabha. Even you can write to the Standing Committee and make suggestions and they would certainly look into them, if it merits attention. There cannot be any provision in the bill or for that matter in any bill that is ultra-vires of the constitution. We have to work withing the system

    If you ask me and I have said this before, whether Rahul Gandhi’s suggestion is incorporated (it will require constitutional amendment with 2/3rd’s support of the members in both the houses) or not, the Lok Pal (in whatever the avatar) is not going to end or reduce corruption. This is like trying to find a cure rather than prevent it or trying to lock the gate after the horse has bolted.

    The methods and measures to reduce prevention lie somewhere else in the system. You could scroll though the earlier blogs to find out what steps IMO that need to be taken to reduce the menace. Many legal experts have expressed the view that existing provisions of law (perhaps with some tweaking) are sufficient to tackle corruption.

    Anna’s agitation has only brought urgency to have such a body, nothing more and I repeat it is not going to make an iota of difference, once the bill is passed. Another body of bureaucracy will created with attendant costs and no benefit in sight.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Manohar

    The gist of my arguement was that while the Congress has opposed the Lok Pal for 46 years, it now wants to give Mr gaffe Prone , Yuvraj Singh the credit… in case a bill is passed.

    How ironic !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    At least get your facts correct.

    The first lokpal bill was passed in the 4th Lok Sabha in 1969 but could not get through in Rajya Sabha, subsequently, Lokpal bills were introduced in 1971, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and in 2008, yet they were never passed.

    Janta Party Government 1977, VP Singh’s government 1989 and the NDA Government in 1998 and 2001 – why didn’t they do anything?

    BTW, why no Lokayukta in Gujarat for the last 8 years? Have you any answers to that?

    IMO, there was/is no political will on part of all the parties to get this legislation through. As I have expressed it elsewhere, this bill is not going to reduce corruption and it will be a waste of time and money to create and sustain this monster – Lok Pal. IMO, it is a good thing that this has not been done so far.

    Let them give credit to whomsoever they wish – they are sycophants, I do not give a damn – I will give credit to the Parliament. The irony is that you are making a song and dance about it.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    it is very misleading to suggest, as even the HC judge, Aqil Kureshi has done, to put the entire blame for the non-appointment of a lokayukta in Gujarat on Narendra Modi.

    Let me quote from the judgement of the dissenting judge, Sonia Gokani:

    Differing on this point, Justice Gokani observed that the state government had initiated the process in the year 2006 and the name of Justice KR Vyas was pending before the Governor’s office for three years. And, therefore, the state government could not be held responsible for the delay, she said.

    Justice Gokani also said that the Governor was wrong in asking the chief justice to propose only one name. She said the Lokayukta is not a judicial post where the doctrine of one name for one post applies.

    Allowing the government’s petition to quash the Governor’s notification to appoint Mehta as the Lokayukta, Justice Gokani observed that neither in the name of delay nor in the name of growing need, shortcuts should be permitted.

    “The parliamentary system should not take a back-seat in the process,” she added.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Oh, no! You again and attempting to obfuscate the issue.

    My specific question and it has nothing to do with the subsequent judgment the petition will be referred to a third judge.

    Why no Lokayukta was not appointed for 8 long years? The last time you tried to justify was all balderdash – do not rehash it.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Another nauTanki.

    BSY complains of chest pain and is shifted to a hospital. Must have learnt this trick from the Congress.

    Comments, anyone?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar-

    Advani should not have undertaken this stupid thing..

    He could have undertaken one, like Anna, if he was not the head of another corrupt party (may be a lesser one than Congress).

    Now, as you discussed, his yatra only will bring the problems to the front – like Karnataka, the bad roads you mentioned etc

    His ego will destroy the chances his party has.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    Your favourite line is confirmed ” The BJP is working overtime ……..”

    Here is an interesting link, that says it all

    Controversy dogs Advani ‘yatra’ against corruption

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2541139.ece

  • Anonymous

    Guys what do you think of the statement given by our PM that RTI needs a
    critical review and Ms. Ambika Soni backing him on this . I think that this is a very good law and should not be touched .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    We learn as we go along in life.If the RTI Act is causing problems in governance, there is no harm in revisiting it. I do not think the Prime Minister is suggesting that it be watered down, perhaps he is suggesting tweaking and of course, the final call will be taken by both the houses of the Parliament. Remember, the UPA does not have the numbers in the Upper House to ram any bill through.

    Yes, it is a good law and needs to be persisted with, no question about that.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is a concerted effort to dilute RTI act.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dalit-PM-from-Congress-will-be-reality-in-near-future-Anil-Shastri/articleshow/10379143.cms

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    The dilution can only take place by an amendment to the act by the Parliament (remember the UPA does not have the numbers in the Rajya Sabha).

    If amendment(s) do ever take place that would be with the co-operation of the opposition parties (BJP, Comrades, etc.) – then you cannot blame UPA alone.

    Having said that, if there are shortcomings or hindering effective governance, then I see no problem in tweaking the act.

    Let the Parliament revisit the act and then we shall know, as to what are the intentions of the Government.

    Don’t you want effective, speedy and good governance or you wish to create only problems and hindrances for the present government so that it can be voted out? Whichever party comes to power next, it will also face the same problems and hindrances and you will not get effective, speedy and good governance then also.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Everyone knows what these hinderancs are. Poliiticians and their deeds are being exposed because of this law. Recent
    scams like Aadarsh scoiety, mining scandal and to some extent 2G came to light because of this
    RTI act. I think not only UPA but all the political parties would like to weaken this law and they should not be allowed to do this .

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    I agree.

  • engrich

    ब्राह्मणवाद चला रहे हैं अन्ना: अग्निवेश
    same digvijay told a little earlier.

    i told first that anna is fraud and trained monkey of rss(rumour spreading society).his popularity was victory of brhmnst mediacracy.what this 7th fail jahil can do for india.

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  • Anonymous

    ==============================================================
    ~~~ BLOG ASHES DISPERSAL AT YAMUNA GHAT~~ All invited ~~~
    ==============================================================

    After the death of this blog, we are now at the onto the dispersal of the blog ashes at Yamuna ghat. Despite repeated requests by blogmates to make the blog feature at least 100 to 150 comments a page, to re-incarnate this blog, the resustication bid at the ICU failed and now we are the ash disposal stage.

    Pandit Vinod Sharma will conduct the ceremony at Yamuna ghat.

    Since the blog was truely secular and in the spirit of the Indian constitution, parallel ceremonies will be conducted.

    Gopi and Raju will give the blog a cermonial burial in a Christian cemetry.

    Shoeb and Usman will bury the blog at a Kabristan.

    Balwinder is requested to conduct the Sikh rituals

    In the end Shenoy will sing the manna dey song,

    Kasme waade pyaar wafaa sab,
    Baatein hain baato ka kya

    Hoga masiha …
    Hoga masiha saamne tere,
    Phir bhi na tu bach paayega
    Tera apna…
    Tera apna khoon hi aakhir tujhko aag lagaayega
    Aasmaan mein …
    Aasmaan me udne waale mitti mein mil jaayega
    Kasme waade pyaar wafaa sab, baatein hain baato ka kya

    Sukh mein tere …
    Sukh mein tere saath chalenge,
    Dukh mein sab mukh modenge
    Duniya waale …

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Irony is
    Vinod Sharma, the messiah could not save the blog
    The HT IT department, jo apna khhon hai, lit the funeral pyre
    Once the blog soared in the sky… aaj mitti mein mil gaya hai

    And we all were with the blog when it soared.
    But today
    ” Dukh mein sab mukh modenge…”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    You forgot me .

    And in the evening gam door karne ke liye we will go to a bar .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ MOhan

    Of course we will go to the bar together !!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    gam bhulane ke live mein to piye jaoonga.

    By the way

    Will you leave your phone number on my email.

    melody_enterprises@hotmail.com

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ MOhan and Shenoy & Vijay

    Mohan, I hope Vinod Sharmaji remembers that this was among the top 5 blogs in India. he should not let it wither away…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar, Mohan,

    as the song says, “sab batein hain, baton ka kya, but where is the masiha hiding? Does he feel any pain at the blog’s losing its very life support? Why no respect for the “graahak”?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Shenoy

    Vinod Sharma as the messiah should don the dress of Sharukh Khan in RA 1 and fly into the IT department fo HT and ….

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  • Anonymous

    @ Vijay

    Yes, it is such a shame that this forum is langusihing because the IT guys have messed it up. It is like an IT raid. But of course IT does not stand for income tax here…. but info tech…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay, Shenoy, Sanjay,

    I am sure Mr. Sharma will feel the pain of all the bloggers and ORDER
    his IT department to do something about this .

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  • Anonymous

    Match has started. I will go home and watch. See you in the evening.

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  • Anonymous

    Mr Vinod Sharma told us “What a brazen disregard of the electorate’s native wisdom!”
    We said no Sir …don’t be in a hurry …some election outcomes are a result of the electorate”s native wisdom …. and some are not. It all depends on what the outcome is.Three bye-elections and Congress loses all three. This can only happen because of the electorate’s naivette. Be it Hissar or Khadakvasla or Dharaunda.
    When the country asked questions on Janlokpal , or on 2G, or on CWG , the Congress Party heaped scorn “come and fight elections”… We have the most honest PM …”the Parliament is supreme ” . And sometimes with a forked tongue …So PM shall extend courtesy to Anna and wink at Digvijay to throw his stones at him
    The country waits … how long shall you bluff …and we recall what Mr Vinod Sharma told us….. “What a brazen disregard of the electorate’s native wisdom”

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  • Anonymous

    CONGRESS has lost the deposit at Hissar !!

    Is it the Kejriwal effect?

    Digvijay, COngress and Rahul baby should start thinking seriously and change their tune…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay, Praveen Saxenaji,

    it is a complete wash-out for the congress party in four bye-elections, not three. It also lost in Andhra Pradesh.

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  • Anonymous

    Neither the screaming and breast beating about Anna’s tie-up with the RSS, nor the antecedents of Kuldeep Bishnoi, who is supposed to carry forward the aaya-Ram, gaya-Ram phenomenon, have had any bearing on the victory of the BJP backed candidate.

    Kejriwal’s Fortuner seems to have, in fact, brought victory to the campaign against the congress party.

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  • Anonymous

    Dr. Shah Alam,
    you said, “So Sandhu ji do you agree that Kejriwal has entered the akhada of politics? In that case, this article of Sharma ji stands vindicated. This is a political agitation with support from the BJP. I hope you will not retract from this stand.”

    Now that the election result has come, do you still hold that Vinodji’s “stand” is vindicated? Not that we are very clear about the so called stand Vinodji has taken, except being anti-anything that has the BJP-RSS in it. That is not a new “stand”.

    Why don’t you see the truth? Anna’s agitation had the support-in fact overwhelming support- of all sections of the Indian society, which necessarily includes the RSS-BJP people in large numbers. The same was said about the JP movement. Did that make JP’s movement anti-national?

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    Shah Alam Khan Reply:

    Absolutely incorrect Shenoy sahib. Now that you compare the JP movement to Anna’s circus, lets make a few things clear. JP movement was a pan India, pan-culture, pan caste agitation with a homogenous set of people (or nearly homogenous set) with an open socio-political agenda. It was not at the sweet will of a few idiots surrounding JP. It succeeded because it had an appeal of vyavastha parivartan (its a different debate whether the parivartan came or not). As against this the Anna’s circus began with a gori Bharat Mata’s picture in April, with an anti-corruption appeal at Jantar Mantar. It was here that I heard the anti-reservation, anti-conversion, casteist slogans on full pitch. Anti -Corruption was only on platter to attract the audience. Come August and the circus metamorphosed into a a Gandhian movement with loud, overtly secular, uncouth overtones. Bharat Mata’s picture gave way to Gandhiji’s and the anti corruption rhetoric changed to an anti Congress rhetoric. Not that I support a corrupt UPA II, but this kind of mobocracy putting people over the parliament and the democratic process is detrimental to the our system. The inequality of gender, caste, religion and economics is so real in this country that its not only dangerous but plain foolish to follow the jugglery of one man who tries to change governments on personal fetishes. As for the UPA, the writing is clear on the wall, who needs an Anna to translate this transcript? We are in a democracy where people have to get ELECTED not SELECTED by themselves to drive home the message of corruption.
    Truly,
    Shah Alam Khan
    New Delhi

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Doctor Sahib

    A standing ovation for your comments.

    The only point to note (which I suppose you are aware of) this homily is not going to cut any ice with the likes of Shenoy and his fellow travellers, given their mind-sets.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Good that you ‘rushed’ to give a standing ovation to Dr.Shah Alam. In the coming days, rest assured, you will get fewer and fewer opportunities to even stand up and be counted.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Dr. Alam’s response has really discomforted you, put you off-balance and you must be squirming in your ………. (take your pick). I am looking forward to your response to him.

    I am not here to stand up and be counted (that is for the insecure types – perhaps you are one of them). Get that misunderstanding out of your little mind.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Dr.Shah Alam Saheb,

    It is Ok that you don’t see any similarity between Anna’s movement and JP’s movement. If you were around those days, the pro-establishment people called JP’s movement too a circus. Some also called it nautankies orchetrated by the RSS; and the sangh was later banned for the very same reason. Both agitations made corruption as their leit-motif and central theme.

    Your objection to the display of Bharat Mata in the backdrop by Anna sounds unsurprisingly similar to Digvinash Singh, who drew the conclusion by looking at it as Anna being supported by the RSS.

    And I am pained by your description of the agitation as mobocracy, despite there being discipline among the supporters and peace, both exemplary and unusual.

    I would very much like to hear more from you on the “writing on the wall” for the UPA.

    And, getting elected in our democracy is only for the hoi polloi, the aam aadmi etc. Not for the dynasty. The unseemly and crude attempts that are underway to foist the yuvraj on an already suffering nation is not my idea of “getting elected”.

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    Shah Alam Khan Reply:

    Dear Mr. Shenoy, I am pained by your fear of the dynasty. its akin to the imaginary enemies created by the Nazis in the pre holocaust era. I didn’t even mention the “Yuvraj” then there was no need to be paranoid. Anyway my “writing on the wall for UPA” seems to be music to your ears! No wonder I can see where your loyalties are and in a democracy you have all right to have your heart at the”right” place. Again I do not agree with your analysis of the JP movement. I am yet to read one article (except may be by the sycophants of the time) condemning the JP movement in a way in which the clown and his his team has been condemned in recent times. If I sound like Digvijay Singh, thats your problem Sir, not mine. You again have every right to conclude on imaginary foes. To me Mr Singh is a sycophant of the Gandhi clan and he is doing his duty well. Mobocracy is not only the means of using violence to intimidate (like the post Godhra riots of Gujarat). Mobocracy is to make a just or unjust demand based on the shear strength of numerics. Whether that numeric is legal or illegal, moral or immoral is probably the point I wanted to hammer.
    Finally Mr Shenoy I write what I support. But I am afraid Sir, in your case I do not see the same honesty. You seem to support the BJP (maybe the RSS) but haven’t ever confessed this on this blog. Is this not moral corruption? I only hope my last analysis is god damn nonsense.
    truly,
    Shah Alam Khan
    New Delhi

    Anonymous Reply:

    Dr. Alam

    Another standing ovation, much to the chagrin of Shenoy.

    Shah Alam Khan Reply:

    Thank you Manohar ji. I only hope that everybody gets to see light at times when we are so used to this darkness.
    Truly,
    Shah Alam Khan
    New Delhi

    Anonymous Reply:

    Dr Khan

    You are welcome. As you must be surely be aware, it is pointless to put forth reasoned and alternative view-points across the likes of Shenoy & Co. They will not even agree to disagree.

    Any (mis)deed of their heroes is no misdeed at all or justifiable or due to the fault of its opponents (Nehru-Gandhi family, Congress, other religious communities and whoever else who does not toe their line)

    They have only one-point agenda – Modi to be the Prime Minister and a related nightmare – Rahul Gandhi becoming one (wonder how many times they wake up in horror in the middle of the night). It is easy for them then on – hallucinating about demons and enemies.

    The fact that both of them are not competent enough (IMO) to hold the august post is completely lost on them.

  • Anonymous

    @ Dr Shah Alam

    Welcome back to the blog !

    Dr Alam I have an axe to grind here ! Sir, do you really think anti-corruption can only be a monoply of people whom you like or for that matter I like?

    No sir, the anti corruption movement has to be broad based. From the far right to the far left. It is possible that you would have ideological differences with the Anna movement. Even I have them. But you have to acknowledge that only this movement got the issue to centre stage. We have to give them credit and congratulate them for being hard headed.

    Let me push the issue further. You would, it seems admire an anti corruption movement only if it were to be lead by forces who are for a) reservation b) not bothered about conversion c) casteist , you mentioned Anna was, I dont see how, so I will leave this.

    Now translating this into the actual realities of Indian politics, who exactly are the people who fit into the mould of the anti-corruption guys you would love

    a) Mulayam Singh and Mayawati

    b) Lalu

    c) COngress

    d) CPM and CPI

    Well out of the choice you have given us, a, b and c are anyway very corrupt. So thier anti corruption movement would be a farce.

    Choice d is an oxymoron in today’s context. CPM has been booted out of Bengal and probably has an agenda of being a mental slave to China. Something Indians would never want their ruling party to be.

    So in the end in case we were to go by your thesis of an anti corruption movement being only pure if it were to be restricted to certain groups, I am afraid, such a movement would never happen…

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    Shah Alam Khan Reply:

    Hi Vijay, Even though I was away, much hasn’t changed on this blog! and I must say, I yet again, fail to even appraise likes of you with my view point. Lets take each point one by one…on merit (as you may like that!):
    1. Issues like corruption can never be monopolized by few. Neither by those whom you like nor by those whom I adore. So we are talking on the same page. This is not the issue with the Anna movement. The issue is the malice behind the will to fight any x, y or z social problem. I think you have missed the point completely. I keep coming back to the same point again and again. Its a choice of satta and vyavastha, along with neeyat. My argument against Anna is on all these issues. The neyat of those who surround him (and to an extent his own) is not right. They, it appears, just want to change the government at the centre- replace one corrupt system with another corrupt system and I don’t agree to be a participant to it.
    2. The movement HAS to be broad based, you are again correct but Vijay sahib Anna’s movement is NOT broad based. It has a particular skewing towards middle class, urban, high caste Indians. The metropolitan theatrics involved in this anti-graft movement with a negligible rural base goes on to prove my point.
    3. I would admire an anti-x,y, z movement when it would address vyavastha change, no matter who so ever wants to carry it along. I have said in my earlier responses that caste, economic divide, religious intolerance & illiteracy are the biggest forms of corruptions which plague this nation and unfortunately haven’t seen any of the members of team clown address this. Its not important who leads the agitation, its vital what and where we are being led. Look at the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street protests. Both are leaderless movements which shook up the foundations of colonialism and capitalism through out the globe.
    4.You did not agree on my calling Anna a casteist, fair enough. Its your take. I have been tot he “model village” of the old man and was amazed by the strict caste divide which I presumed to be the reason d atroire of his existence. There is enough to read about it. I can send you a few articles if you are looking for evidence.
    5. I don’t know why you bring up people and parties like you have mentioned. Thats the key Vijay sahib, its not about individuals. It’s about issues which you support and which i support. By the way the conspicuous absence of Yeddurappa, Modi, Bal Thackrey from this elite list of yours does show where your heart lies…..good that at least sub consciously you are honest, unlike many others who come in a garb on this blog.
    I hope you have understood me better now. We live in a world which is based on inequalities of a billion types, in India these inequalities take a violent form now and then. The histrionics of Kejriwal and the nautanki of Kiran Bedi is not the call for revolution. The cry of the hungry next door may be. I prefer to wait for the critical mass to accumulate before jumping the gun.
    Truly,
    Shah Alam Khan
    New Delhi

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Dr Alam

    I have replied to you in the new blog… as I was not sure whther you would visit this older one.

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  • vinod

    Vinod,
    The government of India need to get rid of all corruption.
    We want a government which can get the money SWISS ACCOUNTS back to India.
    Anna movement would not have been born. Kejriwal would be riding his cycle to his IT job. No need!
    By UN regulations US Govt could get their money back.
    But why not India.
    I say Govt bring back the money – up the development budget three fold.
    Then Congress People can move in Fortuner – hmm in Govt Helicoptors.
    Sorry if it is off topic, but we Indians like to look at the root of the problem. Everything else is just MAYA JAAL.

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  • Anonymous

    CONGRESS LOST ITS DEPOSIT IN HISSAR. TELL YOUR MASTERS THEY WILL LOSE 5-0 IN ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS ALSO.

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  • Anonymous

    Author says in the middle of his write up .. and I quote” And yes, some of his views are deeply offensive.”. I was bewildered to read this statement. Wich vies of Modi exactly does author find offensive ? The view that Modi does not recognize a minority and treats all as equal citizens of state or the view that Modi’s policies are not for a community but for welfare of all. Whenever I have heard Modi speak, he has put development of India at the center of his speech. He uses such topics related to development that other politicians have not even given a thought to those things of common sense. So I am still amazed that the author managed to find something in Modi’s views that he feels are deeply offensive. Wow…

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    Viren Reply:

    I think the author is opposed to Modi’s view on corruption. If corruption is stopped, how authors like Vir will make money by writing paid articles.

    Vir – BTW, what is your rate these days?

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    Viren Reply:

    I think the author is opposed to Modi’s view on corruption. If corruption is stopped, how authors like Vir will make money by writing paid articles.

    Vir – BTW, what is your rate these days?

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    aum Reply:

    author is anti national his views are of true anti national so we should ignore him it is In INDIA this kilnd of anti national is allowed to write rubbish , well let him enjoy his anti national views and his looted money ( hand out by anti national sonia gandi) till the new nationalist government comes to power at center

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  • Raj Pal

    Yes Modi has the right to speak, But I also have the choice of not wanting to hear him. As for being elected by the people, so was Adolf Hitler and many other equally nasty bunch of people. This, after all, is the man on whose watch more than 5000 members, including defenceless pregnant women and children, of the Muslim faith were killed, and who has not once offered an apology. This is not merely an academic point by the way. Modi’s public interactions today are part of an effort to help the BJP soften his image and project him as their Prime Ministerial candidate in the coming elections. Therefore, the protesters are quite right in trying everything to spike this plan. I don’t have a scintilla of doubt that minorities in an India with Modi as the PM will feel even more insecure that they do today.

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    Mirror Mirror on the Wall Reply:

    I have a problem with the fascist book aka Quran. I want it banned. That book is full of hatred for any thing under the sun that is Not associated with Islam and Pedophile bedouin prophet. So, it is my right to have all forums ban it.

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    Mail Me Reply:

    Your rights do not become special rights because you are a minority. You dont want to listen.. do not listen..who is forcing you. Your views only show that what would you do if you were in majority in India…shut Hindus mouth…!!! Thank you, Hindus are learning fast and support for Modi is growing because you people are victimizing him.
    I am sick and tired of listening to this non-sensical self serving arguement of being a minority. There are only 2 Hindu minority states in India- J&K and Punjab, Hindus were butchered in both these states like animals and driven out of their homes. For people like you, minorities have every right to kill but Hindus should tolerate because they are in majority. What happened in Gujrat was reaction to burning alive of over 75 innocent Hindus. Muslims have long history of starting riots and slaughtering Hindus. This time Hindus reacted.There is no magic wand with any govt that would prevent reaction by thousands at hundreds of places. How many Hindus, Christians, Ahmadiyas and now Shias are massacred everyday in Pakistan I don’t see any reaction anywhere.
    Why different standard for Hindus ? Modi has lost nothing…not even a single supporter has ditched him…infact..his support has grown. Hypocrites like you will eat dust in the end.

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    Sumit Bose Reply:

    @Raj, your choice not to hear is legitimate, but the quintessence in this situation is that NM was invited to speak, he did not “beg” for being invited. How would you feel , if I invited you to my house and then told you that the invite has been rescinded. This truely is a “slap” on the face of India, as he has shown to all Indians that a there is a Lee Yew Kuan among us, and there can exit, in post-Independence India, a spotlessly in-corrupt leader.

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    bharat Reply:

    Before Roman accepted Christianity..they were secular state..Christian keep shouting about persecution but once in power they wiped all the religion and spiritual paths..It is also quite funny when they are dictatiing term to whole world but still talk about persecution…Hindus are getting persecuted by Roman empire of Nehrus…But Tectonic shift is occurring…Hindus are not some poor guy on the street begging for few rupee.

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    Sunita Wadiyar Reply:

    The number of people estimated to have killed during 2002 riots is 2000….and it comprises of Hindus also and not just Muslims.

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    Javed Reply:

    so go home. dont force others with you. common-sense. got it?

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  • Madan Mehta

    By changing its mind on Modi-invite, Wharton has hurt its reputation more than hurting Modi. Wharton has shown that its decision-making processes are flawed—prone to meddling by prejudiced faculty and students. The change of mind also reflects poorly on the quality of Wharton faculty and administration. If I were to advise young Indian students, my message will be to keep away from Wharton.

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    Bystander Reply:

    Harvard terminated Mr. Swamy’s Guest lectures. So , why just stop at Wharton ? (BTW, it was UPenn’s decision and not Wharton).

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  • Koki

    Speak to his fello gujurati,yes.

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  • Vin

    This guy was the Chief Minister at the time of carnage, I do not see its difference with the holocaust, even though the latter’s magnitude was million times higher. With pseudo democracy we have in India, it is a hog wash to talk about Free Speech. Let us not forget here for a moment that persons charged with serious crimes are in the Indian legislative wings. It will be a while before India is truly democratic to talk about free speech. But we are getting there. Coming to this guy, we as aspiring democratic leaning and loving young nation should always remember such carnage must be remembered,lest future generations forget it. Truly democratic Wharton School student body and its faculty love this guy, but taking no for an answer is also part of democracy. UPENN has a lot at stake here….

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    Kunal Reply:

    And what do you have to say about Rajiv Gandhi…who oversaw the killing of 10000 sikhs in 1984??..and the perpetrators like Tytler were in the govt for long…you dont show any concern there?? paid agent?? use the same scale bro!!

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    Bystander Reply:

    Who copy-pasted whom ?

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    sameer Reply:

    And what do you have to say about Rajiv Gandhi…who oversaw the killing of 10000 sikhs in 1984??..and the perpetrators like Tytler were in the govt for long…you dont show any concern there?? paid agent?? use the same scale bro!!

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    Bystander Reply:

    Two wrongs never balance each other pal.

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    bharat Reply:

    I do believe congressmen especially Muslim who burnt hundreds of women and children alive in the train bogey by Hitler style operation against Jews must be remembered for hundreds of years…Gujarat must be remembered for their solidarity for the children and women who sacrificed their lives for their faith on Lord Ram…It was Gujrat..Only State with Rajputana heart and Pillar of strength who raised voice against the unjustice and took steps against the Dons, goons who used threaten people with Dawood and Chota shakeel connection…Like American, Modi ensured that no terrorist ever roam free..When rest of state keep getting attacked and terrorised leaving hundreds of common mass die Gujarat stand strong and vigilant against anti national forces…Corruption running rampant in most of the state run by congress…People have kicked our congress and replaced them with regional parties…Congress time is up…Nehru family time is up…

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  • Proud Gujju

    Mr. Modi has proven leadership skills, provide fantastic development and vision as well as corruption free environment and provided prosperity to Gujarat. There has been so many investigations on this riot that has yet to prove anything. Even Muslims in Gujarat are voting for him.. Look at latest municipal elections. It is just that corrupt people in world and rest of India are so afraid of a man like NM. Weather He is invited to speak or not, weather he gets elected as PM or not it will be loss of others. Gujarat is only going to get stronger. Jay Ho NM..

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  • truthasitis

    Vir, Why stoop so low?. Fking Modi is a mass murderer and should be hanged instead of people listening to him, Have you gone nuts?

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    bharat Reply:

    Yes. @truthasitis..Wind has changed direction…Soon fire is going to engulf the Saudi and vatican who were burning the civilized world…Just hang tight and enjoy the unthinkable…Dollar and Dinar power will be replaced with Yuan and Yen power…Mideast tyrannic philosophy will leave to welcome Bhuddist philosophy…Hinduism is fine within Bharat..Hindus don’t want converts..Bhuddism originated from India so that World can embrace Bhuddism and World will live in peace again…

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    Var Mack Reply:

    If you’re so convinced, you ought to have given your evidence and testimony to Supreme Court. So, stop being a cry baby!

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  • Kamal

    This writer is still around?? Im amazed..with soo many scams happening you still get time to write?? Well I guess bigger middlemen like Shukla etc have taken over..you and Barkha can now play online lottery!…you can cheat there also.

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  • Sharan

    “I am not one of those who voted for him”??..bhai dukaan bhi to chalani hai:)…tumhara vote kidhar jaata hai India jaanti hai…sharam karo..atleast wear a Burkha before you write:)

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  • Harish Raut

    Ab ye 2 kaudi ke writer Modiji pe comment denge…”his views are deeply offensive”?? Aaj kal kya bech rahe ho janaab?? sarkar chodke GB road pe naukri leli kya?

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  • bharat

    For the first time I see light of reason from Vir sanghvi. I never liked him because I do believe he works for certain group of people who are anti Hindu..I believe in God and dieties but I don’t want media and minorities to humiliate us. Any effort to radicalize God fearing Hindus would be great Sin.In your heart you know most of Hindus are tolerant unlike many from mideast religion. I have read enough history about the world to support my view.I have read Bible as well..I don’t judge homosexual are devil since I believe you are judged by your action not by your sexual orientation…I believe Women should be respected .Modi is not from my state neither I know much about Modi..but God gave me little common sense to judge 6 decades of Nehru family leadership ..Then compare it with Modi’s leadership to change Gujrat destiny from deficient to self reliant state with his innovation and “will” to make Gujrat number one city in the world. But I feel all who support Modi is not member of RSS or KKK or wide spread racist republicans Why media only attack leaders who want to change the destiny of India from poverty to Prosperity…T.N sheshan had said there is no future of India…Many in India wanted Army rule to cleanse corruption from India..Even Biju pattnaik suggested it…We are fed up of these lies and corruption congress is spreading in India and world..But it is also a fact that BJP veterans are bunch of fools who have no idea how to handle CONs and alway end up with egg on their face..

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  • aum

    modi is neither fascist or racist he is hero and future P M of India

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    bharat Reply:

    fascist and racist in western mindset..no place in India..Funny part is it is slaves like congressmen who are serving Nehru family not India…these uneducated are calling Modi a bad person..He is the angel of God.. He is a non Nehru, non corrupt, no heir for whom money needs to be left behind other than rest of India who are like children, Fountain head of unlimited energy, Person who take care of his Mother..Yes, he doesn’t like corrupt irrespective of their gender. He did make a comment about a woman who are investigated for corruption but congress conmen protected her..

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    Bob M Reply:

    He He He!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Modi is constant source of Income for his critics. Just think if Modi is not attacked, these critics will starve to death.

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    Bystander Reply:

    You meant – Modi “provides” constant source of income to his critics ?

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  • bharat

    Harvard school once came to study Laloo tricks..a corrupt and shameless politician that Bihari used to vote for…Now, Nalanda time glory has given some sense of direction to these Bihari who are now supporting non Laloo type politician who sincerely want to develop Bihar…But then Nitin like leader have no objection aligning with Islamic Sharia advocating cleric and corrupt politician to show to the dark master in the shadow who pays media and manipulate power structure to take India to dustbin.

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  • shiri

    Congress is lauding the decision of Wharton to cancel Sri.Narendra Modi’s visit. When Mr. Modi spoke of the fact that MMS is a night watchman, congis said it is an insult to the nation as MMS being the PM. Now is it not true that congress is insulting 6 crore Gujarathis who ELECTED Mr. Modi unlike MMS being nominated by the “family”……

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    bharat Reply:

    no point talking about congress..They are desperate and they are trying to persecute a man who is non corrupt, bhramchari, sacrificed his life for nation, take care of his Mother, down to earth, rose from non preveleged family…Many see him as once in thousand year messiah who can cleanse India and revitalize it to face 21st century…Segregation and categorization of people by caste and religion has no place in this 21st century..Modi knows it..Human development is what he is after not muslim or Hindu or Jain or Bhuddist development…Why should he apologize for anything..He knows what went wrong and he took steps to prevent it once for all..Dubai and Saudi remote control of Indian government must stop if India has to prosper…Congressmen and Nehru family worked day night to keep Saudi happy but now time is up…Let Indian take control of their destiny and develop India organically..Money will be everywhere…You only need to identify people and parties responsible for 6 decades of loot and rape…

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  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t makes any difference that Modi has been denied to address the students of Wharton. Very soon he will be addressing whole nation from Red Fort.

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    Bystander Reply:

    Very less likely. Actually Modi – by keeping NDA polarised – is helping UPA . Think about it.

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  • Suhail

    I am not supporter of George Bush but that does not mean I will oppose or lobby against his speech if it was arranged in any Indian University or college.

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    Sunita Wadiyar Reply:

    There were protests against Bush when he addressed in IISc. But he was not stopped in name of free speech.

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  • Anonymous

    As a host Wharton reserves right to invite or not invite but to invite and then disinvite is crude and uncouth behavior even western culture.

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  • Javed

    Modi gains legitimacy by using Wharton’s name. How? Modi gains legitimacy through his voters.
    Wharton does not count in the bargain

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  • vijay !

    Modi as a speaker speaks pretty well and wins over the audience easily.

    The anti Modi industry which gets funds from all over thrives in portraying him as a demon and much more. These guys are afraid that once people hear Modi talk the will find him human and the anti Modi industry will get starved of funds and donors.

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  • dimple

    Modi must be doing something right that so many people want him in and so many out.

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