Its Tharoor’s cricket versus Pawar’s



This is a story I have told to friends before on many occasions but now I feel the need to put it down in black and white.

When Atal Behari Vajpayee’s government fell by one vote in  1999, I asked Sharad Pawar, “Who do you think was responsible – Mayawati, Saifuddin Soz or Girdhar Gamang?’’
Soz was the singular member of his party (National Conference) in parliament at the time and Girdhar Gamang was Chief Minister of  Orissa. He hadn’t  resigned his Lok Sabha seat, yet  – a fact that made L K Advani cry foul about the impropriety of the Congress’s act in bringing Gamang to the Lok Sabha for the  confidence vote (you cannot hold two Constitutional posts at the same time and at least Advani was convinced that the Gamang vote caused the BJP their government).

I was startled by Pawar’s reply.  “Why not Ramsheth Thakur?’’ he asked me. Thakur was then an independent MP from  Maharashtra  (today he is with the Congress). Of course, I interpreted that as Pawar taking credit for bringing down the BJP government. Perhaps he was seeking that credit to qualify himself for the Prime Minister’s post. But, then, as we all know, the Congress could not cobble together its 272 members and Pawar split the party to form the Nationalist Congress Party  before the subsequent Lok Sabha elections.

So, as I saw it, it could have been anyone of those four MPs whose vote counted at that confidence motion. No one could have taken sole credit (and none of them did, really).

But then several years later, when Pawar was defeated by one vote at the election to the office of President of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), he was sure — when it could have been just about anyone who voted against him — that  it was just one man who had caused that defeat: Dnyaneshwar Agashe, who was then a voting member of the Mumbai Cricket Assocation.

As they tell it in Maharashtra, Agashe was late in reaching Calcutta – he was on a train that was delayed and Pawar , I am told, thought that was deliberate.  Pawar, they say,  thought he should have taken a flight and that would have got him to Calcutta on time. And Pawar is not one to forgive such slights easily.

No one quite knows if Agashe had indeed played to former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmia’s tune as Pawar supporters had alleged and deliberately come late to Calcutta to engineer’s Pawar defeat but the Maratha strongman never forgave the man even upto his death.

His friends and relatives still talk about it in hushed tones, for after that nothing went right for Dnyaneshwar Agashe. He was a vintner and soon he found he could get no farm workers to pick, harvest or crush his grapes; he could not show his wines anywhere at all; he could not get loans for the following grape season from any bank  anywhere… but the worst was yet to come.

There were many co-operative sector barons in Maharashtra who were involved in some scam or the other (most of them were with the NCP). Agashe, too, was named in one such scam that involved even ministers in the Maharashtra government. He found himself arrested (was it just a coincidence that the Maharashtra Home department was held by the NCP?) when nothing happened to any of the others in an identical situation. He was a diabetic but he was given no special health facilities in prison – he died of sheer medical negligence.

All of which could be sheer coincidence but those who tell the story with a shiver going down their spines are convinced he paid the price for thwarting Pawar in his ambitions to be BCCI chief the first time round. Of course, Pawar got the job the next year and his detractors are convinced he made sure that Dalmia was discredited with charges of embezzlement of BCCI funds for taking on Pawar the first time round. Dalmia could prove those charges as false through the Courts because he was a moneyed individual in his own right and he was in West Bengal, quite out of Pawar’s range, as it were, allege those who believe Pawar never forgives easily.

Actually there is more to such allegations but this is about all that I can bring into the public domain – though  I have known for a very long time now that Pawar gets such a reputation because such things happen round him quite frequently. That’s also  why most Maharashtra politicos – and even the Congress wallahs – run dead scared of him on this count . No one will quite take him on, to the chagrin of Congress bigwigs in New Delhi – they believe the wrath of their party president to be far more benign and thus well worth incurring in order to avoid the killing vengeance of the Maratha warlord!

Against this background, i believe Shashi Tharoor has become an inadvertent victim of Pawar’s wrath. He is a committed Congressman, loyal to his party president, determined to get cricket to Kerala  and clearly unbiddable (no pun intended) so far as Pawar is concerned. There are also reasons why Pawar does not like the majority stakeholders (the Gaekwads of Baroda) of the Kochi  franchise of the Indian Premier League and I know no one gets anything in Pawar’s domain if they do not enslave themselves to the Maratha warlord, or at least clearly place themselves in a secondary position to him.

From the little that I know of Tharoor, I can see that  the Union Minister of State for Foreign Affairs will never play second fiddle to anyone in a party not his own. And his integrity is now being called into question as a classic attempt to discredit the individual a la Agashe and Dalmia so that the fight goes out of them and only yes men remain round the powers-that-be.

Of course, Pawar has been very correct by publicly stating that Tharoor’s role in the franchise was limited to mentoring it but I do not believe IPL commissioner Lalit Modi would have been so stupid as to invite near-destruction of the IPL’s credibility by discrediting Tharoor if he had not thought that he had the backing of the most powerful people in this country. Even during IPL2, Modi’s challenge to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to provide security to the IPL or else was part of that overconfidence – no one else in this country believed that elections were less important or needed less security than the cricket teams playing mega-bucks cricket for sheer entertainment. And, I think,  Modi believed he could get away with it only because of the kind of political backing he had.

So once again, this is a Congress-National Congress Party battle being played out by proxy – Chidambaram replaced in this instance by Shashi Tharoor. It is very important to Pawar that no other political party dominate cricket because in Maharashtra, his core base, elections are won on the basis of the popularity of politicians with various cricketing teams. And by this I do not mean the official cricket teams like Ranji or nationals.

With the kind of cricket craze that prevails in this country , the Shiv Sena, one of the nearest rivals to the NCP in terms of regional appeal, came to power largely on the support of the innumerable gully cricket clubs they fostered. That is why it was important to then Chief Minister Manohar Joshi to become the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association. And when he gave up that office he tried his level best to ensure one of his own protégés –  Ajit Wadekar – succeed him to the job.

Pawar contested that election against Wadekar – no one could understand why he should make a prestige battle out of such a small issue or why, after trying for the PMO, he should want to be merely the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association. Since then the NCP has taken a leaf out of the Shiv Sena’s book  and fostered cricket clubs all over, making a big shindig about the gully cricket competitions they have held while Pawar has taken care of cricket at the national level. Indeed the NCP is unable to distinguish between Pawar’s role as a cricket administrator and his role as their party president – to them they are interchangeable. So much so that when the Indian T20 team won their first world cup, their victory rally was appropriated by NCP bigwigs who used the platform at the Wankhede stadium in Bombay to sing laurels to Sharad Pawar as a great leader while there was little mention of the play our cricketers had put up at that tournament.

So now that Tharoor has dared (I am sure quite innocently) to take on the mighty Pawar, he finds himself in the kind of soup he had never imagined he would be served up for merely combining his passion for cricket with his commitment to his state (which is what Pawar is doing, after all). That is why, it is only right that the details of every other shareholder in every other IPL franchise be opened up just as Modi has done the Kochi franchise. I am sure many more skeletons will come tumbling out of those cupboards. And they will not all be Shashi Tharoor’s.

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  • Sanjeev

    Article says lot about Mr. Pawar’s power, (hidden) history.
    But does not say much about current affair other than saying (projecting) it as proxy war without much detail (about current affair)…
    Hidden history is interesting… but least info on current affain (as least people know what’s going on)….

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  • Sari

    True grit on the part of the author.

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    vip Reply:

    sharad pawar is nothing but a fat *** sitting on top of crores kg of grain while the rest of the india is dieing of hunger….politicians are not be feared of but rather should be bullied…they only way to treat a bully is by bullying him and simply catch his bluff. It’s a combat baby, one better train every part of the body…

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    vinay singh Reply:

    An excellent view and quite courageous.

    Politicians like Sharad Pawar are shame to the nation of India. But for people like him India would be a developed and a respectable country. Investigation should also be extended to Sharad Pawar’s, other cricket officials, Lait Modi’s etc connection with the underworld, D company and other anti national organisations. The BJP and other political parties should not become slave to Sharad Pawar – National Interest is more important than a shady small minded politician. The congress party should distance itself form shady Pawar for its long term interest. It would be interesting and a challenge to investigate Ahmad Patel (also from Maharashtra) and Sonia Gandhi’s right hand man’s connection and interests with Sharad Pawar???

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    vinay singh Reply:

    Is it that the you and the media is also a slave of Shard Pawar that you are frightened to publish my frank and honest views,???? Have you also been sold to Pawar??

  • mrig

    This is in-depth and insightful article. The entire issue has been diverted to Sashi Tharoor’s personal life, and journalism seems to be particularly stooping to a record low on this issue. It seems we have become so used to the hypocrisy of our political system that we cannot accept someone outright like Tharoor. There is also a reason why journalist won’t like him…..he his popular of tweeter, and talks to people directly…journalists feel left out, how dare he bypass them? I can see this much like Amir Khan, whom many journalists despised for his outright attitude, till they had to succumb to his popularity!

    We as a nation should be open to new ideas….youth should take over than these old people with no stake in the country’s future. So what if Tharoor has a girlfriend?..he is educated, intellectual, and seen the world much more than half of the people criticizing him….he is flamboyant in his own right. He might be mistaken like anyone of us would, and should be criticized like any other…but he particularly seems to evoke extreme reactions….really does not deserve this treatment. This article is the first kind I see which is insightful and analytical.
    Now the good new……assuming that tweeter is mainly young users, Tharoor already has a large following among youth….hopefully, our young population has more sense than the old moral guards!

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Thanks, Sari, mrig.

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  • Rahul

    Really a fantastic piece Sujata ji. An eye opener!

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Thank you

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  • Varun

    Excellent article putting up spot light on person on whose roll is always hushed under the carpet.

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  • john.chicago

    I didn’t know Pawar could be such a manipulative politician. All the news stories seemed to indicate Tharoor had something to hide. I didn’t have a clue that it could also be manipulated. Very well written article.. thanks

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    Ghodeboley Reply:

    Not only for trying to get a team for Kochi,but also, for his tweeter oeccadillos in the past, Tharoor has to go!

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Thanks, Varun, John

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    Rajeev Reply:

    This article just proves how much Sujata admires Sharad pawar’s power.
    May be Sujata is “good friend of Pawar”..because she is pawar-fixated. When she know Pawar is the devil, why she keeps writing articles glorifying ugly Pawar.

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  • Ash

    Whatever Pawar or Modi have done may be wrong. But it still does not justifies the free equity to Shashi’ Tharoor’s girl!!…It is a clear cut case of corruption.

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    tushar Reply:

    Any company has it’s own right to decide shareholders….do we decide who gets sweat equity in Infosys? It is their investment and they are taking risk…why should they be accountable to you? They are accountable only if they are evading taxes or manipulating accounts, which is not the case here. If you open a shop, will anyone else decide how you are going to distribute your money? Get real man! You guys are taking this issue to ridiculously illogical levels.

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    Sandeep.M Reply:

    Media is scared to unravel the corrupt practices of powerful ‘old-school’ politicians/cricket administrators. Pawar, Manohar Joshi, what even Raj Thackeray…there are so many out there who are worth crores. How did they make this kinda money?

    Cricket is being run like a personal business empire by Mr. Pawar, and his CEO Lalit Modi. They wouldn’t want anyone sensible to come in and spoil their show. Especially, the kinda money IPL is raking in, NCP would never have to look elsewhere for election funds.

    Kudos to the brave writer. Happy that this entire issue has actually raised lots of relevant questions. May it leave behind a much cleaner atmosphere…

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    Binoj Antony Reply:

    Every man is innocent unless PROVEN guilty, read Shashi Tharoors full interview transcript here: http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/exclusive-full-transcript-of-tharoors-interview-to-ndtv-20017.php
    Other politicians should learn something from him.
    Which other politician posts updates on what work he does everyday. Most of the politicians who raise voice against him actually are envious of his sophistication and articulation.
    Look at how articulate and well spoken the Pakistani politicans are (at the ones who come on TV), Tharoor is the only one who can counter them with his diplomacy experience of being with UN.
    I suspect most other congress MPs sees this and feel threatened hence the witchhunt.

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    George Solomon Reply:

    It ia ridiculous. Can”t imagine how poisonous our politicians are?

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  • Mander

    A thought provoking article. But Tharoor had no reason to do what he did. Tharoor’s act of getting
    20% share in IPL Kochi for his fiancee is an act of corruption. He can not runaway from it.

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  • rajan

    tharoor is biggest disappointement in indian politics everyone keralite or non keralite had high hopes for him but he has consistently proved to be a distraction without doing real work foreign affairs and not IPL it appears his OSD sat in during the kochi auction in that room

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    Atul8 Reply:

    This is all so unbelievable, that it might just be true!!

    And the strongman is so shrewd that it is difficult to pin anything on him.

    Thanks Sujata, in my dictionary this one is a masterpiece!!

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  • arun

    what is tharoors job ? taking on pawar which he will fail in disastrously , promoting IPL , getting profit from IPL for his family and friends or i he the minister for external affairs deriving his current salary from tax payers money what has tharoor done that has significantly improved indias standing internationally the basic question should be asked – what is tharoors job really ? he called ordinary people cattle class and politicians holy cows etc this article is rubbish trying to turn tharoors corrupt act into congress vs BJP

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  • rajan

    just deleting any opinion by the moderator that goes against tharoor will not ensure tharoors success tharoor career in indian politics is finished

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  • jT

    If congress does go through and fires Tharoor then they have really proven they don’t have a back bone to stand up to anything and not worthy of governing country like India.

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  • Kamalesh Sharda

    Sujata’s artcle blows open the thuggery that is going on in the cricket world. Let the public that funds this industry ask for clean up and free the game from the clutches of improper filthy rich officials.

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    ashok Reply:

    Explains why Sharad Pawar has never outgrown his regional satrap status. It has been said that he is a shark in Bombay and a beached whale in Delhi.

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  • http://www.wonderthoughts.com Dennis

    Bang on. Could not agree more with this. I think Shashi Tharoor’s integrity is beyond doubt; his track record also speaks volumes. In an unintended manner though he finds himself in the middle of the great Indian political circus. He probably misses his days with the UN. I wish Shashi comes through shining through this, thus heralding a victory for unpright politicians and starting a new chapter in Indian politics.

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  • kosh handa

    to clean the mess the best solution is to appoint an independent judicial enquiry headed by a justice of the supreme court so that “goonda raj” in cricket is done with for ever.

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    Girish Pillai Reply:

    Your comments seems true, Pawar’s henchmen collects money from every builder, takea a cut on every big contracts in Maharashtra and and he is a very very shrewed corrupt person. His and Shashi Tharoors background is chalk and cheese. I heard he has only one daughter and I wonder why he still plays this dirty game. As a Keralite, I feel proud that Shashi put his efforts into bringing home a team, which will definitely boost all related business in Kerala.Media is shabbily pursuing his personal matters and friends and trying to entertain viewers after Sania – Shoeb episode. Chep , low quality journalism. We in Kerala, we do support Shashi in his efforts.

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  • T Khan

    Holy…………..!!!!!!!! This is some story. If this is all true, kudos to you for putting in out here. But just remember, people like Pawar actually derive their power by such hush campaigns. This article would only add to his aura. It indeed is a catch-22 situation, but as of now with congress not being in a position to dispose off Pawar, I don’t see anything coming out of it.
    NCP is still the only faction of congress to have survived outside of the mothership and its all because of Pawar.

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  • Siddharth

    Excellent Article !

    It reminds of the time when Social Activist Anna Hazare kept accusing Pawar of Corruption.

    And Pawar Saheb calmly said in an interview:

    “Kon Anna Hazare” ?? (Who Anna Hazare – I don’t know of any person called Anna Hazare” !) hahahah

    The Strongest Leader from Maharashtra !

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  • Kalwin

    This is something mind boggling … This should be on every news paper’s front page …but as we all know about Lunatic media…. We should go out of lunatic media i.e. Ibn …i dont prefer name calling ,… but thats what it is.. enough is enough …..Head off to writer…….

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  • Anita

    Lalit modi believes pawar can offset any pushes that comes his way from the centre and he has done what he has believing that but one thing he miscalculated is the public opinion. He can be a loudmouth and shout all he wants but both modi’s and IPL’s credibility has sank a titanic in public opinion.. we all love cricket and this is just not cricket ..we want modi out as soon as possible ..the sooner the better

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    maha125 Reply:

    Pawar is one of the most greedy and corrupt politician in INDIA.
    Either he should running Cricket and making loads of money which he is
    or running Agri.Ministry.
    Can anyone get him out of goverment ?DO NOT think so.
    What a sorry state of affairs ?

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  • Ashok

    The Congress is more vengeful than NCP and this is shown by the IT Raid against Modi, the whistle-blower.

    In any case, why no IT Raid against Tharoor or his lady love Sunanda?

    These politicians, be it from Congress or NCP can just not digest the success of IPL even theough their ill-begotten money is ploughed in.

    becaus they want to dominate Cricket and screw it!

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  • Ashok

    This article is written like a true PAID mouth-piece of Congress to denigrate NCP and Sharad Pawar.

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    drishta Reply:

    I admire the guts of Shashi Tharoor. He truly represents the young modern brand of Indian politicians. Not afraid to hide his affairs a la Sarkozy style. I am not sure about Lalit Modi’s motive. I have a feeling that he has hit the beehive. It is going to hurt Modi more than anybody else becuase all his affairs are questionable. (Besides Agashe, it was Lalit Modi who also sided with Dalmiya in the first BCCI election). The so called transparency in the auction is just the smoke screen. More smoky than transparent. There are lots of skeletons in the Proxy League. IPL looks like circus. Lalit Modi himself has shares in Panjab and Rajasthan teams. When the two teams are playing only the “satoria” knows the result. I am not very sure, but I have a gut feeling that that this time the vindictiveness of Sharad Pawar is going to catch him ! So far he is treading a middle path like a tight rope walker !!

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    Uday Agnihotri Reply:

    Tharoor is a slick willy. He speaks flawlessly meaning nothing. His defence of himself is a self recommendation par nonr but with no substance. What business of his as a minister is to defend Sunanda. Does she not a mouth of her own? Or is there something more than meets the eye, Mr. Tharoor.? We need an answer and the answer we must have Prime Minister, sir for not taking any action against Tharoor.

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    Ghodeboley Reply:

    Tharoor should have realised how onerous a ministe’;s job is!However mighty one be, if he crosses the “Lakshman rekha” he will be in soup!”EXIT” is the only prospct!

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  • Praveen Saxena

    This story again gives part truth. It does not explain why should Sunanda X be gifted free equity worth 70 crs at today’s valuations. Could it not be the Tharoor was front ending for someone more powerful but mishandled the whole job.

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    java student Reply:

    Sujataji, heartfelt thanks and congrats on the rare courage shown. In Indian Media no one writes, speaks against the evil personified – Sharad Pawar. I hope you will remain safe now and will certainly keep you in my prayers. Pawar is the darkest person in India’s known history. He openly courted D-company, awarded Hitendra Thakur (famous gangster of Vasai) with congress ticket to Mah assembly. A famous story whispered in Mumabi was about how Sharad Pawar tried to play with Military land. As soon as he became Defence Minister in PVN ministry, he declared a plan to sell “extra” land owned by army to raise funds for the welfare of army. It was said that the three army chiefs met him together and threatened him that any more gimmicks with army and the chiefs would make a game of Pawar. After the threat Pawar backed out. I wish army acts on their threat even now. That would save India from more evil this person is planning. All his party members are corrupt to the core. Name any minister that he has appointed in Mah and you will find the gutter of corruption.

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    Chacko Reply:

    You guys want your readers to ” speak their mind”. Do you really mean it? I am not sure, I have reason to state that you do not practice what you preach. A lot of responses written by me never got the favour from your moderation team. What a shame, media wants freedom but they will practice moderation for their valued readers. Please see the writing on the wall, the educated and well meaning public servants do not require your editoriols, they reach their listeners directly, thanks to net.

    Please treat your readers as your masters not some self centred politician or party.

    Hats off to Sujata, great. We need some good hard hittings jounalist to expose these nasty guys in politics.

    This clears some doubt why all of a sudden, BJP started disliking Tharoor, They are trying to fish in the troubled water, by helping Pawar corner Tharoor.

    Good Biiliard game.

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    Gopal Reply:

    Lalit Modi is an idiot.His hold over IPL will certainly be reduced. I won’t be surprsied if he is totally sidelined. The damage to IPL done by Lalit Modi by starting this controversy is immense. I don’t know of any other instance in the world when the commissioner of a league is trying to bring down the league. May be Lalit Modi didn’t like the money he was making. But I am sure IPL without Lalit Modi will do better

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    Anil Reply:

    All this Pawar bashing and not a single word about how paramour of socalled clean mister gets sweetest of sweat-equity in the world..Just because pawar is a crook doesn;t make Tharoor’s thuggery any less of a crime

    I think scribes like you are no different from lovers of maywati laloo or madhu koda.. they wud always reaon on same line that is hey so and so is more corrupt so why target our man,..

    Get over thsi nonsensical logic and pen a balanced article..

    No doubt Pawar is crook you don;t get to be disciple of Indira Gandhi and nehru family without knowing a trick or two of thuggery..

    But in thsi instance Tharoro is guilty as charged.. To make matters worse better was expected from him but he too turned out to be another laloo/Mayawati and ilk

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    Rajeev Reply:

    :)

  • rishi

    Glad to find that finally somebody is telling the truth as it is. It is Pawar Vs Tharoor. I don’t think Pawar has anything against him personally. Tharoor has stepped onto Pawar’s toes and Pawar being Pawar is reacting.

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  • Dorothy

    It’s a frightening prospect that such a manipulative thug is the Agriculture Minister of India. The whole country should back Tharoor to the hilt.

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  • me

    Sharad Pawar is big fish of ocean where asThroor is fish of pond work wise big difference.Being Senior politician Pawar knows the denting n painting of politics . Throor is beginner in Indian conservative Politics should have taken small steps rather than striding

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  • Santhana

    The article was an eye-opener.. I have always been awestruck with the popularity and the stronghold Mr.Pawar has in his Marathwada region. I being from Tamil Nadu assumed he was someone like MGR who was pro-poor and has cultivated his vote back with great degree of art and love. But your article has opened my eye about Pawar. Its a shame that his deeds will never be up to the mark of MGR.

    Thank you so much for such an insight.. Hope Mr.Tharoor would be able to come back to office.

    Santhana

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Not just Marathwada, entire maharashtra. Though Vidarbha never votes for him, only the Congress and that’s why he wants it hived off. He is still one of the tallest leaders in the state, with no one to quite match him or stand up to him but sadly he never gets too far in any field at any time because of these kinds of shenanigans

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  • Nishant

    Wow.
    I bow down to you and your courage.

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  • Anil

    Pawar learnt his ropes from the mother of arrogant megalmaniac that is Indira Gandhi.. just see how congressi are hounding lalit Modi today with IT raids.> Same old story you don’t like bachchan harass himn by sending IT sleuths four time in an year..

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    Nikhil Reply:

    Sharad Pawar is a wily politician and a solid administrator. I doubt there is anyone in Maharashtra who would singe-handedly replace him in politics. I am neither shocked nor amused by the stories that you have ‘heard’ about him from your ’sources’. But, your assertion that Tharoor paid the price because he crossed Pawar is a poppy-****; especially when we know what Tharoor actually did in his run-up to the Kochi bid.

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    danzi Reply:

    Congress has its chance, but will never do it for the lust of power, this makes Pawar all the more ruthless & powerfull, its time the congress top brass pulls the plug, show pawar that he’s nothing wothout the congress support, Rahul & Sonia would be day dreaming if they think Pwar is family!! once bitten twice shy…..

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  • Chinz

    great article…really reveals what all murkiness lies behind indian politics n politicians!

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    Harish Reply:

    Sujataji, how come you know so much about Saheb and can write bindaas without being struck down by his vengeful ways? Do you have his blessings? Maybe you should come out with a hard bound on his life and times (not to mention wheeling-dealings)… if not a hard bound even a coffee table would do (would be sooo juciy…mmmmm)…Alas, for all his keedagiri, it seems Sharad Rao will never make it to 7,RCR….. This Indian Machiavelli might never see his life’s ambition become a reality….It’s as if he is cursed…but the man has grit and is a true fighter till the last breath…

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    Rajeev Reply:

    She may be ‘Sunanda Pushkar’ of Pawar..who knows?

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  • http://www.datatrackonline.org Ashish Kolarkar

    That was chilling story about the vindictiveness of Sharad Pawar. It is disturbing to note the sheer ambitions of Maratha strongman. He is gulping more that he could digest. In the mess of IPL, Pawar has his own share. He should owe moral responsibility for it.

    In my childhood I’ve heard a story about the King and his ‘invisible’ clothes. It required only a simple guy to divulge the truth. That day will come for Pawar very soon. He will be humbled in his own game of one-up-manship and arm twisting.

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  • http://uday-agnihotri.blogspot.com Uday Agnihotri

    In reference to the news coverage on IPL fiasco, I am really amazed at the print media, electronic media as well as our political parties including Congress, BJP and CPI/CPM that they have completely ignored the real problems of poverty, inflation, steep rise in prices, disproportionate prices of common commodity like sugar and pulses and livelihood of common man. In stead they all clamored for IPL and IPL alone, so that the important budget approval session of Parliament became a circus rather than working on the real problems.Why did media, to say the least, side tracked the problems of common man. Is IPL bigger than the national issues of steep price rise and national security against Naxals. Are all the caretakers of common man only interested in TRP and Reality Show? Where did the duty of our Fifth Column escape? Why are poverty, inflation, steep rise in prices and ensuing Naxal movement ignored? Please answer someone and raise these issues as spokespersons of common man.

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  • Arun Joshi

    One correction needed – Stakeholders Gaekawad family in Kochi franchise of IPL are from Sholapur in Maharashtra & have nothing to do with famous princely family of Gaekawads of Baroda except both may share same caste of Marathas as the Pawars.

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  • Aniket

    THAT IS WHY THEY CALL HIM THE CHANAKYA OF INDIAN POLITICS……

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  • chanderkanta

    I think this time Pawar may not go scot free. The congress has caught on his devious ways and get him by cicumvent rather than directly .It may take ayear or two but he and his family will pay for their covert sins. What baffles me most is his wily-ness .Where did he learnt it from ? Compare him with the elite class of politicians like Manmohan Singh , Sonia gandhi or Rahul Gandhi and most of all with the suvave ,urbane , Sashi Tharoor who looks so naive before this almost illiterate , rural ,rustic of a man. The only person who can beat him at his own game is another rustic -Deve Gowda. A contest between the two would be an interesting study in human nature.

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  • Girish

    BEHAVIOR OF PAWAR CAN NOT BE FRAMED INTO THE RULES AND RULES CAN NOT BE FORMED OUT OF PAWAR’S BEHAVIOR.

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  • Susheel2000

    Most of the best media in the country is friendly with the ruling party, atleast the Congress! That’s what I have read and felt too.

    Bal Thackeray’s Shiv Sena Bhavan- He makes a huge shiv sena bhavan, on which he pastes a huge poster of his own that is as large as Rajni’s cutouts in Chennai, and moreover he belittles Shivaji Maharaj (the Sisodia clan descendant who came to Maharashtra) by keeping a small statue below his Digital Blown UP Poster in Shivaji Park . What kind of respect is to the great Shivaji Maharaj? I hope Shivaji Maharaj is upset with him big time.

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  • Anonymous

    May be but not of Rahul Gaandhy anyway! [Incidentally, this spelling of surname with 7 (seven) alphabets will bring a lot of good fortunes in his political career, but the question is will he listen and change his?]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1466421456 Aruna Swain

    It was hilarious to read and rather easy to relate to, especially, the carts on the roads and the geckos on the walls part…
    The line about non-acceptance of Indians at Narula’s and MacD’s, hurt me. I know its our history…it was what it was but it hurts nonetheless.
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    I thought ‘noone’ was a name, so I had a hard time understanding what you were saying in the end but soon realized its ‘no one’
    Anyways, It was fun to see India from your perspective.

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