Different with a difference



Pramod Mahajan was frothing at the mouth one day many, many moons ago. I was working for The Indian Express then and the paper had published an anchor story by me which detailed how the BJP was preparing to translate the Koran into Sanskrit.

I had all the details duly substantiated – who had translated the Koran, when the decision was taken to publish the translation and who had approved or disapproved.

It was obvious it was an insider leak. Much as that had rattled Mahajan that morning, it had flummoxed me as well when I was first approached with the story by my source.

My anti-saffron ideology was well known to this insider and I was naturally suspicious, smelling a rat. “Why are you telling me all this?’’ I asked the man. “You know I am not one of you.’’

“That’s precisely why I have picked you,’’ he replied. “If I go with this story to a saffron ideologue, they’ll just kill it. Others might just use it for their own agenda. With you I can be sure it will see the light of day and be published.’’

“But what if you are wrong?’’ I asked. “How can the BJP ever think of translating the Koran into Sanskrit? It goes against their grain.’’

“That’s exactly it! If this is what the BJP really wants to do, then I don’t see how different they can be or even how they differ from the Congress. Obviously, they are not confident about winning the elections and this is just a tactic to woo the Muslim vote. We expect such ploys of the Congress, but the BJP was supposed to be different, wasn’t it?’’

The year was 1995. The BJP was poised on the cusp of a national election and sensing victory (they did form a government 13 days after those elections). The insider was a hardliner, a purist who believed firmly in the saffron ideology and couldn’t care less if the BJP won or lost so long as they did not compromise on their agenda.

“If I am wrong, I will cut my head and place it at your feet, Behenji,’’ he said, desperate to convince me to go with the story. As such, it took us days to have the facts substantiated (my editor was very thorough about that) and Mahajan’s reaction was all the confirmation I needed that it was true.

When Mahajan had stopped letting off steam, it was clear to me he was not denying the story as much as bullying me into spilling the beans on the identity of the source. “Oh, no. That’s between me and my editor alone,’’ I said, resisting all the arm-twisting, including a spiel on how misguided a journalist I was and how in his three years as a journalist early in his career (I had been one for 13 years by then) even he knew better what was true and what wasn’t.

“Well, if that story is not true, please feel free to walk into my office any day and complain to my editor. Or write a letter to him. Or complain to the Press Council. Or just take the paper to Court,’’ I said, trying to keep my cool.

He did none of those things, of course. Just mumbled to others about what a “poison pen’’ I was and declared me persona-non-grata to the BJP. Yet my source continued to leak gems of stories to me and when I once told him I was serious about knowing why he was treating me with such regard, he said, “You, at least, believe in your ideology. These people don’t. Yeh log doodh ki dukaan se daaru bechte hain. Bazaar mein aapki jeb kat jaye toh aap kuch naihin kehenge. Par mandir mein agar kisi ne aapki jeb kaat li, toh aap kya kehenge? (These people sell liquor from the milk shop. If your pockets are picked in a marketplace you might say nothing, but what will you say if some one picked your pockets inside a temple?’’

I finally understood. Our interaction continued for very long and except for stopping to talk to me, local BJP politicians could not do a thing to stop the leaks from within.

The threat to break my legs came from a close Mahajan aide some months later when at their national executive in Bombay, hordes of BJP workers made a beeline for Kamathipura, Bombay’s red light district, choosing some “aish’’ (fun) over party president L K Advani’s speech. They disappeared in such numbers from the meeting venue that Advani had to declare that his speech be `taken as read’ and close the proceedings for the day.

But that story was not mine. It had occurred to other reporters as well and one of them had made straight for Kamathipura where the BJP men had not even bothered to disguise or otherwise conceal their identities. Ten years earlier, Congressmen had similarly ignored Rajiv Gandhi and spent the day at Kamathipura during the Congress centenary celebrations in Bombay. But while then then Bombay Congress president Murli Deora had just sheepishly muttered, “Men will be men,’’ and let it go at that, now Mahajan was once again frothing at the mouth and telling me, “I knew there were Congress reporters and that there were BJP reporters. But I didn’t know there were red light reporters!’’

It was meant to be an insult but I pointed to the byline – that of one of my male colleagues – and told him, “A good reporter will never let go of such a story. I would have done that story myself but he was there before me and my editor chose to give him that assignment rather than me.’’

When Mahajan turned his back and stormed off, his aide told me quite menacingly,“ We don’t want to see you anywhere near us for the rest of the convention. If this continues it will mean some broken hands and legs.’’

“Are you threatening me?’’ I demanded.

“Some arms and legs will be broken,’’ he repeated.

“Just try me!’’ I challenged.

I returned the next day, rather tentatively, of course, prepared to return home with some broken bones. But in what could only be described as anti-climax, the man (including Mahajan) just ignored me and looked through me as though I did not exist. I had proved my point and called their bluff. But things were never the same between me and the BJP again.

Mahajan and I, of course, continued to cold-shoulder each other until the day he died but over the years he had added a long litany of secular-minded journalists (or those the BJP calls pseudo-secularists) to his list of people to malign. I wonder what he would have said today to the question I had asked years ago and never received a reply: “Why does the BJP believe in beating up journalists who differ or do not do a PR job for them with their stories?

The saffron attack last week on the offices of the television channel Headlines Today (which even the BJP could not defend except with some ludicrous and bizarre charges against both the Congress and the media) for some revealing truths on `Hindu terrorism’ has vindicated my stand that while parties like the Congress show tolerance levels of up to 95 per cent, the BJP does not have even five per cent of tolerance for a differing view.

Like I told Mahajan then, that’s why (and how) the BJP is different. And continues proving to be so.

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  • Ahmer

    @Sujata,

    Shiver me timbers! 1000 points for being so brave and another 1000 for sharing this interesting inside story!

    All the best in all your close encounters of the rowdy kinds! :-)

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  • Ahmer

    @Sujata,

    Shiver me timbers! 1000 points for being so brave and another 1000 for sharing this interesting inside story!

    All the best for all your close encounters of the rowdy kinds! :-D

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    AG Reply:

    Sujata,

    People like you are the true defenders of our democracy. My sincere appreciation.

    AG

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  • Yasir

    Congress show tolerance levels of up to 95 per cent, the BJP does not have even five per cent…

    That 95% tolerance is for attacks on Hindus.

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  • Mike

    Congress becomes 99% intolerant when some remarks are made against Sonia Gandhi or any Gandhi family

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    asish patel Reply:

    Wow what a story!!! I have always believed that this Baniya Janta Party will sell anyone and everyone to get power. they are no different thaan congress.

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    cks Reply:

    Hi Can you direct us to some of these rarely found breed “BJP reporters”. Everywhere as I can see it is all “Congress reporter”. I think readers need some change, they are sick of this congress chamchagiri and bjp banging bs all the time..Your readers would be really grateful if you can redirect them..

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    You and not the other readers need some change. If you are sick of ‘Congress Reporters’ , what are you doing here on these blogs? There are few BJP reporters /nnewswalla – Chandan Mitra, Tarun Vijay and some others. Go and read their blogs. Sujata Anandan is doing a great job. If you think she is a ‘Congress reporter’, so be it.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Smacks of Intolerance

  • Ankit

    Totally Confusing Blog. The Title gives the reader an impression which is not at all found in the article.

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    LD Bhatia Reply:

    While i respect the opinion of those who have an opportunity to be near leaders and know the insides
    and outsides of a party and the way it works, i do not at all agree with what the distinguished columnist has written about the 5% tolerance of BJP. True things have happened which should not
    have but to hold the entire party responsible for the actions of a few is tantamount to displaying a
    mind that is not so liberal if not entirely shut. BJP has in its fold leaders, leaders like Sushma Swaraj
    and Arun Jaitly and now re-admitted Jaswant Singh who are deadly against violence and would
    never, never approve of it. As regards the Congress, well i do not want to say anything but every
    person living in Delhi knows what had happened in the cap;ital in the eighties and why. What is the
    behaviour of the MLAs of opposition of Bihar? Are BJP people behind it? What is the behaviour of
    some responsible leaders of Andhra Pradesh who have gone over to Maharashtra because they
    are worked up over a district that should be in their state? Are BJP leaders behind it? There is
    violence in every walk of life today, the road rage over trivial matters in Delhi. Tolerance is a very
    fine word and i also believe in the dictum that there is no place for confrontation in democracy
    though there is ample one for debate and discussion. But do all the leaders of political parties
    other than BJP believe in and act upon it? The flat answer is no. We need to remove cobwebs
    from our minds when we write about a party that is a national party today. True we have reasons
    to be angry for some past incidents but that does not mean we should say something that is
    far from reality.

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    M.K.Pandit Reply:

    I think as the writer says she had been threatened by the saffron party ,it could never have happened as they are cowards & cannot harm even their enemies but as far as congress party & many other parties are concerned I am sure the writer would have been eliminated if he persisted with criticising their ideology

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    aum Reply:

    sujata you must have got money from anti national congress or you mut have muslim family you are totaly and basicaly lier you are not fit to be a writer and hindustan should be ashamed to publish your rubbish

    Sam Reply:

    How do we know what nthis lady is telling true? May be she is on Sonia’s Payroll. Maybe BJP knew that. Stupid and worthless article

    Ahmer Reply:

    Blah blah blah blah blah!

    akaash Reply:

    yaaaaawwwwnnnn… Another media bias… wonder why they dont sign up for congress party instead or have they already

    Anu Reply:

    If BJP was s intolerant as this woman makes out to be, the ndtv, cnn-ibn, Hindustantimes, timesofIndia, India express all offices would have been attacked. because all these people’s full time job is bash BJP, RSS, magnify thier every little fault and play down themajor failures of congress

    Divyesh Reply:

    It is indeed shameful for BJP to achieve new lows in their behaviour. Apart from lowlessness, BJP leaders are always arrogant, use abusive language, and most indisciplined national party. We Indians are really shameful for having such a nasty political party who never hesitates in manipulating facts and truths. BJP-RSS guys attacked Aajtak and HT offices, Amit Shas a minister from Modi government has been declared “FUGUTIVE” for not responding CBI investigations, in last one month they grabed the second opportunity to miss a dinner in Patna and a luncheon in Delhi hosted by or PM. These are the signs of frustration, disappointment and deppression. Gadkari, Advani, Modi, Sushma and othrs are known for using abusive language against their political opponents.

    Dr. Srivastava Reply:

    It is not proper to accuse a Dead man. Mr. Mahajan has left us and cannot defend himself. Please let his soul rest in peace.

    Rajeev Reply:

    You son of a ***** congress chamcha. People like u have sold ur shit conscience to the italian ***** who rules fools like us just as a dictator. Congratulations for licking that shrewd italians’ feet. You deserve to do only that. No wonder we were ruled by the brits and mughals for ages. With traitors like you then and now we will continue to be ruled by the white skinned nehru-gandi-italian dynastic rule. I am pretty sure articles like these keep ur stinking newspaper alive. One word you guys are disgusting. Let me tell u u guys are even beyond this word.

    Ahmer Reply:

    Abusive rant Rajeev!

    Rajeev Reply:

    It’s not me..Some other Rajeev.

    Ahmer Reply:

    Oh… okay… I was wondering what happened to you! :-p

  • http://Google RAHUL GANJU

    Ms Sujata Anandan, dont think I am a BJP supporter, but you are the worst jourlanist. You have no sense and capability. Why dont you publish thousands of anecdotes of the cong party-all shameful.
    You and many people of you ilk in the Indian express or when you were there have made it the Italian express. /Times of Italia/Italian Times. Shame on you for you dirty and liberalistic blog . Today was the first time I read your blog -and will be the last. You are a moron. A selfish 2 paisa on the payroll of congress blogroller, You are useless and this shows that your khandan and your ancestaty is also useless. Actually I dont want to write more and make your blog famous . It is useless and you are incompetent and useless and metally deranged. You need to go to amental asylum. You are trully a BJP baiter and nobody is taking notice of you so you keep on increasing the viscious of attack. You are writing about a person – what ever his failing- who is no more in a unbecoming way .God will punish you and your entire family for that. Beware the hindu gods retribution will take place .

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Even without you, the witer is already famous. She does not need your comment to make her well known.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Sure she is , but she has to try harder . The Rajiv Shuklas, Rajdeep Sardesais, Barkha Dutts, Prannoy Roys , The Vinod Sharmas are already much ahead…

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    Ravi (USA) Reply:

    Satish, you can also become famous like Sujata, by killing your parents and gifting rest of your family to Taliban for procreating more terrorists. in islam, they call it is SWAB to marry a non muslim women and procreate. so, here is the chance for you too !

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  • http://HT anil

    You have written a long article.
    Will Headlines today project each act of terror by some Muslims as MUSLIM TERROR like what they have done with terror by some hindus as SAFFRON TERROR.
    In Hindustan Times Website also look at the tags under which the news such as your article is filed. One is Anti Saffron Ideology and the other isHindu Terrorrism.
    I request the media to project each act of Terror by a Muslim as MUSLIM or GREEN TERROR just as they have done by projecting these by some Hindus as SAFFRON TERROR

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  • akaash

    In fact there was similar attack last week by congress worker but you dont see much mention of that anywhere.. may be a line or two here and there but this tv station attack has been in the headlines since more than a week and it will continue to be so because it involved BJP.

    talk of tolerance.. the BJP has been attacked perhaps on a daily basis after Gujraat incident by media.. even though the case is going on and they wont mention any development (yes devlopment… unheard of by congressi followers since last 60 years ) that they have done there.

    even in Bihar all nice tolerant secular parties looted the state and law and order was such that i was scared to visit my relates.. and now since JDU and BJP one can see some good work…

    the legacy of congress.. emergency.. subsidies.. reservation.. corruption.. incompetence(patil.. arjun singh et all) . MMS and Chidambaram are saving grace.. even then MMS is not political leader.. more an academic.. we know who the real leader is…

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  • Ravindra Nath7

    Sujata Anandan seems to be on payroll of Congress. She conveniently dismisses how Tejpal was dragged out of the office of Tehlka some years ago when Manmohan Singh was PM. It was done at the order of highest authority in Congress because Tejpal had too much material on Congress. It was Indira Gandhi’s Emergency repeated all over. In 2008 when Medha Patkar brought Video proof that what Manmohan Singh was saying that people displaced by raising the level of Sardar Sarovar are not resettled; we saw the lowest behaviour a man can do. Manmohan Singh called the police as Medha Patkar was doing fast unto death to show him the proof; got her arrested and sent her to AIIMS to be forced fed. Congratulation on this brave man. He really showed guts which some how disappears when he meets Chinese or Pakistani leaders. Now UPA is telling Indians that BJP is scared that Amit Shah may be arrested. Well ! I just want to point out that no leader in BJP has ever run to a foreign embassy like Sonia Gandhi did after Indira Gandhi lost election. She was in Italian Embassy hiding from Indian Public. The whole world knows UPA Chairwoman’s act of bravery. God save India from such fake leaders. Jai Bharat.

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  • MOHs.

    Bullshit, u r a biased writer. Ppl like u are create communal tensions. R u a slave of Italian family. I ll appretiate if u ll write about corrupt and criminal polititians like shibu Soren. Do u hv d guts????

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  • Ashok

    Sujata never had the guts to say all this when Mahajan was alive.

    She says it now and anyone with a modicum of decency will agree that to to speak when someone is not there to defend is crass and cheap.

    Shameful, Sujata!

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    bobby sen Reply:

    I think the story is not about Mahajan but BJP.

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    Dev Reply:

    Hindu terrorism, who invented this name? Earlier, did we have Muslim Terrorism? Or these people (anti indians and so called secularists) have divided even terrorism into minority and majority?

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    aum Reply:

    sujata is apaid writer of all india anti national congress and hindustan times must have received lots of advertisements from this corrupt government

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    You are right, but these members of the loony brigade aka Modi Fan Club do not have sufficient brains to understand such a simple fact. All they need is a line or two or article which is unfavourable (imagined or otherwise) to BJP and they let loose volley of abuse, cast aspersions, obfuscate by raising irrelevant issues. Of course, the reasons for such juvenile behaviour are well known. It is the frustration and desperation that the BJP is not in power at the centre and their favourite leader is not the Prime Minister, having lost two general elections, they are in bigger surprise in 2014, 2019 and beyond.

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    subhash saini Reply:

    Mr.Ashok , you have proved her right.

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  • Harsh

    I agree with the comment above. You should have written this article when Mahajan was alive.

    Not a good one.

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    avi Reply:

    Its pretty well know fact that 95% of media is won by congress and their cronies. They are actually political channels under a fake name as independent channels. Otherwise why there are so many blogs pointing to biased indian media.

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    Ahmer Reply:

    Why? Because everyone becomes a saint after death?

    He died an untimely death no doubt… but that doesn’t mean one cannot share imfo about him after he is gone!

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  • Veer Munshi

    You vote for Congress for next Padma Award but we will vote for BJP even if that does not come to power. Educated Hindus will always vote for BJP.

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  • Parminder

    Many bloggers will critcize Sujata but no one will be able to rebut her logic. She has a point. BJP bigwigsand RSS always believe that it is their way or highway for all Indians. They think that all Indians are intellectually dumb and it is for them to lead them in an autocratic manner, subject them to their way of thinking and if anyone resists, just resort to gundagardi and force them to toe their line.

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  • Watts

    Since some of the reporters have to fill up the columns of the newspapers they start bringing waste papers from the dustbin and write that has no sense. It is a waste of time to read rotten stuff .

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    Ahmer Reply:

    Yet you read and comment! :-p

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    Ravi (USA) Reply:

    we don’t comment , we lament for disgraceful people like you. you idiot !

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Keep lamenting. Your digestion will get better. Have a nice day lamenting.

    Ahmer Reply:

    @Ravi (USA)

    You comment “we don’t comment”

    Ironic… and whats with ‘USA’?! Not proud enough of India?

  • Kara2

    So, BJP is translating Koran into Sanskrit ?

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  • Param Vir

    Wow…what a great story… looks like a 5th. grade student writing her own praise… why she never reported all this interaction with Mahajan before all these years and waited him to be dead to come up with this kind of story….not even a door man of a political party tells a journalist that his/her legs will be borken…shame… HT has been hijacked by Congress….

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    Monty sharma Reply:

    `Hindu terrorism’ has vindicated my stand that while parties like the Congress show tolerance levels of up to 95 per cent, the BJP does not have even five per cent of tolerance for a differing view.”

    Wow time for a Rajya sabha seat or a Padma award and a pat on the back from the queen.

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    Gaurav Bhushan Chopra Reply:

    This is really shameful. After so many years you are giving these facts or anything. If you want to publish this now you should also regret that you have not said it before. Nobody questions CBI functioning. It is selective journalism. You should question all shades….

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    Ravi Reply:

    sujata is another Ms gupta who has more sympathy and tolerance for muslims . May be she is also aligned to a muslim or she plans to convert to islam. She should ask her mom who her real dad is may be a muslim . what a shame ! Sujata. you are disgrace to your country and your profession. whoever supports your view is a real scoundrel and *******.

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    Ahmer Reply:

    Do shut up! Atleast she has experiences to share… unlike you who just abuses!

    Ravi Reply:

    Ahmer the Ahmak ! You shut up. son of ahmak. i understand why you feel the pain. because you are a mulsim who can’t tolerate this truth. You fanatic terrorist. stop encouraging this kind of shit. get a life before it is too late.

    Ahmer Reply:

    Wait! Are you Ravi (USA) ?? Cause your nonsense is identical!

    Ahmer the Ahmak! Wow! Thats genius! Did you come up with that all by yourself while you were frothing in the mouth about how it sucks that more people are not killing themselves up in the name of religion??

    “because you are a mulsim who can’t tolerate this truth.”

    Oh! You must be right! So I would urge you to join the Taliban now… they accept foreign recruitment and your thoughts and their thoughts on religion match perfectly… ZERO TOLERANCE!

    “You fanatic terrorist. stop encouraging this kind of shit. ”

    Stop encouraging your terrorism! Why yes! I accept!

    “get a life before it is too late.”

    Yes… I must also become a right wing fundamentalist religious nut Troll like you if I truely want to enjoy my life.

    Thanks RAVI USA! :-D

  • T Jacob

    Worthless tripe. Worthy of publishing only in a partisan party paper …

    Hmmm… she got the right publication

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    Kishan Reply:

    The tolerance level of the Congress and its agents in the media is shown by one of your colleague bloggers at HT who cut out a perfectly non-violent comment (just one sentence) by me on his own posting on the same subject.
    You and your kind are brain-washed into loving the authoritarian Congress and hating the democratic BJP in the name of a fake ideology which the Congress calls secularism and you blindly endorse it.

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  • http://n.a. NEERAJ KUMAR

    CONGRESS HAS WHITE BLOOD, BJP HAS PURE RED BLOOD…..

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  • Sachin

    Exactly what I have always thought about BJP abd quite frankly, Mahajan. He may be dead today that does not mean all he did (or undid) should also be thrown unde3r the carpet. Country should be bigger then men(women), but BJP never understood it.

    Congress and others, even the Left, atleast have some party beliefs and value system , whether right or wrong. BJP had none and continues to do so.

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  • Stacey

    Such a politically motivated article. Everyone knows who is funding HT. Obviously they dont like BJP and pay traitors like Sujata to write such.

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  • Madhwa

    If you are truely a journalist and not a hck, you would disclsoe your “insider sources”! Without that, you are just another 2-bit media *****! Not sure what this piece of **** wants to convey! Makes no sense! Atleast, go get an education in journalism 101 ! You are just another of the congie hacks…….

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Come on. It is the practice the world over not to divulge the identity of ‘inside sources’ .

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    vikram Reply:

    and you are a cowardly b^st%rd who talks **** to a courageous woman journalist on a blog

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Nothing better is expected from the members of the loony brigade like you – using abusive language, as you do not have a leg to stand on to counter arguments. I was wondering which family member of yours taught you to use such language. Please elaborate.

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    Ravi (USA) Reply:

    i can elaborate for vikram. he is not using the abusive language. you desired and deserved it and he gave it to you.
    Don’t worry about our legs. we have three legs to stand on. want to see feel it ? our families have taught us to teach a good lesson to bigots like you who are wolves in lions skin. Your parents should have named you Salman Haider and not Satish Hald0000.

    Ahmer Reply:

    @Ravi (USA)

    Wonder why your parents named you Ravi USA?!?! :-D

  • manu

    The Sangh parivar and its afiliatory organization can never be called democratic and rational.
    The hoax is they are national. The party who openly declares war against its own citizen based on religion cast is a unbecoming of a political party. The Sangh and BJP are the two faces of the same coin. Human civilization progress on peace and tranquility. The only leader India has born who could match national and international status was Mahatma Gandhi. The sangh parivar does not like it and a section of congress is soft corner for Sangh parivar as far as religious fanaticism is concerned.

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    sanjeev Reply:

    Hahaha other congie clown took birth.how much paid to you by congress.firsty you should go there where demostration took place.you did not go there.and writing this stupid blog.How you become generalist.People demostrated because that media house used word Hindu terror.These types of geralists are thereself a terrorists who filling people with hatred.i think she did her generalism by paying money and now she collecting money.These people does not know how much damage they doing for Hindu’s coming generations by saying Hindus are terrorists.everybody in world knows Hindus are unvoilent.But these people sell there generalism for money.Shame on you stupid generalist.So pathetic.Jai HInd

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    Ravi (USA) Reply:

    Manu the Moran, are you a muslim? if yes, then you are not to blame. because your religion speaks for yourself.
    But, unfortunately, if you were born in a hindu family, then you are a disgrace to your family. then i doubt about your paternity.
    if hindus were not peace loving, you would not see muslims, christians and other faiths in india. you would not be talking like this. you would not be seeing minority commission and you would not be seeing minority reservation.
    you will not be seeing mosques grabbing temple land. you would not be seeing cows get slaughtered in india. you would be seeing that muslims protesting and destroying public property for something which takes place in any corner of the world.
    you will not be seeing so many muslims on top posts and even president of india !
    You need to get your rear end checked to make sure that some muslim has not poked it with some sharp thingy !

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    Ahmer Reply:

    @ Ravi (USA)

    Its not Moran, its Moron… are you a troll? if yes, then you are not to blame. because your paymasters make you speak for them.

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  • Praveen Saxena

    Actually there is a race going on in this group of journalists , that who can show off better credentials to the Congress Party in general and the Nehru/ Gandhi family in particular. There is a history of “eminent journalists” seeking rent. Sometime back MJ Akbar, otherwise a decent person and better of the lot, joined the Congress party and fought elections , lost and went back to journalism. The rise of Rajiv Shukla another bright lad from Kanpur is an example for all these so called journalists, and so on and so forth…

    But the lady Reporter should have shown some respect to the person who is no longer alive. The opening sentence was clearly deplorable.

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  • Anil Bonde

    Ms. Sujata, if you are so couregious woman then u should have spoken about it when Mr. Pramod mahajan was alive.
    And u thro ur article truely shows that u are true psedo-secularist.
    Congressman has more patience – not true but it seems like that for people like u-because u dont know the common man’s todays problems and current problems of our country which are due to only the principles and policies of congress party which is ruling the India for at least 55 years.
    You an count every problem which has been effect of congress wrong policies considering only minorities as target. Say it is kashmir, North east,Illegal Bangladeshi peoples living in India, In north east Muslims crossed form Bangladesh has come to majority if u with ur rt concious found proper polpulation study. Then most imp the current inflation – the poor mans diet of rice and dal(Rs. 95/kg right now), vegetables reates ( if u research , in norma common mans home they have rationed the vegetables pur really), fares of all transportaion, No medical help to common man( in other developed country even in Chine , the government does pays 80% of medical charges and 20% paid by personal privately. In India after 59 years of independance in Congress raj it is completely reverse.
    There are many more problems/ things to say. Specialy english media is more pr congress and pro minority. you all peoplae will feel the heat after some more years -if we dont aplly common citizen law and keep this type of appeasement of minorities definitly we will see the Pakistan type situation in our country dominated by Taliban muslims.

    regards,
    Anil Bonde

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    It is a well known phenomenon on the net that the members of the loony brigade aka Modi Fan Club indulge in using abusive language and casting aspersions on others who do not share their world view. The reasons are obvious – (a) – they do not have arguments to counter the opinions and facts put forward, (b) they are extremely frustrated that the BJP doe snot have a majority and the world’s best (mis)chief minister is not the Prime Minister of the country.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    The facts speak otherwise.

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    Ravi (USA) Reply:

    Halankar,you are frakingking crazy being. (seeing your mentality, i doubt whether i should even call you human)
    Are you a pervert hindu or a muslim in disguise of a hindu ?
    I don’t know what part of india you are from, but i can see that you have been highly influenced by terrorist religion, that is islam.
    truth does not need majority to prove itself, it is self proven, MORAN !.
    wake up from this slumber of pseudo-secularism and accept the truth that people like you are disgrace for the country and for whole world.

    it is not BJP or non BJP issue, it is a matter of shame that these pseduo-secularist never pointed out who put the train on fire, who killed thousands of hindus in kashmir, whoforced lakhs of kashmiri hindus to leave their home, who did so many bomb blasts in mumbai, who put indian parliament on siege, who are responsible for bomb blasts and innocent killings in different parts of india and other countires.
    PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD HATE MUSLIMS FOR A VERY GOOD REASON. And you better understannd it by now or go to hell with these muslims.

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Your response is on expected lines – full of venom, casting aspersions, obfuscation. Keep cursing to your heart’s content, it must be good for your health and digestion, moreover perhaps also for the health of your beloved heroes.

    BTW, what are you doing in USA, a country which does not grant a visa to the world’s best (mis)chief minster? You should come back to India, but be careful in which state you settle down, there are certain states where this (mis)chief minister is not welcome either.

    Rajeev Reply:

    Do you know Bush got 200000 muslims bombed?

    Rajeev Reply:

    On one hand commies like you curse USA but hail it when it puts down your rival right wingers.

    Decide your stance…It is fuzzy to say the least.

    US doesn’t allow its soldiers/diplomats/politicos to be tried under International Law. We all know US record in Vietnam and other countries.

    So why don’t you just shut up?

    Jack Squat Reply:

    I can understand that Sujata is a paid flunkey of the Congress but what is Mr Haldankars role in all this? Why is he defending her so much when she herself has no time to read readers responses? Is there some monetary relationship between you two Satish?

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  • http://- Rajeev

    I just want Sujata to try 95% congress tolerance by writing a critical analysis of Sonia and Rahul.
    She will know how tolerant congressis are. No one has forgot how they butchered 5000 sikhs in 3 days under the blessing of mass murderer Rajiv Gandhi..the biggest criminal in Indian history.

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  • Seriously?

    If there is one thing that is being repeatedly established is that how people in the media are just like us, biased, prejudiced against one group of people…impressed/subservient or pal-ly with another group of people.

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  • SM

    Is this article some kind of joke? The writer seems to have some kind of mental-block. If she is so courageous as claimed by her, what was she doing when Indira’s Congress imposed emergency and locked up thousands of intellectuals in jails? I wonder how she arrived at the figure of 95% tolerance-ve-5% of BJP! Media people are the worst it seems, in terms of honesty and analysis. Politicians, at least, we Indians have no expectations from. But the media’s such holier-than-thou attitude is very very SICK.

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    Ankit Reply:

    I am surprised to see so many critical comments on this page. Don’t you guys know that Ms. Anandan has made thinly vieled threat to sue anyone who criticizes her (through a comment on Vir Sanghvi’s blog)? Please folks, you have to understand that the right to crtiticze is only with the holier than thou ‘journalists’; we the ordinary people just need to listen to these creatures especially created by God almightly to preach us!

    Amen.

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  • Heena Sharma

    @ Sujata

    You are one hell of a brave girl. You really are. I do not know what inspiration could those dilettante beauties with the tag line of ‘Because you are worth it’ be but i can say, you have balls in the right places. Never lose it even for a second because army of obscure or non obscure fools would like to believe in their brand of democracy. Which is nothing but a sham!

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  • Heena Sharma

    P.S- But tolerance and congress being put together can only mean two things. You are either manmohan singh’s daughter, with his special brand of Sonia tolerant genes or you are just plain Sonia Gandhi’s doppelganger!!!

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  • deeteeN

    i am sure your source must have been sitting in Congress office cooking up all these scoops. all you myth makers work very hard to portray Congress as secular!!

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  • deeteeN

    5000 people died because a Congress leader was killed. so how is that 95%tolerant. or did they all die because a tree fell and the earth shook!!

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  • Nickolas Karver

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    Nickolas Karver
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  • trymeca_to

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  • http://www.facebook.com/aseem.johri Aseem Swarup Johri

    I am Indian in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and I hate to go to Brampton. I am much happier in my multicultural Scarborough. If I were so fond of everything Indian, I wouldn’t have stepped out of India. Also, people living in Brampton become so restricted in their circle that they’re even unfamiliar with Downtown Toronto. They are physically in Canada, but not taking advantage of what multiculturalism has to offer. What a waste.!

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    Simaljit Sandhu Reply:

    Aseem, I don’t know what are you talking about when you say that “Indian’s who live in Brampton are unfamiliar with downtown.” That is quite an assumption, and more specifically stereotyping. I am aware and in contact with many Indian senior citizens that travel all over Canada with their clubs. Many Bramptonians work downtown. It is a shame that you say you don’t like to visit Brampton, because too many indians live here. Ethnic enclaves are all over Canada like Indian populations who primarily reside in Brampton, Surrey, Montreal. However, it is not just Indians. Many other cultural groups decide to live in similar areas (i.e., Woodbridge is home to a large Italian-Canadian population). Seems like you are not proud to be an Indian feel sorry for you. WE love our Brampton.

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    Aseem Swarup Johri Reply:

    I guess I’ll have to move to Brampton to prove my patriotic colours! Why not move back to India to show greater colours.

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