It’s like Dushasan apologising to Draupadi…



Minutes after senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani had apologised to Sonia Gandhi for falsely accusing her and her family of having Swiss bank accounts of their own, Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, had tweeted, “Advani’s apology to Sonia Gandhi is as significant as if Dushasan had apologised to Draupadi after trying to disrobe her.’’

I must admit, I could not have put it better. Though I did think that the plaintive note in Advani’s apology – that Sonia should have publicly denied she had Swiss bank accounts to stop him from accusing her – was like the argument of an opportunistic thief: there were cookies in the jar, so I helped myself to them.

But Tushar’s allegory was more apt. Now Advani’s defence that he accused her because Sonia did not deny the allegations is ridiculous. If Advani were aware of what his followers are up to he would realise that there are millions of ‘Internet Hindus’ and others who blame Sonia all the time for everything — from potholed roads to rising prices and, yes, for the BJP’s failure to return to power and also for her ever having been born on this earth and/or having married Rajiv Gandhi and becoming the power behind the throne, et al. If she began apologising for everything, she would be saying ‘sorry’ for the rest of her days, every minute, every second of it. It is the way of leaders to ignore the petty nitpickers along their way, best said in Hindi – kutte bhaunke hazzar, haathi chala bazaar or the dogs may bark, the elephant trundles on. But, as I see it, when one of these nitpickers proved to be a leader who would be prime minister of India, she did do him the courtesy of writing a letter to say how wrong he was.

But apart from Advani’s less than graceful apology, this is the way of the saffron forces: they start a rumour, hoping it will gain currency and not be challenged along the way. The best example I know is from the late Nineties, when idols of Lord Ganesha were supposed to be drinking milk one particular day all over the world. It is only later that then opposition leader Sharad Pawar revealed to us how and where the RSS had planned and plotted that rumour — and how it played out exactly as they had wanted it.

As the idols lapped up the milk no one bothered to spare a thought that all the idols ‘drinking’ milk were made of either clay or stone. Science (suction, etc) was completely forgotten and even my mother (who had a brass Ganesha which, of course, could not imbibe the milk because it had no pores to suck the liquid in) felt blue that she had perhaps sinned and so was being denied that blessing by the Good Lord.

Its only the next day when the newspapers started reporting about the rivers of milk flowing down the backside of temples or clay idols collapsing into a heap of mud because too much liquid was poured into it the previous day, that my mother sat up with relief and felt both sheepish and foolish that she had been so taken in by those rumours.

Closer home, I noticed that this year no political groups opposed Valentine’s Day celebrations on February 14. But, perhaps, that’s because they had a completely new and innovative way of playing party pooper than just beating up romancing lovers or destroying card and gift shops across the country. I must admit this time even I fell for the trick.

The previous evening a good friend of mine sent me a text message, saying “Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged by the British on February 14, 1931. And while we celebrate Valentine’s Day each year on February 14, no one takes even a moment to remember our national heroes.’’

I wondered how I had missed noticing that fact all these years even as I reported on Valentine’s Day vandalism but I did not bother to check the veracity of that message. I blindly passed it on to other friends, until some one messaged me, saying, “Stupid! Why are you such an idiot that you don’t know that Bhagat Singh was hanged on March 23 and not February 14!’’

That’s when I got onto the Internet and realised it was not only I who had been had. The Samajwadi Party’s website had put the same message on its home page and even journalists across the country had so tweeted. I sent a curt message to my friend saying, “Actually, Bhagat Singh was hanged on March 23. Check that out for yourself.’’

He called back by that evening, apologising for having been taken in by his friend who sent him the original message. “I spoke to him right now and he was laughing. He is a follower of the RSS and said they were just trying to test how far something like that would go. He made a complete fool of me. I feel so blue.’’

“Don’t,’’ I replied. “Even the Samajwadi Party was taken in and many of the rest of us who should know our history better.”

But like my friend said, “If these guys will even try to change history and actual dates to forward their own agenda, then what can I say for the rest of us fools who fall for their cheap tricks?’’

Yes. But, like I told him then, they cannot fool all of us all of the time. After all, the so-called ‘loha purush’ Advani (taken in by his own delusions of strength), too, did not succeed in fooling the world about either Manmohan Singh in 2009 or even Sonia Gandhi today.

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  • shikha

    Sujatha, you continue to embarrass me!! Do you really consider yourself a journalist. I really urge you to introspect.

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    Rahul Reply:

    dont worry Sujatha is congress supporter we will get any job she want, but she need to submit her will to allah

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    das Reply:

    Just shows Tushar Gandhi is an obese idiot who is incapable of understanding difference between regret and apology.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Ditto as above

    subhash saini Reply:

    Sujatha is confused these ;let us wait till she finds her depth again.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Shikha: Good! I am glad you are embarrassed. its my job to embarrass all sorts of people.

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    shikha Reply:

    If embarrassing me is your goal as a journalist, then well i have nothing to say !! Thanks for your bold confession.

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    akul Reply:

    foolish comment. you should go back to your journalism school again

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  • http://- Rajeev

    There is a big difference between ‘REGRET’ and ‘APOLOGY’. Advani did not say that he distances himself from the said allegation.

    It looks like HT journos take English lessons from 10 Janpath Italian house.

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    Harish Gandhe Reply:

    You are right! Advani just said the pain is regrettable that does not mean anyting else. Tushar Gandhi is like her great grand father.

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    I Am An Indian First!! Reply:

    have you even read the complete article by Sujata……………or you have just been paid to post this same thing everywhere???????

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    Rajeev Reply:

    I Am An Italian First,
    Did you read the blog fully?

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    In the dictionary the two words mean the same thing. But in Indian politics you rarely apologise.So am not surprised that you think Advani didn’t apologise. But in the Indian political lexicon `regret’ is synonymous with feeling sorry for yourself or doing something that might have caused you to hurt yourself. So your interpretation of Advani’s apology is par for the course.

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  • http://www.singh.com KK singh

    The Onus is on the PUBLIC FIGURES to disprove any allegation. This is the norm all over the world. For eg: if somebody says Obama was not born in US, the onus is on him to produce the Birth Certificate. If someone says Sonia has swissank account, the onus is on her to call a press conference and disprove that allegation. Public figures represent the society. They have to be held at the highest standards. Nothing wrong in any allegations and no necessity for any apologies.

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    Soham Yadav Reply:

    Its really embarassing . It’s a big insult to Indian Culture and values by comparing Sonia with Draupdi.
    Sonia is the head of the most corrupt government ever in Indian history.
    You better know Quatrochi is her friend. Every Indian know who is he.
    We still remeber how she snatched the congress president post from Late Sita Ram Kesari.

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    hindujay Reply:

    dhushasam means the one who give bad direction . we all know where the kans litle kans take direction from the director sing is very good at it. and sister of ravana also had a fake child like krishna and which is clearly seen in congress party. the kouravas makes kou kou like noice and they cause lot of distraction in establishing dharmic kingdom is it not? the people of india even communist know who is kourava and who is pandava is it not. the pandavas are less in number and they are not power hungry . kouravas are always power hungry even if they have no spiritual power they will rule the people sourrounding with power of body and people kouravas are large in number . kouravas does not belive in sar and vistar of knowledge. when we are talking about knowledge kourava will come up with foolish short lived logic and confuse and every and and stablise the chair right????

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Well, if someone in our friends’ circle were to call you an *** would you go about proving you were not a donkey or would you not want/wait for an `apology’ from him?

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  • Ranjith

    “After all, the so-called ‘loha purush’ Advani (taken in by his own delusions of strength), too, did not succeed in fooling the world about either Manmohan Singh in 2009 or even Sonia Gandhi today.”

    Advani called Manmohan singh impotent. It turned out to be true. Its there for everybody to see PM’s incompetence.

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    krushna Reply:

    very very true!

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Yes. But then Dr manmohan Singh is still the Prime Minister of India and Advani, to his utter `regret’, is not!

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  • TrilokNegi

    Lines about idols ‘drinking’ milk & Valentine’s Day
    ……. very interesting.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    They are true and all on record.

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  • Ankit

    Rajeev, I deeply regret that journalist of a national English newspaper cannot, or would not, understand the difference between a ‘regret’ and an ‘apology’. I do not apologize for this sorry state of Indian journalism though.

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    Candor Reply:

    Seem even after so many years experience, Advani does not evaluate aftermaths of his decisions and wants to leave an impression that he is too good. It may be certainty that Gandhis won’t keep accounts in their name but control them some way. Otherwise, what is the compulsion of so many educated people to accept a household lady as their leader ? Moreover, keeping a vigil or investigating does not mean implicating someone. Advani decision may be to avoid counter action from the Congress who won’t stop anyway. It is dangerous that both Congress and BJP are restoring to a vendetta which will be harmful for the country. One should move on than doing postmortem of the happenings repeatedly.

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    Paritosh Reply:

    by comparing LK Advani to Dusashan and Sonia Gandhi to Draupadi we can derive two conclusions-

    1)- without any further doubt , Sujata is a worthless journalist surviving on Congress’s payroll

    2)- this lady is a crackpot with vacuum in her head

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  • http://- Guju

    INDIA MUST BE VERY LUCKY THAT PEOPLE OF SUJATA ANANDAN WERE NOT AROUND IN 1947 OTHER WISE INDIA WOULD BE TO-DAY RULED BY BRITISH SLAVE MASTERS AND GHADHARS LIKE SUJATA WOULD BE THEIR CHAMCHAS. PEOPLE LIKE HER DOT ON INDIA.
    IF ANTONIA MAINO IS CLEANER THAN CLEAN, WHY AS CHAIR PERSON OF U.P.A.II AND PUPPETER OF MADMOHAN CONSTITUTE J.P.C FOR C.W.G. – ARDARSH – 2G SPECTRUM OR RAJA RANI ( SONIA ) -BOFORS – 2G S BAND SCAMS ?
    TO CATCH ALL THE THIEVES EVERY METHOD POSSIBLE MUST BE USED WHICH CONGRESS CHAMCHAS ARE NOT WILLING TO EXERCISE THEIR SHOLEM DUTY.
    SUJATA SHOULD GO ON ” YOU TUBE ” AND READ ARTICLES WRITTEN BY DR. SUBRAMANIUM SWAMY ABOUT ANTONIA MAINO AND RASHOOL VINCI. ALSO WATCH THE VIDEOS ON THE SUBJECT. ON WHOSE ADVICE MADMOHAN NEVER REPLIED ANY LETTERS WRITTEN BY DR. SWAMY – RED COMMI. YACHERY AND ARUR SHOURIE.
    WHY DOES CONGRESS AND ANTONIA MUM AND NOT GOING TO COURT AND TAKE F.I.R. AGAINST DR. SWAMY. SHE CAN WRITE LETTER TO ADVANIJI, WHY NOT TO DR. SWAMY. IN THIS CASE ADVANIJI IS WEAK POIN AND DR. SWAMY IS LION WHO CAN BITE AND FINSIH THIS ” LOONEY – FIRANGI ” RAJ FOR EVER.
    TO FIND OUT MORE ANSWERS, SUJATA HAS TO WAIT TILL WEDNESDAY, 23RD MARCH AFTER 12.00p.m. WHEN MILLION UPON MILLION SUPPORTER OF BABA RAM DEVJI MAHARAJ FILLS ENTIRE DEHLI. THIS PROTEST WILL UPROOT THIS FIRANGI RAJ WITH ITS CHAMCHAS.
    IT WILL SHATTER THE DREAMS OF SUJATA – BHARKHA DUTT- VIR SINGHVI – VINOD SHARMA AND ALL THE FOOLS OF ITALAIN QUEEN. JSUT WAIT FOR THAT DAY.
    Jai Hind

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  • Anil

    Well, I still believe that this might be true. That Gandhi family has black money stashed somewhere. How else can Mr. Rahul Gandhi be caught at BOSTON airport a few years ago with $250,000+ of cash ?

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    If that is true the BJP or its task foce should have first have had documentary evidence before putting it on record. This `sorry’ state has aruisen precisely because they do not have any proof and chose to go by innuendo rather than facts.

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  • Dj

    No, It needs guts and grace to sorry. But when will Sonia Mam say sorry for favouring Mr Q of Bofors fame.

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  • Bihar

    Tushar Gandhi has gone crazy if Advaniji is Dushasan, than who is Durodhan becasue Dushasan disrobed Draupadi on instructions of Durodhan the only Senior to Advaniji is Atalji which automatically suggests than Atalji told Advani to disrobe Soniaji. Secondly this nut Tushar Gandhi should remember that asking for apology and forgiveness is the one of the basic teachings of Mahatama, Advaniji had done his part based on philosphy of Mahatama and lets us see will Soniaji forgive Advaniji on the basis of teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

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    Ravi (USA) Reply:

    Sujata,
    Are you out of your mind? how can you compare an italian B***ch to Draupdi? Your article gives an impression that you are Kalyug Ki Kunti who sees Dushasan in Yudhishtra.
    Are may be you are a pimp for Madaam Gandi

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    aneel Reply:

    Ravi,You are obviously an Idiot

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  • Nik

    There was nothing wrong with what he said, it was the truth. Sujata is a useless writer.

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    vikram Reply:

    Ofcourse, The Gandhis have millions of dollars stashed away in foreign banks. Advani should not have regretted whatever he had said about this ‘cabal’ called the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. They have ruined India beyond repair. Sonia is a very selfish and power hungry woman. Only God can save India from her.

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    Suresh Thakkur Reply:

    Sujata , you must be real stupid to make a comment comparing Sonia to Draupadi , what a joke . You journalists think just because you have access to public media you can dish out any **** , whithout being questioned . Do you really think Sonia is in India out of love of it , you are so naive if you think so .
    Agreed she and her husband may not be having Swiss accounts in their names , but they have robbed this country black and blue and stashed the moolah some safe place , in benami names .
    She has no love lost for us Indians .

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    What can I say to people who do not understand allegories?

  • ramesh singh

    Advani is proving to be a menance by saying sorry….Ant0ni0 has hiiden wealth in swiss acnt..n its a truth…..India is indeed a banana rebulic..becoz of journalist like yu..shame shame on yu..

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    I Am An Indian First!! Reply:

    shame on whom……..the writer is just stating the facts…………do you even know the meaning of a banana republic??????? please search it…your actually pointing fingers at the party your so eagerly supporting………………

    I did not know south India had people with no intellect and IQ like you…….pity your thinking…………

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    krushna Reply:

    i pity ur thinking dear so called indian! you must realise that it takes a lot of strength of charecter to say sorry!

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    But, then, according to all his friends on the Internet, he didn’t sday `sorry’ did he?

  • Sanjay

    I understand, it is a blog but not balanced at all. Are you an agent ?

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  • Raj

    Sujata you have proved it again that you are no different from Chaiwallah Vir Sanghvi.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    I am very happy and proud to be on the same side as Vir Sanghvi

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  • ramesh

    COMPARISON WITH DRAUPIDI IS INTRESTING. IT WILL BE MORE INTRESTING IF AUTHOR COMES OUT WITH MORE DETAILS OF THIS PRESUMED DRAUPIDI.
    THE TASK FORCE STAND BY WITH WHAT THEY HAVE REPORTED.
    WILL DRAUPIDI TAKE THEM TO COURT.
    WHY DRAUPIDI’S LETTER WAS NOT REPORTED BY HINDUSTAN -CONGRESS TIMES.
    NO WONDER THE WHOLE SOUTH DOES NOT READ HINDUSTAN TIMES.

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    I Am An Indian First!! Reply:

    sad comment…………………shows your level of intellect……..

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    Bhagwat Goel Reply:

    Shame to equate a charachter like Sonia to Darupdi. I would refrain from opening Sonia’s skeltons as most are known even if our bought and spineless press and media would not dare spell out.
    Bhagwat Goel

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  • Buddh

    Internet Hindus….thats what Tushar Gandhi is saying. He has now joined the so called secular people to differenciate between Hindus and internet Hindus. What about Muslims…does he dare to categorize them like that. A grandson of Gandhi is no use to India except a show pieace of the Gandhi family. Nobody in the current generation accepts his ideas of non violience.

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    krishna Reply:

    Tushar Gandhi is one of those brood that capitalizes on the Gandhi tag. Sujatha’s blogs are so biased that it is easy to know who wrote them. Can she say that Advani will not be the prime minister in the next election? Juvenile stuff characteristic of English columnists.

    Krishnamoorty

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    Bhagwat Goel Reply:

    THERE CANNOT BE MORE IDIOTIC ,FALSE & MOTIVATED TITLE. Advaniji showed grace to take Sonia’s word on face value till final investigation. The fact is Sonia’s word is not worth the paper written on. She is a bundle of lies with false name, false claims of education in Canbridge university and even her birth date and place are doubtfull. list is long. So long as his love for India, After emergency, leaving Indra Gandhi to fend for herself, she took refuge in Italian Embassy with Rajiv & kids. During 1971 war she again escaped to Italy with Rajiv during its duration. Advaniji made grand gesture to Sonia who did not deserve this.
    Bhagwat Goel

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    He will be too old by then

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  • Alok

    It looks like that the writer is on congress party’s payroll. I would have thought writer was on their payroll – if the english was good and point was conveyed in a better way at least.

    I clicked this link to read a solid argument about pointing to how advani made a mistake he shouldn’t have. But this article looks more pro-Sonia , anti-BJP and pro-congress than being anti-advani.

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  • jay

    wow, what an anti-hindu article, this writer seems to have a chip on there shoulder.

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  • Al

    Sujata,

    I really admire you for your courage to call a spade a spade.

    Keep it up.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Thank you

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  • ghan

    how she is draupadi,she didnt even pass highschool and she claming in election candidate form
    she graduate from cambridge,she even not indian citizen,and she was in voter list in newdelhi.
    and you think she is draupadi or she is foreign agent do not give indian citizen half news.people like you keep india under forein rules for ever.

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    Tarak Reply:

    millions of ‘Internet Hindus’ and others who blame Sonia all the time for everything .
    Hey Lady…Are working Under Vinod Sharma :)
    Now i realize why India spent 150 years under British and 6 years under Italian rule ..

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    And Draupadi did?

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  • SKS_Mumbai

    Having full regard to the limitations imposed upon you by your service conditions (which I’m sure doesn’t allow you any research before your small fingers churn out dubious tales), let me just explain that If Internet Hindus were behind this allegation then their power and influence goes way beyond the tiny room with dark curtains which make your world.

    One such IH is Yevgenia Albats, recepient of Golden Pen Award from the Russian Union of Journalists for exposing poor conditions in maternity wards in 1989, here is what Wikepedia (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yevgenia_Albats?wasRedirected=true) says about her (before you look into your instruction manual and come back shouting wikipedia is not authentic, let me just add : this information is available at many places and most of them much more authentic than the apology of the “Independent Newspaper”). So read on:

    “From 1993 to 2000, she was a member of the Clemency Commission at the Executive Office of the President of the Russian Federation. …. In 1992 Albats was appointed a member of a governmental commission to examine KGB involvement in Soviet coup attempt of 1991. As a member of this commission she interviewed KGB officers. Albats described her findings in The State Within a State: The KGB and Its Hold on Russia – Past, Present, and Future in 1994. Albats described the KGB as a leading political force rather than a security organization. …. In 1992 Albats published an article in Izvestia quoting documents from KGB archives that David Karr was “a competent KGB source” who “submitted information to the KGB on the technical capabilities of the United States and other capitalist countries”. She cited KGB correspondence about payments to Rajiv Gandhi and his family, which had been arranged by Viktor Chebrikov, which claims that KGB chief Viktor Chebrikov sought in writing an “authorization to make payments in US dollars to the family members of Rajiv Gandhi, namely Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Paola Maino, mother of Sonia Gandhi” from the CPSU in December 1985. Albats learned that the KGB employed the future Russian Patriarch Alexius II as an agent under a nick Drozdov. …….”

    There are more, but it is obvious, Truth doesn’t intertest you much.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    May be true. But like I said elsewhere before, you need black and white documentation before people will begin to believe those allegations

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  • Ankit

    It is clear that the worthless Indian journalists are living under fear of millions of thinking Indians who are not willing to give them a pass and are willing to call out their spin, their deception and their dishonesty on the internet. In the bygone era, these journalists used to have a parasitic relationship with politicians and connived with them to suck the blood out of common people without any opposition. Since it is much more difficult to do now, these journos are trying to villify the critics by using epithets like “Internet Hindus” ( make no mistake, the worst thing you can do in secular circles is to call someone a Hindu).

    I do not think it is going to cut much ice, Radiagate has laid bare the inner workings of Indian media.

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    shikha Reply:

    Ankit, I could not agree with you more. You can do a better job as a blogger..No I am serious. Why don’t you write one? This is the kind of blackmail people resort to when they cannot digest skepticism. You be skeptical of their writings and you are a Hindu nut case. Criticize Iraq war and Sarah Palin would brand you anti American, pro Taliban. I am sorry Sujatha, I dare you to call me internet Hindu.

    For your kind information Sujatha, most of the your readers & “internet Hindus” as per you are the key reformists of our society -
    1. They do not endorse caste system
    2. They support gender equality
    3. Are very unlikely to discriminate against Muslims in an interview, renting out their property.
    4. Are likely to play a key role in reforming Hinduism.
    5.And yes they love their country a lot !!

    Who are you insulting? It is time to introspect yourself!! Just because a small fraction of your critiques are Hindu nut cases, you cannot brand all your critiques alike to deflect attention. Is your journalism focused on protecting Gandhi family and does it even behoove you? Does it not ashame you a bit? In the face of serious scandals and scams rocking the nation, you do not find anything suitable to write?

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    A small fraction? You have got to be kidding — yourself, I mean.

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  • SKS_Mumbai

    Sujata Anandan

    It turns out it wasn’t really your “Dushasan” that tried disrobing your “Draupadi”.

    The man who actually did, is asserting in public, “it were he and some of his friends who did so”

    Show some “spine” either disprove them or accept their report.

    But we all know, you and your friends will again go dead in silence.
    http://expressbuzz.com/opinion/columnists/distress-and-regret/249803.html

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    I wouldnt go by anything Gurumurthy says. His biases and extreme positions have been well known and discredited even by some in the saffron lineup

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  • Ankit

    Let us turn this around a bit.

    One would not go by anything Sujata Anandan – someone proud to be on the same side of the disgraced Vir Sanghvi – says. Her biases and extreme positions are well known.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    If you read Vir Sanghvi or Sujata Anandan, it means you cannot keep away from their biases and extreme positions — I do not read Gurumurthy at all, mentioned him only because the link opened to an article by him.

    Anyway our so-called biases and extreme positions (as opposed to those like Gurumurthy and his ilk) do not seek to justify the massacres of hundreds in Gujarat or the demolition of places of worship elsewhere.

    Deny it till the cows come home or you go blue in the face but ther is blood on teh hands of some people which cannot be washed away so easily, least of all through abuse by trolls and the so-called internet hindus

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    Ankit Reply:

    I do not read Vir Sanghvi anymore, he is irrelevant after being exposed in the Radia tapes. I do read you and Vinod Sharma to understand the latest spin ; you guys are doing a pretty good job of following in the footsteps of Mr. Sanghvi.

    I have not read Gurumurthy justifying the massacre of hundreds in Gujarat but we the people have read ‘your ilk’ justifying the massacre of 59 people in Godhara because they were Kar Sevaks. We have also read ‘your ilk’ denying the conspiracy of mass killing in Godhara in order to please your political masters.

    Finally, please do not throw the tantrums of being abused. It is the right of readers to criticize your writings; I do not see any abuse in the comments here. If you want just positive feedback, please shift to some dictatorship in Middle East (the ones that are left) and write in praise of the dictator.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    My dear Ankit,

    I am more energised by negative comments than the positive ones — I do not need to know the views of people who think like me, (though it is nice to know I am not in a minority of one) I am more enlightened by people who do not .

    And you may not be abusive but have you seen some other comments of others — they abuse not just me but everyother journalist, HT or otherwise, who they think are not saffron supporters. They descend to the level of mothers and fathers in their abuse. Makes me wonder where does Advani get his shuchita and samrasta from then. But doesnt matter. These are guys operating under masked identities after all and if they have the courage to abuse under their real identities, then that is between them and their upbringing.

    And finally, it is a journalist’s job to (pardon the language) piss off people. If we dont rattle a few with every article, then we are not really doing our jobs. That’s why negatives are more welcome.

  • SKS_Mumbai

    Dear Sujata

    So what does “black and white documentation” (let us call it BWD) look like ?

    Will it depend on the political ideology of the person “presenting” (presenting over here simply means quoting another source) the documentation?

    Should your BWD also include BWD to prove that the “Source Quoted” is “Not an Internet Hindu or Not-an-Extremist” (of course, all it takes to prove someone “An Internet Hindu” is questioning you, or criticizing the ‘Family’, or refusing to give clean-chits to the Family” and it is obviously futile to argue as to why would a person being an Internet Hindu, prove all his statements as false).

    If so do let us know what would your BWD standards require to prove that “Yevgenia Albats” is

    (a) “Not-An-Internet Hindu”,

    (b) “Not an Extremist”? Given that she is a Russian, would you also insist on BWD to prove:

    (i) She is not a Zionist,
    (ii) Not a CIA Agent?

    Same questions for that swiss magazine “Schweitzer Illustrierte” and given it is a magazine, I guess you would require similar BWD for the Editor, publisher and author also?

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    May be your school principal could tell you more clearly what black and white is?

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  • SKS_Mumbai

    That was about BWD definition for the “rest”, now what is the BWD when the presenter happens to be an HT journalist/editor? I hope your Internal “BWD definition” is not a proprietary trade secret and you would be in a position to tell us what kind of BWD did your colleagues or editors had when quoting:

    ” Shabnam Hashmi’s statement that Karsevaks in S-6 were burnt by VHP”?

    Or what BWD did you possess when you said that LKA apologized for “FALSELY ACCUSING” the Pious Sonia Gandhi?

    On what basis did you claim that the accusation was made by LKA? Because as far as I know the accusation was made by a Task Force (of course as per you all the members must be Internet Hindus or Extremists).

    Where does “Falsely accusing” come from? Did LKA’s letter say that accusation was False?

    All LKA said was: ” task force would have taken into account the information if you had denied it earlier”. Which simply means the report would’ve had another line to say: ‘Sonia Gandhi has denied the charge” and that would simply mean reporting what SG said. That wouldn’t’ ‘ amount to “accepting” (as you seem to claim) that SG did not have the account.

    But I guess these points are too fine for Journalists.

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    SKS_Mumbai Reply:

    BTW, there is one thing I learnt from your article which is going to be very useful for my future, i. e. In case my prospective employers “think like you”. Any guess what could it be?

    I wasn’t sure that a “Regret” meant an “Apology” although Thesaurus does show “apology” as a synonym of “regret”, but then it also shows Heartache and Nostalgia as synonyms of regret.

    Till now when I received Regret letters from the Companies or MBA Institutes, I did not realize that they were actually apologizing for rejecting me, now after your article, my CV will have a new section: “Companies who apologized for rejecting me”.

    Many thanks.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Depends upon which side of the mirror you are looking at, doesnt it? May be those companies do apologise while rejecting you. They seem a lot more polite and well behaved, I should think

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    I should know better by now but I continue to be amazed by the selective memory of saffron supporters. Read the full text of Sonia’s lette to Advani and go back to clips of Advani repeating the task force allegations. May be then you might be enlightened.

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  • SKS_Mumbai

    Very Good

    Bright answers, solid logic, caught me etc..

    Finally, you are much better than many: You responded to 2-3 of my comments before resorting to the Clincher:Saffron.

    Those who read my comments and your replies can see and decide for themselves.Sadly, few of them would be “Bright” enough to see your brightness oh sorry, I mean few of them would be Non-Internet Hindus.

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  • Monty

    Guys, read Kumkum Chadha’s article on the same issue and compare with this rather silly article. you will understand the difference in their maturity level.

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  • geekay

    Indian goods are cheap. Even if they do not to import directly, they have indian goods via gulf and Singapore. Dealing directly with India makes these Indian imports much cheaper. The trade currently 2.6 Billion between India and Pakistan is in India ’s favour .Pakistan has 14% of that and rest belongs to India. So, that ’s why, if they decide on importing directly, they can reduce more of their import bill. For India, there is nothing to be worried about. After all, India needs to grow as well and more trade and dependency between two nations means Pakistani Hawks will be on their back feet and less terrorism for India. War and tensions do not help the growth and objective to lift people above poverty line. So, whatever you can trade, it is good even if it is Pakistan or China as same arguments applies to China.

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  • Anonymous

    I went on a cycling holiday with a friend who drove much faster than I did, but I looked better around me. The same to yoga.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harjap-Aujla/598510664 Harjap Aujla

    Most Indian TV channels are short on news and high on graphics.

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  • Anonymous

    Rahul will be remembered always as the Wall… none can replace his master stroke..

    Weakest LINK

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