The tale of the sting



For all the trolls who go from blog to blog on the Hindustan Times website and label all its editors as Congress stooges or paid journalists, I finally know where they are getting that from.

But while the trolls know no better, I would have expected rather more of Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy. On the night of the debate in parliament on the cash-for-vote scam, I could see how he was losing it even as an admission of wrongdoing came from the former media advisor to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee: Sudheendra Kulkarni all but admitted that the cash-for-votes scam was actually a sting mounted by the BJP against the Congress. Ultimately, they could not get any Congressmen to buy any of the BJP MPs. But, as Kulkarni said it, the sting had the sanction of top BJP leaders even though both he and the leader of the opposition, Sushma Swaraj, now justify the entire entrapment action “as nothing wrong’’.

Well, I guess there was indeed nothing wrong with it for even the Tehelka.com sting nearly a decade ago, which trapped then BJP president Bangaru Laxman into accepting a bribe, could be classified as an ‘entrapment’ and not a sting in the original sense of the term as we know it. But it is easier to trap a person into accepting a bribe. How does one trap someone into giving one? Perhaps that is where the BJP `sting’ went wrong and did not quite come off.

So Tehelka magazine’s latest expose is entirely legitimate and for Rudy to foul-mouth its editors and reporters as working for the Congress was clearly not just insulting but downright despicable.

I guess the truth hurts and I have reason to believe that the latest expose of this entrapment saga is in the right direction. For, right after the confidence vote in parliament in July 2008, Bombay Congress president Kripashankar Singh had told me and a couple of other journalists a story so fantastic that I thought he had to be making it up.

Singh had invited us to lunch and was heaving great sighs of relief at how he had escaped by the skin of his teeth (“Main baal baal bach gaya,’’ as he put it).

Of course, Singh, like many other Congressmen who had a stake in the then government’s survival, had parked himself in New Delhi during the confidence vote. One evening, he received a friendly call from a BJP functionary whom he had known for a long time. This functionary apparently told Singh that since they were all whiling away their time in Delhi with not much to do, they might as well have some fun by getting together for a dinner at an up-market hotel in the national capital.

Being the gregarious individual that he is, Singh accepted. “I was getting ready to leave for that dinner, when I got a call from someone to alert me that actually a trap was being laid for me. I then feigned illness and didn’t go.’’

I, frankly, didn’t understand; it sounded like a lot of balderdash to me. So Singh explained that they had actually been trying to lure Ahmed Patel, Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, to catch him hobnobbing with some entirely unknown BJP MPs. When they didn’t succeed in fooling Patel, they tried for the next best thing: Singh, who — as the Bombay Congress president — is considered his party’s moneybags. It would have been entirely believable that he had been trying to woo some BJP MPs with cash, “and even you would not have believed in my innocence, if they had succeeded,’’ Singh said.

Although Singh told me that the money for the operation had come from the BJP’s Madhya Pradesh coffers, I dismissed the story as not a figment of Singh’s imagination but a delusion of grandeur – a need to be seen as more important than he really was. For, it was impossible to believe that any MP would put himself up for sale thus and, frankly, at that time the entire sequence of events seemed so incredible/unbelievable.

But now I am with former Samajwadi Party facilitator Amar Singh, at the center of this controversy, when he says those bundles of cash should have immediately been subjected to forensic tests for fingerprints and bank labels to ascertain where they really came from and who had handled those notes, instead of being brandished in the Lok Sabha, which was a classic way of destroying the evidence.

Now that that evidence is lost, we will never know what really happened. But, as with everything in the realm of mystery, I guess the truth lies between the Congress and the BJP positions on the matter. In either case, if there was an attempt to buy MPs, the Congress has much to answer for. And if, like Kripashankar Singh says, there was an attempt to trap Congress leaders into buying those MPs, all that can be said is that the BJP will stop at nothing in their desperation to return to power.

So Rudy might as well rehearse measured reactions, rather than the personal insults he is wont to indulge in, in response to such exposes. And both Ahmed Patel and Kripashankar Singh just went up in my estimation: for resisting the temptation of the lure, however bizarre that might have been!

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  • Ankit

    First of all, it was so funny when the oh so holier than thou editor of Tehelka started bemoaning sting, consider her magazine was the one that started this whole business of sting operations.

    Secondly, Kulkarni has himself said that he wanted to be whistleblower. Sujata Anandan is trying to potray that he got an idea to ‘entrap’ some people one fine day and just went about fishing for victims. The fact is tha Gurudas Dasgupta had mentioned on record about monies being offered to MPs a week or so before the trust vote. Wikileaks also mentions war chests that Congress had built up in order to buy MPs. Kulkarni and company just tried to expose this whole thing, for which they are being made the culprits by Congress and its stooges in the media.

    In any case, we the people should be thankful for the revelations not just about the insider tracks of different political parties but also about different journalists who are on the cut with the politicians and who end with foreign jaunts, padma awards or memberships of different commissions.

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  • perpetual.dilettante

    May be the ‘editors” of HT need to do some introspection in terms of why is it that popular perception is that they are Congress stooges. Being dismissive about the issue does not mask the fact that their coverage of certain issues is highly lopsided. And at the end of the day, there is enough recorded evidence (telephonic) to indicate which side of the divide they lie on. It kind of makes the entire holier-than-thou attitude of the editors hard to swallow.

    On the point of the expose itself, it is disturbing to see politicians resort to personal attacks to defend their position on this matter, rather than debating the issue itself. Let us face it, over the last decade or so, starting with the Tehelka sting operation, sting operations have become justified means of journalistic coverage of issues. And I think politicians need to understand that “intent” itself in a lot of cases is as bad as committing unethical acts. So they should not be hiding behind the defense of “entrapment” in such cases. Also, the logic of “you guys did so-and-so in the past, which makes it justifiable for us to do it”, is a highly disturbing trend !

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    Rahul Reply:

    the world is blaming congress for there wrong doing and HT = Half truth are congress goons and so called secular news using there ”blog” to hit on BJP making false charges. BJP should file case against this false media there are Bunch of proves against congress i don’t see a one article which which is against congress.
    Sujata Anandan your IQ is really low you should be put in mental hospital for life time.

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    Reader Reply:

    May be, before insulting the readers by calling them trolls, HT editors can ask themselves honestly as why their readers feel that way.

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    Raj Reply:

    Thats because this low-life off the shelf bought out scumbag Sujata Anandan thinks herself above readers, continuous licking of Madame Sonia Maino’s feet has taken effect on her tastes of normal and abnormal. Now she can lick anything for money, doesn’t matter anymore. bloody stooges

    Vijay Reply:

    I had lot of respect for journalists. But that was long long time ago.

    Vivek Reply:

    Pathetic. Sujata Anandan does not even *pretend* to be neutral and objective.

    Assume for argument’s sake that all of HT’s critics are BJP supporters. Two questions arise:

    1) Why would that necessarily indicate a problem with BJP supporters? Perhaps they have a valid point? In refusing to address this question, what Sujata Anandan is suggesting is that she fundamentally has a problem with BJP supporters. If you are a BJP voter, you are not a good guy in the Anandan worldview. (Presumably being a Cong or Commie voter is OK!). This reflects the intolerant, prejudiced view of the author.

    2) Ok, if Hindustan Times has a problem with BJP voters, does that mean the newspaper is only for Congress supporters? The critics’ problem with HT is perhaps with its implicit claim of neutrality, and it is this claim that the BJP supporters are contesting, not the paper’s right to be a Congress supporter. If HT came out and explicitly announced that it is a Congress mouthpiece, the criticism will then probably cease.

    Public-facing individuals, such as politicians and journalists, do not have the luxury of responding to allegations of bias with counter-allegations of bias. Imagine if someone accused the PM of this country of being biased against BJP voters (because they didn’t vote for his party) and if he responded in the amateurish manner that Anandan did!

    Raj Reply:

    me too, conveyed it to a journalist friend of mine who agreed that 95% of media is sold-out. I assured him he is in other 5% then only he was forthcoming with this statistics …heheheheh, god saves and media withdraws and we hapless citizens of this country vomit. BLOODY TROLLS we are. Hell hath no fury and troll hath no existence in present India….Mera bharat mahaan 100 mei se 99 beimaan…..Sujata ke jai ho, har chor kee jai ho, trolls ke gardan kato aur desh ko age badhao…..Jayo he jayo he

    Ragini Reply:

    I always read your ridiculous comments for entertainment.

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    Raj Reply:

    And your reply proves that buffoons can type with a red nose. “Ridiculous” – Ragini and Shameless Sujata – same same, shame shame

    Gopi Reply:

    HT is CONg’s oldest media concubine so nothing new there. We should applaud for HT being so faithful to its masters in evn such promiscous times n despite CONg having got many more media concubines such as BS, CONgraph of Kolkatta, ToI, IE, NDTV, etc.

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    Imtiaz Reply:

    “For all the trolls who go from blog to blog on the Hindustan Times website and label all its editors as Congress stooges or paid journalists”

    A: We are the public of India! And we have now learned our lessons. India has been ruled by congrass for 60 years and its done so with support from paid journos like u. Thanks to congrass and people like u who directly/indirectly dance to ots tune… 80% of indias are poor and have little access to education, good housing, health. The corrupt dynastic govt sucks our blood.

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    satya Reply:

    sujata you are biased for congess from your writting. when congress does something against bjp then it is legitimate but other way around if bjp try to expose the truth then it is illegimate that what you are suggesting. fact is if anyone is doing to win power with money then it is illegal. if congress thinks it was all done as propaganda then why it has not proven in last 3 yrs that in court. congress can not prove this, so they throw ball in other court that bjp try to expose them.

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  • vicky…

    HT editors are nothing but Congress stooges….just look how far they go to taint the BJP, instead of saying…this government is illegal, they say look BJP did this and that….

    yeah okay HT good luck to you….

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  • Raju Khan

    After 2G Radia tapes exposed, do you need more proof of top nexus between congress and media?
    Where was your sting operation on them ? People don;t even read your full article . They see the name of editor and they know what the content is . and you know what content is what they thought. The big question is that since you got pen and a chance to defend yourself from what Rudy had said. What about his chance to raise his point ?

    You know very well you are paid journalist and its very sad part that you came all the way to defend yourself and your sting operations. So what to expect from you ?

    Remember that 2G scam was there for year 2009 but all the main news channel just ignored it . Why because they themself were part of the deals? So what we expect ?

    Moreover your tehelka never came out with any sting operations against 2G scam. Your sting operations always come to rescue congress party..

    I think somebody should file a case against corrupt media houses in supreme court and they should do independent investigation to find out the real truth of your transactions of money. Also your real source of story ( 90 % time its AICCC headquarters)

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    hence Reply:

    Sujata by writing this article ,You just proved what you were denying that you and journalists of Hindustan Times and Times of India are not free journalists but on the payroll of congress.Let me clear you why?There is no substance in saying that sting was carried by BJP.You mean Nachiketa Kappor,wikileaks,US cables,trust vote ,Amar Singh, everybody is lying ,except you.your congress party and your newspapers.Manmohan Singh would have lost the trust vote if he had not used the corrupt money .He has disgraced the nation.The pesron who can not win an election will win the confidence motion!No way!You call him honest .I say he is the most corrupt prime minister of India as there have happened multihundred billion dollors scams in this country.In a country where people are dying of hunger,working overtime to feed their children,can not dream of a house in their whole life are paying taxes to be looted by Manmohan Singh and his thieves.What evidences do you need ?The voting machines are no where in this world are used by India.Not that we are more technologically advanced thatn europe or Americas or Japan but only because they can help Sardar Manmohan Singh types to remain in power.When a person exposed the malfunctioning of these machines ,why he was sent to jail?Why government is not allowing any independent agency to check the accuracy of these machines?All is false and grey in India.CBI,police,CVC,CM,PM all are corrupt.The whole country is in the hands of the robbers and thugs.And you say that congress is very honest and Sardar Manmohan Singh ji is honest.My foot.A street thief is more honest than him.At least he is stealing not for depositing in swiss banks but for keeping his family barely alive.

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    arvind Reply:

    also a street thief is more intelligent than you

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    Kunal Reply:

    I couldn’t help but laugh at the first line of this article. Lol the so called “trolls” know “no better”. Yes everything is known only to bloggers like Sujata Anandan and all the other bikau staff of Hindustan Times.

    Well what do you expect from biased bloggers like yourself. I would have been ashamed even to write for HT if i was in your place. It’s a disgrace for the problem “Pen is mightier than the sword” and disgrace to the field of journalism.

    It won’t be far away when HT removes the comments section altogether. Sujata, if you do have some common sense, it won’t be hard to figure that the HT bloggers are rated as one of the lowest quality blogs on the indian blogosphere. Most people come here to read other people’s comments because the comments are much more objective and intellectually appealing than the rubbish you guys write.

    Saarthak Reply:

    Completely agree Kunal. I go to Vinod Sharma’s blog only to read the comments section. It is so much more enlightening and objective. Who cares what he writes..its all the same.

    CT Reply:

    Well if Ahmed Patel and Kripashanker Singh have gone up in your eyes, then it says a lot about your journalistic capability. HT is a Cong mouthpiece so face the facts.

    Raj Reply:

    Very well said Kunal. Sujata the ill gotten money will get back at you one day. Shame on You TRAITOR

    Proud Indian Reply:

    i Only came to this blog to read the comments ;)

    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    @Kunal and all his similar-minded fellow commentators: why do you believe that HT bloggers hate the low ratings? The lower the ratings, the more we know we have needled/provoked the readers and the more we have succeeded. And if, like you and your friends say, you come to the blogs only to read the comments and not the blogs, then I guess we should not waste any more time on your comments. Because how can any comment be taken seriously if it is made without substance? Its then just your bias, my friend, and you may well be entitled to it. But dont expect me to pay any further heed to the abuse and opinionated bigotry from the `commentators’ because now I finally know that they know no better. have a great life, y’all!

    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Sujata,

    Insolence and self-righteousness ill-behoves you. Even Vinod Sharma had the grace to say that he is an unabashed camp follower of the congress party. Why don’t you show, at least once in a way, some humility and accept the truth?

    Treating all readers and commentators here as worthless gate-crashers not worthy of your imperial notice is a sure recipe for a career-crash.

    akul Reply:

    seriously are you such an idiot? i thought a journalist’s duty is to report and not needle readers.
    Did you really go to any school seriously?

    Raj Reply:

    Oh, the high and mighty storm rider Her Excellency the Journalist of Journalist Sujata Anandan, your few words have graced and purified these trolls who because of curse of their cultural upbringing are hard working, ethical, honest and tax paying citizens of this country. The uncrowned empress of India Madame Sonia Maino Gandhi should be very happy with your hard work. The high and mighty like you toil like a true(?) journalist and the trolls are only half minds. So please don’t hate them for they are the stink of India, just be indifferent to them. They will one day find their way and will show you high and mighty czars of media their true worth. Play with the currency bundles, drink fine wines like your Chaiwallah boss and be delusional about the truth and be faithful to your masters like you always have been. S is For Shame in Sujata. Please have a close look in the mirror every morning and answer few questions asked by your subconscience. ….., A Proud TROLL – Another Indian taken for a ride every moment by the high and mighty.

    TROLL Reply:

    well done sujata.
    three cheers to you.
    you are doing an excellent job of bringing disgrace to the profession of journalism. NEEDLING the readers ? what do you mean by that ? you are here to write and report the truth or NEEDLE the indian readers who are angry with the rampant corruption of the ruling congress ???
    of course you are doing great service to congress and sonia gandhi by NEEDLING the angry and helpless indian middle class by calling them TROLLS. you deserve a BHARAT RATNA for this NEEDLING of the TROLLS.

    S george Reply:

    “Most people come here to read other people’s comments because the comments are much more objective and intellectually appealing than the rubbish you guys write”

    @kunal agree with you 1lakh percent that people like me only come to read comments posted on Sujata’s and Vinod Sharmas blog.

    Kunal Reply:

    Sorry, but I don’t see your point of being happy about your blog’s low rating and success in the form of provoking the readers.

    And provoke in what sense ? Does your blog inspire the readers or give them hope that the media is doing it’s job, that the media is reporting the truth, that the media is analysing the situation objectively and blacklisting the corrupt politicians who would get away with it scot free.

    Or does your blog make the readers angry as they consider it biased ? Sorry, but the Indian public is not just angry about it’s corrupt leaders but also about the shameless media like yourself who do not consider writing the truth as your moral responsibility towards our nation.

    The only person in HT who seems to be objective is the person who censors comments. Either that or that person is sleeping at his desk.

    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Just for the last time, Kunal, since you and your friends do not get it: only the truth needles. And I am happy our blogs needle you all into hysterical commentary!

    Kunal Reply:

    Truth never needles anyone. It’s your attachment to selective truth which spurs readers to give so called hysterical commentary on your blog.

    There surely are BJP supporters on this blog, but there are also many who would just like to see unbiased articles. Which you do not ever provide.

    SUNIL Reply:

    Wat a reading!
    -Just like hearing the old fox Vinod Sharma of the same channel!
    -First of all sting operations started by Tehalka are on the same concept.Entrapment!
    -Secondly, I heard the same journo S.Gautam of then in CNN, now in Headlines Today of India Today. He said that the sting was 100% genuine as well confirmed by the Delhi Police.
    -Thirdly the same S.Gautam goes on to say that money really came from one Saxena on behest of Amar Singh.
    -Fourthly, the Tehalka expose timing was great, just goes on to show how it is working under congress like the hindi news 24 of Rajiv Sukhla.
    -All of us had doubts about the Tehalka credentials, now it is proved.
    -People used to say that Tehalka had received heavy amounts from some NGOs and congi party to highlight the 2002 guj. riots and suppress the train carnage, but we disbelieved. But now, this seems to be 100% correct.

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    SUNIL Reply:

    -Moreover, now without so-called BJP”entrapment”, the same Krupashanker Singh’s son has allegedly received 4 Crores bribe from shahid Balwa’s company, shown in star news.
    -All those who speak against congress and are patriotic are ‘trolls’?

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    V.K.CHAWLA Reply:

    When Rudy was fuming with tehelka journalist , he was quite right . As Tehelka a offspring of Congress’s hiearchy & bootlickers , is clearly a “MUKHOTA” for Congress . Have the writer of Blog has seen any expose of any CWG scam when there were alround news in every nook & corner of high inflated expenses of CWG. Tehlaka was sitting pretty on its eggs , trying to shield congress & its henchmen. When Parliament was deliberating the Wikileaks”s exposure of Amar Singh , Tehlka opened its can of worms in afternoon , trying to deflect the opposition’s attack in Parliament on Congress & its henchmen. The real truth is Congress has actually trapped Amar Singh & was allowed to do the poaching on BJP & BSP’s M.P. which he ultimately did & succeded . Though Congress was in pipe line to poach but they were doing it in covers but Amar Singh was doing it openly .That’s why Maya Wati of BSP stationed at delhi with her money bags & also tried to outdo Amar SIngh . Tehelka had no serious expose of Congress , right from 2G , CWG , Adarsh housing , Fake Pilot etc.

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    Candor Reply:

    Why are sting operations carried out against BJP only and not against Congress ? BJP molecules are being exposed and Congress mountains are going unnoticed and culprits like Karunanidhi are roaming freely. There is no doubt Congress targets their opponents. Political parties head promise load of things to people to collect party funds but it does not mean they help them to cheat. Moreover, the people who are working for Congress should also know that offering bribe is also offense and therefore, Tehelka people should be jailed.

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    ravan_haran Reply:

    Your journalists come to TV studios as Congress spokespersons and defend Congress on all corruption issues shamelessly…Your other journalist was caught with his pants off in Nirra Radia case…And you with this paid article dare to call majority of internet youth as trolls…Dude, truth is it’s been a long time you guys are doing this dirty job of looting the country…Now you are being exposed in internet and can’t accept loosing your status-quo and the money you get from your political masters..

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    Kunal Reply:

    Well Sujata Anandan played her part in the Radia tape scandal. She tried to vindicate her boss Mr. Vir Sanghvi by writing articles where she subtly tried to convince readers how Vir wasn’t to be blamed and wasn’t involved in the scam.

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    Anurag Reply:

    Exactly…no1 reads ur full article, ur name in the beginning of the article is sufficient to say “Dont go beyond this point”….what a looser you are!!! Is the CON party paying you up for all this??

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  • http://- Rajeev

    BJP asked for debate on Vote for scam but govt. insisted it to be done NEXT day. Why? We didn’t have any idea why congress was insisting on debate NEXT day.
    Surprise surprise, Tehelka come out with this sting the very NEXT day. The timing of this release by Tehelka is synchronised with Congress’s desire/
    This journo thinks that all Indian are fool..She is narrating stories from Kripa Shankar Singh of Jharkhand-Koda scam fame.
    She herself is proving that she is paid journo.

    All this entrapment is way to deflect the real issue..which is congress paid MPs thru Dalal’s like Amar Singh and Satish Sharma to save its govt. Everything else is bunk…

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    Raj Reply:

    Please look in the mirror every morning, Sujata. I have started having little more respect than you people. How expert are you in hogwash. I have started supporting Nexalites now as I believe they will show you people your right place. Let the corrupt kill the corrupt.

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    Narendra Reply:

    Where are YOU getting it from, Sujata?

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    escapebeat Reply:

    Once again, another glaring example of HT editors being Congress stooges. What else can you expect from someone little known Suja ta or tha! as you might call her. Please grow up guys! At least hire some reputable people for writing articles!!

    Srini Reply:

    Well tried!!! But we are not as stupid as you expect us to be unfortunately!!!

    You can try to preempt the comment of normal citizens all you want. It doesn’t change the fact that Hindustan times and the editors (including yourself) licks the boots (or is it a??) of congress and will go to any length to cover up the murders and corruptions of Congress and try to shift the blame it on BJP. BJP may be no good, but it is not as corrupt as Congress.

    Kunal Reply:

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/tabloid-news/mumbai/Probe-against-city-Congress-chief/Article1-573029.aspx

    Kripashankar Singh, who migrated to Mumbai to work as a vegetable vendor in 1970s has properties worth more than Rs 250 crores.

    Maybe 249 crores 90 lakhs after this article.

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Maybe 249 crores 80 lakhs after this article coz maybe he is a generous guy :)

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Because he was a sabji vendor and now he is a friend of sabji!

  • http://lughole.net Saarthak

    Dear Sujatha Nandan,

    I have to agree with a commenter above, HT now stands for Half Truth(s). You may call me a troll for disagreeing with you, but the commenters here have showed a better analysis of how you corrupt journos try to hoodwink the people. Stop acting like a PR agency of this government. Yes, I know this government has deep pockets (the 2G loot alone is enough for next 10 generations) but you should have deep ethics to counter the temptation those pockets bring.

    Thanks to the internet, we are are exposed to multiple sources of information and it is mighty clear that among the newspapers HT is at the forefront in trying to protect the image of the CONgress party. No matter how many scams tumble out of the closet, you would like us to believe that its the BJP which is much more evil and there is no better alternative than this corruptocracy.

    It is obvious how HT is avoiding giving attention to any of the wikileaks cables now in the anxiety that they will focus attention back on the cash for votes scandal, and your political editor Vinod Sharma will have to bite dust since he doubts the authenticity of these cables.

    Your paper is only losing credibility day by day.

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    Raj Reply:

    Very good analysis. HT is on Madame Maino’s payroll, period and I am proud to be a troll because I am a hardworking, taxpaying citizen of this country rather than Sujata who in my eyes no less than a media hooker who is paid to sell the ethics of her profession. Shame on you. If there is god he will definitely deliver the final analysis to all you traitors in this birth only.

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  • Gianinder

    Who is the writer? is she related to Barkha Dutt? or did they grow up together in the neibhourhood? It’s OK….everyone has a right to earn his/her living and so does she. There is vacancy in this department after Barkha / Vir Sanghvi and the others like Shankar having gone silent after their expose and she has all the rights to apply for that position and come out as a champion of Congress in the forth estate.

    Just one word of caution, don’t be too judgemental and have such a preacher like attitude to stings and entrapments…..it’s the electronic world and as you become busy and in your new position cordinating paid articles with your employers….someday you may be next.

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  • gyan

    Foreign Policy: Turn Around
    Other cables reveal how the United States succeeded in getting India to coordinate policy towards other countries in South Asia like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The close cooperation with Israel under US aegis is also spelt out. The success achieved in getting India’s foreign policy to be “congruent” to US policy is smugly stated in an embassy cable that Indian officials are ‘loathe to admit publicly that India and the US have begun coordinating foreign policies’.
    Security & Intelligence Cooperation
    The cables also provide a glimpse of how the Americans are able to penetrate the intelligence and security apparatus.
    Penetration & Espionage
    The United States utilised every lever to get India to accept all its interests in exchange for the nuclear deal.
    The cables clearly show the priority the United States had in getting India to sign the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement which is known popularly as the Logistics Supply Agreement. This would enable US naval ships and air force planes to access Indian ports and bases for refueling, maintenance and supplies.
    Political Influence
    Under the Manmohan Singh regime, the Americans have been provided licence to penetrate and influence every sector of government. After all it is the UPA government that decided in 2007 that the mandatory mid-career programmes training for IAS officers should be undertaken in various American universities.
    Political Corruption
    The cables show that the Americans are keen observers of the high level corruption that exists in India’s political system. Understandably the cable which reports the huge amounts of money being used for buying MPs of the opposition during the confidence vote in July 2008 has caused a furore. The Americans were willing for the Manmohan Singh government to do everything to win the vote, so that the nuclear deal goes through. Any means, fair or foul, was acceptable for the Americans. A cable from the Chennai consulate provides a graphic and accurate account of how the DMK distributes money to voters, as it did in Thirumangalam by-election and the Madurai Lok Sabha polls. With such knowledge the Americans have a correct measure of the corrupt politicians and how they can purchase them for their purposes.
    As the cables make it clear, the United States was after not just the commercial benefit of a few billion dollars in sale of nuclear reactors, but getting India firmly on its side as a strategic ally.
    The WikiLeaks cables are a sad and revealing commentary of where Manmohan Singh and the Congress leadership have landed the country.

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  • Raj

    It seems the truth hurts! :) COng stooge charge on HT is absolutely correct. Check Vinod Sharma on any news channel and earlieer what Vir Sanghvi did is heard by all! :)

    No more facts required! Go on and on on your BJP bashing no one is seriously taking note of yourrs…

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  • Rahim

    I know you will not publish my comment but that doesnt change the fact that HT editors are congress stooge and paid journalists…….even if BJP is worng, it can never be as wrong as congress…but you wont understand , if you are paid by congress…..

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  • http://www.IconWebSolutions.info Dinipc

    Doing the master’s bidding, eh, Ms Sujata Anandan?

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  • Raj

    ..Please sir and advice your real bosses in CONGRESS to initiate inquiry and book BJP top brass. This is god given opportunity. Why they are so hesitant? And let me know how many MPs have cross voted you know? Its more than 27. And they were belonging to not only BJP.
    Please do your journalistic business rather working as extended PR dept. of political wing.
    Present day inquiry has not even interrogated even single individual…..what it says? And YES MR. Pseudo Journalist -Congress has good experience in buying MPs.

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  • Disturbed Indians

    Majority of INDIAN MEDIA COMMENTATORS are nothing better than TRAITORS of the nation just like those in DELHI who are running the country AS AGENTS of the foriegn masters.

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  • Surrender Singh

    But dear Sujata you and all HT and ToI editors ARE Congress stooges or paid journalists. Admit it and the truth will set you free. No need to be ashamed. Be free to admit what you really are.

    Indian journalism is an oxymoron. Paid hacks is more like it.

    Don’t worry you’re in good company.

    Oh and BTW, no response expected. The comments section is merely a way for the rest of us to communicate

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  • Ajay

    you write an article clearly biased, you try to project congress as cleaned with RIN Supreme, and still you want to people to believe that you are not paid jurno. come on get real.

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  • sumedh kapoor

    Well you and the whole Hindustantimes editors are congress stooges. Vir sanghvi’s real face was disclosed with Nira Radia Tapes. May be tomorrow you will argue that Nira Radia Tapes episode was BJP entrapment. lol.. i feel piety for you. As far a you are concerned, we will comment when some other Nira Radia comes and buy you over. So called journalists you are. you are no different from the corrupt congress party. HT’s head office is at 10 Janpath. lol…..

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    akul Reply:

    One should first understand the meaning of troll. unfortunately most of the journalists here are not just ill informed they suffer from a delusion. It is hilarious to see them behaving as the custodians of free and fair journalism and being martyr for a cause.
    I am not against criticism. But if one looks at all her articles, this woman is so blatantly biased and some times incredibly stupid like when she replied to one reader that her job is to annoy readers. If that is what she was taught in her school, god save. Just trashing shiv sena or BJP or praising congress is not bold reporting. Dont treat the readers as idiots.

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    ala Reply:

    Dogs are barking again at Sujata for speaking the truth and exposing BJP.
    Sujata, keep on annoying these lunatics.

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  • Andrews

    Yo! Yo! Yo! Guy’s! Hold on to your horses, fellas! Its not poor Sujata’s fault or traitors like Burkha Dirt’s fault. It is HT, pure and simple.

    HT likes yellow journalism. HT likes substandard reporters. HT likes crooks and traitors. HT likes educated illiterates. HT likes untruths. HT likes unethical reporters. HT IS IMMORAL.

    Pure and simple. If HT wanted, it could clean house. If HT wanted, it could go back to its glory days of balanced reporting. If HT wanted, it could hire honest journalists. If HT wanted, IT COULD BECOME HONEST.

    Pure and simple.

    What can you do? Boycott HT for being deceptive, dishonest and unethical in hiring deceptive, dishonest and unethical journalists. Pure and simple.

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    Raj Reply:

    I support it fully. BOYCOTT HT. Let’s start a net compaign. I am talking to few friends for starting a signature for exposing these media hookers who ***** their profession for money. TRAITORS they are.

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    Ankit Reply:

    It’s so awesome to see how so called journalist can twist a simple fact to give it a new color. Any Indian worth his salt knows that 2008 Floor Voting was won by horse trading and Mulayam was the vanguard…Can’t you people accept this simple fact or wreath of money has blinded you completely?

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    NK Reply:

    Is this a comedy blog?

    I can only say HAHAHA to the author of this blog after TOI’s story of Kripa Shankar’ son getting money from Balwa of 2G with connections with Dawood and Pawar.

    Once again….HAHAHAHAHA to Sujata Anandan, you are exposed.

    Better timing next time…LMAO…what a comedy..

    Raj Reply:

    Yeah, this time she lost it completely. Might be doing meditation in Chandraswami’s ashram now :-)

    Saarthak Reply:

    Agreed..a boycott of this newspaper will what it ill get to get its house back in order. Then there will be few readers to see all those full page government ads that Congress keeps doling on to it. And of course less people to fall for cheap PR tricks.

    I already cancelled my subscription to HT. Have you?

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    Kunal Reply:

    No offence but many Indians are still naive about the media. There must be millions who read HT and believe in whatever rubbish they get to read. Only once you show them the real quality and how it differs from what they are getting, do they realise that they were being brainwashed.

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Sad but true…

  • Neel

    Who fed you this news? Niira Radia or Barkha Dutt?

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    Kunal Reply:

    She is probably taking advise from Barkha Dutt. The next step would be to censor the comments or file a damage lawsuit.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Turning out to be a strange saga of trolls ,dolls and molls.

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  • Rishabh

    Editors of HT should be ashamed of your self. Journalism was a noble profession before u sold ur soul to the congress

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  • Mitra

    Hey Sujata,
    Poeple here (the”Internet Hindus”) call you Congress stooges because you refuse to toe the Hindu nationalist line. You refuse to join the Hindu nationalists and haters in encouraging prejudice and hatred against Muslims/Christians. That’s the long and short of it. So you should take pride in being called Congress stooges. However there are some really biased journalists. Vinod Sharma is an example.

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    rajan Reply:

    MAN….this writer is stupid..

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    guptadkj Reply:

    Dear Sir,
    You need to ask one more question of HT and so called secular journalists of Barkha Datt’s ilk. Is the US ambassodor to India a stooge of the BJP? Shame on the perverted journalists, news papers(like HT) and tv channels like NDTV. Have you noticed one new development? NDTV and Barkha Datt have started changing their song lately. Singh and Sonia will have to start buying journalists on a bigger scale if this trend continues due to shrinkage of audiences and subscribers. Ramdev, in case he decides to co-operate with the BJP could help to reduce congress to a hopeless minority in the next elections and impotent newsmen like HT and TOI to mere spectators and confused non-entities.

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    parmajit singh Reply:

    dear guptaji,
    I hope you can take a grain of truth along with the vitriol you so vociferously spew. Barkha Datt and HT and TOI have as much right to their point of view as you have to yours. What does it matter if they have prostituted their self respect and professional integrity? I hope I am not insulting our horizontal sisters who are members of the oldest profession on earth. Journalists come far behind in seniority.

    Kunal Reply:

    Dear Parmajit,

    We do value everyone’s point of view if it’s not biased and the point of view has been reached after logically analysing whatever the story is. These HT bloggers try their best to subtly and covertly hide the facts or stress upon the facts which helps them show only the good in Congress party. Such points of view…we write on toilet paper and wipe our ….. with.

    Kunal Reply:

    Vinod Sharma is not just biased…he has the analytical and intellectual capacity of a 5 year old. Read his article about some astrologer who predicted the Japanese earthquake and read his answers to my comments. Bolti band kar di uski maine.

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Haha what a joker. Perhaps someone planted by HT to comment..trying to imply that if we’re against corruption we’re communal. Seen enough idiots like you.

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  • Rahulji

    Well I don’t see any denial from the writer that they (the writer or the editors of HT or other journalists) work for and are stooges of congress. She is trying to be honest be remaining silent.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Hey Sujata,
    Poeple here (the”Internet Jehadis”) call you Congress loyalist because you refuse to toe the Hindu nationalist line. You refuse to join the Hindu nationalists and their hatred for Jehadis within our borders. That’s the long and short of it. So you should take pride in being called Congress loyalist after all your paycheck comes from there. However there are some really biased journalists. Vinod Sharma is an example.

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    guptadkj Reply:

    I have decided to stop reading HT as biased and paid for news is worse than no news at all

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  • skand

    definately all the journalists of hindustan times, times of india and deccan chronicle have been purchased by congress and that is why even if congress minister or PM is caught, they support him as wise man.

    why do you hate BJP. what would these news editors do if BJP comes to power. if we get more unbiased report then only shall your newspaper grow.

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  • http://seffronterrorism aum

    sujata anandan is a paid writer of all India anti national congress owned by sonia gandhi and family this writer is anti national just like her masters at head quarters of this anti national party

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Let us take 4 HT journos-
    1. Sujata doesn’t post a single blog condemning congress scams or NO RESPONSE from dynasty but jumps on the Tehelka paid expose just because it is against BJP.

    2. Vinod Sharma – He can not see any congress scams but keeps chanting Yeddy Yeddy.

    3. Pankaj Vohra – He bashes modi for Gujarat riots but when asked about Rajiv Gandhi role in 1984 sikh massacre, he defends Rajiv Gandhi saying he was mourning for his mother.

    4. Vir Sanghvi – Less said the better about this RADIAGATE superstar.

    Now looking at these if educated, well mannered, non-corrupt people call HT journos paid journalists, are they unjustified? If Internet hindu is used to describe these honest, educated and well mannered people, we are guilty as charged.

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    Raj Reply:

    Excellent description of this HT media mafia. Out of these 4 Vinod Sharma commands little respect (equal to a prostitute who’s been forcibly pushed into the profession and off late has started enjoying it just for the heck of it ) as he openly says I am a congress paid-for media trash. Rest are in bit of dilemma, the day they come out of their delusional mindset, I will accord them equal respect as Vinod Sharma – The hooker who is transparent in his dealings.

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    Kishan Reply:

    You can’t at least accuse these four of being disloyal to their paymasters. They have to show something as a compensation for the goodies that they receive.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    You are right. They are loyal dogs of Sonia.

  • Praveen Saxena

    “Speak Your Mind
    Tell us what you’re thinking…
    and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!

    This invitation to write does not come from the “editors unplugged”. The invitation to respond comes from the Owners of the website “HT Media”.
    The invitation to respond does come with some fetters that language should be civilzed or the comment should not be in contravention of any law. Calling the Editors has stooges or Agents of the Congress Party does not contravene any law.
    Therefore the opening remarks of this post are in excess of jurisdiction and objectionable.

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  • http://techcentral.in Kunal

    HT should be renamed to DHT – Dis honest times. Bloggers are a prime example of dishonesty.

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  • B.V.SHENOY

    Sujatha,

    You said,”I finally know where they (the trolls) are getting that from.”

    While it is open to doubt that you now know better than you knew earlier about “that”, the trolls look like having the better of you, judging by the very high quality of language and content they have used to trash you and your pro-congress bias.

    You also wrote about how Rajiv Pratap Rudy “foul-mouth(ed) its editors and reporters..” Your ill-manners, ill-temper, poor upbringing and lack of culture, besides decency, showed in this one quote.

    You might hold Tehelka as being in the same league as New York Times or The Times. But, the country knows it as the purveyor of sleaze in the name of sting operations. And the country also knows, if the timing and the content of its latest “sting” is any indication, who bank-rolls Tehelka and its “editors and reporters”. Have you forgotten how it entrapped two major generals with girls and booze to trap them on non-existent ‘contracts’?

    And what about the stable to which you belong? How did Vir Sanghvi get himself “eased out”? It is my feeling that trolls or no trolls, you will soon be cashiered out to a position where you can write no blogs and where you will yearn for at least some wayward trolls deigning to “visit you”.

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    Raj Reply:

    Couldn’t agree more, Mr Shenoy. Sujata is a foot soldier of this Mafia of stooge journos. She will be soon elevated to next level in this Mafia tree because of all her hard work of defending her masters and singlehandedly taking on the bloody trolls. She has combination of all the traits to be likened by the uncrowned empress of India Madame Sonia Maino. A cup of tea with Raoul Gandhi and a light discussion about ways to combat the trolls of this country is what she craves for, ahh the currency bundles – she doesn’t know who drops them for her, but they are for charity, charity of keeping the currency in circulation.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    @BV Shenoy Didnt know you were an astrologer. But `eased out’? Looks like you cant even read the past!

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  • http://twitter.com/saikumar_k Sai

    Dear author,

    The opening line of the article shows your childish mentality. Is n’t Vir Sanghvi a paid journo ? is n’t he a Congress Stooge ? So all those people who speak candidly about your journos are branded as ‘TROLLS’, eh? The so-called trolls write better than you. Frankly speaking, I visit HT website just to read the comments section. I lost faith in journos after the radia tapes incident. Right now, i get more information and genuine updates by reading the analysis and comments posted by so-called TROLLS.

    If you go by your own definition then approximately 80% of your readers are “TROLLS” because they strongly believe that you people are Congress stooges and paid Journos. If you don’t believe me then conduct a genuine survey on readers perception.

    Yours faithful Troll,
    Sai.

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  • http://- Rajeev

    Kripa Shankar Singh’s son was paid Rs.4 Crores by 2G spectrum fame BALWA (an aide of Dawood). This journo is quoting this scumbag.
    http://www.samachar.com/2G-scam-Congress-leaders-son-paid-Rs-4-cr-by-Balwa-company-ld0sJLdceda.html

    Mumbai: Dynamix Realty, a subsidiary of D B Realty, which has come under the probe agencies’ scanner in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, had deposited Rs. 4.5 crore in the bank account of the son of Congress MLA Kripashankar Singh, facing a court case for allegedly amassing huge illegal wealth.

    According to documents available with an RTI activist, Sanjay Tiwari, DB Realty paid Rs. 4 crore to Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief Kripashankar Singh’s son, Narendramohan Singh.

    The company paid these in three installments in 2009. The details have come to light after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed on March 18, in the Bombay High Court by RTI activist Sanjay Tiwari. The court has now directed the Enforcement Directorate, the Income Tax Department and the Anti-Corruption Bureau to conduct an inquiry against Kripashankar Singh and submit a report by end of this month.

    “An amount of Rs. three crore was received from Dynamix Realty through two cheques and was meant for business purpose as recorded in books of accounts and my IT returns,” Narendra Mohan Singh said.
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    “As the business transactions did not materialise the amount was refunded in March last year. The refund reflected in books of accounts,” Narendra said in a statement.

    Dynamix Realty has issued a statement in this regard. The statement is below:

    “Dynamix Realty had given a loan to Mr. Narendra Mohan Singh which has been repaid to the company on 12th March 2010.”

    DB Realty’s Managing Director Shahid Balwa is under the lens of investigative agencies for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam and resigned from the board of directors of the company after his arrest.

    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/2g-scam-congress-leaders-son-paid-rs-4-cr-by-balwa-company-94320?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ndtv%2FLsgd+%28NDTV+News+-+India%29&cp

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  • http://- Rajeev

    Kripa Shankar Singh’s son was paid Rs.4 Crores by 2G spectrum fame BALWA (an aide of Dawood). This journo is quoting this scumbag.
    http://www.samachar.com/2G-scam-Congress-leaders-son-paid-Rs-4-cr-by-Balwa-company-ld0sJLdceda.html

    Mumbai: Dynamix Realty, a subsidiary of D B Realty, which has come under the probe agencies’ scanner in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, had deposited Rs. 4.5 crore in the bank account of the son of Congress MLA Kripashankar Singh, facing a court case for allegedly amassing huge illegal wealth.

    According to documents available with an RTI activist, Sanjay Tiwari, DB Realty paid Rs. 4 crore to Mumbai Regional Congress Committee chief Kripashankar Singh’s son, Narendramohan Singh.

    The company paid these in three installments in 2009. The details have come to light after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed on March 18, in the Bombay High Court by RTI activist Sanjay Tiwari. The court has now directed the Enforcement Directorate, the Income Tax Department and the Anti-Corruption Bureau to conduct an inquiry against Kripashankar Singh and submit a report by end of this month.

    “An amount of Rs. three crore was received from Dynamix Realty through two cheques and was meant for business purpose as recorded in books of accounts and my IT returns,” Narendra Mohan Singh said.
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    “As the business transactions did not materialise the amount was refunded in March last year. The refund reflected in books of accounts,” Narendra said in a statement.

    Dynamix Realty has issued a statement in this regard. The statement is below:

    “Dynamix Realty had given a loan to Mr. Narendra Mohan Singh which has been repaid to the company on 12th March 2010.”

    DB Realty’s Managing Director Shahid Balwa is under the lens of investigative agencies for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam and resigned from the board of directors of the company after his arrest.

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  • http://- Rajeev

    Now Sujata Anandan stands totally discredited, we should not give to much importance to her paid views. She seems to be part of corrupt coterie that surrounds Congress-NCP leaders in Maharashtra namely Pawar and Kripa. Both are chor of highest order.

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  • Rajiv

    Who cares what this Congress Mouthpiece called HT says …

    Why is the writer not asking even more fundamental question that how come Tahelka has got sudden wisdom to expose it NOW ONLY when Congress was being targeted on this from all sides ? Who stopped them from doing so for past 3 yrs if they knew all details.

    What is the nexus between Congress and Tahelka is what we want to understand … that when one is in deep trouble, the other always comes for the rescue.

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    Anita Reply:

    Which world are you living in?

    Shoma already said that they wanted to EXPOSE CONGRESS, and instead they found BJP at the end of their investigation.

    Its time for the BJP trolls to see reality on wether they want to support a pseudo-nationliast and pseudo-Hindu party or be true nationalist and support any party but the BJP

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    shikha Reply:

    Shoma said that she wanted to expose Congress?? And she has not been able to find an issue to expose the Congress party? Don’t believe my words. Visit tehelka.com and I assure you , not a single news item can be found about scams that rolled out of Congress party. Hows do you explain that? Even kindergarteners shall have heard of 2G, CWG, Aadarsh, cash for votes scams.. Soma has not heard of them as yet??

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Anita,

    they wanted to EXPOSE CONGRESS, and instead they found BJP at the end of their investigation.”

    हम थे वो थी वो थी हम थे
    हम थे वो थी और समाँ रंगीन समझ गए ना
    जाते थे जापान पहुँच गए चीन समझ गए ना
    हे याने याने याने प्यार हो गया
    हम थे वो थी …

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Dear Anita,

    Shoma said it and you believed it? As someone pointed out above, show us one piece critical of the Congress party in Tehelka.com

    Instead you will find tirades and tirades of columns against the BJP and Narendra Modi..even now!

    Shoma is surely a gold-digger, feel disgusted the way she talks on tv debates

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  • http://www.IconWebSolutions.info Dinipc

    Lol. Sujata ji. Kya hua? Your Kripa Shankar Singh ji turned out to be a corrupt fellow. His son and daughter in law were also found in bed with Shahid Balwa, who is rotting in jail now.

    Please compose one more blogpost. Poor Kripa ji needs your help the most right now.

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    Raj Reply:

    She might be crying infront of Chaiwallah Vir Sanghvi, See Singhvi what happened and he will say – Ohh Sujata get used to it, have a thick skin and look at the currency bundles. Be focussed :-) )

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    Saarthak Reply:

    lol

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  • S george

    For some munnis jharkhand Koda-2G Balwa 4 cr scam fame Kripashankar Singh is a Modern day Ram.. Who can never tell a lie?? While 60,000 cr Hassan Ali fame Ahmed Patel remains a modern day Mahatma Gandhi-who swears to speak the truth and nothing but the truth.

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  • Rohit

    Haha, this is good one, BJP has been exposed for being the pseudo-nationalist party that it always has been

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    Rajeev Reply:

    I am pretty sure you like bowl of rice.

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    Raj Reply:

    hahaha….bowl of rice a day keeps all the intelligence away…..a PJ to lift Sujata’s spirit up to take on all the trolls – like Rocky Balboa (no disrespect to Rocky though)

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  • Kartik

    You stupid stupid woman,how conveniently you’ve assumed that every reader that lambasts the petty pathetic biased reporting in your newspaper must somehow be hired by BJP.

    Do you want to suggest that the naive general public cannot comprehend the real motive and the subtle subliminal text between the lines?
    That they are utterly incapable of calling a spade a spade?

    Or are you just lashing out because HT is finally feeling the heat?

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  • http://incorrectpolitically.wordpress.com/ Akhilesh

    Dear Sujata,
    Your bile against BJP is well known and documented. Mu purpose to respond here on this blog is different.

    In the last line of your blog, you say: ” And both Ahmed Patel and Kripashankar Singh just went up in my estimation: for resisting the temptation of the lure.”

    Wonder if you have read this story? http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Balwa-subsidiary-paid-Rs-45-crore-to-Cong-leaders-son-PIL/articleshow/7793822.cms

    If you have the moral courage and honesty, will you now do a blog post on Kripashankar Singh and his criminal loot? Or else, you will just keep silent as is wont?

    And in case you keep silent, will we be wrong in presuming that you indeed are are an “Congress stooges or paid journalists?”

    Will await your answer?

    Regards,
    Akhilesh

    (PS: This news on Kripashankar Singh has not appeared in HT to best of my knowledge. And remember, Sujata is Editor in HT Mumbai)

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    Raj Reply:

    Akhilesh, Sujata is the editor of Mumbai HT, she is very busy in covering-up the misdeeds of her near and dear one’s. She is a journalist for those people and not for the trolls which is the Indian public. Sujata please come out of the closet and type something in your blog eulogizing your wine friends. Let the currency bundles show their true colour. Throw all inhibitions in Mumbai sea and come out shamelessly as you always have to defend your paymasters in this hamam.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Dear Akhilesh,

    Dont insult your intelligence — and mine. We have had those documents for weeks and Dynamix Realty is not the only one who loaned money to Kripa’s son. And, as he says, the books do show it all accounted for even in IT returns.

    So, unlike the demands of the trolls on this blog, we cannot jump to conclusions without drawing all the linkages for reasons of defamation but a PIL has little fear of that. Perhaps the court-driven investigation will prove the truth one way or the other. And, by the way, we in the HT have written enough about and against Kripa to make him a very unhappy man vis-a-vis HT journalists today!

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    Raj Reply:

    Ohh Sujata you did it again, trolls bite the dust yet again with your wisdom and nicely crafted words. Winner takes it all!!!

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    Akhilesh Reply:

    Dear Sujata,
    This is amazing !!!

    So you now have become a defender / spokeswoman of Kripashankar Singh? Ferreting his defnese in writing, under your signature, on Hindustan Times platform? Officially??

    Astounding !!!

    Infact the other point you made proves my point completely. You had documents on Kripashankar Singh and yet sat on them? But no TOI. Make your conclusions.

    Unlike some others, I never beleived in hurling unsubstantiated abuses. But you disappoint me.

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    Vijay Kumar Reply:

    @ Sujata

    The difference between BJP and COngress.

    BJP = Rs 1,00,000/- = Tehelka

    And
    Congress = Rs 3,00,00,00,00,000 = CWG

    + Rs 1,76,00,00,00,00,000 = 2G

    + Rs 64,00,00,00,000 = Bofors

    + Rs 2,00,00,000 = Adarsh

    I can continue… But the internet will run out of storage space.

    But you will continue to defend the Congress…. :D

    C’mon… Chashma uttaron
    Phir dekho yaaron…
    Congress wahi hai..
    Choron ki rani….

    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    So stay disappointed. We dont run our newspaper according to what biased individuals want.

    Raj Reply:

    Akhilesh, Please appreciate Sujata’s transparency – though bit late “So stay disappointed. We dont run our newspaper according to what biased individuals want.” but she is very clear about her stand. From now on, I shall accord you equal respect as Vir Sanghvi, Vinod Sharma et al, I take back all my unsubstantiated abuse and from now on will equate you to these people only. You have earned it and must celebrate if you can. Mera Bharat Mahaan. Jayo hei Jayo Hei

  • Binod Kumar

    It is disgusting to read such biased blogs bereft of logic. Such journalists are guilty of selling their conscience for few dimes. Whatever way, they bring disrepute to their own profession at the pretext of maligning saffron followers. BJP may have communal bias but so does congress. Why malign one and not another. No one in this country can touch his/her heart and say that congress is cleaner in any way than BJP , be it corruption, communal politics, dynastically sustenance or compromises in national interests to safeguard gandhi’s personal interests.
    So Sujata ji, beware and don’t sell your patriotistic instincts to earn ur livelihood.

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  • Raj

    Sujata Madame, Please spare some time to answer few of the comments by these trolls. Please don’t be like daddy Sanghvi, you answered one commentator and then his reply made you bite the dust. Nepotism, Sycophancy, Corruption has no power infront of the honest trollers of this country. Your pen sucks. Be a good girl and answer them all unlike your papa vinod sharma who is afraid of typing off late.

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Sujata,

    your profile says that an old time editor brought you down, from your lofty perch, kicking and screaming, and made you condescend to write for- mostly undeserving and ungrateful- trolls and enlighten them with your great and unique wisdom.

    Well, the the old time editor must truly be too old and must have lost touch with both reality and time.

    The profile also says, “Today that kicking and screaming is mostly directed at her — by the politicians she writes about, with rarely a good word for anyone ….”

    Judging you by your own fastidious standards, Kripa Shankar Singh must be a great friend and mighty useful too, for you to make the big exception to your rule of kicking asses.

    Unfortunately this great friend of yours has turned out to be in cahoots with Dawood Ibrahim and his chelas and what does that make you?

    By any chance, can you enlighten us, rotten trolls, about the money trail?

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    Raj Reply:

    Sssshhhhh….baby Sujata is playing with the currency bundles thrown inside her house by a passerby. Please don’t disturb her Mr Shenoy. She is engaged in great service to her motherland. We trolls have no right to disturb her. We will wait for our day…someday, one day – we all will get answer from these traitors….if not I am happy dying a troll, leaving a new generation of trolls which unlike us will demand and not request for answers.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Hahaha! touched a raw nerve, did I?

    Raj Reply:

    A nerve is a nerve for honest people, raw exists in the terminology of high and mighty czars, we are the scavengers of your high society with nerves still in place.

  • jimmy

    I have just 3 questions & I know it very well you will never answer them:

    1) Why has Tehelka never done a sting on CONgress party? Black money, money laundering, Bofors, Oil For Food (Volcker Report issue), Swiss bank accounts, 2G, CWG, Adarsh… The list is endless!

    2) You seem to believe that to raise fingers at Tehelka is wrong/unjustifiable & those doing it can be easily labelled as trolls. We have all seen in the Radia tapes that journalism is more rotten than politics. Its laughable that you are writing a blog on Hindustan Times and accusing others when Vir Sanghvi was heard in Radia tapes to be writing columns in this very newspaper allegedly favouring a particular industrial lobby. If BJP MP’s were looking for buyers to expose Horse Trading, aren’t some journo’s selling their morality & conscience? What should we label them? Prostitues?
    Even common sense would say that being a troll is far better than being a prostitute!

    3) As far as Tehelka goes, it must publish an article if Tarun Tejpal & his family has/have had any relationship (ideological/professional, etc.) with top CONgress leadership. Arjun Singh, ND Tiwari etc.

    STOP FOOLING THE PUBLIC. They are not going to believe things which self proclaimed celeb journos serve them. This is generation next & generation ‘net’. It gets the real news from internet no matter how much some pseudo journos suppress it to please their masters.

    Such journalists have their pseudo-secular glasses on when they cover & perform sting on Gujarat riots but have so far not done a single sting on the 1984 sikh riots!

    Is justice selective?

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    It certainly is selective, but clearly not in the way you mean!

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    Raj Reply:

    Ohh, You did it again Madame. Suave, articulate and humble at the same time. Winner takes it all. Please celebrate!!!

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Sujata, trolls are beautiful compared to you – both in looks, heart and conscience. Keep up the shoddy journalism…NOT

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  • Ganesh S

    What a lovely response to an article from Ms Sujatha from the apologists of a party which claims to be a party with a difference or a custodian of Hindu way of life ! Internet is adorned with the language they use,orchestrated views they espouse and now the symphony of camouflaged ( and sometimes not so camouflaged ) abuse.

    The frustration of all these TROLLS is understandable.Nothing is working their way.Yes,the scams were surfaced as a matter of governance.But lo and behold,the government in each case either accepted the flaw or acted decisively.No issues left – tch,tch,tch.

    Then came Wikileaks.For every so called “expose” demonising Congress,the Wikileaks throws up one for BJP too.The latest being – Arun Jaitley saying Hindutva is actually an opportunistic stand taken by his party while informally speaking to a U S diplomat.Mr Jaitley rubbishes it.We are supposed to ACCEPT his trashing of this expose and we are supposed to believe in the other Congress targetted leaks as Holy Bible – ooops sorry Bhagvadgita.

    Grow up BJP – do raise issues,do expose lapses and do contribute to Indian national cause.But PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR ISSUES WELL.This was,this is and this would be the BANE of your party.Well anyway,if you chose to go this way then next elections are anyway due and the SILENT MAJORITY will show you AGAIN where you belong.

    And yes,STOP TARGETTING VIR SINGHVI OR VINOD SHARMA OR NOW SUJATHA ANANDAN whenever they dont appear to join your orchestra or sing your songs.The language is UGLY and uncalled for.

    Each time you folks use those flowery words for these journalists you are losing respect of many others on the internet.Let their be weight of logic in your points and counterpoints – not merely some flowery abuse.No,not impressed,sorry.

    HT by the way or its columnists have every right to their opinion and by giving space to your tirades against them,they are also silently proving a point.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Didn’t congress said a week back that Wikileaks were unreliable? Now that Jaitley’s not so explosive comment has come out, Congress is taking Wikileaks as GOSPEL truth? This is the opportunism of Congress. Let us take four statements out of wikileaks and see which is the most dangerous?

    1. Rahul Gandhi said to US Ambassador “LeT-ISI-IM are less dangerous than Right wing hindus”.
    2. Satish Sharma and his aide informed US official “We have enough cash to buy MPs”.
    3. Chidambaram shared his wish with US Ambassador “I wish India was made of South and West India”.
    4. Jaitley said to US ambassador “We using hindutva as opportunity” (which is common knowledge).

    Now you congress stooges who are corrupt and lack any morals decide and tell us which statement/deed is most harmful to India. You congressmen want to actually divide this country. Your acts are that of terrorists.

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    Kunal Reply:

    Yes,the scams were surfaced as a matter of governance.But lo and behold,the government in each case either accepted the flaw or acted decisively.No issues left – tch,tch,tch.

    The government acted “decisively” ?

    You are kidding, right ?

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    Rajeev Reply:

    The government acted “decisively” ? Sure :)

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Have you seen how Kripa Shankar Singh mentions Gandhis in debates?
    Sonia Gandhi is called SoniaJI GandhiJI
    Rahul is called RahulJI GandhiJI.

    This guy is JI huzoor squared and our Sujata is chamchi of this JI Huzoor squared.

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Ganesh,

    Don’t you understand the congress party and its supporters (you included) are clutching at straws?

    Arun Jaitley has merely stated an existing fact and a reality about which nobody in the BJP or RSS needs to lose his sleep. Hindutva will live on regardless of who says what.

    You all should be now worried about Rahul Gandhi’s incompetence in politics, which the latest leaks are tom-toming. It looks like the leaderless congressi masses are waiting for the grand entry of Priyanka to save the party.

    Still more disturbing is Sonia Gandh’s love for the communists because, as per the leaks, Sonia thinks their leaders are Brahmins and thus civilised, while she nurses nothing but contempt for the regional parties, because their leaders are mostly lower castes.

    It is clear from these Wikileaks that birth and upbringing impact a person’s psyche permanently. Lest you forget, Sonia Gandhi is the daughter of a fascist foot soldier of Mussolini, whose entire philosophy is about racist supremacy.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Sonia Gandhi has always shown fascist tendency.
    What is common with Rajesh Pilot, Madhavrao Scindia and Jitendra Prasad?
    All three challenged Sonia at some point and all three died in mysterious circumstances.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    No sweat, Ganesh. I really enjoyed the hysteria they demonstrated!

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    Rajeev Reply:

    I know Kripa must have paid you some peanuts..Bandariya..

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    Raj Reply:

    You Enjoyed…that’s an oxymoron, we trolls enjoyed is the right one

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    What else you expect from these trolls aka Internet Hindutvawadis?

    Nothing has gone right for their ideology and their heroes since 2004 and the situation has become even worse after 2009.

    1) Double standards, doublespeak, abuse and language of hate, brandishing falsehoods, lies and untruths.

    2) A premise that their masters are perfect and can do no wrong (and their opponents are always wrong) or their misdeeds can be justified by alluding to the misdeeds by their objects of hate or some action and reaction theory or by obfuscating the issue at hand.

    3) A second premise – criticism of the Hindutva ideology or its proponents is an endorsement of the misdeeds and policies of the others (read Congress),

    4) A third premise – all the good work done by their heroes whitewashes their past sins. This argument has been used ad nauseam to propagate to the world of the ‘miracle’ in Gujarat and the man behind it.

    5) A fourth premise – criticism of the Hindutva is equal to being an anti-national, unpatriotic, pro-Congress or in its payroll. They themselves are so unsure of their own nationalism and patriotism that every now and then they have to carry them on their sleeves in TV studios and on the streets or launching ‘tiranga yatras’.

    All their premises are wrong. Perhaps such a mindset has been inherited from their masters.

    With so many blinkers on, their mental faculties get disoriented resulting in anger and desperation. No wonder their posts/responses are so predictable.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Double standards – Wikileaks in case of congress is false but in case of BJP absolute truth.
    doublespeak – Congress talks secular but does communal distribution of tickets in Kerala.
    brandishing falsehoods, lies and untruths. – CWG scam never happed, 2G zero loss theory

    Are you serious SATISH? Looks like you too are corrupt and have no problem with congress corruption.

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    Raj Reply:

    Agreed, cent-percent Rajeev. Another one from the troupe, eh?

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    LOL. You did not disappoint me, playing true to form.

    Your response (as predictable as the sunrise) reconfirms my assertion that the trolls take recourse to the premise (see 2 above) to deflect criticism/attention.

    Secondly, you jump the gun again, my criticism of the Hindutva trolls does not mean I endorse/overlook the misdeeds of the others (read Congress) and labeling me as corrupt and one who turns a blind eye to the corruption indulged by the Congress/UPA and others. Again, you have been good enough to reconfirm another premise (see 5 above) you and your types make use of.

    OK, granted that the Congress is no paragon of virtue and corrupt, then ask yourself as to why the BJP (vehemently supported by the trolls) has to act like a B-team of the Congress? Duplicating only their misdeeds! Isn’t it supposed to be a party with a difference? The country prefers A-team to govern them rather a some rag tag B-team.

    When will you trolls grow up, remove those blinkers, smell the coffee and do a reality check?

    Rajeev Reply:

    Satish,
    If congress is not paragon of virtues then STFU…

    You bloody Internet Jihadis keep posting propaganda on behalf of Congress.

    You must know most of the so called Internet hindu see thru paid journalism and are highly educated and successful unlike trolls like you.

    You must be some youth congress leader who must be wasting his life picking up chappals of ****** clown prince Rahul Gandhi.

    Now..keep your bullshit reserved for corruption king MMS and Mahachor Sonia.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Mr. Raj

    You wrote “Agreed, cent-percent Rajeev. Another one from the troupe, eh?”

    Why does it bother you that there are others (in fact in majority) who do not agree with the ideology you blindly follow and support. If it offends you, so be it and you can wail and whine to your heart’s content. You can also try and find out who to blame for this sorry state of affairs as far as the Hindutva and its trolls are concerned. Good luck.

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    Raj Reply:

    Mr. Satish,

    Look it bothered you, not me. I am clear with my views about corruption, nepotism, biased journalism (or On-Sale journalist), buffonism etc… but I never mentioned anything about Hindutva or Modi. Mental constipation has caused haemmrhoids in your brain and unfortunately you are thinking through your faecal *******. Please first put yourself together and see and feel the agony of most of commentators on this blog – they have started asking questions. As to substantiation – has Madame SABJI got it, NO. So why you expect it from us bottomfeeders. People like you disgust me as much as this blog-writer. Network/Connections is what plays an important role and not true journalism. Good old days of journalism, army, politics, bureaucracy, judiciary are over. In this shop of Neo_india run by uncrowned empress Madame Maino everything is up for sale. Farmers committing suicide, poor people dying of hunger, naxalism – root cause and solution, Does any of your media czars ever talk about these topics or even think in their remotest dreams to alleviate India from these problem. They are slave to their greed, that’s it.

    Dinipc Reply:

    Are u the brother of another HT/Congress sycophant and hypocrite called Sameer Haldankar, by any chance?

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    Raj Reply:

    LOL :-)

    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Dinipc,

    Satish Haldankar and Samar Halarnkar are two different, biologically unrelated persons.

    But, yes, the two are joined at the hip in their love for the congress, its brand of corruption( no loss in 2G etc), love for Italian bar-maids, clown princes and congresswealth Games. You shouldn’t be surprised if Satish soon joins HT as its political editor exclusively in charge of hate-Hindutva desk.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    To the Hindutva trolls.

    ROFTL. You guys never disappoint. The responses are true to the script I wrote originally above. When one cannot defend (how can one defend the indefensible?), start shooting the messenger, etc. A case of empty vessels making more noise, that is just about your responses.

    BTW, it is a great enjoyment to see the discomfort and anger you all have to undergo day in day out, thanks to the shenanigans of your heroes and of yourselves. Good luck.

  • http://- Rajeev

    Infact most disturbing comment from Wikileaks was from Rahul Gandhi where he tried to defend Pakistan-LeT-IM-ISI on terror charges. These paid journalist can not see that their master is actually on the side of terrorists.

    By the way people like Ganesh S are genetically congress slaves. I am pretty sure this troll must be corrupt person because only a corrupt person can defend corruption i.e. CONGRESS PARTY.

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  • Vijay Kumar

    Dear Sujata

    Your hero Kripashankar Singh…. !!

    Arre in the land of Gandhi and Patel (not ahmed) why have you chosen a hero who takes bribe, rishwat, ghoos, graft etc etc from a Dawood ibrahim sidekick..

    Tch tch… :D

    I am sure you see all internet trolls who want to save India from the Kripashankars and Dawoods as villians ….

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    And the BJP never took a bribe? What was Bangaru Laxman all about? And if you didnt know, Tehelka’s target in that sting was not Laxman, not George but someone very,very high up in the BJP government which caught on to the sting so it had to be abandoned halfway. And after that, unlike the Congress with all who have exposed them, the BJP did its best to destroy Tehelka in the hope that would destroy that evidence. But they still have incriminating material on those bigwigs they have not yet made public. So watch this space for more….

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Typical Congressi arguement “Bangaru Laxman”… No one is fan of Bangaru Laxman who was ENTRAPPED by Tehelka. He is now consigned to dustbin.

    What about the real chor “Rajiv Gandhi”? He still remains your hero. Why don’t you condemn him for corruption which was in the tune of Rs.64 crores compared to puny 5 lakhs in case of Bangaru.

    You are defending congress corruption by saying if Congress is Dacoit then your BJP is pick pocketer. Pathetic attempt once again.

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    NK Reply:

    Look who is talking. …

    Madam JI, have you forgotten the fascism of Congress? They imposed emergency, destroyed all media freedom. These are the people who talk “committed judiciary” !!

    Bofors, Sukhram, 2G, CWG, ISRO, Adarsh, CVC, KGB, Kapil “ZERO LOSS” Sibal, Cash for Votes…..and tons of Congress men linked with Dawood, Hasan Ali..etc etc.

    All this is nullified by a 2 bit Bangaru Laxman, who even the BJP supporters condemn.

    As they say….”don’t confuse me with the facts, I have already made up my opinion.”

    Jai Ho Journalism HT style!

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    Akhilesh Reply:

    Dear Sujata,
    I can understand the Congress bringing up Bangaru Laxman and Tehelka every time BJP accuses them of corruption? But why you?

    Are you not an “independent” journalist? For an “independent” journalist should corruption not be non-zero sum game? Which is to say that if Congress is guilty of gigantic corruption then you will go after it with venom and not not water down the charges with BJP-too-guilty-so offense-is-neutralised?

    Your diatribe above is compelling. Do tell us, what is the difference between your argument above and an argument by Manish Tiwari when faced with questions of Congress coruption?Of course we know Manish is Congress spokesman. But who are you?

    Regards,
    Akhilesh

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    By `independent’ you mean I should support the BJP? So typical of saffron ideologues!

    Akhilesh Reply:

    By “independent” I mean independent. Support none. But is this is the line you have started taking then obviously you have learned nothing from the fate of Vir Sanghvi and Pankaj Vohra. Your time will come too !! :)

    Rajeev Reply:

    By Independent we mean you have sense of proportion. BJP’s 5 lakh corruption is not equal to 250000 lakh crore corruption by Congress.
    Do you have brain or not?

    Kunal Reply:

    @ Sujata

    which part of Akhilesh’s comment did he imply that you have to support the BJP ? It is pretty clear that he meant if there is news about Congress led corruption – you go and write about how even BJP has done it and what Congress is doing is not a big deal.

    You are just trying to twist the comments in order to prove that all the commentators are BJP supporters and hence biased. Some of them definitely are …..but it’s not about them….its about you…you are a journalist and that too seems like a paid one…on the payrolls of the Congess party.

    Or worst….which now i am beginning to believe…that you do not have any skills to see the story from both sides….you are sitting in a silo…on the side of the Congress.

    Raj Reply:

    “By `independent’ you mean I should support the BJP? So typical of saffron ideologues!” Ahh, Madame – I am your fan now, were you born like this or all these skills are result of self-paced learning and development process. Madame I am crying now, how skillfully you have trampled the bias and ego of these bottomfeeders of Indian society aka Trolls. Madame I shall rot in hell for branding you as biased which you clearly are not. Bias is someone who sees other side and then tilts but you tilt only without a glimpse of any other side. Now I understand why people like us can’t become writers/reporters because we lack basic skills and diplomacy. Please be of continual service to your mother-land in your own way.

    Mohan Ramchandani Reply:

    Sujata,

    ” But they still have incriminating material on those bigwigs they have not yet made public. ”

    Tehelka has incrimnating material on BJP bigwigs but are not revealing . You also claim
    to know about that but not saying anything abount it. Why ? Are you jornalists blackmailing
    BJP bigwigs for not revealing that incrimnating material ?

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    Kunal Reply:

    You are henceforth going to be nicknamed as SABJI = Sujata Anandan Biased Journalist of India

    Rajeev Reply:

    Nice one…Sabji but rotten.

    Raj Reply:

    SABJI Madame, Ladyfinger

    Mohan Ramchandani Reply:

    Nice one. From today lets everyone call her rotten sabji.

    Rajeev Reply:

    Apt name will be – “SADI SABJI”

    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    SUJATA,

    Remember, Anita above has “confessed” that the sting was about the congress, but somewhere along the line, the party got changed in the darkness.

    As for the Tehelka, the BJP’s efforts to destroy it were actually totally unnecessary, because Tehelka was able to do the destruction all by itself. Its credibility was totally destroyed except among its financiers and the “secular” media like yours.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Well, finally an admission that the BJP tried to destroy Tehelka!

    Rajeev Reply:

    Sujata,
    Do you remember EMERGENCY when your mataji Indira Gandhi tried to destroy the constituition of India?

    Raj Reply:

    “Well, finally an admission that the BJP tried to destroy Tehelka!” – Does that mean, it’s time to celebrate Madame. A toast to Madame from this rotten troll. Hail Madame, her masters and the troupe. Amen!!!

    Kunal Reply:

    lol again the same thing ….if u can write articles about kripashankar singh and then argue that even bjp leaders take bribes..why dont u go and write article about some bjp leader and say that he is a great person.

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  • Ankit

    It is okay guys. Ms. Anandan has previously stated that she is “happy to be on the same side as Vir Sanghvi”. Now we come to know that Patel and Singh went up in esteem in her eyes.

    Nothing more needs to be said. The is nothing that normal, harworking people – people who write comments on this blog – can do to change the mind of someone who is on the same side of a disgraced journo and who admires the corrupt and the compromised. More power to you Sujata!

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Ankit,

    Poor fellow, Vir Sanghvi. Went out into the sunset all alone and all for nothing, because those left behind in HT do the same for which crime Vir was “eased out”. Sujata has shown that Vir was an idealistic fool, who wanted to uphold some lofty journalistic principles, for which the others at HT give a damn.

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    Sujata Anandan Reply:

    Is that what you believe? Sweet dreams, then!

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    Ankit Reply:

    Haha. Anandan does not understand irony?

    Raj Reply:

    “Haha. Anandan does not understand irony?” – That’s because she admires people who are phoney :-)

    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Dear Madam Sabji,

    Initially, I too didn’t believe that Vir Sanghvi became a sacrificial goat of the media as a cover up for the other editors. I thought he must be guiltier than say, Barkha Dutt, Prabhu Chawla and many un-named others in the media. But, after coolly analysing the whole issue of corruption in the media, I have now come to believe that Vir Sanghvi was a fool to walk out into the night of anonymity and disgrace, while fellow journos are carrying on merrily. In fact, if you see the following link, you too will develop doubts about media’s corrupt journalism:

    http://strikingarrow.com/2011/03/31/breaking-ndtv-sold-out/

  • Praveen Saxena`

    The troll who wrote this blog, threatens to write some more on the BJP.

    And the BJP never took a bribe? What was Bangaru Laxman all about? And if you didnt know, Tehelka’s target in that sting was not Laxman, not George but someone very,very high up in the BJP government which caught on to the sting so it had to be abandoned halfway. And after that, unlike the Congress with all who have exposed them, the BJP did its best to destroy Tehelka in the hope that would destroy that evidence. But they still have incriminating material on those bigwigs they have not yet made public. So watch this space for more

    Is it that they have lost all hope to get the ransom money ? And now they have now found a troll to do it for them. And not much of a price to pay. A sandwitch from those at whose doorstep the troll stands and waits would do.

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  • Prafull

    Dear all. There is no point in saying or pondering upon Ms Sujata. She won’t change her slavery as she is paid to do so.
    To whatever extent anybody try to realize her truth , she’s not gonna do that bezoz she already know the truth. A stooge of Congress is what someone can said her to be.
    On what basis BJP is called communal, and on what basis congress a secular? Saying that Muslims have 1st right on country’s resources isn’t communal? Imagine same being said by any BJP leader and persons like her would have created a hullaballoo over the same.
    You never publish any article regarding the good work done by BJP in Gujarat. The development in agriculture, power sector, industrialization et al. The condition of Muslims in Gujarat is far better than that in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan or any other Non BJP ruled state. Have you written about the same? Just keep brooding over the Gujarat riots and thats it!! In any article mentioning Modi, you’ll never forget to mention about the riots. But still to see any such exemplification for any of the Congress leader.
    If Congress support Muslim league in Kerala, isn’t it secular for you? If BJP talks about majority its communal? Do you think talking about reservation based on religion secular and constitutional? What melioration had happened for SC/STs after independence, except their being used as a voting tool?
    And btw, am not a BJP supporter. I am a student of IIT and worry about my country.

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  • http://lughole.net Saarthak

    Sujata Anandan has proven herself as worthy a gold-digger as Shoma Chaudhary of Tehelka. The Congress sure has deep bulging pockets from all those scams to keep these scums happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Initially my reaction was MIND BOGGLING, particularly the line”“Islam is not a red line that it cannot be crossed”.
    Then came BACK TO SQUARE ONE
    We plan an Islamic state. But we are looking towards the German Constitutional model.”
    that is oxymoron
    It is like saying I am scientific , BUT BELEIVE IN CATHOLIC DOGMA “THE SUN REVOLVES ROUND THE SUN”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan-
    U r right..
    The initial euphoria is waning. Looks like Islamic brotherhood is gaining in Egypt. Libya seems to be similar mix.
    Schada has detailed well.

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    engrich Reply:

    raju people are going towards islamists because secular dictators are extremely corrupt.stealing almost everything available.for poor subjects stomach is first.analysis of schada is wrong.coptic muslim crises is ignited by zoinist.they are expert of this line.

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    engrich Reply:

    shan a piece of information for u,
    “The biggest revelation is an authenticated secret German document which lists Hitler as one of the passengers evacuated by plane from Austria to Barcelona on April 26, 1945.”

    Although official history contends Hitler committed suicide with his newlywed wife, Eva Braun, on April, 30 1945 and their corpses were burned by others in the Berlin bunker, Abel Basti claims proof the story is a fabrication.

    According to Basti’s meticulous research, the leader of the Third Reich spent his last years as an art dealer and had facial plastic surgery to change his appearance.

    Those are just two of the astounding revelations that respected Argentine journalist and historian Abel Basti documents in his book, Hitler’s Exile.

    TIME magazine announces Hitler’s death in 1945

    While the book was a runaway bestseller across South America, it’s been suppressed in the United States and the Russian Federation. Those two countries still maintain that Germany’s Führer committed suicide during the last days of World War Two.

    World newspapers report Hitler dead…were they wrong?

    The claim that Hitler and some high-ranking Schutzstaffel (SS) officers escaped Germany and fled to South America is not new.

    Nil Nikandrov observes (Strategic Culture Foundation, “All the Leaders of the Third Reich Fled to Latin America”): “In his well-documented, The Hitler Survival Myth (1981), Donald McKale identifies the earliest source of the myth of Hitler’s escape to the southern hemisphere as the unexpected surrender of a German submarine in early July 1945 at Mar del Plata, Argentina.

    “Several Buenos Aires newspapers, in defiance of Argentine Navy statements, said that rubber boats had been seen landing from it, and other submarines spotted in the area.

    “On July 16, 1945, the Chicago Times carried a sensational article on the Hitlers having slipped off to Argentina.”

    July 16, 1945: Chicago Times reports Hitler fled to South America

    The Hitler-in-Argentina tale first surfaced in a book back in 1947

    “Ladislao Zsabó, a Hungarian advertiser, witnessed the arrival of the U-530 and saw its crew disembarking. He had heard that the destination was the German Antarctica and, mistakenly, made a supposition that Hitler had escaped to Antarctica, and published the book Hitler está Vivo (Hitler is Alive), where he speaks about the possible location of Hitler, in Queen’s Maud properties, opposite the Weddel Sea, that was then renamed Neuschwabenland, when the area was explored in 1938/39 by the German expedition [led] by Captain Ritschter.

    Brick from wall of Nazi complex in Patagonia

    “Zsabó made the wrong assumption.

    “Had he read the book by Professor Hugo Fernandez Artucio published in 1940, Nazis en el Uruguay, (Nazis in Uruguay) he would had discovered that there actually was a plan referring to German Antarctica, but this was nothing but the term they used for the Patagonia and that this information had been made public in New York in 1939.” [Nil Nikandrov]

    ‘Eagle’s Nest” stonework on wall of German complex, Argentina.

    Basti doggedly digs deeper

    When there’s so much smoke there’s usually a fire. Basti tracked down that fire during seven years of sometimes grueling investigations.

    Author-journalist Abel Basti holds copy of his bestselling book

    He personally visited German compounds surrounded by security and stern-faced guards, interviewed surviving witnesses in villages near the strongholds, and even obtained authenticated photographs of Hitler and Braun during their exile years.

    Alleged photo of Adolf and Eva with daughter Urich in Argentina

    “Basti wrote that A. Hitler, E. Braun, and Führer’s closest aides flew from the burning Berlin to Spain…and then crossed the Atlantic Ocean by three submarines and reached Argentina.

    “In July-August, 1945 Hitler and his clique landed in the Rio Negro province near the Caleta de los Loros village and moved on further into Argentine.

    “Allegedly, the same secret route prepared by SS chief Himmler’s staff was later used by Bormann, Mengele, and Eichmann.

    “Basti detailed the journey of A. Hitler and E. Braun across Argentina assisted by local Nazi sympathizers and described the couple’s family life during which—despite the hardships of hiding—they even had children.”

    Alleged photo of Hitler in disguise, Buenos Aires meeting, 1952

    Stonewalling Soviets

    The Soviets weren’t helpful on the matter of the German leader’s death.

    “The Soviets continued to be difficult. They refused to allow Westerners into Berlin even after the surrender of Dönitz’s government and the last armies in the field on May 7-9. On May 10, they announced the existence of the burned bodies in the Chancellory courtyard, but only allowed that one might be Hitler. The same report went on to say that his body might never be found.

    “On June 6, a spokesman for the Soviet army in Berlin announced unequivocally that Hitler had committed suicide and that his body had been identified. Three days later, Marshall Zhukov, the head of the Soviet army gave a press conference with Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Vishinski looking over his shoulder. ‘We did not identify the body of Hitler,’ he said. ‘I can say nothing definite about his fate. He could have flown away from Berlin at the very last moment.’” [Nil Nikandrov ]

    Interview with Basti

    In an interview on Deadline – Live, an Argentine news program, journalist Santiago Romero interviewed Abel Basti about Hitler’s escape, life in Patagonia, and the events that followed World War Two. ["Hitler huyó a la Patagonia en un submarino que zarpó desde Vigo" Edited.]

    Romero: What is your opinion on Hitler’s escape?

    Basti: “Hitler escaped via air from Austria to Barcelona. The last stage of his escape was in a submarine, from Vigo, heading straight to the coast of Patagonia. Finally, Hitler and Eva Braun, in a car with a chauffeur and bodyguard—a motorcade of at least three cars—drove to Bariloche (Argentina).

    “He took refuge in a place called San Ramon, about 15 miles east of that town. It is a property of about 250,000 acres with a lake-front view of Lake Nahuel Huapi, which had been German property since the early twentieth century, when it belonged to a German firm by the name of Schamburg-Lippe.”

    An alleged Hitler family home: Hacienda San Ramon

    Romero: “On what basis do you claim that Hitler was in Spain after leaving his Berlin bunker?”

    Basti: “I was able to confirm the presence of Hitler in Spain thanks to a—now elderly—Jesuit priest, whose family members were friends of the Nazi leader. And I have witnesses that allude to meetings he had with his entourage at the place where they stayed in Cantabria.

    Mr. and Mrs Hitler in Spain before voyage to Patagonia

    “In addition, a document of the British secret services reveals that in those days, a Nazi submarine convoy left Spain, and after stopping in the Canary Islands, it continued its journey to the south of Argentina.

    “Hitler and Eva Braun traveled onboard one of these submarines, which later arrived in Patagonia between July and August of 1945, under the de facto President Edelmiro Farrell and later Juan Domingo Peron, then his Minister of War. There is also another important document mentioning that the FBI was looking for Hitler in Spain after World War II.”

    Romero: “From where did he leave to Patagonia?”

    Basti: “All the evidence points to the Galician coast, which was a significant base of supplies for Nazi submarines during the Battle of the Atlantic, to the extent that Churchill considered the possibility of invading it—an action that was scrapped when they built the code-breaking “Enigma” machine and managed to decipher Nazi submarine fleet messages and the course of submarine warfare was reversed.

    “There is the possibility that he left from Vigo or Ferrol, but it is almost certain that he did from Vigo, according to Britain’s MI6.”

    Romero: “What was Hitler’s life in Argentina like?”

    Basti: “Hitler lived as a fugitive with his wife and his bodyguard. His first years were in Patagonia, and then he lived in the more northern provinces [of Argentina].

    “In the early years, he held meetings in different parts of Argentina, and with other Nazis in Paraguay, as well as with sympathizers from foreign countries.

    “He shaved his head and mustache, so he was not easily recognizable. He lived away from large urban areas, although he had a few meetings in Buenos Aires. He died in the sixties in Argentina.

    “I’m currently investigating where he was buried and how he lived his last days.”

    Romero: “Did you have access to documents from the former Soviet Union?”

    Basti: “Until his death in 1953, Stalin always believed that Hitler had escaped. In 1945, Stalin told the Allies this same information. There are three different shorthand writings in which Stalin mentioned that the German leader had fled.

    “In Argentina, I have interviewed people who had seen and met with Hitler. In the Russian archives, there is abundant documentation that shows that Hitler had escaped.”

    Romero: “How did your book impact the official story of Hitler’s death?”

    Basti: “Despite the recent investigations that proved that Hitler’s remains at the Kremlin in Russia did not belong to him, most Russians have always rejected the theory that he escaped. The same applies to the nations involved in the war.

    “The U.S. has just reclassified [under national security auspices] for 20 [more] years all official material related to this story, and when that deadline is met, it will probably be reclassified.

    “The British reclassified all related documentation for 60 more years. The researchers cannot access that information.”

    Link to original article in Spanish.

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  • Anonymous

    unless islam becomes more liberal . tolerant and has ability to carry out reforms as required , there can never be a democracy , secularism as we understand it in any muslim country . Pakistan started with a mind set akin to ours , which is so different today —some may term it as a aberration but most would see it as a natural progression of a fundamentalist , islamic mind set , inherent in their religion. As long as madrassas keep out churning sermons of separatism , of religiosity it is facile to beleive that muslim world will change . Even in egypt the rumblings have started —the 20 percent coptics are feeling insecure and last two months saw many clashes between muslims and coptics over minor issues –minor for a rationalist but of gargantum proportions to the religious fundamentalists .tHE separation and delinking of church and state in the european countries in the 17 century saw the emergence of a secular state as we know today—this delinking has never happenned in the muslim world and which is the cause of the troubles in many countries –bothof muslim majority as well as with muslim minority . Witness sudan which has been partitioned into christian south and muslim north as north tried to impose on the south their ideology , witness nigeria where christians are at loggerheads with muslims —–the muslim philosphy of when in majority / power impose by any means your system and when in minority stress the social and political system by stressing your separatness is at the root cause of the muslim intrangience—–for a benign arab / muslim spring fundamental reforms are required in the thought processes

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    engrich Reply:

    some of egyptians has taken islamic path because of poverty and corruption in the reign of secular dictators.

    shreefon ka ajee wo haal dekha ki
    sharafat chood di maine.

    husni mubarak was selling gas to isreal at 60%of international rate pocketing 40%for himself and became richest person of the world.while egyptians were not able to marry even upto age of 45.
    but still islamists are on margin.cannot win in election.in most of the muslim countries state and church are seprated in practical term.
    clashes between coptics and muslim is the work of jews .in every country they do the same.see iraq.under saddam all were united now all arefighting,same as lebnon.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    The arab Spring leaders would have to use religion for some time while steering their society towards political moderation. As it is, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya are countries of moderate people. Democracy would surely be a success in every country that dares to come out of itser old regime.

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  • RajX

    An Islamic democracy is an oxymoron. Democracy is a hoax without secularism. This is an issue not just with Muslim societies but with many European countries where religion is mixed up with the govt like in Spain or Italy. India is one of the few true democracies in the world. So if “Muslim societies” want to become democracies, maybe their govts should drop religion from their laws and government. Then they can join the civilized world.

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  • Anonymous

    Everything sounds good, but the “key aspiration” to join the EU rather than the African Union rings a false note. Morocco is in Africa. To want to associate with a rich but distant area rather than join hands with one’s neighbours with the goal of joint progress, doesn’t exactly sound praiseworthy, but rather, opportunistic and selfish.

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    $/G/R ! Reply:

    i would disagre…they no they have better oppurtunities in EU…

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  • Siddharth Kaushal

    very rightly said Zia… im glad there are voices like yours from the Muslim community.

    i think you should use bigger platforms.. why not hold seminars, conferences etc on democracy, islam, constitutionalism… invite Moroccan ambassadors.. Arab ambassadors.. and let the national and international media cover it.

    we need to spread the message of democracy, humanism and justice for all.

    great article.

    Regards
    Siddharth
    http://www.voxmentis.com/

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  • $/G/R !

    if they look at india….am sure they will say no to democracy

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  • azhar Hussain

    Sarah you need to wake up and smell the coffee…..in majority of the Muslim country non-Muslims are treaty equally….You want me to tell you about these countries.

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  • azhar Hussain

    1 millions killed in Iraq
    More than a million killed in Afghnistan by Soviet Union and Uncle Sam
    Thousands are being killed Checniya
    More 100,000 killed Kashmir
    Jewish state illegally occupied Palestinian land has been killing them for the past 60 yrs

    Inder you want me to give you more example

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  • azhar Hussain

    So you want him to write about rights of American Indians; untouchables in India or same sex marriage? What would youlike him to talk about, Amit?

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  • Isupzai

    In all seriousness:
    Travelling in Pakistan in a bus I was in the hbm with a “blanket” over my head as only some will remember and the journey became long and boring (for me at least with nothing to look at) until we pulled into a bus station. I was told to get out and wait in the waiting room: they allowed me to remove the blanket on condition that I didn’t look behind me as I walked to it from the bus. (And if I did? The woman in the pink pants would be changed to a pillar of salt. (For her sake – I didn’t)

    I now had a choice. Either I should get back on the bus putting up with the noise of the Pasthuns arguing like Jews. The fact that I had no idea where I was didn’t make things any easier. And in the end it turned out that I didn’t have a choice anyway. Two men approached me, brandishing books. “Did you bring these?” they asked ominously.

    Get back on the bus or will we have to pluck you?” they said.
    “Pluck me?”
    “Don’t ask,” said one of them, eyes pointing heavenward.
    “Trust me; you don’t want to be plucked.”

    So I got back on the bus. The blanket was a nuisance, but at least it slightly muffled the noise of the nuisance Pashtuns. And there was the nice smell of Naswar. One settles for the small comforts when traveling. What’s the point if you are going to act all put out and insist on having McDonalds? – might as well stay home in Tupelo.

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  • RajX

    Good one

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Lopez/100002438648048 Melissa Lopez

    Ghazi Gherairi does not say that

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Lopez/100002438648048 Melissa Lopez

    Ghazi Gherairi does not say that

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Imen-Trabelsi/100000158254099 Imen Trabelsi

    Ghazi Gherairi does not say that

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