Giddy, giddy, gander!



It would have happened sooner rather than later. But Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party was prepared for this one.

Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, Eknath Khadse of the Bharatiya Janata Party, could well be excused for his giddy-headedness in believing that he was scoring off the Congress-NCP government – after all, Pawar has still not lived down carrying two notified criminals in his official aircraft from New Delhi to Bombay while he was the Union Defence Minister the Nineties.

Now Khadse was telling the world that Pawar, Praful Patel, Shashank Manohar, Jayant Patil (all Pawar acolytes), Dilip Deshmukh (brother of Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh) and a lot more others had travelled in Shahid Balwa’s (of 2G scam fame) aircraft, to Dubai, Pune, Nanded and other places over the past years. He sought to establish a direct link, then, between Pawar and Balwa.

But the NCP clearly saw it coming: minutes after Maharashtra’s Home Minister R R Patil said in the Assembly that a lot of Shiv Sena and BJP leaders, too, had been sort of taken for a ride by Balwa, Pawar’s Man Friday, Jeetendra Awhad, was out with the names. These included the opposition galaxy in Maharashtra: Nitin Gadkari, Gopinath Munde, Uddhav Thackeray, to name a few.

I wonder what took so long for Khadse to join the dots. Ever since Balwa’s relation to the brand name `Dynamix’ was in the public domain, I knew it would soon beat a path to Pawar’s doorstep. And I also knew that Pawar would by then have done enough to either cover his tracks (if he had anything to hide) or to malign his opponents (if he thought he could get away with it).

Obviously, he has now opted for the latter. He has done it before with some success and the BJP’s Gopinath Munde should know. In the early Nineties, when Munde was being described as the best opposition leader Maharashtra had ever had — for going hammer and tongs at Pawar, then among the most powerful chief Ministers in the country — Pawar very cleverly released some information about a particular student, four years of age, admitted to one of his schools in Baramati. The child’s middle name was Gopinath and his surname was Munde – that is how most children write their full names in Maharashtra (when a girl marries, her middle name changes to her husband’s first name).

No sooner than people had connected the dots to realise that the boy’s mother was Barkha, the most beautiful tamasha dancer in Maharashtra, than the Pawar camp released some photos of the Maratha warlord with Barkha and we had Pawar himself saying, “Her dance academy is in my constituency. I might have attended some of her events. There might be some pictures of her with me, also.’’

But by then people were paying little attention to Pawar’s trysts with Barkha. It was her son’s parentage that they were more interested in (she had to late change the child’s surname to her own) and the much-married Gopinath Munde was left, literally, holding the baby.

It remains to be seen how Khadse now explains why his own top leaders were flying in Balwa’s aircraft – at least Pawar had ownership rights. Dynamix is a brand name nurtured with great care and diligence by Pawar over the years. Of course, he has no visible public interests in the company but it is this brand name that packages everything from milk to cheese to butter to ghee to fruit juices, iced teas and yogurts – and the milk (or purified, distilled water) for it all comes from Baramati, Pawar’s constituency. So does the equipment and the machinery. Most big malls, small-time grocery stores as well as food bazaars across the country are now stocking indigenous products under their own names but produced and packed by the Dynamix Dairy — as are multinational corporations, like Nestle and Britannia — making Dynamix the largest food brand outside of Amul and Mother Dairy. Even the `Sach’ brands of milk and toothpastes, borrowing from the Sachin Tendulkar brand, are packed and marketed by Dynamix and there is no escaping Pawar’s handprint on all of them.

So I would suggest that while the Eon Air aircraft might have been technically registered to Balwa, Pawar had full rights to make use of it at any time. However, I would like to know why Uddhav, Gadkari or Munde were also making free of the aircraft if it was really so tainted – or was it that they were in behind-the-scenes arrangements with Sharad Pawar to make use of it whenever they wished? To what motives?

Whatever the secrets behind that, I must say that because this was the NCP and Sharad Pawar, the BJP had the tables turned on it within minutes. Had it been left to the Congress, it would have gone about it in its own woolly-headed way and would have had no clue either about its leaders on that aircraft or that of the opposition making as much use of it as their own.

Just look at the Wikileaks imbroglio and you will know what I mean: if those cables were somewhat damaging to the Congress, they were even more damaging to the BJP, leaving it completely nude and running for cover. Critics like me always knew it but now it is out in the open: BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar and other BJP leaders telling American diplomats that they were not really against the nuclear deal, that they were publicly opposing it only to score easy political points against the Congress. But then what Leader of the Oppostiion in the Rajya sabha, Arun Jaitley, told them confirms (and is consistent with) what Dr Murli Manohar Joshi told some reporters in Bombay several years ago (read my earlier blog, `So who really believes in Hindutva’, August 21, 2009): that Hindutva is only some opportunism for the BJP. It will never go away because it helps them score brownie points with the people but they are not overly concerned with it either.

I thought the Congress should have gone for the BJP’s jugular on this one but the Congress only knows how to warm its seat in government, it has neither the experience of – nor the stomach for — fierce dog fights like various parties in the opposition undertake from time to time.

But not so the NCP. Pawar’s partymen are no longer bound to the Congress and not obliged to suffer in silence like they did when Pawar was being blamed for everything that went wrong with Enron while Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray got away scot-free — with some candies and soft toys gifted by then Enron CEO Rebecca Mark, besides — for doing a deal that was worse for Maharashtra than the one signed by Pawar!

For every arrow from the opposition (including the Congress) Pawar’s men have several more in their quiver for his detractors. Khadse should have drawn lessons from Munde’s earlier experience: if you are accusing Pawar of something, make sure you haven’t washed your hands in the same dirty water! Sauce for the goose, or else they will tell you, will always be the sauce for the gander.

I am eagerly waiting to see, then, how this latest allegation against Pawar plays out!

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  • Satish Haldankar

    It is nearly three hours since this blog was posted and yet no sign of the Hindutva trolls swarming like bees so far, with their standard and worn out tactics – obfuscate, shoot the messengers, list the misdeeds and sins of objects of their hates, etc. fervently hoping that these would help divert people’s attention away from the new jam the BJP leader has got into..

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Haha, its either Sujata “troll-lookalike” Anandan or a Conress douchebag like you who try to pre-empt the so called “trolls” because you already know in your heart that its a biased blog and there will be lots of negative comments.

    Anyways, your pre-emption does not change the fact that the blog is biased or stop the netizens of this country from commenting their opinion. Of course, increasingly, HT and its readers have been having very divergent thoughts about the current government. While HT tries to sell to its readers that there is no alternative to this CONgress led government despite the neckdeep corruption, the readers want these corrupt leaders prosecuted. Netizens who disagree with HT’s stupid assessment are either branded trolls or Saffron chaddiwalas.

    According to Sujata and her editorial colleagues, you’re either with the Congress or you’re with the Hindu terrorists! How Bushy is that…

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    LOL. Amazing. Just confirming what I wrote – shooting the messengers, casting aspersions. So predictable.

    Having done that and setting that aside, let us have your views on Mr. Eknath Khadse’s attempts to corner the Congress-NCP government but ended up with egg on his own face.

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Dear Haldankar….Shooting the messengers? How does criticizing someone on their blog amount to shooting the messenger? Do you even know what you’re talking about? Or you just swallowed that phrase somewhere and are puking it out here (reminds me Arun Shourie recently said that Hindustan Times indulges in “swallow and vomit journalism” – bang on target) ?

    As for my views on “Eknath Khadse’s attempts to corner the Congress-NCP government” I will let you know soon once I’ve read more in better newspapers like The Hindu and The Indian Express. You can read some strong views of mine on Sujata Anandan’s last blog post if you want :)

    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Satish Haldankar,

    Unlike Sabji Madam, who rushed to the press with her expose’, we, the Hindutva trolls take our time to hit back and when we hit back we hit back well and properly.

    Sharad Pawar does indeed need grunts like you to keep his ‘Maratha Warrior sardar’ myth burning brightly, with bushelful help from”friendly” grunt journos like Sabji Madam.

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Hit back! LOL. To hit back, one needs guts first to be able to take knocks on one’s chin, which you are unable to do so. Your responses are, as I have stated above, primarily shooting the messengers. Nothing about Eknath Khadse’s egg on his face. Of course, one can sympathise with you that you cannot bring yourself together to slam your own heroes, it will be.

    BTW, to be taken seriously, first learn to respect others and their point of view. Calling names is not helping your cause and you ideology. However, it it gives you perverse pleasure in doing so, go ahead and keep doing it for ages to come.

    Plus your ignorance is showing. If you do not know, one does not buy tickets to travel in private planes. In case of the BJP leaders, they had not paid for hiring the aircraft form UB Reality. They paid after only the Balwa was arrested recently. Go get some education.

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Satish,

    “To hit back, one needs guts first to be able to take knocks on one’s chin”.
    Was that why Sharad Pawar, the Maratha warrior Sardar doesn’t hit back, has lost his voice,has lost his guts and even his iman, silently lumping insults from ‘kal ka chokra’, the clown prince?

    As for me, I don’t take any hits on my chin nor on my shin, because I am not heavy-footed like some of you grunts. Most of we, Hindutva trolls are nimble-footed. While we hit back, where it hurts most we don’t take hits on chin or anywhere else from anybody, least of all from grunts like you.

    As for being taken seriously or helping our cause, I am being taken quite seriously both by the editors and the readers here. My cause too gets more than enough help. You have only to scroll through the HT blogs to disprove yourself.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    BVS

    LOL. Nimble-footed for sure. So that you run away time and again from the reality of the misdeeds and sins of your idols. Great going.

    The fact is that Hindutva trolls are doing more damage to the cause they seem to promote. The whole lot is held in contempt, even by some of the journalists, who are close to or support the RSS/BJP. Whether you accept this or not is entirely up to you.

    Again LOL. If you think by obfuscating, abusing, spewing venom, calling people names, questioning their motives and the works is hitting back where it hurts others the most, be my guest. The others are no blind worshipers of any ideology or any personalities. For example, if you think by calling Sonia Gandhi an Italian bar maid/waitress hurts others, you must be surely living in fool’s paradise. The others only object to uncivilised language of the trolls. BTW, this bar maid/waitress has been enough to defeat your idols twice in 2004 and 2009, wait for encore 2014. It says a lot about the ‘learned leaders’ of the RSS/BJP.

    If Sharad Pawar has lost his voice & guts and silently lumping insults from kal ka chhokra ( your words), so be it. It is his problem. Not mine. I would interested in knowing as to when, where and how many times has he been insulted. Let us see you coming with the details of the incidents. The reality is that Sharad Pawar is number three in seniority after the PM and Pranab Mukherjee in the Cabinet, which many Congress party members resent.

    Raj Reply:

    Hit on, troll. Your days are numbered http://econ.st/eFRAaG

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  • B.V.SHENOY

    Dear Sabji madam,

    It looks like you have been in a tearing hurry to “go to the press” with your so called sensational expose’. The BJP has laughed off your accusations, which have only mirrored Pawar’s incoherent thoughts and words. I can understand your predicament, though. Pawar, even when he speaks loudly, is inaudible; but when he whispers something ‘very serious’ in the nature of giving back to the BJP ‘in equal measure’ into your ear on his cell phone (of course the sim is gifted by Balwa), you would have been in a flap, because of ‘audio near failure’ or because of the sensation. My sympathies are with you.

    If Gadkari or Munde or even Advani fly on Balwa’s airlines with valid tickets, it is not the same thing as Pawar taking Balwa on his government plane to Dubai, which the BJP has exposed, because of Balwa being Dawood’s henchman. It islike my being a subscriber of Balwa’s mobile company and Pawar owning part of the company.

    You have also very cleverly, very studiously, “NOT EXPOSED” or have hidden from HT readers about the loss of Rs.15000 crore Pawar has caused by gifting acres of land to Balwa associates in Poona. Why don’t you ask your friend, Tehelka to “look” into it?

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  • Ganesh S

    Having been brought up in a neighbourhood full of SANSKARI khaki knickerwallahs and knowing fully well what SANSKARS are taught to their children – generation after generation,these trolls are reducing these columns to some SHAKHAS where communication ( or abuse in whatever form you may read ) is completely one sided.

    When they notice a BOMB in Wikileaks,they bring Parliament to a standstill.Next day,when tables turn due to same Wikileaks,the BOMB need not be taken seriously.!!!

    No mention of Yeddi brand of corruption which has been blessed by their SANSKARI president Nitinji as being IMMORAL but not ILLEGAL !!

    These khaki clad self annointed gladiators with their selective appetite for CONGRESS CORRUPTION dont even take notice of their own skeletons .And they want us to believe that they are a PARTY WITH A DIFFERENCE.

    If any print or electronic media journalist DARES take what may appear to be an OBJECTIVE position – in all cases NOT DENYING CONGRESS CORRUPTION but identifying how BJP too has its own corrupt individuals,then that journalist is subjected to such a SANSKARI diatribe that makes me wonder if these knickerwallahs indeed have any civility left at all.

    Issues will emerge and surely more and more issues will emerge and with an alert media it would not be possible for ANY PARTY to hide anything.

    Instead of LOOKING WITHIN which this party has never done and has always paid a price for,they continue on and on about SONIA and RAHUL and their antecedents – an issue long settled by people of India.

    Grow up fellas,throw those knickers away,Your slips are showing and showing BADDDDDD !!!

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Well said.

    Asking these juvenile supporters to grow up is like asking for the moon. They have chosen to be brainwashed so thoroughly that they have lost the art of being objective, forgotten civilised behaviour and not prepared to debate. All you get from these trolls is same old outbursts against the objects of hate and the same old bizarre justifications and explanations for the misdeeds of their own idols.

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Not prepared to debate? What makes you think so “mature” haldankar? BV Shenoy has been replying to each of your stupid posts with great patience and with much better analysis…In fact, this is what we netizens do when we post comments on this website..we debate with the blogger or the writer..and other commenters. Had we only posted random comments never to return, then your diatribe might have some truth behind it…but thats clearly not the case. In fact its Sujata here who either ignores or writes contemptuous one line replies to comments. It is you who is either brainwashed or paid to reply to negative comments against the CONgress party. What else can explain your staunch defence of a government bathing in corruption scandals. And all you can do is shout Yeddy?

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Ho.,ho, ho. Yes, BVS is replying patiently, but the content – totally irrelevant to the subject matter. If you think this is debating, one has to pity you.

    In the previous blog about the Hindutva trolls and Rajeev Pratap Rufy, none of you wrote one sentence about the two in comments/responses. Wah! Kyaa baat hai.

    What Sujata writes here is entirely her prerogative, it is her blog, not yours or your fellow travellers. If you do not agree with her, refute her statements point by point, instead of calling her names, questioning her motives (she might as well have, so what) and listing in great details the misdeeds and sins of the objects of your hate, but not a word about your own heroes. If you are unable to refute her contentions, you have the option of ignoring her blogs, but you will not.. The fact is the trolls keep looking for platforms or a trigger to vent their anger and desperation.

    Look at your response to Ganesh, calling him a Congress sock puppet. Not one sentence to refute what he has said (you calling this debating? LOL). OK , he may be, so what? Does that mean he is not allowed to post comments here, criticising the RSS/BJP and its ideology? If you think so, go take a walk.

    Saarthak Reply:

    Dear Ganesh S,

    Are you the same guy who goes by the name of @gsurya on twitter? Gosh, a paid Congress sock puppet through and through.

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    Ganesh S Reply:

    Who I am and what I get paid for is not going to make you escape the main point being made here.The language used by all you TROLLS is most welcome because each word used by you further confirms my convictions that while Congress has more than enough reasons for me to think about before I vote for it again,BJP BLESSED BY TROLLS LIKE YOU WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE .

    The reasons :

    1.Your party is nothing but a PALER shadow of the party presently in power
    2.Your party is no CLEANER and you too have skeletons in your cupboards.

    As regards the CULTURED view you and others like you have taken of Sonia and Rahul,the less said the better.

    When will all you BJP wallahs realise you are playing all wrong tunes and in the process misusing the space which is yours by right in this democracy,

    Ms Sujatha is merely a journalist with some particular views.Calling her names or imputing motives to my supporting Congress further confirms my perception that at the end of the day you are just a chauvinistic party which is most intolerant of others’ views,indulging in orchestrated jingoism and seeking to drown any dissenting note in the cacophony of abuse and insults.

    And by the way,dont even try to find out who I am,there are silent millions like me.I have chosen to rubbish you in these columns.Others will give you a suitable reply as they always have been giving – at the next elections.

    Dont abuse,dont insult and mind your language.I know it is too much to expect from a party which has institutionalised and glorified demeaning political opponents.

    Anyway,go ahead if you still wish to abuse and insult.But when others give it back to you – in kind – because your party prefers CASH when it comes to self goals like your sting operations-dont crib and dont moan in chorus.Because it looks really pathetic,to say the least.

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Applause for your response..

    Saarthak Reply:

    Haldankar and Suryanaryan Ganesh – you scratch my back and I scratch yours :D

    Listen Ganesh, no point saying “your party” cause I haven’t joined the BJP yet. As for giving “me” a suitable reply in the next elections is concerned, I haven’t decided whether I’ll fight in those elections or not so don’t worry about that lol. Of course, Congress will surely get a karara jawaab from the public. Thats for sure.

    Saarthak Reply:

    Also Ganesh, you’re another TINA lover (TINA = There is No alternative) ..basically again saying that in-spite of all the effin corruption, Congress is still the best option of this country. You’re gonna be proved so very wrong

    Ganesh S Reply:

    Saarthak ji,

    Stop being obsessed with scratching the backs and come on in front and look ahead !!!

    That is the DIFFERENCE- am NOT apologetic about my political beliefs while I can see you are BENDING OVER BACK to disown your BJP linkages.

    As far as scratching the backs is concerned,I will take care of mine but you too take care of yours – by the way it must be very sore indeed !!!!

    So typical of that arrogant party – when there is nothing to reason out – just go berserk and the comic opera follows.

    On a serious note,Saarthak,let us hug each other on the victories in cricket and celebrate them as Indians setting aside our differences and yes please vote and give me an alternative.If there is one.

  • B.V.SHENOY

    Dear Sabji Madam,

    I have quoted herebelow a few lines from your ‘article’ about how you personally feel about the great Maratha Warrior, the (wounded) lion of Baramati, Sharad Pawar.

    “I must say that because this was the NCP and Sharad Pawar, the BJP had the tables turned on it within minutes”. (Still, the BJP has the loudest, last laugh. Ravi Shankar Prasad was actually laughing when he replied to the “charges”)

    “it (the congress party) has neither the experience of – nor the stomach for — fierce dog fights like various parties in the opposition undertake from time to time. But not so the NCP. Pawar’s partymen are no longer bound to the Congress and not obliged to suffer in silence…..”

    “For every arrow from the opposition (including the Congress) Pawar’s men have several more in their quiver for his detractors……”

    “if you are accusing Pawar of something, make sure you haven’t washed your hands in the same dirty water….”

    Very adulatory, laudatory, extollatory, commendatory, complimentary,celebratory eulogy.
    Highly imaginative but mostly wishful thinking kind of imagery.
    Hero worshipping kind of worshipful blah, blah, blah.

    Sabji Madam,

    please tell your readers, why the great Sardar and greater rebel, Pawar, who called Sonia Gandhi a foreigner, under whose leadership he would not work and broke away from the congress, is now polishing Sonia Gandhi’s shoes and mollycoddling Rajiv Gandhi?

    Why the Maratha lion has become a mewing pussycat of the congress? Where is the foreigner tag hiding?
    Why is “so silently suffering” all the barbs and attacks by the clown prince about the mess on the food inflation front and also his failure to manage agricultural ministry?

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  • B.V.SHENOY

    Satish,
    I have read numerous posts of yours in the HT and the blogs.
    I now have got the hang of your “debating skills”.
    You preface every sentence with “LOL!”
    In every post you say, “you are so predictable”
    And “your reply is running to a script”
    And “No wonder their posts/responses are so predictable”
    And “You did not disappoint me, playing true to form”

    No wonder, with such great debaters like you and Ganesh by her side (the ONLY TWO “DEVOTED” SUPPORTERS OF HERS, BY THE WAY), Sabji madam too is losing the debate and also the plot.

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    You must be really foolish (cannot blame you though) to believe that the Sujata is losing the debate and the plot. You have not even debated a single point raised by her. She will continue to write what she feels like and will not be apologetic about it.

    Yes, I will continue to write LOL, because of people like you around, really make me laugh, by their bizarre comments.

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Seriously, this guy Haldankar prefaces almost all his idiotic replies to the so called trolls with “LOL” or “ROFL” or “Ho ho ho” coz he wants to say “shit he caught me there” but since that would be a public admission of how stupid his responses are he starts with a fake laugh to get some self confidence before another pathetic reply. You have to admire his persistence inspite of being shown his place every time.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Half educated guys think using LOL, ROFL etc. will make them web savvy.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Saathak and Rejeev

    You both seem so devoid of any intelligence that you are unable to fathom why somebody has to use LOL and ROTFL more often. I will still leave it you both to keep scratching your heads to find out why. I better spare you the agony – you think the **** you write makes others take you seriously. Surely, you must joking,.

    Half educated guy is better than blinkered guys like you, the same way a ‘bar maid’ has been enough for the so called ‘intelligent, learned and scholarly’ leaders you so admire.

    Shown my place! Oh, by attempting to shoot the messenger. By now you must be really foolish to think so. Here I go again, ROTFL.

    Ganesh.S Reply:

    Shenoyji,

    It is BJP which is full of debaters.YAAK YAAK YAAK and more YAAAK.

    Empty sloganeering,meaningless shenanigans and most of all – not being able to take it when someone gives it back in fullest measure – are all virtues which are aplenty in this party and its supporters.

    By the way,yes it is two of us who are responding.Thank your Gods at least two of us are taking you seriously.As for those silent ones which dont even bother to reply,they may have just ignored you and moved on.

    If someone counters issue by issue,point by point, it is not DEBATING.It is called DIALOGUE if you in BJP understand that term at all !!!

    When you are full of ill-conceived self righteousness you call anyone having a diferent opinion a DEBATER.

    George Bernard Shaw had once said the difference between SUBJECTIVITY and OBJECTIVITY is the one between saying – YOU CANT but YOU MAY.

    You are blinded by YOU CANT and hence you call any differing in opinion as DEBATE.

    Open up your minds and let us together attack corruption inside BOTH parties rather than forever trying to present one party as black and the other one white as a lily.

    Today s India is far too aware to buy this.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Blah Blah Blah…no substance… Typical SOnia Gandhi kind of intellect.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Profile of a Congressman-
    1. Corrupt
    2. Dynasty slave
    3. Immoral
    4. Pseudo secular
    5. Opportunist
    6. Terror symapthiser especially LeT
    7. Intellectually pygmy like Sonia and Rahul
    8. Barking like Manish Tiwari
    9. Liars like Sibal
    10. CON ARTISTS

    Saarthak Reply:

    Dear Rajeev and BV Shenoy,

    Now that Anna Hazare is going on a fast unto death unless the Congress passes the Jan Lokbal bill with tougher amendments, I’m sure these Congress sock puppets will find reason enough to call him a “troll” and “khakhi knickerwallah”. Anyways, these people will soon pee in their pants when Hazare’s fast becomes a mass movement. The CONgress was hoping to bask in the reflected glory of our cricketers accomplishment but that will certainly not be the case now.

    All those who’re against corruption in India can follow @janlokpal on twitter and the join Facebook page titled “India against Corruption”

    Rajeev Reply:

    We will soon see some kind of corruption allegation against Hazare or some link with BJP or may be with blast cases.
    I guess Tehelka must be working overtime to put Hazare down.

    Sonia Gandhi is showing her fascist side everyday. In next election, let us make her a upside down hanging Mussolini.

    Sona Reply:

    Aren’t you aware of the fact that former Shiv Sena minister and current Shiv Sena MLA Sureshdada Jain has already brought a corruption charge against Anna Hazare, saying there were massive irregularities in the trusts run by him. However, unlike the ministers who wouldnt admit to such charges, Anna Hazare was honest enough to admit to that corruption. perhaps thats why nothing came of it.

    Rajeev Sharma Reply:

    So are you on the side of corrupt Shiv Sena man or Congress man or Anna Hazare.

    Rajeev Reply:

    So are you on the side of corrupt Shiv Sena or Congress or Anna Hazare.

    Ganesh S Reply:

    Hahahahaha,

    Rajiv,in any case all this was not meant to be read and understood by you.

    We all know Nitin Gadkari brand of intellect which is MORALLY WRONG but LEGALLY RIGHT.

    You will understand all this when you will grow up – some day.

    Rajeev Reply:

    Again…Blah Blah Blah…Where is Kalavati now?
    Liars and thieves.

  • B.V.SHENOY

    Satish,

    you have asked me, “I would interested in knowing as to when, where and how many times has he been insulted. Let us see you coming with the details of the incidents.”.

    Pl. read the following sample:

    The NCP, a major constituent of the UPA, today hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for blaming coalition compulsion for price rise, saying his statements should reflect “humility” and not “arrogance”.
    A day after Gandhi made the comments which seemed to target Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, NCP General Secretary and spokesman D P Tripathi said the Congress leader’s statement was not based on facts.
    “Congress party is the principal party in the UPA and any statement of the leader of that party should reflect humility and not arrogance,” Tripathi told a press conference here.

    Describing Gandhi’s statement as “unfortunate”, the NCP leader said no single minister, including Pawar, could be held responsible for the price rise as “it is the collective responsibility” of the Government.

    “I have always admired Rahul Gandhi and wished him success in politics. But I felt sad that the important political leader of the UPA and the Congress party has made a statement which is not based on facts,” Tripathi said.

    I have other ‘reports’ too, but are you really interested?

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Satish,
    My calling Sonia Gandhi an ex-bar-maid, seem to have upset you terribly. I can understand, you are one among millions of our countrymen who are so enamoured, so besotted, so ensnared by white-skins. My symapathies are with you.

    If you have a better expression for bar maid, please let us have it. I promise, I will use it in these blogs.

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    Raj Reply:

    Mr Shenoy, Why don’t you write your own blogs/columns instead of fighting on other people’s space? With your chirkut comments you come through as such a tu-tu main-main man! Perhaps a blog of your own will showcase your intelligence better

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Dear Shri Raj,

    Thanks for your comments/suggestion.

    I am already in the process of starting my own blog of which I will inform you.

    But, consider this: The powerful tool of any democracy , its media is, in India’s case, in the hands of pseudo secular pretenders. The worst example of this is NDTV and to a slightly lesser extent HT. It therefore falls to the lot of everybody who has access to the internet to counter their nefarious designs of perpetrating Sonia Gandhi’s dynastic rule over India.

    It is from this point of view that I participate in these kinds of debates, which, at times unfortunately descend into tu-tu, main-main. But, I love it Raj.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Great. You can call your blog – Bigotry Unlimited.

    Will you allow me to post comments?

    TIC.

    Saarthak Reply:

    Raj, this log is open to comments from everyone (who told you its private space?) and you have the reply buttons beneath every comment for tu-tu main-main itself. I think you have yet to grasp the concept of blog comments. Being a regular commenter does not mean you have to have a blog. Since you’ve proven yourself to be the actual chirkut, you can buzz off now

    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Saarthak,

    thanks, Buddy!

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    No , it does not upset me that you call Sonia Gandhi or anybody else names. Nothing better is expected from likes of you. Period.

    Now denigrating anyone because someone was a bar maid or peon or a clerk or salesman only shows you have not heard about the concept of dignity of labour. Again I am not surprised, expecting anything better from you? No chance. I suppose you must abusing the waiters who serve you in restaurants and the salesmen in shops.

    Come to think of it, you should be delighted that the Congress Party has chosen a bar maid as the President of the party, then the RSS/BJP, with all its ‘learned and highly qualified’ leaders, can have an upper hand in elections and in politics. She cannot be any ‘match’ for the highly educated scholars you worship.

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Unfortunately, for you, Satish,

    congress has not ‘elected’ Sonia Gandhi to the post of president because she was a bar maid.
    In fact, th e party goes to ridiculous extents to hide the fact that she was indeed a bar maid. This blah blah you call dignity of labour would never have crossed anybody’s mind, when she was made the presidente.

    She was made a presidente purely because of the colour of her skin, of which we Indians in general and congressmen in particular are so awe-struck and reverential.

    As for the “dignity of labour”, do you know Satish, she was made presidente by overthrowing Sitaram Kesari, an SC, who, in fact became president of the party only on that qualification.

    Another interesting fact, of which I am sure devoted congressmen like you are ignorant, is that Sonia Gandhi was pushed into occupying the chair when Kesari had gone to the loo! This is the kind of demaocratic traditions and dignity of labour your party is boasting of.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Changing the goal posts again, eh! Now your grouse is that she replaced a SC for the post of the President and when he had gone to the loo. So be it. You do not approve of it, go take a walk. The public at large thinks otherwise. Any more grouses why she should not be the President?

    If the manner in which became the President of the Party was not correct and was an issue, then surely the public would have rejected the party. Trust you trying to make an issue out of a non-issue.

    I can understand as to why you prefer people like Sitaram Kesri to head the party, so that you beloved party has slightly better chance at the hustings.

    Again I must laugh. You are so concerned about democratic traditions of the Congress Party. Which party has democratic traditions? I understand your convenience at pointing a finger at others (remember when you do so, three fingers point towards you) – double standards and doublespeak. Look at your own. Nothing moves (not even a bird can flap a wing) without the prior express approval of Mohan Bhagwat and his fellow pracharaks. Which democratic tradition was followed in appointing Nitin Gadkari as the President? Was there an election? Go take another walk.

    The other ridiculous conclusion you and your types keep reaching (cannot blame you though knowing your mindset) that criticising the RSS/BJP means a person is a Congress person or in its payroll. Here I go again, LOL. Do not approve of me using the term, Take another walk.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Correction

    Nothing moves (not even a bird cannot flap a wing) without the prior express approval of Mohan Bhagwat and his fellow pracharaks.

    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Satish,

    “If the manner in which became the President of the Party was not correct and was an issue, then surely the public would have rejected the party.”

    This only proves my point as nothing else does, that far from the “public” rejecting her, the “public” simply adores her, because she has white skin. I am glad you have accepted my point.

    “When Nitin Gadkari can be foul-mouthed, why not these underlings?”

    Nitin Gadkari appears very civilised in his comment, compared, Satish, to your madame presidente, the white-skinned, who said, in a very civilised manner, “Vajapayeeji ki dimagee haalat theek nahin hai”.

    Was she not, you may argue, without the ‘aides’, hangers on, speech writers, etc, when she was asked to make a comment, off-the-cuff as it were? You may also say, she may be excused, because she is not used to the Indian tameez, tehzeeb etc. I agree. But, you see, Satish, an abuse is an abuse.

    I also find, a compulsive, obsessive disorder in you when you laugh at all things laughable or serious and when you use LOL, so obsessively often.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    BVS

    If you do not know, which I suspect you do not – laughter is the best medicine. As they say, do not take life too seriously, you are not going to get out of it alive.

    You can keep changing the goal posts. Now it is her white skin that is rankling you. First bar maid, then replacing a SC (when he was in the loo) and now white skin, with speech writers, hanger ons and aides. You are doing very fine. We can have very long list of grouses (they also happen to be reasons as to why the people adore her) you have against her in due course. The simple fact is that the public prefers her to others in spite of ‘negatives’ you keep adding up, which the public gives two hoots to. This is the reality you cannot run away from. Of course, you are welcome to wail and whine..

    Talking about the use of foul language, I do not recall you using it, but your Hindutvawadi comrade-in-arms, Rajeev, he takes the cake. One wonders if he would use the same language in presence of his parents and family. As far as Gadkari is concerned, you seem to have a selective memory. Go back in time and check out what he had to say about other political parties and leaders. No wonder he had to apologise on both the occasions. (very rare instances, when the BJP chooses to apologise).

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    BVS

    Only if you all spent as much time in finding and more important admitting the shortcomings in the ideology/party/heroes you worship and see that things set right, as trashing others, it will do a world of good to democracy in India. Nobody is perfect. We need a good and responsible party, other than the Congress, which can be a good opposition or even come to power if the people choose so. No B-team of Congress. Whether you like it or not, the BJP has failed to refashion itself to fill this slot.

    The outbursts and rants against Congress, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, etc. is not going to pay any dividends (except allowing you to let off steam). They will be rewarded or punished by the electorate for their actions in the elections.

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    This is the world of Indian politics. What you have written is called political grand standing or some ‘tu-tu main-main’. All parties indulge in it.

    Yes, I am interested other incidents too. let us ee what you come up with.

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  • B.V.SHENOY

    Satish Haldankar,

    “Great. You can call your blog – Bigotry Unlimited.

    Will you allow me to post comments?”

    How do you like ’sycophancy unchained’?
    or ‘white skin servility exposed’?

    Yes, you are most welcome to post oyur comments, but please, Satish, spare me and the other readers the LOLs and other repetious slogans.

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  • http://- Rajeev

    It looks like SADI SABJI has hired paid agent Satish Harlundkar to defend her sorry arse.

    She is paid journos and doesn’t deserve any respect.

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    Ganesh S Reply:

    Wow what a lovely language !!! Wonder if you would have said the same thing if your mother or sister had different views on issues.

    Everyone who differs with you is PAID !!! You are the SOLE CUSTODIAN of BHARATIYA ASMITA an introduction to which you just gave by your language and words !!!

    And I am told BHARATIYA SANSKRITI is safe in hands of people like you!!!

    Here is a lesson for likes of Mr Shenoy too.A classic example of what happens to people when they commit the ULTIMATE CRIME – i.e. have another view.

    Wonder if such flowery words should be reported to leaders of that party like Ms Swaraj who never stopped issuing homilies on protecting a woman s image when she was Information and Broadcasting Minister.

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Ganesh

    You expect these Hindutvawadis to be civilised? When Nitin Gadkari can be foul-mouthed, why not these underlings? Like leaders, like followers. Plus it is understandable as to why they resort to such uncilvilised language – when discomforted in trying to defend the indefensible.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Ganesh S,
    What is wrong with my langauge…U congressi just make up things.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    Is Sujata on Pawar’s payroll? Almost 80% of her blog have some reference to Pawar mostly defensive of Pawar.

    I find her fatal attraction for Pawar amusing… Why is she so attracted to Ugly corrupt Pawar?

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    Ganesh S Reply:

    Buddy Rajiv,

    Why do you read her writings when you lack the intelligence to understand the BIGGER point she makes in her overall references to Pawar.

    The truth is Maharashtra will NEVER progress unless Pawar finally is dealt with politically.By the way he is too big for BJP.Dont worry Congress will deal with him.

    Rajeev Reply:

    Read between the lines..Sujata seems to be in love with Pawar and his politics.

    You are right that only Congress (big goonda) can fix smaller NCP (small goonda). By the way both parties work closely with Dawood Ibrahim and his henchmen.

    Are you too with Dawood? What role did you play in 26/11? Did you host Kasab in you house?

    Raj Reply:

    How were those comments about your words made up? They are on every HT blog in cold print– you comment and abuse even in terms that do not suit the blog or the occasion. Pardon me, sir, but your slip ( or should I say banian? ) is showing!

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    Rajeev Reply:

    U high on drugs? Sober up please.

    Sona Reply:

    Are you able to come out openly with your own identity onto a public platform and repeat those words for all to hear, Rajeev?

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  • http://- Rajeev

    Satish and Ganesh know in their hearts that Congress corruption is indefensible but they will try it anyway by bashing BJP and pro-BJP guys.
    This is just ‘offense is best defence’ strategy employed by paid agents of congress. Sujata finds super corrupt pawar squeaky clean..and these two jerks think SOnia is some saint who is allowing mass loot of this country for some great purpose.

    These trolls come up with TINA factor. No one has forgotten how share market crashed when NDA lost the power to Congress and lackeys.

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    Ganesh S Reply:

    So now I have become a JERK !!! Lovely words these.

    Let me tell you what people like me know in our HEARTS

    We know that :

    1.Your party will NEVER come to power unless its vision gets broader
    2.Corruption in Congress will be dealt with by the people and the law – certainly not by jokers like
    you
    3.Keep screaming hoarse about Sonia and Rahul – the more you scream it will be good for
    your lungs because THERE IS THERE WAS AND THERE WILL BE NOTHING because
    NOTHING IS THERE ANYWAY

    By the way,what I said about your language seems to have JERKED you.Sorry about that.

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    Rajeev Reply:

    [1.Your party will NEVER come to power unless its vision gets broader.]
    BJP is not my party. It lost power because it became just like Congress, shameless and corrupt but on a smaller scale. BJP needs to show that it is not a copy of CHOR congress.

    [2.Corruption in Congress will be dealt with by the people and the law – certainly not by jokers like you.]
    I long for the day when Sonia and Rahul will be hung upside down like Mussolini. We can not allow fascist to rule India.

    [3.Keep screaming hoarse about Sonia and Rahul – the more you scream it will be good for
    your lungs because THERE IS THERE WAS AND THERE WILL BE NOTHING because
    NOTHING IS THERE ANYWAY]
    Both have killed democracy in Congress, encourage mass corruption. They will be dealt by people…your kind of people will continue to vote for these fascists for vested interest.

    [By the way,what I said about your language seems to have JERKED you.Sorry about that.]
    I knew congressis are con-artists. You guys just make up things out of thin air.

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    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    You wrote -
    BJP is not my party. It lost power because it became just like Congress, shameless and corrupt but on a smaller scale

    Perhaps less corrupt, agreed. But was more deadly (pun intended), when it orchestrated Gujarat 2002.

    Ganesh S Reply:

    I am wondering why no representative of that great SALVATION PARTY that is supposed to deliver us Indians from all our troubles is being allowed to share dias with Anna Hazare,the crusader.Before the Shenoys and Rajivs of these columns get anatomical about my comments,let me put on record that I SUPPORT ANNA HAZARE – whether he is in Ralegaon Siddhi or at Jantar Mantar.

    Having said it,I want this government to give him enough SPACE and POWER to influence the Lok Pal Bill.Anna is,was and will be a master of his own mind.No one cant influence or instigate him.I have just one question.Why is that Swami Agnivesh included with him.Swami Agnivesh has been a virulent and vocal supporter of Naxal attacks on innocents.He is totally one sided and is BLIND to reason.What is HE doing there?

    Of course the credibility of this government and the party rests on how effectively they deal with corruption,let us not forget that it is THIS government that gave the RTI Act,the RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT and a most effective FOREST RESOURCES OWNERSHIP ACT – the last being accepted within 24 hrs of the demand by the same Anna Hazare.

    Why is government dragging its feet here ? Even BJP apart from making routine noise of support has maintained what can be described as an interested SILENCE.The reason is simple – the entire political class feels threatened by this – all parties included.

    We do not need Lok Pal Bill as a toothless wonder.What is Parliament’s relevance ? What is Supreme Court relevance ? Anna might be right in imputing motives to politicians and say that civil society needs to have its effective voice heard and included in the draft of Lok Pal Bill but for the draft to override even Supreme Court is something which NO GOVERNMENT – Congress or BJP or any other party will ever agree.If that is the case,then we might as well throw the Constitution away.In formulating such ROMANTIC scripts ,who is advising Anna Hazare ?The likes of Swami Agnivesh ? whose loyalty to Indian Constitution itself is questionable and who supports those who want to weaken India – like Naxalites – openly ?This is something for Anna Hazare to reflect.

    THIS is the reason why Government is not excited about this RANG DE BASANTI approach and THIS is also the reason why responsible opposition parties like BJP and Left have NOT openly joined this movement.

    All the same,let me as an Indian citizen proclaim my joy at what Anna Hazare is doing.Whatever is the outcome one thing is clear – the people of India have served the political class the most eloquent notice.Ignore this notice at your own peril.

    It is an uprising of conscience.After a long time,that simple entity called citizen feels that little helpless.

    Although I am a Congress supporter,I wish to ask the Prime Minister one question.Why are you bothered SO MUCH about who is supporting or instigating Anna Hazare ? Instead let me ask you WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT BOTHERED WHEN ALL KINDS OF ROTTEN MIDDLEMEN,SHADY LOBBYISTS AND DALALS WITH WADS OF MONEY TRY TO INFLUENCE YOUR POLICIES ? Come on Mr Prime Minister,even if the likes of Swami Agnivesh are supporting Anna,they are surely not as EVIL.They are at least BONA FIDE -even in their beliefs.

    Congress,its government,Sonia with her National Advisory Council need to make the most important choice – either they understand and are sensitive to the INTENT of people like Anna Hazare ? or – yes this is a Congress supporter saying – be condemned forever to history because history is not going to forgive you for letting the people of India down.

    I wish to add my voice to what Mr Arvind Kejdiwal said on TV – humko bewaqoof samjha hai kya ?

    And yes,before I am attacked and torn to pieces again,let me invite my fellow citizens like Shenoy and Rajeev to ensure that their own party too is put on notice on this issue.

    We always think and write Congress or BJP in these columns.For a change,let us think and talk India.

    Jai Anna Hazare
    Jai Hind

    Satish Haldankar Reply:

    Rajeev

    You wrote

    These trolls come up with TINA factor. No one has forgotten how share market crashed when NDA lost the power to Congress and lackeys.

    However, you have forgotten one little fact or chosen not to mention it (as it will trash your your ‘earth shattering’ statement totally ) – the crash was triggered by the brokers themselves, who were/are close to the RSS/BJP and not by the investors. These brokers like the BJP’s hallucinating netas (all that India Shining, etc.) could not come to terms that NDA was kicked out by the electorate. BTW, the TINA factor was in play in 2009 too. You are welcome to fool yourself in believing anything.other than what I have mentioned, as Ganesh has rightly said, you have still to grow out of juvenile existence. Good luck.

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  • Ganesh S

    Profile of a BJP supporter ?

    Mmmm cant thinkof much to say except for that someone as BRAINY,as BRILLIANT,as CULTURED,as OPEN MINDED as YOU !!!!!!!!

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    Rajeev Reply:

    This brainy and cultured guy gives employment to people like you and what do you do in return. You support corruption and Islamic terrorism against India.

    Congress, Pakistan, LeT, ISI, IM are on one side and Indian nation on one side…that’s the equation today.

    You and Harlundkar are worst than LeT terrorist. LeT terrorist only kill hundreds whereas congress paid agents like you kill million by support CONGRESS LOOT.

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  • http://- Rajeev

    Looking at pathetic attempts of paid congress agents Harlundkar and Ganesh S, I remember Gabbar Singh’s dialogue in SHOLAY “Thakur (Sujata) ne Hizadon ki fauj banayi hai”.

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    Sona Reply:

    But dont forget, it was the Thakur who won out in the end!

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    Rajeev Reply:

    True…So you mean to say Sujata will win against anti-corruption forces.
    How much did you get from Sujata?

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    Sona Reply:

    In case you need reminding, the Thakur in Sholay was supposed to be on the good side. Gabbar singh was the evil one. So you got your comparison wrong from the start. Wont follow others to point out how you guys jump to all the wrong conculsions, but dont u think getting your facts wrong and talking to hear only your own voice (or in this instance writing without a thought only to see your name in print) damages your own cause?

    Rajeev Reply:

    But you should know it was Gabbar SIngh who stole the show in Sholay. Today everyone remembers sholay due to Gabbar Singh.

    Sujata is on wrong side but it is more like Shikhandi side… Hizadon ki fauj..I hope you are not one of those.

  • shikha

    Let us support Anna Hazare in whatever ways we can !! Let us pledge to practice good citizenship ourselves and support this old man in his fight against corruption !!
    We do not need overrated and leader less youth icons . Each of us are a youth icon in our own unique ways and if not we can be one. Let us keep our national interests above our personal and political vendetta !!
    JAI HIND !!

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    Sona Reply:

    Very moving, Shikha!

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    which part of the post was ‘moving’ which part, Sona?

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    Rajeev Reply:

    A congressi was moved…. Nice joke indeed..People like SOna, Satish are inherently corrupt people who can’t see congressi corruption. These people have vested interest in keeping congress in power.

    Rajeev Reply:

    Shikha,
    I am convinced HT journos like Sujata and Sharma will dig out something on Anna Hazare to discredit him. Tehelka may already be working on some kind of conspiracy theory.
    I feel Anna Hazare will be declared a Sanghi soon and implicated in some blast case.

    This country is now in the hands of fascists and their media slaves.

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    Saarthak Reply:

    Well said Shikha. I’m sure he has the full support of all self-respecting Indians

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  • Sona

    Oh but I thought these types were all bloodless individuals with just some zafrani running in their veins!

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