Confounding the confused



A good friend of mine, who has watched Indian politics from the inner circles of more than one political party, once told me, “The nature of the people in this country is such that they never endorse anyone who openly expresses the desire to become the Prime Minister of India.

Sharad Pawar was desperate to become PM and he was pipped to the post by PV Narasimha Rao. Similarly, LK Advani was overtaken thrice — once by Atal Behari Vajpayee and twice by Manmohan Singh.”

What then does one say about Rahul Gandhi openly discounting his desire to be Prime Minister and Narendra Modi throwing his own hat into the ring the same day?

But while we might leave it to 2014 to decide their futures, I must say I was highly amused by BJP spokespersons scurrying for the dictionary to look up the meaning of the word ‘compassion’ which , of course, means the same thing in all the Indian languages and indeed in every dictionary in the world. However, I should not have been surprised that compassion escapes the BJP as it did Advani in 1992 when he brought down the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and set off a chain of terrorist attacks in India (still ongoing) against Hindus as it did Modi ten years later in 2002 when he presided over the killings and gang rapes of thousands of innocent Muslims and both haven’t yet said they are sorry – which is the primary meaning of compassion in everyday life for the less fortunate among us.

Compassion escapes Narendra Modi even today when he criminalizes farmers in his own state, at the behest of multinational water companies, for drawing the water from their own wells and throwing them in the slammer when they do not understand. And compassion also goes out of the window when he displaces thousands of tribals to benefit a crony capitalist to set up a cement company on water rich agricultural lands. He lacks compassion again when he has disposes off rivals like Hiren Pandya with a ruthlessness rarely seen even in the BJP.

So while BJP spokespersons might have thought that giving offence to Rahul Gandhi might be the best form of defending their party their bad natured quarrelling with Congress spokespersons tells me that in their backrooms they might already have conceded defeat to the Congress at the 2014 elections. Not simply because Rahul Gandhi’s address to the Confederation of Indian Industry charmed most of their own donors – and awakened them to the possibility that their businesses might suffer rather than prosper under a divisive force and communal disharmony at the next elections – but also because three of the four Ms of Indian politics – Mulayam (Singh Yadav), Mamata Banerjee and (Narendra) Modi seem hell bent upon giving the Congress that advantage.

Mulayam’s flirtations with LK Advani combined with the killing of a Muslim police officer in Uttar Pradesh by a cabinet minister in his own son’s government  has not endeared his party to a core voter base without which he cannot hope to do as well as he did at the Assembly polls in 2012. Friends in Calcutta tell me the anti-Left secular vote in West Bengal is most certainly going to be mopped up by the Congress next year because of Mamata’s repeated outrageous acts, including dismissing rapes  as a Left conspiracy against her and the death of a student in police custody as a trivial and petty matter. And Narendra Modi has just snatched the advantage of a moral victory over the Congress by his enormously one-sided Lokayukta bill that is more a joke than an attempt to stop corruption. The terms of the bill clearly demonstrate  he is afraid of corruption being exposed in his state  and that he means to squash all attempts in that direction leaving even the BJP in no position to formulate a whitewash.

Meanwhile, I am quite enjoying the spectacle of the Congress’s attempts at confounding the confused BJP, though I do not know why we in the media are not able to see through the deliberate veil of confusion that is being spun by the Congress, starting with the Prime Minister’s one-liners like “I am not ruling myself in, I am not ruling myself out,” as PM candidate at the next elections. Then, again, the divergent views of two Congress general secretaries of the stature of Digvijaya Singh and Janardhan Dwivedi would not have come into the public domain without a good deal of thought having gone into this  attempt at deliberate confusion over the existence of two power centres in the UPA.

Once upon a time we used to accuse the BJP of speaking in many voices to confuse the nation about their policies and ideology. It is interesting to see that today while the BJP is struggling to pin its future on one face – and  one voice  rising above all others – the Congress is deliberately muddying the waters, leaving  the party  and particularly Modi looking too eager and too much in of a hurry to jump the gun.

I do not care how the BJP makes a laughing stock of itself but I would not like  us in the media to be smirked at by the Congress as I am sure they are now doing behind closed doors  even as they make polite interventions  against the cacophonous BJP spokespersons and leave them to catch their breath in the television studios while all of them exit (or enter) halfway through the BJP diatribes and tirades.

Nevertheless, with the countdown soon beginning, it will be interesting to see if my friend is right about people with ambition to become Prime Minister of India never being allowed to get the top government job in the country!

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  • http://twitter.com/AnilAarush ANIL KUMAR

    Paid journalism at his best: Rahul will sacrifice accountability like his mummy right nope all drama aside he has already sent his satraps too tell media nto to read much into docunting PM desire he very much wants it..

    OTOH Nanrendra MOdi said sabkp rastra ka karj chukana chahiye.. nwo this statment for hacks like u becomes desperate desire for PM chair..
    continue public sab jaanti hai tum media choron ka khel

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  • R Kumar

    What is this Sujata by reading your blog it is evident that you are a handsomely paid agent of congress. Are you a God to decide who will become PM of this nation. If media can make and unmake PM then you can also become a PM. Why don’t you try.

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  • Arun Madhav

    I am not confused. I will vote for NaMo come 2014. Just read an article “Narendra Modi through the Eyes of Gujarati Muslims, Christians and…” at manushi.in and the account is an eye opener on who is biased, who is doing business using identity politics!

    And it is journalistic / criminal dishonesty to not acknowledge the content of the article I mentioned above. It is quite frustrating to try and awaken a person who is pretending to sleep. I give up on that. But I will vote for NaMo in 2014.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Will Modi be contesting from your constituency? If not, will you be voting for the candidate who is best for your constituency or a chap who may actually vote against Modi in favor of Sushma, Jaitley or Advani… Think about it.

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    Arun Madhav Reply:

    I can sense your sincere advice. But, I thought about it, and have made up my mind, and you will see that any doubts on modi is bjp/bjp is modi will melt away soon.

    And what is your opinion on the article that I posted – if you happened to read it? Did it appear sincere to you [like it does to me] or you think that the article is just a brilliant con job? Why did congress collude with vhp_&_keshubhai to oust Modi – [which is quite well documented not only in the article, but even in TOI and other mainstream media, which gleefully reported how Modi is going to be defeated because both VHP and congress are coming together to do that "sacred job"]. What is the motive of congress, basically? Sickening.

    The point I am trying to make is simple. The so called modi fanboys genuinely believe Modi did all he can to stop the riots. Articles such as what I mention above are testimony. But the other side is quite dishonest, because it blatantly lies, quotes untruth and brazenly brushes away what we regard as proof. And on such dubious lies, rests the entire edifice of anti-Moditva. Its come to so much that he is being watched 24/7 in order to catch him doing something wrong. That dishonesty is going to hit the mainstream media, harder than its going to hit congress, which awaits its judgement in 2014.

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  • Mangaluru Huduga

    Not only the voters, even the destiny does not favour those who are all consumed by a burning desire to be a prime minister or a president. It’s true of other countries as well.

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  • Sapna Narang

    As long as HT has mediocre and biased Journalists, they can say good bye to any kind of respectability. I am more confounded by how this woman is an editor?

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  • rakesh

    we read similar pearls of wisdom from Ms. Anandan who based on her “ear to the ground” had predicted a rout for BJP in Gujarat.

    btw ms. anandan should we be educated on compassion by congressmen who after orchestrating 1984 came out with their seismic theory

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Which 1984????? This is what MSM says.

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  • AshishC

    though I do not know why we in the media are not able to see through the deliberate veil of confusion that is being spun by the Congress….
    That’s simple. The rest of the media has not yet, totally, absolutely mortgaged their brains and suspended disbelief. When they see confusion, they call it.
    When Janardan D and Diggy speak in different voices, they are hoping to confuse BJP. Of course, no one else in the country other than BJP folks are exposed to the spectacle of “I am in/ I am out”.
    Smart! And it takes a brainless idiot to appreciate the special brand of Congressi smart.

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  • Anonymous

    You can add a couple more who had stated ambitions to become PM – but never did – N T (D)Rama Rao & Babu Jagjivan Ram.

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  • Javed

    she farted her opinion during guj elections also. she predicted Modi would lose

    actually she has nothing to lose incl credibility

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  • Javed

    she farted her opinion during guj elections also. she predicted Modi would lose

    actually she has nothing to lose incl credibility

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  • Anonymous

    I must say that Sujatha Anandan has once again exceeded my expectation. It looks like she is totally deluded and believes that Congress will come back to power again. Only the very corrupt can hope for such a evil fate on India.

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  • duggal

    Basmati Rice & Feku Modi :
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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! In India people love thalis. If we
    Indians need to have rice atleast once a day. But I was not happy with
    the quality of rice in India. In my Gujarat, we did lot of research to
    improve the quality of rice. Finally we came up with a long grained
    variety of rice. We called it “Basmati Rice”. My Brothers and Sisters
    and Mothers ! Today Gujarat is No 1 in exporting Basmati Rice to all
    over the World : Feku Modi

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  • duggal

    BiCycle & Feku Modi :
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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! One day I was walking down the
    road. It was a long walk. I had not taken my glass of Lion milk. So I
    was a little tired. Then I saw a ball rolling past me. I tried to catch
    but couldn’t. Then an idea struck my mind. If I put two balls together
    and a rod on them, then I can sit. The balls will roll and I can travel
    faster without getting tired ! My Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! I
    hurriedly went back to my office. I called all the space scientists from
    ISRO and we designed a brand new product. I am proud to say that the
    “BiCycle” that you see everywhere is my invention !! : Feku Modi

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  • duggal

    Agni Missiles & Feku Modi :
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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! You all know how we celebrate
    Diwali. In Gujarat we really go mad with fire crackers. On one
    particular Diwali ( Sorry I can’t remember the year ) my nephew ( I am
    married but unmarried ) came to me and asked me to help him with a
    Rocket. I put the rocket in a bottle and lit a match stick. The Rocket
    went up with a great speed and then boom ! ! I thought if we do same
    thing in a bigger way, our country can be really safe from Pakistan and
    China. I summoned Kalam and briefed him about my grand missile plan.
    After few months Kalam came up with the Agni Missile plan. I must say
    Kalam did a decent job. My Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! I am proud
    to inform you that Agni Missile is a 100% Gujarati idea : Feku Modi

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  • duggal

    Lijjat Pappad & Feku Modi :
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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers. One day one illiterate rustic woman
    came to me for some help. I told her I like Pappad and asked her if she
    could prepare pappad for me. She said ” Le Jhat se “. What she meant
    was that she could give me Pappad very quickly. But that phrase ” Le
    Jhat se ” stuck to my mind…. I kept on repeating ” Le Jhat se “….” Le Jhat se “….” Le Jhat se “…”Le jhat”…..”Le jat”…”Lejat”……”Lijjat”…yes “”Lijjat” !!!!! What a brand name ! My Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! I asked her to sell
    Pappad under “Lijjat Pappad” brand ! My Brothers and Sisters and
    Mothers !! Can you believe ? Today Lijjat Pappad has more than 600 crore
    rupees turnover ! : Feku Modi

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    darpok_pappu_ka_chamcha Reply:

    Think of the jhatkas your mom did to get you out… you ****.

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  • duggal

    Aeroplane & Feku Modi :
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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers. One day I was enjoying the morning
    breeze in my garden. I saw a bird sitting 3′ feet away. Suddenly there
    was some noise and the bird flew away. I kept on watching the bird
    flying away. It was so mesmerizing to see the bird flying away into the
    cloud. Suddenly I developed an urge to fly in the cloud. But how can a
    man fly ? The man does not have wings ! Then I thought if one fixes two
    wings then one can fly !! I SMSed my distant cousin Wright Brothers.
    They left their biCycle workshop and came running to me. We discussed my
    flying idea over hundreds of kg of pakodas and gallons of tea. Then
    they came up with a blueprint that is tiday known as Aeroplane. My
    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! this humble idea of aeroplane was
    manufactured here in Gujarat ! : Feku Modi

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  • darpok_pappu_ka_chamcha

    PAPPU RELIEF FUND ANNOUNCED!

    After the terrific drubbing he got from Modi, Pappu chose to retire. However his chamchas want him to be there as their rozi roti depends on his dumbness!

    So let us all make a Pappu relief fund and all the dumbest pro Pappu comments will be donated free there!!!!

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  • darpok_pappu_ka_chamcha

    Your slavery to congress largesse is so apparent. Here is asentence which says it all.

    I do not care how the BJP makes a laughing stock of itself but I would not like us in the media to be smirked at by the Congress as I am sure they are now doing behind closed doors even as they make polite interventions against the cacophonous BJP spokespersons and leave them to catch their breath in the television studios while all of them exit (or enter) halfaway/

    Say it with Pride– you are a paid Congress journo

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  • duggal

    A Small Car & Feku Modi :

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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! When Suzuki was looking for a place
    to manufacture a new small car in India, they chose Gujarat to setup
    their first factory in India. This named this small car – “Maruti” : Feku Modi

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    duggal Reply:

    They named this small car – “Maruti”

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  • duggal

    China & Feku Modi :

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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! You all know why I could not become
    the PM of India before. But I have no regrets. I implemented all my
    ideas in China with the help of a friendly Govt. in China and see where
    China is today ! : Feku Modi

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  • duggal

    Tulsi & Feku Modi :

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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! Today you will find hindu mothers and
    sisters all over the country worshipping Tulsi plant in their
    courtyard. It’s possible because of a Gujarati woman – Tulsi : Feku Modi


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  • duggal

    Chicken & Feku Modi :

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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! You must have heard Punjabis love
    Butter Chicken. Wherever you go in Delhi you see Punjabis chewing on
    Tandoori
    Chicken, Butter Chicken Chicken Tikkam Afgani Chicken….. You will be
    happy to know Gujarat supplies 93.21% chickens to Delhi and Punjab. :
    Feku Modi

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  • Nikunj Shah

    All her blogs are pro-Congress …check all her blogs and you will realise..Ms. Anandan’s blogs are always pro-Congress…she’ll criticize Subramaniam Swamy, Anna Hazare, Kejriwal, BJP or any other element that goes against Congress…She is okay with the fact that Rajiv Gandhi did not stop killings of innocent Sikhs in 1984 but demands strictest punishment for Modi. All her articles are aimed at ”influencing” masses from desisting from supporting Modi. She is fine with scams like 2G, CWG etc perpetrated by Congressmen, but if there are any wrongdoings of Modi, she won’t spare him. ( Check her previous blogs). She is okay with the arrogance of Sheila Dixit but if Modi shows arrogance, she’ll keep on writing about it. And she wants Congress to come back to power again. Heights of being pro-Congress..she is misusing her position of being a political editor of HT.

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    Taj Mahal & Feku Modi :
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    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers. One day Shahjahan was worried. I
    asked him ” What is the problem my friend?” He said ” Brother Modi ! I
    am thinking of creating a spectacular monument for my beloved. Do you
    think Red stone will be appropriate ?” I said ” Are you mad, My friend
    Shahjahan? I have made “a monument of love for my wife” in our village.
    This monument has wall-to-wall marble stone, a new kind of stone only
    available in Gujarat.” He said ” Are you telling me truth my brother
    Modi ? I said ” have I ever “fekued” before with you my brother
    Shahjahan?” He said ” Please send me marble stones tomorrow itself. I
    will transfer money online in just few minutes.” My Brothers and Sisters
    and Mothers ! He transferred money online to me,I sent marbles to
    Shahjahan. That’s how the beautiful Taj Mahal finally got built ! My
    Brothers and Sisters and Mothers ! Taj Mahal is Gujarat’s gift to this
    World : Feku Modi
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  • Shanicesmith

    In actual ways The Political Party have always confused that who can make a Prime Minister in the election of 2014?In the Media report said that Modi v/s Rahul gandhi and in someplace third front may come in Loksabha election .In actual ways voter are confused that vote are give to whom person.

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  • Friedasmith

    Its very Insult for the Indian Leader and Indian community .what any Asian and Indian community can be badly treated by the American Official ?

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  • Praveen Saxena

    I just read the most hilarious news in Sunita Aron’s blog . Shivpal Singh Yadav ..he is the younger brother of Mulyam Singh Yadav and Dy CM for friends who may not know about him ..has written a letter protesting Azam Khan’s frisking to Barrack Obama. the text of that letter must have been released to the Urdu Press…and it made their readers very happy .

    It would be another story that the letter returned undelivered ..”pata galat hai”

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