Manmohan Singh and Sonia and high corruption
Headlines Today stood up and announced it still had journalistic integrity and fearlessness. It is incredible that middlemen are involved in ministry allocations. This is where the phony capitalist corporate pipelines empty into the political sumps.
Here is an excerpt from MJ Akbars article in Arab News “How much sleaze can you spare, brother”
Because both knew that Raja, as telecom minister in the first UPA Cabinet, was involved in a rip-off of incredible proportions. The Bofors allegations, which damaged the Congress in the 1980s, amounted to Rs64 crore. This 2G scam is said to be of the order of over Rs 60,000 crore or a thousand times that of Bofors. If you want to understand the scale of this rip-off, think of this. Sonia Gandhi has been pressing government to provide food security for those below the poverty line. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said government does not have the resources to do so. The cost of a year’s food security is far less than Rs 60,000 crore.
The unambiguous fact is that Singh and Gandhi were aware of this, but chose silence because the price of disclosure would have been the collapse of government. DMK has leveled a cash pistol at the head of government, and the head has nodded in acquiescence because the alternative was to watch its brains being blown up. DMK blackmail has worked, and would have continued to do so but for the integrity of some journalists.
Source : Arab News
What is remarkable is how the media has immunized Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, and P.Chidambaram from any and all corruption. It was not like this back in the early 90’s. The scams of today yield Bofors kickbacks in simple interest everyday. Except a few media houses, no one follows this story. Sure, NDTV and CNN-IBN report it but they dont follow it.
It is heartening that Headlines Today’s efforts were recognized by a large section of the media.
For what it is worth, Reality Check and like minded blogs would like to congratulate Headlines Today and its intrepid reporter Priyamvada for keeping traditions of investigative journalism alive.
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