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Manmohan Singh and Sonia and high corruption

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on May 9, 2010

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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  1. anonymous said, on May 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    i am not quite so sure about headlines today. A lady PR person got linked into their coverage and it happened close to a SC verdict on sharing gas between brothers. it could be attempt to get leverage by the other party. if i got their coverage right ( i do not watch any tv these days) they were harping on the taped phone conversation discussing ministry allocations – not anything about the auction itself.

  2. VARSHINI said, on July 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    GOVERNMENT MUST BE CHANGED…….THEY A GIVEN PROSPERITY BUT ALSO INCREASD THE CRIME LEVEL….EVERY WHERE THERE IS CORRUPTION..NOTHING TO BLAME THE GOVERNMENT.WE THE PEOPLE MUST TAKE SOME INITIATIVE…UNTIL WE CHANGE OURSELF NOTHING IS GONE A CHANGE….WE KNEW THAT THIS CORRUPTION AND AUTHORITIES WHO ARE DOING THIS CRIME..WHO TAKES A STEP TO BRING THEM TO THE COURT?….WE THE FUTURE INDIA ARE SAID TO TAK INITIATIVE FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT TAKE IDEAS FROM GOOD LEADERS AND ENTER INTO DEVOLPING PROGRESS…..THE PERSONS WHO ARE READY TO FACE THE CHALLANGE OF PROTESTING AGAINST WRONG AND IMMORAL ACTIVITIES WILL ENTER INTO POLITICS.

  3. subramanian said, on January 12, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Every Indian public is well aware of P.Chidambaram and his involvement in (Ratnagiri) Dabhol Power project amounting to more than 4000 crores. Regarding Manmohan singh all are now aware why he posted Kabil sibal in Raja’s place. Only to tell a lie otherwise why he has not denied what Kabil Sibal has said.Sonia’s link with Qutrochi family in Bofor’s deal is world famous. They are all surviving in India as Indian’s generally wait for their opportune day to throw them out silently.

  4. ash said, on March 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    These guys are pretending that don’t know anything. Coalition government is more important than nation. What to say 😦

  5. Shyam said, on July 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    true… not sure who said this, but it still rings true: Money is truthful. If a man speaks of his honor, make him pay cash.


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