Dear Karan Thapar: What is the ‘hidden agenda’?
Ask me, I used to watch Devil’s Advocate ‘religiously’ till not so distant past. I remember watching PM (of course just another name sake, Pranab Mukherjee) frothing at corners of his mouth in the same program and so did enjoy watching Natwar Lal Singh squirm in the hot seat. BUT that were ‘ages’ ago. Alas!
As the CNN-IBN restricted self to the role of an ‘extended organ’ of Congress’ Media management Cell, so did ‘Devil’s Advocate’ kept pace with the changing times, I lost interest in both. (Karan if you care, then you’re ‘Sunday Sentiments’ too are a damp squib these days. Unpublished Editors Mail accumulated at ‘friendly’ Newspapers is surely indicative enough).
I happened to watch the first part of the ‘marathon’, interview with my ‘Revered Lord’ Shri Shri Amar Singh Ji Maharaj and courtesy my good friend barabarindians, watched this too. Disappointment is an understatement. Though, I stopped ‘admiring’ you some time back, the latest one is surely repulsive, if not outrageously ‘outrageous’. Coxing the King maker and extracting apologies! That too at the face of ‘ignoring’ all realities, unless you have a hidden agenda too! Expected better from you, Karan. Once you took pride in doing your home work before hand – I remember you writing this in Sunday sentiments, give me a breather shall recollect and point that to you.
May you become less ‘secular’ and more objective for your fast dwindeling admirers – this humble PI included- sake? Amen! I promise shall be back watching you and start rereading you. As on now I skip both you and Vir and prefer Inderjit Hazara, he is much more ‘readable’ than you two.
Devil’s way of pleasing 10 Janpath!
Devil’s Advocate, Karan Thapar, & his blatant contradictions with the sole intention of pleasing 10 Janpath
….it is amply clear that even with the support of the SP and the tacit support of the then President Late Shri K.R. Narayanan, it was highly unlikely that the Congress could have formed the government at the Centre in 1999. Since you are considered as one of the top notch journalists in the Indian media today, please get all your facts right and if possible consult your other peers like Shri Vir Sanghvi so that such blatant contradictions with the sole intention of pleasing 10 Janpath do not emerge.
– R. Ananthanarayanan
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From: R. Ananthanarayanan
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 1:37 PM
Subject: Devil’s Advocate (Interview with Shri Amar Singh)
Dear Shri Karan Thapar,
I refer to your interview in the latest edition of Devil’s Advocate with Shri Amar Singh, General Secretary of the Samajwadi Party telecast in CNN-IBN on 6th July 08.
Shri Amar Singh openly confessed in the interview in response to your question that it was a mistake on their part not to have backed Smt Sonia Gandhi for the post of Prime Minister in April 1999 after the fall of then Govt. led by Shri A.B. Vajpayee. Further He was goaded by you to apologise to the nation as this act had resulted in the NDA led by the BJP to rule the country for five more years.
However there appears to a basic dichotomy and twisting of facts, I do not know if you have watched the interview with Smt Sonia Gandhi in 2007 telecast in NDTV in the program “One on One” conducted by your good friend and editor of Hindustan Times Shri Vir Sanghvi.
To a question by Shri Vir Sanghvi, Smt. Sonia Gandhi informed that She had decided immediately on the fall of the Shri Vajpayee’s Govt. in 1999 that She would not become the Prime Minister and it would be Shri Manmohan Singh incase Congress forms the government in the Centre. It is another matter that her mother personally flew down from Italy immediately after fall of the Vajpayee government to witness the swearing-in-ceremony and Shri Sharad Pawar, Shri P.A. Sangma and Shri Tariq Anwar were expelled from the Congress a week thereafter only because they had requested Smt Sonia Gandhi in the CWC to publicly announce that She would not contest for the post of Prime Minister.
Even assuming that Smt Sonia Gandhi was speaking the truth to Shri Vir Sanghvi, your purpose of getting an apology from Shri Amar Singh and SP for not supporting her to become Prime Minister is ludicrous with the sole intention to mislead the viewers of the program.
Regarding your other question on SP being responsible for the continuation of BJP in power for the next five years till 2004, you may recollect that the govt. of Shri Vajpayee lost the confidence motion in 1999 by one vote (269-270). Those who voted against the confidence motion included Shri Saifuddin Soz of National Conference and Shri Giridhar Gamang of Congress. Shri Saifuddin Soz defied the party whip to vote against the confidence motion and was expelled from the party immediately thereafter. So it would not have been possible for him to vote again in favour of the Congress, regarding Shri Giridhar Gamang, there were strong objections before the confidence vote since He was also holding the post of M.L.A. in the Orissa Assembly apart from being a M.P. and hence He should not be allowed to vote. It would have been highly unlikely that He could have again cast his vote in favour of the Congress as his first vote in the confidence motion would have been challenged in the Court. Apart from the above, the Speaker Late Shri Balayogi belonged to the Telegu Desam, an ally of the BJP at that time and incase of a tie in the next confidence motion would have in all probability voted against the Congress.
Hence it is amply clear that even with the support of the SP and the tacit support of the then President Late Shri K.R. Narayanan, it was highly unlikely that the Congress could have formed the government at the Centre in 1999. Since you are considered as one of the top notch journalists in the Indian media today, please get all your facts right and if possible consult your other peers like Shri Vir Sanghvi so that such blatant contradictions with the sole intention of pleasing 10 Janpath do not emerge.
– R. Ananthanarayan
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Yes, You are right!
To: R. Ananthanarayanan
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 2:18 PM
Subject: Re: Devil’s Advocate (Interview with Shri Amar Singh)
Dear Mr. Anathanarayanan,
Many thanks for your email which I have read with interest.