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UPA round up ! June 16, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in geo-politics, image, media, politics, weird.
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The Indian Express does it twice in a row – either someone out there has a great sense of humor or just plain poor web design skills/presence of mind. What is the purpose of this picture ?

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Look you guys at the Express – you are still my favorite newspaper, but don’t work hard to erode that goodwill. Also its not like you have to have some picture there. Its okay if your photographer ( Anil Sharma in this case ) just had a bad day, we all do every once a while.On second thoughts, in the light of what Ms. Patil has to say, this picture seems only naughty.

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And then ofcourse there is the Indian Government’s statement in the story alongside :

He said he had made it clear to his Chinese counterpart that ‘it is extremely difficult for any Indian government adhering to the Constitution’ to ‘give up any part of the country which is regularly sending its elected representatives to the state Assemblies and the sovereign Parliament’.

[ Emphasis mine. ]

Pray ! Is it supposed to be read thus :

He said he had made it clear to his Chinese counterpart that (unfortunately) ‘it is extremely difficult (even though we would love to) for any Indian government adhering to the Constitution’ to ‘give up any part of the country…..

Again emphasis mine.

Some self-respecting government this !

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I came upon this old article written by Mani Shankar Aiyer back in Nov 1997. Its mostly about Chidambaram. After all that written, they are now colleagues – Chidambaram, one of the senior most ministers and Mani in a ministry that most blog readers will not recall. Some thick skin there, Mani. That last line of the article alone is ordinarily sufficient to see the irony. ( Not to speak of the article title itself )

Remember Yogi Berra’s – Its not over until its over ?

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1. Rajaram Kamath - June 21, 2007

That was a great find man! What an article!! Chidambaram supposedly Sonia’s bete noir and now her finance minister!! I kind of remember reading these columns by Aiyar and Chidambaram those days.
But then that was 10 years back.
But what about 1999 and now, when the very DMK, which was indicted in the Jain report and was the cause of the fall of the Gujral govt, is an ally of Sonia’s Congress!! No bigger example of lack of morality in Indian politics. You accuse someone of their involvement in your leader and husband’s assaination and then tie up with them within a year for power. Politics, indeed, creates strange bedfellows!!

2. Sharath Rao - June 23, 2007

Great find it is man, it is …I know few ppl who would appreciate such trivia 😉 ..glad u read it ..


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