The Congress party on Thursday served a legal notice to The New Indian Express for publishing what it called "wild allegations and sly insinuations" on the educational qualifications of party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi. "Deeply distressed by your wild allegations, sly insinuations and self-serving innuendos, all premised on complete falsehoods and steeped in malice, a notice is being issued," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters at the AICC headquarters in the capital.
The world, including India, maybe facing a severe economic crisis but it seems that the Indian political parties are immune to the global economic slowdown. According to a recently released survey of Centre for Media Studies, around Rs 10,000 crores (USD 2 billion) will be spent on Lok Sabha Polls 2009. This does not include the cost of conducting assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. What is surprising here is that the amount to be spent (USD 2 billion) is more than what US President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates spent on their campaigns.
Does it appeal to reason that against Rs. 700 crore of investment the nation should pay over Rs. 24,000 crore? If such are the rates, it will be better that Govt make lumpsum payment to the contractor by levying another cess of a rupee or two on every litre of petrol/diesel sold in the NCR to defray these expenses.
A bunch of self-styled guardians force themselves in a posh city pub and thrash women in the name of upholding our much-maligned and much-abused traditional Indian moral values. The incident portends the ominous truth that these are grave times indeed. A frenzied media went haywire in the aftermath of the ugly attack as social activists and ministers alike ranted against what they described as the 'Talibanisation of India'.
Let the Government not forget that in Mumbai-like situation where the terrorists are in their aggressive best and the Government might in its fiercest form, the media presence cannot be blocked in any healthy democracy. And there were no operational details that we were privy to. We had disseminated only that which was in public gaze and was most obvious.
As much as Barack Obama's win has fascinated India, the media has merely focused on one fact – his race and therefore so-called "minority" status. That has launched, with incredulous rancor, the hunt for a Bhartiya Obama who would be the winner of the single-greatest five-yearly reality TV event.