Even while Indian Courts are yet to assess whether the Evidence collected by invetigators appointed by India’s Supreme Court on material filed in the Smat Zakia Ahsan Jafri  and Citizens for Justice case make out a case to prosecute Narendra Modi, chief minister Gujarat and Cabinet Colleagues, Administratos and Policemen, a US based Magazine supposedly “liberal” and Brookings Institute collecvtively promote him as the promoter of inclusive development (sic) and a future national leader.

 Quite apart from the selective facts reflected in both pieces of work, the timing is significant. Weeks after the Tenth Anniversary of independent India’s worst ever anti minority carmage, during which Indian newspapers and periodicals accurately showcased the state of the victim community in Gujarat as also the progress of the cases, the fact that overall figures of Gujarat’s economic and social development have been manipulated exposes both exercises for the poor but highly motivated public relations exercises that they are.

Modi’s Regime not just in 2002 but over the past ten years typifies a post pogrom autocratic reality living within “democratic” numbers; lived fascism if you like. Both need to be protested even as we have questions about the sources. In the five years between 2004-05 and 2009-10, Gujarat’s per capita income nearly doubled from Rs32,021 to Rs63,961. In the same period its neighbour Maharashtra, the perceived languishing laggard, saw its per capita income grow from Rs35,915 to Rs74,027. Several states besides Gujarat have shown triple digit growth in their gross domestic product (the value of goods and services produced in a year) in recent years, and Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have bigger economies. Gujarat now runs a revenue deficit—it spends more than it earns—and its surplus has disappeared. Several other states have improved their fiscal positions meanwhile. Reforms? Five states passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act before Gujarat did in 2005, and 20 states preceded Gujarat in implementing value-added tax. Surplus power? Several states, including some in the North-East, have that. Agricultural growth? And did the Narmada project, which preceded Modi, have nothing to do with it?

Finally, TIME and BROOKINGS would do well to glance at the following



2. Dear Narendrabhai, Could You Please… …answer some questions?

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Is Vinod Mehta really this stupid or he just pretends to be stupid??

Vinod Mehta, the Editorial Chairman (read, retired but on extension) of OUTLOOK has of-late, been coming under heavy beating from the readers of the outlook.  The most sacked editor is now heckled further for being outspoken !!??!!!

Excerpts of “DELHI diary”:

An End Worn and Shiny

Is there a bums-on-seats prize? Starting Saturday right through till Tuesday, I sat in one studio close to 30 hours. With Arnab Goswami as the ringmaster at the Noida Times Now headquarters, a group of us self-styled pundits began a marathon poll analysis on the five state elections, especially UP. The extraordinary thing is that we had nothing concrete to debate, except on the morning of March 6 when the actual results came in. We had loo-breaks, kabab-breaks, leg-stretch breaks, otherwise in four- and five-hour sessions we blabbered non-stop. Scenarios (some quite bizarre) were conjured up breathlessly. Mayawati’s record was dissected threadbare. Rahul Gandhi’s performance and ‘what if’ speculations came under vigorous scrutiny. Akhilesh Yadav’s cycle wanderings provoked Freudian interpretation. Hot air, more hot air and even more hot air was generously tossed around, till the TV studio felt almost like a sauna.

What did we have to go on? Exit polls (always a dodgy exercise) constituted our sole ammunition. If a politician from a political party which had not done well according to the exit polls appeared on the screen, he or she in response to our most astute and forensic probing—based on the aforementioned exit polls—would simply say, “I can’t answer because I don’t agree with your exit polls.” A howl would go up from us ‘experts’. “But supposing they are true,” we would hit back. Still, the losing politician would insist on not giving any answers. “We will win 200 seats,” maintained Digvijay Singh on Sunday evening. And so the charade went on.

I hope Arnab sends me a fat cheque for all the quality wind I contributed to the panel discussions. And, of course, to compensate me for the many pairs of trousers whose bottoms got worn out on the Times Now studio chairs. Read full column on :

Here are some comments on his recent opp-back-coverpage column “DELHI diary”:

“Thus, one can say good-bye to any reform agenda.”

Is Vinod Mehta really this stupid or he just pretends to be stupid?? What reform agenda? The govt had a solid majority in 2009 and had enormous good will till the end of 2010 when 2G broke in a big way. What reform agenda was carried out in that one and half period? Zero.

So to lament about reform agenda now is extremely naive and stupid.


And, of course, to compensate me for the many pairs of trousers whose bottoms got worn out on the Times Now studio chairs.

How many pairs of trousers did you wear out in 30 hours? Unless the frequent ‘Kebab Breaks’ ended up producing the other type of  ‘hot air’  that can affect trousers?  In retrospect, since you endured hot air of every kind, verbal diahorrea and Arnab Goswami for 30 long hours, I guess you deserve that payment after all.


I guess you deserve that payment after all

But Arnab had to suffer him for 30 hours too. That’s Vinod’s payment.



This time around , Mr. Vinod Mehta , you except a fat cheque. Fair enough, since you have to endure the steam bath for as much as 30 hrs. Now  that you have let the  cat out of the bag , you better tell us how much is the standard pay cheque for your normal appearances . And who pays Suhel Seth ? The channels or  Niira Radia’s clients ?

Poor Pankaj ! He did  not  know what he is getting in to . Wait till he is told to tweet ‘ they din’t tell me ‘ or ‘I never knew’ or ‘its them, not me’.

Foreign Lords better not mess around with our own naughty Lord Krishna. If he start messing around with stolen sarees, those of us devout hindus will not spare him anywhichway.


(i) Bottoms Up could have been a sub-title for ‘An End Worn & Shiny’

(ii) Your description makes one interpret DYNASTY as Die-nasty!

(iii) So we have a lotus like Pankaj (Pachauri) in the backwaters of the PMO..


The column answers a question that has tantalised me for a long time : Do the worthies we see on the panel discussions on TV actually get paid or, like us humble posters, is the pleasure confined to seeing our views projected on a larger canvas ?


Do the worthies we see on the panel discussions on TV actually get paid

The answer, as Mr. Vinod Mehta now confirms, is in the affirmative. No more questions , Ashok Lal. Questions like if all of the payments are in the white , or what portions paid in the black , if TDS or service tax  applicable etc would be insensitive. After all in this case Vinod Mehta suffered that fool gladly for thirty long hours.


That means more fireworks in this forum!

But I hope no one says that he should not be writing it, like some stuck pigs were saying just yesterday about Satanic Verses.



And like a naive chap, I used to think that all the ‘pay’ that the journalists got, was free use of the media for propaganda on their own views ( anti-male, pro-reservation, etc. ) on the ways of the world!

Maybe it is time for us, ‘mere’ commentators ( who are only allowed to write what Outlook wants us to write ), to ask VM for a big fat pay cheque too?



Mr. Mehta, I appreciate your candid confession as to what you and other experts did in the 100-hours-100 per cent election coverage on the Times Now channel (Delhi Diary, Mar 19). Take care of your posterior that is in for some wear and tear now as you’re the editorial chairman of Outlook. Should I send you a cushion?



“as long as he can tap into the inner 10 year old, he is unlikely to walk away”

There could be nothing more ironic than India‘s navel-gazing TV channels having wall-to-wall coverage of Sachin Tendulkar‘s 100th international century on a night when the team’s abysmal bowling was exposed by Bangladesh – without a win against the big three in 28 previous Asia Cup matches.

The near grimace on Tendulkar’s face when he was presented with a memento at the post-match presentation said it all.

The path from No 99 has been among the rockiest he has ever traversed, but what will bother him most is that none of the last five three-figure knocks has resulted in an Indian victory. In that sense, he could be back in the mid-1990s, when he first started opening the innings in coloured clothes.

” sachin is peter pan of cricket in a fantasy land  !!! “

The biggest positive for India on a night, when their flaws with the ball were forensically exposed, will the end of the hysteria and hype around a record that no one considered seriously until the marketing men realised what a money-spinner they were on to.

To compare a Test century made on a lively Newlands pitch against Dale Steyn at his skilful best with a one-day hundred on a placid Sher-e-Bangla surface against modest Bangladeshi bowling borders on cricket sacrilege.

In the same way, you should not even talk of his brilliant CB Series hundred (2008) and an inconsequential Test ton against Sri Lanka [Ahmedabad, 2009] in the same breath.

But while the record itself may be an artificial construct, the effort that has gone into it is one of the wonders of the sporting world.

Ryan Giggs has been a Manchester United marvel for more than two decades now, but by the time he made his league debut in 1991, Tendulkar had already raised his bat to acknowledge the applause for his first century, at Old Trafford of all places.

That he is playing at all while approaching his 39th birthday is testament to both the wonders of modern medicine and an indomitable spirit forged in the tough-love school that was Mumbai cricket.

When Andrew Wallace operated on his shoulder in March 2006, after sections of his home crowd had booed him off on the final day of a Test defeat against England, Tendulkar was already a veteran of 132 Tests and 362 one-day internationals (ODIs).

The previous year, the same surgeon had fixed a tennis-elbow problem. Though only 33, a body that had been on the cricket treadmill since he was 10 appeared to be betraying him.

When we spoke as he was recovering, there was more than a hint of anxiety about the future. Poise and certainty had given way to self-doubt and insecurity.

“It’s not like a fracture where you know it’ll heal in four weeks,” he told me at the time. “It’s not easy to forget the injuries.

“There are times when you spend some time in the middle and the body complains. That’s when you need to hold back a bit and take it easy for a couple of practice sessions.”

At that stage, he had made 35 Test hundreds, and 39 in the ODI arena. No one was even thinking of 100.

There was no fairy tale return from the abyss either. He did not thrive under Greg Chappell and the two Test hundreds that he made in the 18 months after his return from surgery both came against Bangladesh.

The Indian summer that has followed has few equals in sport. Perhaps only John Elway, who won his first Super Bowl ring at the age of 37, has had such a fulfilling last act.

Tendulkar was nearly 38 when the World Cup was finally won, and his limitless enthusiasm was apparent from the way he turned up to optional practice in the days leading up to this Bangladesh game.

Some reckon that he will follow Rahul Dravid into retirement soon.

They are wrong.

As he grew older, Dravid’s life encompassed far more than the game. Tendulkar, like Sir Alex Ferguson, seems happiest on a field of green.

Like Peter Pan, they will never grow old.

Forget the records.

What Tendulkar has taught us is that there can be no excellence without an abiding love of the game.

And as long as he can tap into the inner 10 year old, he is unlikely to walk away.

 (courtesy: The National & )