“I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances”
….probably inspired by Politicians of his day !….some things simply never change !
….and I was inspired by our Politicians of the Day !
…..yesterday on ‘Times Now’ on a debate on the Draft Report of the PAC on the 2G Scam,it ended in a slanging match between Congress Spokesman Manish Tewari and BJP Representative,Mahesh Jethmalani….Arnab Goswami as the Anchor was holding his own and seeking direct answers from Manish which were being studiously avoided…..Mahesh lost his cool on Manish….in my view justifiably so…..accused him of polemic arguments and filibustering….”Shut Up!” screamed Mahesh…”Shut your trap !” screamed Manish back further threatening to meet every Profanity received with an Expletive of his own…..and then at the end coolly stating ” there is nothing personal between us !”
Vinod Mehta of Outlook with a stoic measured and respected stand said that it would be better to hold the debate the next day once it is adopted and seen whether it remains in this form or several phrases and paragraphs are deleted…Morever it would be unfair to simply concentrate on the PM and the PMO in the report as then the charge of political motivations would stick….uncover the roles played by others..Corporates and Journalists…and as if on cue,Arnab never misses a chance of flashing Barkha Dutt of NDTV across the Times Now Screen !….Barkha Dutt featured strongly in the Niira Radia Tapes discussing the DMK alliance with the Congress and who from DMK will become what Minister !…A Raja and Maran featured in the conversations
So was I amused or angry at Manish Tewari’s silly obfuscating rhetorics in this debate yesterday…..Both really …he said that as a matter of personal propriety he will not discuss what is in the PAC Draft Report till it is adopted by the Parliament…Fuuny stand,as his Colleagues in Congress,some who were members of the PAC were holding Press Conferences lambasting the Draft Report as politically motivated,undemocratic and unilateral as it has pulled up the PMO and the then Finance Minister and now Home Minister,Chidambaram for not taking preventive action and turning a blind eye,despite being in the know,from letting the 2 G scam happen
The fact is that both CAG and the draft Report of PAC provide the figure of Rs 176000 crs as the loss suffered by the Nation in the 2 G Scam……the critical aspect is that the PMO allowed this scam to happen as they kept an ‘arms length’ away from the Telecom Ministry…also instructions were issued to keep this length as well as confine only to informal communications and not formal ones….Why !?