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AgustaWestland Verdict: How Sonia Gandhi sold the nation’s interests for some cash?

Agusta Westland VerdictIn the tele series House of Cards, US President Garett Walker has a rich business man friend called Raymond Tusk who ultimately becomes the cause of his doom. A scheming Vice President Frank Underwood (also the protagonist of the series) exposes the President-Corporate nexus and quickly grabs the throne.

That’s a tele series after all and an American one at that. But Congress is truly International as far as its approach is concerned and Congress eats and sleeps corruption. An Italian court’s judgment exposes the role of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh in AgustaWestland Chopper Deal – The Rs 3,565-crore AgustaWestland contract for buying VVIP helicopters from Italian company Finmeccanica, signed in 2010, involving payoffs to Indian officials.

AgustaWestland Chopper Deal: The Judgement

Citing handwritten notes seized from middlemen, the judgment says that the political leaders accepted commission of 15 to 16 million Euros (Around Rs 120 to 125 crore) in the controversial purchase of the 12 VVIP choppers. The judgment states that the firm lobbied with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her close aides along with then NSA MK Narayanan and then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Court under discussion – The Milan Court of Appeals is equivalent to an Indian High Court. It overturned a lower court judgement that stated its inability to prove corruption in the AgustaWestland case. The Court also found two of Finmeccanica’s then top bosses guilty of international corruption and money laundering. The Court order mentions Sonia Gandhi’s name (signora GANDHI) four times. The name appears two times each on page 193 and 204 of the judgment. The Order convicts one Giuseppe Orsi, one Bruno Spagnolini and other officials of Finmeccanica. Giuseppe Orsi has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison. Bruno Spagnolini has been given a four-year jail term. The court also ordered the two executives to pay 7.5 million euros ($8.5 million). The two officials were held guilty of paying bribes to Indian officials for easing the business.


Kanhaiya Kumar is no role model. Don't make him one

Kanhaiya Kumar is no role model

There's a famous Sanskrit proverb that goes, "Vinaash Kaale, vipreet buddhi." Translated into English, that would mean, "When you're doomed, your mind malfunctions."

Sadly, the no-holds-barred, vituperative and obnoxious campaign against the government by the usual suspects has that proverb smeared all over it. There seems to be a psychotic desperation to somehow discover or even manufacture heroes who stand the remotest chance of unsettling the present establishment.

If there were an iota of credibility in their angst against the government, one would still have been sympathetic. But right now, it's an all out war to merely disturb a performing government, create civil strife and destabilise the nation. Let me explain here why it is a colossal disservice to the future generations of the country to project either Kanhaiya or Vemula as a role model.

First of all, the speech given by Kanhaiya, which many are raving about, has the typical Communist hoodwinking tactics written all over it. It is skeptical of the entire system, without feeling the need to offer solutions. And obviously if Kanhaiya had any solution for anything, he wouldn't be rotting in JNU at 28, waiting for that serendipitous stroke of luck to make him a household name.

Coming back to Kanhaiya's speech, he has made a mockery of the very system that has enabled him, the son of an angadvadi worker to come out of age old clutches and stand where he is today. If the system were oppressive or did not endeavor to provide equal opportunities to all, his journey till here would not have been possible.

A Dalit friend of mine points out something interesting: Kanhaiya belongs to the Bhumihar community in Bihar which has traditionally meted out the worst atrocities to the Dalits in the state. So while its smart lip-service for Kanhaiya to call Rohith Vermula his hero, it would have helped if he also spoke about Ranvir Sena which has carried out many Dalit massacres and which finds enormous respect in Kanhaiya's community.


Kapil Sibal, Karan Thapar and Kanhaiya – A Deadly Combination

Kapil Sibal Karan Thapar

There is a new word in town “ Prestitutes ”, and there are a lot of so called journalists who fit the description perfectly in India. Merely watching them speak on TV or reading their articles make you furious and extremely irritated. (provided you are not one of them)

I was watching Karan Thapar’s interview of Kapil Sibal on Headlines Today. Remember the Zero Loss Sibal ? If you are following Indian politics closely, you know what i am talking about. The way he speaks for the last 5-­6 years, Sometimes I wonder if his IQ has also gone down to zero.

The so called great journalist and the so called great lawyer were discussing another upcoming “ great ” leader Kanhaiya. (such a deadly combination) Mr. Karan Thapar was talking about Kanhaiya as if he is some sort of an Avatar who has taken birth to grant Moksha to millions of under privileged souls in India.

The way both of them went on singing praises for Kanhaiya was beyond me. What has that moron done to deserve such a hero worship ? or is it that all morons think alike ? Kapil Sibal even went on to say that Nationalism is a thing of your perception and that Nationalism has done so much harm to this country and generally, to the world.


Media bias against Sri Sri's World Culture Festival is shocking

Media bias against Sri Sris World Culture

As an American visiting India to participate in Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s WCF, I have been shocked at the way the media has covered the controversy over the event. I find it deplorable that in the reporting of the alleged Yamuna flood plain degradation and NGT response – the media continues to consistently take a position of condemning the Art of Living Foundation.


Enemies outside or enemies within – who is more dangerous?

Enemies outside or enemies within

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi is in the news for the wrong reasons, yet again.


Jat reservation: Did congress burn Haryana?

Jat reservation

A total of 28 people died, over 200 persons got injured, an estimated loss of 40,000 Crore was recorded, thousands of trains got cancelled, the country’s capital remained devoid of water for many days and countless people in Haryana and NCR were held in agony and distress. This all happened when the Jat community protested for demanding an inclusion in other backward class list.


After Prime Minister Modi’s Visit To China, It Is Necessary To Remember A Few Hard Facts:

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For nearly 70 years, China has humiliated India at every step :