Category archives: Politics

Phone tap reveals Raja told Radia PC got ‘a lot of money’

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja told corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in a telephone conversation which was intercepted by the government that Home Minister P. Chidambaram had “taken a lot of money and further expressed his annoyance on the functioning of Chidambaram on minerals and gas matters”. The conversation took place in May 2009, after the UPA returned to power in the Lok Sabha elections. This forms part of the documents […]

Pyongyang to Restart Nuclear Plant

In Pic :A photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on March 11 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun, center, on Wonae island, about six miles from the South Korean island of Baengnyong. SEOUL—North Korea said on Tuesday it would restart its only nuclear reactor to provide plutonium for its weapons program, an announcement that added to already-heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and drew swift international […]

Modi and his six crore Gujaratis

Some important statistics for Mr Wannabe Prime Minister’s supporters and the corporate media.   Votes in favour of mr Modi- 1,31,33,344 Votes in favour of Congress- 1,07,61,913 Votes in favour of Others- 32,72,249   So while Mr Modi won Gujarat election people who voted against him are more than who voted for him and still the question about EVM machines is not resolved.   While paid media can project him […]

‘I was discriminated against because I am Muslim

In 2008, a youth was arrested from my neighbourhood in Hubli for alleged links with the Student Islamic Movement of India. He was studying to be a doctor and had no history of indiscipline or run-ins with the law. His family was traumatised, and still is, for he continues to languish in jail. If that could happen to a young, educated Muslim like him, it could happen to me, too, […]

The Wheels Are Coming Off

In Pic :earning curve Akhilesh Yadav still has a long way to go before stepping out of his father Mulayam’s shadow Hope sprang eternal when Akhilesh Yadav took over as UP’s youngest CM. Virendra Nath Bhatt and Brijesh Pandey chronicle how things have gone awry 10 months on. AFTER GETTING a glowing report card of 100 out of 100 from his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the […]

No lapses in farm loan waiver scheme, says Sharad Pawar

New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said there was no “misappropriation” of funds under the Rs 52,000-crore farm debt waiver scheme and sought a more comprehensive audit by CAG to get a better picture. Stating that the sample size taken for auditing was “too small”, Pawar said audit of “significant” number of accounts should be done by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). “Government of India has taken […]

Kashmir on edge after young man's killing; Colonel named in FIR

Srinagar: There is curfew in 10 districts of Kashmir since last night amid tension after the death of a 24-year-old man allegedly in Army firing during a protest in Baramulla in north Kashmir yesterday. The police have registered an FIR against the Army and have named a Colonel. The Army says the young man was some distance away from the site of the protest and was not killed in firing. There […]

Jailhouse Rock

In Pic :Prisoned for life? A sequence of pictures showing Amarmani Tripathi stepping out of the Gorakpur Jail and getting into his car. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav had promised a regime without criminals. Three months later, some of the most dreaded ganglords in the state are strolling in and out of prison as they wish. Ashish Khetan exposes a disturbing trend. MY PHOTOGRAPHER and I have been waiting in a taxi […]