Tuesday 18 January 2011

Maruti Estilo - Layman's approach to buying a car

I bought Maruti Estilo recently. This is my first car. It was not an easy job to select one from the lot! As a layman to automobiles, things went only difficult. But, at the end I had to make a decision and I made it.

Monday 3 January 2011

Return of Bofors ghost!

Few days after Sonia Gandhi made a bold statement that her party was ‘prompt’ in acting against the corrupt, Bofors has hit her and Congress very badly. Now, Income Tax Tribunal has claimed that Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi and Win Chaddha were paid kickbacks in the Bofors deal. Ironically, CBI had given clean chit to both of them! No wonder, now people started calling CBI as “Congress Bureau of Investigation”!

If you are still not clear on why or how Gandhi family (not Mahatma Gandhi!) is believed to be involved in the scam, I would suggest you to read an article by renowned journalist S. Gurumurthy titled “Zero tolerance, secret billions”. Author has put the points very clear with source. As he says, Gandhi family has been “silent” on all these accusations. It reminds me a Sanskrit proverb “Mounam Sammati Lakshanam” meaning silence indicates acceptance!

Interestingly, the Karnataka governor Bharadwaj who acts as a lone soldier fighting against corruption, was a Law minister in the central government and he had defroze Quattrocchi account! Not a single word from him now!

Even after so many revelations on Bofors, you wouldn’t find a single discussion on Gandhi family involvement in any main stream media! NDTV’s Bharka Dutt will not discuss this in her “We, the people” program. Neither CNN-IBN’s Sardesai would dare to grill Sonia. Just think what would have been the case, if it were some BJP leaders who were caught in Bofors scam! This is Media for you! And tweeters rightly point out with a tag #mediashame.

Update 3-Jan-2011: The 98 Page Appellate Order on bofors commission - traces the entire Money trail - PDF file judgement on 31/12/2010 can be found at http://bit.ly/hoTYzW. Credit: @centerofright.