Why are sections of India’s paid media batting for Jaitley?

Is India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley incredibly lucky?

Are the likes of Salman Khan and/or the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime’s Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, and/or Robert Vadra and/or Priyanka Gandhi “incredibly unlucky”?

Why has Jaitley not been questioned about his protectiveness towards criminal banker TM Bhasin currently lording it over as one of the Vigilance Commissioners in the Central Vigilance Commission overseeing the performance of Bharat’s 133 scheduled banks?

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Among other things, Bhasin has been accused of hobnobbing with the enemies of India[1] . The earlier CVC had recommended regular departmental action [RDA] against Bhasin for forgery and fraud! A serious complaint is pending against Bhasin in the Apex Court!

Why did the highly inquisitive media allow Jaitley’s now deafening silence about Raghuram Rajan’s exit and the resultant surge in the markets allowed go unchallenged? [2]

Very curiously, Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi is yet to comment on this.

Should one presume that the churn within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is being watched from the sidelines by PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah waiting for the opportune moment?

A large section of India’s paid media is playing up apparently very feeble reactions of Jaitley and MoS Jayant Sinha against Dr Swamy. Curiously, the concentration is on Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. The former Union Minister’s tirade against Raghuram Rajan that virtually led to the RBI boss’s exit is being – for want of a better term – skirted.

Some of the gaffes:

[a] Jaitley’s failed attempt to sarcastically skirt questions about Dr Subramanian Swamy and his tirade against CEA Arvind Subramanian;

[b] Superstar Salman Khan’s off the cuff remark about feeling like a raped woman after a strenuous bout of shooting in “Sultan” his forthcoming film about a wrestler virtually was ignored by a vast section of showbiz. Yet,the paid media is ceaselessly focussing on this piffle;

 And

[c] The feeble pretence of action by the Enforcement Directorate against Congress party’s son-in-law Robert Vadra – actually indirectly directed against his wife and Sonia’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi.

Firstly, the Jaitley versus Swamy versus Subramanian brouhaha

A verbatim account of what Jaitley said about Swamy:

“Arvind Subramanian’s advice to the government from time to time has been of great value.”

“The party has said it doesn’t share Swamy’s view. I will also add one more fact from the point of view of discipline of Indian politicians… to what extent should we attack those, the discipline and constraint of whose offices prevent them from responding and this has happened more than once.”

“The party (BJP) had distanced itself from the remark[s] against Raghuram Rajan [at the] time [they were begun] as well.”

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said the party does not agree with Swamy.

“It is his personal opinion and BJP doesn’t have anything to do with this. We don’t agree with it,” Sharma said.

Very curiously, the Congress party has alleged that Jaitley is Dr Swamy’s real target:

“Subramanian Swamy now guns for Arvind Subramanian Economic Advisor to NDA. Target is Arun Jaitley not Arvind Subramanian,” Singh tweeted.

Congress spokesperson P.L. Punia questioned Modi’s silence over Swamy’s remarks.

“A nominated member of Rajya Sabha with BJP’s backing has launched a scathing attack on the Chief Economic Advisor of the Prime Minister, Arvind Subramanian and has described him as an agent of US Pharma companies. But the Prime Minister has not uttered a word on this issue,” he said.

“Swamy has always attacked the political opponents and adversaries of the Prime Minister and Modi who has been speaking at length on various issues has never spoken on Swamy’s statements. This shows that Subramanian Swamy is an unofficial spokesperson of Prime Minister Modi,” Punia said, asserting that Swamy’s attacks on people have suited Modi.

“Swamy is doing all this because he wants to be the country’s Finance Minister,” Punia added.

The fact is that Jaitley loves Dr Swamy the way a snake loves a mongoose.

Despite knowing the pathological hatred the duo has for each other, Prime Minister Modi got Dr Swamy into the Rajya Sabha.

From the day he stepped into the Rajya Sabha, Dr Swamy is in the news – for all the right reasons.

Those close to Swamy are convinced that Jaitley had tried is best to stall the ex-Harvard man’s entry into the upper house as he had strived to stymie the latter’s entry into the party and then succeeded in blocking Swamy from being fielded from a safe Delhi constituency in 2014.

Posted as a special officer to probe the National Herald scandal with a Z-Plus category security detail, Dr Swami landed a bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi.

Swamy had begun his assault in November 2015. To wit, he said, “If the government continues to follow Mr Jaitley’s strategy, black money will never be recovered.”

Recently, he didn’t mince his words in slamming Mukul Rohatgi, the Attorney General and Jaitley’s friend, within minutes of the Uttarakhand High Court’s judgement rescinding the President’s Rule in the state.

Those close to the Finance Minister Jaitley, view Swamy as a maverick and a loose cannon.

Is Dr Swamy’s tirade against the CEA a sudden discovery?

Answer: NO!

The evidence was in existence since August 2015!

Arvind Subramanian, the Chief Economic Advisor to the Modi-led NDA government has not only suggested a wholesale reversal on India’s positions in the on-going Climate Change UN negotiations, but has advised a complete capitulation to US corporate interests. This is in line with what he had done earlier, when as a part of Peterson Institute, a right-wing economic think tank, he had recommended that if India does not change its patents laws, the US should file a dispute against India in WTO. The difference is that he was then speaking as a part of an American think tank; now he is India’s Chief Economic Advisor, supposedly advising on policies in India’s interest. But then this is the problem of appointing high-profile non-resident Indians, whose primary interests lie in the careers they have built abroad.

Subramanian negates the essential premise of environmental law – that those who create the problem, have the responsibility of solving the problem as well. About 2/3rds of carbon emissions have been emitted by developed countries who have about 1/5th of world’s population. The developing countries – including India and China — who have 4/5ths of the world’s population, have emitted only 1/3rd of world’s carbon emissions. It is this completely disproportionate share of carbon emissions that led in the Kyoto protocols to the formulation of “common but differentiated” responsibility of the rich and poor countries.

The implications:

Prime Minister Modi’s decision to nominate him to the Upper House is being attributed to the RSS and perhaps a move by the prime minister to keep Jaitley in check, and ensure that no camp dominates the other within the government.

Congress wants the continuance of Jaitley as Union Finance Minister.

Dr Swamy is as welcome to the Congress and the Jaitley coterie as a hole in the head.

Secondly, Salman Khan is not exactly an angel.

In an obvious publicity do for his forthcoming film Sultan, Khan compared his fatigue after strenuous bouts of shooting to that of a raped woman.

The actor has since escaped abroad to obviously dodge the press.

His father and screen-writer Salim Khan tweeted a tepid apology.

It did not buy friends for Salman either within India or abroad.

My detailed report [one of which is still criminally blocked by Google.com] that exposes serious wrongdoing on the part of Salman Khan in a 15-year-old hit and run case – says it all!

https://bharatabharati.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/salman-khans-dishonourable-acquittal-is-a-hollow-victory-t-s-v-hari/

Discernible verdict:

Salman Khan’s off the cuff remark was merely a publicity stunt!

Did he time it so well that it helped the likes of Jaitley to divert public attention from other pressing matters?

Salman Khan has chosen Congress party legal luminary Kapil Sibal to defend him in the Apex Court. The matters had reached long semi-colon in February 2016.

Was Khan stupid to jettison senior counsel Harish Salve who helped him emerge from Bombay High Court squeaky clean?

NO!

Khan obviously knows that Sibal has a close friendship with ‘the other side’ – meaning the side representing Maharashtra Government – through Mukul Rohatgi.

The evidence through the words of senior journalist Saba Naqvi:

Curiously, it wasn’t a BJP politician but former PM V.P. Singh who played a role in Jaitley first coming to national prominence. That story involves the Indian Express group, whose founder Ramnath Goenka was served with a demolition notice on their Delhi building in the 1980s by then L-G of Delhi, Jagmohan. Jaitley was one of the lawyers roped in to fight against it, because as [Delhi solicitor Raian] Karanjawala says, “he was making a mark for out-of-the-box, innovative solutions.” Because he made a mark in the Express case, in 1989, V.P. Singh would make him the additional solicitor-general, although at 37 he was considered young for the post. After that, there was no looking back as far as success as a counsel was concerned. Among his friendships from the profession is one with former telecom minister Kapil Sibal. Karanjawala remembers regularly getting together with Jaitley and Sibal in those days. During the UPA second term, P. Chidambaram, another high- profile politician-lawyer and the last finance minister, also attended Jaitley’s annual lunch party, usually held on a weekend in December on a date around his birthday on the 28th. Now many of Jaitley’s longstanding friends have been appointed to prominent legal posts. They include Mukul Rohatgi, the new attorney-general, Ranjit Kumar, who lives two houses down from Jaitley in Kailash Colony and is now solicitor-general, and the very likeable Maninder Singh, Jaitley’s junior when he practised law, and now an additional solicitor-general.

Reportedly, Priyanka and Robert Vadra were always part of an alleged plan by India’s enemies to be foisted on the Indian political system.

The evidence had been presented long, long ago!

Very curiously none has made any tongue in cheek comment about Rahul Gandhi’s sudden foreign trip.

Kapil Sibal is one of the main advisors of Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka, Vadra and a lot many Congress top brass leaders!

The questions made as the opening gambit of this blog once again:

Is India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley incredibly lucky?

Are the likes of Salman Khan and/or the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime’s Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, and/or Robert Vadra and/or Priyanka Gandhi “incredibly unlucky”?

Why has Jaitley not been questioned about his protectiveness towards criminal banker TM Bhasin currently lording it over as one of the Vigilance Commissioners in the Central Vigilance Commission overseeing the performance of Bharat’s 133 scheduled banks?

Why did the highly inquisitive media allow Jaitley’s now deafening silence about Raghuram Rajan’s exit and the resultant surge in the markets allowed go unchallenged?

Should one presume that the churn within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is being watched from the sidelines by PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah waiting for the opportune moment?

[1]

Bhasin has been charged with being in cahoots with the enemies of India and attempting to destroy Bharat’s banking showpiece – Bank of Baroda. The career of one its former heads Mundra – currently a deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India had been nearly sunk by the reported endeavours of Bhasin.

[2]

“Paid sections of India’s corrupt media” shouted themselves hoarse about the injustice meted out to Raghuram Rajan and then abruptly changed their line on Monday June 20 2016.

The most hilarious part was the charge levelled by TimesNow. Arnab Goswami pointed out  that found R3’s leaking his resignation tidings through a rival channel said to be sympathetic to the Congress – NDTV!

Here is the surest sign that the world at large is highly interested in these blogs: The latest figures:

India 4628
United States 1389
United Kingdom 248
United Arab Emirates 134
Canada 98
Singapore 94
Australia 86
Oman 59
France 52
Saudi Arabia 34
Germany 32
Ireland 23
Pakistan 23
Malaysia 20
Russia 19
Qatar 16
Switzerland 16
South Africa 14
Bahrain 13
Netherlands 13
Kuwait 11
Philippines 11
Sweden 10
Turkey 10
Nigeria 8
Hong Kong SAR China 8
Norway 8
Thailand 8
South Korea 8
Italy 8
Spain 7
Japan 7
Kenya 6
Israel 6
European Union 5
Taiwan 5
Poland 5
Greece 4
Belgium 4
Nepal 4
Denmark 3
Botswana 3
Indonesia 3
Sri Lanka 3
Mauritius 3
Bangladesh 3
Finland 3
Lithuania 2
Brazil 2
Morocco 2
Vietnam 2
Colombia 2
Tanzania 2
Mexico 2
Croatia 2
New Zealand 2
Algeria 1
Slovenia 1
Austria 1
Ukraine 1
Serbia 1
Angola 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1
China 1
Ethiopia 1
Congo – Kinshasa 1
Ghana 1
Venezuela 1
Martinique 1
Maldives 1
Timor-Leste 1
Seychelles 1
Cyprus 1
Macedonia 1
Macau SAR China 1
Dominican Republic 1

 

Author: haritsv

42 years' unblemished record of being an investigative journalist. Print quality journalist in 3 languages - English, Tamil, Hindi. Widely travelled, worldwide. Cantankerous and completely honest.

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