Goswami subtly hitting Modi to emerge as next Kejriwal?

Is Goswami part of a gang subtly besmirching the reputation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi?

Is Goswami’s PM interview the precursor to destabilise the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime?

Is the exercise aimed at aiding Arun Jaitley [now nicknamed Jai-Italy] to become the next tenant at 7 Race Course Road in Lutyens’ Delhi?

Or do those who are backing Goswami want him to be a more effective and better sophisticated Arvind Kejriwal?

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Post the so-called ‘highly acclaimed’ Modi interview, senior journalist Hartosh Singh Bal asked two important questions on twitter that actually exposed the mens rea behind the Goswami exercise of chatting with the PM before television cameras.

If Raghuram Rajan is a patriotic Indian, doing a good job, why didn’t he get a second term?

If Swamy is wrong, what will you do? You made him RS MP, why?

These were 2 questions Goswami had not asked Modi, Bal averred.

Even before the full frankly speaking saga was aired, its promos claimed the PM had silenced Dr Subramanian Swamy by slamming the southern maverick. The entire national media took that lead. Curiously, the PM did not refer to the southern maverick politico by name.

The ‘lead’ had come from Arun Jaitley before the Modi-Goswami tête-tête.

Of course, Swamy has fallen silent. Bal, once featured in Goswami’s “Noise Hour” isn’t being accorded the honour these days.

Swamy had threatened to to expose serious wrongdoing on the part of one of Finance Ministry mainstays Shaktikanta Das. It fizzled out into a damp squib.

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has stoutly backed the nation’s Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

“An unfair and false attack on a disciplined civil servant in the Finance Ministry,” Jaitley said in a tweet at 1724 hours IST on June 23 2016 implying Das is as pure as driven snow.

Rumours have begun circulating that Das could be the next RBI Governor.

Is Das a disciplined civil servant?

Consider the following:

The career of Enforcement Directorate’s Investigating Officer Rajeshwar Singh probing the 2G Spectrum scandal was almost killed reportedly at the behest of Shaktikanta Das who held the post of Secretary to Government of India, Department of Revenue. That department  oversees operations of ED and a lot other vital punitive departments that tackle tax evaders.

Singh was probing the 2G Spectrum scandal under the supervision of the Supreme Court. He was shunted out in early 2014. At that point in time, India Inc. more or less knew that the United Progressive Alliance regime was on its way out. Justice Singhvi, the strict and stern SC judge – who was hearing the 2G Spectrum scandal and monitoring Singh’s investigation had retired in December 2013.

Weeks before the 2014 parliamentary poll results that caused a change of political guard in India that is Bharat, acting on Swamy’s petition, the Supreme Court asked the immediate reinstatement of Singh. The order was ignored.

After waiting for a few months since the NDA began its rule, Swamy raised the matter in SC again.

Senior counsel KK Venugopal who appeared for ED matters in SC had been known to be against the shifting of Investigating Officers [IOs] conducting probes under the supervision of the Apex Court.

The Revenue Department headed by Das replaced Venugopal with Additional Solicitor General Nageshwara Rao. [Soon, he was directly elevated to the Supreme Court from the Bar – the 7th in the annals of Indian judiciary.]

The SC did not like the way Singh was being footballed by the Revenue Department. It curtly gave a mere 3 days to comply with its orders by reinstating Singh.

The Revenue Department pursued Singh with a vengeance.

Cases were preferred against Singh in various courts citing ‘service matters’. The endeavour was meant to stymie Singh obtaining the UPSC norm. The Revenue Department lost every case.

Following the reported ‘discovery’ of protection accorded to Das protégé Rajan Katoch [said to be a relative of Congress mainstay Digvijay Singh] and the latter’s attempt to sabotage the National Herald case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Das and Katoch were transferred – allegedly under the orders of PM Modi.

For the statistically minded there are 2 points to note:

  • Das had held vital posts in Tamil Nadu when the DMK had been in power.
  • Singh’s probe is proving to be a pain in the neck of P Chidambaram and several others linked to the AIRCEL-Maxis scandal.

“If Das does become the RBI boss – someone will have to write a newer version of the Marx’s treatise – Das Kapital with a right-wing twist. Sure, Das is civil. The civil nature is because the criminal ramifications of his actions will be difficult to prove in a court of law. Das seems to be the servant of the corrupt in Delhi if the chronology of events that had exposed Revenue Department’s contempt of Supreme Court is any indication. Finally, Das is indeed a disciplined soldier of the Jai Italy army,” a Delhi wag wisecracked.

The initial questions again:

Is Goswami part of a gang subtly besmirching the reputation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi?

Is the Goswami’s PM interview the precursor to  destabilise the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime?

Is the exercise aimed at aiding Arun Jaitley [now nicknamed Jai-Italy] to become the next tenant at 7 Race Course Road in Lutyens’ Delhi?

Or do those who are backing Goswami want him to be a more effective and better sophisticated Arvind Kejriwal?

There are many who allege that Goswami’s now-famous chat with the PM was a PR job.

Was it a PR Job or something else??

Excerpts from Arnab’s self-eulogy:

From NSG to China, Pakistan to Rajan, Swamy to inflation, 2019 to Uttar Pradesh and the politics of polarisation, rising unemployment to the parliament logjam, the possible passage of GST to the numbers in the Rajya Sabha, black money and the Rs. 15 lakh in every bank account promise, [my] interview had covered it all… everyone in the national media, on print, TV and digital followed it.

Was I soft?

Eventually, all of us will be judged by what we do.

NSG, China policy, Pakistan’s perfidy, Rajan, inflation, politics of polarisation, rising unemployment and the yet to be fulfilled promise of Rs.15 lakh into every Indian’s account – form a list of dubious non-achievements of the NDA regime under Modi.

Modi answered all these questions.

Perhaps misled by Arnab’s quiet tone, Modi reacted to the above queries in a way that arguably could – in future – prove to be an acute embarrassment to not only Modi and the NDA but also the BJP and the RSS.

Of course, Arnab would only be too happy to display the trophy to underline his being a fearless journalist – the same way as TimesNow shows clips from the famous interview that has virtually buried the career of Congress clown prince Rahul Gandhi.

As of now, the Congress is Gone-Gress. Goswami claims the credit for it.

One has to now wonder as to whether Goswami has begun the exercise to do the same job on Modi.

It could create a political vacuum in India’s  opposition ranks. Hypothetically, the ground would be fertile for the emergence of another Kejriwal.

Poor Arvind the cagey-re-wail is already close to the bottom of the dumps.

The initial questions once again:

Is Goswami part of a gang subtly besmirching the reputation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi?

Is the Goswami’s PM interview the precursor to  destabilise the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime?

Is the exercise aimed at aiding Arun Jaitley [now nicknamed Jai-Italy] to become the next tenant at 7 Race Course Road in Lutyens’ Delhi?

Or do those who are backing Goswami want him to be a more effective and better sophisticated Arvind Kejriwal?

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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