Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully

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Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully GT Verghese 8/14/13 7:47 AM






Sir William "Mark" Tully, OBE, Padma Shree, KBE, Padma Bhushan, one of the most respected journalists in the world, writes on Indian Politics:
An eye opener account, not known to most of the Indians.
 Mark Tully briefly summed up his views on Sonia Gandhi in the following words:
 
 I can say without the shadow of a doubt that when history will be written, the period over which she (Sonia Gandhi) presided, both over the Congress and India, will be seen as an era of darkness, of immense corruption and of a democracy verging towards autocracy, if not disguised dictatorship, in the hands of a single person, a non Indian and a Christian like me. Truth will also come out about her being the main recipient for kickbacks from Bofors to 2G, which she uses to buy votes.
 
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Is
  Sonia Gandhi
the Villain?

 
I was surprised when the Congress party gave me a Padma Shri – I am the only foreign journalist to ever get it. For, in my forty years of political reporting in India, I have always been a vocal critic of the Nehru dynasty. Someone even called me recently: “a vitriolic British journalist, who in his old age chose to live back in the land he never approved”.
 It started with Operation Blue Star. I was one of the few western correspondents who criticized Indira. As I have said since then numerous times, the attack on the Golden Temple and the atrocities that followed the army operations, produced in all sections of the Sikhs a sense of outrage that is hard today to alleviate. I believed then that the large majority of Hindu India, even if politically hostile to Indira Gandhi, openly identified with – and exulted in – her will to overwhelmingly humble a recalcitrant minority.
As everybody knows, Indira Gandhi helped my fame grow even more, by wanting to imprison me during the Emergency she clamped and finally throwing me out of India for a short while. But the result was that the whole of India tuned in, then and thereafter, to my radio’s broadcasts, ‘The Voice of India’, to hear what they thought was ‘accurate’ coverage of events.
When Rajiv Gandhi came to power, I first believed that he was sincerely trying to change the political system, but he quickly gave-up when the old guard would not budge. I criticized him for his foolish adventure in Sri Lanka, although I felt sorry for him when he was blown to pieces by Dhanu, the Tamil Tiger. It is in Kashmir, though that I fought most viciously against his Govt and subsequent Congress ones for its human right abuses on the Kashmiri Muslims of the Valley. The Congress Governments tried indeed several times to censor me and the army even took prisoner my Kashmiri stringer, whom I had to rescue by the skin of his teeth. I am also proud that I was the first one to point out then, that the Indian Government had at that time no proof of the Pakistani involvement in the freedom movement in Kashmir. Thus I always made it a point to start my broadcasts by proclaiming that « the Indian Government accuses Pakistan of fostering terrorism», or that “elections are being held in Indian-controlled Kashmir”…
As I was so popular, all the other foreign journalists used the same parlance to cover Kashmir and they always spoke of the plight of the Muslims, never of the 400.000 Hindus, who after all were chased out of their ancestral land by sheer terror (I also kept mum about it).
 As for Sonia Gandhi, I did not mind her, when she was Rajiv Gandhi’s wife, but after his death, I watched with dismay as she started stamping her authority on the Congress, which made me say in a series of broadcasts on the Nehru Dynasty: “It’s sad that the Indian National Congress should be completely dependent on one family; the total surrender of a national party to one person is deplorable. You have to ask the question: what claims does Sonia Gandhi have to justify her candidature for prime-ministership? Running a country is far more complicated than running a company. Apprenticeship is required in any profession — more so in politics”. I heard that Sonia Gandhi was unhappy about this broadcast.
 Then, after President APJ Abdul Kalam called her to the Raj Bhavan and told her what some of us already knew, namely that for a long time, she had kept both her Italian and Indian passports, which disqualified her to become the Prime Minister of India, she nevertheless became the Supreme leader of India behind the scenes. It is then that I exclaimed: “the moribund and leaderless Congress party has latched onto Sonia Gandhi, who is Italian by birth and Roman Catholic by baptism”.
She never forgave me for that. Yet, today I can say without the shadow of a doubt that when history will be written, the period over which she presided, both over the Congress and India, will be seen as an era of darkness, of immense corruption and of a democracy verging towards autocracy, if not disguised dictatorship, in the hands of a single person, a non Indian and a Christian like me. Truth will also come out about her being the main recipient for kickbacks from Bofors to 2G, which she uses to buy votes, as the Wikileaks have just shown.
Finally, I am sometimes flabbergasted at the fact that Indians –Hindus, sorry, as most of this country’s intelligentsia is Hindu – seem to love me so much, considering the fact that in my heydays, I considerably ran down the 850 million Hindus of this country, one billion worldwide. I have repented today: I do profoundly believe that India needs to be able to say with pride, “Yes, our civilization has a Hindu base to it.”
The genius of Hinduism, the very reason it has survived so long, is that it does not stand up and fight. It changes and adapts and modernizes and absorbs–that is the scientific and proper way of going about it. I believe that Hinduism may actually prove to be the religion of this millennium, because it can adapt itself to change.
 Hindus are still slaves to MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS
 On the name of secularism, lots of facilities and cash incentives are given to Muslims and Christians. Haj subsidy is given to Muslims for Haj yatra, wages of Muslim teachers and Imams are given to Muslims are given by TAXING looting the Hindu temples. No such subsidy is given to Hindus for going to Hindu religious places or any wages to Hindu religious priests or Hindu teachers. In fact congress secular government creates many obstacles for Hindus for going to Amarnath Yatra. Even after 65 years of independence reservation is given on religious grounds while it should have been abolished by this time. If at all reservation or subsidy is needed, then it should be purely on economic grounds rather on the grounds of minorities. Such reservations affect the quality of work. Congress party giving various kinds of allurements to minorities to buy their votes with Hindu money. In the government many people are with Hindu names but in fact many are Muslims and Christians with Hindu names (**) to fool Hindus and to show in the government, majority people are Hindus. 

 ** The obvious reference is to Digvijay Singh, Ambika Soni etc,etc,etc.






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Re: [progressive interactions25480] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully subhashini ali 8/14/13 9:47 AM

Where has this been taken from? I am sure there is some cut and paste. Subhashini ali

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Re: [progressive interactions25485] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully suhail 8/14/13 10:58 AM

I find it difficult to believe that Tully penned this. The article is riddled with grammatical errors. Looks like some right wing nut job is trying to fool us.

Re: [progressive interactions25480] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully Ghulam Mohiyuddin 8/14/13 12:04 PM
This is not Tully's writing. There is a John Maclithon who has written articles trashing Sonia, and there has been speculation that John Maclithon is a pseudonym of Tully. But Tully has denied it.
 


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Re: [progressive interactions25486] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully subhashini ali 8/14/13 6:59 PM

I agree. Thats why i asked for the source. Subhashini

Re: [progressive interactions25480] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully kareem 8/14/13 7:29 PM
But as 2014 elections draw closer and BJP is ready in battle gear with all its rouble rousing , a grave threat to secularism is on the cards and certainly minorities will feel very insecure . The choice for the voter would be between the threat posed by BJP to the Secular credentials of the country and crony Capitalism promoted by both Congress and BJP will the third front rise with some in these being crony promoters too . With BJP identified in both negatives will the voter be mature enough to negate it or are the negative votes of the ruling regime going to fall for the BJP along with its committed vote bank or are these negative votes of Congress going to fall for the third front . Will the left play the role of a catalyst in bringing the secular forces together ? However coming to Mark Tully's article the fact remains Congress under Sonia was never a threat to minorities while accepting other charges.
Kareem
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From: GT Verghese <gtver...@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:17:39 +0530
To: GT Verghese<gt_ve...@yahoo.com>
Subject: [progressive interactions25480] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully
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Re: [progressive interactions25480] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully imran479 8/14/13 9:01 PM
GT: Do you believe this:
 Hindus are still slaves to MUSLIMS and CHRISTIANS


The first part was OK but this about Hindus is revolting. He writes like a RSS supporter.

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Re: [progressive interactions25487] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully imran479 8/14/13 9:03 PM
Good explanation.
Re: [progressive interactions25515] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully GT Verghese 8/14/13 11:18 PM
Subashini's contention that this is a cut-and-paste job has some basis even though, quite surprisingly, Mark Tully, despite being asked, has not bothered to respond to my query requesting that he confirm that he had written this article. Perhaps he is taking is own time to do so.  I have come to know from one of my recipients outside this circle that this cut and paste job is being circulated nation-wide by the professional publicity wing of Narendra Modi using all social sites and it has come to me from one of their key persons, a professional executive now working for the Gujarat CM. All that I can that the pseudo Mark Tully article counts for some entertainment value.  GT Verghese
Re: [progressive interactions25520] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully Jyoti Punwani 8/15/13 12:45 AM
if tully doesnt contradict this, it means it has his approval. i have heard he has changed, but cant be sure. 
rgds
jyoti
Re: [progressive interactions25520] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully Jyoti Punwani 8/15/13 12:47 AM
cant be tully-the last para is written by someone who doesnt know english well. obviously some rss hack. tully would never drop his ``a' s and `the's. 
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jyoti
Re: [progressive interactions25520] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully Ghulam Mohiyuddin 8/15/13 1:04 AM
"... this cut and paste job is being circulated nation-wide by the professional publicity wing of Narendra Modi using all social sites".
 
This is an example of the media blitz that Modi is going to launch on the country. Even Goebbels can learn a lesson or two from modi.
 
Re: [progressive interactions25529] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully GT Verghese 8/15/13 2:36 AM
You are right, Ghulam. Josef Goebbels could learn a thing or two from Narendra Damodardass Modi and his cohorts but the basic lessson is the same.  Repeat a lie hundred times till it becomes the truth.
Re: [progressive interactions25533] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully kareem 8/15/13 7:18 AM
The more modi exposes himself the better the people will be better informed about the future Pm in waiting . People know how muddied his hands and his complicity in the gujrath program .

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Re: [progressive interactions25540] Fwd: Fw: Fwd: FW: Sonia Gandhi- A Big Blot on the Nation-YouThink-- Mark Tully GT Verghese 8/15/13 11:22 AM
There was an unusual competition sparked off this morning of Independence Day: between the mild-mannered, ineffective, dull but secular, Manmohan Singh and the aggresssive, rabble-rousing, divisive and communal, Narendra Modi in their Independence Day speeches.  While Manmohan Singh was addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, Narendra Modi managed to assemble a sympathethic crowd at Bhuj and delivered a speech high on oratory and nothing in substance as is his wont. TV Channels went to town asking viewers to make a lopsided comparison between the Prime Minister of the country and the Chief Minister of a state, the latter using the Prime Minister's Independence Day speech as the basis of his negativism without indicating what his plans would be if he were to occupying the nation's top post. This is the opening round of the 2014 campaign and if UPA does not find somebody far younger to the incumbent to match Narendra Modi, they would be in trouble at least in the BIMARU belt.