Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dogviyay singh

It was most interesting to read the interview with Digvijay Singh on NDTV. Just in case the article gets deleted or expires, I am pasting an extract from the article here. Read the full article at http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/never-attack-family-digvijaya-singh-s-lesson-on-political-ethics-to-arvind-kejriwal-280101?pfrom=home-lateststories Mr Singh, speaking to NDTV said, "There are ethics in politics. Never attack family. The Congress never attacked (former PM) Atal Bihar Vajpayee's son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya or (senior BJP leader) L K Advani's son and daughter. Have we ever said a word against them? They have a private life of their own." When asked if the Congress brought their names up because there was nothing to ask of them, Mr Singh said, "We had enough evidence, but we never attacked them. Don't make me open my mouth about Ranjan Bhattacharya." During the prime ministership of Mr Vajpayee, it was often said that Mr Bhattacharya had a lot of influence over the prime minister's office and in government, despite having no official position. Most enlightening Mr. Singh. So basically what you are saying is "I will scratch your back, you scratch mine". It is shameful that political niceties and necessities have taken over the need to do good for the country. Not only is this minister and spokesman accepting that they condone corruption by bigwigs, they actually expect the same in return from other parties. God save India.

Benghazi attack

Let me start by saying, I am not a US voter. So, trust me when I say I am trying to be truly objective here. But the Benghazi attack and the following handling by the administration and the media coverage has left me shocked. Two points of contention 1) Everyone is blaming Romney for politicizing the issue. Didn't Obama start with trying to politicize the neutralization of Osama-bin-laden. Even recently, the Obama camp was seen using "Bin-laden is dead" as its campaign slogan. And the Obama camp is accusing team Romney as jumping the gun in their response to events unfolding in Libya. Isn't it equally true then that the president and his administration jumped the gun in pointing fingers at a obscure video? Vulgar and pathetic? Yes. But obscure. They claimed it was the riots caused by the video, not once but many many times. I am surprised how they now talk of waiting for the investigation to conclude. And I am equally surprised that neither Romney nor the media has asked an explanation on how and why they issued a statement blaming the video in the first place before they had all the facts. 2) If there are more people dead since the Libya incident around the world due to "jihadi" Islamist, the blame and responsibilities lies with the Obama administration for making it immensely popular. Not only did they make it "ok" to protest violently, they also apologized for forcing the jihadist's hands. I am not certain why the Republicans are not digging deeper into this.