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Sambhar Mafia - Cooked To Kill!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Private gains in the name of public good

These kind of ads are not new. Why should the Central government be paying for publishing Sonia Gandhi’s picture and Karunanidhi’s picture when the function is one organized by the Union government? Sonia and Karunanidhi don’t hold any official positions in the Union government and hence the government should not be paying for such ads. This is the same issue being discussed by News Today in this excellent article.

....The above thoughts come to mind on seeing the cheap, petty, politically partisan, flashy and splashy advertisement issued by a government of India organisation called Sethusamudram Corporation Limited to announce a function arranged in Chennai today for signing the Memorandum of Understanding between Sethusamudram Corporation Limited and Suez Canal Authority, Egypt, in the august presence of Dr Kalaignar M Karunanidhi.

The same advertisement also carries the photographs of Dr Manmohan Singh, the de jure Prime Minister of India and Sonia Gandhi, the de facto Prime Minister of India.

By arranging a party function in the guise of a government of India programme, Baalu has clearly shown that he is not a 'Servant of the State'. He has shown through his ill-advised advertisement that he is a 'Servant of Infamy'. He has also irrefutably shown that he is a 'Servant of both DMK party and its supremo Karunanidhi only'.

Men like Baalu, Sonia and Karunanidhi are brazenly starving their conscience while thriving in State. Washington Irving described the kind of function which is being organised today in Chennai as 'Meetings consisting of some half a dozen scurvy pothouse politicians'.


  • I agree with the spirit of your comments, but not the letter.

    Sonia Gandhi does hold a government position. She's the chairman (or convenor or whatever) of the National Advisory Council.

    By Blogger learnfromme, at 10:13 AM  

  • i agree. It is nothing but cheap politics.

    By Anonymous vasanthi, at 2:50 PM  

  • Why is there a spate of cheap publicity suddenly in TN? I Think MK makes it to news and functions now more often than when he was CM .

    Does it actually mean that JJ is doing really well and DMK can't stand it ?

    By Blogger Cogito, at 9:30 PM  

  • some people never change

    By Blogger Ganesh, at 2:26 AM  

  • Sadly, this sort of stuff is not peculiar to MK or Tamil Nadu; it is a nation-wide disease. Everytime a central minister comes around to inaugurate this, or lay the foundation stone for that, government machinery goes into overdrive, and a lot of resources is wasted. A part of the waste goes into these highly crude advertisements.

    Bigger newspapers and magazines have given it a mention every once in a while; but there has been no concerted fight against this waste. Will a small fry such as News Today have any more influence than its bigger rivals? I hope it does.

    By Blogger Abi, at 11:26 AM  

  • Well, that has been DMK's forte for eons !!!

    Demagoguery is now synonymous with 'craftsmanship'

    By Blogger Jayan, at 11:40 AM  

  • I'd love to see atleast a single editorial in THE HINDU criticising such blatant blasphemies...I am given to understand from my wife that the stampede issue is being made into politics once again what with Jaya TV and SUN TV dishing out their own versions and blaming on each other. To start with, MK wanted Jaya to resign on Moral grounds for similar stampede.
    And Cogito, good point...it is a proven fact from past that MK cannot stand good governance. Is old age and senility taking its toll on MK?

    By Blogger Guruprasad, at 5:06 PM  

  • dis is totally disgusting pattern the TamilNadu politicians are following

    By Blogger Nallavan, at 10:24 AM  

  • learnfromme: dnt u realise that that is a position that has been created just for Sonia Gandhi...!?! and i believe that if politicians want to see their faces in the newspaper, they should pay for it...not the State Government or the Union Government...they can part with money, the Government needs it more than they do!!!
    guruprasad: dnt count on an editorial...no newspaper will write an editorial abt it when it is earning revenue from it....
    kaps: sorry abt addressing other ppl in ur space...!

    By Blogger chitra, at 8:18 PM  

  • If they bring (MK or JJ) some good projects to TN and it is profitable to TN people, why should we care about whose pictures coming on newspaper? I think atlast the project has been started unlike BJP-led govn which kept on giving us empty promises about Sethu project for 4.5 years.

    By Blogger nattamai, India, at 8:35 PM  

  • hi kaps,
    cant u understand? evvalo kazhtapattu dayanidi maranukku seat vaange kodutaru namma MK. ithu kooda seiyalena eppadi. this is a very cunning politics played by the opposite party. they want to show their presence atleast by these ways.why dont they use their power of opposition party in a good way. i got fed up by this attitude.

    By Blogger வேதா, at 6:02 PM  

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