Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tharoor vs Modi – Two Contrasting Interviews

IPL controversy between Dr Shashi Tharoor and IPL Chairman Lalit Modi is heating up. Dr Shashi Tharoor gave an interview to Barka Dutta answering all the allegations against him.Tharoor has done a great job of answering clearly all the questions raised by the interviewer. Answers are very precise and to the point. 

Now see this press conference of Lalit Modi that happened the same day. Lalit Modi not only tried to evade questions regarding the whole issue but also was just repeating the allegations with no proof. Also watch the arrogant tone whenever the press people asked him questions regarding the controversy.

Watching these two videos anyone having some sense can understand who is telling the truth and who is running away from it.

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Blogger keralafarmer said...

Tharoor: Easy target or genuine misconduct?
Tharoor: I'm not going to resign over IPL controversy

BJP is trying to get IPL at Ahmedabad. I can't understand why left parties supporting Lalit Modi, Nrendra Modi etc. And demanding resignation of Dr. Tharoor who brought IPL kochi without any personel profit/transparently. Now it is the time for others names on all IPLs to be published publicly by Lalit Modi so that revenue inteligence can verify the souce of money OR tax evasions.
The blame of 70 crore to Sunanda became lie.
The real issue is why should anyone get (shares) free of cost and a non-diluteable equity of 25 per cent?"

Gaikwad said this was "completely untrue".

"There has been no free equity at all, only sweat equity of 25 per cent for management services that will be rendered over time. In Mrs. Pushkar's case, she has been given five per cent sweat equity to look after everything from sponsorship to advertisement to branding and event and media management for the next 10 years. She has handled events for us in the past and is a professional in this field, so I don't see why she is being subjected to this needless controversy."

Courtesy: HT

April 15, 2010 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brijesh, I think Tharoor just fucked this one up -- big time. As a Mallu expat, I had high hopes when Tharoor took office. However, with great powers come great responsibility -- I am sure most of us will agree that Tharoor kind of lost the plot on that one -- its alright to mingle, mix and dab with the Delhi 'intellectuals' and 'socialites', but its not alright for an intellectual like him to get into controversies one after the other -- there was the 'cattle class' remark, there was an instance where Mr. Tharoor contradicted and came out with a statement that was against the decision made by the Govt (on visas), then there was the whole 'interlocutor' remark (agreed this was not a big deal, but why shoot your mouth off and then defend it later?)
And then this whole IPL issue -- at times I feel that all the mingling with the Delhi bourgeoisie indirectly fed into his ego and made him think that he was larger than life and probably made him shout from the roof that 'mentored' the Rendezvous group.
Throw into the mix a woman who is based out of Dubai, an OSD who has no common sense(I can go on and on about Jacob; but I don't want to, an abject show of disregard to the Congress high command, you have a heady mixture primed for disaster.
I studied with you in school (really did in CNEHS), I knew you pretty well then, I got back in touch with you while you were in Chennai - does it mean that if I were to hold a reunion of CNEHS class of '91, all the people who participate in the reunion, give me gifts as part of 'sweat equity'? But on the contrary if I knew someone who is influential enough to do something, some of the folks might actually give me something... Seriously, we are an educated society, we know that there is nothing like a free lunch. To me it looks as if Ms. Pushkar got the equity because of her proximity to Mr. Tharoor, an MP from Kerala. You know it, I know it, my friends know it, Rendezvous group knows it, Congress knows it -- so no matter how much you play around with words or try to convince people with false negatives like he did in his interviews (what was it about Indians being sexist? or about Sunanda Pushkar being a successful business woman? or about his life being private?), it just is not going to work -- plain and simple.
Apart from all that, what continuously pisses me off is the fact that Mr. Tharoor tries to 'herd' his followers into believing that he's different and cares for the country -- he probably does not care that much about India -- I am pretty sure not as much as I do at least -- but then I do not tweet something like this right after a meeting with the PM (this was before he was forced to quit) -- "Thanks for all the support &good wishes.U folks are the new India.We will "be the change" we wish to see in our country. But not w'out pain!" --very 'obama-ish', right? Begs the question, what change has Mr. Tharoor made during his tenure or what change was he referring to? Please don't tell me that his biggest achievement during the past 11 months or so was getting Kochi an IPL team? Or perhaps he meant that he's in the process of changing his wives (alright, now don't tell me that his life is private -- it's not -- he represents my constituency) and that he his divorce was painful?
In short, Tharoor getting into politics was a bad idea - if you sit back and analyze what he has said and done, one gets the sense that he probably should have stuck to doing what he did best -- writing and socializing. I shudder to think what he would have gotten all of us into if he did indeed became the UN Sec General.
I understand what I think/wrote/say may not go well with a lot of folks from Kerala and Trivandrum, but it is what it is -- Tharoor is not what he claims/projects himself to be.
Take care dude -- good luck with your move back to India -- we will definitely meet there and mull over our times in CNEHS :)

April 19, 2010 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and btw, Fr. James Pattarkulam passed away. never liked him much -- he screwed me over (and over). but just wanted to let you know.

April 19, 2010 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alright -- saw this the other night and this is exactly why I think that Mr. Tharoor lost the plot completely -- - "Kerala Tuskers"? wtf? one would expect someone like Mr. Tharoor to stay away from giving random ass interviews -- but no -- never!

here's a name that I feel will be really nice -- how about 'kochi thaskaranmar'? no, I am not insinuating anything just because it sounds like a mashup of Mr. Shashi Tharoor's and Sunanda Pushkar's last names :D

alright dude, I better get back to work.

April 19, 2010 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quoting from an interview of a person who worked for Tharoor.
"Tharoor is an intellectual agreed, but he lacks commonsense and knowledge of practical Indian politics. Add to this his habit of shooting from his mouth."

April 19, 2010 8:54 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...


May I know ur name? at least a clue?

April 19, 2010 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check your gmail :-)
I did not make the last comment though.

April 19, 2010 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brijesh, I did briefly mention about OSD in my first comment -- here's what I really think about him -- I have commented as Snoop.

April 19, 2010 11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously, why are we supporting this guy again? common sense tells me that if you knew the bid evaluations before hand, anyone can win a bid --
sad, very sad!
moral of the story -- being articulate and educated does not mean sound moral values and ethics.

April 22, 2010 4:26 PM  

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