The cover story in the Organiser comments on the Ishrat Jahan encounter that “is troubling former Home Minister P. Chidambaram and his masters in the Congress party”. Taking note of the recent alleged revelations in the encounter case, the report says that three top officials “have indicted Chidambaram in delinking Ishrat from the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba”, reinforcing “the theory of political conspiracy by the Congress” against then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. It quotes Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany — “Repeat a lie a thousand times and it becomes the truth” — and notes that the Congress “dipped into the idea to target its apparently strongest opponent Narendra Modi”.
“What the Congress-led UPA government wanted to hide, and put the entire blame on Modi and Amit Shah, has boomeranged,” it says. Contending that “the latest revelations in the Ishrat Jahan case have shocked the entire nation,” it says that “the revelations have exposed how an elected government of the UPA used every possible illegal, immoral, unethical means and the state’s power for political reasons to tarnish the reputation of one man called Narendra Modi”. It adds that it “was aimed at stopping the rising popularity of Modi” and “to ensure that he didn’t get the chance to contest consecutive elections.”
Art of Organising
A “special report” in Panchjanya praises the upcoming Art of Living cultural festival in New Delhi. Noting that “the entire world will hear the echo of this three-day festival”, it quotes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: “This festival will play a crucial role in spreading the message of global peace and harmony”. People would be brought on the same platform to make them realise the “power of peace,” it says. The purpose of the festival is to convey the message that “the entire world constitutes a family”, and we must embrace each other. Taking note of the spectacular logistical arrangements, it says that artists and eminent persons from over 155 countries will participate in the festival, over 5,000 hotels have been booked for over 3.5 million participants. It notes that as many as 317 special flights have been arranged for Germany and Russia, as a “major purpose is to get it recorded as the world’s biggest festival”. The Union culture and tourism ministries, Sangeet Natak Akademi and the National School of Drama are supporting the festival to ensure its success.
Father & Son
A report in the Organiser comments on the controversy surrounding “P. Chidambaram’s son Karti for his alleged role in the Aircel-Maxis deal”. It notes that “as finance minister, Chidambaram had approved the Maxis investment in Aircel on March 7, 2006”. It says that the “Enforcement Directorate is investigating transactions of Advantage Consulting, which had allegedly extended Rs 26 lakh to Aircel and is believed to have benefitted out of the Aircel-Maxis deal”.
Noting that AIADMK members raised allegations in Parliament that Karti had built a “business empire for himself in different parts of the world,” it says that “Karti’s Singapore-based firm had acquired majority shares of a big resort in Sri Lanka”. “It is believed that Karti’s Singapore firm routed money via Dubai to acquire three farms and vineyards in South Africa, identified as Rowey Farm in Grabouw, Cape Orchards and Vineyards Private Limited, and Zandvliet Enterprises, a wine and stud farm in Ashton,” it adds. It lists a series of similar transactions involving Karti in several countries and says “Karti’s Singapore company has also transferred $ 50,000 to a Bank of America account in the name of ‘Chennai Reserve-Business Advantage Checking’.”
Though Karti “has denied the allegations, this case along with contradictory affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan case has put the former home minister in the dock,” it says.
Compiled by Ashutosh Bhardwaj