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C Umashankar – Christian canker in IAS clothing PDF Print E-mail

Let me begin with a contemporary aphorism – Christians and Muslims, no matter where they are placed and what position they hold, will always serve their religious interests; Hindu intellectuals, politicians and judges in the thrall of Hindu “tolerance” will serve secularism, pluralism and the Indian Constitution, even at the cost of Hindu religious interests. C Umashankar, Christian canker in IAS clothing is no exception to this rule. Umashankar has been on the radar of Hindu nationalists since 2011 when as Special Officer and Managing Director of Co-Optex he removed pictures of all Hindu gods and goddesses from his office citing some high court observation on the issue.

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Jayanthi Natarajan resignation drama: Behind the scenes PDF Print E-mail

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Sitaram Kesri bless his troubled soul, from his vantage point in his pitrulok, is surely laughing at Sonia Gandhi’s predicament. If party stalwarts of the Indira-Rajiv era - Pranab Mukherjee, Sharad Pawar and Jitendra Prasad, frightened by the prospect of political wilderness under Sitaram Kesri’s inept leadership, or worse, having to see one of them ascend to the throne, made common cause with Sonia Gandhi’s domestic minion Vincent George to plot and execute poor Sitaram Kesri’s humiliating eviction in 1996, the new breed of empire loyalists - Ananad Sharma, Ajay Maken, Digvijay Singh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi have been let loose by Sonia Gandhi on Jayanthi Natarajan. In 1996, Sonia Gandhi’s path was speedily cleared of all thorns and threats; we can be sure she will do the same for her son now. Rajesh Pilot and Madhav Rao Scindia’s untimely deaths were fortuitous for the new regime; Pranab Mukherjee persisted with the empire loyalist mask until he was elevated to the Rashtrapati Bhavan; Jitendra Prasada died unexpectedly in the midst of his hectic anti-Sonia Gandhi campaign while wily Sharad Pawar distanced himself far enough from Sonia Gandhi to do his own thing but not too far away that he could not carve out a political niche for himself within the Christian Roman Empire. G Karuppaiah Moopanar alone, also of the old guard resigned from the Congress when Narasimha Rao was Prime Minister in protest against the Congress’ decision to ally with the AIADMK; he refused ministerial posts in the Indira-Rajiv governments, refused to become Prime Minister after the Deve Gowda government fell; instead, being a proud man, GK Moopanar moved to Chennai to start Tamil Manila Congress or the TMC.

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