Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lobbying, Media and Others in the Telecom scam....

Reproduced below is an article by Girish Nikam. Similar articles abound on the net but not in the mainstream media. Some of the media persons named even conduct shows on morality, corruption and continue to surprise us:

The Radia Papers– Raja, Tata, Ambani connection
By Girish Nikam, May 12, 2010.

“For the last nearly a month, the name of Nira Radia has been in circulation. Two publications, Outlook and The Pioneer, raised the issue first almost simultaneously. While Outlook concentrated on the issue of phone tapping, Pioneer, referred to the larger issue of the connections between Radia and Telecom Minister A.Raja, and how the latter used the former to get back the Telecom portfolio after the formation of UPA II last year.
In normal circumstances, a story like this should have had the entire media hounding the Government and the players whose names had been mentioned in these stories. Just a few days before this, remember how Sunanda Pushkar and former Union Minister of State, Shashi Tharoor were hounded?

......Except for a couple of publications, like Mail Today and Outlook, none of the print publications have followed up on what seems to be one of the biggest scandals in this country, for a very long time.

..... The reason for the media to have played shy of this scandal also comes out in these papers. Some of the most important and powerful media Houses and personalities, seem to be caught in the Radia web. The names of two of the biggest media stars, Vir Sanghvi and Barkha Dutt are also mentioned in these conversations, about their effort to assist Radia, to ensure Raja becomes the Telecom Minister. There is also a mention of how Radia has been managing the media.

There are also issues relating to cross-border transfer of funds, both legally and illegally.” 

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