|China Myths Debunked|
|WE all know the facts: In
1949 when the Communist
Party took over, China had
been mired in civil wars
and dismembered by foreign
aggressions; its people had suffered
widespread famine; average lifeexpectancy
was a mere 41 years.
Today, it is the second largest economy
in the world, a great power with global
influence, and its people live in
increasing prosperity; average life
expectancy has reached 74 years.
But the assessment has to go deeper
than that, for reasons none other than
the apparent discomfort, if not outright
disapproval, Western political
and intellectual elites feel toward the
Communist Party´s leadership. Five
|PETER Oborne, writing in
the conservative Daily
Telegraph, recently suggested
Conservative British Prime
Minister, David Cameron, was not
merely in a mess, he "is in a sewer."
That seems about right. Cameron
lost it over Rupert Murdoch. He
showed staggering lack of judgment
in hiring Andy Coulson, the former
News of the World editor, as his first
director of communications at
Downing Street, a hubristic decision
made against the best advice and
apparently with a dual aim: to show
he was not an old Etonian "toff" and
to get favourable treatment from the
37 percent of the British print media
owned by Murdoch.
He then spent a fair chunk of time
during his first year in office in 26
meetings with various News Corp
honchos, including Rebekah
Brooks, who was...
Suhail Hindustani arrested, says people close to PM called him
PTI NEW DELHI DELHI Police on Wednesday made the second arrest in the 2008 ‘cash-for-votes’ scam by taking into custody Suhail Hindustani, who had allegedly acted as a liaison between Amar Singh and BJP MPs sought to be bribed.
Hindustani was arrested after seven hours of questioning by the Crime Branch and charges under Prevention of Corruption Act were pressed against him, police sources said.
Police summoned Hindustani for questioning after it arrested Sanjeev Saxena, once considered close to Singh, for allegedly delivering cash to three BJP MPs.
Before appearing for questioning, Hindustani sought to drag Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the cash-for-vote scam by saying he had got calls from people close to them (rpt) by saying he got calls from people close to them.
“I received calls from Amar Singh and Ahmed Patel (political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi).
Those close to Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) called me and even from 10-Janpath (Gandhi’s residence),” claimed Hindustani to reporters before being questioned.
He, however, did not identify all those who allegedly called him.
Moving ahead with the probe after the Supreme Court slammed it last week, the police are expected to question Amar Singh, former Samajwadi Party leader.
Delhi Police had sought views of the home ministry on questioning Singh.
Rajya Sabha Secretariat said there was no need for its permission to question Singh, a member of the Upper House.
“No permission for interrogation of Amar Singh has been sought from the Chairman of Rajya Sabha (Hamid Ansari).
So the question of giving permission does not arise,” Rajya Sabha Secretary General V K Agnihotri told PTI.
BJP MP Ashok Argal, who is alleged to have been offered Rs one crore bribe, and BJP leader L K Advani’s former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni who had allegedly organised the sting operation, may also be questioned, police sources said.
Before entering the police complex, Hindustani said he would tell police whatever he had told the parliamentary committee which probed the cash-for-vote scam.
Asked what he had told the committee, he alleged that Amar Singh told him that he was working on Prime Minister’s directions along with Ahmed Patel to save the government.
“People could not believe that Manmohan Singh and Congress party could stoop to this level to save the government,” he said, alleging that the operation was done by Amar Singh and some Congress leaders.
He said police should examine his call records, which he claimed would throw light on who all who called him between July nine and 22 of 2008.
“I challenge them.
These people tried to bribe me.
They asked me why are you aligned with BJP? Is your life going haywire? Come, align with us and we will give you some big posts like Chairmanship.
They told me that if you get one MP, we will give you Rs 5- 10 crore as commission,” he claimed.