It is easier to say these things after becoming a Sardarji Economist Prime Minister. One guy in the crowd wanted to know why I took up economics and not mountaineering. The other wanted know if my concept personality development included a sense of humor.

As a Sardarji Economist Prime Minister, I made it clear that all these silly things like a sense of humor is for the right wing nationalist like Narendrabhai. We are all stone faced secularist with an keen eye on these right wing “Maut Ke Saudagar”

Eye on “Maut Ke Saudagar”

In cricket and politics, the art and science of winning a draw is gaining importance. For example when there is a draw in election results, we form a coalition government. That is a victory. If you set a target of 300 runs in 50 overs on the last day of a test match then you win the draw.
With types of Narendrabhai, Kumble and Ponting taking center stage the good days of winning draws seem to be over.

Anyway, I am bit pissed off with the power sector reforms. There is a delay in awarding Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs). UMPP developers are concerned about the timely implementation of transmission system projects by the PGCIL for evacuation of power. This seems to be a draw with no winners. But Honda says you can still be a winner….

Winning a draw….

I am working on Sunday. I have to send a report to Soniaji.

Soniaji has been really critical of us these days. She wants us to be regular in sending our reports. She has pointed out that Mayawait gets her reports daily while we in congress do this weekly. How can she succeed if we are so slow in our reports.

Ok, let me get back to work….

I am happy today. I told the French President that I am a Sardar and I wear a turban. He wanted to know if the turban indicated a religion in anyway. I said, yes. He said that I could have never become an economist if I was French. But, would it have been ok if I would let my hair flow like Abdul Kalam eh? I asked. That would have been so French. Well, in France you can have sex at school but not religion!

Anyway, we have rewarded Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt for relentless Narendra bashing for five years in all walks of life. Though they failed to change the minds of the Gujaratis, they managed to ensure that Narendrabhai did not visit USA. They have made Soniaji proud. Sometimes they behave like the communist but most of the time they are congress persons. I too like them. Barkha Dutt gave me an award too. Same same but different eh?

They are also the most hated Padma Shri awardees in Gujarat, a rare distinction in a state which only watches TV channels which have stock tickers at the bottom.

NDTV’s contribution to Gujarat polls:

About 109 news stories from NDTV on Gujarat in the last 30 days. Of these about 67 stories had to with the polls. An analysis of th 67 stories by NDTV is very revealing.

Anti-Modi (tehelka, riots and related muslim issues, development) – 27 stories includes only 2 on development (1 story on Modi’s Chiranjeevi scheme to encourage private use of maternity homes/clinics is strangely given a negative spin of decaying public health and a second one on nomadic muslim tribes being denied voter identities)

General Muslim issues (excluding riots) in Gujarat – None

Factual reporting on Congress/rebels/others campaign – 13 stories (mostly PTI releases)

Factual reporting on BJP/Modi campaign – 14 stories (mostly PTI releases)

Positive stories on Development in Gujarat with credit to Modi/BJP – None

Positive stories on Gujarat with no apparent credit – 1 story on snake charmers getting voter identities

Negative stories with no specific target of criticism or generally critical of politics – 2 stories on fishermen and rural foodgrain banks run by women being disenchanted with politicians

Poll process related – Rest

Happy Republic day.

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