Tuesday, 29 May 2007


The Patel sisters are at it now.
Well, we have Laxmi Patel here and then another Yasmin Patel who sings praises of Babu Kavlekar. Where has this newspaper roped in these Siamese journo sisters from? Anyone knows?

This article on Manohar Parrikar certainly goes against everything the Herald has said and maintained about Parrikar over the years. Pen Pricks has tried to juxtapose claims made in this obviously paid ‘article’ with excerpts from editorials, which have earlier appeared in the Herald.

Its really not strange now. After dubbing Parrikar as communal, corrupt, vicious etc, all it takes is an advertisement (passed off as a story of course) to liquidate all that the paper has said and maintained.

BJP and Parrikar may be saffron, but for the Herald, their monies are definitely a rich, lushy green.

BJP gains grounds in Goa riding on Parrikar popularity wave

By Laxmi Patel

Riding on the popularity wave of Manohar Parrikar coupled with the meticulously planned election campaign, the BJP is likely to get majority seats in the June Two assembly elections paving way for its government formation in the state.
With non-BJP votes dividing amongst several political parties and people feeling disgusted with the infighting within congress, the BJP, feels the experts, will score the magic figure this time.
Restricted use of money and liquor, this time, has also favoured the party, which had planned its candidates and campaigning much before the dates for election were declared.
Political pundits feel that division of votes amongst non-BJP political parties will give an edge to the party in many constituencies. In many constituencies, anti incumbency factor will favour the saffron political outfit, which has promised electorate to get rid of bad governance.
Manohar Parrikar factor will work magical in this election with Shripad Naik, leader of Bahujan Samaj, working along with Parrikar. (But coming back to Sidhu’s remark, one is also startled that he has mentioned it considering that the golden boy of the BJP’s Goa unit, Manohar Parrikar, was at one time hell bent on destroying this identity. EDIT: What Identity Sir?)
Icing on cake is the minorities’ inclination towards BJP that was evident from the fact that leaders like Agnel Silveira (Taleigao candidate) and Antonio Joao Caiado (St Andre candidate) formally joined the party, which was hitherto labeled as Hindu political party. Francisco D’Souza is already a sitting MLA in the party. (Is it a communal Goan identity where all western influences are wiped out as was seen in 2004 with the vandalism at Tonca and Fontinhas by supporters of the BJP... EDIT -- What Identity Sir?)
Parrikar regime between the year 2000 to 2005, which saw Goa getting into fast pace of development, will also anoint BJP’s victory in the legislative assembly polls. (Yes, the peace and tranquility, which is the essence of Goa, was rocked to the core and who was responsible – the BJP.... EDIT: What Identity Sir?) The party has already declared Parrikar as its chief ministerial candidate, who will lead the government for next five years.
Labelled as a technocrat and wizard in economic growth, Parrikar is getting much acceptibility in all the constituencies including his own Panaji constituency where he will win with the landslide margin.

And that is the case with leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, who though a brilliant man, cannot accept the fact that many of the problems that are plaguing Goa today, started during his tenure as CM... EDIT: Lost the name) Congress candidate Dinar Tarcar, a novice in the state
politics and who was till recently hobnobbing with former town and country planning minister Atanasio Monserratte, seems to be a no match for giant leader like Parrikar. Voters still doubt his credibility.
What is interesting is that the national trends favour BJP and after Uttarakhand and Punjab elections, nationally it is considered that Goa will be added t o the basket of BJP.
Amongst various factors, the BJP manifesto also seems to be adopted well by the voters, who are promised whole lot of schemes, once BJP comes to power. What drives the entire campaign is people’s trust in Parrikar, who has successfully implemented all those schemes, which he spoke about, during his tenure.
An almost unbelievable cyberage scheme or Dayanand social security scheme, has been an example, before electorate, to have faith in the leader, to implement schemes such as abolition of house tax, proper public distribution system, green regional plan, curbing illegal sale of land and others including the most popular announcement of giving state recognition to football as a sports.
Birth of Save Goa Front seems to be spelling doom for the congress party in the state. Though BJP and Save Goa Front leaders categorically deny that both of them support each other, it is inevitable that SGF wilt indirectly give edge to BJP by weeding out certain Congress politicians, who are always on target of BJP.
The issue of BJP funding Churchill Alemao led SGF seems to be unfound because both the parties are pole apart in their ideologies and don’t share a bit in common.
Parrikar, former chief minister, has also managed to convince his own voters with a progressive looking manifesto which promises basic amenities and infrastructure, disaster management, quality of life, sports and entertainment and preservation of heritage besides promotion of art and culture to the voters. (One remembers with scorn the storm troopers of the BJP, comprising of the Velinkars and that fake freedom fighter, terrorizing and vandalizing works of art and artifacts at Mala and Fontinhas because of their foreign influence... EDIT—lost the name)
“The total water requirement of Tiswadi and Ponda talukas is 120 MLD. Water availability at Opa works during the summer months of April and May improved from 50 MLD to 150 MLD due to availability of additional supply through storage capacity created by constructing more than 15 open type bandharas and also by pumping of 50 MLD water from Selaulim dam into Kale river,” Parrikar’s manifesto reads.
If voted to power, Parrikar has assured complete replacement of old network of water supply distribution pipeline in Panaji city.
Notwithstanding the unwarranted criticism by opponents, who in privacy admires Parrikar for his administrative skills, the BJP leader has managed to create waves in the state, which will give clean sweep to the party in the ensuing elections.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got to hand it to the Herald -- it's not partisan! This is prostitution taken to its logical level -- will sleep with anyone who will pay.

Not that this would be a problem per se. No problem with the press accepting ads from all who can pay, running paid supplements for all who can pay, etc. The problem is with the Herald trying to pass this shit off as journalism rather than advertising.

Lying and whoring taken to its logical conclusion.

29 May 2007 at 21:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey don't go on with this whore thing please. At least she isn't sanctimonious...

29 May 2007 at 21:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or pompous...or stupid...

You have said it correctly. Comparing an honest professional like the prostitute with current journalistic trends is doing her a gross injustice.

My mistake. But could you suggest another word instead of 'whore'?

29 May 2007 at 22:27  
Blogger Pen Pricks said...

Hey guys... find a better word. Its easy to abuse... find a better, more creative way to vent your fury guys... Believe me its fun...

29 May 2007 at 22:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you wanted an alternate word??? How bout Robin? :)

29 May 2007 at 22:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was horrified this morning after picking up the papers to see what I initially thought was GT doing the same thing as the Herald -- for Dinar Tarcar this time.

But fortunately, at the bottom of the puff piece is a note saying 'Advertisement'. Is ink so expensive that Herald can't do the same? Or is the money not being shown in accounts?

Can't one complain to the ECI about this? And if Herald's defence is that these are not ads but articles, we can complain to whatever court it is up there that judges incompetent journalists :-) Suggested punishment: rest of these people's lifetimes to be spent reading their own garbage.

30 May 2007 at 12:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with the thought on journalistic garbage. There is no doubt that the Herald erred in putting up the article as an article. Obviously, it was not one, and it is sad that the Herald tried to fool it's readers with such stuff.

But then, i don't think any of that is working since Parrikar is on the way out, possibly suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Dinar Tarcar.

Anyway, let us hope for the truth to come out.

3 June 2007 at 02:33  

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