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Just married ND Tiwari

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Finally, the veteran Congress leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari, who is 88 years old, married Ujjwala Sharma. Ujjwala is mother of Rohit Shekhar, whose biological relation with the 88-year-old former Uttarakhand chief minister was settled by the Delhi High Court recently. Tiwari was dressed in traditional wedding attire and Ujjwala wore a bright coloured saree and the ‘pichauda’ (odhni) gifted by Tiwari’s family. Tiwari spoke about the wedding to her a few days back and discussed it later with their ‘kul purohit’ (family priest) and the day of Buddh Poornima was finalised for the occasion, Ujjwala said. At 88, Tiwari will put the board on honeymoon room as just married.

If we look at the background, one powerful sperm that made a mistake and the 88 years old landed in trouble! Many social networking users are making fun of Congress leader ND Tiwari.

Do our lawmakers not have an obligation to abide by the law which they frame and expect all Indians to follow or face punishment? If Raj Bhavans and other government bungalows are being openly used by politicians to entertain themselves and their friends with call girls and social birds, then why should the media carry out sting operations to round the latter up only when they are plying the same trade with ordinary Indians elsewhere? How can the real breaking news remain no news and the insignificant news be routinely treated as breaking?

Let us take the case of Tiwari. Firstly, it is impossible that he would have paid for his daily ‘exercises’ from his own pocket. All expenses would have been ‘adjusted’ under some head or the other of the tax payer’s money. Second, it is given that as CM and Union Finance Minister, he must have been provided with or even demanded top-quality call girls by business houses, contractors, etc to get undue favours out to them. Third, it is very likely that on more than one occasion in life, he would even have been blackmailed into taking important decisions against his better judgment and the interest of the state. In short, probity was an immediate casualty.

Tiwari had a past as reported by the press. He was once the PM candidate. During his tenure as the Finance Minister, there were a lot of stories but there were no TV channels then and Congress had a reputation. His connections with certain industrial houses are well known and they used to get him “fixed” with the right contacts and at times were the contacts themselves. It is really not important, who and how he paid for his activities. His pictures are on the net which may find their way into the ‘BLUE’ market soon. Let’s not take this as a sex expose, who knows how many people would have black mailed him?

The event like ND Tiwari’s scandal is just a symptom of bigger disease of corruption. Somehow Indian media wants to specialise on symptoms rather than root cause. I think it started with Nehru, I suppose, who agreed for partition on bed with Lady Mountbatten. I wonder, if it is a coincidence that most of places where Americans do their business are most corrupt countries.

Narayan Dutt Tiwari is one of the grass root level leaders of Congress. At the seasoned old age of 88, he has revealed a streak that tells the world that the land of Kamasutra has not lost its vigor and is practiced more behind closed doors. But, more than that, he has reopened the debate on whether private lives of politicians should be open to scrutiny. For decades, there has been silent consideration between the media and politicians that their private lives will not be hung out in the open for all to see. Indians are largely indifferent to this aspect of the demeanor of India’s politicians since nothing really damaging about them has ever been revealed by mainstream media. The argument is what they do in their bedroom is nobody’s business. No one can find fault about this line of privacy. ND Tiwari’s romps with prostitutes, thrice a day routine, according to some, in the Raj Bhavan has graphically highlighted that the media has failed to perform an important national duty. A man who has been a cabinet minister in the Central government, Chief Minister thrice and Governor, has been doing this and more for decades. Why did the media not expose him for so long?

ND Tiwari is not only the politician who has been breaking the trust of India’s people. There are many others. The fact that India’s media has continued to shield them while conning the nation with the fodder of stings in dance bars and other seedy places is something that is equally, if not more, disturbing than the acts of politicians. The speed at which Tiwari has resigned and the manner in which the Congress has quickly taken the high moral ground, after a half-century of being in his bed, should leave no one in any doubt about the kind of behavior that is expected by India from its leaders.

The court’s directions came on the plea of 32-year-old Rohit Shekhar seeking to compel Tiwari to furnish his blood sample at the earliest to decide the four-year-old paternity suit. He has sought a judicial declaration that Tiwari is his biological father. The judgment is clearly a violation of right of privacy of every individual. The court has set a dangerous precedent without any security to an Individual. As a matter of fact, to talk morally, of course we cannot talk ‘morals’ with politicians. If at all, he really is the biological father, he should’ve accepted his son, as is, without an argument. On the other hand, if the claimant is not his biological son, he wouldn’t have reached so far, into the court. Anyhow, he was accepted as son by ND Tiwari, after son the mother has been married to son’s father.

I wonder whether the next in Congress is also planning for honeymoon.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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