Trouble time for Trinamool
Its trouble time for the Trinamul leaders. Their didi (Mamata Banerjee), who is also the Chief Minister of West Bengal is now being called as “Hitler didi” and rapidly losing the affection of the masses.
Any word against the party or her is being dealt with arrests and intimidation. First it was a Jadavpur University professor, who was arrested for allegedly spreading “anti-Mamata Banerjee” cartoons on the internet. Then in a TV show in which she accused Presidency students of being “Maoists” for asking her uncomfortable questions and the latest is banning of a book written by a top cop, who was known to be her favourite during the Marxists rule in the State.
The IPS officer , Nazrul Islam, published a book titled Mushalmander Ki Karaniya (What Muslims Should Do) where he spoke about the alleged plight of the Muslims in West Bengal and how the Trinamool Congress-led State government was resorting to double standards in the name of ‘improving’ their condition. Last week , Kolkata Police officials raided units of the publishing house and seized copies of the books. In this totalitarian State the ruling Party wields total power for its own sake over the inhabitants.
Remote is all charged
Inflation, price rise and taxes. The middle class never had been hit so hard. Aam aadmi is being squashed under the Congress’ hand. With the middle class vote-bank eroding rapidly Finance Minister P Chidambaram has embarked on a mission to rescue the economy and woo the middle class. The middle class has now being promised of reduced EMIs for consumer durable loans, compuslory education, loans for eligible students, doubling the number of ATMs, and enabling all ATMs not only to disburse cash, but also receive cash. Its only a matter of time that the government goes for another hike in petrol and then diesel. An increase in petrol, diesel, domestic cooking gas (LPG) and kerosene prices looks “imminent” after the Finance Ministry said it has no money to provide for fuel subsidy. There goes the middle class and the working class.
Media stakes up for grabs
Country’s fourth estate seemed to be up for sale. There had always been speculations that one corporate house or the other were pumping money into the newspaper houses. BY doing so, they were dictating terms and playing the market. There were TV anchors, who brazenly defended themselves despite being caught striking deals with corporate houses.
But now things are turning official. The Competition Commission of India recently approved Aditya Birla Group’s acquisition of 27.5 per cent stake in Living Media India Ltd by IGH, an investment company of Aditya Birla Group. Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited which reportedly runs a debt of over 4,000 crore is believed to be negotiating with the corporate houses for selling some of its stake.
The IPL with its glamour and glitz is turning into a major nighmares for the owners of the cricket teams. The Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab are believed to be up for sale. The owners of these team are bleeding and desperately looking for buyers to bail them out. The teams have also eaten into their core business and the owners are not being able to bear the losses. Allegations of match fixing, spot fixing have also tarnished the image of this tournament. Some team players are contemplating legal action against the owners for not being paid. IPL is turning into a morass.