It’s now beyond doubt that only selected conversations from the Niira Radia tapes were leaked to the media. An Outlook investigation reveals there were many other key figures speaking to Radia. Here are some of the “missing” conversations:
Investigators say they believe the woman MP Radia is speaking to is in all likelihood Annu Tandon, the Congress MP from Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. When contacted, Annu said she could not recall the conversation with Radia. Her husband Sandeep (who died this year) was a former revenue service officer who later became a “consultant” to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. Both her sons work for the same company.
She admitted to knowing several I-T officials including Milap Jain, the then DG income-tax (investigations) who headed the Radia probe and hence knew all the details of the conservations that Radia had till December 2008 and post May 2009.
“I know Milap through Sandeep (her husband) and Milap’s wife Bimlesh is my friend. But I’ve never met him for work issues,” she said. Annu admitted that she’d met Radia on several “social” occasions but could not remember any phone call.
But three sources, all connected to the ongoing investigation and with access to the tapped conversations, confirmed to Outlook that the voice discussing I-T official Jain with Radia was indeed Annu’s.
Apropos of The Quarry is Watching, the usual suspects must be ecstatic with Narendra Modi’s name being dragged into the Radia controversy.
Novonil Guha, Delhi
Why blame Niira Radia, there’s lobbying even for the Nobel prize.
Sumon Das, Bhubaneswar
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
If only all the Radia Dialogues were published, Socrates would have taken a back seat!
>>I certainly would like to hear that tape! I also wonder who decided which tapes to conceal and which to reveal.
Are you still wondering? It’s the RSS.
>>Mr. Modi has said that a 1 Rupee SMS that he has sent to Mr Tata has done it all. But the build up of the move to Gujarat may be more well planned, including the sops given
God! The crime of the century has been uncovered. I demand Modi be hanged!
>>so look at the Kingshuk Nag's article.
First look at what your own Gujarat Money link says about Kingshuk Nag: “Nag is known anti-Modi pen, and it is not necessary to believe, each and every word that he writes”
Actually Nag’s article gives a very good insight into the level of integrity these editors have (I guess they all take their cue from the supreme man of integrity who has taken the meaning of integrity to a whole new level). He seems to be aware about Radia’s reputation in 2003 itself, but his entire knowledge and background of the Nano plant transfer to Gujarat didn’t seem important enough to be shared till now. However, moment the Radia tapes were leaked (and we all know who are caught with their pants down), he was quick to do the balance the act with these memories suddenly resurfacing!
The article is also typical of an editor with integrity coming out of his ears – “sources say this, Radia possibly did that”.
>>The tapes will probably have conversations about the sops, image building for Modi, how to prevent singur kind of resistance etc..
They would also probably have conversations about the number of Muslims Modi would personally kill to set up the Nano plant without any resistance.
>>In one conversation, Radia is believed to be speaking to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. She is discussing the transfer of Tata’s Nano project from West Bengal to Gujarat, where the plant was ultimately set up.
Either you have the conversation on tape or you don’t! If you don’t, your investigations mean squat. If you do, what are you waiting for? Christmas?
The usual suspects are ecstatic with Modi's name being dragged in into the Radia controversy. All these days of defending the indefensible with all kinds of convoluted arguments (eg. these things are well known and normal etc) must have been really difficult especially with no instructions from High Command.
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