Wednesday, April 18, 2007

ashok malik: the trouble with navin chawla and other sycophants.

apr 18th 2007

the clue is that biography of that old hag and sinner, the 'beatified' MT: this guy is a blatant opportunist sucking up to the christist powers that be. these are the people who get the plum sarkari sinecures. i am sure he has a nehru museum assignment awaiting him after he has been kicked out of the election commission.

ashok malik is one of the best investigative journalists in the country. great stuff from him.

here's something i got in the mail:

This article is important to be understood not just in context of the 

person involved, but also how institutions are sought to be corrupted by
the present government in power. And it is these institutions that have
made India what it is, and not just another banana republic. I can

guarantee that the secular media will give little information to their
readers about Shri Chawla. After all, to fight the BJP, the practice of
secularism dictates that any means used is perfectly legitimate


The trouble with Mr Chawla
Ashok Malik\

Why is this consummate Delhi insider just so controversial? Ashok Malik
goes back 30 years to find out.

Old-timers in Delhi remember Navin Chawla as an affable sort of chap. A
talented lad at St Columba's, son of an upstanding doctor couple,
biographer of Mother Teresa, married to perhaps India's best art

restorer, Rupika. With a CV like that, really, you can scarcely go


Shahryar said...

Was Christopher Hitchens's The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice ever released in India?

Editorial Reviews
What's next--The Girl Scouts: The Untold Story? How could anybody write a debunking book about Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity order? Well, in this little cruise missile of a book, Hitchens quickly establishes that the idea is not without point. After all, what is Mother Teresa doing hanging out with a dictator's wife in Haiti and accepting over a million dollars from Charles Keating? The most riveting material in the book is contained in two letters: one from Mother Teresa to Judge Lance Ito--then weighing what sentence to dole out to the convicted Keating--which cited all the work Keating has done "to help the poor," and another from a Los Angeles deputy D.A., Paul Turley, back to Mother Teresa that eloquently stated that rather than working to reduce Keating's sentence, she should return the money he gave her to its rightful owners, the defrauded bond-holders. (Significantly, Mother Teresa never replied.) And why do former missionary workers and visiting doctors consistently observe that the order's medical practices seem so inadequate, especially given all the money that comes in? (Hitchens acidly observes that on the other hand, Mother Teresa herself always manages to receive world-class medical care.) Hitchens's answer is that Mother Teresa is first and foremost interested not in providing medical treatment, but in furthering Catholic doctrine and--quite literally--becoming a saint.

Ghost Writer said...

This article by Ashok Malik is really quite eye-opening to how state institutions are being hijacked by UPA. The author is indeed sharp - I have long held that the Indian print and TV crowd does no justice to him. This guy also edited Jaswant Singh's "mole-wallah" book, which is quite readable; although I thought Strobe Talbot's was the better account on the nuclear issue.

Another memorable phrase coined by him is "the Lahore nostalagia school of Punjabi intellectualism", while writing on (In)Justice Sachar
That was a wise description of what I call the "Wagah Candle-Lighters"