PRANAB MUKERJEE! WHAT A GREAT SON OF BENGAL (REWRITING HISTORY OF INDIA) INDEED!!!—II
During the days of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency in 1975-1977, as her Most Favourite Daffadar, Pranab Mukherjee hailed her as “India is Indira and Indira is India”. These stupid and silly words first used by Dev Kant Baruah, the President of the Congress Party in 1975, were internalized in letter and spirit by Pranab Mukherjee when he was the Minister of State for Finance (Revenue) during the Period of Emergency He became the most feared hangman of Sanjay Gandhi. If Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi wanted to imprison anybody without a trial and subject him/her to all kinds of inhuman treatment, including torture, Pranab Mukherjee was specially chosen by them for that very execrable Emergency State Purpose. Pranab Mukherjee became a monster of wickedness and cruelty and this stark fact was duly noted and adversely commented upon by Justice J.C Shah of the Shah Commission. Today, this repository of wickedness and of all past wrongs and shame, is the hatchet man of Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi. Today Pranab Mukherjee’s swan song is: “Sonia is India and India is Sonia”. Likewise for the Sonia Congress Party today, another swan song is “Rahul is India and India is Rahul”.
Having worked with great energy and gusto as a Personal Orderly of Sanjay Gandhi both during Emergency from 1975 to 1977 and after Emergency from May 1977 till Sanjay Gandhi’s death, today Pranab Mukherjee has become the most severe critic of Sanjay Gandhi. As I mentioned in the First Part of this article yesterday (15-3-2011), Pranab Mukherjee has severely criticised Sanjay Gandhi’s coercive family planning experiment during the Emergency, calling it arbitrary and authoritarian. Pranab Mukherjee has edited a book titled ‘The Congress and the making of the Indian nation’, to mark the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Indian National Congress (INC) in December2010. In this book it has been stated, ”Over enthusiasm led to compulsion in enforcement of programmes like compulsory sterilization and clearance of slums. Sanjay promoted slum clearance, anti dowry measures and promotion of literacy…but in an arbitrary and authoritarian manner. This led to the annoyance of the popular opinion.”
Pranab Mukherjee seems to think that he will continue as Union Finance Minister till his exit in the year of the Lord 22011 AD(!) or till the exit of Sonia Gandhi in the year of the Lord 42000 AD (!!) or whichever is earlier!!! He seems to be under the vain delusion that unlike Union Telecom Mister A.Raja, he can bury fathoms deep all his skeletons gathered during his long tenure as a member of the Congress Party and as a Union Cabinet Minister. Immortal Pranab Mukherjee will never understand that Hitler paid for his crimes on April 30 1945. Stalin too paid his price for his cruelties. Likewise Indira Gandhi paid for her crimes. So did Rajiv Gandhi for his crimes in May 1991. Pranab Mukherjee cannot escape from the operation of the inexorable Law of Karma. Nor can his mentor Sonia liberate him from the deathly clutches of this LAW of Cause and Effect.
The Shah Commission had come to the conclusion in April 1978 that Pranab Mukherjee the then Union Minister of State for Finance (Revenue) and Sanjay Gandhi had conspired, colluded, collaborated on a day to day basis in the State-directed macabre political drama of inhuman excesses—crimes, follies and tragedies—against the innocent and peace-loving common people of India. Today Pranab Mukherjee has become a shameless Namak Harami and turned his guns against Sanjay Gandhi with the full official sanction of the Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi.
It is common knowledge that Pranab Mukherjee treated Sanjay Gandhi as his Boss during the Period of Emergency. Having functioned as his personal slave, today Pranab Mukherjee is trying to portray Sanjay Gandhi as a Devil Incarnate who was solely responsible for all the INHUMAN EXCESSES OF EMERGENCY.
V.KALYANAM-WHO KNEW SANJAY GANDHI INTIMATELY
In order to ascertain the true facts, I spoke to my friend V.Kalyanam (now 90 years old) who had worked as Personal Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation from 1943 to 1948. By virtue of his close working association with Mahatma Gandhi, Kalyanam came into close contact with many Senior Congress Leaders of that generation including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. As I was quite shocked by Pranab Mukherjee’s recent nefarious attempts to make Sanjay Gandhi wholly responsible for the excesses during the Dark Days of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, I asked V.Kalyanam as to whether Pranab Mukherjee’s personal relations with Sanjay Gandhi both during and after Emergency were cordial. Kalyanam told me categorically: “After the revocation of Emergency and the massive electoral defeat of Indira Gandhi in April-May 1977, Pranab Mukherjee and Sanjay Gandhi were always seen together every day, traveling in the same van driven by Sanjay Gandhi. Sanjay Gandhi was known to me right from his childhood days in York Road in New Delhi. In 1977-78, I used to live with a friend of mine P.N. Balasubramaniam, the Founder and Chairman of Barium Chemicals Limited in Andhra Pradesh, at No.186, Golf Links in New Delhi (behind Sujan Singh Park in Khan Market). I introduced Sanjay Gandhi to P.N. Balasubramaniam (popularly known to all as Bala). Sanjay Gandhi used to come in his large van to the residence of Bala on 3 days in a week to discuss politics. On every occasion I have seen Pranab Mukherjee coming along with Sanjay Gandhi to Bala’s residence and he used to wait patiently in the van for long periods when Sanjay Gandhi was having discussions with Bala. For reasons not known to me Sanjay Gandhi never permitted Pranab Mukherjee to meet Bala at his residence. I never had any doubt that Sanjay Gandhi treated Pranab Mukherjee as his personal orderly.”
RESIDENCE OF BALA AT NO.186, GOLF LINKS IN NEW DELHI
This is the house which was frequented by Sanjay Gandhi in 1977-1978.
Invariably Pranab Mukherjee went with Sanjay Gandhi and waited outside this house as his orderly
In the first part yesterday, I had quoted excerpts from the Shah Commission Report 1978 to show that in any other civilized country, a political gangster like Pranab Mukherjee would have been sentenced and lodged in jail even by a Third Class Stipendiary Magistrate. In our country he seems to be waiting to act as Prime Minister. He seems to be the only competitor to that statesman of genius Rahul Gandhi!!
Today as Union Finance Minister, is reported to be the biggest Patron of all Hawala and Money Laundering Operations of Sonia Gandhi. As pointed out by Dr.Subramanian Swamy, Former Union Minister for Law and Commerce and the President of Janata Party, he is the Official protector of Hasan Ali, apart from being the whole time launderer of Firangi Memsahib’s ill-gotten money!
Pranab Mukherjee is an inveterate and vicious liar like his mentor the Firangi Memsahib. His disgraceful (?!!) track record of low and questionable integrity has been fully brought to public view by V. U. Eradi (former member of Central Board of Direct Taxes, and the officer concerned for dealing with the income-tax matters in the Shah Commission.) in his recent article titled ‘Put in the dock by Shah Commission’ and published in The Hindu dated March 13, 2011. it is clear from Eradi’s article that Pranab Mukherjee is guilty of telling blatant lies in the Parliament. He is treating all the Members of Parliament as kindergarten children! I am giving below the full text of this article by V. U. Eradi.
Published: March 13, 2011 23:40 IST | Updated: March 13, 2011 23:40 IST March 13, 2011
Put in the dock by Shah Commission
V. U. Eradi
Pranab Mukherjee should specify in which case he was “put in the dock by the Shah Commission.” History and propriety demand an honest answer.
Replying to the debate on the general budget on Friday, March 9, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that the government was serious about the issue of bringing back “black money.” In the course of his reply, he is reported to have said that during the Emergency, he had, because of his deep concern in this regard, ordered raids on a “very important family” that he did not want to identify. He is reported to have added “it was not a fruitless raid. One tonne of primary gold with Swiss marks was discovered. Later on with the change of government, I was accused of causing Emergency excesses and was put in the dock before the Shah Commission.”
I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THE TONNE OF GOLD WAS A FIGMENT OF THE FINANCE MINISTER'S FERTILE IMAGINATION, BUT THE ALLEGATION THAT HE WAS PUT ON THE DOCK BY THE SHAH COMMISSION IN ANY SUCH CASE WHERE MAJOR TAX EVASION WAS LATER ESTABLISHED BY DISCOVERY OF A TONNE OF GOLD, IS, TO PUT IT POLITELY, FACTUALLY INCORRECT. The Shah Commission dealt, inter alia, with Emergency excesses. Five of those cases related to the Income Tax department over which the present Finance Minister presided as Minister of State for Finance (Revenue).
COVER PAGE OF SHAH COMMISSION REPORT
It is necessary to mention that in spite of subsequent authoritarian measures to practically obliterate this valuable document, a few copies of the Shah Commission Report survived. The country owes a debt of gratitude to Era Sezhiyan, a great parliamentarian, for his efforts at publishing the report recently in the form of a book with an excellent introduction from him.
The five cases referred to are briefly mentioned below, with page, etc., references for those interested. The first two cases can be clubbed together. They were tax raids on two brave trade union leaders, Prabhat Kar and D.P. Chadha, general secretary and president, respectively of the All India Bank Employees Association (First Interim Report of the Commission, Chapter 7, Para 7.294 onwards at pp 93-94).
Significantly, action in this case was initiated by the then powerful Director, CBI, D. Sen. He sent for the tax official concerned, gave him the orders, which were meekly followed. The Director, CBI, later recorded a secret note which says that the two persons' houses “were got searched” and added that a report regarding the search is enclosed. In his oral testimony, Sen said that the report was sent either to O.M. Mehta, the then reasonably notorious MOS in the Home Ministry, or to R.K. Dhavan. Neither Sen nor the above two dignitaries was in anyway lawfully concerned with the Tax law or its administration. As the then Minister in charge of Revenue, Pranab Mukherjee, cannot escape responsibility for this high handed and unlawful exercise of the drastic and draconian provisions of the tax law to suppress legitimate trade union activity.
Then comes the Baroda Rayon Corporation case (Second interim Report, Chapter 9, pages 10 to 15 para 9.1 to 9.27). It will be useful to mention at the outset that the alleged one tonne of gold was not discovered or seized in this case. In fact, this raid was very similar to the drama of raids, arrests and “grilling” of persons like Suresh Kalmadi, A. Raja and other near and dear ones by the CBI, the ED and other sundry agencies.
I said no gold was found, but something more precious was. But that material was not used to detect tax evasion. Three files containing the vital information V.K. Shah, the managing director of the company, so helpfully placed in his briefcase were “seized” from him and through the chain of command reached the present Finance Minister who quite legitimately forgot almost immediately what he did with them. It used to be said those days by persons close to the then important hangers-on that the party high command was keen on verifying details of large sums of money apparently handed over to a then charismatic party leader allegedly to persuade some legislators to act in a particular manner. V.K. Shah only requested that the papers be seized from him rather than he hand them over and thus betray his Guru.
The next tax raid case dealt with by the Shah Commission was the one on Bajaj and Mukund groups in May 1976. Here again, there was no discovery of the tonne of gold because no such claim was made during the proceedings before the Commission in justification of the action taken. What was submitted then on behalf of the Group was that this favour was bestowed on them because of their association with Jayaprakash Narayan and the Sarvodya movement. Besides, Viren Shah, Managing Director of Mukund Iron and Steel Works, who was a close associate of the Bajaj family, was a persona non grata at the Imperial Durbar.
To conclude, at least one benevolent act of the then Emergency Regime merits mention. In the course of a routine enquiry, it was noticed that the identity of two women who were registered as shareholders in Maruti Ltd, a Sanjay Gandhi venture, could not be verified as they did not live at the address furnished in the company's records. The moment further enquiries were started, they came to an abrupt stop. The Director of Investigation recorded that the “Chairman has desired that no enquiries should be made regarding this case till further instructions from him.” A mere 35 years have elapsed. The instructions might well be on their way. Obviously, the investment in unverifiable names was of unaccounted money.
BASED ON THE ABOVE, IT WOULD NOT BE UNREASONABLE TO ASK THE FINANCE MINISTER TO SPECIFY IN WHICH CASE WHERE A TONNE OF PRIMARY GOLD WITH SWISS MARKINGS WAS DISCOVERED, WAS HE “PUT IN THE DOCK BY THE SHAH COMMISSION.” HISTORY AND PROPRIETY DEMAND AN HONEST ANSWER.
(V.U. Eradi, former member of Central Board of Direct Taxes, was the officer concerned dealing with the tax matters in the Shah Commission.)
I will be failing in my Public Duty if I do not offer my salutations to Shri VU Eradi for the unmatched National Service he has rendered today in making our poor and innocent countrymen fully aware of the ‘exemplary’ (?!), ‘impeccable’ (?!), ‘exalted’(?!), ‘unsullied’ (?!), ‘unshakable’ (?!) and ‘unquestionable’ (?!) conduct, character and antecedents of Pranab Mukherjee, the Union Finance Minister of India today!! Shri VU Eradi was an outstanding Public Servant of post-independent India noted for his qualities of outstanding leadership based on the canine virtues of courage, fidelity and vigilance. I would love to pay my humble tribute to a great Public servant like Shri VU Eradi in the words of a great poet:
How happy is he born and taught,
That serveth not another’s will;
Whose armour is his honest thought
And simple truth his utmost skill.