Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two things I didn't know about Tharoor

... until today. The first one is an allegation, while the second is being reported as a fact:

  1. From The Hindu editorial:

    That Mr. Tharoor's “mentoring” of the bid for the franchise ended in a windfall for his partner, Sunanda Pushkar, is not in dispute. Mr. Tharoor allegedly went much further: he is even accused of negotiating the percentage of her 'sweat equity' in the consortium that successfully bid for the franchise, Rendezvous Sports World. [emphasis added]

  2. From Siddarth Varadarajan's piece in The Hindu today:

    Such was his five-star appeal that the Indian and diasporic middle class forgave Shashi Tharoor for living in an expensive hotel for months on end, even when it emerged that he tried very hard to have the government pay for his stay there. [Bold emphasis added]


  1. gaddeswarup said...

    A comment from http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2010/04/the_looting_cla.html may also be appropriate here:
    "Perhaps we have arrived at a point in this country where looting is the most rewarding economic activity. In that case, it will not take many years before the wealth available to loot starts to shrink." Unless there is 9-10 percent growth.

  2. Ankur Kulkarni said...

    My feeling is that Tharoor has done nothing wrong by the law, for he is smart enough to know what is legal and what is not. But in India, it is not enough for him to stay legal and assume that thereby, he has "done no wrong". Even if what he has done is completely legal, if it could be cast as unholy, the opposition will exploit that connection to put him to shame. That's just the way Indian politics works. Tharoor has a lot to learn as far as scamming in India is concerned.

  3. Anonymous said...

    Well, Tharoor might have done nothing wrong. It just goes on to show the party he is in. If you rub the pehla parivaar on the wrong side, you are in trouble. If you get Madam Maino unhappy, you can't survive by being in her court.