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President Pratibha Patil’s Pune land: How Moneylife’s flow of stories and use of social networking triggered citizen’s victory

The story of President Pratibha Patil’s palatial home was doing the rounds for quite sometime. However, it was only when Moneylife first wrote about it on 11th April and then followed it up with nine other articles that it triggered off a national debate in the media and social networking sites—a remarkable example of what the RTI, Internet, Twitter and Facebook combine can do what the largest of media companies cannot and will not do. A recap by Moneylife columnist Vinita Deshmukh

I happened to meet Col Suresh Patil (retd) at a felicitation function of Pune’s Padma awardees about four weeks back, when he mentioned about President Pratibha Patil building a palatial post retirement home in Pune. It was a short conversation but I kept this at the back of my mind and decided to follow it up, especially because he mentioned he had procured some documents under the RTI (Right to Information) Act.
 
Immediately the next day, I called him up and asked him to meet me along with the documents he was talking about the previous evening. When I went through the documents I was shocked to note that as against the home ministry rules wherein a retired president of India is eligible for maximum 4,498 sq ft of an ‘existing’ government accommodation, documents showed that she was building a mansion on a whopping 2,42,000 sq ft land. I wondered why the Pune media had not gone to town with this story, despite the fact that he had held a press conference. News items though had appeared, on an issue which was too potent to be tamed/silenced.
 
Three press conferences were held since July 2011 but there was tame reaction from the media in Pune. Col Suresh Patil (retd) who took up the campaign against this “land grab” not only held press conferences but visited newspaper offices to tell his story, but no one was listening. By any standard of journalism, it was a mind-blowing story for any journalist—of the President of India, Pratibha Patil who holds the highest office in the country, building a palatial post retirement mansion on a sprawling 2,42,ooo sq ft prime defence land in Khadki.



I penned this story with all relevant details in my RTI column of 11th April, which appears in Moneylife every Wednesday (and of which I am also the Consulting Editor).
 
Sucheta Dalal, the firebrand journalist who broke the Harshad Mehta scam in April 1992 and is the Managing Editor of Moneylife and Debashis Basu, the Founder Editor and Publisher, immediately sensed the importance of this story. They not only gave it the prominent place of on www.moneylife.in but used the social networking sites to good effect. Sucheta, who has more than 20,000 followers on the Twitter, tweeted the story link and so did Debashis. They also uploaded it on the Facebook. Lo and behold, by the morning of 12th April, it had gone viral and my story titled “President Pratibha Patil grabs 2,61,000 sq ft of land meant for soldiers and officers” had aroused the entire nation. In these days of the Internet, the marriage between an Internet website and social media networking can be formidable, as proved by the editors of Moneylife in first uploading the story prominently and then transmitting it in cyberspace.
 
Thereafter, the electronic and the print media followed up the story, with CNN IBN managing editor Rajdeep Sardesai giving credit to Moneylife and taking up the issue first in electronic media. And then everyone else picked up the story and highlighted it in their respective channels/newspapers. Even then, Indian Express tried to side with the powerful by blowing up the story on Col Suresh Patil who was being maliciously targeted by the Defence Estate Office for encroachment on some temporary sheds of his outhouse. This newspaper had nothing to say about one of the largest and shocking cases of irregularity done by none other than the President of India.
 
Thereafter, Sucheta and Debashis welcomed every story I wrote on the issue, based on additional documents under RTI by activists Col Suresh Patil (retd), Comm Ravindra Pathak and Anoop Awasthi, a formal naval officer and well known RTI activist (who was the one who procured vital documents under RTI).

 

I filed 10 stories between 11th April and 27th April. In these times when editors across newspapers prefer to be status quo-ists and don’t take chances with stories that take on the establishment, it was the courage of conviction of Sucheta and Debashis that brought the truth to tens of thousands of readers across the country and the globe.  Each of my stories was placed on top of the website and each one was posted on Facebook and Twitter to a large body of followers.
 
Of course, we never expected the story to reach the logical end so soon. It is an example of how democracy can win if the media plays it strong and powerful, the way Moneylife consistently did. There is also one bigger lesson to learn from the outcome of this story. That, every journalist should make RTI as an integral and mandatory part of his or her professional career. As it is—even with the ‘proof’ through RTI that land was illegally given to Ms Patil, the President of India’s official press release on Friday mentioned about vilification campaign against Pratibha Patil. However, the fact is, the black and white documents made her defence-less and she was compelled to surrender the land, within four weeks of Moneylife having broke the story.
 
Last but not the least, hats off to the three soldiers—Col Suresh Patil (retd), Comm Ravindra Pathak (retd) and Anoop Awasthi, a naval officer of short service commission. All three of them tenaciously fought the battle against all odds, with a mission to pursue it to the logical end. The next week, they had planned for a PIL in the Supreme Court, with Sucheta playing the mediator between them and the best lawyers.
 
However, good sense prevailed upon the President and she surrendered the land. So, it is apt that she be given due credit for upholding the highest tradition of democracy wherein peoples’ sentiments and laws are respected.
 
A very big lesson from this story is that, please do not be cynical. I kept questioning  myself, “Will anything happen?” It happened, and really fast. Long live democracy. Long live spirited journalism and activism. Long live peoples’ voices. Long live RTI and may it be used in the service of public-interest journalism.

 

(Vinita Deshmukh is a consulting editor of Moneylife. She is also an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting, which she won twice in 1998 and 2005, and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte. She can be reached at [email protected])

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Rajkumar Singh

6 years ago

Hats off to the Team of Moneylife for an excellent job done. It sets an example for the public to understand their power of democracy to resolve any issue, without taking any legal recourse.

Adi Daruwalla

6 years ago

Kudos to the efforts put in by Vinita deshmukh on the expose for the palatial house that the ex President would ahve accquired. Well for Prtibha Patil, she should understand that "intelligence to have and wisdom to lack is like a pack of boks on an asses back." President Patil it is at the right time you became wise, to revise the bad decision you had made.

Paul

6 years ago

Well done Moneylife team .
Tainted President With Murder And What Not By Her Near Relatives.
Now Really Found Guilty.

Nagesh Kini FCA

6 years ago

That a once considered 'above board' newspaper should vilify Col, Patil shows the level to which our journal has down graded itself. It also got egg on its face with its false alarm of an attempted' military coup front page report. It has lost whatever little credibility it had earned under distinguished editors like Arun Shourie and others. They too are a prey to the paid for journalism era.Very sad in deed!

Dr Vaibhav G Dhoka

6 years ago

This resolution was due to pressure created and credit goes to moneylife team who has taken immense efforts.This PRESSURE phenomenon should used in more more such high profile case as well as agist regulators like SEBI/RBI/IRDA who take cunsumer or presisely investor for ride.AS they have nothing to loose for their INACTION.

dayananda kamath k

6 years ago

congratulations and kudos for the eoman service to the country for preventing loot of the defence land and defence money. congress has the history of appointing such people to high posts to degenerate the dignity of that post and they can get what is required form that post.

A K Ramdas

6 years ago

The only way to stop this kind of fooling by the party in power is to change the system of selecting the President. There should be direct selection of President by the people of India, exactly similar to the US Presidential form of elections. Only the dedicated individual who has a track record of public service who has no taint of corruption need to be chosen as President. Naraanamurthy of Infosys is one of the best available for this purpose. If not, why not recall
Dr Abdul Kalam our former President?

REPLY

dayananda kamath k

In Reply to A K Ramdas 6 years ago

apj abdul kalam may be the best among the present contenders. but we must not forget that he has failed in his basic duty as president when he dismissed bihar govt from a foriegn land based on telepohonic communication. so he has failed in his duty when he should have exercised more caution. and his action has been comented by supreme court. when congress is in power every president behaves as if he is serving the party. and when any other govt is there they exercise all the powers they have to block even the good decisions of the govt.

Sandeep

In Reply to dayananda kamath k 6 years ago

The President doesn't take decisions directly,he is advised by his office bearers and also the by government is power.
President cannot be blamed squarely.Kalam is a suitable candidate and maintains decorum and dignity of the Office.

dayananda kamath k

In Reply to Sandeep 6 years ago

it is very sad that an elected govt is being dismissed and president did not exercise minimum probity and ordered dismissal from a foriegn land. if he does not exeercise power then any one can be made president becasue he has to act as dictated by his so called advisors. he has failed at the crucial duty as president. if he is such a upright person he should have resigned as soon as supreme court reverted the desicision.

Sandeep

In Reply to A K Ramdas 6 years ago

You recommendation is far step gone ahead.This is unnecessary wastage of resources,both financial and human.The President in America is the head of governance which is not the case here,mostly being figure head.
Prime Minister's Office, which is non-existent in USA, is the central core of administration here.

a k ramdas

In Reply to Sandeep 6 years ago

Thank you Mr Sandeep; I am aware of the difference between our President and the
US Head of State. I am talking not of redistribution of power, but merely suggesting that the election of President, instead of being left to an electoral college of elected reps, why not have the voting public have a say in such matters? Who was paying for the construction of this palatial edifice for the President, how will this be used now?

Sandeep

In Reply to a k ramdas 6 years ago

Your reply is nothing but akin to beating around the bush.Your suggestion is fruitless as President who has no direct authoritative powers to governance,cannot make his/her presence felt.Hence electing him by people doesn't bring any difference to them.
The purpose is not served.
Moreover, it will be a tremendous drain on resources.
A constitutional amendment bringing some powers to the Office of the President,may help people if elected directly.

B V KRISHNAN

6 years ago

Congrats to Vinita and the Moneylife foundation for successfully preventing another developing scam. The entire nation should be grateful to you for this gutsy performance. I am not prepared to give any credit for the President for giving up the land because she would have been forced to do so, once you approached Supreme Court. Our job is only half done. What the President and the defence officials tried to do was illegal. Who gave the sanctions for this? Should we not bring these guilty people to book? Public interest will be fully served only if these people are punished - so that it will refrain others from similar illegal acts.

Neela

6 years ago

Now the reason for returning the land, being given is that she is "pained" by the charges. LOL!
As if the great deeds she did as Governor of Rajasthan, alloting a princely sum of 2 crores for war widows, was from her own pocket!

Sajan

6 years ago

Congrats for the good work. Mighty and greedy President has been shamed and felled. This should serve as a lesson for the greedy politicians. Blank looting of country is not possible. Alert citizens are watching and such campaigns will be wholeheartedly supported by the ever vigilant activists and citizens

Gsnmurthy

6 years ago

Kudos to Vinita, and the team at Moneylife for highlighting the issue and waking up the common man.
More power to your ilk.
Best Wishes.
Murthy

Aniruddha Sengupta

6 years ago

Having played an important role in the whole episode, there is absolutely no harm in gloating about your achievement. Otherwise how can you increase the number of your readers both offline and online? All the best to the ML team!

p k

6 years ago

this was really fantastic.

now we have another SHAMELESS CONGRESSI KALMADI who is ready to go for the IOC olympic election.

how shamless and thick skinned a person can be !!

Sandeep

6 years ago

Allow the story to die now.You are flashing the old story(yes, old) on the front headline of your portal to keep the momentum going.I hope you are not cashing on bringing the matter to limelight.I have high regard for this magazine for holding on to journalistic morale in this era of crass commercialisation.
I wish you are not in the same bandwagon as others.

Java

6 years ago

Congratulations to all of you at Moneylife, especially to Vinita Deshmukh, who broke and pursued the story, when the rest of the media played safe and sat on the fence. Kudos to Veeresh Malik for his promotion of the campaign and of course to all the RTI activists and former soldiers in Pune whose persistence against the odds, finally paid off.

REPLY

Vinita

In Reply to Java 6 years ago

Yes immense thanks to Veereshji for the support in taking over charge of replying to readers' mails and all the time giving good suggestions and advice. Very grateful

Public Interest   Exclusive
Chernobyl: A grim reminder to all those nuclear protagonists

Around two million people have been hurt by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that took place 26 years ago. “The Chernobyl disaster underscored that mankind must be extra careful in using nuclear technologies,” Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych said. Is India listening?

The impact of Chernobyl nuclear disaster we see today is not just the exclusion zone around the destroyed reactor, but enormous radioactive contamination still observed in the now independent states of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. There are vast territories in Russia’s Bryansk Region where the levels of background radiation are still too high for people to live safely in the area. Ironically, Russia, one of the countries most severely affected by Chernobyl, prefers to ignore the immense renewable energy potential and still placing its bets on more nuclear power plants.

Indian nuclear power plants are situated in Zone II and III except Narora plant in Uttar Pradesh, which is situated in Zone IV. Is the government doing enough to ensure that our nuclear plant are safe and can withstand any disaster, natural or otherwise? Here is an international report highlighting the Chernobyl disaster and the measures taken by the Ukrainian government to protect its citizens from the after-effects of the disaster.

Twenty-six years to the day after the world’s worst nuclear disaster, Ukraine on Thursday began construction of a vast new metal shelter to contain the stricken Chernobyl reactor.

The 20,000-tonne structure, big enough to enclose the Statue of Liberty, is due to be completed by 2015, allowing the delicate and dangerous job of dismantling the reactor and cleaning vast amounts of radioactive waste still around it to begin.

“The Chernobyl disaster underscored that mankind must be extra careful in using nuclear technologies,” Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych said at the commencement ceremony. “Nuclear accidents lead to global consequences. They are not a problem of just one country, they affect the life of entire regions.”

The 26 April 1986, explosion spewed a cloud of radiation over the northern hemisphere, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes in Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia. The Soviet government initially tried to hush up the explosion and resisted evacuation of neighbouring settlements, as well as failing to tell citizens how to protect themselves against radiation.

A concrete “sarcophagus” was hastily erected over the wrecked reactor, but it has been crumbling and leaking radiation in recent years and a new confinement structure is necessary.

Mr Yanukovych said two million people have been hurt by the tragedy and it was the state’s obligation to protect and treat them. But his reassurances fell flat with Chernobyl clean-up workers and victims. About 2,000 protesters rallied on Thursday outside parliament in Kiev, demanding more compensation and pensions.

Mr Yanukovych also thanked international donors for pledging 740 million euros (615 million pounds) to build the new shelter and a nuclear fuel waste facility. The biggest donors are the G8 industrial nations, including Japan, itself still recovering from last year’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

“It feels good to note Ukraine wasn’t left alone with its pain. We felt the whole world came to our rescue,” Mr Yanukovych said.

Vince Novak, director of the Nuclear Safety Department with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which part-funds the project, praised Ukraine’s commitment.

“It is definitely important to know there is a strong commitment in Ukraine to do everything necessary to ensure that the Chernobyl project progresses well,” he said. “We have no room or margins for delay, for errors or for poor performance.” Mr Novak said 1,000 workers are now beginning to piece together the giant arch from French steel on an assembly site 200 metres away from the exploded reactor. After it is assembled in the coming months, workers will begin to lift it to slide it over the reactor. The contours of the new confinement building should become visible by the year end. Then a front and back section will be built.

Preparatory work has been under way since 2008. That included cleaning up the assembly site, replacing contaminated soil, and then putting it in concrete, which now enables employees to work without special radiation protection.

EAS Sarma, former secretary to the Government of India, has also written to PMO hoping that someone there will have the sanity to think outside the narrow confines of Department of Energy and be statesmanlike in reviewing the safety of nuclear power. There are a myriad ways to find answers to our energy problem without committing the people of this country to a dangerous nuclear future.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/international/work-begins-on-mausoleum-for-worst-nuclear-disaster-26-years-on-1-2258655

 

 

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buzzz

6 years ago

The RESISTANCE to the Nuclear Power plant in TN is artificially created. The Plant was developed by the Indian govt with services from Russia. The US capitalists can't see this happen as they feel its a missed opportunity for them.
These money hungry moguls will stop at nothing till they spoil this great effort of the Indo-Russian joint project.

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Pratibha Patil gives up land; activists win

Following persistent agitation by three intrepid activists, and supported by several exclusive articles in Moneylife alone, written by Vinita Deshmukh, the President of India, Pratibha Patil agrees to give up the land on which she was building a palatial post retirement bungalow

President Pratibha Patil has announced that she will now give up the large tract of A1 army land that she had grabbed to build a palatial post-retirement bungalow. This follows persistent newsbreaks only in Moneylife for the last one month and continuous agitation by activists in Pune.

A statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said, “Considering the fact that the issue has got linked with the issue of war widows accommodation by some people, the President has chosen to forego the aforesaid allotment of accommodation proposed to be made to her as her post retirement home in Pune.” It also said that, “What has pained the President the most is the fact that she is now being portrayed by some people as one who, by agreeing to accept a defence accommodation for her post retirement home, is insensitive to the cause of war widows and ex-servicemen. But facts are to the contrary. She has always been proud of our brave jawans who are ever-ready to display their spirit of sacrifice while defending our borders. She has the highest regards for our war widows who have lost their dear ones for the sake of security and integrity of the nation.”

It was Moneylife which broke the story that Pratibha Patil, president of India and the supreme commander of the armed forces was building a palatial home for herself on a whopping 261,000 sq ft of land in Khadki Cantonment in Pune (out of which the bungalow occupies about 4,500 sq ft). The land belongs to the defence. It was planned to have a fortified home. It was more than the stipulated 2,000 sq ft norms as stipulated by the law. Here is our first article

President Pratibha Patil grabs 2,61,000 sq ft of land meant for soldiers and officers

The issue came to limelight after information was revealed under the Right to Information (RTI) following a query by Col Suresh Patil (retd) and founder of Justice for Jawans (JFJ), RTI activist Anup Awasthi and Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM). They campaigned against Ms Patil’s ‘snatching’ away land meant for soldiers and officers.

The RTI application was sent to the President’s office. As per the reply, under the President’s Emoluments and Pension Act, 1951 and rules framed under the President’s Pension Rule, 1962, “where suitable government residence is not available for allotment to a retired president, the size of the residence to be taken on lease to be provided to a retired president shall have a living area not exceeding 2,000 sq ft”.

In an earlier response from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, to a campaign by a group of ex-servicemen, said that, “No illegality has been committed. The land has been allotted to the President for use during her lifetime and will continue to belong to the defence ministry," it said rebutting charges that the plot had been "given" to the President.”
Vinita Deshmukh, who consistently followed the story, told Moneylife that, “She is absolutely thrilled by the response from the President. It is truly a people’s victory.”

Moneylife has been consistently at the story. After the first article, Vinita wrote about the fact that Pratibha Patil’s house stands on defence land meant only for military use with military spending its resources for her benefit.
 
(Pratibha Patil’s house stands on A1 defence land meant only for military use; military spending its resources for her)

Soon after the above story was published, it went viral in the social media. However, the President's office came up with a denial which did not address the core issues, but was carried faithfully by the mainstream media (Pratibha Patil’s Pune Bungalow: Denying the undeniable ).

The protests gathered steam and spread both nationwide. (Protest against President’s land grab set to spread countrywide)

Further, it was found out that Pune Cantonment Board’s reply to RTI application says that the cantonment comes under the jurisdiction of the Maharashtra Tree Act. Apparently, trees too were being uprooted to give way for the palace.

Trees cut illegally for President Pratibha Patil’s Pune bungalow?

Even the home ministry questioned the President’s move. The president’s office instead stood ground and stated their reply, which was full of factual errors.

Ministry of defence had questioned ‘precedence’ of allocating defence land for President Pratibha Patil’s retirement home

With the social media and nationwide protest at the peak, the President office sent an emissary to pacify the RTI activists. However, the Governor of Tripura, DY Patil, had planed to fly down to Pune to pacify activists opposing President Pratibha Patil's post-retirement home; tweets depleted his confidence and he sent his confidante instead, who in turn asked the soldiers to "tone down the agitation". Thus showing the power of the citizens.

Twitter buzz scares away Pratibha Patil's emissary sent to pacify protestors of Pune land grab

Vinita Deshmukh finally wrote that many unanswered questions remain. By the time, the nation was fed up.
President Pratibha Patil’s palatial home in Pune: Many unanswered questions

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P VENKATARAMANI

4 years ago

it is shame on us.... venkat

Vanishri

6 years ago

Congratulations! Now it is important to march ahead,to reach the further goal of the jawans and war widows getting their rightful share of existence. The monelife team can further put their weight so that 1. the guilty should be severely punished as far as destructing the ecology is concerned.it will take so many more years to restore the same 2. the land should go to the deserving lot no matter how small in designation he is.
It would have been a great gesture for the first lady who proudly takes the salute of honour to publicly apologise and ask for whatever punishment. She can set an example that deserves to be saluted.

malq

6 years ago

Despite Parliament remaining strangely silent (not for, not against); despite all political parties and elected representatives ignoring the issue; despite the MSM giving higher prominence to the denials from Rashtrapati Bhavan; despite the veiled and not so veiled threats; despite the real power for retaliation that some people have - this initiative worked. And rapidly too. But proves one more point - compared to the size of other scams underway in India, this was a minnow - one off-the-record comment from a political friend here in Delhi said it all:- "This is what happens when big people aim small". So, onwards to catch the big guys, now that the power of the tools used, what is dismissively referred to as "social media" or worse "internet noise", has been proved. Well and truly. Congratulations, again, Moneylife, Sucheta, Debashish, Vinita. And for the gentlemen in Pune, Patil, Pathak, Anand and others, salutes and more. The platform is there, bring on the trains . . .

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RNandakumar

In Reply to malq 6 years ago

You can include yourself proudly in the team of Sucheta, Vinita and Debashish in exposing the corrupt politicians MR.VM ji.

Deepak

6 years ago

A pertinent blog on TOI on this issue

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com...

RNandakumar

6 years ago

Congrats to the men responsible in restoring not only the land to the rightful owners but also demonstrating that persistance pays. May the good samaritans be bestowed with more health and more vigour to fight similar injustices of the society.

D N RAO

6 years ago

Congratulations to all the "concerned great and brave persons" who made the President of India to quit illegally occupied land in Pune. I sincerely wish Almighty to bless these "great and brave citizens" of our country with peace, prosperity and all happiness. Once again three cheers to them.

mahesh

6 years ago

Congrats to all those who fought. A small victory brings great delight, still bigger issues we face. Can this be called "a small step against corrupt,big step against injustice"?

S Prabhu

6 years ago

Hearty Congratulations to Ms. Vinita Deshmukh and the team of activist. Today it has been proved that if you have will, common people can shake any highest office or the person. If every Indian comes forward in this fashion then I am sure the corruption will come to an end within a year. So its time for every Indian to come open and fight against corruption. Hats of Madam Suchita Dalals and her team for doing a great work for the country. Satyamev Jayate. Jai Jawan Jai Kisan

indian

6 years ago

good work!
govt are not the king and queens . they must show accountability to spend public money and resources.

Neela

6 years ago

Congratulations Moneylife. May you and other activists have more power to carry on the fight against various politically powerful vested interests.

PR Vaidya

6 years ago

Congratulations to Ms Vinita Deshmukh for fruitful work.
However the mention of War Widows is not clear. Do not remember Vinita's article mentioning this, but Rashtrapati Bhavan press- note mentions this. Did someone else project this aspect? Irrespective of that aspect, acquisition of land in excess of requirement was the issue and what has happened is good for that reason alone.

Request Moneylife to clarify this aspect please.

HappyCitizen

6 years ago

Thank you MoneyLife ! Please continue the good work and expose shameless behavior !

Capt Kiriti Guha

6 years ago

I am extremely happy that at last some sense has got into the head of President and she has finally given in to incessant public pressure and decided not to use the of the land allotted to her. It is a great victory for Moneylife and all the activists as well as the general public who fought for the cause.


santhana

6 years ago

The land grabber gives up because of persistent efforts of the activists. Now she will grab some other land to justify her SERVICE (SIC) to the country. When we will be rid of these GREEDY politicians.

ASHIM CHOUDHURY

6 years ago

It is indeed very satisfying to see that the unrelenting campaign by Col Suresh Patil and his friends, ably backed by Vinita Deshmukh and Money Life, has yielded the desired result.
It shows that a persistant campaign for what is right will yield results.
This also holds a lesson for the mainline electronic media that if they do not back citizens' movements for justice just because their fodder comes from the corrupt they will be doing great injustice to the cause of truth!

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