John MacLithon, who writes under a pseudonym, was for 30 years the correspondent in South Asia of a famous British radio, is the author of "Hindutva, Sex & Adventure" (Roli Books, Delhi). Whether it was dodging bullets on the India-Pakistan border, covering the Mumbai riots, or interviewing six Indian prime ministers, he has given a unique insight into the life of the subcontinent. John lives in India with his partner and writes regularly for Indian publications.
We know that Quattrochi, the man who could have spilt the beans, was shamelessly let off the hook, not only by the CBI which today is conducting — two years late — the investigation on the 2G scam, but also by the then law minister who is today the governor who pretends to be after corruption in Karnataka!
Robert Vadra’s meteoric rise is a significant story in the collection of the most shameful stories of independent India. A nonentity, he has risen to the topmost heights of power and wealth by virtue of blatant nepotism.
The tragedy of India is that it was colonised for too long. And unlike China, it always looks to the West for a solution to its problems. Sonia Gandhi, whatever her qualities, is just an incarnation of that hangover, an empress of India in new clothes.