The quote of the day comes from Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari. He was responding to allegation that the then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, had something to do with the escape of Union Carbide (of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy) chief Warren Anderson.

Rajiv Gandhi or his government had nothing to do with it. It is baseless and cheap to insinuate that a Prime Minister, who had to sacrifice his mother just one and half month ago (before assuming his office) and then sacrificed his own life five years later for the nation’s integrity, allowed somebody to escape out of the country under any pressure (from the US).

I would agree if:

1. Rajiv Gandhi had shot Indira Gandhi for the country, implying that he made a choice to sacrifice his mother.

2. He had later killed himself, again, for the country.

Both didn’t happen, and Rajiv Gandhi had no control over either of the events.

But the most WTF bit was:

Tewari added, “I do not think that those who are levelling such allegations have any patriotism left in them.”


The one event Rajiv Gandhi had any control over, was the 1984 Sikh pogrom. His response to that was the infamous quote:

Some riots took place in the country following the murder of Indiraji. We know the people were very angry and for a few days it seemed that India had been shaken. But, when a mighty tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little.