New Delhi : Bofors, a child of pre-reforms era who went missing in Kumbh Mela years ago, is back now, expecting the nation to embrace him. But, little did this young man realize that much smoke has flowed from the barrel of the howitzers in the last 25 years.
“I was hoping for an emotional re-union, reserved for a long-lost boy. But what have I got in return? Nobody in the country seems to care about me,” Bofors told Arnab Goswami on `News Hour’, a programme that seeks answers from the nation on serious issues confronting the society, like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s overweight and forensic analysis of Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s CD.
Abandoned by both Sweden and India, Bofors poured his heart out during the show and pleaded with Goswami to get the nation acknowledge his pioneering role in scam-building and give him the pride of place among the big-ticket scandals. However, he was shouted down by other panellists.
“Look, things have changed now. Size does matter. Look at Spectrum, CWG and Adarsh. What is Bofors’ standing in the market? It is small from head to toe. I mean from barrel to wheel. It is like a Kiranawala taking on a Fortune-500 company. We advise Bofors to withdraw from race and accept defeat like a true sportsman,” said Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari.
A mere 64 crore kickbacks was involved in the Swedish gun deal which is peanuts and does not qualify to be called a scam, he argued and ridiculed Bofors’ plea to be recognized as the original “Con”gress man. In a rare display of solidarity, BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad concurred with his political adversary and brushed aside Bofors, saying he lacks stature and qualification for a place in Bhrashtachar Bhavan.
“We have disowned Bangaru Laxman because he was caught accepting a mere Rs 1 lakh in the Tehelka sting operation. Such a small amount is an affront on our image and stature,” the BJP leader said.
With such unanimity on the panel, it was concluded that Bofors belongs to the BPL category of scams and does not serve the purpose of enhancing the TRPs of the TV channel.
“Tonight, the nation wants to know why inequalities exist among the scandals which are a pride of the nation. Your channel will work tirelessly to remove these inequalities and provide a level playing field for all scamsters,” Goswami concluded, before moving on to the next discussion to put the country’s leading nutritionists on trial for failing to check Aishwarya Rai’s weight.
(Contributed by Suresh Dharur)