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“Tell me what should I tell them_” _ OPEN Magazine

“Tell me what should I tell them_” _ OPEN Magazine

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THURSDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2010
Photo feature: Her walk home after daylight fades in a busy metropolis
20 November 2010
“Tell me what should Itell them?”
“Oh God. So now what? What should I tell them?Tell me what should I tell them?” —BARKHA DUTT
 ALERT: Conversation begins on some audiosafter a few seconds of silence; all audio filesembedded at the beginning of correspondingtranscripts
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EM AIL AU T H OR ( S)
( m a i l t o : e d i t o r @ o p e n m e d i a n e t w o r k . i n )
THE NETWORK
s talks between the DMK and Congress (‘them’) broke down over oining the Government in May 2009, Radia was actively involved inopening channels between the two parties through, among others,television journalist Barkha Dutt 
“OH GOD. SO NOW WHAT? WHAT SHOULD I TELL THEM? TELL MEWHAT SHOULD I TELL THEM?” —BARKHA DUTT
DATE 22 MAY 2009 TIME 09:48:51
RADIA: Hi, did I wake you up?BARKHA: No, no, no. I’ve been up, ya, most of the night. The stalematecontinues, yaa.RADIA: Yeah. Listen, the thing is that they need to talk to him directly.That is what the problem is.BARKHA: Haan so, apparently PM’s really pissed off that they wentpublic.RADIA: But that’s Baalu’s doing, naa… he was not instructed by Karunanidhi to do that.BARKHA: Oh, he wasn’t?RADIA: This is not. He was told to come away and tell Congress that.BARKHA: And he went public
 
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RADIA: Well, the media… media, the media was standing outside.BARKHA: Oh God. So now what? What should I tell them? Tell me whatshould I tell them?RADIA: I’ll tell you what it is---the problem and I have had a long chat with both his wife and with the daughter rightBARKHA: Haan, haan.RADIA: The problem is if the Congress has a problem with Baalu, if they have no problem with anyone. They need and go talk toKarunanidhi. They have very good relationship with Karunanidhidirectly.BARKHA: Correct, haan.RADIA: Because you see, in front of Baalu, in front of Maran, they can’ttalk.BARKHA: YeahRADIA: So they have to tell him directly, there [are] enough Congressleaders in Tamil Nadu. They need to go in and tell him exactly---the biggest problem is that the following of Alagiri is saying that youcannot give [inaudible] a cabinet [inaudible] and keep Alagiri in theMoS state.BARKHA: That’s right. But will Karuna drop Baalu?RADIA: He… look, if you tell him that Baalu is the only problem. I would imagine, he will drop him.BARKHA: But you see the problem right now is also over the choice of portfolios, naa…RADIA: No. They’ve not said anything. The portfolios have not evengot discussed.BARKHA: Congress claims, for whatever it’s worth, that the DMK  wanted surface transport, power, IT, telecom, railways and health.RADIA: You see, you see my honest advice…BARKHA: Yeah.RADIA: ..is that you tell them that they need to tell him directly that we are happy because Kani’s [Kanimozhi, DMK Chief Karunanidhi’sdaughter] got no issue being about independent. But Alagiri is now telling her that you cannot take an independent charge if Maranremains cabinet minister.BARKHA: I see.RADIA: And Congress is sending messages through media and through various sources, saying that. And Maran is telling everyone that he isthe only acceptable person.BARKHA: Person, yeah, yeah, yeah. That I know.RADIA: But that’s not correct, naa?BARKHA: No, I know. We’ve taken that off. We’ve taken that off.BARKHA: Also, but, but the Congress needs to tell Karunanidhi that wehave not said anything about Maran.BARKHA: Okay. Let me talk to them again.RADIA: Yeah? The choice of candidate we will leave to you. We havesome reservation about Baalu. And let them tell the reservation. And we have not said anything about Maran. We are not talking+++
 In another telecon, Barkha Dutt offers Niira Radia the assurance that she is on the job as a reliable go-between
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“THAT’S NOT A PROBLEM, I’LL TALK TO AZAD. I’LL TALK TO AZADRIGHT AFTER I GET OUT OF RCR” —BARKHA DUTT
DATE 22 MAY 2009 TIME 10:47:33
BARKHA: Haan, Niira?RADIA: Barkha, what I’m told is that the Congress yesterday,apparently, God knows who they are talking to in the DMK.BARKHA: Haan, well must be Maran…RADIA: Relayed---no, they relayed that the infrastructure portfolioshould not be given to Maran or Baalu.BARKHA: No, that’s because they want to keep it for themselves.RADIA: No, they wanted to; they didn’t want any infrastructure, that’s what Prime Minister said, so he said that’s why they give him labour,fertiliser, chemical---and telecom, IT, they said for Raja. So what hashappened is, is that message not relayed to Karunanidhi?BARKHA: Oh I see!RADIA: They might have told some minion down the line or toldMaran who is not relaying the truth.BARKHA: I think they have told Maran.RADIA: Yeah, now what they need to do is, they need to speak to Kaniso she can set up the discussion with her father, because even thePrime Minister’s discussion was … she was the one who’s translating,and it was a very brief discussion for two minutes.BARKHA: Okay.RADIA: That we’ll try and work it out, and the let’s not you know takeit a hasty easy decision. That’s the type of conversation that happened.BARKHA: No, I’ll set it up as soon as they get out of RCR.RADIA: What she saying is that, you know, that someone senior likeGhulam [Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader]---because he is the one who is authorised to speak. ….BARKHA: Yeah, yeah, yeah.RADIA: Right? Was to speak to her then she can tell her father that Ihave got this message from the Congress.BARKHA: Theek hai, not a problem. That’s not a problem, I’ll talk to Azad---I’ll talk to Azad right after I get out of RCR [Race Course Road,presumably, the PM’s residence].RADIA: Yeah, and then she said when father lands, I can speak to him.BARKHA: Okay.+++
The two conversationalists touch base again
“I’VE HAD A LONG CHAT, I HAD A LONG CHAT, AND THEY PROMISED METHAT AZAD WILL SPEAK TO HER” —BARKHA DUTT
DATE 22 MAY 2009 TIME 15:31:29
RADIA: They will speak to her?BARKHA: Yeah.RADIA: Who? Ghulam?BARKHA: Ghulam. Yeah.RADIA: You know, the problem is she’s catching a flight at five haan,going back. Dayanidhi Maran is attending the swearing in when only Raja has been authorised to attend, so he’s gone and told his leaderthat Ahmed Patel has told me especially to attend the swearing in.BARKHA: Ahmed says this is rubbish …
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