Can You Take It Deepak Sharma?

Deepak Sharma, Editor, SIT, India Today Group, talks to Madhu Trehan on his investigation during Operation Dhritrashtra, his shock at finding the Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust office a “ghost bungalow” & how the Khurshids took the UP govt and him for a ride, and much more.

Deepak Sharma, Editor, SIT, India Today Group, talks to Madhu Trehan on his investigation during Operation Dhritrashtra, his shock at finding the Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust office a “ghost bungalow”, his being mistaken for an investigating officer, how the Khurshids took the UP govt and him for a ride, and much more.

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  • Geetanshdutta

    Its a clear cut case of 464. That’s too from the living premises of law minister of this country. Is anything left for imagination. Who are “guttersnipes?” khurshids or a common citizen whose life will be made hell if he ever, knowingly or unknowingly gets into a case of such forgery. Along with forgery, the addition is the charge of embezzlement of public funds and corruption. Khurshids need to be behind bars right now. Or the defunct governance structures of this country has given them space and time for making everything in their favour. Shame to be born in such dead democracy. Rejuvenation will need infinite efforts for sure. Shame

  • Geetanshdutta

    This is the case of double forgery. It deserves double punishment.

  • Shikha

    oxford fellow abuses in typical Hindi and low standard -downmarket -obscene language!!!!!!!!!!!!!!does oxford provide some special lectures in it.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because such guttersnipes like salman khurshid , etc prefer to be covered from Oxford/Harvard/Stephens sheets all the time and don’t want to expose their original souls, i wonder are they even indian or some moles of a foreign nation. Even gutter worms like to cleanse themselves sometime but such cheap fellows seems comfortable and feels worm in covered layer of rotten waste material; Here we have LAHU KE DO RANG- ek SALMAN aur doosra lOUIS. Ye lahu nahi paani hai. Infected blood runs in the veins of these people which will soon lead to sepsis shock. Waiting for that day to come

  • I’m really proud of Mr. Sharma

  • Rahul

    Great job Deepak. You are a true journalist. It takes a lot of guts to go after powerful people. I hope your management will stand by you and not ditch you. The more the truth about India is revealed, the more it seems that indeed we live in a ‘Peepli live’ kind of a world. What the country needs is an independent investigative agency and day to day trials of politicians. We all know that nothing will ultimately be done against Khursheed or any other politician for that matter. But still, these stories deserve to be told so that the future generations can see that some people did try their best to reform the system…

  • Vivek

    Madhu I think you have been too harsh on him. actually the whole media has been too harsh. it is very unfortunate.

  • @fakeerGandhi

    madhu, “Salman Khurshid” a pawn or a sonia’s black mailer? WHY Govt protecting him? What wud be the cost to Sonia G? / madhu YOU still A tigress, i’m so happy to see you in the same spirited soul. Deepak & Ashok Khemka charmed the nation. ThnkU

  • kumar swamy

    Kudos Deepak, as a common man, my respect to you. Please keep up this kind of investigative journalism without fear or favor.

  • Deepak Sharma looks like an younger version of Chandan Mitra.. 🙂

    • Exactly what I was thinking!!

    • Facts

      chandan mitra, the editor of pioneer and a rajya sabha mp is a stooge of where close to Deepak..

    • iideal

      Looks like french beard is mandatory at Pioneer where both worked….:).

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  • There are still some journalists left in country .. Kudos to Deepak and Madhu..

  • cant believe they did this so openly and without any care. This can happen ONLY IN INDIA. There will be time in future where Netas will go around kill ppl on camera and still noone would be able to touch’em!

  • the behaviour of salman indicates that once a gutter, always a gutter even if it flows via oxford etc.

  • Amit

    Oxford degree does not certify ethics and morality of thieves like our Union Law Minister

  • myikon

    bravo deepak

  • manohar pawar

    till this story broke out , i was in illusion of mr. khurshid as most liberal , honest , educated muslim face in gov. but within period of week all pearls of illusion just break out. thanks to india today. i made mistake by rating khurshid over javed akhtar .

    nice interview madhu . u allowed deepak to explain story sufficiently . i came to know about newslaundry just week before . i really very happy about it , because there is very little remains in media which one can trust . keep ur work going and try to expand scope of ur work . i will recommend newslaundry to my friend circle .

  • As of present state of affairs, our nation does not have any visionary, nor does it have any statesmen. In late 50’s of last century, nation had freedom fighters; a tribe which got baptised into art of governance by erstwhile British trained ICS Officers ; who not only helped them how to govern, they also wrote speeches / statements for them. Slowly these freedom fighters turned into politicians who started relishing the power vested in them. The recolouring of their ‘Mind’ was gradual over the general elections and they started putting into practice the ‘Divide & Rule’ doctrine followed by Britishers. With time importance of ‘Money’ in general elections started gaining grounds as a means to garnering votes for getting elected. The requirement of ‘numbers’ on the floor of the house, saw emergence of new breed of ‘Horses’ ready to bolt the stable or get themselves traded. The requirement of ‘Money’, increased dependence on ‘Haves’ of the society and in return these so called elected ‘representatives of people’ started manipulating their powers to extend monetary benefits to these benefactors. Hand-in gloves with moneyed class, gave rise to requirement of protection, which these politicians started obtaining from ‘Musclemen/ Bahubalis’ and NSG Commandoes. A new fertile ground to mushroom criminals in politics emerged. And with advent of criminality in politics came the need for lawyers to defend them, by twisting / interpreting laws of land to their benefit. And the doors to assemblies/ parliament opened and greeted lawyers with open arms into their fold. 90% of speakers on national media, representing all the parties are lawyers, who are gifted with the gift of gab & master at the art of playing ping-pong by scattering the issue of debate & trying to justify their party wrong doing by saying that it is not something new but they are just following the footsteps of opposition, when it was in power. Alas, now the times have deteriorated to such levels that the ‘modern politicians’ dont hesitate to use unparliamentary language without caring for the high office of responsibility on their shoulders. Alas few of these present breed of ‘elected representatives’ have lost the most powerful requisite quality “How not to make enemies & smile in the face of worst form of criticism. Survival instinct is their shield”. Utterance of ‘guttersnipes’ by Mr Salman Khurshid is like old time gangsters / cowboys shooting from the hips” . If nothing else,he must apologise to the impressionable youth of the nation for having lost control over his good rational sense and in anger having uttered gutterly language. As for the ‘present set up of parliamentary democracy’ is concerned, it is in its last leg of existance. By 2016, two years into next Government , the nation will witness forces of unrest & upheaval sweeping the nation, which will result into establishing of new governance order by 2019. Maybe a ‘% based national government or alternatively Presidential form of governance. Nation has a bright future ahead.

  • Shyam

    Fantastic interview. Even I thought Deepak was a bit rude in the preso but when seen within the context of the the enormity of the scam and their previous interactions with the Khurshids, I’m inclined to let that go.

    Hats off also to the Union gov bureaucrat who directed the UP govt to start the probe. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that (mr. puri was it?). God bless such honest workers. Wish more would follow suit.

    Madhu, QQ why ‘sawaal bahut hain but time khatam? I wish you had continued along for an hour at least. There is no time window to fit your interview here unlike TV! That’s the best part of such programs online. You can give it as much time as it deserves. i thought you cut him off when he was in full flow. Anyways…

  • Shyam

    Arnab, if you are reading this, you could try this one day in your show. Now your show reminds me of my annual appraisal meetings! You call 8 people to listen to your long winded questions and lectures, and cut them off before they finish and then all 8 guests jump like children vying for the last candy to make themselves heard, forcing me to go for the mute button! See how beautifully Madhu let the guy speak with just the nudges!

  • Sam

    Hats off to you Deepak and Madhu you are wonderful.

  • Hello Madhu. Thanks for this interview with Deepak Sharma. Deepak has almost sealed the coffin with so many nails. But…point is: Does the powers that be have enough courage and will to consigne it where it belongs? Unfortunately, more than truths, we live and thrive on Myths. So this too will pass and w shall forget the incidence. That’s what our INIDA is all about. K R Vaishampayan

  • Chetan

    Good interview. Hope Deepak keps up the good work and is a refreshing change from the partisan media outlets

  • Dinipc

    Super stuff from Today group. Make sure this Oxford/Cambridge crook goes behind bars! Hope Arun Poorie does not cut a deal with Khurshid due to the defamation cases.

  • Deepak

    Its really an eye opening interview, and shows the diminshing moral values

  • VIP

    excellent interview, but more evidences must be public domain

  • Roark

    we need such revolutionaries like Deepak who can take all such politicians who have stoop down so low as to embezzle the funds allocated for the handicaps….also hats off to Mr Aroon Purie who gave the thumbs up to carry on with the story, despite knowing the possible repercussions of the report….
    But I am disappointed with Mrs Madhu as she seems to be swayed away during the interview..One question had to be asked on the claims made by Salman Khurshid in his press conference on the forged affidavit, which he claims was provided by UP government and was not actually forged…Though, I wont call it to be a bias, but definitely poor journalistic approach…the question would have clarified the matter to a larger extent…!!!

  • siddharth pandya

    madam madhu who is talking interview of mr deepak sharma is more intrested to know that what kind of GALIS ie either “MAA KI AUR BAHEN KI” were given to the journalists who covered the story. height of cynicism…

    • nishant

      this is not height of cynicism, this is stark bright reality. You think these cheap and downmarket fellows like salman khurshid talks in oxford/harvard language day in day out???????????/ No. better correct yourself. Talk to them in private, off camara and you ll have free lectures in elective course of ” SPECIAL INDIAN EXPLETIVES.” which don’t find mention in any of the lexicons. This oxford kind of shallow showoff is only for the public to bring them down. Live in real world chap, if you want to live. Madhu is absolutely right in asking for such. Kudos to madhu.

  • rajeshwari

    Great job Deepak! I have become fan of yours after watching it Live. You had dared to show them mirror and Salman was from nowhere looking like Oxford educated, the way he shouted with claps “mili….mili…..mili… saal pahle mili” and I think he didn’t wait so eagerly for Louis even in their young age as he was doing for Range Mistri!!

    • Nishant

      ha ha ha ha ha ha. Your comparison of louis and rangi mistry is so good. I was feeling so bad for rangi mistry during the press conference. Salman should be deported to Guantanamo for such response to a reasonable public query.

  • sidd

    Madhu , feel like from past few interviews u r going soft on congress ( Manish Tewari interview and this one too)

  • Kashinath Gowlikar

    Simply disgusting to know how so called well educated , senior politicians behave. Couldn’t believe myself how politicians can stoop so low once cornered.

  • iideal

    Great job Deepak and Bad job Madhu. Deepak deserve 60 min on the show. He could have brought focus back to the story.

  • gaurav86

    Let’s start with Hindustan Times.
    1. Shobhna Bhartia, owner and editor-in-chief of Hindustan Times is a Congress MP from Rajya Sabha.
    2. Vinod Sharma, HT Political Affairs editor, is essentially a Congress spokesman on all TV panel discussions, because once his boss’ term gets over, he will be looking out for her RS seat next 🙂
    3. Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi, famous Congress stooges (and intermediaries for UPA allies) who were exposed in the Radiagate scandal, and are virtual Congress spokespersons in their capacities as electronic media personalities, are the ones who write opinion and op-ed columns most frequently (once every week) on the editorial pages of HT. In return, Barkha and Sanghvi are rewarded with Padma Shris and other monetary compensation by the Nehru dynasty or Congress party.
    Is NDTV any better?
    1. NDTV’s promoters are Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy. Radhika’s sister Brinda Karat is a famous CPM leader (well known for anti-Baba Ramdev views) and Brinda’s husband Prakash Karat is the CPM Politburo General Secretary (well known for preferring Congress over BJP). And Prannoy Roy’s first cousin is the famous far-leftist pro-Maoist-Naxalite pro-Kashmiri-terrorists “intellectual” Arundhati Suzanna Roy.
    2. NDTV’s Barkha Dutt’s reality has already been exposed by me in above section.
    3. NDTV’s Sonia Singh is the wife of Uttar Pradesh Congress MP, Union minister and ex-princely state ruler, Mr. R. P. N. Singh, who is one of the fastest rising stars in the Congress party. If you remember, Sonia Singh is a very high-profile anchor on NDTV whose pro-Congress anti-BJP bias is legendary.
    4. NDTV’s Nidhi Razdan (high-profile anchor of Left Right Centre) is the current girlfriend of J&K CM Omar Abdullah (after Omar recently divorced his wife of several years and mother of his two children, Payal). Nidhi Razdan is also famous for her legendary pro-Congress and anti-BJP bias.
    Is CNN-IBN any better?
    1. Rajdeep Sardesai’s wife and co-promoter of CNN-IBN, Sagarika Ghose, who anchors Face the Nation and is famous journalist of CNN-IBN (well, her hubby is the owner-editor-in-chief after all) are famous Congress stooges.
    2. Sagarika’s father Bhaskar Ghose was a famous sarkari babu and was made the chief of Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan) during Indira and Rajiv regimes. Bhaskar Ghose was well-known for personal loyalty to the Nehru dynasty, and now his daughter and son-in-law are rewarded with their own channel to do Congress propaganda.
    3. In fact Sagarika’s extended family even consists of her aunts Ruma Pal (former Supreme Court justice and a close friend of the Nehru family) and Arundhati Ghose (former diplomat and Indian ambassador to various countries, predictably, under Congress regimes).
    4. Let’s now come to another famous CNN-IBN media personality who also writes columns frequently for Hindustan Times — Karan Thapar. What you may not know is that the Nehru family itself is related, through blood and marriages, to the high-profile Thapar family. India’s Army chief during the 1962 debacle against China, Gen. P. N. Thapar, is brother-in-law of Nayantara Sehgal, the daughter of Vijaylakshmi Pandit and niece of Jawaharlal Nehru. Gen. Thapar’s son is pro-Congress journalist Karan Thapar. Gen. Thapar’s sister is Romila Thapar, a famous “top” typical JNU Nehruvian communist ideologue historian, who gets to write our textbooks and pollute them with pro-Congress Marxist propaganda.
    Is The Hindu newspaper any better?
    1. N. Ram, owner and editor-in-chief (till February 2012) of The Hindu, was once a vice president of the Students Federation of India. SFI is the students’ wing of the CPM.
    2. P. Sainath of the The Hindu (acclaimed journalist well known for his, again, unsurprisingly, typical left-wing Nehruvian communism ideology), is the nephew of Congress politician V. Shankar Giri and the grandson of V. V. Giri, ex-President of India and famous Congress politician. Giri was especially known to be one of the first few staunch loyalists of Indira, and whom Indira fielded for President elections against her own party’s Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, and who ultimately became the cause of the first high-profile split in the Indian National Congress into Congress (O) and Congress (I) — almost all the pre-independence regional stalwarts split away to join Congress (O) or form their own state parties, and the rest including Giri (all the loyalists of the Nehru family staying on with Indira).
    Or even what about little known News24 Hindi media channel? Owned by ex-journalist and editor Rajiv Shukla, famous Congress MP in Rajya Sabha, Union minister, industrialist, BCCI vice president and IPL chairman.
    Or even what about little known Lokmat (and IBN Lokmat) that is Marathi newspaper (and channel) in Maharashtra? Owner and editors-in-chief are the brothers Vijay Darda (Congress MP) and Rajendra Darda (Congress MLA in Maharashtra, and minister in state govt).
    Or even the other bigger and smaller media houses, such as The Times of India and Indian Express, where the Nehru dynasty has managed to infiltrate its loyalists such as Dileep Padgaonkar and Shekhar Gupta, who are essentially paid stooges of the Congress party.
    The Congress (in fact just the one single family — the Nehru dynasty) has been in power for 56 of the last 65 years of independence. This matters a LOT. Personal relationships have been built, blackmail-worthy secrets have been spied, monumental wealth has been accumulated … all by the one single Nehru dynasty (and its family-business-cum-political-party aka Congress) that helps it maintain its tight irongrip over not just the entire Indian mainstream media, but also deep into our bureaucracy, our governmental institutions, and even our journalism and mass media colleges and grad schools.
    We have probably not even scratched the surface of the network of family and personal relationships through which the Nehru dynasty has completely dominated and controlled the entire intellectual, historian and journalist landscape of India. And we haven’t even talked about the monumental wealth or the blackmailing secrets. All because the one single dynasty got to rule over India for 60 years uninterrupted. As I said, it matters a LOT.
    The typical JNU Nehruvian communist left-libbers ideologues have really perpetrated some kind of stranglehold on India’s journalism, media and intellectual space. Almost all pro-BJP (or even centre-right ideologues) journalists have been slowly thrown out of their jobs due to pressure from the Congress and the Nehru family. Even the great venerable Ramnath Goenka, frustrated and broken by repeated I-T raids and ED investigations ultimately had to fire Arun Shourie twice from the Indian Express, which was once the best Indian newspaper in the 1970s and 80s. That was the team — Goenka the owner, Shourie the editor, and S. Gurumurthy the fearless journalist, that brought political heavyweights like Indira Gandhi down on her knees and even took on corporate honchos like Dhirubhai Ambani. (Ramnath Goenka inspired the Mithun Chakraborty character and S. Gurumurthy inspired the R. Madhavan character in the Ambani biopic “Guru”.) But very few centre-right ideologues are left in India’s media space today, that too in minor publications like The Pioneer. Almost all the mainstream media houses have been thoroughly infiltrated and coerced into towing the Congress’ line, sometimes just through ideology and relationships, and not even money power.
    The Congress party essentially owns and controls every single mainstream media house in India, including Hindustan Times, The Times of India, NDTV, CNN-IBN, The Hindu, Tehelka, Outlook, etc, to name a few.

    # Sitaram Yechury is CPM Politburo senior member and parliamentary group leader. His wife Seema Chishti is former journalist of BBC Hindi and currently leading columnist and Resident Editor of Indian Express newspaper!# Jitin Prasada is current young Congress MP and minister. He is son of Jitendra Prasada who was famous long time Congress politician and dynasty loyalist. Jitin Prasada’s wife is Neha Seth, former TOI journalist, CNN IBN reporter and anchor. It’s as if all the pretty faces on NDTV and IBN get married to Congress politicians!# Tarun Tejpal is founder and editor of Tehelka. His father was top army officer who later joined Congress and became Punjab state Congress committee member. Tejpal was also close to ND Tiwari group of Congress including Arjun Singh and handled PR for Tiwari Congress. Tejpal gave his buddy Manoj Prabhakar (matchfixer cricketer, remember Tehelka was involved in matchfixing operation also) election ticket of Tiwari Congress. Now I know why Tehelka is Congress biased mouthpiece!
    Rajiv Shukla, a minister is brother-in-law of Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, a tall BJP leader. It is a game of elites. Secondly, the six-year Rajya Sabha term of Mrs. Shobhna Bhartiya has already expired. Vinod Sharma has failed to replace her employer in the Rajya Sabha. He has been given a lollypop in the form of the membership of the Minority Commission of India for his services to the Congress Party but he is introduced by the obliging channels as an “Independent journalist”.

    LOL, “all the pretty faces on NDTV and IBN seem to have got married to Congress politicians only”

    The day Kejriwal starts speaking about Media and their nexus with Politics and Business all this circus will end! This is exactly why Mango Bhai doesn’t talk about media but focuses on people who don’t interact with public much. Mango Bhai is a shrewd player. He picks up his targets carefully. Robert Vadra – cos everyone hates him, Nitin Gadkari – cos he is fat and has done nothing for anybody including BJP and then of course Sallu Miya & his Elephanta Princess – even Muslims don’t like himWell done to Mango Bhai,btw has anyone seen that Rajiv Shukla’s channel News 24? I love it every time Mango Bhai and Ghaziabad ke launde do a press conference… Always change channel to News 24 and you will see that fatso Rajiv Shukla channel will be showing something else. It’s so funny.Madhu, are you out of this frame?????????????// Are you sure?

    • shaktifabian

      you are spot on gauvrav one could very clearly feel the great divide during anna,s movement in delhi they our brown political masters and their chamchas in the press which included all the worthies you mentioned on one side and we the helpless unfortunate people on other side by the way you forgot 2 known congress mouth pieces kumar ketkar and vinod mehta


  • long live true journalism, I wonder why mainstream media channels were shy on same?

  • Salman stands exposed as typical downmarket person pretending to be something else! Dinesh Sharma royally screwed the happiness of Salman during the press conference…….I watched it live…atleast once …Sharma winks at another journalist after repeating a question! but then….its all fair to use as much punches while at war!

  • Mukesh

    Madhu mam sorry….But Deepak sir failed to put a good defense. I know the way Mr. Salman Khurshid behaved was deplorable while he could not answer many question But Deepak sir himself was not dignified at the press meet.

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  • MADHU Trehan’s investigation of an investigative journalist is superbly handled.Kudos to her professionalism. My compliments are also due to Deepak Sharma for his bold approach in handling the high profile union minister called Salman Khurshid and his learned wife.Apparently,a majority of politicians are corrupt with huge vested interests.They need to be exposed by journalists who are NOT on the pay rolls of the Congress party.
    Journalists like Aroon Purie, Arun Shourie and Madhu Trehan belong to a different genre,altogether.
    A K SAXENA (A retired civil servant)

  • Abhishek kumar

    Madhu .. Best part was your disclosure in the beginning ..

  • Abhishek kumar

    Also I would like to say Interview was incomplete ….

  • harry

    why is the interview not in a single continuous format?

    why the haphazard breaks in between? the cuts? was anything edited out? why did you say stick to this story to him when he was going tangentially to some other thing?

    sorry for being a doubting thomas…

    but you are no different and if we are to believe you when you said karan thapar was helping the ministers,well i will doubt this too.. and what happened to your usual style of questioning?
    for some strange reason you are amazingly attentive and less of the “let me air my opinion first then you can speak” ?
    a little too soft?
    what happened Madhu?
    everyone else is “mile huve” because their cousins and first cousins are who’s who but not you!
    well, i wouldn’t question your integrity.. that is each man’s affair unto himself..

  • Siddharth

    i wonder, why is it no body followed up with this story….looks like salmaan khurshid has gotten away with it..

  • Ashok Rajpurohit

    I request Madhu Trehan to invite P. Sainath in her show “Can You Take It” and “Dhobighat”.

  • Vinita Singh

    Deepak Sharma ,I am proud of you and Madhu you did really nice piece.I want to give person a great and new change to put his work and also all point.Its shame of our Law minister .

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  • Tushar

    ma’am we didn’t get to know anything else about mr deepak sharma because of the time limit, wasn’t it possible to lengthen the interview like in Mr. Arun Shourie’s case