Saturday, January 01, 2005

TSUNAMI : PR stunt of Sonia Gandhi at Relief Camps

Just in case you are planning to donate to the Indian PM's Relief Fund, the following eye opener should give you a good glimpse into how your "donations" will put to work.

May Lord Rama help the people of poor Bharat.


The gentleman I met was a big businessman and a top
district level politician. But on that day he was a ground level
Samaritan trying to arrange for help. Apollo Hospitals was the first
outside of Nagai doctors' team to come for assistance. They had two
senior surgeons, pediatric, ortho, cardiac, gyneac specialists, a few
junior docs and many para medics. Most of the people who with whom I
was inducted, were local residents who had enormous economic impact
but not much of health impact. They had nothing to do with politics or
any organizations but just being themselves. They had all moved their
families to far away relative's houses and stayed back to help those
who lost everything in the waves. These I got to know later but then
there was no time for introductions then.

By the time, I was introduced into the team; the team was ready to
move to the next relief camp and was packing up. I was given a face
mask and gloves. There was one girl who was being carried into the
ambulance with a drip being administered. As soon as we started moving
towards the next relief camp, the traffic was blocked. SONIA GANDHI
WAS VISITING THE "IMPACTED" PEOPLE AND HENCE, RELIEF WORK WAS STOPPED.

Out of nowhere, came about 40 vehicles, 200+ supporters of congress
jumped out and formed a human wall. Sonia went into the hospital and
the police and supporters started controlling the crowd. PEOPLE WHO
LOST EVERYTHING WERE BEING THREATENED BY COPS WITH LATHIS TO NOT WALK
AROUND. Ladies were bought in from a nearby camp to cry in front of
Sonia!!! The spread their hair and started off, but were told to hold
off till Sonia comes out of the relief camp. About 15 mins later,
Sonia came out to meet the crowds and the "prepared" ladies started
wailing that they lost everything. Photo opportunities for leaders,
scoop for media and .......... Pack up time to move and all got into
the cars and went. Not one of the supporters stayed back, for they
have the important task of being the tail of their leader. The place
got its weary look back with only the cops on duty to guard the
refugees remaining.

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