Thursday, April 22, 2010

It’s Vallathol in Tharoor’s second statement

Former minister of state (MoS) for external affairs Shashi Tharoor delivered a sanitised speech in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, April 20 explaining his resignation as motivated by his desire not to “embarrass” the government. He asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to institute a thorough investigation of the charges against him, even as he reiterated his claim of not having done anything “improper or unethical... (or) illegal”.

The only flourishes in the former minister’s statement came from the lines of the legendary Malayalam poet Vallathol Narayana Menon. Quoting the poet Mr Tharoor attempted to invoke regional pride. “When you hear the name of India, your heart must swell with pride. When you hear the name of Kerala, the blood must throb in your veins,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP said quoting the poet’s lines.

Full report here Economic Times

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