‘Ravi Varma’s models for a portrait of arrogance’

T.J.S. GEORGE in The Sunday Express:

“Television has spawned many evils. One of them is the animal called ‘party spokesperson’, a species that is found only in India. By occupational necessity, they are motor-mouths; just turn the battery on and they go blabbering nonstop. They are also robotic; they see and hear and speak nothing except what their creators have programmed them to see and hear and speak.

“Spokespersons come in different shapes, colours and sizes. The only feature that is common to all is pompousness – the air that they know all that is there to know and those who disagree with them are blockheads.

“Look at the staring eyes of Abhishek Singhvi, the self-assured expression, the tilt of the head, and look at the laboured seriousness of Manish Tiwari, his tone, his style and you’ll know at one that if Ravi Varma were to do a portrait of “Arrogance”, these would be his models.”

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23 Responses to “‘Ravi Varma’s models for a portrait of arrogance’”

  1. the colonel Says:


    thats me

    thats you

    thats they

    why listen???

  2. Gaby Says:

    Abhishek Singhvi, Jayanti Natarajan, Ram Madhav, Tarun Vijay et al seem to inhabit soem other planet and seem more incoherent, weird and bizarre than arrogant- but that too I suppose.

    I must say I like the spokespoersons of the Left front- more coherent and sensible, if less liked by the hoi-polloi.

  3. Mysore Peshva Says:

    I agree with TJS 100%.

    Shri. Manish Tiwari, especially, is such a phony…

  4. Vinay Says:


    Only problem with leftist spokespersons is, the stuff they say is usually (90% of the time) utter bullshit.

  5. maisuru Says:

    @if Ravi Varma were to do a portrait of “Arrogance”, these would be his models!

    Beauty! Well said !

  6. twistleton Says:

    Ha ha, good one.

  7. Deepak Says:

    Agree that Singhvi and Tewari are arrogant snots. But does the arrogance give him the right to come on air without wearing pants!!!!

  8. harkol Says:


    It’s the arrogance which makes him care two hoots for propriety. In any case, if you are to be available on TV on unearthly hours, you’d want to be casually dressed – but half naked??

    Also, sanghvi was going on and on about how democracy was being undermined and Hazare fast would lead to anarchy! That coming from the representative of a party which imposed emergency on India for two years is pretty rich.

  9. Simple Says:

    I wonder why the author picks only on Congress spokespersons. What about the grating Nirmala Seetharaman? Or the rude Rudy?

  10. Furious_Telangana Says:

    No one touch or even come close to the arrogance of manish tiwari. That guy is non-stop. When he’s not on TV, he’s on his twitter page accusing other twitter users of being RSS workers.

    What these people need is one tight slap. *silence*

  11. Deepak Says:

    >>What about the grating Nirmala Seetharaman? Or the rude Rudy?

    What about them???

  12. Not A Witty Nick Says:

    Wonder how Congress picks its spokespersons?

    Do youth leaders after taking voluntary retirement from their youth leadership are promoted to spokespersonship?

    Going by their choices, I believe one day Congress will appoint a Vuvuzela as their spokesperson.

    Jayanthi Natarajan<Kapil Sibal<Abhishek Manu Singhvi<Ambika Soni<Manish Tewari<VUVUZELA!

  13. Deepak Says:

    I agree that Rudy and Nirmala like the sound of their voices a lot – but no way they are arrogant! And who said Rudy is rude, he puts across his views quite smoothly, I don’t think there is anything to suggest that he is rude!!

  14. Peace for Bhopal souls Says:

    Better pictures of Abhishek Singhvi are in http://www.enterpriseasia.org/apea/in/ but those are not pretty either.

    Singhvi is involved in awarding AREA 2010 India awards.

    Community Engagement Award 2009 went to DOW India. Yes, Dow India !

    Community Engagement Award 2010 went to:

    * ACC Limited
    * Cargill India Pvt. Ltd.
    * Pfizer Limited
    * Global Indian International School
    * Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd

    Singhvi represents Dow chemicals, we all know. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/singhvi-helped-dow-in-bhopal-gas-leak-mess/123739-37-64.html and he also wrote to PMO to give a clean chit to Dow.

    Cargill India Pvt Ltd ! Global Indian International School ! Why give awards to them ?

    Singhvi’s more famous father L M Singhvi had directorship at Global Indian International School (do a Google for both names together). The US branch Global School of Silicon Valley has hired Narpat Bhandari as CEO and who is Bhandari ? L M Singhvi’s brother in law (another Google search to prove). Search for Anita Singhvi (wife) and find her singing Sufi ghazals with Farooq at same Global Indian International School.

    With Dow India and Global Indian International School traced to Singhvi, the awards are not too pretty so far. DB Corp ? HSBC ? Tata… ? all left as an exercise.

    Oh these models have a right to look good, a right to reputation, of course.

  15. Faldo Says:

    In a normal world one would expect spokespersons to be very friendly and approachable, with the right touch of humor. And certainly more presentable to the public, whether it is an unearthly hour or not.

  16. Sudhindra Says:

    Looks like his undies are missing!

  17. mounaprasad Says:

    In this attire he looks like a inmate of NIMHANS ;)

  18. Mysore Peshva Says:

    *Peace for Bhopal*

    Great investigation. Thanks much. Singhvi should be fired for conflicts of interest, and maybe also tried for breach of trust and other crimes associated with abuse of taxpayer money.

  19. Un-Anya Says:

    H R Bhardwaj in the same league, no?

  20. K.Balasubrahmanyan Says:

    excellent.I agree cent percent. Bala

  21. babuds Says:

    He is wearing the “Emperor brand” underwear and is proudly posing for the media.

  22. sherpa Says:

    @Mysore Peshva,

    On Singhvi Conflict of interest, you mean idhu http://news4u.co.in/2011/04/who-do-you-represent-mr-singhvi-2/ alva ?

  23. bleatbleat Says:

    The Singhvi affiliated education company GIIS K12 EDUCATION PRIVATE LTD has sued GOOGLE INC in Delhi High Court for some internet issues. IT Act and so on ? From Delhi High Court Causelist 20 May 2011

    CS(OS) 1080/2010 I.A. 7357-7358/2010

    Churmuri be cautious too!

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