Ever since the Nira Radia phone tapping scandal related to the 2G Spectrum allocations broke out in Open Magazine, thanks to sustained trending of #barkhagate & #radiagate on Twitter (soon followed by a burst in Outlook India), there has been intense debate on the role of journalism in politics and business “lobbying”. Many journalists were involved from Barkha Dutt to Vir Sanghvi, along with politicians like A. Raja and Kanimozhi as well as industrialists like Ratan Tata . You can read the transcripts here in Outlook magazine: Radiagate
As is the norm in scandals, there was also fascinating buzz around some of the more “spicy” gossip which got leaked along with the 2G related conversations. Was this a deliberate move to malign reputations of respected businessmen by rivals or a clever ploy to distract masses from the real issues related to the 2G scam itself? We will never know.
One such popular tidbit was the conversation Radia had with a famous industrialist regarding her unused Roberto Cavalli Black Gown! One wonders why someone in the PR industry would own an expensive piece of high-end fashion and never (as she claims on the tape) use it! Maybe she no longer fits into a Roverto Cavalli hmm?