In his two-page birthday message for father P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram didn’t miss a chance to take digs at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP government at the Centre. The senior Chidambaram, who spent his 74th birthday in Delhi’s Tihar, has been jailed in connection with his alleged involvement in the INX Media Case. "You are turning 74 today and no 56!!!" Karti Chidambaram then referred to a range of subjects from the Chandrayaan 2 launch to the growth slump and Jammu and Kashmir to bring his father up to speed, as he called it.
"No, not the drama of the lander losing communication, but the big drama a little after that. ISRo chief Dr (K) Sivan, our fellow Tamilian from Kanyakumari, was visibly upset and the Prime Minister was at hand to offer his arms and comfort him with his iconic head grab. I sincerely hope our Prime Minister pegs the achievements of our ISRO scientists a little above what his bhakts believe - that India's Space Programme, along with plastic surgery and aviation, was created thousands of years ago...and not by ISRO. In fact, last week Piyush Goyal even snatched the theory of gravity away from Newton and pooh-poohed Einstein," Karti Chidambaram said in the two-page letter.
"...It was something else to see him triumph on a surface that has repeatedly been unforgiving and cruel to him. Had you been at home, we would have definitely watched the match together. Rafael Nadal then shook hands with Medvedev, the way civilized opponents should. Not get vindictive and punish them for no cause," Karti said in the letter.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, in jail on charges of corruption, said his thoughts on the day are on the economy. Birthday wishes for Chidambaram, who is in judicial custody in Tihar jail in connection with alleged corruption in clearances given to INX Media when he was finance minister, came from his party colleagues as well as his son Karti Chidambaram. The veteran Congress leader thanked everybody and said his spirits had lifted higher.