The Maharashtra government has found itself in a sticky spot after cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was arrested for his 'obscene' take on the national emblem. State home minister R R Patil has already admitted that the government had made a mistake but Trivedi stood his ground and refused to apply for bail, stating that wanted the charges of sedition to be entirely dropped.We take a look at 5 other unbelievably daft government gaffes...
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After the Additional Solicitor General argued that gay sex was 'highly immoral', the Home Ministry quickly distanced itself from the stand following intense criticism. The SC bench were not amused about the government's volte face, telling counsel, "Never make such statements in the court. It will only embarrass you".
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Last year, External Affairs minister SM Krishna found himself with his foot in his mouth when he accidently read out the Portuguese foreign minister's speech at a United Nations Security Council meet. The minister droned on for three minutes before his boo-boo was pointed out.
Kaushik Basu, the Chief Economic Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, might have thought his paper last year titled 'Why, for a Class of Bribes, the Act of Giving a Bribe Should be Treated as Legal', was path breaking and radical, but proposing that certain kind of bribes be legalized was never going to go down well in Anna's India. Photo: PTI
Trade secretary Rahul Khullar was flippant last year when telling reporters that the government had 'accidentally' inflated export figures by $9 billion. "There is no shame in admitting that there is something wrong," said Khullar, a statement we might have agreed with, if that the amount wasn't so enormous
And finally we come to Digvijay Singh, because we like saving the best for last. When Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was reportedly buried at sea, Diggy slammed the move saying "However big a criminal one might be, his religious traditions should be respected while burying him." We now wonder what privileges he might propose for 26/11 accused Ajmal Amir Kasab. Photo: PTI