Interview with the ace player of
Indian politics, and a product of his times, Amar Singh for Teekhi Baat on IBN
These days you ‘play’ has stopped
(Chance, convention, policy,) Politics happens when a lot of factors come into
The other day talking about the times of yore, about people without whom you
and that person (Amitabh Bachchan and other friends of Amar Singh), both were
incomplete, you recited a saying, “ aisi yeh pyar ki arzoo…”
I could not go, he could not invite me, the distance of love between us could
not be erased. (Indicating to him being not invited for Amitabh Bachchan’s 70th
You said, distance of love, which means love exists?
The feeling of relation becomes less, but deep relations don’t die. When I was
undergoing a kidney transplant, the times he spent with me till 3 am in the
morning. There are some sweet, and some bitter thoughts.
He used to sit with his laptop there (in the
You are talking about Amitabh Bachchanji. I congratulate him on his past
birthdays. The whole country is worried about why he did not invite me.
People are not talking about the other 1000 people who came for the party, only
thing that is being talked about is why Amar Singh did not come
I have said, I could not go, he could not call me, the distance of love between
us could not be erased. But It does not mean that love has finished. He never
says that I am not his friend, neither do I say anything like that.
He has always praised you, he agreed that you stood with him during bad times.
There is no bigger lie than this, because I believed Shri. Amitabh Bachchan was
my elder brother.
He said that you did not leave him during his bad times
There is no bigger lie than this, because he and me were not different. Hence,
he never asked for help from me, neither did I help him. His problem was mine,
the tears of his eyes were mine. Hence, I have not eased his pain, but mine,
and hence got happiness, Hence to say that I helped him.
You stood with him
I stood with myself. Who cries for anybody else, everybody cries for what he
himself does. Sometimes one cries thinking about oneself or the condition one
is in. When instances are recollected, one feels like crying at every instance.
If you feel like crying at every instance, then so many instances can be
recollected about your friendship, history, politics, how many times would you
cry, there should be no instance where a man like Amar Singh should cry
A man does not cry only when he sheds tears, the one who can cry with tears in
eyes is blessed. The one’s whose heart cries, the crying of the heart, is the
Many time you must be feeling, “Dost Dost Na raha, pyar pyar na raha, zindagi
hume tera, aitbaar na raha”
Not at all, I have reverence for Kali Mata mandir of Dakshineshwar, there Swami
Parmahansa used to meditate. At the same place where he meditated under the
sunlight, scorpions used to come, he used to pick the scorpions and keep them
under the tree, in shade, so that they do not have to bear the hot sun. But
till that time that he used to pick and keep them, the scorpions used to sting
him. One day Vivekanandji asked, Guruvar, why do you do this when you know that
the scorpions will sting, he said, Vivekanand, their job is to sting, my job is
to save them from the scorching sunlight. Hence, people do their own works.
Amitabh Bachahanji in his tweet has written, that he difference between a man
and a dog is that if a dog is fed, he wags his tail, and loves, and a man,
stabs the one from whom he gets prosperity and love.
Hence, you have this experience too
No, I am not saying anything
But in the context that you are saying.
I am telling in no context. I am just telling what Bachchan saab has written in
You talked about humanity, not about a specific person
Why don’t you mind in the world where all wrong things are going on, talk of
being faithful should not be done. These qualities are made for a different
There is nothing such as faithfulness today in India, politics, it use is only
It is not today’s thing, our forefathers have said thousands of years ago, “
Neki kar aur dariya mein daal”. We just read these sayings in books and keep in
mind, and till we don’t face reality we don’t realize it, which is our fault.
Amar Singh was an is a brand in politics, and a rare species. In don’t think
there is any other person who has a say in the corporate world, politics, film
stars and glamour world, a place in the fashion parade, which means, wherever
something happens, Amar Singh has a presence. Be it mentally, ideologically,
but now when you are not there, what do you when you have no say in the
politics which is happening?
See, from 1996 November, till the time in 2009 when went for my kidney
treatment, for 14 years, I did not realize when sun rose in the morning and set
in the night, when my daughters Dristi and Disha were born, when did they put
forward their first step to walk, when for the first time they spoke. And with
shame, let me till you, till 2009, I did not know in what class and how they
were studying. Now I know that Disha is a topper her class in Vasant Valley
school, she studies in 5th B, Dristi is not as bright as Disha, but
she is doing better than before. A gardener should see and observe how a
plant turns into a tree; I have been deprived of that. And that satisfaction is
inexplicable. Because life has taught, in good and bad time, your supposed
friends, and supposed family’s brother and people, will be with you very
superficially. And, in the end, your own family, your own blood, your own kin
would be with you. Hence, what I saw in the work and ups and downs of life,
that even though young, my 11.5 year old daughters were with me, my wife
Pankaja, who I ignored so much that I celebrated Holi and Diwali with friends,
not with family. And those with whom I celebrated Holi and Diwali, they merely
were doing formality. They just paid lip service. Like in our country, saying
sorry, or thank you, or welcome are mere formal words. And one must be very
fortunate, which I think I am, to have a person who is with you with total
devotion and trust. Through your show, I would specially like to thank Jaya
Pradaji. That in addition to my wife and two daughters, Jaya Pradaji, T.N
Chaturvedi, who is taking treatment for cancer, and I would have done good work
for too many people, and it is most surprising that Anil Ambani, who was with
me through the morning, evening and night, did not even call me. Mukesh Ambani
called my wife, and his people kept on coming and meeting my wife many times,
that too when in the fight between Anil and Mukesh, I open opposed Mukesh
You are speaking of the times when you went to Jail
Yes, I am speaking of that time.
Anil had come one time
Not even one time
Amitji had come one time
Amitji came to hospital when, when I had secured interim bail, and there was a
function of Sangeet Kala Academy in Delhi, he had come to participate in that
programme, and he left me indebted by putting his lotus feet in my hospital
room. But he is a very correct man, does not wrong, that time I was not in
jail, I had secured bail.
You said that you neglected family, neglected your daughters, did not know when
they grew up, you would feel regret that you spent time with people who left you
standard when the days turned cloudy
Who will Regret, Siddharth Shankar Ray, based on whose advice Indiraji imposed
emergency, Indira Gandhi used to call her saying Nanu and he used to call her
saying Indu, I have read the letters. During Sanjay and Maneka’s love affair,
she wrote a letter in her capacity as the Prime Minister. She extended the
parliaments time from five to six years. That same Siddharth Shankar Ray went
to record her statement in the Shah commission.
You have saved and made many governments, revived film stars, do you have any
regret, you are human being, you would get angry
I am angry with one person, Mulayam Singhji. And I did not contest elections to
win, but to erase the poison of anger within me. Now I don’t have any anger
towards Mulayam Singhji. I feel sorrow, because I did not do politics with
Mulayam Singhji in Samajwadi Party, I did not work from the brain but from the
heart. That I why know why I got angry. Because, politics is not done from the
heart anytime, if I remember I can tell in my 14 years with Mulayam Singhji
gave me the stage, I had capacity and he did the job of identifying that
capacity, and today am a member of parliament, it is because of him.
For whatever you are in politics today, Mulayam Singh had a big contribution
I agree, he gave me a stage. If Prakash Mehra would not have existed, then one
would not have known Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand was to be a part of Zanjeer,
hence Prakash Mehra should not be forgotten. In the same manner Akshay Kumar,
was with Pramod Chakravarthy, till the time of his death. Like even today,
Dharmendra stands by Arjun Hongorani for Dil Bhee Tera, Hum Bhee tere. And
hence If I forget the contribution of Mulayam Singhij, then there is no bad person
like me. But It does not me that am appealing to be part of Samajwadi
You say Mulayam Singhji gave you a platform, I don’t know the your impression
with other members of his family, because I have not had a word with them. But
many times it seems, that blood is thicker than water. Was there any fight due
to the impression that you would prevail on the Mulayam due to your work and
the family would split
No no, nothing like this happens. Somewhere, my attitude is at fault too.
As a Kshatriya, I am also rigid. There was no “ jee hujur” in my attitude,
otherwise I was not at fault. If I would have prayed before Ram Gopal Yadav,
like OM Jai Jagdish, and more than that if I would have been visiting the
Rajendra Prasad road bungalow of late Gnyaneshwar Mishra and touch his
feet. Then while I was ill, a view that was formed at his residence would not
have been formed.
All of them came, In the parliamentary board meeting, I supported computer and
English, while late Gnyaneshwarjee opposed it.
They said you made Samajwadi corporate
Now I am not in Samajwadi party, and for what I was blamed, both Anil Ambani
and Amitabh Bachchan are with Samajwadi Party. Anil Ambani is seen with Mulayam
Singh and Akhilesh Yadav. And even Bachchan is seen with them. But the question
is when they are seen with Amar Singh, the Mohan Singh will say that he has
destroyed the culture, remove him. If Shahid Siddiqui, takes interview of
Narendra Modi as a journalist, he is removed. But Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh
Yadav will have food together with Uddhav Thackeray, and Jaya Bachchan will say
that my husband of Narendra Modi, and Uddhav Thackeray is a member of our
family, and Bal Thackeray is our father, but nobody would have the guts to remove
her because she has Bachchan tag and Shahid Siddiqui is a poor journalist.
You don’t have the Bachchan tag, but what you did for the party and others,
that even Bal Thackeray can’t do. You were the one to source the files when
Chandrashekhar was Prime Minister. You got Bhure Lal transferred.
At Anil Ambani’s house, my friendship with Amitabh Bachchan broke on his
initiation. When he said over meals, I am capable, you too are capable, let us
both live our own lives. The next day, I wrote to him in a letter that on
principle, I would not be weak would not seem weak. That is why as a
matter of principle, I would not answer your questions.
Which means you don’t want to speak the truth
Sometimes silence is heavier than truth
You have been in corporate world, you have seen the corporate- political nexus,
many times have been a part of it, what do you feel, with so many cases of
corruption coming to the fore these days, till you were there, such issues
never came forward. Do you think these things used to happen
Let me tell you one thing, Prabhuji, when Morarji Desai was old and missing
from politics for a long time, who used to look after him, Kanti Desai was the
one, then nobody said why Kanti Desai is with Morarji, but when he became Prime
Minister, everybody said “ Gali Gali mein shor hain, Kanti Desai chor hain”. My
friend Ranjan Bhattacharya is looking after Atalji these days, nobody goes, not
even people from the Bharatiya Janta Party. And big BJP people were targeting
him one time. Yeshwant Sinha’s was the country’s finance minister and a
daughter in law in her family, worked in her financial institution, it was said
that she was the beneficiary of India- Mauritious Double Taxation Avoidance
Treaty. I stood up and supported her daughter in law, and I want to thank
Yeshwantbhai Sinha that he was mentioned me in his autobiography.
you are behind Kanti Desai. I remember, the idea to make a small car did not
come from Tata, Ratan Tata’s Nano, it was Sanjay Gandhi who thought that a
small car Maruti should be made, who takes Sanjay Gandhi’s name? You take
Bhargav’s name, Suzuki’s name, but the Sanjay Gandhi who dreamt about it, then
prominent people including politicians said, “ Maa bekar banati hain, beta car
banata hain” When she lost elections, they said, “ Yeh Maruti nahee hain,
Sanjay Gandhi ne maa ko roti kar diya” But today Maruti is running really well,
Sanjay Gandhi’s dream has come true. But who pays their respects to Sanjay
Gandhi. Sanjay Gandhi’s friends, Sanjay Gandhi was Indira Gandhi’s son, FriendS
of Kanti Desai, he was son of Morarji Desai, Who is Ranjan Bhattacahrya’s
friend, he is son in law of Atalji, Robert Vadhera’s friends, he is son in law
of Sonia Gandhi. DLF, is it an organisation that was formed today, it has made
full Delhi, I know both KP Singh and Singh, I know both father – son, it is a
private company. The ‘kajri’ that Arvind Kejriwal is singing with ‘gajra’ in
hand, Arvind Kejriwal, are you a shareholder of DLF ? Let the board of
directors of the company raise objection or the shareholders, if there is an
opposition in the AGM it is understandable, “ Mian Biwi razi to kya karega
am telling clearly as I am a businessman, inter corporate deposits, corporate
loans with or without security, let it be any entrepreneur let it be Sonia
Gandhi’s son in law or Atal Behari Vajyapee’s son in law, or Yeshwant Sinha’s
daughter in law, let it be anybody, you son or my daughters, if any big person
gives loan to anybody, and it is his personal company. Today I have got inputs
that when DLF did big business, at that time NDA and Chautalaji were running
the centre and the state governments. Does that mean Chautalaji is a theif?
Even Chautalaji is my friend. Who will work in the field of housing except for
HDFC and DLF? These are big housing sector companies.
You feel there is no corporate-political corruption, whatever is being printed
in the newspapers, the questions raised by Kejriwal, Anna Hazare. Even you have
been a part of this, it was said that you too helped corporate people.
I will do it again, if I want to set up sugar mill in Uttar Pradesh, I will
catch hold of Sugar producer, Balrampur chini, Bajaj Hindustan, if I want to
set up refinery, I will catch hold of Mukesh Ambani,
You mean to say that there is no corporate corruption, what all is being said
Arvind Kejriwal, who is dreaming of becoming the chief minister of Delhi, he
will do tokenism by wearing torn clothes and travelling in a tempo. But ask
Kejriwal, you talk of corruption, India Against Corruption, then at Civil Lines
in Allahabad, how did Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan get property worth
crores for Rs. 2 lakh. My tape, which Sabaharwal saab banned, he asked to open
that tape, and when his tape started, I don’t know what is cut paste in that,
but Shanti Bhushan says in the tape, “ Prashant Bhushan, my son, manages well
in Rs. two crore,” is a PIL specialist. What do you think gentleman, “ Aap kare
to Raas Leela, dusra kare to character dheela”
But he has credibility, today when he says, people believe him more,
Not at all, credibility is of the person who abuses big people.
Do you think they are doing this to abuse big people
When I was in Samajwadi Party, as a spokesperson, that time my leadership use
to guide me to attack Congress leadership. Today, why does not any member of
the Samajwadi party attack them, let them do it and show? Everyone is quiet. In
the morning they give support to Mamta Banerjee, in an hour, then support to
Soniaji, everyone dhoti is loose, “ We will decide in BSP’s rally what to
do, after one hour says, I have got rights but support to UPA will continue”
What would you have done in today’s condition? You would have saved the government
The reason for saving the government would have been that today if elections
are held, the immediate benefit would be to the BJP, our core voter is Muslim,
why should be made our core voter unhappy. That is why in Benares, after pooja
of Baba Vishwanath, I said, that Mulayam Singh has set an example of doing good
politics by not letting the government fall at this juncture, then people said
that Amar Singh is doing “ Chamchagiri”. I am speaking the truth.
people said that as Defence minister, Amar Singh did a lot of bungling, I want
to tell you, all the committee meeting related to defence, in that Mulayam
Singh was not there, and in the end he wrote that the quality and price of the
equipment should be verified by our defence advisor Kalam, otherwise nothing
Mulayam Singh did not take the charge seriously
What are you saying, he went to Siachen and got shoes for jawaans. He made
jawaans talk to their family via his phone. And he fought to increase the
remuneration of the lowest cadre of employee in the forces. And when the
Pakistan problem came to the fore, he woke up Gujaral in the night and spoke to
This seems like an application that you want to join Samajwadi Party, people
will say this once they see
No application has come. There is only one fault, Mulayam Singh does not know
English, his articulation is not right, and till about three four years back,
there was no difference between what Mulayam Singh said and what he did. Now he
is not static on what he says.
Will you go if he calls you again
I have engaged not my brain, but my heart with Mulayam Singhji. But now after
going there, I would not be able to engage my heart, hence I will not go.
Even if you are called, you will not go, permanent kutty, if the
There is no permanent kutty. Let god not do it, but if he has health problems,
or has any problems, then let me tell, “ Koi jab taumhara hriday tod de, tadap
ta hua tumhe chod de, tab tum mere paas aana priye, mera dark hula hain, khula
hee rahega, tumhare liye”. Today is Mulayam Singhji time of fun, 227 MLA are
there, I am not with him in time of fun, when he was struggling, I was with him
for 14 years,
You will not go even if the whole family calls,
How can I go, while going to Singapore I had said, in Kannauj by elections,
their party’s Balram Yadav, and Ram Vishwakarma said that Amar Singh helicopter
should meet with an accident and he should die, it would be good then. He
suspended them for one day, he said Amar Singhji do you feel pained, I told him
you don’t give ticket to somebody even if I say, don’t do any work if I
request, but there is a request that you and your family don’t insult me and
play with my self respect, which Ram Gopalji did, he called me dust bin, shame
less, and other names, said that 98 per cent party workers are against me, said
that cinema glamour and capitalism is prevailing over me. But now Bachchan’s
glamour and Ambani’s capitalism, is around the father – son.
What will be your future politics, you cannot go with BJP, would you go with
In the 20 years of my political career I have seen many ups and downs, that I
why I am content. I am saying on record, I am Rajya Sabha MP for the
third time, Jaya Bachchanji wanted to become and hence became RS MP, she did
not went to Gorakhpur national executive, did not campaign, did not give her
blood for party, said Bal Thackeray is her father, having food with Uddhav
Thackeray. The second time she become RS MP, so that I feel pained. But let me
tell you one thing, ask Mulayam Singhji, I had opposed me being nominated to
the Rajya Sabha for the third time.
What is your politics
My politics is not to make it public, If I get a chance, then I will not leave
it. And to get the chance, I will not run behind anybody unnecessarily.
You are waiting for chance
Certainly, I am waiting for chance. I don’t have a character that I would like.
You are living one hope
I am not living on hope. On the achievements of my past, the contentment of
today, and in future something good will happen, am living on these thoughts.
Let’s see what your future would be, we will do Teekhi Baat with you again,
when your future is better than the present. Thank you for speaking to us
Thank you, Prabhuji !