One is India's most combative interviewer; a pitbull terrier who doesn't let go if he gets into your flesh. The other is an acid-tongued devil-may-care industrialist with a gift of the gab, who can give as good as he gets. Little wonder, then, that when Karan Thapar engaged Rahul Bajaj on Devil's Advocate on CNN-IBN last night, it was compelling television. As the old adline went, 'You just can't beat a Bajaj'.
Karan Thapar: You have just got into politics.
Rahul Bajaj: I have not got into politics. If I got elected in a party ticket or if I decided to work for a political party if I decided to work in villages if I decided to make slogans of garibi hatao, with no desire to do that, all that I will not do. I have not taken any obligations from any party. I don’t want to be obligated.
Thapar: Mr Bajaj you are wonderful with words but the problem is that you are short on logic. Parliament and being an MP is part of politics.
Bajaj: Where did you go to school Karan?
Thapar: Is that relevant?
Bajaj: It is very relevant because your logic is illogical.
Thapar: If it is relevant I will tell you. I went to Doon School, Cambridge, Oxford and I know a lot about politics.
Bajaj: I went to Cathedral, St. Stephen's, and Harvard, slightly better than you in every respect. So I understand logic. But I am a humble man unlike you.