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Their number’s up

Telemarketers may have got a cross connection when they offered Pranab Mukherjee a home loan.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2010 22:13 IST

At the outset, here’s a confession: when we heard that even the finance minister is not immune to calls from telemarketers, we could not suppress a chuckle and the desperate urge to pass the message around. Once that was done, some recipients even wanted to call the FM to say: “Welcome aboard, Pranab babu”. But thankfully, better sense prevailed and they came around to the view that we, the sufferers, cannot behave like the perpetrators, the telemarketers.

It so happened that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was in a serious meeting on a serious issue with the Opposition leaders. His phone rang and when the Lutyens’ Delhi resident picked it up, it was an offer for a home loan. When Mr Mukherjee complained, other MPs joined too, grumbling about the same issue that makes all of us so terribly mad. But, unlike our complaints, this time the action was swift: the telecom minister, who is immune to our complaints, shot off a letter to his secretary to look into the matter. Now, he has promised to rein in the callers and give us, the hoi polloi, some relief.

For once, we must say we are not angry at the sugary sweet voices we hear every single day. That’s because they have ultimately reached perfection and dialed the right number and have, hopefully, managed to dig their own graves. The telecom minister, who seems to be permanently in a switch-off mode when it comes to our grievances, will now be forced to act and also realise that if we want to buy something, we can jolly well launch our own mission for information; we don’t need unsolicited advice from companies that fills the government’s coffers. Meanwhile, we hear the hunt is on for the caller who made that very crucial call. All we can say is, thank you!