More specifically, it was the handiwork of Malayala Manorama to bring down chief minister K Karunakaran of INC, as part of the factional fight within INC.
For months Malayalam print media, taking the lead from Manorama, splashed made up bullshit on their front pages - about the ISRO guys’ “espionage activities” and their liaisons with sexy foreign agents. Their lives were trashed just to settle an intra-party factional feud.
The top buzzword in Kerala media in 1994, when this hitjob happened?


Yup, not kidding!
To understand what a well-planned operation it was:
Manorama picked out Miriyam Rashida, a random Muslim woman from Maldives who happened to be in Trivandrum and painted her as a foreign spy sent to honeytrap ISRO folks. And filled miles of newsprint with made up sexcapades.
Pic 1: Manorama in 1994 - they ran full page stories like these for several months, describing in lurid detail how the ISRO staff were guilty of espionage

Pic 2: @manoramanews today - declaring that “Finally, justice has been delivered”

Not even milligram of shame? 😂
More @manoramanews gems from 1994:
1. A write about Mata Hari, complete with a semi-nude woman (they had labelled Rashida as a modern day Mata Hari)

2. Article claiming that “Rashida knew magic!”

3. Headlines with Rashida’s pic and fantasy stories about “spy rings”
+ Pic 1: @manoramanews headline on 6th December 1994 describing how Nambi Narayanan & other ISRO staff “celebrated when PSLV launch failed”

Pic2: Manorama article detailing the “top secret” documents found in Rashida’s purse
+ @the_hindu reports on 3rd Oct 2012 that a mere 43 days into his term as CM, Oommen Chandy ordered closure of investigation into the cops who stitched up Nambi Narayanan & other ISRO scientists. Link:…
(via @vivekpoduval )
+ These excerpts from Nambi Narayanan’s interrogation could be scenes from a Johnny English type spoof spy movie. Just that, it tragically destroyed the lives of so many innocent people.…
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