Sunday, December 6, 2009

So many points, so little time!: Nov.29-Dec.5

1. P. Sainath of The Hindu did an awesome report this week. In this article here, he exposes the dirty nexus between the politicians and the media. He took up the case of recent Maharashtra elections, and clearly pointed out how the CM could get the same news report (verbatim) printed in three different newspapers on three different days. The article has much clearer details, but I wish to make another important point here. One of the newspapers Sainath mentions is Lokmat owned by a Congress MP. Lokmat and IBN have a tie-up in Maharashtra and they run a channel. Rajdeep Sardesai, who is the Editor-in-Chief on CNN-IBN pontificates on twitter that "media has to answer". Not just him, almost everyone from the self-righteus gloating national english media say that media should answer as if they are in some totally different profession! After repeated questioning by folks on twitter, Rajdeep Sardesai answers (to yours truly ;-) ) that the Editor's guild is meeting this month to discuss about paid news! Wah, when it comes to the media, all of them uniformly went silent and are waiting for some meeting to decide on future course of action! Anyways, let's wait till January 1st and take this up further.

2. There is this person in Andhra Pradesh who goes by the name KCR. Under his awesome stewardship, the party has lost multiple elections badly, the latest one being 2009 general elections. YSR's death turned everything around. KCR got some renewed energy and decided to do a fast unto death agitation. And as expected, he broke it the second day. Within hours, there was severe backlash and he had to resume it!! Imagine his plight. However, the supposed "movement" has taken ugly violent proportions. KCR is on "fast" for about 5 days now and there are a lot of student organisations truning violent in their protests. Even the TRS cadre is turning violent at will. And the state government is not able to control this violence. The local media is hyping up the violence as if it is some kind of impulsive reaction. How can violence such as this be justified at all? A bunch of hooligans can hold one-thirds of the state to ransom and we are calling it a movement? So you blackmail the government and you assume that your demands will be met? KCR, and KCR alone must be held responsible for this violence. He must be booked for disturbing the peace of the land, and be asked to keep quiet for his lifetime!

3. Ajmal Kasab's lawyer has been fired!! A new lawyer has been appointed. So now the new guy will have to get acquainted with the case. Basically, the case will get delayed more. Ultimately, Kasab gets more time to eat biryanis.

4. ULFA Chief Arabinda Rajkhowa and deputy commander in chief Raju Barua were arrested this week! Actually, the national media flashed saying that both of them surrendered! Both of the surrendering is a massive blow to ULFA, but within hours of flashing that news, the news channels announce that these people have actually been arrested. Both of them refuse to hold negotiations with handcuffs! Apparently Arabinda expected garlands it seems! Wonder what made him think that terrorists will be garlanded in our country ;-)
5. I happened to watch Question hour in Lok Sabha this week for two days. If atleast 80% of the time, the session can go such smoothly, I am telling you the respect on politicians will surely increase!

4 comments:

Ketan said...

@ point 3: Not just eat biryani; if he's seen as some kind of shining example in our neighboring country, some airplane with politician/politician's son/politician's daughter will be hijacked, and he'll be garlanded elsewhere!!

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