Saturday, February 4, 2012

122 Reasons To Cheer


I had read somewhere that every afternoon about 7 members of the Congress media department meet to discuss the day’s issues and plan a media response. That would normally be a healthy practice in any political party. On February 1 the same group would have had an extended meeting discussing their response to the much-awaited SC verdict on 2G that was slated for February 2. What if P.Chidambaram was indicted? What if an SIT was set up to monitor investigations into the scam? And maybe a few more questions. But not in their worst nightmare would they have expected that the SC would quash the 122 licenses issued by the govt. Now that was something they hadn’t planned for probably. So once the verdict came out at around 10.30am the Congress spinners went into a huddle and not until 3pm did they come out with a response. That’s Okay! It takes time to come out with the worst spin; especially when most of them claimed they hadn’t read the full judgement.

So it was left to Zero specialist Kapil Sibal to break the good news to the media. And true to his established tradition of stupid utterances Sibal stated the SC endorsed the govt policies, blamed the previous NDA govt, led by BJP, for the whole mess. Why? It’s because the UPA followed the same ‘first come, first serve’ (FCFS) policy established by the BJP. So according to Sibal, the indictment of his govt was basically an indictment of the NDA which should apologise to the nation. Oh well! Let’s just say the BJP invented the Hammer and the UPA used that Hammer to commit murder so the BJP is culpable. True, the SC had faulted the FCFS policy but the clever spin by Sibal takes away from the real issue: That the cause for the reported 1.76 lakh crores was because 2001 prices were used for issuing licenses in 2008. The UPA had not just abused the FCFS policy but also used the wrong pricing. But that is all that the faithful poodles in the media needed to brighten their day, a spin from Sibal.

The second aspect of Sibal’s nonsense is that only A. Raja was responsible for the 2G scam and neither the PM nor P.Chidambaram were responsible. Imagine, the sales manager of a company concludes an extra-ordinarily huge transaction and neither the Finance manager nor the MD is aware of such a transaction. Normally, even a Chairman who doesn’t involve himself in day to day operations would know of such a transaction. But to expect our PM, then FM or UPA head Sonia Gandhi to be aware of the 2G skulduggery is supposedly far-fetched.

So, from 3pm onward the MSM on TV, online media and elsewhere kept playing the allegation of Sibal against the NDA and happily buried the issue of the loss of 1.76 lakh crores somewhere in their dustbins. Where the question of responsibility came up, the discussions focused on Raja. And the usual suspects who defend the govt even on the indefensible were on the panels all evening. Here are some interesting observations:

On the question why PM, PC or Sonia (or High Command) were unaware of what Raja was up to Vinod Sharma of Hindustan Times had this to offer (on NDTV): Raja’s High Command is in Chennai and not in Delhi. That’s a reference to DMK bosses and inference is that Raja, as a minister, did not have any accountability to the PM or the Cabinet. That’s how stupid media morons like Vinod Sharma can get.

Okay, the next one is from K.Tulsi, a lawyer with Congress sympathies, who suggested (again on NDTV) the PM and FM cannot be aware of everything. Everything? Haha! This is not some small-change we are talking about, this is a Himalayan transaction. To this nonsense Arun Shourie responded by asking Tulsi if the PM and FM don’t even read newspapers. That’s true, since 2009 the 2G scam has been in the news and some newspapers, particularly The Pioneer, were reporting it and yet PM and FM were unaware? Any idiot who reads newspapers would be aware of something brewing as a scam in the 2G licenses, yet the head of the Indian govt. was ignorant. Brilliant! This, when every man’s wife, children, relatives and dogs and cats knew about the scam.

Now, the best spin and deflection comes from none other than Rajdeep Sardesai, the devil on TV and preacher by night kind of journalist. He cleverly asks a panelist: So the NDA is not to blame and Raja has to be blamed for the whole scam? Journalism? Nope, Latinos might call this 'Whorenalism'! This little question would normally be missed by a viewer but if you read carefully he gives you a choice in deciding who’s guilty, its either NDA or Raja. The Congress, UPA, PM, Chidambaram are all exonerated in one single stroke. This is the same Rajdeep whose channel tried to tar and poke holes in the CAG report and claimed internal squabbles. That the loss in 2G was a mere 2645 Cr. and not the CAG figure of 1.76 lakh Cr. Motivation for the “Whatever it takes” channel!

Alright, notwithstanding all of that there is one important question that nobody is asking. What could be the motive for such a scam? Surely, behind every crime there has to be a motive. If Sibal feels the SC verdict finds fault with the NDA policy why is it that the govt chose to go for an auction of 3G licenses instead of continuing the FCFS route? Obviously, by early 2010 the govt was aware that the FCFS was misused and could have taken remedial action. It did not. Quite simply, the govt, as in many other scams, believed they could get away with it. They did not expect such a severe dressing down from the SC. The words the court used would shame any govt: “Illegal, arbitrary, unconstitutional and capricious”, but not the Congress. Which is why Sibal brazenly accuses NDA and defends PC, PM and by implication Sonia Gandhi too. And the media parrots that line.

Subramanian Swamy who fought the 2G case all along has stated many times over that there were kickbacks to the tune of 60000 crores and some of it has gone to Sonia Gandhi and family and some to DMK. But it is hard to believe that people who already have huge wealth would want to amass such further draconian amounts for personal gains. And there seems to be only one probable answer: Elections! The 2G licenses were given out in early 2008 with the general elections just over a year away. This was also a time when the Congress was in constant conflict with the Communists over the nuclear deal. Hanging on to alliances and allowing crimes to stay in power is not new in India. Elections are an expensive affair. Come general elections in May 2009 and both, the Congress and the DMK, return with a good number of seats. The Congress even manages to score higher than in the previous election. That is amazing considering the elections came in the backdrop of the worst terrorist attack on India in November 2008. Swamy’s allegations about the kickbacks have been around for quite some time yet not one single media outlet has talked about it, much less willing to investigate and report on it. Given the turn of events Swamy naturally commands a higher trust than any media house.

Narendra Modi during his Sadbhavna mission in September 2011 made an important statement: That some political parties come to power and their main agenda is not governance or development but has always been how to win the next election. In the last parliament session Ram Jethmalani quoted the improvised version of “Power corrupts..” as “Power corrupts, but the prospect of losing power corrupts even more”. That should explain the whole 2G scam. While political parties can battle over the value of 1.76 lakh crores of loss there cannot be any doubt that some of that would have been bribes and kickbacks to political outfits from the ruling coalition. Does the media have a stake in it? Maybe not directly but the Radiatapes exposed the media-politician-2G nexus so dirty secrets still abound. Also elections are a big bonanza for the media and consider all the Nehru, Indira, Rajiv, anniversaries and all the ‘Gandhi-Nehru’ schemes that get advertised. No other govt formation would benefit the media in such huge amounts. So why investigate a scam of this proportion and where the kickbacks went and bite the hands that feed them? The media’s sympathies for PM or Chidambaram apart, their motivation for trying to cover up the misdeeds of Congress is not very hard to see.

Any govt that takes a decision leading to the cancellation of 122 licenses by a court in a major policy issue should resign. The Congress and UPA have been brutally exposed over and over again for abuse of power and major scams and yet go around pretending they are fighting corruption. This is also a welcome blow to the corrupt corporate-political nexus which is slowly poisoning the nation. This is not an issue for mindless debates which the media indulges in. This is time for honest journalists to tell the UPA that it’s not about 122 licenses, these are 122 reasons why the UPA must die. For the nation these are 122 reasons to cheer.

19 comments :

  1. You could have also quoted Rahul Kanwal's question to Subramanian Swamy to provide him the proof about Sonia Gandhi. When he put baseless allegations against Narendra Modi Ji without any evidence

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  2. Aditya Sinha who showed lot of gumption publishing Swamy's article last July has joined the likes of TOI and HT sadly. Do a custom search on the DNA site for Swamy at http://www.dnaindia.com/ and you'll see what I mean.

    Not even a mention about Swamy when they're reporting the 2G verdict! Its fine if they don't do a opinion piece but shying away from reporting such a historic verdict but blacking out the 'man of the series' shows them in poor light.

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  3. Great expose with minute details. Nail on the head. Hope at least now onwards MSM will behave properly and stick to facts and objective journalism. There is a very nice write-up on KS in this blog http://hildaraja.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/kapil-sibal-the-notorious-blabberer-is-a-confused-person/
    Thanks
    Ram

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  4. "Now, the best spin and deflection comes from none other than Rajdeep Sardesai, the devil on TV and preacher by night kind of journalist. He cleverly asks a panelist: So the NDA is not to blame and Raja has to be blamed for the whole scam? Journalism?"

    It shudders me to think this person is considered as an acclaimed journalist by the junta of the country and runs a popular TV channel. What is ELM not capable of? With their hidden agenda dictating their opinion, they might even support Pakistan if a war breaks out between India and Pak and make our Indian populace bow down and surrender to the enemies.

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    1. "They might even support Pakistan" Rajdip and Sagarika are the worst most obnoxious anchors on TV. I remember soon after the 26/11 attack there was a discussion on Sagarika's show whether India should consider it an act of war and retaliate. In her usual style Sagarika said that "How can india go to war with Pakistan especially considering that India has a huge Muslim section and that their sentiments will be hurt" These may not be the exact words but it was mostly to this effect. This is an example of the most outrageous commentary by a channel of this repute. Whether or not military was the considered option, How can someone say that defending INdia against Pakistan in particular will hurt the sentiments of its Muslim citizens ?

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  5. Wonderful post. But, you omitted Arnab Goswami of Times Now who is the clear champion boot-licker of today beating stalwarts like Rajdeep, Void Sharma, Kumar Ketkar, Burqua Dutt etc., Once upon a time he used to take a balanced view but after the 100 Cr. Fine on TOI, he seemed to have stooped to the lowest levels. His interaction with Kumar Ketkar & VOID Sharma was obnoxious to say the least.

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    1. I share the same view. Probably the bill of 100 Cr. was footed by Cong.

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  6. I wonder what the future of this country will be if we leave it at the hands of morons like Sibil, tiwari. It is time the people of this country woke up. How do you do it half the people are on slow poison.

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  7. Hey 'Anonymous' please don't outrighly abuse 'Tiwaris'(A brahmin sub jati)despite their all ills. He is 'TEWARI'.

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  8. The atrocities, arrogance and the steep utter corruption is known to only educated and the persons who follows country news... Even in the educated elite... There r ppl who r novices to these.. And r addicted to celebrity, cricket.... The recent HINDU ad depicts it. Until and unless such ppl be made aware...and rural ppl made aware of these natinal issues... They wont realise and they continue to vote onthe basis of cast, religion, money, booze....etc.....The congress already injected the slow poison..... The AP state politics is the current proof. The more real proof is...congress won 2009 election inspite of their bad name.... The fate of india will bedecided by the current 5 state elections followed by 2014 election.... Lets pray... Congress would be buroed underneath.... In the coming elections

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    1. how can we reach to the people in rural india... I know IAC is doing it by reaching to rural india .... but still their is a gap.... how can we fulfill it..? Any thoughts....

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  9. Abhishek Singhvi said - Power corrupts absolutely.

    Jethmalani said - Power corrupts , but the prospect of losing it corrupts absolutely.

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  10. I had seen the one on NDTV with Arun Shourie. KTS Tulsi just stopped short of saying "Sonia Gandhi ki jai ho" otherwise he was trying to show that Congress leadership and PM/FM were not to blame.

    BJP should try to boycott English Media Channels for a few months. Stop going to their chat shows. They can start doing it with NDTV and CNN-IBN, suddenly you will see the difference.

    And the boycott should be open. They must mention that due to wrong reporting we are boycotting the two channels. Suddenly the Channel's credibility (whatever is left) will go for a big six.

    I am sure media houses are banking on NDA not boycotting them.

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  11. You said right. To believe only Raja is responsible for the 2G scam or for that matter Kalmadi or Shiela for the CWG is like saying that all those look white in color are milk and worthy of consumtption! Raja was a stooge-rep of Karuna and so Chidu to Sonia family. So the loot-ratio cannot be any better than 20:80 for the Karuna and Sonia families. One has to be either extremely stupid and atrociously naïve to not to know this or should have been saying in the interest of the Karuna or Sonia family spoons. Rest is history.

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  12. Well... I must accept the FACT that I'm a big fan of Mediacrooks.com now... But... Just one thing that's NOT CONVINCING me is that, I do not see any referrence to TOI or Team ARNAB in most of the Blogs... Does this mean they are any better than the others ???

    ofcourse I preffer watching TOI better than any other news channel and enjoy ARNAB ripping off the Politicos on air... but I see that happening at times on other channels as well...

    My ONLY QUESTIONS is... WHOM DO I TRUST ???

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  13. NDTV, TV18, and NDTV are corporate media houses that get a lot of money from politicians and foreign business houses. I suppose I would only trust the online alternate (free) media.

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  14. Who is funding this pro-BJP blog?

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