Friday, January 4, 2013

Media Loves Criminals, Makes Crime Attractive



It was called the ‘trial of the century’. In 1995 O.J. Simpson, the American football and movie star was being tried for the murder of his wife Nicole and her friend. Most people were convinced he was the killer.

In a very dramatic court-scene OJ was also asked to try out a glove from the murder scene. His lawyer famously said "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit”.  The glove didn’t fit. OJ was acquitted for various reasons and it was considered a trial that was badly screwed up by the prosecution. So where is OJ now? Well, he was arrested in 2007 on other charges and in 2008 was sentenced to 33 years in prison. OJ was a celebrity who fell from dizzying heights to a cold prison cell. Some people aren’t that lucky, are they? The law catches up with them one way or another. One can call it divine retribution. But hey, cheer up! It’s not so bad in India. Our OJ’s are above and beyond the law. Not just that, the media loves celebrities who break laws, who are convicted. They are honoured by the media and even by the govt. For two weeks, during the anti-rape protests, our MSM raged against criminals, politicians, criminal behaviour and our laws but they aren’t willing to stand up to or lose one single rupee when it comes to promoting criminals. 

Following the Gangrape in Delhi on December 16, 2012 people were out on the streets protesting. Not just in Delhi but across India. Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit gave some ‘tear-jerking’ interviews on NDTV and CNN-IBN on December 21. Hmm… but what was she doing a day earlier? She was busy renaming a road in Vasant Vihar after MAK Pataudi. Vasant Vihar in Delhi is just around 3Kms from Munirka where the woman was raped and assaulted. Who is MAK? He is Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, former Cricket captain and a great player. Just one thing; MAK was arrested for poaching animals and was locked up for 2 days in 2005. He was granted bail but the case never concluded because he died in September 2011. So even if there’s a blot against your name you will be honoured. If you’re a celeb. BCCI also wanted to name the India-England Test series after him. He’s a celebrity, offences can be ignored. Right? Now that the protests have died down most protesters will find time to watch ‘Dabbang2’. Why not! After all for 2 weeks the media couldn’t promote the movie properly. Gotta make up! We have a history of worshipping criminals and then lament the law. And the media doesn’t care; they just love celebrity convicts who are out on bail.

Dabbang? Oh yeah, some pathetic lowlife at The Hindu, the paper that generally rants against Hindu icons finds Swami Vivekananda’s ‘pose’ too masculine (Taking the aggression out ofmasculinity). But who’s the guy who revels in being topless, bare-chested in movies and likes to strike masculine poses in undergarment ads? That’s Salman Khan (SK) for you; a convict, under-trial and out on bail. Now SK is reputed for many “masculine” escapades, including assaulting co-stars or journalists. In a drunk-driving case he killed one and injured a few more. He has been convicted for killing Black Bucks revered by the Bishnoi community in Rajasthan. But would The Hindu complain about underwear ads of SK? I suppose money is “masculine”, isn’t it?

All news channels are guilty of promoting the likes of SK as a great social-service guy. It seems he even weeps for stray dogs that die. Nice! And then the media outrages over who inspires criminals and rapists, that there should be more stringent laws. They want Bollywood to reconsider “item numbers” but all this, while they promote “bad boys” every single day. Coca Cola pulled SK out of their ads after the drunk-driving incident but seems he’s back doing ads for them. CNN-IBN had him as the chief guest (as most other news channels do on many occasions) handing out awards to “Super Idols”. To distract from the rape case and other crimes they then blame lyrics of Honey Singh. Who sponsors Salman Khan and why ads featuring him are carried by media? The media itself is guilty of the same crime they accuse Honey Singh of. He writes lyrics or sings but the media rewards criminals. Mind you, it’s not as if these guys have served their sentences and paid their dues to society.

SK is not the only one. There is the other guy, Sanjay Dutt. He too is a convict, a political party’s member and he floats on media channels like he’s the great “Gandhi” after his Munna-movies. Surprisingly, his case seems to take eons to come up for hearing in the Supreme Court. The offence was in 1993. Do the media scream over a 20 year long justice period for him? Oh no! You see, like SK, Dutt sells stuff for them too. Why would you want your salesmen in trouble, huh? One of the reasons film-producers offered to justify bail for these Bollywood criminals is that a lot of money was invested in their movies. Heard anything more absurd?  

The funniest part is that these celebs are hard to find when they have to be served with summons or when there’s an arrest warrant against them. Midday reports SK was exempted from court appearances 83 times in 10 years in the drunk-driving case. And when the latest summon was to be served he couldn’t be found. The crystal ball showed he was partying with the Special IG of Police. They could have even asked Rajdeep Sardesai (yes, Rajdeep who once thought Dawood Ibrahim was a patriot) or anyone at NDTV, ABPNews, Timesnow or any channel. Arnab Goswami even did a ‘Frankly Speaking’ interview with him. If SK shows the way can others be far behind? Ha! Bitty Mohanty, son of a top cop (Relax, it’s not in Caps, I am not referring to THAT Top Cop) is absconding for 7 years after jumping parole in a rape case. Gopal Kanda, former Minister of Haryana, was absconding for almost a month when there was an arrest warrant in the Geetika suicide case. He did have a genuine explanation though: he was preparing his reply to the charges in peace in some corner of the country. Durai Dayanidhi, son of MP Azhagiri, was absconding for months with a non-bailable warrant on him. He surfaced only when bail was finally granted. Oh by the wayward, media feels like a coy “dulhan” when they have to report the land-cases of Shekhar Gupta or N. Ram of The Hindu. Hammam Ahoy! The list is endless.

Someone said “Drunken Lumpens”? Umm… how does the news-media explain all the surrogate liquor ads? BlendersPride fashion! “Make it large” Royal Stag! “Chaar yaar” type Bagpiper! Oh there’s music to drink by from Smirnoff or Bacardi. Keep counting. No moral sermons or outrages for the ridiculous promotion of liquor by circumventing the law. And the media celebs are gonna tell you how to deal with rape? People supposedly in journalism who have made every possible compromise with morals, truth and dignity simply do not qualify to sermonise or outrage over laws or failure of law. If someone has to wake up first, it’s the media. The Hindi news media can’t even get past their “Saas-Bahu” and “BigBoss” specials. Who are these people fooling? These are channels whose websites goof up and change headlines thrice a day like Shivraj Patil changes clothes. People keep screen-shots for their mischief.

Let the media apex bodies like PCI or NBSA pass resolutions that they will not harbour or promote any Bollywood or any other celeb with criminal charges against them. Let them resolve they will not promote movies of convicted criminals. Let them report the court cases against their own media members. In the absence of this, the news-media itself is nothing more than an accomplice, a mafia wife. 

48 comments:

  1. You hit the nail on head....you can just see the list of people you mentioned in your article. Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutta, Durai Dayananidhi, Gopal Kanda, Shekhar Gupta and N. Ram all are the torch bearer of Indian Secularism. So they are darlings of media and Page 3 celebrities who preach us on these news channels on News Hour, Frankly speaking, We the people, Big Fights and what not.....

    OJ Simpson is in jail for 33 years after escaping in 1995. But our courts are yet to decide on Sanjay Dutta and Salman Khan after 5 to 20 years. Remember Sanjay Dutta is accused in 1992 case. I have serious doubt that both of them will escape the law like MAK Pataudi.

    Our Courts deny the justice for even 50 years. Our courts do not wish to change, and the Congress has vested interest in keeping the Court System rotten. I heard that moron Abhishek Manu Singhvi on channels saying that we are just spending 1% or less on our Justice system since last 65 years. Who stopped them increasing it to 2 to 5% . They are in power most of the time in those 65 years. They have lacks of carodes of Rupees to splurge on meaningless subsidies and schemes in the name of poor to buy votes, but they do not have money to strengthen our justice system which will definitely help poor getting the justice. Ultimately how much money will we require to strengthen our justice system? Equal to outlay of NAREGA and MNEREGA? or for that matter meaningless Food Security Bill ?

    No!! Congress will not do this because that will not bring votes to in immediate future. Our Media morons will not ask sharp questions on these issues.

    I have a proposal....let us fight 2014 election on Judicial Reforms. Who ever promises that, will get my vote. Let it be single point agenda.

    If we can not implement the law what is the use of having parliament making the laws.

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    1. I fully support you. The root cause of crime is that most of criminals can take prosecution/judiciary for a ride and they are ever willing to oblige.

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    2. Completely agree. But who will bell the cat? Of the eligible voters, less than 60% vote. And 1/3 of the polled votes are sufficient to get elected. i.e. only 20% of the eligible voters decide the Govt. of the day. So just cater to this 20% in any which way.

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  2. The latest: Dawoodbhai's close buddy and relative miandad is coming to india to watch cricket. talk about sensitivities! A man whose in-law is an enemy of India; a cricketer who defamed the game by match-fixing http://static.cricinfo.com/db/NATIONAL/PAK/NEWS/qayyumreport/qayyum_report.html

    Something is very wrong with our government since a very long time. The waitress, the corrupt foreign minister, the BCCI boss and agriculture minister of india all of them along with a majority of the media which is supplicant in nature are seriously into money laundering - that seems to be the only logic that can explain our nation's decay.

    The delhi gangrape protests showed that our socuety is sick of misgovernance and desires a change-the insulted sheep are waking up! Time to do away with the sham of 'all politics is local' and vote for a genuine change in 2014; demolish the wolves before they devour you.

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    1. Indian govt should have set precondition before approving his visa.The condition is he should reveal whereabouts of Dawood. Unfortunately this not possible by anti national govt.

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  3. Arnab appears holier than in Newshour. in one of the panel discussion during those dilli protest days, he asked a Shivsena man to break up alliance with NDA because one leader in Haryana had spoken which was not liked by Arnab. when Arnab was asked not to call tainted people for debate, he did not have answer. Arnab will ask every one why they did not come to help of law. but he will not answer why he did not reveal hideout of Salman when police reporting him untraceble. he will cite journalistic freedom. Arnab is comfortable with Abhishek Manu Shinghvi and never misses to mention him as Dr Shingvi. Arnab says Mamta should respond for one of the thousands of shows in Poshchim Bengal but never dares to ask same from Sonia even in case of Kanda. Arnab is representative of the best lot available in TV media. other don't even worth mention.

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  4. Whenever some big shot intones, "The law will take its course", it means the prosecution of the case is going to be f***ed up. And when the accused says,"I have full faith in our courts/judiciary", he means exactly that. He has full faith the case will linger on till the cows come home.

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  5. Surprised. Expected a post on "In a setback to Gujarat Chief Minister, the Supreme Court has upheld the appointment of Justice Mehta as Gujarat Lokayuta." Of course, the court judgement is in no way critical of Modi is another matter. At the least I expected a post on TOI Social Impact awards. However, your post is very valid. Justice in India is never time bound. Shame that the undermining of judiciary has never been questioned effectively. In a banana republic like India, taking law in one's own hands is the only way for justice.

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    1. Hey man.. you are absolutely true... People must take law on there hands.. if they want justice..else they will never get justice...

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    2. You said it. That's the way to get justice in a banana republic.

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  6. Dear Ravinar, you have raised a very valid and important point. Our MSM does uphold celebrity criminals like Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt and many more.
    On the flip side, we Indians also watch their movies, even when we know that they are convicted by the courts.
    So first we should boycott their movies, then these criminal actors will loose their sheen and then probably media might hesitate to parade them on their channels.
    Incidently on 2/3 occasions, Shahrukh Khan was detained at US airports and our Govt has rescused him. Obviously US Govt suspects his links with few Pakistani suspicious people. We in India will not come to know the truth. But it makes sense to boycott his movis as well.

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    1. srk was detained in usa coz of his name in same newark airport for 2times not 3 n not in other airport of usa.he has not cleared his name from V-TYPE fellowers in usa.our former president APJ KALAM during his presidency also got detained in newark airport just coz of his name n face.even amir got detained in 2002..does n't mean they r criminals or terrorist..n not our govt, usa govt rescued them n apolize globally for their act ..get ur info correct..in that airport abdul n shahrukh named two suspects r registerd..GO CORRECT UR INFO BEFORE BASHING OTHERS

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    2. Typical emotional fan.

      In US airports, muslims are frisked because Americans have woken up to the evils of Islam. Indians are yet to.

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  7. The Hindu is perhaps the only newspaper that has the answer to the burning question confronting the Nation today, why do men rape? And the eminent newspaper has conclusively proved a definite link between Swami Vivekananda's "masculine" profile and production of excessive testosterone in males!!!

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    1. I doubt the sexual orientation of the author at "The Hindu" :) That aroused him !! LOL

      There might be some logic had that guy attributed the rise of testosterone because of posters of naked or semi-naked darlings of MSM. Just One more intellectual that the nation has produced.

      Now, all bairaagis and sanyasins of the country, be ware - there might be a new dress code and posturing code for you all.

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    2. Please do everyone a favour and stop reading that newspaper :)

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    3. No one but miniscule Tamil Brahmins read it.
      So no worries.

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  8. Superb post...Congrats on 1.5 million views!

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  9. Dear Ravinar,

    As usual brilliant. Long overdue, this expose of our hypocrisy.

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  10. भारत में मीडिया कितना स्वतंत्र हैं इसका एक नमूना...... १. आजतक के पत्रकार दीपक शर्मा ने कांग्रेसी खुर्शीद की चोरी का पर्दाफाश किया ..पर आजकल कहीं नज़र नहीं आ रहा पता नहीं कहाँ गायब हो गया ..साथ ही आजतक के एडिटर हेड ऍम.जे. अकबर को भी आजतक से निकाल दिया गया हैं क्योंकि उन्होंने खुर्शीद के पर्दाफाश को दिखाने की मंजूरी दी थी ...मीडिया स्वतंत्र और निष्पक्ष हैं? २. जब से इंडिया गेट पर से IBN7 वरिस्ट संपादक आशुतोष ने यह खबर दी कि गेंगरेप के शांतिपूर्ण आन्दोलन को हिंसक बनाने में NSUI (कांग्रेस पार्टी की युवा शाखा) के सदस्यों का हाथ हैं तब से वोह भी IBN7 पर दिख नहीं रहे हैं यहाँ तक कि उनका कार्यक्रम 'अजेंडा विथ आशुतोष' को भी उनके साथी पत्रकार संचालित कर रहे हैं....मीडिया स्वतंत्र और निष्पक्ष हैं? कल का मामला ले लीजिए इंडिया गेट पर पहुँचने का हंगामा हुआ था उसे किसी चैनल ने कवर नहीं किया क्योंकि सरकार से धमकी मिली हुई थी..... तो मित्रों इससे साफ़ हैं कि मीडिया अपना काम करना चाहता हैं पर उसे कांग्रेसी सरकार डरा-धमका कर अपने हित में काम करने पर मजबूर करती हैं. मीडिया को भी पता हैं कि अगर उन्होंने सरकार के विरुद्ध ज्यादा बोला तो उनका चैनल खतरे में पड़ सकता हैं इसलिए वोह सरकार से मोटा माल ले लेते हैं और सरकार के मुताबिक़ खबरें दिखाते हैं क्योंकि विरुद्ध में दिखाया तो सरकार चैनल बंध कर देगी तो इससे अच्छा हैं कि पैसा लो और समाचार दिखाओ..चैनल भी चलता रहेगा और पत्रकारों की रोजी-रोटी भी चलती रहेगी.... जब हम देशवासी ही अपनी आवाज़ सरकार के सामने ठीक से नहीं उठा सकते तो मीडिया को क्या दोष दे ..जिस तरह सरकार जनता के आंदोलनों को कुचल देती हैं, आवाज़ दबा देती हैं हिंसा से और गलत आरोपों और साजिशों से तो मीडिया की क्या औकात हैं क्योब्नकी यह सारे चैनल नुक्सान में चलते हैं ...हो रहा भारत निर्माण? ...देश आज भी गुलाम हैं और हमेशा रहेगा ..

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  11. Rajdeep Sardesai (yes, Rajdeep who once thought Dawood Ibrahim was a patriot)

    Now that is a story you must tell.

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    1. Agree, i am curious too !

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    2. If you both are on twitter, then by this time you must have known the story :) and Rajdeep now doesnt know where to hide on twitter. RS, in his trembling lame defence, compared Balasaheb Thackerey with Dawood so now wait for backlash of Shiv Sena!

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    3. Please give the link to article or video, if any.

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    4. Like Balasaheb, Dawood was a patriot for Pakistan

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  12. NDTV के निष्पक्ष कुमार ने सोनिया को इस्तीफा दिया ....... गुजरात चुनावों में कांग्रेस पार्टी की हार की नैतिक ज़िम्मेदारी लेते हुए देश के प्रमुख समाचार चैनल एनडीबीपी 7 के न्यूज़ एंकर निष्पक्ष कुमार ने इस्तीफा दे दिया है। निष्पक्ष ने आज कांग्रेस प्रमुख सोनिया गांधी के आवास दस जनपथ पर जाकर अपना इस्तीफा सौंपा और राज्य में पार्टी के ख़राब प्रदर्शन के लिए कान पकड़कर माफी भी मांगी, हालांकि अभी ये साफ नहीं हो पाया है कि उन्होंने कान अपने पकड़े थे, या सोनिया गांधी के। निष्पक्ष कुमार की आउट लाइन इस बारे में जब हमने निष्पक्ष से पूछा कि आप तो एक न्यूज़ चैनल के एंकर है, ऐसे में आपने कांग्रेस की हार पर इस्तीफा क्यों दिया, तो उनका कहना था, देखिए, जब आप किसी चीज़ के लिए शिद्दत से कोशिश करें और उसे हासिल न कर पाएं तो नैतिकता यही है कि आप आगे आकर उसकी ज़िम्मेदारी लें। और मुझे ये स्वीकारने में कोई हर्ज़ नहीं कि कांग्रेस के बाकी नेताओं की तुलना में मैंने बहुत पहले से मोदी के खिलाफ कैम्पेन चला रखा था इसलिए जब मोदी जीते, तो मुझे लगा कि कांग्रेस नेताओं से ज्यादा, ये मेरी निजी हार है। यहां तक कि नतीजों के कमर्शियल ब्रेक में मैं दो बार रो भी पड़ा और मेरा रोना (और चमचागिरी) देख वहां मौजूद कांग्रेस नेता भी रोने लगे।निष्पक्ष से जब ख़बरबाज़ी संवाददाता ने पूछा कि एंकर होने के नाते आप on air ये तो कह नहीं सकते कि मोदी को वोट मत दो, तो आपने ये कैम्पेन चलाया कैसे? निष्पक्ष: देखिए, ‘निष्पक्ष’ होने के नाते मैं आपको बता सकता हूं कि ईश्वर ने हमें दो आंखें इसलिए दी हैं ताकि हम एक से किसी की अच्छाई देखें और दूसरे से बुराई और उसके बाद निष्पक्ष होकर उसके बारे में राय बनाएं, मगर साथ ही ये भी बता दूं कि अगर हमें किसी की बुराई ही देखनी हो तो अच्छाई देखने वाली आंख बंद कर लेनी चाहिए। इस तरह हम सिर्फ उसकी बुराईयों पर फोकस कर पाएंगे। जैसे 2002 के दंगों की याद आज भी लोगों (ब्रुनेई और पपुवा न्यू गिनी के लोगों) के ज़हन में ताज़ा है, गुजरात तो शुरू से ही विकसित राज्य रहा है, संघ उनसे खफा है, वो किसी को साथ लेकर नहीं चलते आदि आदि। मैंने भी अपनी तमाम चर्चाओं के दौरान इन तर्कों का इतनी बार इस्तेमाल किया कि कुछ एक तर्क तो इतने छिल गए (ज्यादा इस्तेमाल करने के चलते) कि उनसे खून बहने लगा।

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  13. Excellent article! But just one correction, it was not bcci but sharmila Tagore who asked for that naming!

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    1. Yes.. Its an error. Thanks for pointing it out. The proposal actually came from MCC in 2007 and BCCI had promised something else. But it was Sharmila Tagore (Again a media celeb) who was campaigning for it..

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  14. Ravi,
    I was just wondering some time back on how it was missing from the scanner of Ravinar and lo here it is!! My compliments Ravi! Sallu's films are banned in my home long back. Those were the days of hard convincing & negotiation with my family members and good that i could convince! Even though, i miss the entertinement of Sallu but it is good feeling that i stood by my values.Afterall, there are plenty ways for entertinement. Later years, SRK joined the list and latest addition is pseudo-intellectual AK. MSM & K's cannot fool me and my family anymore!

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  15. Laws are made by those who break the laws.Police connives with the guilty.
    I do see a time when judiciary will step in

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  16. Super stuff, as usual! Hats off to the author for such painstaking writings!

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  17. Media Reactions to Mr. Bhagath's statement is clear indicator of how MAD we are gone. Every single women who can speak emotional English is shouting on the screen. One old idiot lawyer is telling that constitution gave gave equal rights to women. Really? Then why the hell you demand protection? If you are equal to men fight them. Is any specific protection was given to men being robbed and looted? If male and female are really same, rape cannot be treated more than a physical assault....
    Mindless debates.....

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    1. Rape is definitely different than physical assualt because of sexual discharge involved. The victim is forced to carry the blood or semen of the aggressor.

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  18. I once questioned a SK fan, why do you watch his movies, he has court cases on him and he once drove on people sleeping on pavement. He replied - Well if that's the case, how come he is not in jail? Did anyone stop the jury to convict him or the police to take correct action? Since he is out and in open, surely somewhere the news is wrong. And he is also running a charity "Being Human" and helping so many people, why only speak of the wrongs?
    Sadly, that's the attitude of millions of his fans. From what he said, I can vouce that if police and courts did their part of job well, things would have been different. Fro my part, I stopped watching his movies after that chinkara caase itself.

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  19. Our media is super smart. They will entirely silence out the crimes of SONIA MAFIA.

    Remember Hassan Ali? He had $8 Billion is Swiss account. The case all disappeared from the media.

    Look at this. Looks like another case of Hassan Ali most likely benami of DMK or SONIA MAFIA. This news will disappear too.

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-03/coimbatore/36130238_1_treasury-bonds-bond-receipts-tirupur

    I-T sleuths here said the bonds were seized in a raid on December 31 at the residence of T M Ramalingam on Dharapuram-Palani Road near Upputhurai, about 80 kms from Coimbatore, in Tirupur district. The bonds are worth $5 billion. The investigating officers have also seized other financial documents from him including Rs 1.5 crore in fixed deposit receipts from banks in Tirupur district.

    When a TOI correspondent visited Ramalingam's house, it turned out to be a modest building, with an SUV parked outside. Ramalingam confirmed to TOI that sleuths had raided his place. "I admit that they took away financial documents, mostly international bills of exchange worth $5 billion. They also checked my bank locker and sealed them," Ramalingam said. As per Indian laws, a resident Indian can invest up to $200,000 in a financial year to buy foreign currency assets.

    Ramalingam told officials that he received the bonds from a friend in Brazil.

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  20. Keeping women at home is very bad for economy. Only a women can contribute heavily to 'want' based economy (in other words wastage economy).

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  21. Excellent article Ravi. Just one point that you failed to emphasize:

    For the past few years the mainstream media has been successfully propagandizing this absolute myth that famous celebrities often become the "victims" of their own fame and get "unjustly" targeted for small misdemeanours. Such excuses and defenses are often peddled by the media to cover up and pull a blanket over small or big crimes committed by these "bad boy" criminal celebrities -- such as last year when a drunk Shahrukh Khan (and his goons) abused and physically assaulted a poor security guard at Wankhede, or when Salman Khan openly sided with the Pakistani position on the 26/11 terrorist massacres in Mumbai, etc.

    But the truth is entirely opposite to the media's propaganda -- these "bad boy" criminal celebrities in fact get away easily (summons or arrest warrants are kept pending for decades, the police purposefully botches up the investigation, witnesses are intimated or bought out, etc), whereas a common man ends up getting arrested and harassed for years for as little as just standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Just imagine, if I, a common man of India, had abused or assaulted a guard while being drunk, or illegally poached an endangered species, or physically assaulted my actress-girlfriend, or abused her on phone and forced her to go to Dubai to do a "show" to please the underworld dons, or killed a few homeless people sleeping on the footpaths while driving drunk, or helped terrorists to stash their AK-47s and RDX in my farmhouse, or essentially waged a war against the State in collusion with the underworld mafia and the Pakistani ISI, etc, would I still be at large? Would I get invited as chief guest to functions hosted by CNN-IBN and Rajdeep Sardesai? Would NDTV's cub reporters fawn and gush at me, and sing my praises? But Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt have done precisely all these crimes mentioned above, and yet all of them are perpetually the media's darlings. Even more shameful is that they continue to remain the country's youth's darlings as well.

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  22. Excellent Post,Mr. Ravi…….as always

    As an observer of Indian Politics and as a Kashmiri refugee, I have always been saying(wherever I get a chance)that the threat to Indian State comes more from the Abdhullas and the Muftis of the valley rather than...say a Geelani bcoz the Indian state and the people know exactly what Geelani stands for, what his ideology is etc etc. but the Abdhullas and Muftis are more complex and also treacherous. They have their lunch with the Barkhas and Sagarikas of the world and their dinner with Hizbul and LET. The senior Abhdulla, when once asked about this double speak and alleged covert support to militants replied...tongue in cheek.."Who will care for the Loyalists like me if there are no militants".This statement was at that time just laughed off but it tells us a lot about how the Indian state has been subverted and compromised. I sometimes feel that the "Khans" are to Bollywood what the Abdhullas and Muftis are to Kashmir--devious and full of subterfuge. Even a cursory look at SRK's last few movies gives us a fairly good idea of what he is up to. The underlying message of a Hugely successful "MAIN HUN NA"...a muslim terrorist,Khan,Is humane and eventually gets reformed but a Hindu-Raghvan is inhuman, kills children(Muslim) and becomes a hindrance in Aman Kee Aasha. In “Chak de”,the main protagonist is again a Khan--Poor MR Negi...and "My Name is Khan" was again intended to be a Political statement. Success has made these “Khans” more arrogant and the way they have been flaunting their religious identity lately tells us a lot about where we are heading towards. To add to this mess, The Media- Celebrity nexus has become a heady cocktail as they complement as well as feed off each other. And add to it the Govt. patronage— both Overt and covert—and our goose is cooked. Worse times ahead….perhaps

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  23. NDTV had audacity to feature Sanjay Dutta in their 'Walk The Talk' as if he was some king of a hero. Shame on them.

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  24. MSM loves bad boys, brats, it's in their DNA

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