Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ego



I logged on to Twitter early ‘yesterday morning in the night’ and found this funny story going around. This was about some Litfest. No no, not some Literature Fest! This is about a Litigation Fest. And it involved someone threatening some people they’d have to face the law for their tweets slandering a senior BJP leader. Well, who could it be but Barkha Dutt; the champion of defamation threats. Some people are smart enough to learn from the mistakes of others. Some people are dumb not to learn even from their own mistakes. What can we do, no? Anyway, let me cut the story short and let you read the whole stuff which is storified here. If you fell off your chair laughing, don’t sue me, I’m not the one who tweeted all that.

Hollywood singer-actor-producer-director star Barbra Streisand has something unique about her. She has not just won an Oscar (for being a ‘Funny Girl’) she has an internet phenomenon named after her. It’s called the ‘Streisand effect’. Briefly: “The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet”. When Streisand attempted to suppress pictures of her mansion being put out, her protests brought about even more attention to her bungalow which otherwise would have been ignored. Isn’t BD just like that? When BD tried to suppress and sue Chaitanya Kunte over his blog titled “Shoddy journalism” about her 26/11 reporting she made him and his blog all the more famous. She also earned the contempt of a huge population on the net for trying to suppress Kunte’s free speech. She initially tried the same with Open Magazine when they broke the Radiatapes but didn’t have the stuff to take any legal action.

Vinod Mehta’s Outlook magazine too had published the tapes. Mehta, therefore, appears to have permanently earned the ire of BD. Er… sort of a “Rift” between two staunch Congress supporters.  Not that VM gives a damn. It all started with a tweet, on February 13, from one @AnkushJain100 (who has since deleted his Twitter account). That tweet took the fancy of Lalit Modi, the former IPL guy, who retweeted it. And that was enough to send Barkha into her black cloak and collar and threaten the people involved of being “liable to a libel case” (liable to libel - rhymes well, doesn’t it?).

Hmm! Now, what were these guys talking about? I had no idea at all. There was another retweet from Lalit Modi which linked the problem that started it all. This tweet finally brought me to Vinod Mehta’s memoirs titled “Lucknow Boy”. Although many have said it’s a very sweet book and story about a boy, I had absolutely no plans of reading VM’s book. But trust BD to be stupid enough to force me to read at least one paragraph from that book. That’s the Streisand Effect! And this is the damning paragraph that was at the heart of the problem. This is nothing new and has been on the internet since VM published his book. So what exactly was BD yakking about?


If you read Ankush’s tweet carefully, all he suggests is that Arun Jaitley colluded with Barkha Dutt. It’s a valid allegation, not libel. The self-righteous BD then started chastising Lalit Modi over what she calls “utterly irresponsible and scurrilous attacks on a senior BJP leader”. Haha! Imagine, media celebs often known to make many an irresponsible statement on political leaders, especially of the BJP, are suddenly worried about statements on Arun Jaitley. Ahem! I guess it must be the influence of Valentine season which spreads love and affection all over. I hope Jaitley calls her up and thanks her profusely for rushing to his aid. Anyway, if at all there is really an injured party here it is Arun Jaitley and not BD. 

So why the hell is BD threatening libel cases? And is there really libel or defamation here? Ankush and others were referring to and quoting something VM has written and published. VM is a man with years of experience in the media to know a lot of behind-the-scenes titbits. His book or that paragraph is neither banned nor under any court order. No court has declared it defamatory. There is absolutely nothing wrong in quoting VM. And as long as Jaitley or BD have not denied VM’s story, rejected it or challenged him in a court of law there is no reason to disbelieve what VM has said.

Let’s talk legal. Please do note carefully that VM says BD “pleaded” with Jaitley not to mention the Radia intercepts in his attack on the govt. BD, whose Twitter profile also says “wannabe lawyer”, pleaded with Jaitley. (Oh… some lawyers were also referred to as pleaders, weren’t they?). Why was she pleading with him? Any answers? VM says Jaitley was on the “verge of”. So did Jaitley avoid mentioning the Radia-conversations because of BD’s pleading? If yes, then Jaitley does have a lot to answer for. Consequently, the BJP has a lot to answer for because Jaitley holds a top position in the party and the parliament.

This habit of threatening others, especially those who are helpless, usually comes from arrogant people who do not possess the guts to take on those in power. They suck up to them or fear a backlash and prey on those who cannot hit back or don’t have the time and resources to engage in a legal battle. BD didn’t have the guts to take on those who exposed her in the Radiatapes originally like she first threatened them. She doesn’t have the guts to take on Vinod Mehta. In trouble, she begs and pleads with Arun Jaitley. Why does she get so worked up and riled? It has an explanation in this oldie from Elton John (3.48mins).



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There! That’s the reason: Well maybe it was childish, foolish, before-schoolish, immaturish, lose your coolish. Ego!


45 comments:

  1. Good one Ravi. Burqa Butt has successfully assassinated AJ. He is now out of PM race. Better to have idiot enemies than smarty friends!
    Price you pay for overpriced Boilers!

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  2. Burkha the Loser! She is a immature snob and her position in Media is only coz she licks A** of congress and italian mafia.Her IQ is same as of Rahul baba's. Both are *************

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  3. This the arrogance of a thief caught red handed and feels that the law is still on her side.
    If three people close their accounts, its no small matter. There are many others to take over.
    Jab geedar ki maut aati hai to wo shahar ki taraf bhagta hai (When the hyena is about to die, he runs towards the city.
    Also hats off to Lalit Modi for nailing that other fraud called AJ.

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  4. Ravinar bhai - Chaitany's article was not about 26/11 journalism but about Kargil journalism.

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    1. @SeaRacer

      Its not about Kargil but about 26/11. Just for the benefit of those who couldn't read it earlier.. Here's a link:

      ChaitanyaKunte

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    2. Streisand effect - I had not read it before. Thanks.

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    3. @Ravinar Thanks ! Ever since I read his name on Twitter, wanted to read what he wrote ..

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    4. Ravinar bhai - My bad. I mixed this up with the Kargil issue. I think on the Kargil aspect as well somebody had written an article.

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  5. A seemingly innocuous tweet from Ankush Jain has stirred a Hornet's nest. The lady with the horn shot herself on her feet with her - Every-ready "Libel Threat"
    It is not even just ego, this lady tasted a false success (of course, during days before Social Media) which took a lot more seriously than necessary.
    That Media Watcher with his suck up tweets, contributed to the Panic of Poor Ankush Jain (who forgot that even if he deletes his account, screenshots of tweets and archives are still available)

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  6. to add further, it seems this madam is in a quicksand, the more she fights the faster she sinks but sinking is for sure even if she remains silent...

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  7. Jaitley indeed have lot to answer. This guy runs to NDTV all the time as well.

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  8. An absolute masterpiece. When will this female learn????

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  9. Barkha Dutt or people like her may never understand the importance of being truthful and not going over-board in journalism as they were brought up in an era without much social awareness. We can't change them anymore, only be amused at their antics ...

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  10. I am not so surprised with the Barakha Dutt, but about Arun Jaitly. Once he was fooled by Rajdeep Sardesai in Cash for Vote Scam and even then he is helping Barkha Dutt to come out of the Radiaget mess. I do not know when these moron in BJP will ever understand that along with Congress, Anti National English Media is their enemy number one who still thinks itself as the guardian of Indian wisdom. Arun Jaitly has to do lot of answering.

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  11. Ravinar, with this V day post you have shown your *true love* for two *lovely* people by *waking up early in the morning at night* and then offering this * Ego greeting card*! :)

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  12. Nice one Ravi. Thanks for the Streisand effect. I as a twitizen, am the one who benefited due to "burkhasand" effect.

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  13. Ravinar, am a great fan of your writing..please also write on Salil Tripathis article in live mint. here is the link
    http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/H4RXX8qZBm8SBJPDOcLIYO/Narendra-Modi-in-Delhi.html

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  14. In this episode it proves that, In India, Statesman means a person who occasionally helps his parties sworn enemies and keeps his party off balance. Atalbihari Vajpayee is loved as a statesman because he helped English Media with his "Rajdharma" comment. Now Arun Jaitely helping Barkha Dutt in nick of time. No wonder Narendra Modi is a hate figure for this English media. He doesn't dam care about them.

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    1. Just to factually correct the situation on Rajdharma comment, the complete comment of Vajpayee ji said that Modi ji has followed the Raj Dharma.

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  15. I think, the need to get support from Media may have driven AJ to ignore BD issue in parliament. Can be true coz, congress on other hand invests a lot in Media (huge budget) while BJP relatively less.

    Coming to BD, I am pretty sure she would be reading this and the comments as well. By now she would have understand that she speaks like a loser. It's like a guy who always shouts "Ae Doon Kya...?" showing his fist but does nothing. She may have gotten away from politics and CBI with Radia Tapes issue but people can never forget it. The only 4 words to bring a false Tsunami with "Ae...Doon Kya...?" effect: Barkha Chaitanya Kunte Radia.....!!!!!!!

    Mark my words friends, don't be surprised if one day she may even sue the entire Population of India. Another funny note, someone said it once that she would end up like 'Bipasha Basu' of 'Corporate' movie, all popular once but one day fell into her own trap and give it up finally.

    Before ending, Thanks Ravinar for your articles and all the hard work that goes with it. Every morning I check MC and when there's a new article, it's quite delight to read. Reason being, you express our thoughts and you have become our voices.

    Cheers.

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  16. Barkha Dutt you are a typical bully. It's disgusting to even see you anchor a news program.

    "We the pipli" is joke of a charade.

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  17. Vinod Mehta is not 'Raja Harishchandra' either. He is known for doing propaganda against anti-congress forces. Was he present, when she was pleading in front of Jaitley. With this logic she must have pleaded in front of 800 MPs of all the political parties not to raise her name in the Parliament. Her involvement with Niira Radia was anyway not a top secret. This fraudster Lalit Modi's equation with Jailtly and the BCCI seems to be the obvious reason why he is showing interest. I am not sure why they did not sue Mehta but the obvious reply for the mudslinging is to ignore it so that it do not get further publicity. Anyway, I was just speculating, I could be wrong but I do not believe that any person could be always black or always white all the time.

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  18. Dear Ravinar,

    Although off topic but related to women, What's with this "One billion Rising" ? The media seems wanting to divert & rid attention from mis-Governance of Home ministry, Delhi police & Delhi Govt for stoping the rapes by projecting this One Billion rising bullshit. All the celebrity women from Bollywood, NGO's, Media are employed into this farce.

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  19. I loved in particular the scared-shitless reaction of the fellow called sachin, who I believe often talks on the media. But then, people who try to act all judgmental and aloof often act this way when encountering the object of their 'pronouncements'. And the same tail wagging is brilliantly executed by journalists themselves when talking to 'real' celebrities and politicians. Such scum.

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  20. I think this is one more Modi who has joined BD's hate list.

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  21. great decriptive style...you are a well learned man... you should be on the tv not BD. wish you talked on Times Now on Newshour

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  22. this site had almost 10000 viewers in 2 days... 2days before it was 1,839,xxx, now its 1,849.xxx> good going Sri Ravinar

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    1. I am pretty sure one of the viewers must be Barkha dutt

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  23. Wannabe Drama queen instead of a lawyer or whatever the hell this BD is

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  24. hi,

    yesterday i had barkha dutt's "friend" -- a muslim woman threatening me on my site.

    NDTV is now busy trying to popularise valentines day.

    We in India do NOT mind “one billion of two billion rising “ – all these are sponsored by “foreign funded media”

    We don’t want it to happen on valentine’s day— for it is against our culture.

    We don’t want our daughters and sisters to receive LOVE cards from strangers on this day.

    We believe in arranged marriage. This is why our divorce rates are less than 0.1% while in western countries it is 56%

    Wanna know our Indian culture?

    Punch into google search KUMBH MELA , THE MOTHER OF ALL PILGRIMAGES VADAKAYIL

    Capt ajit vadakayil
    ..

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  25. It was y'day that the rape accused Kurien took refuge in pointing to Arun Jaitely as his defence lawyer in the SC and announcing that AJ knew the truth about his own carnal adventures.Mixing profession with politics.

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  26. sir, your article reminds me of boss's dialogue from his film sharaabi where he says: arre chopra sahab, beizatti to uski hoti hai jiski izzat ho. she's sadly mistaken if she thinks that she has some fame to be actually defamed. she's the most thick skinned teflon coated woman. she has been literally stripped naked after radiagate and still has the audacity to not only appear on prime time national television and social media but also lecture people on morality and values.

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  27. From Wikipedia

    The Vedic philosophy taught that when one's mind was in a state of Ego(ahamkara), one was in a state of subjective illusion, where the mind had bound up the concept of one's self with a created thing. The created thing is usually a phenomenon which can be thought of as external to the self. It could be a tangible, concrete (material) thing - e.g., a motor car - or an intangible thing - e.g., such as a concept or idea (as in, for example, the concept of the fight for peace). The ego is involved in constructing the illusion.

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  28. http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/why-this-muslim-majority-town-in-gujarat-voted-for-modi-s-bjp/264910?video-mostpopular

    Please see here why Muslim town became fan of Modi: Development. This is what the PAID MEDIA is afraid. The emancipation and empowerment of people. The MAFIA, DIEnasty and PAID MEDIA can't stomach it. No more appeasement, no more welfare politics and no more avenues to swindle money

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  29. Interesting read:

    http://storify.com/sureshnakhua/media-houses-and-their-dirty-stories

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  30. MSG to everyone, go on her twitter account and tell her to grow up and call her SUE QUEEN. i already did my part after reading this so do ur part too or just shut up and keep on bashing everyone u see

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  31. Ego: Best from you so far in 2013. Call it ‘Streisand effect’ or anything, now I understand why AJ gets frequently interviewed by NDTV. Happy Vasant Panchami. Prabhu Jagannath Bless.

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  32. So, can we say the BJP leaders debating and getting bashed at the MSM houses is all by their choice.. reminds me of the "match-fixing" word in cricket !

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  33. Ravinar..Elton's song is alright but carly simon's would have been even more appropriate to this situation!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQZmCJUSC6g

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  34. Just see an example of 'freedom of speech'granted to aam aadmi by pseudo secularists in the following you tube video.http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/the-big-fight/ayodhya-debate-20-years-on/256745. A studio audience applauds a statement made by one Bhagwan Goyal and the pseudo secularists on the panel get worked up and reprimand the public. An example of freedom of expression Indian style.

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  35. This will fall under category of Most Popular Posts

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  36. Truth,facts always come out.
    No one need get arrogant

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  37. berkha dutta is paid agents of congress stalwart of chor who minted money thorough paid congress swissbank,,doing numerous scam from icci loan to congress mafiainvestment shamefully whole law,regulation are so easily manipulated that rich are always aquitted and media glorify them shmefully

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  38. Hahahaha

    Love the part about kunte.I read that blog myself after ndtv coverage and felt bad about hostage situation.

    Heres some proof from ndtv itself that kunte was right -

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/situation-uncertain-at-trident-vice-chairman-oberoi-hotel/45505

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/nsg-deployed-at-taj-trident-hotels-and-nariman-house/45515

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/mumbai-under-fire-general-hooda-to-ndtv/45498

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/gunshots-at-trident-just-now/45436

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/ndtv-special-ndtv-24x7/mumbai-city-under-fire/45580


    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/continuous-firing-blast-at-taj-hotel/45511

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/mumbai-under-attack-people-being-rescued/45517



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