Sunday, May 26, 2013

Barkha Fails to Evolve Imran Khan



My gut feeling says nobody in India gives a damn about elections in Pakistan except for a general knowledge of the final outcome. Some party that Nawaz Sharif heads won the elections and he will be sworn in PM. There are exceptions though. The only ones who care about what happens in Pakistan are in the GOI, the track2 establishment, some power-mongers in our news media, the Scotch circuit and Bollywood. And then there is the “Evoluter” Barkha Dutt. She is a specialist in “evolving” leaders and personalities. I’m sure readers of this blog remember her “Evolution of Rahul Gandhi”. She has tried very hard with the “evolution of Imran Khan” too and failed again.

So it’s not just Barkha Dutt (BD) but Rajdeep Sardesai (RS) also wants us to learn lessons from Pakistan. I would rather you read the book ‘Leadership secrets of Attila the Hun’ but never mind. So both RS and BD turn to the mother-ship of their ‘Unholy Trinity’, Hindustan Times, to write on the lessons to be learnt from Pak elections. RS calls it “Bowling a dot ball” and BD simply calls it “Lessons from Pakistan”. Considering RS is a Cricket lover his title is natural and considering BD is a Pakistan lover her title is natural too. But when you look at the content, both are deceptively identical. That’s their talent – deception. What both are trying to do is to draw lessons from Imran Khan’s failure to win and equate it to another forceful personality in Indian politics. Do you really want me to name that Indian personality? I don’t think so and these two propagandists don’t name him or anyone directly either.

But on an overall assessment Rajdeep does make a lot more sense than Barkha. It’s merely because  when he is off TV RS puts a lot of thought behind what he writes or says and I have said this often. Here’s something critical that RS writes in his piece:

Imran’s cheerleaders genuinely believed that the youth of the country was fully behind him. The social media campaigns were seen to be a critical element of this age group’s desire for change. Imran was able to harness social media effectively and draw new faces into his political party, but when it came to the crunch it became clear the ‘youth’ factor was a little exaggerated as was the appeal of a twitter and facebook generation. The social network universe will always be lesser than the political universe. In the heat and dust of the countryside, it doesn’t really matter how many followers you have on twitter. These followers can create an echo effect across media platforms; what they cannot do is influence voting patterns across a diverse population”.

Fair enough! But who in hell ever told RS or any MSM person that SM claimed it would influence elections? Nobody did, except the fakes in the MSM. Secondly, the lesson that RS draws is truly applicable to Arvind Kejriwal & his party rather than the “other person” that RS is targeting. The other person that RS targets with his comments has worked his way up from scratch and has proven electoral success against the severest propaganda, vilification and witch-hunt by RS & Co. In contrast, Imran Khan has received tremendous bootlicking from the media, including Indian media. That’s a major difference. So it has nothing to do with SM. The awful truth is that anything that TV and MSM hype falls flat on the ground. But RS has been largely fair in his assessment. So let’s get to BD for whom Pakistan is second home as it is for her channel, NDTV. Take a look at these pics. They are all from all the interviews she has held with Imran Khan in the last two years, at least 4 of them.

These are four of them and there could be other interviews that I may have missed. Then just before the elections when Imran was injured BD found a substitute in his sister Aleema and interviewed her in the hospital that treated Imran. The first pic (with BD in green) is where Barkha mentioned the “evolution of Imran Khan”. I’m not joking you can hear it on Youtube. This is when she was talking about his autobiography and so enamoured was she that she was even discussing his hairstyle. Is that all? No! After her September 2012 interview with Imran, NDTV headlined that he would like to borrow from Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. Ah yes, Nitish the “secular messiah”.


I get a feeling Nitish Kumar might get a scare if he finds out Imran borrowed from him and failed. And she claims Pak media pays him too much attention. And after all the swooning over him BD writes:

As the eventual outcome shows one man (Imran)  had overstated his performance without a trace of self-doubt; the other (Sharif) ended up being so cautious that the scale of his victory came as a surprise even to him…. Imran Khan's innings are proof that media googlies aren't enough to bowl out an old-style veteran of politics. The media in Pakistan had virtually anointed Khan as victor before the votes could be cast or counted”. Really? But does the media anywhere learn any lessons? Has Barkha learnt any lessons from her evolution of the Gandhi prior to UP elections? It doesn’t seem so. Why else would she and her channel be so heavily addicted to Imran Khan? And all these googlies were only from Pak media and not from her? Laugh till you die!

Now let’s see what she concludes and then what Rajdeep concludes. It makes quite interesting reading:

BD: For us in the media there is also a message in what happens when you script a complex political battle as a clash of personalities. It's a global news instinct and one that makes for better copy. But at the same time it often defies the arithmetic of what makes a party win in a parliamentary democracy. Elections in our part of the world are not a contest between personality cults. The face-off between the Rahul Gandhi vs Narendra Modi camps, online and offline, may have precious little to do with the reasons for victory and defeat in 2014.

RS: Finally, Imran’s mixed results in these elections reveal the limitation of charisma in sub-continental politics. Yes, there have been film stars who have achieved some success in electoral politics. MGR and NTR truly stand out in this context, cinematic legends who were able to transfer their celluloid power onto the political stage in spectacular fashion. But MGR in particular had a strong AIADMK network to assist him; his folk hero image was a bonus. Other ‘star’ politicians have realised that politics is more than just dialogue delivery and good looks.

I cannot help believing that these two people never look in the mirror. Who scripted the Rahul-Modi combat? No one except the media! As far as I know and even genuinely honest observers will admit Rahul is a total non-performer, has shown no accountability and his utterances are so full of stupidity that any comparison to Modi is even comic. But the media does this to protect the queen, Sonia Gandhi as I have said repeatedly. The media is willing to make RahulG the sacrificial goat against Modi while making sure they keep all the weaknesses, drawbacks and incompetence of Sonia Gandhi cloaked from exposure. 2014 is not a battle between Rahul and Modi as our media morons keep repeating deceptively like a parrot. It’s a battle between Modi and SoniaG. I would say even Imran Khan is a better political leader than RahulG any single day. He has proven leadership at least in some endeavour.

Lastly, both RS and BD peddle this atrocious fallacy in their articles in different words. Let me use BD’s words: “Finally, in the absolute decimation of the party that the Bhuttos built is a message that lineage and ancestry only carry you so far in politics and no further. Misgovernance, inefficiency and corruption will be punished by voters, no matter how glamorous or brave one's pedigree is. Assumptions based on privilege; charm and charisma; media endorsements - none of these are accurate clues to the mind of the voter. So beware all those who claim to know what will happen in 2014”.

Both RS and BD demonstrate a fear that the Gandhis, that they have so faithfully served all these years, may meet the same fate as the Bhuttos. But they mislead when they say that lineage and ancestry carry you only so far. Coming from a slave media that is the worst untruth you will hear. Nehru, Gandhi, Gandhi, Gandhi and again another Gandhi is what has ailed India all this while. A mature media should have been instrumental in getting the people out of the clutches of slavery to lineage and ancestry. In contrast, both RS and BD have the deepest contempt for the guy who rose even when he doesn’t have such lineage and ancestry and started life as a “Chaiwalla”. So both these media celebs continue their proven hypocrisy.

It is not Indians who need to learn a lesson from Pakistan but Barkha who seriously needs to do so. She must learn that all her propaganda has failed electorally. She failed to evolve Rahul Gandhi and she failed to evolve Imran Khan. Does she have it in her to learn and change tracks and serve the cause of genuine reporting? Evolution awaits her

35 comments :

  1. For those who know pakis,it is the punjabi dominance that wins ultimately, in every field of activity there.The rest of the ethnic groups mean nothing.Any punjabi in place of Nawaz Sheriff would have won just as well.The next influential province is the sindh and it was anti incumbancy that failed PPP which is a sind dominated group.This is the state of democracy in the sub continent where policies and ideologies are just facades that the Media tom toms.They are virtually non existant and the little ideology that exists is on the social media.

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    1. How is this related to Ravinar's article?

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  2. There will be always good, bad and sold out people in every filed. But the good things prevail if there are few more good people than the others. I wonder, why there is no person in MSM who is more honest, talented and unbiased than RS, BD and still as powerful as them. Probably, we don't respect and honor those honest guys in the MSM.

    Ravinar, it would be great if you write some articles on unbiased journalists in MSM. I think, while exposing corrupt practices of crooks it will be good if you let your readers know works of unbiased people in MSM.

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    1. I agree .May be it would not be a witty with ridicule reading; BUT --- Catch somebody doing the ---- RIGHT Thing; for a change !!!!

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    2. I agree.
      The clothesline video series by newslaundry make it a point to mention some journalist who did a good job that week. I really like this about them.

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  3. The last line sets perfect "evolution awaits her" haha

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  4. MSM comparison of IK and Modi is naive, IK's was a new party with no first hand experience of election management nor administrative experience unlike Modi.You can see their reverence for the Family is evident from the fact that they are not calling Gandhis as corrupt and feudalistic.

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  5. Understanding of TamilNadu politics by Indian journos is superficial. DMK and the breakaway AIADMK or now Vijaykanth's party were all started by politicians who had footing in Cinema i.e. they were basically politicians who used Cinema medium to propagate their ideologies. It was slow poisoning (Arsenic of sorts). The journos are under the misconception that Tamilnadu ppl are merely worshippers of film stars.This is the reason that the so called two national parties cannot find their bearings in TN. Before comparing the journos will be better off doing some research and understanding history of any place from political points of view.

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    1. Yes. Also these actors took a long internship in politics before creating their own parties.

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  6. Ravinarji....even if both RS and BD evolve as you have said in your last line, they have damaged their reputation so much that no body will ever believe them. Can leopard change it's spots?

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  7. RS and BD are loyal foot soldiers of the family. Whatever you preach them and make them to understand their bias, sycophant journalism, etc would not fall in their ears, even it falls they would just ignore it because it is their bread and butter to boot lick the Cong party and more particularly the Gandhis. Conscience is lost in their thought process, lack of reasoning and logic in their journalism, false propaganda and deceptive reporting on issues to influence the public misusing their medium. Any seeds sown by them would be reaped by them. A day will come, hoping / eagerly waiting for that day when these morons BD & RS reap their sins.

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  8. Simply Brilliant. Loved your last line. "Evolution waits her". I hope Nature does this natural selection on her.

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  9. And I'm equally puzzled: How do you manage to watch Lady Darwin Barkha?

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    1. 'Lady Darwin Barkha' wow classic one Thiru!

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    2. Seriously Ravinar... How do u manage to watch her??? Seeing her face in your blogs itself is irritating... Forget, watching her shows on NDTV... Not just her, Nidhi, Srinivasan Jain, Prannoy Roy and the whole lot... NDTV SUCKS!!!!

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    3. Some1 has to watch the gutter. So Ravi doing the job for us. Thanx to him, and may god give him strength to withstand the gutter smell.

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  10. She does not have the genetic makeup for evolution. She is therefore devoluting/revoluting. SoniaG and Radia save her.

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  11. How do these people call themselves journalists? MGR founded AIADMK so how could AIADMK's network help him come to power. And it was not his cinema image alone which made him a success yes it was an added factor. MGR genuinely cared for the poor, its a well known fact that even during his shooting days, he was known to give away money to poor visiting him at shooting spots. Also he was politically brilliant unlike all other wannabe MGRs, his choice of JJ itself is a proof.
    Nawaz Sharif is the only Pak leader who tried to do something for Pakistan and I for one was confident he would win in a fair election. Imran Khan is a bit like Rahul no matter how many poor homes you visit at core its obvious to people you are a foreigner at heart.

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    1. Classy Harinee! This guy RG eats at poor homes, depriving them of a person's meal in their family

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  12. Hats Off to you for your PUNCH DIALOGUE IIIIIIII.

    I mean the last line!!!!!! Ha Ha Ha!!,,

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  13. Indeed Barkha Dutt is evolving..turning into a Potato look..!!

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  14. Very nicely put - Ravinar.

    For NDTV it seemed that Imran Khan was already the PM of the country and the elections were only formality to announce the same.

    But alas !! the world doesn't works like NDTV wants it to.

    Anyone with iota of commonsense would have at best bet for Imran would have said that there is a possibility that no one gets clear majority and then Imran can become an important political player.

    But no - commonsense is light years away and hence they portrayed as if Imran has become the PM. Same as if RG had won UP. They had belatedly realised then also that Akhilesh will eat up RG, and then had done a few token ones on him as well.

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  15. Here's a video of SM savvy youth gathered in large numbers to a get a glimpse of their beloved leader in KERALA.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DFMgt9ik_U

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  16. I would like to mention below points-
    1. Winning election is not joke as hyped and showed by SD and BD; you can’t expect Start-up Company to give you revenue of 1 billion within a year, so if new party wins even 5-10% of seats it’s a success for that party, not a failure. Even tomorrow I open a party and win 10 seats in first election, for optimist people it will be success and for hate mongers even victory might be a failure. ( in this argument I didn’t consider Imran Khan party nor AAP, Just wanted to say winning few seat are not as bad as projected by BD or RS, Hype first and regret later)

    2. I don’t support Imran nor Nawaz Sharif but wanted to say Pakistan general election were big eyewash, where 139 seats were rigged, where voting turnout was more than 100% to even 300% in many constituencies, even 125% at Imran constituency.

    3. RS logic doesn’t apply to Arvind Krejriwal as he has even less followers than Siddharth Mallya.. His party AAP doesn’t even have 1/3rd of followers of that of faking news or Ramesh Srivats, so going by popularity of AAP or AK on SM, they won’t even win 10 seats in Delhi assembly elections.

    4. Rest all article was bang on point about Barkha dalal and Modi -manic RS

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  17. It is disgusting to even see these morons BD and RS who think they are journos. They are so short on ethics and values, I even refuse to accept them as fellow human beings...shameless characters...

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  18. Dear Ravinar,

    This article was truly evolved. Hope Barkha too would soon !

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  19. Ravi, next time when you want to put Rahul or Sonia's name please put RahulGa or SoniaGa. When I read RahulG or SoniaG, I get a feeling that I am taking their name with respect which is the last thing I will do before I die !! Another gem of a article. Great job man.

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  20. After the unfortunate Maoist attacks on congress workers, one could smell these channels seem to be dying to shift the blame on the BJP government and start their week long rant campaign (as of now they are mentioning indirectly) but probably they have still not got the nod from the congress bosses. Similarly congressmen like Tiwari,Sibbal,Digvijaya etc. too look restrained, again it looks they have the same instructions from their higher-ups. If in reality, the Gandhi family has stopped them from going berserk, then its commendable.You never know, they may still take a somersault.

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    1. 'Hunting' started. :-)
      Ramansingh for maoist attack.
      Jaitely for silence on IPL.

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    2. Dear What_is_not_said,

      Hunting for these MSM's is not a stop gap arrangement. Its a 365 days event with a few diversions in between such as IPL & Pakistan which also offers a breathing space to adjust, reboot & refocus.

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  21. Well done ! Who will evolve out of her? Niira Radia has started deposing as a prosecution witness in 2G.Darwin landed at Galapagos islands.There are no islands here only inland gates for BD.She will land on which or whose "Gate"?

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  22. Now for the last fifteen days IPL spot fixing by Sreesanth has become an issue relating to national calamity in the media . Sreenivasan's resignation is somehow looking necessary to protect the unity and integrity of India. Kangaroo courts comprising of TV anchors,'cricket'-journalists and ex-c-grade cricketers seem to have come to a unanimous conclusion that the BCCI is an anti-national body and politicians (read :Arun Jaitley)are responsible for the mess. NDTV hindi is showing Narendra Modi's photo and asking- how this man is dreaming to become the prime-minister. Not a word against the IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla who also happens to be a minister.

    This is the height of absurdity.

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  23. @terryjohn,
    Agree with you. I guess the tipping point has not yet reached and there is more decay ahead. Till someone hits back personally at these fake journos and instills the fear of repercusions for perpetrating fallacies. And so long that does not happen , the hunting season will continue with bjp as the prime target.

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  24. Ravinar, am a big fan of yours and everyday my day starts with your site. A new article is always interesting to read. However, for the past 2-3 days, it's going pretty uneasy. The name Barkha Dutt (and her equally irritating pic) would be the last thing your readers want to see the first thing in the morning. Please bless us from the wrath of Barkha.

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  25. Burqa Is only capable of evolution of terrorists. She was born a terrorist, lives like a terrorist and die like terrorist.

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