Thursday, November 28, 2013

Redemption For Fearless Cowards



Like any other ordinary Indian I am fond of movies. Some of the posts on this site have used movies as analogies or to demonstrate a situation. The best directors and screen writers tell a story amazingly well when the plot is simple or even if there is no plot at all. Something many of our media celebs would do well to learn. For once I will borrow from Nidhi Razdan, and we can look at the “larger picture”.



Aspiration and passion drive people. Passion drives them to live, to fight for justice, to fight for freedom, to power and to greed and corruption. Redemption comes in many different ways. History hangs on tiny chances. On the left is an iconic image of a man who has found liberation and redemption. Heavenly rains clean the shit off his body. At Shawshank everybody is “innocent”, they joke. Everyone, except ‘Red’! He sucks up to the parole board many times but is never allowed parole for a murder he committed as a stupid young teenager. Red had already served 20 years in prison when Andy Dufresne arrives; sentenced for murdering his wife and her lover. Andy is sentenced to two back to back life sentences for each murder (life sentence means “for life” in the US and not 14 years).



It’s a corrupt system, a corrupt prison and headed by an equally corrupt but religious warden who welcomes Andy and his honourable colleagues to prison: “Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank”. Sounds like someone in the news lately, doesn’t it? The ‘man-for-everything’, Red, is “institutionalised”; he grows to the idea of prison. The cold and aloof Andy is a problem-solving banker by profession. He helps the prison staff with their tax returns and saves them money. Being a banker he is also an expert in money laundering and he provides that service gladly to the warden. First Rita Hayworth and then Raquel Welch adorns Andy’s cell. Turns out Raquel revealed more than her sexy poster did. An incident that could have changed his life from prison brings out a profound message from Andy to Red: “Get busy living or get busy dying”. Watch an excerpt (6 mins):

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The Shawshank Redemption is a movie about crime, innocence, friendship, human endurance and redemption. Andy Dufresne didn’t kill anyone; he was wrongly sentenced to prison. The one witness who can establish his innocence arrives at the prison and the warden kills him because that witness would mean the end of his money laundering. Dufresne finally escapes; with all of the 300 thousand dollars of the warden’s money he laundered. Some sort of severance pay for 19 years of wrongful imprisonment. The warden’s safe of loot is covered by a very profound religious quote about the lord: “His judgement cometh and that right soon”. Red finally gets a parole when he stops sucking up and tells the board he doesn’t give a damn. Both friends unite and live a free life in Mexico. The warden shoots himself when his corruptions and crimes are exposed by Andy. “Geology is a study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes, really. Pressure and time!”.   



Power and passion play a double hand. Power and corruption are also a study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes, really. Pressure and time! Ask Tarun Tejpal (TT) all about it. The ‘senior’ inmates at Shawshank had a practice of laying bets on the new inmates; on who will crack on the first night in prison. Red spots Andy as a “tall drink of water with the silver spoon up his ass” and places his bet on him to crack. Andy never cracked. At Tehelka some employees are coming out and probably saying “we were all just prisoners here of our own device”. TT may have won his bets in the past but this young 23-year old lady (V) didn’t crack. She stood up for herself and redemption for a “fearless” coward is at hand. Today TT hides in a hole but he’s not the only fearless coward around. If ordinary laymen like me could see the crimes of Tehelka since the first THINK in 2011 and their politically-motivated articles and stings; how is it that his fellow fearless cowards in the media couldn’t see it? Hammam?



There’s Hartosh Singh Bal who was associated with Tehelka at the resurrection in 2004. We shouldn’t forget that resurrection was on personal intervention of Sonia Gandhi. Bal tells Firstpost: “It didn’t last. As soon as funding issues starting cropping up, editorial compromises followed. What happened with my story in the media was in keeping with how events unfolded in the magazine once a fund crunch hit the organisation. I witnessed stories in other departments being killed after advertisers came and directly spoke to Tarun. And I had seen attempts made to slant political coverage not out of commitment to a certain set of values, but out of an obligation to a particular political party”. Any surprise why the Congis are very upset and will go all out to protect TT? They are behaving as if one of their own was caught in a sting operation. V only happens to be the latest but a courageous victim. What about others earlier?



There’s Sayeema Sahar, formerly of StarNews (now ABPNews). She claims to be sexually harassed by the bosses at StarNews (Avinash Pandey and Gautam Sharma). On protesting she was harassed and finally thrown out of the company it seems. Her complaints went unheard and even the “we-cry-for-all-women” NCW did not respond to her complaints. The NCW did nothing. Sahar is a Muslim woman but she hasn’t claimed being harassed because of that. Maybe she made a mistake. Maybe if she claimed she was harassed because she was a “woman and a Muslim” she would have got the attention of the NCW, the Congress, Minorities Commission, the AIMPLB, Digvijaya Singh, the Babri Committee, Teesta Setalvad, Barkha Dutt, Mulayam Singh, Nitish Kumar, Vrinda Grover and Javed “SAAB”. NOTHING! She was just thrown out and no one still wants to talk about it. I believe both Avinash Pandey and Gautam Sharma should be questioned by the NCW and the Police. Sayeema was pregnant when she was thrown out of the company after being harassed. (Read here, here, here, here).



Then there is another case at AAJTak. A letter from Rukmini Sen (read here) to Aroon Purie, the plagiarist-head of IndiaToday group, makes astonishing reading. She claims harassment but even as she is quitting her boss has odd questions on her reasons for leaving: “So Are you leaving this job for that man? Where does he live? Oh I know because you changed your FB status! Why are you in a long distance relationship? Will you marry him? Boyfriend waala maamla bekaar hai. Oh but I am sure you have many boyfriends. Which number is this one? Will you never get married? Live like this? with many”? I wonder if this boss wanted to discuss her resignation or write the story for some movie of a multiple-boyfriend heroine. Why don’t the grand pontificators of media like Rajdeep, Barkha, Swapan, Rahul Kanwal notice? What did they do about this? These editors are prisoners of their own selfish, greedy devices. Everybody is “innocent” at Shawshank. Let’s hear a sermon from Numero Uno Rajdeep Sardesai:



Imagine CNN-IBN without Rajdeep. Imagine TimesNow without Arnab. Almost every channel has promoted a personality cult rather than the news organisation. Yes, it is good to have stars but dangerous to allow them to grow so big that the organisation’s survival is put at stake with them. TT reflects the disease with most media outlets. NDTV’s credibility has been permanently damaged with Barkha Dutt’s Radiagate episode. Rajdeep is 3 years late. Here’s what I wrote when I responded to her self-righteous and shrill protests in her self-defence:



Barkha is also extremely fortunate that NDTV has chosen to respond to this expose in her support. Does it mean the conversations Barkha was having with Nira Radia was approved by or in knowledge of NDTV? Any major organisation would have typically stated that the conversation Barkha was having was in her “individual and private” capacity. This is also a warning for all media channels not to have their brand names be so heavily associated with "personalities". A media channel needs to be bigger than personalities. Else, one flawed celebrity would be enough to bring the house down”.



Following the TT scandal everyone is now talking about the trail of Tehelka’s finances and the maze of its funding. Why now? Where were Indian Express, TOI, India Today and the latest FirstPost and many others hiding all this while? Even prominent columnists are now left in a quandary over their silence. The culture of vague and ambiguous writing must now come to an end. Honest journalism requires writing with names of offenders and not innuendos. The media is still shielding the former SC judge who has been recently accused of sexual harassment by two interns. Rajdeep did wonder why it takes outsiders to write our story (The Siege 26/11) but he doesn’t want to even talk or write about stuff that is so easily in front of him and doesn’t even need any great investigation or huge research. The extortion and blackmail tactics of Tehelka were visible since 2011 (and probably earlier). And how much cash has flowed into Tehelka from dubious sources is anybody’s guess. Take a look at the sponsors of KINK2013:



There’s BHEL, a PSU, there’s DLF whose chairman calls bribes as “payment for speeding up” service, there’s govt departments like Maharashtra and Kerala Tourism (in Goa??) There’s RIICO, the industry promotion organisation of Rajasthan. Every media celeb knew how Tejpal & Co. got their funds and how their severe loss-making magazine survived. It’s more like an under-hand “Ponzi scheme” without the promise of returns. Why would anyone believe that many other media houses are any different? Tehelka wasn’t paying salaries for months while the top management was enriching itself. Exceptional greed for power and wealth!



NDTV isn’t done with their “Hammam” behaviour. Shoma was their “darling” frequent flier on their panels and NDTV’s “victims” being part of Tejpal’s corruption-ridden THINK escapades. The filthy minds at NDTV pour nonsense into the public domain. Here’s a tweet by their ‘Social Network’ crap which discusses “Voyeurs” of the Aarushi & V case. I do not recall anyone slandering Aarushi or V on SM. If there is a stray moron it is probably from NDTV itself. After all, these are the poisonous channels that got psychologists on their panels to discuss the “sexual habits” of teens because 14-year old Aarushi was allegedly having an affair with the family’s domestic hand. How sick are these people? When Shoma resigned today, their “Ethics” head Sonia Singh tweets another silly message. Sonia doesn’t realise that people aren’t delighted at just about “someone” falling. They are delighted a corrupt bunch of people and a corrupt media house is falling. It doesn’t occur to her that TT, Shoma & Co. as a group enjoyed a perverted thrill at entrapping people with stings and then gleefully celebrating their fall. Till their last day they were plotting the fall of “one” man. Unfortunately for them, fate and justice exposed their slimy character. Bad luck for NDTV!



A word about the “The Shawshank Redemption”: As with injustice in life the movie was nominated for 7 Oscars but went without a single one. A lesser movie like ‘Forrest Gump’ won a few. Shawshank has touched people across the world so deeply that since its release in 1994 it has permanently remained in the Top-10 of many charts of popular movies with viewers. Even this week it remains the No.1 choice of best movie of all time with viewers on the IMDB list. Knowing his fate after being exposed, the warden at Shawshank kills himself. Red observes: “I'd like to think that the last thing that went through his head, other than that bullet, was to wonder how the hell Andy Dufresne ever got the best of him”. TT must be similarly wondering in his own literary style: “How the hell did a 23-year old chit of a girl get the better of a crook like me”. Tejpal isn’t the only one in trouble. The consciences of many others have been rattled too.



Andy Dufresne crawled through a river of shit and came out clean”. V came out clean from the shit in the lifts at the Grand Hyatt. Tejpal and Shoma crawled through a different river of shit and didn’t come out clean. They ended up in an “ocean of shit’. Andy didn’t destroy just the warden; he destroyed the entire corrupt prison system. V didn’t destroy just Tejpal, Shoma or Tehelka; she has destroyed whatever credibility was left of the MSM. Many major media houses are a Shawshank with “prisoners of their own device” and corrupt wardens and innocent victims. It’s time the fearless cowards changed their ways. 


63 comments :

  1. I watched shawshank redemption movie 10-15 times..after reading abt this movie today...wanna watch one more time...thanks ravinar

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    2. Yeah. I work for ABP news... I find it disgusting how the whole senior management harassed Sayema who was pregnant. Can you imagine not one magazine or channel covered this story. These people are so powerful. Right from CEO to Board to Avinash Pandey, Head of HR ae in this together. The only way to adjust in this organization is to play along with these men who can treat you as their property just because you come to work. Shame on all the channels for not covering it. Shame on ABP for covering the truth.

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  2. she would hve gt the attntion of the NCW congres..

    i thought dis sentence would end like this:javed sab & other 786 comitees.:-)

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  3. I believe 'Swapan' in your post refers to Swapan Das Gupta. It is sad to see his name clubbed along with Rajdeep & Barkha. But may be he deserves. You should have quoted his tweet of dilemma which was 'value based'.

    More power & protection to V. Am sure this case is going to be landmark case for many reasons.

    Well written. All the best.

    Ramaswamy

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  4. Great one.........yet again!!! Thank you for putting so brilliantly what many laymen like me feel at our biased and corrupt MSM!!!

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  5. Excellent post, Ravinar!
    I enjoyed reading the post as much as i loved watching The Shawshank Redemption.
    The way you have used the analogies..Bravo!!!

    Keep'em coming!!

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  6. Absolutely brilliant. Aslap on MSM's face. It will be a fun to watch KS defending if at all he is called. All political parties and MSM gang up against NaMo even for the things which are beyond his control. Now the same people defending indefensible. See the contrast. MSM has certainly lost credibility.

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  7. Dear Ravinar,

    You do have a special eye for Quality. Their are many such English movies worth mentioning for their gritty characters who portray strong & independent struggle against unjust system. I hope the Tehelka downfall would be remembered in history as a "Start of the End of sold-out, Corrupt Indian Media".

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  8. Well ! Well!! Well!! .. What a brilliant piece of article here Sir ..!! Just awesome.

    Every Media house should print this in colour and keep it at their reception to remind themself the consequences of being a warden at Shawshank. Otherwise they are going to fall like Tehalka for sure.
    What a perfect movie you have select to compare the current scenario with. I must say that you have got a third eye like Lord Shiva with which you can see things in future and predict about them.Well most of your predictions are coming true and I hope there will be “RamRajya “ after 2014.

    Hats off to you Sir. Please keep it up.

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  9. P.S. what a Irony that while posting the comment , one of advt. in below adsense sqare was about a movie "Kill Your Darlings". I hope there is some message in it and Cognotri may leave her darling Ma. Tarun Tej-Pal soon.. :D

    -Kiran

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  10. Excellent piece, as always,keep them rolling out Ravi!

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  11. Ravi The best and the most reflective of all the blog posts so far - and I have read them all and recommend them for critical thinking. This blog should be framed by all journalists and read at the start of every week. a thousand salaams etc are not eniugh

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  12. Riveting .....such like the movie! Ravinar is maturing wonderfully, like wine!

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  13. Ravi, amazing article, this is key message of the day "V didn’t destroy just Tejpal, Shoma or Tehelka; she has destroyed whatever credibility was left of the MSM" hope some sane guy in paidmedia is reading this..

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  14. After the childish act of Vijay Jolly, the congress mafia in the media seem to have hit the jackpot. Now the new villain is Vijay Jolly (+BJP+Modi) and the new hapless victim is Shoma (+secular media+Tejpal).

    When is this nonsense going to stop or is it going to continue for the next 100 years?

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    1. Yes.It was silly on the part of Jolly to have enacted that drama in front of Shoma`s house.He has now provided fodder to the gang trying to protect Tehelka,TT,Shoma & others.It`s high time the BJP stop such foolish acts fro it`s cadre

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  15. Hi Ravinar, this is one of your all time best posts, and I admire the way you compared Shawshank Redemption with Tarun Tejpal incident. The last paragraph is the best part of the post, had to read to 2-3 times to digest it completely. Looking forward to witness the redemptions of many more folks, their time cometh !

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  16. U r a messaiah for common man who can tell hw MSM fools them.. (and that too with proof).. superb..

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  17. Get busy in honest reporting or get busy counting the jail's iron bars......superb post

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  18. What an excellent piece this is. Showing the similarities of the events with shawshank is brilliant.. keep it up.. be careful, you might be see yourself sued for some xyz reason.

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  19. Very good article. His/Her Karma is catching up finally. As far as Indian medias are concern almost all of them are corrupt. They don't have ethics/moral value. Only things they know is wine, dine, sex and power.

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  20. One important thing that the Shawshank Redemption and Andy Dufrene teach us is 'hope is a good thing. maybe the best of good things. and no good thing ever dies'.
    This is for us all to reflect and not to give in to all the negativity in our country today. Contribute in whichever way possible and never lose 'HOPE' of a better tomorrow.

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  21. As usual excellent,hard hitting.

    Atul.

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  22. You are simply brilliant... .. People write good articles but the speed at which you come out with new ones is unbeatable.... Honestly,,,, many times I don't even wait to go through heading, but directly lands myself up in the world of your thoughts.. N wow, it always seems to be my world....

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  23. Please put a spoiler alert in the beginning for the movie!

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  24. One more feather on your cap, Ravindran!!!!, the empire of the other corrupts will crumble after may 2014!!!!! They do not have an atom of shame and I doubt whether BLOOD is running in their veins!!!!!!! Shameless creatures!!!!,,

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  25. Ravi, I look at the net daily for your post and always hope that you will write daily...why does Rajdeep not write about the Vadra land deals....they discuss the so called 'snoopgate' (as they call it) with their shrill anchors and well-paid panelists....the MSM is actually exposed but they are still refusing to accept. And that is good for the Country because most of these deserve to go down the Tehleka way, sooner the better

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    1. Exactly...me too! I always check the site to see if there is a new post!

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    2. me too... ravi is brilliant........

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  26. Must be the best article I read in recent times, thanks for your passion that makes you write for us. More power and wisdom to you. I wish your articles could come in newspapers but alas those are also crooks like electronic media. But trust me your posts are read by youth working and studying in colleges. They discuss and spread the analyses.
    Thanks

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  27. this is the best writing i have read among your blog .msm have drowned in their shit .no hope of redemption.one day somebody should make a movie on the raise and fall of tehelka

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  28. Thanx for mentioning the best movie i have evr seen in ur post. And giving it a new dimension.

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  29. The comments above leave no scope for adding anything new by way of appreciating this redemption from Tarun Tejpal's blackmails and Congress party's politics of sleaze. Reminds me of reading Arun Shourie of yore & Rajeev Sreenivasan of Rediff. With writers such as Sri Ravinaar, I am confident of the nation's institutions being rebuilt from scratch. By the way the films Ben Hur, Operation Daybreak and Shawshank Redemption are my all time favourites. The way the author blends Shawshank with TT and his Orgyists, for a moment I was lost in the movie before I was brought back to Kink2013! Excellent stuff. Looking forward to reading many more on these lines!

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  30. I'm sure Rajdeep/Barkha/Sagarika are reading your blogs regularly, I wonder what's going through their mind after reading this one. Can't imagine how they face up to themselves in the mirror, that must be one hell of struggle everyday with their conscience pointing out every single wrong thing they ever did.

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    1. The aforementioned folks are just tools and tools don't have conscience!

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  31. " V didn’t destroy just Tejpal, Shoma or Tehelka; she has destroyed whatever credibility was left of the MSM "

    I fully agree. Media has been given a heavy blow. Now on ( investigative ) report from a media will be believed. Media has gone the same way as current day politicians. Credibility lost for ever.

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  32. "Me, I think he did it just to feel normal again, if only for a short while".....

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  33. I'm an avid follower of this blog and I'd just like to request people visiting this blog to click on the ads and help this amazing patriot !!!

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  34. I was waiting for your take on this whole issue. Issue is hot a many more to right about. The skeleton is coming out of the closet on daily basis.

    Glad you included case of that Star news lady and India today lady. Thats a very lesser known case but could have been a big one. But it didn't. I came to know about the article through twitter.

    I think automatically the timing of incident is superb to prove the HYPOCRISY in media, politics and crap organization like NCW. Timing could not have been better when that moronic snopping case is dragging on.

    Also during the arushi verdict they tried to bury the case for a day. BUt this is just not going their way it seems.

    Thanks so much for such insights. Keep it up.

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  35. Take Bow sir Ravinar incisive and brilliant summary as usual :)

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  36. Great Blog, Ravinar. Your Blog should be part of the curriculum for a Journalist degree course. Hope India's MSMs accept that Shoma fell on her own sword, she made her own bed and slept on it.

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  37. time for change has definitely come, people of India have had enough of BS fed to them by these so called SECULAR mainstream media,with the emergence of social media which is unforgiving to any sort of injustice has definitely shaken their corrupt roots it's just a matter of time before each of them is stemed out 1 by 1..

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  38. This one is as brilliant as the "bring in the clowns" comparison. Thanks for one blood-pressure lowering article. ah! there is hope...

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  39. Ravinar, admire your beautiful comparison between Shawshank Redemption and TT & SC. Well written article that takes off smoothly through bold act of Ms. ‘V’ who did the Andy Dufrense. Then we glide through those unheard stories of those who in spite of bringing forth their SH points could not get their voice heard out. Your stress on how the MSM gleefully clapped on “FALL OF THEIR TARGET” is again nice experience in turbulence less weather in full moon night . The touch down [conclusion] “Andy Dufresne crawled through a river of shit and came out clean” against “TT & SC crawled through a different river of shit and ended in OCEAN of shit” seems to be the best comparison between a movie and an institution aka lie spinning factory!
    Above comment took 20 odd minutes for me to write short and sweet! Just wonder how much advance research followed with detailed write up with comparisons, proof reading et al you would be doing to give us all a quality reading. Have a good day in your less than 140 alphabet hunting in TWITTER. Cheers – Kartik Athreya

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  40. "creme dela creme" the best article so far.I have been reading your article for last one year and will keep reading article you wrote earlier but this one is the best so far.Most of the past articles are informative and shed a big search light on crooks in the media,but this one came at very crucial time and its impact will be profound.Keep writing.Best Luck.

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  41. Ravi,

    As noted by others, this is by far your best piece. This article is as good as the movie.

    To me, the following quote from your article summarizes the present state of affairs.

    Sahar is a Muslim woman but she hasn’t claimed being harassed because of that. Maybe she made a mistake.

    This summarizes the elitist point of view. Any one who does not belong to the elite has to invoke his/her religion,caste or gender to beg for a position in the elite class. Those who do not follow this, make a mistake. The biggest mistake that Narendra Modi has done is this. And that is why he is the chosen one for 24x7 stalking by the media and other political parties.

    In essence "Prufrock" has already been there. Just that the building and brand name did not exist.

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  42. Sorry for a typo in my earlier posting. One sentence should be --- Now on no ( investigative ) report from a media will be believed.

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  43. Dear Ravinar,

    Yesterday, Mr Arnab the Judge was discussing about whether the Gujarat Govt was trying to cover-up the allegedly illegal surveillance of the girl by creating a 2 member committee which did not have any Judicial powers. As always Mr Arnab was trying his best to set a trap for his panellists to fall into by forcefully reading the legalities of such committees. Unfortunately the BJP guy i.e. Mr Yatin Ozha fell directly into it by stupidly claiming that the committee was setup to clear the perceptions created by some sections of media & congress ! This statement was like a self goal & was immediately picked-up by Arnab & Congress spokesperson. Now, my question is why do BJP allow people like Mr Yatin Ozha who do not realise what traps are laid for them to attend these discussions ??? It would have been enough for Mr Yatin Ozha to say that their has been no crime to investigate & hence the committee was not set-up for investigating the alleged snooping but to investigate the actual crime of how did such classified taped reach Media ??? But he failed miserably. I sometimes feel Media houses might be calling up naïve & gullible people from BJP instead of smart & articulate Smirti or Meenakshi to show the party in poor light.

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    1. BJP has to educate its spoke person and train them about such traps.

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    2. Arnab makes insinuations on the neutrality of the appointed judge and bureaucrat, calls the commission an internal probe. Why should he not be prosecuted for such statements? Just because he blasted the congress stooge Tejpal in the first half, he finds it compelling to bracket 'snoopgate' with Tejpal's rape. Arnab is mentally sick, opinionated and possesses very little intelligence. What he conducts is not a debate but is a platform to push is master's agenda

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    3. Blasting Tejpal in the first half and equating with the so called "snoogate" is kinda balancing act done by everybody in MSM. Only thing is this sort of balancing tilts more in favour congress when done by NDTV and CNN-IBN...perhaps no balancing acts at all by these stooges...

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  44. The movie was brilliant, and by linking it in the manner you have to this Tejpal episode and the media - is awesome.

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  45. My favorite Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky whom Ravinar should be using in his writings...... and are perfect quote against Khangress

    The people who were honored in the Bible were the false prophets. It was the ones we call the prophets who were jailed and driven into the desert.

    In the late 1990s, some of the worst terrorist atrocities in the world were what the Turkish government itself called state terror, namely massive atrocities, 80 percent of the arms coming from the United States, millions of refugees, tens of thousands of people killed, hideous repression, that's international terror, and we can go on and on.

    Stability is when the U.K. and U.S. invade a country and impose the regime of their choice.

    The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.

    Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.

    If you are working 50 hours a week in a factory, you don't have time to read 10 newspapers a day and go back to declassified government archives. But such people may have far-reaching insights into the way the world works.

    Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.

    Journalists who have access to highly placed government and corporate sources have to keep them on their side by not reporting anything adverse about them or their organizations. Otherwise they risk losing them as sources of information. In return for this loyalty, their sources occasionally give them good stories, leaks and access to special interviews. Unofficial information, or leaks, give the impression of investigative journalism, but are often strategic manoeuvres on the part of those with position or power (Ricci 1993: 99). ‘It is a bitter irony of source journalism … that the most esteemed journalists are precisely the most servile. For it is by making themselves useful to the powerful that they gain access to the “best” sources’

    Maintaining public attention diverted away from the real social problems, captivated by matters of no real importance. Keep the public busy, busy, busy, no time to think, back to farm and other animals

    The quality of education given to the lower social classes must be the poor and mediocre as possible so that the gap of ignorance it plans among the lower classes and upper classes is and remains impossible to attain for the lower classes

    There is, in my opinion, much too little inquiry into these matters. My personal feeling is that citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy. It is this concern that motivates the material that follows, and much of the work cited in the course of the discussion.


    Noam Chomsky - “10 strategies of manipulation” by the media

    1. The strategy of distraction
    2. Create problems, then offer solutions
    3. The gradual strategy
    4. The strategy of deferring
    5. Go to the public as a little child
    6. Use the emotional side more than the reflection
    7. Keep the public in ignorance and mediocrity
    8. To encourage the public to be complacent with mediocrity
    9. Self-blame Strengthen
    10. Getting to know the individuals better than they know themselves

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  46. Dear Ravinar,

    A very good analysis once again and hypocrites like TT and SC should be exposed thoroughly day in and day out. Actually over the last couple of days there were intense debates all over MSM as to whether they have done right in allotting enough coverage to corrupt journalists per se and TT story. Arnab went on even to the extent stating that MSM has actually done wrong in not exposing B. Dutt enough (in Nira Radia tapes controversy) and justifying TT story media coverage. Why is it that they have let off B. Dutt despite she being in the middle of controversy putting journalistic ethics aside. Genuinely, I'd have been much more happier if she was given the same coverage like TT, the rapist.

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  47. "V didn’t destroy just Tejpal, Shoma or Tehelka; she has destroyed whatever credibility was left of the MSM."

    Well said. You have also driven several nails in their coffin :-)

    Now these discredited crooks are going after SM with the Cobra Post sting. Ravinar, please do a piece on it.

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  48. As always...excellent article Ravi !!
    In the movie when Andy is explaining to Red about the Money trail, he says ' I was a honest man outside, straight as an arrow...it took me to come to prison to become a crook !!'.. This could be so very true about many journalists within the MSM, who have become crooks or hiding behind crooks because of the 'Hammam'. This is the time for them to stand up and be counted. If they have even an iota of honesty left, they should get out of the shit and come clean and expose the wrong doings within the system and restore their credibility... But...are they game???

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  49. Yesterday, on Times Now, Piush Goyal straight away told Annirudh Bahel and Arnav Goswami, as you have recordings by the claims made by the said IT companies your first duty is to lodge an FIR with the police as these companies are disturbing communal harmony. What are you waiting for? To this challenge, Anirudh Behel was visibly upset and started dancing in the chair. But we know Anirudh Behel will not go to police because he is not interested in communal harmony but interested to target BJP/NaMo. Now on, he and Khetan will be a regular feature as Shoma and Rana will be out of the TV Screen for some few days. The job of mud linging will be handed over to Annirudh Behel and Ashish Khetan with the friendly help of Main Stream English Media.

    Point to be noted is, this gulail, cobrapost and Tehelka never got any news or leaks from CBI against UPA, Congress or any secular brigade but against NaMo and BJP.

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    1. //cobrapost and Tehelka never got any news or leaks from CBI against UPA, Congress or any secular brigade but against NaMo and BJP..... because he is not interested in communal harmony but interested to target BJP/NaMo...//

      Good observation.............. your assessment is on bulls eye.....

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  50. Congress is a venture capitalist for any media house / hut / shack ... who is ready to open with a dirty sting on Gujrat, specially Modi.

    Ashish Khetan is the new kid on the independent block learning ways to make quick money

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