Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rajdeep & Co: Convenient Testimonies



Imagine someone has a bounty of Rs.1.2 Billion on his head and you can imagine the thousands of bounty hunters chasing him. Or imagine a football match when a team gets pretty close and the supporting crowd roaring and cheering. Then when the player misses, there’s those “ooohs” and “aaahs”. When a Sreenivasan Jain or Rana Ayyub get crumbs from CBI with black beard and white beard the whole media starts roaring and cheering, doing high-fives, kissing each other, hugging each other in celebration. And when the CBI doesn’t score, the media-cronies go back into their hole with ooohs and aaahs. Up comes another match with some Vanzara letter. The lynch mob goes into a frenzy again roaring and cheering “letter-bomb, letter-bomb, letter-bombkill, kill, kill” and it turns out a damp squib. More ooohs and aaahs! Anybody? Can anybody at all help these people achieve their life-long dream? Oh lucky! Up comes Swami Aseemanand and they start jumping for joy again. The entire army of bounty-hunters from the media was out cheering.



Suddenly everyone knows Aseemanand is a man of God who will deliver these folks. Why? Because someone called Leena Gita Raghunath from The Caravan magazine sneaked into a jail and over a 2 year period interviewed him and discovered who was behind some blasts and terror attacks. I don’t give a damn what Aseemanand says. To me he now looks like a “rented-accused” to be also used as a “rented-witness” depending on what is convenient to the bounty hunters. For the record, I wrote a long time back that this NIA and other investigations look like a sham meant to last a long time to be used and thrown in a “need-based” approach (read Confessions from Aseemanand. Who’s next?). As with these accused, the useful idiots in the media are also “used and thrown” on a need-to basis. Certain powers control their owners who are trying very hard. Let’s read an excerpt from an interview for starters:


Hmm! Pusillanimous ownership of newspapers who lack journalistic integrity. What if the publisher also had an oil company like Exxon? You might wonder which owner the editor is referring to. Never mind! But when the part owners of the business also happen to be the managing editor and deputy editor with hatred in their DNA for one person you know how far their hatred can go. Not a day passes without Rajdeep Sardesai and his deputy Sagarika Ghose bitching about Narendra Modi or passing some snide remark. I wonder if they even get to sleep without cursing and bitching about him for an hour every night. That’s how Rajdeep starts his day as well. He can’t even walk his dog without bitching about Modi:



Naturally, the response from a tweeter is quite justified. Lately Sadanand Dhume seems to enjoy slapping this duo for their stupid statements as well. They don’t seem to realise SM is not TV and some will hit back with greater force at their bitchy comments. Let’s get back to Aseemanand. Rajdeep was keen that The Caravan interview will stir a pot of gold for him. Caravan earlier tried writing about other media networks and personalities but don’t seem to have found much success. There’s that long article about Arnab running into some 12786 words which I discussed in “Bitchin’ in the back row”. That was Caravan’s first attempt at getting into the top row of news-stands. Then they tried again with one on Network18 but that didn’t do much either. Finally Caravan too adopted the “formula” masala and came up with one against RSS, BJP or Modi, if you like, with the Aseemanand crap. Now the previous two attempts may not have endeared the magazine to the media-mafia but this one certainly did. Rajdeep & Co show us how best to use convenient testimonies with a new entrant to the mafia.   


There, you see! When it’s on Ram Guha, the ‘Eminent Distortian”, the Caravan becomes a “first rate” mag. Then another one where Swami Sardesanand testifies it’s a “fine piece” and that good writing is not dead. Very nice! But this Caravan’s writing is a lot like Aseemanand’s testimony; believe it when you like and hate it when you don’t. No one proves it better than Scotch-circuit specialist Suhel Seth (November 2011):



From “I love what you’re doing” to a magazine that “nobody reads” Suhel Seth is the classic witness who can be useful for any kind of convenient testimony that the media might like to peddle. All these images are from 2011. But here’s one from Rajdeep in 2012-13:



The Ooohs and Aaahs from Rajdeep can’t seem to stop for his favourite magazine. This is like Caravan playing Vanzara. Rajdeep likes, Rajdeep applauds! Of course, anything Ram Guha says is as good as Moses saying it to Rajdeep. Then Caravan goes and does something stupid. In November 2013 Rajdeep was off to Nagpur for a lecture but I wondered if he had any other agenda too:



Rajdeep didn’t tell us he was going to meet Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, and I am not confirming he did but Caravan did. In another of those long articles (a style Caravan seems to have borrowed from Suzy Roy) the magazine explained how the owners of Network 18 were forcing the dealership to bend to the Right and be a lot more favourable to Modi. Huh, what? Rajdeep and be favourable to Modi? The man he and his deputy bitch about day and night? So in one single shot all the good writing, fine, very very fine goes out the window and Rajdeep comes up with this convenient testimony:



So as long as it about others it is gold standard but when it comes to his own house, the Caravan’s article is loaded with lies and malice. Caravan should be ashamed for such trash. That’s inconvenient testimony by the struggling magazine which is trying to become a “made member” of the mafia. Just two months later the Caravan would seek forgiveness and redemption with the Aseemanand story. Rajdeep likes! Rajdeep thinks this is his pot of gold:


So Caravan can now claim full membership of the media-mafia having handed something to certain political vandals to jump in joy and cheer. When the mafia got “ball-possession” they started to cheer and roar again. But alas! It was another missed chance. The NIA decided not to pursue allegations of the “rented-witness’s” statements which aren’t even confirmed as authentic. And that is that! The bounty-hunt continues. Please do remember, there was also one Bhavesh Patel who claimed Shinde, Diggy and others had forced him to make some allegations and statements against Mohan Bhagwat and others in the Ajmer blast case. That was killed by the media without any persuasion. RK Singh, former Home Secretary, also stated Shinde helped a friend of Dawood escape law. Even that was buried since Singh is now a BJP member. Very convenient, eh?


The one thing Rajdeep and other peers of Arnab Goswami have to learn from the latter is that Arnab does whatever he has to do on TV; good, bad or ugly. He doesn’t bitch 24X7 on the SM or anywhere else about politicians and other articles that float around. Arnab is also smart enough not to respond to bitchy articles written about him like the one from Caravan. That should tell people on NDTV and CNN-IBN why their TRPs keep going south. Same is true for Narendra Modi. He doesn’t respond to the crap peddled against him by the likes of Rajdeep, Sagarika or silly magazines.



The first image in this post is from an interview (January 2014) of none other than Jonathan Shainin the former editor of Caravan. The Aseemanand episode comes after his departure. Shainin describes in enough words that owners of Indian media are political slaves and doormats. That he uses the hypothetical example of an oil company owner should also tell you something. He didn’t include editors probably because he was one himself. It is not just the Congress, CBI or NIA but people like Rajdeep Sardesai who have now become a laughing stock for their use of convenient testimonies. This goes for most of the media-mafia. Someday there will be a price to pay for this practice.


36 comments :

  1. Excellent chir-faad article..!! should open eyes of many such "Rakhi Sawant attitude " magazines who want to join A class without much hard work... keep it up !!

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  2. Man, whoever you are but congratulations and best wishes for the work you are doing. You are a true patriot and may God give you strength to continue to pursue your path with great vigor.
    Media-mafia work is so obviously filthy and I hope that Indians are intelligent enough to understand this nexus; and not buy into their propaganda. In last ten years as NaMo stated today, this "whole nexus" have been able to infiltrate and destroy all the democratic institutions. I only wonder how india can still stand on her own let alone progress to any measurable heights. Why is that no competitive media have been produced nationally to counter these crooks? 2014 election has become essentially a new freedom movement; and I am hoping that ppl of India rise to occasion and win the freedom for this greatest nation that it once was!

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    1. Had you written this in WhoEverYouAre's twitter TL, believe me you would have been kicked left and right. Reason ? Your Name.

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    2. I don't know what you are referring to Hemant. Whatever but hope you aren't taking pride in that.

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    3. "no longer a proud indian".introspect yourself why in such negative frame of mind . Just bcos of some shameless indians how can you no longer be a proud indian?

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    4. What Hemant is referring to is that Ravinar (mediacrooks) and his followers are proud (not blind) Indians. Hopefully you understand now that a handle "No longer a proud Indian" is not acceptable

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    5. @Hemant,
      Our past ( before 18th century and then a the 2-3 decades period intermittently after independence ) may have been great, but our present definitely is very pitiful and nothing to be proud about.
      In fact we have been gradually deteriorating . many countries have done exceedingly well in this period .
      And a majority in this country are laid back, inept ,lazy, undisciplined , corrupt, littering, spitting , pitch drunk, deluded ,reckless , procreating , multiplying , lowering standards, adjusting to life .

      Had it not been so , we as a nation would not have been what we are.
      What is indeed to feel proud about being Indian in these times ????
      No matter what we may agree about the corrupt, biased mainstream media , what have we been able to do about any of these ??
      We have been tolerating all these corrupt, mediocre , anti national , anti social media mafia for decades now as we have been tolerating many other wrong happenings in this country .
      Good things do happen , but these have always been overwhelmed , over run by the evil .
      Whilst optimism helps and a necessity , but neither can we ignore the deterioration

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    6. Chill yaar! It's just meant to be a gibe. A caustic " handle " used contemptuously just to incite blind, sleeping, indifferent, and "I don't give a damn" kind of Indians. But hey, I greatly appreciate your replies and clarifications.

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  3. Brilliant.. as usual. Trying to coin an expression for your style and depth.

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    1. No point in trying--I have failed to coin any expession for sheer genius and brilliance of MC!!!!

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  4. great writing by one and only Ravi

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  5. I still wonder why BJP or RSS file defamation charges against two idiots of IBN, on the other hand they are giving pressure to people who write article agaiant them , I remember News Laundry team had to apologize to Rajdeep. wondering which country they will exile if Modiji comes to power

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  6. "Someday there will be a price to pay for this practice." Sooner the better..

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  7. Conspirators!! they should understand simple thing '" truth prevails "

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  8. Ravi, this is absolutely amazing day before I had tweeted,"It's no more about being Honest/Dishonest, Ethical/Unethical, Right/Wrong or Truth/Falsehood it's about Convenient/Inconvenient." You have used the word 'Convenient' in the same context.

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  9. This is so red-hot stinging!!!! Thnx a lot MC, for giving expression to the anger and anguish even felt by many against this couple for all their abhorrent journalistic practises. On top of that the monk goes on sermonizing and God forbid even wants to enter teaching profession. I think you have rattled them so much by showcasing their own deeds. Now, they are blindly lashing out like rats caught in a trap.

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  10. Finally Arnab is in good books, even the worst journalist vote, we see him out of top 10, how did this transition happen? has Arnab improved ?or have people changed lately? Anways i dare to disagree to the point that Rajdeep Sardesai's CNN-IBN could be taking a beating @TRP beacuse of his ranting too much social media. RS is below average journalist,atleast i think so. Only thing that used to be good in his channel was WTW.. lol,

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    1. I feel Arnab has been honest in whatever nonsense he is doing. Atleast, he does not double-speak.

      People still value honesty. Hypocrisy is not tolerated.

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  11. Brilliant article.

    My take - Tehelka & Caravan are compromised, dishonest fronts of MSM & congress party, working as Dirty Tricks Arm (DTA). The DTAs have near 0 readership & produce and publish fake stings & fraud investigations for congress party. MSM acts as force multiplier of these proxy DTAs and magnify allegations and obfuscate congress’s dirty acts

    However, BJP falls headlong into this trap & enters fraud debates of MSM to cover congress’s misdeeds on terror & corruption. Only solution for BJP – when entering these debates, attack MSM as compromised & attack anchor and change the agenda.

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  12. Narendra Modi If you are reading this I shall vote for you only if you spell our your "Vision" for the MSM

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    1. MSM will die its own death or lose most of its power. SM is the way to go!

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  13. Spot On! Love the way you demolish these scoundrels! Style is unique! I can make out even without checking who has written the piece. Amazing depth!

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  14. As Ravinar mentioned in his closing comments "Someday there will be price to pay for these corrupt media morons" And the day is not very far as June is only 4 months away...

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  15. just a few days back caravan was in the good books of media crooks. once it published something about aseemanand it changed again.

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    1. @Shrek

      This is one of the most stupid comments I have ever come across on this site. First of all, there isnt anything like a good or bad book here. Secondly, don't write by imagination. When and where exactly have you found Caravan in some good book here.

      And lastly, but most importantly please acquire some reading skills. I would have expected even a primary level reader to understand that this post is not about the Caravan at all. So try reading it again.

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  16. I, once had high opinions about journalism, but when I started analysing deeply, I could notice all the filth and muck lying there. This article dissects into RS kind of reporting. Good analysis. I will share it SM too.

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  17. I read somewhere "A picture is worth a thousand words".. But Now "A Post from Ravi is worth a thousand slaps" take that.

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  18. I am imagining what these crooks will do when BJP and Modiji will set up their govrnment using popular support. We will witness cat dance on a hot tin roof. Such crooks should be thrown in Indian Ocean at an undisclosed location so they will never haunt us again.
    We will then see a rise of truly impartial media supporting the Cause of India.

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    1. It is premature to imagine so far and so much into the future. The Indian electorate is not to be trusted for making informed choices. I still remember the 2004 results. Moreover one small tragedy, either natural or engineered is enough to turn the tide.Remember the 1991 election results before and after the Rajiv assasination. I only pray nothing of that kind happens atleast before the elections.It would be a disaster for the nation.

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  19. I stumbled upon your blog last night around 8PM and have been reading ever since, I do have a confession to make.
    I am reading in reverse order, so after reading some of your latest posts, I thought "Hey look, another NaMo bhakt.."
    I am glad i continued to read (aided in no small measure by your extremely penetrative narrative, exhaustive research and above all a genuine passion for setting the record straight.)
    I was wrong, all your articles are very balanced. Until yesterday, I was thinking and analysing with the coloured perception of what you have cleverly called "fiberal" mindset.

    I am very sorry, but what is more, I am enlightened now. Thank you so much.

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  20. Are they only media-mafia and not media-call girl who are ever ready to expose any thing as per the wish of their highest paying master?

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  21. Arnab is smarter. Even on his TV debates now he gets some Kumar Ketkar, Vinod Mehta or a Hartosh Bal to so his bidding of taking snipes at Modi....so the BJP will still have to debate 1 or 2 is to 5...

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  22. I think Arnab Goswami is a good journalist and very patriotic. He makes a very good example of balanced journalism.
    I believe he also has to follow his boss's instructions so we sometimes see the other side of Arnab where he mindlessly debates what should not be debated at all
    like the debate after his interview of Rahul Gandhi where we saw one headline running for 2 days which read as 'Ranhul Gandhi blames Narendra Modi for 2002 riots'.
    When actually that wasn't the outcome of his interview.
    What came out of that interview was that RahulG is an idiot of a politician who doesn't have common sense. He is absolutely DUMB.
    What is startling to know is that it was his first televised interview. So people got to know the real RahulG who is dumb and not the one
    which is being made out of him by the congress and MSM.
    This was the outcome of that interview and should have been debated.

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  23. Another one about NDTV.
    http://www.ibtl.in/column/1403/would-us-authorities-investigate-ge-in-the-ndtv-money-laundering-case

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