Sometimes the people you run into have interesting things to say, sometimes intriguing things. In autos, buses, trains, ships, planes and balloons. I too run into a lot of people. I remember that one time I was in bed and flying from Dindigul to Delhi and a co-passenger got chatting with me. Based on this mid-air encounter here’s what I tweeted on March 16, 2006:
That guy spoke the truth. Rajdeep Sardesai did get a Padma Shri in 2008. But seriously, how credible is a Padma award from Congress govt? By Rajdeep’s logic, since the SC, the SIT and the lower court are spurious where Gujarat 2002 and Narendra Modi are concerned the Padma given to him has no credibility. I could conclude by RS’s logic that the award was given to him was for Gandhi-family services (as my flight co-passenger told me) and not for any journalistic achievements. Fair enough?
Over the years you would have heard many such claims of strangers dropping juicy stuff into ears of media folks and other “specialists”. The pioneer has to be Shekhar Gupta. Almost every person, famous and ordinary, runs into Gupta and gives him juicy stuff. Read a sample here: “Over the past three weeks I have been stopped by ordinary people at airports, in shopping malls, at a petrol pump, in a spiritual ashram, at the national athletic games in Bangalore and so on with a question that seems to have become a clamour: why are you in the media so scared of the Gandhis”? Oh yeah! Why? I’ve been asking this question for long. Why do they piss in their pants and skirts when “Gandhi” is mentioned? Even folks at spiritual ashrams are confounded it seems as ShekharG tells us. But he has still not managed to answer the question though.
Then there used to be a guy called Markandey Katju who used to often rant against Modi through extensive sky-research. Read this: “I was flying from Delhi to Bhopal recently. Sitting beside me was a Gujarati businessman. I asked him his opinion of Mr. Modi. He was all praise for him. I interjected and asked him about the killing of nearly 2,000 Muslims in 2002 in Gujarat. He replied that Muslims were always creating problems in Gujarat, but after 2002 they have been put in their place and there is peace since then in the State. I told him this is the peace of the graveyard, and peace can never last long unless it is coupled with justice. At this remark he took offence and changed his seat on the plane”. So you see, such crap is the foundation of a whole article where an individual’s unverifiable gossip is peddled as the basis of a commentary on the entire state of Gujarat and Modi. Splendid! Of course, I don’t have to tell you that Katju is lying when he claims 2000 Muslims were killed. Well, I also suggested why not claim 10000 killed if you had to throw up a “Worli Matka” number? This is what the media has been doing for a long time, haven’t they?
The twisted Rajdeep claims someone told him about dictatorship on a flight. The same practice also continues in interviews with people. Anchors throw all kinds of questions with no evidence or basis. When the motive of an interview is to peddle a pre-set agenda of the anchor, it becomes plainly obvious to even the casual viewer. Rajdeep still claims the SC rejection, SIT findings and the lower court rejection of petitions trying to hold Narendra Modi responsible for Gujarat 2002 are unacceptable to many critics. Are court rulings subject to acceptance of critics? And who the hell are these critics? Well, members of the same filthy Hammam that Rajdeep represents; his anti-Modi, anti-Hindu gang. So it stands to reason that RS’s Padma award is also corrupt and purchased. There are many critics who question if he deserved it at all. How many of you agree this cheap propagandist deserved a Padma? Naturally, Rajdeep’s hatred takes it further when he is angry that a Muslim like MJ Akbar has joined the BJP after criticising the party and Modi for many years.
In an interview of MJA on March 24 Rajdeep asks him many questions which have no basis or are at best hypothetical. He asks MJA “Are you today giving Modi a clean chit”? Oh! So MJA is authorised to give clean chits? And is that even acceptable to a Gandhi-family poodle like Rajdeep? MJA explains that for 10 years Modi was scrutinised by every legal authority and that too under a non-BJP govt and they still couldn’t find any linkages to the riots but that is hardly acceptable to Rajdeep. Then RS asks MJA “So you were mistaken”? And MJA tells him bluntly “We were all mistaken in putting personal linkages. We should have the ability to accept the facts”. Unable to digest the truth RS then says “There have been many question marks over the SIT inquiry”. What are those questions? And who are the ones raising those questions. Even that was tested in the lower court at Ahmedabad and the questions rejected. I would have to say only predominantly anti-Hindu rogues like Rajdeep are raising those questions. It is not just because of Modi, it is because they hate the RSS, they hate the BJP and they hate anything that is remotely connected to Hindutva. To them Hindutva is “evil”.
Then RS asks “Are you saying Modi was a target of witch-hunt by journalists like you”? It doesn’t occur to the corrupt Rajdeep that that is a question he should ask his own mirror. And then follows another moronic question “Would Nehru approve of Modi’s version of secularism”? (That is India-first, no appeasement and so on). Who the hell is Nehru to approve of anything today? Would Nehru approve of corrupt and bribe-taking journos like Rajdeep? That is the question I would like to ask. A guy fired from IBN had protested, called Rajdeep a “Dalal” and asked how Rajdeep got his 52-crore bungalow. Where did Rajdeep get such money except by corrupt means and bribery? Who are the ones who paid this corrupt media crook? Any answers Rajdeep? MJA pointed out to RS that it’s a Congress govt at the Centre that hounded Modi through various agencies. Similarly, it is a Congress govt which has protected Rajdeep’s corruption so far. Isn’t that plausible? And that is why RS rants against Modi and continues his witch-hunt. Isn’t that true as well? Because a non-Congress govt will prosecute him for illegal wealth?
And the biggest concern for Rajdeep has been Muslims, Muslims, Muslims! And when MJA pointed out Congress has left Muslims impoverished, Rajdeep was not willing to listen. MJA at one point had to ask him to show the patience to “listen” as a journalist should. If there are Muslims opposed to Modi, there are also Muslims in favour of Modi. Rajdeep believes Muslims should hate Modi as much as he does and that’s his problem. Muslims themselves have as many opinions as is natural in a large population like India. But here’s a sample of Muslims:
Rajdeep’s hatred has closed his doors to all other points of view that Muslims hold. Perhaps he too desires Muslims must remain a downtrodden community who should not take their chances with another leader without being prejudiced by corrupt media morons like him. Failure is not a person, failure is a situation. That applies to a community too. Muslims are not failures. They have been forced to believe they are but it’s a “situation” they too can overcome if not led by selfish politicians and parties. Modi has no selfish motive. If he wants to lead India to a better future he seems to possess the ideas to do so and he has shown no signs like some dynastic cronies of personally enriching himself in doing so. This is probably what compels the likes of Akbar and Siddiqui to reverse their opinions about him. I have pointed at the corruption of Rajdeep for the simple principle that allegations hurled without evidence or based on hearsay from Salma or Sabrina on a flight doesn’t count. Anyone can hurl a thousand. The answer to such nonsense is what is called Hitchens’ Razor:
For 10 years Rajdeep and the other crooks in the media have hurled any number of allegations against Modi without any evidence. They must remember, it is easy to concoct Salma-Sabrina stories from flights, it is easy to throw allegations like Rajdeep’s 52 crore bungalow. Rajdeep was so rattled by the 52-crore allegation that he pleaded that video be removed (and it was removed from Youtube). Therefore, it demands that he too be careful on mindlessly continuing to hurl allegations against others, especially when the courts of the country have dismissed them. Respect the law, moron!
But Rajdeep does have one good habit though. Every night he sings a lullaby for his Twitter followers. But even MJA told him to complete the song “Chodo kal ki baaten” which he sang with the second line “Naya daur hai, nayi umang hai”. It’s not just MJA but even others are telling Rajdeep not to sing “incomplete” songs but to complete with the second lines which are often more important. Whispers on a flight, “He said, she said” kind of evidence, motivated pimpernels like Teesta or Sanjiv Bhatt do not constitute evidence. Teesta in all likelihood will be prosecuted and sent to jail. Rajdeep may have his fantasy islands of all such evidences and witnesses. In the end they couldn’t survive. RS claims he is not a Congress or Gandhi doormat. But if he observes his Twitter feed and comments on his articles the Congress supporters usually defend him staunchly. And just to tell him, even though this site is often called a RW site, MJ Akbar (who was very anti-Modi) was still voted one of the best journalists. Rajdeep must wonder why. Living in fantasy is not a crime, but living in fantasies filled with hatred will invariably take its toll.
PS: The first image in this post with tweets of March 2006 is also a fantasy. Twitter wasn’t launched till July 2006.