Sunday, August 31, 2014


At a recent event in Mumbai (on August 22) I had talked about how our MSM peddles perceptions to suit their agenda. A majority of their bogus debates has nothing to do with reality or truth. As Howard Beale strongly suggests, they are in the “boredom-killing” business. The corrupt media uses labels like “controversial”, “racist”, “fascist”, “communal”, “secular” etc. to suit the agenda of their political bosses. These fake debates borrow from American formats and are mostly peddled on NDTV, CNN-IBN, TimesNow and HeadlinesToday. The Hindi channels and regional channels borrow the same format. In the last few years TimesNow, in particular, has turned these bogus debates into a major circus with Arnab Goswami as the Chief Clown. Perpetrators of lies and criminal propaganda like Barkha Dutt, Nidhi Razdan on NDTV continue this practice. CNN-IBN had to get rid of Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose when they campaigned for AAP who trashed their bosses. I shared the following process of how the propaganda or perception is delivered:

Naturally, there has been a lot of curiosity about this “G-37” since then on the SM and in messages to me. G-37 is a name coined by Chitra Subramaniam for the regular group of panellists used by TV channels to peddle their propaganda or perceptions one way or another. Some people have been asking for the names of this G-37 group so I thought a compilation of the usual suspects would be helpful. Here it is, the G-37:

A word of caution: It is inevitable that there will be agreements and disagreements on the names. Some may want additions and some may want deletions. That is perfectly fine. What you can do is do that yourself and create your own G-37 and check how much it matches with this or deviates. I believe a majority of the names would be common on any G-37 list. The list here is from a period of the last five years. Post-elections 2014 a lot of changes have and will likely continue to happen.


  1. Except for G.Parthasarthy, Gen.Bakshi,Gen.Malik,Rahul Easwar, Siddiqui & Swapan, the G-37 is a bunch of anti-Hindu, anti-national propagandists.

  2. Thank God for SM. TV channels have lost credibility because of biased and created reporting.

  3. Marook on kashmir, shabnam hashmi and Lord Megnath :)

  4. Mr Vinod Mehta admitted while back..he gets 5k per appearance for talking inebriated..Then there is Kumar Ketkar..who gets to know abt the topic of discussion on live TV...Last not the least Saba Naqvi favorite of Times Now..calls herself political analyst..Thanks Chitra n MC for sharing our woes

  5. Swapan DA is not a regular.
    Add vrinda grover, Swamy in the list

    1. You mean Dr Swamy? THE Dr Swamy? Gimme whatever you are smoking.

  6. We recommend that you put out the names on the right side of your blog. Let people vote / rank to arrive at a 'majority' consensus of who G-37 will be.


  7. if g 37 were denied a presence on tv channels for a week most of them would have gone stark raving mad due to withdrawal symptoms... a delicious thought. by the way , hathway scrambled the telecast of aap ki adalat featuring adityanath this morning and joined the ranks of mediacrooks.after confirmation of this , i disconnected hathway immediately. feel good now..

  8. some poonawala chap, rashid of congress, gaurav bhati of sp, sujewala of congress, shobha ojha of congress

    1. Since the BJP govt came to power,Gaurav Bhatia has been parroting the same text over and over again. They can as well record his voice and play back everyday instead of wasting his time. Party spokesmen like him and Sanjay jha could have been kept out of the list.

  9. Nilim Dutta can be called as seasoned frog

  10. One of the greatness of leftist fiberals is that they are very predictable. On any topic,even before they open their mouth we know what their view is going to be.One can call it consistency or loyality to an ideology.This makes their presence almost redundant on any show.In the list, one cannot say the same with the likes of Mr. Parthasarathy , Gen. Bakshi or even Rahul Easwar.These gentlemen talk on the basis of logic. While the fiberals are spewing their prejudiced solidified mindset on all events.
    Y'day on the NDTV talk show, a big bindi marxist made a remark that may win an oscar for comedy for the next 10 yrs.When reminded about the highly offensive remark made by the former Marxist CM of kerala about Love Jihad, the big bindi outright denied that he spoke what was attributed to him. When asked what the CM actually spoke she said she does not know what he spoke but he did not speak what is being reported.

  11. I am curious as to the media/journalists who accompanied Mr. Modi to Japan.

  12. Dear Ravi,
    I've not seen anything about debates on Rajya &/ Lok Sabha TV in your articles. Its same ther too while descussing about socio-political issues, one relief there is; "all CHEEKHO content is deleted/edited there"
    All 'Self imaged/Thought (suggest better word/phrase) God's gift to Indian Secular Democracy' cronies can be spotted there too.
    My choice of word for these type are
    1. SACIDS [Self Annointed (Crony) Intectuals of Delhi's Studios]
    2. GAIRI [Goad's Abhishaap on india's real intelects]
    3. SAGIS [Self Appointed Guardians of Indian Souls]
    4. or simple CIIs[Crony Inelectuals of India]

  13. Good collation, Though we should leave out representatives/ spokies of political parties such as Mani Aiyar. Yogi Yadav is now thankfully introduced as an AAP member rather than an independent liberal intellectual whatever!a few changes are suggested. Haven't seen much of Ranjona Bannerjee. Shoma Chaudhary is out of action post-Tejpal arrest (even her Twitter account is dormant). I would include Rana Ayyub instead (same thing actually, just a more friskier and melodramatic version of Shoma). Vinod Sharma has disappeared from TV. Rather we can have Sankarshan Thakur of JDU, er the Telegraph, Ashish Nandy and Rajagopalan. Hey, this is actually fun....!!!

  14. On the same note who are members in D-4? I know LKA, SS, AJ are in D-4 gang. But who is the 4th one?

  15. Can't miss Lord of Cricket - Boria Majumdar, Lord Meghnad Desai, Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Vir Sanghvi

  16. The usual routine at The News Hour: Along with THE Arnab Goswami and BJP spokies we find the following personalities invariably discussing on various issues-

    Foreign policy related issues: Sanjay Jha (expert advice), G. Parthsarathy, K. C. Singh, Maroof Raza, Vinod Mehta and invariably one Paki guy.

    Pak centric issues: Gen G. D. Bakshi, V. P. Malik, G. Parthsarathy, K. C. Singh, Maroof Raza, Manishankar Iyer / Sanjay Jha (Expert advice), 2 paki guys from Islamabad (sitting side by side within some green studio/background), one paki guy from Lahore and one guy from Karachi. It also involves one National Conference guy and one separatist guy from Kashmir. Usually this debate is covered under Times Now Super Prime time.

    Economy related issues: Salman Soz/Sanjay Jha (expert advice), Ajay Bose(also an expert), Lord Meghanad Desai ( who invariably get banged by others because of his London Base), Sunil Alagh, Suhel Seth (expert), Vinod Mehta comes at times (depending on his mood and Sensex mood).

    Women related Issues: Kavita Krishnan (expert...who somehow links everything going on in country to BJP), Brinda Karat (expert), Shoba oza/Rita Bahuguna joshi, Mamata Sharma, Karuna Nundy, Ranjana Kumari, Shoba De, Shoma Chaudary.

    Child related issues: Kavita Krishnan (expert), Karuna Nundy, Ranjana Kumari,

    Law and order: Randeep Singh Surjewala/ Sanjay Jha (expert advice), one SP guy (R. Bhatia), Kiran Bedi (she is the one who actually gives practical do-able all blah blah), Hartosh Bal, Varada bhai, one Shiva Sena guy and one Rahul Navarekar (NCP guy)

    Communal Vs Secular debates: Usually full panel on Super Prime time with around 20 windows popping up...includes One of the Owasi brothers, One RSS guy, Kamal Farooqi, Mahesh Bhatt, Javed Akhtar, Sanjay Jha, R. Bhatia, Manoj Jha, Atul Anjan, Saba Naqvi, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Vinod Mehta, Aarti Jerath, Varada Bhai, Shahid Siddiqui, Shiv Vishvnathan, N. Ram, Teesta Stelvad, Shabnam Hashmi, Kavita Krishnan, Kumar Katkar
    Politics: Aarti Jerath, Sanjay Jha, Vinod Mehta, Dipankar Gupta, S. Kulkarni, Varda Bhai, Yogendra Yadav, Kumar Ketkar

    Sports: Boria Majumdar (expert .. discusses any sport the earth), Lalit Modi (related to BCCI)

    Scams and Corruption: Randeep Singh Surjewala, Sanjay Jha, Vinod Mehta, N. Ram, K. T. S. Tulsi, Suhel seth, Vinod Mehta, Vinod Sharma

    Dynasty: Manishankar Aiyer, Vinod Sharma, Sanjay Jha, Vinod Mehta

    Constitutional issues: Soli Sorabjee, Vinod Mehta, Ram Jethmalani, Fali Nariman, Harish Salve


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