Naval Chief Admiral Suresh Mehta has set the tail of Indian Media on fire. Indian Main Stream Media mostly – Secular, Social, Liberal and Progressive (!) is outraged.
Admiral Mehta while addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy day passed some scathing remarks on the way media covered the recent Mumbai Mayhem and passed some strictures against the ‘reigning queen’ of Indian Media: Ms. Barkha Dutt.
This is what Admiral Mehta said.
When operations were taking place, the channels were reporting that commandos were being airdropped. The terrorists were in live contact with their masters, who were keeping them informed. Such minute-by-minute coverage can be detrimental to conduct of operations. We are disturbed by such reporting. […] link.
The whole world knows the way Media reported. They are themselves to be blamed for the way they covered the National Emergency. But then it wasn’t any thing more than a ‘media event’ for them (sic!).
Admiral Mehta did not spare Ms. Barkha Dutt and made an observation about her ‘alleged misdemeanor’ during the time of Kargil war. This is what Admiral has been reported saying…
Singling out a lady journalist from an English news channel, Mehta, who is also the chairman of chiefs of staff committee, said irresponsible coverage of the war had compromised the safety of troops and led to the death of three soldiers. He said this particular journalist had cajoled an army colonel to demonstrate the firing of an artillery gun (Bofors) to capture a great shot on the camera. He said the colonel was later dismissed from service. […] link.
As for the ‘alleged misdemeanor’ of Ms. Barkha during Kargil operation, you’re truly has no way to either confirm or deny. If just as The Admiral Charge Ms. Dutt with, it is a serious issue and need to be investigated. For sure, this is not the first time this charge has been made. And, let me add, coming this from a serving Admiral, this charge is too serious to be dismissed offhand.
I at least tend to believe Admiral more for the simple reason, I do not trust Media. Especially, the Sec Soc 24×7 channels.
In any democratic set up media has a role to play and is an integral part of the set up. But few individuals can not arrogate to selves or can proclaim selves, as the entire ‘media’. Media is an institution and no individual is above that. Ms. Barkha Dutt, A Rajdeep Sardesai, Some Vir Sanghvi is not entire media. Equating entire media with all or any of these ‘Maharathis’ reminds me of a Barua saying: Indira is India and India is Indira.
What I do not understand is: Post Mumbai Mayhem, when everyone is being questioned, why should the Media be spared and excluded from questioning/scurtiny for the role it played when the “operation flushing out terrorists” was still on?
Why should the MSM not be held accountable for its omission and commissions? Is MSM above law? Is MSM beyond reapproach?
Reacting strongly to these allegations against the media, Dr. Prannoy Roy, President, NDTV, told HT: The Hindustan Congress Times.
What he (Admiral) said is completely untrue and malicious. We have asked for a retraction and a public apology as these amounts to defamation.
Oh Ya Dr. Roy! Go and sue Admiral! How could the Admiral say these things about the Star of Indian nauseating News Channels! Right to abuse, slanders, cast apprehensions, destroy reputations, labeling and defaming people and parties etc. is the sole prerogative of Indian main stream media! Huh!
If this is the level of the navy’s leadership, are we surprised that the terrorists came in so easily? The Navy Chief should ponder over the damage his foolish press conference has done his service. The Navy deserves better.
Vir Sanghavi shamelessly hesitates not for a second to pass on judgment on the Naval Chief of India -who arose to become what he is, not because of his gene pool or the family he belongs too, but for his professional skills, commitment and service to nation. Where is the restraint and sagacity? Shame on you Vir!
At any given point of time, I reteriate, would believe the Admiral than a mere sycophant of Sonia. PERIOD.
Let Vir and his ilk come up with an answer.
The three journalists that Sonia gave exclusive interviews to so far after the drama – Vir Sanghavi, Barkha Dutt and the Master of all Rajdeep Sardesai – let them tell the world that the questionnaires were not given to Madame Sonia’s aides in advance?
Let these three people answer.
· Where was this outrage when Rajdeep sat over the tapes?
· Where was your ‘morality’ when a kid Aarushi’s death was slandered and made a ‘soap opra’ on prime time 24X7 Channels? Has any of you tendered an apology?
· What the f*** did you do when a school teacher was molested publicly at the behest of another 24X7 channel?
· Where the hell was your outrage when a man was prompted to ‘immolate’ self in Patiala in Punjab and some place in Bihar while the cameras captured live and beamed live/ recorded?
· Let these Sec Soc journalists tell the nation and release the tapes of period when IC 814 happened and let the world judge how these guys (MSM) behaved post Godhara too.
· Let the nation know for what reasons Barkha and Rajdeep, along with the Secular Jehadi Teesta Setalwad were rewarded with ‘Padmashris’ by Madame Sonia’s Govt.
· What did the Congress rag carry the day of election in Delhi on its front page Nov 2008?
· What kind of survey did Vir’s paper carry on front page ‘Banner News’ the morning after terrorists struck Mumbai Nov 2008?
· What has been Ms Barkha’s channel doing by ‘spreading’ the blame on all political class for the failure of Madame Sonia and her handpicked Prime Minion?
· What did these guys and gals do when ‘Your President’ was being selected and imposed upon a Billion strong Nation?
· How much ‘expose’ you did when most of those witnesses in fodder scam commit ‘mysterious’ suicides or got killed in ‘accidents’?
· Did you guys have the guts to publish this photograph and tell what the ‘Hindu Fanatics’ were protesting about in Baroda?
. What probity you guys showed when Madame’s friend Mr.‘Q’ ran away with the money? What has been the follow up?
. Explain please why has this been not made a news item on any of your 24×7 channels or Newspaper?
No. Because In Rajdeep’s own words – with my ‘communal’ comments in between – this Journalist “Mange More” and “Hamam Mein Sab Nnange Hain”. Bikul Nange.
Another reason for the problem is the changing self-image of the journalist, and his role in a democratic system. For a long time the journalist’s role was seen to be that of an independent observer of events. But observation alone can be rather tedious and not very financially productive either. So, over the years, the journalist has chosen to move from the margins of the fourth estate to being firmly on the centre stage, closer to the first estate (read first family Sonia Gandhi’). Ideological corruption is as much a part in this process as anything else. A journalist can get close to a political party (read Congress), business house (read Reliance Anil Ambani Group) or an individual (read Guru Amar Singh) in a manner that compromises his (read the journalists) independence. Having acquired that proximity (with Congress and the Maino family), the journalist can then use his clout on a larger scale, playing kingmaker in cementing political alliances (we saw that you doing Rajdeep as you hid the tapes) at the centre or in providing the (Help winning the political and/or pay masters) link between a minister in the Union cabinet (?) and a business house (we all know, who and whose behest.) in need of a favor. (Yes, do tell us please: this is to serve the greatest cause of saving Hindustan from Communal forces?!)
PI asks these worthies…
Has Madame Sonia Gandhi given any interview to anyone else with the exception of Padmashri Barkha Dutt Ben, Padmashri Rajdeep Sardesai Bhai and still not decorated Vir Sanghvi? If yes, then name him/her please and if NOT then why? And why only to you ‘three’? Answer if you can.
Or else, Mr/Ms/Mrs/ of Indian Media; shut up.