Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tehelka Shows the Ugly Side of Indian Media.

Is Corrupt side of the Media getting Exposed?

Tehelka is just a tip of the Ice-Berg  is what said by many senior journalists. According to their reading, media today is no more medium of news and information but a commercial business that thrives on deals with corrupt and people in power. 

Tehelka is just a small example that got exposed but many other cases do not get reported, published and surface into public domain.
The senior most journalists from old school of thoughts think, present day media scene is corrupt to the core because it is owned by many rich and influential people with political power, who can manipulate and manage any situation with the help of media. Be it political, commercial, every issue can be managed by sponsored editorials and news.

This is an unfolding story about the corrupt media that speaks volumes on the Editorial takes that we keep watching in TV debates and bias news bites.

Investigative journalism and corrupt minds working in the media keep constantly claiming high moral positions is a myth. 

If not all, very few can claim to be clean, with high moral characters.

Shoma Choudhari and Tarun Tejpal are the classic examples of immoral characters working to expose others in the public space but when caught in the criminal act themselves,  the principles and moral values so far they were teaching others in the society, not even 1% of that is seen practiced in their personal and professional life?
Isn't that total cheating on people when media turns immoral and corrupt?
We all remember, Shoma Choudhari and Tarun Tejpal used to derive sadistic pleasure in exposing others in public life. When their sting operations were widely publicized on national channels continuously 24X7, Shoma Choudhari never thought, popular electronic media is not being fair with the victims Tehelka exposed?
Today, she is taking an opposite position when the crime is committed in her own back yard? Why these double standards? Isn't it total hypocrisy when she is getting the taste of her own medicine?
She says, media is not being fair with her? Today she says, I was personally trying to do justice to the girl who had to go through this traumatic experience in my office and I asked Tarun Tejpal to tender an apology immediately? She says, I got written apology from Tarun and that I thought satisfied the girl ?
So in other words, Shoma Choudhary was acting as a prosecutor, and jury too and passed the judgement on Tarun Tejpal to say sorry and step down for 6 months as a penance for whatever wrong done?

Excellent justice,  isn't it? But wait a minute... 

Did she ever pardoned her other accused caught on the camera in her sting operations? Or  those she exposed them on the national TV channels? To give them all another chance.

No she did not because she took high moral grounds then and told the world,... these are the criminals caught in the immoral and corrupt act on the camera and must be sent to gallows for cheating on the society.
But today, same Shoma Choudhary is not saying that to world about the crime committed in her own backyard. She is trying her best to cover-up.

And the worst is, she says to media... You all know only one side of the story but I know the other version of the story too? Which nobody knows? Only I know ? And this is where she tried to give a TWIST to her story by saying, It was all personal between two adults, but I  do not wish to get into that part of the story whether it was consensual or non-consensual.?

This twist by Shoma Choudhari was clearly trying to cast doubts about the girls character and Shoma kept making this claim in the media all the time which was disgusting comments and nothing but indirect character assassination of a girl. 

The other outrageous and damaging act  was by a very senior journalist and Editor-in-chief of Outlook Magazine Vinod Mehta.

He on Times Now debate in the News hour when asked his views about this episode, Vinod Mehta said on the national Channel, He received a SMS from Tarun Tejpal on his mobile. And he started  reading it out but, rightly so, when he was half way through reading the message  sent by Tejpal, Arnab Goswamy Stoped it simply because Vinod Mehta was intently trying to tell the world on national channel that the girl s character too is questionable according to his friend Tejpal? This was more disgusting act by a senior most journalists like Vinod Mehta.
Vinod Mehta was clearly trying to give clean chit to his friend Tejpal by reading out  SMS sent by Tejpal. This could be well planed move by influential editors.
Imagine, a very senior journalist, Editor-in-Chief  talks loosely something which has serious dimension to a criminal case which is being investigated?

Can you believe that? But Let me tell you, I am looking at his act differently. You may call it a cynical angle but anything is possible when powerful and influential people are involved.
Vinod Mehta is not a fool not to understand the seriousness of his revelation.  Vinod Mehrta was simply using his friend`s SMS to expose the victim`s character on the national channel and was trying to give his friend Tejpal clean chit. 

He was planting the same other version of the story that even Shoma Chaudhary has been trying to spread through media. It surely was planted and circulated to put a pressure on the girl and her family to give this message that fall in line or we will expose you too.

And Vinod Mehta was doing it to save their close friend, Terun Tejpal.
When the girl had said in her written complaint how it all happened and how she was even threatened about losing her job, Shoma was trying to act smart in her own defense knowing, this is backfiring on her.  Her Twitter comment that she wouldn't co-operate with Goa police, or  will not report to police herself was again a desperate last attempt to stop the whole issue getting blown up in her own face.

She was doing all this cover-ups as if nothing serious or big has happened has a third dimension too. And that is clearly trying to stop disgraceful fall of Tehelka as an organization as she knew it well, with this episode the flag ship is sinking now. 

She is not really trying  to save Tarun Tejpal or the Victim, she is  trying to simply secure Tehelka`s future. That she knows well, with this extensive media exposure on this issue, Tehelka has no future and its reputation is completely demolished.  

But that exposed Shoma Choudhary further and gave us a peep into what is happening in the media industry. How principled media personalities are and .Media owners are? 

We really do not know which TV channel, Which journalist, which human rights activists  are hired to target politicians like Mr Modi ? How can people like Vinod Mehta, Kumar Ketkar be trusted with their political views ?  Their leaning towards Congress in the debates can be seen from their comments and views.

And lastly, how can we take TV Channels at a face value when they have debates which can be politically set, or orchestrated for political considerations and monitory considerations ? 

Today, credibility of the media, journalists, Human rights Activists and political class has taken a beating and at its lowest. And at the bottom of it is... Corruption at all levels. 
The responsible citizens of this country must make an educated choice and demand change in the corrupt system. 

Only civil society can do it if civil society wants to CHANGE INDIA FOR BETTER. 

Ajay Angre
Author, Writer, Publisher

Prashant Bhushan says: Modi is Fascist.

Have People of Gujarat elected Fascist CM?
One like Hitler? 

Prashant Bhushan says:  Gujarat CM is Fascist.
Look at the crimes in Gujarat. Women are not safe. Some communities feel threatened always because of Hindu agenda followed by Narendra Modi?

Now these are serious, mischievous and politically 
motivated allegations.

And a response to these baseless allegations is called for.

According to Congress`s Digvijay singh, Kapil Sebal,  Manish tiwari and Now Prashant Bhushan of Aam Admi Party, all well educated, learned friends, legal eagles are saying Gujarat people have voted Hitler, a fascist as their leader for Gujarat.

Prashant Bhushan has  yet to  prove and come clean on his own Aam Aadmi party members involvement in corruption charges exposed in the sting operation. 

And in the media blitz on Gujarat Snooping  which is another fabricated story  by Congress and its allies, he is demanding Amit shah and Narendra Modi come on TV channel and prove they are not guilty of misuse and abuse of power ?
I can surely say ... to make a statement like this one needs to have lot of courage and guts or one has to be a fool.  But none of them are fools. They all know what they are talking and what their political agenda is for coming elections. 

Modi is their prime target and to nail Modi, all of them have come together.

According to their logic, people of  Gujarat are  fools, gullible and have no sense. This is how Congress,  Aam Admi Party or even JDU and SDP; BSP leaders think.. People of Gujarat are all Bewakoof, Gaonwallas, Aannaadi Log, who don't even understand what is good and what is bad for them ? 

According to their theory. politicians  are the enlightened class, and aam admi is a fool. Yes, this may be partly true as the political class has been  fooling aam admi for the last 67 years. But aam admi has got smart now because he is not the aam admi of 1950s. his profile is changed. and that is where this political class is going wrong.

But to think on this lines, isn't this an insult of  the electorate of  Gujarat and a mockery of people?

Gujarat chose Narendra Modi as their leader to lead Gujarat third consecutive time. Prashant Bhushan, Digvijay Singh, all of them think they are the champions of Human rights and Robinhoods of the poor. The only difference being, they rob the country but don't share their loot with poor, they keep it to themselves and deposit into foreign accounts. 

But they don't know, people of Gujarat have identified the looters.

Look at these legal experts who pass their judgments on a person who is elected by the Gujarat electorate in a democratic process in the largest electoral democracy in the world. 

They have no right to insult the people of Gujarat who voted Narendra Modi back in power as their leader once again. For them, he is not fascist nor communal.

First of all, they all should learn to respect our constitution, and the rights of the people. Making outrageous comments which can be termed as baseless and false only proves how much do they believe in electoral democracy.

It appears that Prashant Bhushan does not remember Emergency Rule imposed on citizens of India. That  was the Fascist act by Congress who enjoyed unconstitutional powers during the emergency Rule and committed crimes. Human rights were violated by Gandhi family throwing thousands in the jails who could not even approach courts. Why? Because,their fundamental rights given by constitution were suspended by Indira Gandhi`s  Congress I government?  

The emergency crimes against Congressmen should be tried in Human Rights Courts and all guilty must be punished with rigorous imprisonment for life so that no one dares ever to commit the same crime again?

Is Prashant Bhushan ready to take on the Fascist congress for emergency crimes?

Is Prashant Bhushan ready to take up Bhopal Gas victim cases ? Is Prashant Bhushan ready to take on Congress on 1984 Sikh riot cases to Supreme court for seeking justice ? All those families are still fighting their cases for fair and full justice? 

These were crimes committed by Congress and No Human Rights Activists, or media, is talking about these crimes committed 25 years back? Till today justice is not done.

Why is this cherry picking about Narendra Modi and Gujarat? Some Human right Activvists are working for Congress on this political conspiracy to nail Modi. 

They don't really care for poor, or victims, or muslim minority and backwards They want their votes and this is what their agenda is for the last 67 years.

But the times have changed. Ordinary people who do not belong to any one party have become smart and can not be fooled. we are not in 1950s. We are in 21st century.  
Prashant Bhushan has clearly insulted the sentiments of people of Gujarat.  Being an Advocate himself, he  must know his politically motivated public statements calling Narendra Modi Fascist, referring again and again to 2002 Gujarat riots,when the cases are in courts.  

Till today no charges against Mr Modi  of his involvement in 2002 riots as alleged are proved or no Indian court has convicted Narendra modi for 2002 riots.  

Political propaganda by Congress and people like Prashant Bhushan are nothing but  a Character Assassination and a political agenda to defame Narendra Modi, who is an elected Head of the Gujarat State by people. And people of Gujarat have rejected these allegations against Mr Modi with their mandate in his favor just in last elections.

Will these paid agents stop political and personal assassination of Mr Modi?
Will Prashant Bhushan first file cases against Congress for 1984 Sikh riots and  human rights violation during emergency rule of Congress?   

We, the civil society would like to see his professional honesty and integrity if he claims to uphold the principles of justice as a lawyer and believes  No one is criminal till proven guilty?

Prashant Bhushan... will you prove Narendra Modi is Fascist? And Communal? 

Ajay Angre
Author, Writer, Publisher.