Posts Tagged ‘English Media’

Air India and Hydrocarbon losses – “Honest” PM Manmohan Singh

October 22, 2011 Leave a comment

“Honest” PM Moneymohan Singh in action yet again. For an economist, seems surprisingly ignorant of profit/loss economics when it comes to serving the CONgress party. But wait! Profit for the party and loss for the country!

On December 30, 2005, the United Progressive Alliance government moved uncharacteristically fast. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh concurred with a note sent by a select group of ministers on a commercial contract on the very day it reached his office.  Soon after, the aviation ministry under then minister Praful Patel informed the national carrier Air India about Singh’s decision. Air India promptly acted on it – all on the same day.

This contract was a Rs 33,197-crore deal Air India , signed with Boeing and General Electric to buy 50 planes. The sequence of events on that winter day is marked in red in a recent audit report of the aviation sector by the Comptroller and Auditor General, or CAG.

As it turned out, the plane acquisition deal triggered Air India’s nosedive. At the time of the deal, the airline was still in the black, with a net profit of Rs 96.3 crore on an income of Rs 7,630 crore in 2004/05. The airline had a Rs 1,801 crore balance sheet, of which debt was Rs 1,262 crore. Five years later in 2009/10, it would report a loss of Rs 5,552 crore – about twice the size of Sikkim’s economy – on an income of Rs 13,402 crore, along with a staggering debt of Rs 38,423 crore.

The single-day clearance is one of a number of dubious government decisions highlighted by the report. Similar revelations have also been made in another CAG report on the hydrocarbons sector. Both strongly criticise the government’s functioning, pointing out failures and systemic flaws in its processes.


Arnab Goswami’s art of Sangh baiting

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Arnab Goswami’s panel to discuss the Prashant Bhushan assault deliberately included two “village simpletons” — Bhim Singh of Panthers Party and Rakesh Sinha of the RSS, the kind that can be predictably relied upon to provide the incendiary material that the sophisticates cannot stomach. The rest are glib tongued “intellectuals”. Arnab knows the Bhim types will fall for the bait he has in store for them. Predictably falling for this bait, Bhim and Rakesh while criticizing the violence, also say that Prashant Bhushan has no right to ask for plebiscite in J&K. Arnab and fellow buddhijeevis tch, tch this “uncouth”, “violent” Sanghi behavior and suggest that by the secular law of associativity and by a neat jump in logic, Bhim is actually ok with this violence. Ergo, this is typical violent behavior from the Sangh and the root behind all this is BJP-RSS. Mission accomplished. No such super logic is used when Islamic terrorists blow up people on a regular basis to arrive at similar general inferences.

Bhim Singh and Rakesh Sinha could have turned this around to Arnab actually. Using the same jump in logic it could be argued that those who fail to criticize Prashant Bhushan for saying that Kashmir can be independent are actually ok with losing J&K. And by the same law of associativity these are anti-nationals who can be jailed for sedition.

Karan Thapar advocates “sudden removal” of Modi

December 31, 2007 7 comments

Now that the BJP has won two elections in thumping fashion in less than a week, the spittle flowing down the faces of the media-mafia has turned to a steady dribble. That the BJP still remains an illegitimate party with an inexplicable existence in the minds of the media cartel, shows handsomely throughout Thapar’s fulminations in this venomous hate filled article titled “Modification of Politics”. After going through a rather short list — consisting of exactly one person, of potential UPA leaders to rival Modi, Thapar quickly zeros in on his final choice of that person — madam Antonia Maino nee Sonia Gandhi.

All that Sonia needs in Thapar’s room temperature IQ’ed thinking, is to exhibit strong personal leadership and integrity, exhibit robust nationalism, stress on development and finally “articulate ideas that catch like fire”. As simple as that. That is the clever and simple Thapar formula to counter the evil BJP. Hard to believe that this squeaky voiced weasel actually succeeds in bullying various politicians on his show “Devils Advocate” which Modi walked out of a couple of months ago after being repeatedly called a mass murderer by Thapar. Such accusations of an elected official who has not been indicted would not be possible in any other society on earth other than in India, where Hindu bashing is an essential requirement to pass off as a “liberal”.

Given that the BJP might come back to power, Thapar plays Congress coach in this article and urges his pseudo-liberal minions to join Sonia in the coming Armageddon with the BJP. An iota of this resoluteness cannot be seen from the English language media-mafia when dealing with Islamic or Naxal terror which kills and maims on a regularly basis, or Christian terror in the North East.

Thapar delivers the coup de grace with a call for the “sudden removal” of Modi. Thapar and his pseudo-liberal ilk would happily prostrate at the feet of the Let, JEM or SIMI’s skull capped beardies who might deliver this earnest desire of his.

Law suit anybody? The media cartel can be brought to heel only via lawsuits. Doesn’t Thapar present a wonderful opportunity to do this? Surely this is the ultimate limit to which journalistic freedom can be taken to? The media cartel with its repeated abuse of journalistic freedom does to Hindu sensibilities precisely what MF Husain does with his art. It is precisely the coincidence in the media’s abusive view of the Hindus with that of Husain’s that makes them predictably take up the case of Husain sympathetically. A lawsuit has done wonders in making Husain ping pong back and forth between London and Dubai. Making Thapar hop around the courts a little in pain would do wonders in serving notice to his fellow travelers in the media mafia.

Rajdeep Sardesai tries to justify media’s selective obsession with Gujarat

November 13, 2007 9 comments

In a Hindustan Times editorial titled “Dr Modi and Mr. Hyde”, Hindu existentialist Rajdeep Sardesai starts off on the right note and notes that the Gujarat riots pale in comparison to the Sikh riots orchestrated by Congress hoodlums. But then he manages to rationalize the medias selective obsession with trashing Hindu issues and continues to bash the BJP, much as a scorpion is programmed to sting. Sardesai’s arguments begin to fall apart right at the beginning. Sardesai’s rational powers of logic seem to take a backseat when he concludes that Supreme Court’s random musings supposedly likening Modi to Nero are tantamount to indictments. No indictment has been delivered yet, and when the court that he holds up does deliver an indictment as in the conviction of terrorist Afzal Guru, this very paper’s Barkha Dutt angrily called the decision flawed. Cherry picking of even apex court decisions is the selective privilege of the English media you see.

Also Sardesai says that the omnipresent media and ever alert HR activists who seem to have sprung up post Y2K is responsible for the selective treatment that Modi gets. But somehow these same people seem to be missing when it comes to covering the plight of Kashmiri Hindus languishing in refugee camps right under Sardesais nose in Delhi right now or in covering the numerous Islam initiated riots like the one in Bengalooru when muslims went berserk protesting Saddam’s hanging and rampaged and rioted, or when in Tamil Nadu Dravida thugs trashed Hindu places of worship and molested Hindu priests, when somebody blackened Periyar’s statue which was opportunely installed outside a Hindu temple.

The real reason for the media obsession post Y2K is the emergence of the BJP as a potent valid alternative source of power and nothing else.

Modi vs English media sepoys

October 24, 2007 6 comments

That Thapar’s interview was a setup to bait Modi is evident from the very start, what with Thapar making sure that a huge Hindu murthi was on display right behind him, his graphic objective being to convey the standard line of nominal Hindus — “While I am a Hindu not for me the Hinduism of…” Nominal Hindus (I need to trademark that) are those who have a Hindu name, peform pooja, arati and expect it to be the quintessential definition of a Hindu. Any deviations especially those that might be prone to controversy, confrontation or otherwise seeking to change the status quo are bound to be condemned as deviant Hindu fundamentalism. Nominal Hindus are largely missing when their religion is publicly attacked and trashed. While they love to tell their deviant Hindu brothers that their religion is personal, they do not dare to communicate the same blunt message to those who attack their religion in the public space, which they really ought to be doing since they profess to love having a behind closed doors relationship with their religion. Religion being a personal relationship with God is really laudable but the nominal Hindus do not achieve anywhere close to that by their selfish and cowardly standards.

Rajdeep Sardesai that other grinning twit, also came dressed cartoon-like in a saffron kurta to interview Modi at a Hindustan Times sponsored leadership summit, hoping to draw appreciative guffaws from his followers and seeking to put on display his Nominal Hinduism. A frothing Sardesai instead got ripped by an astute Modi, who managed to keep his cool despite Sardesai repeatedly waving his pen very near Modi’s face.

Coming to the main purpose of this article, calling or making oblique references as a mass murderer, a duly elected chief minister of a state could and should be challenged in a court of law as defamation, especially since no legal indictment have been delivered yet. The likes of Thapar, Sardesai, Gupta, Ram, Sanghvi etc can be brought to heel only by repetitive lawsuits.

Millions died during the partitions thanks to Gandhian/Nehruvian muslim appeasement, repeated riots erupted on Nehru’s watch. Bhagalpur riots created havoc under Congress rule in Bihar. Under former Gujarat Congress Chief Minister Madhav Singh Solanki in 1969, riots continued unabated for six months in Gujarat killing thousands. 4000 Sikhs perished under Rajiv in just a fews days. But these are simply shrugged off by the English media sepoys. Rajiv in particular was a cutie for the English media and had a tough time fighting off those clamoring for their rightful share of his footwear, and was a celebrated darling despite being a useless, corrupt PM. Half of those Sikhs were butchered by Jagdish Tytler who was minister till recently, but the Thapars and the Sardesais will not dare call Sonia or Tytler mass murderers.