Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Nira Radia Tapes

            They kept on coming. We kept on receiving them. It was 2G spectrum scam first, we said 'Ohh' ; then came Adarsh scam and LIC housing scam, we said 'Ohh dear' and now comes the best ‘the Nira Radia tapes controversy’. For those who are not aware of this latest issue as they might be busy in their lifes ignoring our beloved (sarcasm this time) country, Nira Radia is the owner of a PR firm and her phone conversations ,with the top corporate and top but disgusting mediapersons, were tapped and leaked which is creating quite a drama.
            I would strongly recommend you guys to listen to these phone conversations which are easily available on youtube. Not that we are not aware that we have a country with maximum corrupt people, but listening to substantial proofs for the lobbying that happens in the corporate and political world and the way the media guys as well as judicial system is biased and flawed just makes me hang my head in shame in front of people whom I lecture for the greatness of my country.
            In the whole saga, the best thing to happen was that Ratan Tata came out clean.In his entire conversation he was just being good to Nira who happens to be the PR person for the tata group. Even Prabhu Chawala for that matter, though personally was not involved but his comments on the Ambani brothers and speaking about how even the Supreme court justice can be bought for a favourable decision cannot be ignored. If he is certain and has proofs that it happens why did he not bring all this to the public. Is that is not what the people expect from the media guys? And why are the media guys and media channels not showing this news again and again as they do for all others. For everything else they have a Breaking News, but this news has a black out. None except Karan Thapar dared to host a debate on this issue.
           And now let’s talk about the bigger devils. Will Barkha dutt and Vir Sanghvi ever be able to host an interview or show  with their heads held high again? Are you guys not a disgrace to society? Barkha Dutt seems more like a Congress Lobbyist trying to talk to people to get her people on the ministries. Not to mention that Congress is corrupt and is known for her ways to fool the country to vote for them.The way it was discussed clearly shows that we do not allocate ministry to people on merit. Ya, I know its not a big revelation for Indian Politics but trying to fool the masses is definitely a crime. Both Vir and Barkha clearly talked about manipulating the message that they want to send across to the general public. What we feel as an unbiased interview by these journos is no better than any of the reality shows hosted by entertainment channels. They fool the people by saying it is real, but it is all scripted.
         When one of my friends went into her third year Mass media degree, she had to opt between advertisement and journalism. I was a strong supporter of her going into journalism so that she can ask questions that the common man needs an answer to. She opted to advertisement. I am glad today. In one of the conversations, these journalists talk about the Ambani brothers case and say this is not good got national interest. I would like to know who gave these bloody cheats (pardon my language) the right to decide what’s good for the nation. You decide and then you manipulate the masses to believe in your thoughts. What a shame!
        In the past I have spoken about our ability to be a super power with the change in the attitudes of the people. Now I realize it will not be an easy job. A country where the people we trusted to take care of the society, the media persons and the judges, go hand in hand with the corrupt politicians is going way ahead in darkness. Next time when someone tells me he opts not to stay in India as he needs his children to grow in a society that is not biased and where the masses are not fooled, I would have nothing to do except hang my head in shame. Thanks to guys like Barkha Dutt, Nira Radia and Vir Sanghvi. And even if you come out clean, we now know how you would have managed to do that.


  1. Excellently commented...And u (read as a common man from mass)are becoming a good and a true critic day-by-day which a country like India deserves...I just regret we(India)not having criticist like you in the media..& we will not even have one because our media people(journos) are so crazy about popularity and position that they can go to any extent to attain it forgeting the purpose & mass for whom they are serving...

    Kapil once again EXCELLENTLY COMMENTED, totally bang on Target. I appreciate it big time. Keep up the good writing..!

  2. Hey Kapil, I understand your feelings here and I do share the same. But things are gone so far ahead that it is at a point of no return. I think personally what we as common man can do is vote to a bad person out of worst candidates. I do not think we have any control over changing this system. It is many times better to be part of the system and accept it and work with it. I know people won't agree and i personally don't agree fully ..but i do not think we have any choice. Let's do our contribution whereever asked (if at all) and move ahead. We all know how elections happen. Its purely a money one cares for educated people's vote bcoz either they dont vote ..or they dont vote in a mass it doesn't make difference to candidates...but thats the only way we common people can contribute to democracy and we should do it..and wait for good to a days corruption has become a right and no more a back door to get work done....anyways..whatever we write about corruption is not enough.....the main reason for this response is ..we should now accept that no one at any higher post is clean. not even Ratan Tata...he wont survive in this system without corrupting anyone...So we should really get used to it and think about our own survival..I know there will be many cursing me as selfish and what not..but think and see whether you can do any change to this and get your work done without corrupting anyone..unless you are ready to visit their office repeatedly and wasting your holidays & my opinion though its not very pleasant is be part of the system and get your own work done the end that is what matters i guess to everyone.

  3. @ jeenal - Thanks
    @ umesh - I agree a part of your saying is right. We do not have the power to do much. But the media guys do have that power. And it was a shame to see them maniluating us for their need. I wished and expected them to be fair and unbiased.

  4. You must read this. Though the thoughts are quite utopian but it's nice to hear such things once in a while.

    PS: Thank you for the honour of featuring me in your blog :)


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