Indian TV mainstream media has great fake newsmakers, as the desperation of the ultraleft red brigade, leftist media, Congress paid TV anchors. ABP News, and Delhi CM’s constant media glare grows in time of national capital horror tales, beating of the police personals, farmers mayhem, culminating in the removal of the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
I will try to explain the organised attempt to pin down the present NDA government led by the dynamic PM, who has steered the nation so well, during the Covid – 19 crisis. Latest one is ‘I am with Nidhi Razdan NDTV’ who faked she is Professor in a department, which never exists at Harvard, beating our own ex PM Shri Man Mohan Singhji who believed and acted for 10 long years that he was the PM of the nation. I have been to the Harvard campus too on a personal visit but only to their souvenir shop, from where I had purchased a silver spoon, which may still be with me. This was the best I could afford from their expensive souvenir shop. Memes created on this topic kept the social media going gung ho for more than a week.
Ravish Kumar is another great known faker and he ate his own ‘creamy layer and privileged shit’, when he had to apologise on his Facebook page, when he made fun of Procurement post by one of the most erudite Piyush Goyalji, the railway Minister, who knows the best about his department.
But the best of them is @Sumit Awasthi and to whom I must give triple honorary doctorate for his anchored program on 10 best CMs and 10 worst CMs and gave a negative rating to PM in Punjab along with poor rating to Punjab CM. Sumit bhai did some ‘acra ka dabra’ and our Khujli getting #2 ranking in the best CM category leaving nations’ seasoned chief ministers like Yogi Adityanath, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, lowest possible ranking and thereby making a fool of himself but making sure that when our Pappuji becomes PM in the year 2100, he may give him a well deserved Padma Citation for sure!
An FIR has been lodged against Siddharth Varadarajan, editor of news website The Wire, at Rampur’s Civil Lines police station for posting on Twitter a report to allegedly “mislead people” on the death of a protester in New Delhi during the Republic Day incidents. The FIR, registered on the complaint of Rampur resident Sanju Turaiha, has been lodged under IPC Sections 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to the national integration) and 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity between classes).
The complainant stated: “It has come to my notice through social media that a person named Siddharth Varadarajan posted on Twitter that Hardeep Singh Dibdibiya, grandfather of Navreet Singh Dibdibiya, who died during the protest against farm bills in Delhi, said he was told by a doctor, from the panel of doctors which conducted the post-mortem, that the youth had died due to a bullet injury. And that the doctor’s hands were tied and hence, he could not do anything. In the tweet, the so-called report that has been cited tries to give the impression that it is the quote of the doctor, which is intended to mislead people. This has led to anger among the common people in Rampur and given rise to tension.” The Twitter post, the complainant alleged, was part of a conspiracy to cause harm to the common people, gain publicity and instigate and provoke violence. The complainant stated: “The post-mortem of Navreet was done by a panel of three doctors and the report was sent to the Rampur Superintendent of Police (SP) and the officials concerned in a sealed envelope. The doctors have not given any statement regarding the autopsy to anyone and the post-mortem was also video graphed.” He said that though all three doctors had contradicted the report, the tweet was not removed. A statement by the three doctors said they had not made any remarks on the post-mortem of Navreet Singh to either the media or any person. Navreet Singh died of head injuries when his tractor toppled after hitting a police barricade. The post-mortem examination ruled out any bullet injuries. Rampur SP Shogun Gautam said the complaint was received from Sanju Turaiha who lives in Rampur. “We received the complaint and lodged the FIR under relevant sections of the IPC based on facts. We will be adding the name of the reporter who wrote the news report to the FIR,” Gautam said. Responding to the FIR, Varadarajan, in a text message to The Indian Express, said: “This ridiculous case may be against me, but the real intention of the government is to ensure the dead man’s family does not repeat its claims and questions and is silenced.” A minute of fame but which can cause immense harm to the name and fame of the Wire boss. I can assure him that Yogiji will take the case to its logical end like in the Tandav case, where police was sent to Mumbai to arrest the culprits, but SC refused to entertain the petition. Some good sense prevailed on SC in this case. They got enough social media flak in the farmer’s bill issue.
Another great faker in the long list is Padam Shri Rajdeep Sardesai, the IB trained, son of famous cricketer Late Dilip Sardesai of the yesteryears, an ex NDTV Editor, and a paid news editor of the famous opposition party, now out of job due to his antics’, who was beaten up by Modi supporters in US, few years back and whose anti-national activities in the week beginning 23rd January till 27th January put him in national shame and despair. His actions bringing in the His Excellency in his agenda, earned his employer a sharp worded reprieve, in the form of letter, never seen in my life from the President House. The letter is as follows:
Mr. Aroon Purie,
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief;
India Today Group
Dear Mr. Purie,
I am writing to you with reference to a needless and avoidable – rather shameful controversy in which a section of journalists, including some from the India Today group, dragged the Rashtrapati Bhavan for motives that are not clear to us.
On January 23, the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, unveiled a portrait of Late Subhas Chandra Bose at Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations. A section of journalists, including Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, a prominent representative of the India Today as well as many more from the group headed by you, reacted to this announcement on Twitter by alleging that the portrait was not that of Netaji but of actor Prosenjit Chatterjee. The regrettable part is that senior journalists of your Group did not bother to check the facts. Before making a serious claim like this, they could have checked with any member of the Netaji’s family (for example, Mr C. K. Bose, who clarified on Twitter that the portrait was indeed of the great leader himself), or with the actor himself (who too put the record straight) as well as with the Rashtrapati Bhavan itself. They did not do any of the basic fact checks, and joined the ranks with those who were throwing wild accusations for political gains. In gleefully ridiculing this high Constitutional office, they not only discredited their professional ethics but also cast a shadow on the office of the President of India. You will agree that such irresponsible and juvenile behaviour compromises the dignity of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
That this was not a momentary lapse of judgement or a forgivable slip of pen was made amply apparent when the facts made themselves clear: These journalists merely deleted their tweets, or made a clarification – without owning up their blunder, much less apologising for it. I believe this is unpardonable conduct, for the individuals involved as well as for the platform from which they seek to draw legitimacy. This episode has caused deep distress at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and we are forced to review our engagements with the India Today group.
The letter is a stinker and does not mince words to pull people like Rajdeep Sardesai. He did another blunder reporting from the ground zero, that a Kisan protestor was killed in the police firing, that he saw a bullet wound and farmers were protesting and did not take the bleeding protestor to the hospital, thereby putting a bad name to the Delhi Police, a force which took the beating thus saving the next day probable headlines. “General Dyer II, got killed thousands of farmers or blood bath on the streets of Delhi. Crores of property worth in Delhi was destroyed and police personnel were made to jump in the moat to protect the valour and respect for the national flag.
Such acts of misadventure and willful acts of inciting violence and adding fuel to fire is against the ethos of a good and responsible citizen. Such incitement must be punished severely and must not be left unpunished. Now many liberal, pseudo sickulars like Shekhar Gupta are terming such acts as mistakes and the letter from the His Excellency’s office is being treated a pressure tactics by the Modi Government.
The Government is fully prepared for such fake news generators and this time, the Government has given enough warnings and, if the farmers, misbehaved on 6th February during ‘Chakka Jam rally, they will not be shown any mercy, empathy or any sympathy but well-oiled lathis, tear gas and water cannons and punctured tractors and photography of each and every individual, who will be found out using machine learning and deep learning tools to be put behind bars.
India dropped two places to 142nd in the annual World Press Freedom rankings by the group ‘Reporters Without Borders’, last year, which noted “constant press freedom violations, including police violence against journalists” and increased “pressure on the media to toe the Hindu nationalist government’s line”. The Editors Guild of India, which represents newspapers, said it was disturbed that the police complaints had been filed under as many as 10 different legal provisions including sedition, promoting communal disharmony and insulting religious beliefs. Such hollow lectures must be taken with a pinch of salt.
I am sure these journalists will then be forced to say, Law will take its own course at a later date.
May good sense prevail upon the fake news creators?
Let us all force the Government such that the Padma Award given to such anti-nationals, fakers who bring down the reputation of the Government be asked to return back such honours!