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Apr 21, 2011
10:45 PM

 What an answer!!!!!!! A great retort. Dutt's response to that retort is very weak.

Apr 22, 2011
10:40 AM

Inspite of Radia tape expose on her,Barkha Dutt has still the gal to conduct a debate on corruption!.Let Barkha declare her bank balance and the source of that money.

Bangalore, India
Apr 22, 2011
10:46 AM

>>whether that should take the shape of answering questions, whether that should take the shape of stepping down, will vary from case to case.

These were the icons of our ‘independent’ media once. So in Bharka's 'case' it took the shape of 'answering questions' even if the answer involved more of an attack on the person asking the question but in Bhushan's ‘case’ it is to take the shape of 'stepping down' and the government lackeys in our media are going to decide what case applies to whom!

It is not surprising how for the last four days, NDTV is subtly propagating this position of weakening the citizen representatives of the committee. It started of with Nidhi Razdhan asking their own correspondent whether the Bhushans should resign as the controversy was getting more focus than the Lokpal and the correspondent’s answer was something like - “if such allegations were made against government members of the committee, Anna Hazare would go out of his way to see that they were dropped. Hence Bhushans should step down.” This was before the alleged Noida land scam.

Delhi, India
Apr 22, 2011
11:06 AM

Another "feather" in NDTV and Barkha's cap.

"Miliking Fake Tweets" to distort public opinion.

Delhi, India
Apr 22, 2011
11:13 AM

Swamy Agnivesh qualifies for a pinch hitter in 20-20

Bangalore, India
Apr 22, 2011
02:16 PM

Justice Hegde comes off as being the most sensible and convincing panelist. Swami Agnivesh too was reasonable but his dig at Barkha was unfair. She has never been accused of corruption. She did some errends for a political party which may be not quite kosher for a journalist, but there is no evidence that she materially benefitted from any of her interventions.

Dallas, United States
Apr 22, 2011
04:17 PM

I did not see the interview last night as I have stopped watching any programme with Barkha.

I have repeated ly said it was incorrect for father and son to be on the panel together as this was an unnecessary talking point. In view of the concerted drive against Shanti Bhushan, the singer is getting more attention than the song. His replacement from the panel by an apolitical jurist of equal eminence (Justice Verma is one possibility) would not weaken the "civil society" team and would pull the rug from under those seeking to undermine the committee.

While we're at it, people can start lodging complaints against the suitabilty of Sibal (man who trashed the CAG), Chidambaram (appointed Thomas as CVC), Salman Khursheed (shared a dais with Amar Singh), Mukherjee (refuses to take action against black money) and Moily (gave wrong legal advise to Raja).  How will the government ever find five ministers with no allegations of impropriety or wrongdoing against them to form part of this committee.

Chennai, India
Apr 22, 2011
04:22 PM

I must add that I have absolutely no doubt about Shanti Bhushan's integrity or competence.

Chennai, India
Apr 22, 2011
08:18 PM

Swami Agnivesh too was reasonable but his dig at Barkha was unfair. She has never been accused of corruption. " Frauki

Can some body post the Radia Tapes again where it was said " Barkha ney apna kaam kar diya " Othe rtwo three Tapes Barkha said 'I will talk to Ahemed "etc

Faruki sahib has missed those Tapes .

a k ghai
mumbai, India
Apr 23, 2011
06:27 AM


>>  " Barkha ney apna kaam kar diya "

In India we are helping our friends and relatives all the time. It is not called corruption. She can be criticized because a journalist should not be so closely associated with politicians, but that is not corruption.

Dallas, United States
Apr 23, 2011
09:30 AM

"Miliking Fake Tweets" to distort public opinion." - FREE

Brilliant link. thanks for sharing this....

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
Apr 23, 2011
12:52 PM

  the kashmir issue and pakistan as the great enemy has turned stale and hence the new enemy of corruption has been discovered by the media and civil society.

  kindly read phule and gandhi on how corrupt are the judges and congress ministers before independence to know about the prevalence and penetration of corruption.the current anger against corruption by the civil society is certainly because of the caste profile of the corrupt where mayas/karunas/rajas/sorens/kodas are giving atough fight to the kalmadis/chavans/shouriies and mahajans.

   they have no anger when a pharma company builds hospitals for a doctor,sponsors his foreign tours or a trained manpower from a rival firm pulled out to derail their programme using money or giving oil and iron ore mines dead cheap to ambanis and reddys or sabbharwals writing judgements to suit his sons economic interests as they r from their group and caste .politicians have started understanding their worth and market value and are milking it and are entering the portals of business/media/bcci etc which where the sole domain of elite castes.hence the sea of anger against corruption.its an attempt to create status quo where the mayas/rajas/karunas/fight for class 4 post and the elite noncorrupt(why should a shanti or prashant bhushan needs to be corrupt when he inherits 100s of crores)rule.

munusamy ganapathy
chennai, India
Apr 23, 2011
03:20 PM

What is Barkha Trying to Say contest:

Delhi, India
Apr 23, 2011
05:04 PM

Swamiji ne chamatkaar kar diya. 3-idiots style.

nobody inparticular
Mumbai, India
Apr 23, 2011
06:32 PM

> " Barkha ney apna kaam kar diya " Ghai ( referring Rida Tapes )

In India we are helping our friends and relatives all the time. It is not called corruption. She can be criticized because a journalist should not be so closely associated with politicians, but that is not corruption." Faruki

Hats off to this argument in support of corrupt Barkha !
Faruki dey Zhoot da Jawab Nahin !

a k ghai
mumbai, India
Apr 23, 2011
08:15 PM

 "In India we are helping our friends and relatives all the time. It is not called corruption"

Nice troll.

nobody inparticular
Mumbai, India
Apr 23, 2011
09:48 PM

 So much said and more to come about Anna Hazare andolan. A small attempt to add.
Anna Hajare writes to Sonia Gandhi,crying discomfort and Sonia consoles him.Fine. But raises few queries.If tomorrow another Digvijaya from Congres invents another controversy, they will time to time try to disturb for sure, and Anna again goes to Sonia. Then again and again. To Sonia only. He won't or can't go anywhere else to 'juniors',as he has already promoted himself and in direct touch with her.And if she any time fails to oblige him with a satisfactory reply,chances of same always very bright,would he cry foul again ? or where else he would go in UPA. Better spare Sonia. She would be needed for bigger purpose in coming days. Secondly, whom he would write when some NCP, SP or BSP agents come from behind. Would he write to and plead with Sharad Pawar, Mayawati or Mulayam? Possible? In a country where 90% ministers and politicians of all parties are corrupt to core, all these Sibals, Amars, Digvijays, then Sharad, Maya, Lalu, Mulayam, all leaders of ’bhrastachar bachao committee’, or at least their agents and chamchas, will time to time, will appear on stage for sure, to disturb and divert the process. Is it possible to fight man to man? Annaji please keep aside your rural simplicity and be a sort of Chanakya.
Let them shout, let them bring another bunch of CDs, all civil members of panel should maintain total silence and not to respond to any controversies. Only GOAL is important. Today Hegde is saying about resignation. Doesn’t he know interest of our politicians? Did he join with so little of bravery and tolerance. Does he want lokpal give walk-over ? Remember, if this lokpal movement fails, ‘hound-raj’ will prevail. Failure will drag country 50 years back…. Today sharad pawar says, he would support lokpal. What else he can do. A big joke. But don’t make any comment… today mayawati says lokpal panel should be reconstitute with a dalit member. What pinches her? All of them will appear time to time for sure. Maintain silence. Better ask all media not to give front-line coverage or no coverage for time being to any destructive controversies. Media may record and store all allegations and bring those issues in proper times, but only after our GOAL is achieved…. The bill is passed…. Laws are made. For now media should only support the CAUSE. Where was Amar Singh so many days? He was no where in media. Just appears from no where with CD issue and starts getting frontline coverage. Why so? Media makes and breaks too. Media should be more sensible. Lokpal too must hav group of sensible people to relate with media.
Lokpal movement cannot win with money or muscle power. Win will come only with mass power. So all like-minded personalities, respected in society, from all spheres of life should be invited to join movement. We know, nobody on earth is 100% clean. We will have to select better among worse. People like Medha and Arundhati, like APJ Kalam, Somnath Chaterjee, Aruna, T N Seshan, like Ram and Mahesh Jethmalani also like Binayak Sens and all, should be invited. Don’t keep administration and imaginations of movement limited to hand-full of people. Invite intelligentsia. 90% citizen support your movement, why to make them sit before TV only. Interact, invite and welcome them. but no main-stream politicians please. Make the platform larger to accommodate all.
And most important, create solid teams of whistle-blowers. Assange kind of informers and helpers are needed. Don’t ignore politics and elections. Participate. Through election only you can insert dedicated and selfless double-agents in our rotten system.
Huge task, probably biggest and toughest task after independence. We will have to take OATH, if not for us, to protect our coming generations.

S. Ganguly
Thane, India
Apr 24, 2011
09:33 AM


>> Hats off to this argument in support of corrupt Barkha !

Corruption entails bribes. What bribes or benefits did Barkha receive for her services? As I said before, "In India we are helping our friends and relatives all the time. It is not called corruption. She can be criticized because a journalist should not be so closely associated with politicians, but that is not corruption."

Dallas, United States
Apr 24, 2011
09:59 AM

"Corruption entails bribes."

Corruption can manifest itself in various forms, not just bribes. For example, tax evasion or fudged bills is also corruption. Barkha has been alleged to have been involved in extra-constitutional meddling in the formation of a cabinet that suited certain vested interests. What she received from these vested interests is yet to be proven. Even if she did not get anything, she became a party to this manipulation that had only one objective - corporate corruption in government policy-making and programs.

Brilliant Babloo
BablooLand, India
Apr 24, 2011
10:25 AM


>> extra-constitutional meddling in the formation of a cabinet that suited certain vested interests.

That's part of how cabinets are formed in democracies. Barkhas and Virs strut about on phones self-importantly, but real decisions are made in phone conversationas between Sonia and Karunandhini.

>>  What she received from these vested interests is yet to be proven.

Making such baseless allusions is as bad as corruption.

Dallas, United States
Apr 24, 2011
10:32 AM

>>Corruption entails bribes

Secularists include anything and everything in the definition of corruption when it comes to their favourite hate figure, but in case of their compromised icons, the definition becomes as specific as above. So recently in a Karan Thapar show bashing Anna Hazare, Kumar Ketkar says mass murder is also a type of corruption!

Delhi, India
Apr 24, 2011
10:45 AM

>>Making such baseless allusions is as bad as corruption.

Till date a secular government with secular investigating agencies at their disposal has not been able to prove quid pro quo against Bangaru Laxman but that doesn't stop them from balancing an unprecedented Congress corruption by asserting BJP did it too. What a bunch of shameless hypocrites!

Delhi, India
Apr 24, 2011
10:46 AM

>>That's part of how cabinets are formed in democracies. Barkhas and Virs strut about on phones self-importantly,

That is total BS!

Delhi, India
Apr 24, 2011
10:53 AM

>>What bribes or benefits did Barkha receive for her services?

Padma Sri.

Delhi, India
Apr 24, 2011
12:26 PM

>> Corruption entails bribes


Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
Apr 24, 2011
01:07 PM

>>What bribes or benefits did Barkha receive for her services?

Padma Sri.

And advertisements and sponsorships for her channel and also many "exclusive" interviews with Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata....which in turn get more ads.

Ajit Tendulkar
Seattle, United States
Apr 24, 2011
08:34 PM

Barkhadutt a journo with neera radia fame is a blot on journalism.the indian journalists are paid servants of many corporates and politicians.they have shown their characters to all.we have seen many journos who have braved all the pressures of govt and mighty indira  gandhi but they never bend.but today's journos are just weak and bending.they are so corrupt that it is insult to profession of journalism.In a democarcy it is teh fourth pillar.But if that pillar is eaten by virus of corruption democracy will fail.In india we have seen daya nd night that the TV and press has shown the talks and reports of congress party all along with massive timeslots but oppn are not allocated any time slot or talk shows that media is sold to congress party,sonia ,rahul and its cohorts are engaged in villification campaign.

muslim bhagawat
patna, India
Apr 28, 2011
06:19 PM

In all this cross-talk about the Radia tapes, has anyone wondered how come three things have happened and one thing has not happened?

How come Vir Sanghvi is out?

How come Raja is in?

How come Prabhu Chawla is out?

How come Barkha Dutt is still not out?

Anmol Purohit
Mumbai, India
May 03, 2011
12:23 PM

barkha is blatently anchoring anti corruption debates, after being caught plotting with radia!! she reminds me of Narsimha Rao . he never personally denied receipt of the suitcase from harshad (via mittal who incidently is reported to have taken his cut!!). just people around narsimha rao denied it, while he went about his work withour blinking an eyelid.anyway if there is an order to cbi to act fearlessly by the pm ,barkha should expect a cbi visit soon!!

n.delhi, India
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