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D-115/2
Oct 01, 2014
07:31 PM

Dear Sarita,

In our minds you performed better than the Korean. I know it is difficult but lets be happy in that knowlegdge. Medals and rankings help, but only in the short-term. What really matters is the happiness you gave us through your performance.

Cheers

Hari V, Delhi
D-114/3
Oct 01, 2014
07:26 PM

Cental govt employees take many pledges each year. 
Bharathi has raised some pertinent questions worth pondering.
If the presnt pledge too goes like the other pledges they take
then sure it is waste.
Cleanliness awareness need to be started in Schools and not
in government offices. A national awareness campaign with
people participation throughout the country, involving all political parties
social workers, NGOs is the need of the hour. 
DLN is correct when he says it is a Herculean task. But no mission is impossible
if committed ones are there.
















 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi, PATTAMBI
D-113/13
Oct 01, 2014
07:12 PM

"And there was little sign that human rights — a particularly sensitive topic for Mr. Modi, who has been accused of being complicit in deadly anti-Muslim riots — was a major item on the agenda." CAIR pracharak

Jihadis have shown the world who the true janwaars are. Gujarat 2002 is small potatoes, people now realize that the janwaars started it like they start most of these kinds of incidents, and no one gives a shi'ite.

Go fix your religion instead of perching here and feeling sorry for yourself.
 

Janwaar Bibi, BibiSarai
D-112/71
Oct 01, 2014
07:10 PM

@ D L Narayan sir
"I shall always denounce uncivil, disgraceful behaviour."
I loved it

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-111/70
Oct 01, 2014
06:45 PM

Rajdeep deliberately tries to provoke people with useless questions on Modi's visa, his getting 31% vote etc etc(wholly irrelevant), the crowd responds back in kind and calls his bias, he gets angry and calls one an asshole, was called asshole in return, and then he attacjks.

The fault, of course lies with Modi and his supporters.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
D-110/1
Oct 01, 2014
06:41 PM

Americans are not ready to risk their lives. WHy should Indians die?

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-109/1
Oct 01, 2014
06:40 PM

These guys are good at making you feel wanted.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
D-108/69
Oct 01, 2014
06:17 PM

Rajdeep whining about Modi not taking questions, somebody pops in on live TV and trolls: 'haisiyat dekhke question poocho '   https://t.co/KL71i599QT


Mohan
Adiiipur, India
D-107/3
Oct 01, 2014
06:15 PM

A few more postponements, it will be Jail-alitaaaaaa.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-106/68
Oct 01, 2014
06:15 PM

Rajdeep whining about Modi not taking questions, somebody pops in on live TV and trolls: ?????? ??? ?? question ????   https://t.co/KL71i599QT

Mohan
Adiiipur, India
D-105/67
Oct 01, 2014
06:07 PM

66D Suresh

" I saw the undoctored video...."

I did too. The despicable heckling of the senior journalist is undeniable even by die-hard Moditards.

Or is it?

misogynist
chennai, India
D-104/2
Oct 01, 2014
06:05 PM

Bangalore jail launches "Amma Ragi balls" for the inmates.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-103/1
Oct 01, 2014
05:58 PM

Bengal Govt has nothing to give... Saradha is not functioning anymore

JO MB, Kolkata
D-102/1
Oct 01, 2014
05:54 PM

A pugilist crying...thats a disgrace !

JO MB, Kolkata
D-101/66
Oct 01, 2014
05:30 PM

I saw the undoctored video. Now #IShoveWithRajdeep

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
D-100/65
Oct 01, 2014
05:11 PM

64 D DLN

Delighted to hear ( even if a lie ) that a) you dont approve heckling and b) you are not member of any political party!

Perhaps easier for you then, to condemn Modis goons who heckled the veteran reporter?

misogynist
chennai, India
D-99/22
Oct 01, 2014
05:10 PM

" I have yet to meet a more smug, selfserving, patronising, opinionated lot"

If you meet yourself in the mirror and meet other journalists, you will change your opinion.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
D-98/1
Oct 01, 2014
05:07 PM

Garbage called in Punjabi or Kashmiri will still stink.

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-97/64
Oct 01, 2014
05:06 PM

" Perhaps you will even promise to quit the BJP if Modi too does not condemn the senior reporters being heckled by his die-hard goons?"

I am not a member of any political party so the question of quitting doesn't arise.

I shall always denounce uncivil, disgraceful behaviour.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-96/63
Oct 01, 2014
05:02 PM

60 D Mohan

There is an attitude nowadays, that the LESS accomplished / educated / selfmade and well known you are, the MORE righteous you are! This is of course, thanks to Mutemute Singhs pus*y-whipped tenure as PM.

The fact is, chaiwallahs ( or software professionals or McDonalds waiters as in the case of Rajdeeps hecklers ) are no more intelligent or brilliant - or righteous. Disrespecting someone BECAUSE they are more well known or accomplished is wrong, and anti-Indian.

The fact that chaiwallahs are becoming CMs and PMs have more to do with the failure of Indias education policy, than with the 'generalisation' that they are more brilliant/ intelligent.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-95/12
Oct 01, 2014
05:00 PM

Some people were floating the idea that India should commit troops to fight ISIS. I am glad that Modi did not raise to the bait.

Why should Indians fight when even the Americans are not willing to put in ground troops?

Modi stood his ground on WTO or ISIS issue or Afghanistan. That is the good thing from this visit.

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-94/11
Oct 01, 2014
04:55 PM

BTW, whose idea was it to visit the MLK memorial? I am seeing the photos for the first time and the memorial looks like crap.

It is difficult to believe that the same country that built the Lincoln memorial or the Jefferson memorial built this ML K memorial. It looks very very crude and ugly.

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-93/62
Oct 01, 2014
04:54 PM

59 D DLN

As a veteran commentator, I hoped you would understand that in principle 'conviction' for possession or tax evasion, is different from mere 'accusation'. Certainly splitting hairs on 'possession / tax evasion' etc etc are merely academic as long as no conviction of a crime is there. As you point out, none of Dileeps good or bad character should have any impact on Rajdeep, who is by himself a well known journalist disliked though, by the ruling establishment.

Delighted to hear ( even if a lie ) that a Sanghi like yourself doesnt approve heckling! Perhaps you will even promise to quit the BJP if Modi too does not condemn the senior reporters being heckled by his die-hard goons?

misogynist
chennai, India
D-92/1
Oct 01, 2014
04:53 PM

But at least Modi was in some mode. Manmohan looked like he was buried in a dome.(though he ate more than Modi).

Akash Verma, Chennai
D-91/2
Oct 01, 2014
04:53 PM

@ Bharati,

"will 1 day's tokenism create and sustain the necessary momentum for years to come"

It depends on one's mindset.

The countless freedom fighters who gave us our independence did not ask Gandhiji these kind of questions when he launched the civil disobedience movement or the salt satyagraha.

While your disappointment at the cancellation of your leave is understandable, spare a thought for all the soldiers who defend our country's borders foregoing Diwalis, Eids and Christmases and the simple pleasures of family life the rest of us take for granted.

Making and keeping India clean is an important task. Learning to not litter, to segregate waste, to not urinate or defacate in public spaces are vital to achieve the aim of a Swachh Bharat.

Yes, it is a Herculean task. The enormity should not deter us. In Scandinavian countries, people drive miles to deposit toxic wastes like battery cells at waste disposal centres. We, in India, who venerate the earth, the hills and the rivers as divinities, think nothing of polluting them. It is high time we learnt to respect our environment.

May the crores of government servants like you treat this minor sacrifice as a reminder to keep our offices, streets and communities clean. It is not enough to keep our bodies and homes clean and not bother about the rest. Cleanliness is everyb[dy's responsibility, not just that of the safai karamcharis. Ever wondered how 5 star hotels are kept spotlessly clean?

If you think that the cleanliness programme has flaws, have you given construcctive feedback to your superior? Can one man clean up the entire country? It requires the dedication and active co-operation of everyone of us. Small drops make a mighty ocean.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-90/61
Oct 01, 2014
04:49 PM

" Liberal Hindus in India are an endangered species"

I am now convinced that it is Sagarika Ghose who is posting as Anwaar in this forum. Nothing else can explain such rank stupidity.

Rajdeep was the attacker, Anwaar's lies has been proved and the moron goes on blabbering as though nothing has happened.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
D-89/60
Oct 01, 2014
04:38 PM

Misogynist,

I didn't  bring up Rajdeep's father, it was you who mentioned him, trying to prove that Rjdeep is innocent because his father was a famous cricketer and an Oxford graduate. I just wanted to show you that a good cricketer and an oxford graduate need not be a saint. Deeds make a person good or bad, not his education background or what job he used to do. 

Mohan
Adiiipur, India
D-88/4
Oct 01, 2014
04:16 PM

3 D Joshi

" ... it was US which got carried away by Modi. "
 

When I saw the celebrations and euphoria by Moditards, I too thought that MODI HAD WON US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS!

Thanks for clarifying!

misogynist, chennai
D-87/59
Oct 01, 2014
04:14 PM

Parthasarathy,

"Having 8 crores is by itself surely not a crime. 'Being caught' with 8 crores is not the same as 'been convicted of possessing' 8 crores."

Learn to read. The minister had informed the Lok Sabha that the outstanding amount of Rs 8 crores was a PENALTY imposed on him. 

Let me reiterate that Rajdeep and his father are two different people. Rajdeep can neither take the credit for his father's achievements nor blame for his failures. I did not drag in the name of Rajdeep's father, just pointed out inaccuracies in your posts about him.

" you have not replied to my question"

What was the question? Was it about heckling? Heckling is uncivilised and condemnable. There is no justification for boorish behaviour and I advise you to introspect before criticising others' uncivil behaviour. You aren't exactly the epitome of civility.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-86/3
Oct 01, 2014
04:07 PM

Modi is no Gandhi, not Bajpayee.  Modi is Modi. Congress is partly wrong.  It was not Modi who got carried away in US, it was US which got carried away by Modi. 

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D-85/1
Oct 01, 2014
04:01 PM

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misogynist, chennai
D-84/1
Oct 01, 2014
03:58 PM

As I work for central govt ought to mention that swachata abhiyan much publicised project is  ill advised no brainer hurriedly put together . People have schedule their leave plans well in advance being  a long weekend- this order was hurriedly pushed last week creating unnecessary problems- will 1 day's tokenism create and sustain the necessary momentum for years to come -70 years post independence we have still not been able to create awareness on cleanliness and sanitation-lack of sanitation in villages have given rise to heinous crimes against women shouldn't that be cause of conern to citizens. Garbage clearance and disposal are major issues everywhere - severe shortage of garbage disposal facilities leading to crisis situation in cities and upcoming unplanned townships with no facilities of regular garbage pick ups leading to pile ups resulting in rotting and strays rummaging. The cities are choked during monsoons due to clearance of drainage. The existing bodies like municipal corporations entrusted with cleanliness sanitation health needs to be monitored and responsibities fixed instead of asking the central govt staff to sweep swab and clean toilets as if it makes the ordinary people feel better to see them do it-Enough has been spoken about babus who crib of putting it an extra day- now its about the poor staff I speak for who'll be travelling whole 45-60 kms for 1 day to realise Gandhi's cleanliness (over)drive when they could spend time with families-these are common folk no perks or privileges of being driven to work. Now should this cleanliness drive applicable to only central govt shouldn't entire citizenry galvanised and mobilised into action or is it only responsibility of 31 lac staff. Will dedicating 1 day and oath registration make people of India feel good and all can forget till next year?? Aren't we trying to be simplistic in fixing things are we afraid to look deeper. 

bharati, Mumbai
D-83/58
Oct 01, 2014
03:50 PM

56 D DLN

"I am not bashing anyone..."

Another despicable trait of bigotted Modi goons is to pretend and lie, in order to appear to be unbiased.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-82/57
Oct 01, 2014
03:41 PM

54D DLN

As a veteran writer, you must know that accusations are not convictions, and using accusations against people who were not convicted and not in a position ( on this board ) to defend themselves, is a despicable trait of Modis goons desperate to tarnish Rajdeep.

Having 8 crores is by itself surely not a crime. 'Being caught' with 8 crores is not the same as 'been convicted of possessing' 8 crores.

However, you have not replied to my question I asked you to respond to, and slithered away yet again.

This is just not cricket.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-81/10
Oct 01, 2014
03:38 PM

#9 - @Mohan - " ... Just wondering why there is so much energy level difference between 2 types of fasting? ...."

Good observation.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-80/56
Oct 01, 2014
03:35 PM

" Since you too have joined in Rajdeep bashing...."

I am not bashing anyone. 

I am a huge fan of Dilip Sardesai, whose exploits in 1971 in the West Indies were eclipsed by the superhuman feats of a debutant called Sunil Gavaskar.

Of Rajdeep's talent, there is no doubt. However, a journalist should always be neutral and objective. On both counts, Rajdeep is a failure.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-79/55
Oct 01, 2014
03:33 PM

52 D Mohan

" The article is old becuase that incident happened long time back...."

Nice attempt at tarnishing his fathers image - proves that Sanghis go to any extent ( even lying ) in order to tarnish those they dislike. No article you quote, speaks for Dilip Sardesai, and certainly none say he was convicted ( even by the extremely slow 'standards' of Indian judiciary, he was alive until 2007 )

Ok - Even assuming his father did not play for India, can these Modi goons not give respect to someone elder? Is that not Indian culture and tradition? Someone much more accomplished in life than these (? waiters ) software professionals? How could you shout someone like that down? Has Indian culture gone to the dogs ( in this case Modis goons )?

misogynist
chennai, India
D-78/54
Oct 01, 2014
03:27 PM

Miso,

"Your link to Dilip Sardesai is misleading readers as this is a very old article, and reveals another trait of Modi goons - to tarnish the name of anyone opposed to their icon."

There is nothing misleading about the report of Dilip Sardesai being arrested for violation of foreign exchange fegulations.

"A whopping amount of Rs. eight crores was outstanding as penalty against the former cricketer, Mr. Dilip Sardesai," he (the then Union Minister of State for Finance Mr. G.N. Ramachandran) told the Lok Sabha in a written reply in 2001.

http://www.thehindu.com/2001/04/28/stories/0228000p.htm

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-77/53
Oct 01, 2014
03:21 PM

50 D DLN

Since you too have joined in Rajdeep bashing, let me ask you too: Instead of tarnishing Rajdeep Sardesai ( who is a neutral reporter by all accounts ), why dont TRUE nationalists ( as opposed to frenzied Moditards ), heckle CORRUPT leaders like Sushma Swaraj and CRONIES like Adani?

This is one question that the Sanghis dont bother to answer.

Let me start with your point 2: After MMS, EVERYone who studied abroad has lost his name ( and chaiwallahs - even those standing in for corrupt CMs - have gained popularity ). But is nt this like saying that all Hitler admirers ( like Modi ), must be like Hitler himself? Obviously, there are differences.

I am sorry about the point about being captain of the Indian team. He was so well known, that I wrongly assumed he was captain. Not to say though, that he was not a well known cricketeer.

The fact that chaiwallahs are becoming CMs and PMs have more to do with the failure of Indias education policy, than with the 'generalisation' that they are more brilliant/ intelligent.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-76/52
Oct 01, 2014
03:20 PM

Misogynist,

Dilip Sardesai was indeed a very good batsman. I don't dispute that. 

The article is old becuase that incident happened long time back. 

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-75/9
Oct 01, 2014
03:11 PM

Of-late, I witnessed many fasts – I saw fasting by Anna Hajare, Mr Kejriwal (just to jog memory, ex- Delhi CM) , poet Kumar Vishwas & Kiran Bedi . I observed most of them sitting softly, speaking occasionally, and after 3-4 days, even resting on mattresses for most of the day.

Now I am witnessing PM Modi . He is also on Navratri fasting since last 6 days (learnt drinking warm water only ). However doing incredible job in US for brand India. Getting engaged in hectic discussions with high-level delegations, meeting with business CEOs , managing public meetings effective, getting geared for US president discussions etc etc but with full energy, enthusiasm, focus , perfect self-control but without any glimpse of tiredness yet.

Just wondering why there is so much energy level difference between 2 types of fasting? Realized, first type of fasting is called as hunger strike with wish to bend someone as per your command for fulfilling your demands. While other type of fast is for cleansing of soul, mind and body with intension to submit to God’s command rather than dictating your demands – Hmmm…no wonder why later enjoys more energy and blessings? True, selfless intensions still enjoy support and blessings from external forces, probably more when those intentions are for betterment of common society . I guess , regardless of our political views , our PM certainly deserves a bow for display of commendable commitment & resilience in US till time .

Mohan, Adpur
D-74/51
Oct 01, 2014
03:05 PM

48 D Mohan

Your link to Dilip Sardesai is misleading readers as this is a very old article, and reveals another trait of Modi goons - to tarnish the name of anyone opposed to their icon.

Dilip Sardesai, former Indian test cricket captain, was born in a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family, Sardesai made his first mark in cricket in the inter-university Rohinton Baria trophy in 1959–60 where he made 435 runs at an average of 87.

He made his first-class cricket debut for Indian Universities against the touring Pakistan team at Pune in 1960–61, scoring 87 in 194 minutes. His immediate success led to selection for the Board president's XI against the same team at Bangalore, where he scored 106*, and then as a standby in the final match of the Test series.

He scored 202 against Madras University at about the same time, and was then selected to represent Bombay in the Ranji Trophy.

He was one of the five Indian Cricket Cricketers of the Year in 1960–61.

Sardesai played for Bombay in the Ranji Trophy in 13 seasons, including 10 finals, and never finished in a losing side. He scored 199 against Rajasthan in the 1967 final. In the semi-final against the same team two years later, he was Mankaded by Kailash Ghattani.

Sardesai's final first-class match was the famous Ranji final against Madras in 1972–73, which ended on the first ball of the third day. He scored over 1,000 first-class runs in three domestic seasons, with a career best of 1,429 runs in 1964–65, which included his highest first-class score, 222, for Associated Cement Company against Indian Starlets in the final of the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament.

Sardesai used to split his time between his flat in Bombay and house in Goa. He died on 2 July 2007 at 9:15 pm (IST), after he had been admitted to Bombay Hospital on 23 June following a chest infection.

His daughter, Shonali, is a senior social scientist at the World Bank in Washington DC ( and incidentally also belongs to the 'Classless bunch of NRIs' that you proudly referred to )

misogynist
chennai, India
D-73/8
Oct 01, 2014
03:05 PM

After S&P now Fitch says India only country among BRICS to grow faster.

Thanks to MMS and PC of course. 

Mohan, Adpur
D-72/50
Oct 01, 2014
03:04 PM

"......instead of an accomplished, self-made, nationalist like Rajdeep Sardesai ( whose father was the Indian cricket team captain, and whose education was at Oxford )"

1. Dilip Sardesai never captained India. He did not even captain Mumbai in the Ranji tourney either.

2. What is so special about degrees from Oxford? So did MMS (a doctorate) and Salman Khurshid. That did not come in the way of their genuflcting in obsequious servitude before a semi-literate au pair of dubious intellect.

3. Rajdeep was not the son of a chaiwalla. His father was a successful cricketer who could afford to send him to Oxford. Does that make him privileged or self made?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-71/7
Oct 01, 2014
02:59 PM

I searched for this word all over the Oxford dictionary, but could not find it. I don't know what such a big word means. Can somebody explain?

Oh, you mean Clichè ! Now I get it. Kept pronouncing klishe, klishe, according to rules of Ingleesh Graammarru. But its è at the end, not e. That's a French "accent agui" letter not our beloved, most frequent vowel "e". 

Does Sepoy-cum-yale-literary-prize-winner Pankaj Mishra get it ? Does Bloomberg

Tearful Onion
Jhumri Talaiyya, India
D-70/49
Oct 01, 2014
02:58 PM

Misogynist,

NRIs are as opionated as resident Indians are. No more no less. 

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-69/48
Oct 01, 2014
02:52 PM

Dilip Sardesai arrested Bombay: Former Indian test cricketer, Dilip Sardesai and a leading Pune-based businessman Jayant Vittaldas were Friday arrested and remanded to judicial custody till October 29 in connection with alleged foreign exchange

www.espncricinfo.com/page2/content/story/71399.html

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-68/47
Oct 01, 2014
02:39 PM

46 D Mohan

"These Classless bunch of NRIs contribute measly sum of USD 65 Billion every to GOI foreign exchange. "

Needless to say then, that these bunch of Modi hooligans want to make the point that since they earn a lot of foreign exchange ( well actually not all the 1 million NRIs support Modi. Many of them are simply anti Mutemute Singh ) they therefore have a right to be opinionated, and shove their views down others throats?

misogynist
chennai, India
D-67/7
Oct 01, 2014
02:35 PM

"India desperately needs a vision other than that of the vain small man trying to impress the big men with his self-improvised rules of the game."

Pankaj Mishra is probably unaware that India has got the visionary leader it desperately needed after a decade of kleptocratic misrule fronted by a mute puppet.

What Pankaj Mishra says may propel Modi baiters into throes of orgasmic euphoria but he is just articulating his private fantasy which is disconnected from the reality of India today.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-66/46
Oct 01, 2014
02:32 PM

These Classless bunch of NRIs contribute measly sum of USD 65 Billion every to GOI foreign exchange. 

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-65/45
Oct 01, 2014
02:32 PM

Instead of an accomplished, self-made, nationalist like Rajdeep Sardesai ( whose father was the Indian cricket team captain, and whose education was at Oxford ), if these Indians had heckled ( bullied ), CORRUPT politicians like Sushma Swaraj, or CRONIES billionaires like Adani for eg., India would have been a far better nation.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-64/6
Oct 01, 2014
02:29 PM


For Obama and Indian Leader, a Friendly Stroll if Not a Full Embrace

WASHINGTON — In a get-to-know-you visit fraught with awkward undertones, President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India sought to repair a strained relationship between their nations on Tuesday, emerging with expressions of good will but little in the way of concrete deals.

But their talks yielded no resolutions to thorny disputes over taxes, trade and civilian nuclear energy cooperation that have divided the United States and India in recent years. And there was little sign that human rights — a particularly sensitive topic for Mr. Modi, who has been accused of being complicit in deadly anti-Muslim riots — was a major item on the agenda.

The White House has grappled with the perceptions of a visit meant to spotlight the president’s high hopes for working with Mr. Modi while not lavishing the full measure of White House pageantry on a leader who until recently was barred from entering the United States because of the allegations of human rights abuses more than a decade ago.

www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/world/asia/for-obama-and-modi-meetings-dc-mlk-monument.html
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-63/21
Oct 01, 2014
02:21 PM

"Till Manmohan came and turned India around completely"
 .... by 360 deg.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
D-62/44
Oct 01, 2014
02:19 PM

Of Media Aristocrats and Broken Compasses

blogs.swarajyamag.com/2014/09/30/of-media-aristocrats-and-broken-compasses/

The media power-couple should shed the pretense of neutrality

There is an inherent problem with a compass. Because the earth’s magnetic poles aren’t exactly at the top and bottom of the earth, a compass is by nature slightly inaccurate. In fact, those with a rudimentary understanding of geology will know that the earth’s magnetic poles wobble from time to time, so compasses are by nature wobbly as well. One would guess the same applies to moral and ethical compasses that a media couple keeps bleating about.

Rajdeep Sardesai claimed to have been roughed up by ‘Modi Bhaktas’ outside Madison Square Garden a couple of days ago. Let me get one thing out of the way. Mr Sardesai and his wife have all the right in the world to be completely and totally obnoxious and ask obnoxious and demeaning questions. Just because someone is asking ‘provocative questions’ does not give anyone else the right to lay a hand on them. This argument is akin to the ‘but she was wearing provocative clothes’ to justify rape. It does not stand up.

However, it is clear, on the basis of the video that has been released and viewed by millions on YouTube that Mr Sardesai prima facie seems to be the person who first abuses and then lunges at someone protesting his attitude. Indeed, since we have not seen the earlier part of the video, it is not possible as of now to see if Mr Sardesai was pushed into this attack.

That said, if we rewind to the time that Zinadine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi at the finals of the 2006 football World Cup, he might have been pushed too far as well. I give the example of Mr Zidane because Mr Sardesai evidently likes football, and no matter what Mr Zidane’s heroics in 1998 might have been, he will always be remembered for this bizarre and shameful incident.

Of course, Mr Sardesai has made attempts to justify his behaviour instead of apologizing, but there is no condoning his behaviour. But, he is not the type of person to apologize to anyone ever. And this brings us to his wife, Sagarika Ghosh, who like her husband has a moral compass that evidently no one else in the media has. A moral compass that got her to presumably put out a story via an accomplice crying out at how she had been muzzled on social media by the powers that be. This was back in the time that she still was at Network 18. This got the left-liberal establishing screaming ‘murder’ and lamenting the loss of freedom of expression.

But Raghav Bahl, who still ran Network 18 had done nothing of the sort. The ‘victimhood’ complex that husband and wife excel in was evidently a move by them to become martyrs for the left-liberal cause of stopping Narendra Modi at all costs. A sequence of fiery emails followed, that some of us were privy to. And this is where the couple’s other delightful habit came to the fore. They are adept at using individuals to further their own cause, but quick to throw them under the bus when those individuals have outlived their purpose.

Keep in mind that Rajdeep and Sagarika shed crocodile tears when 300 of their colleagues were laid off brutally. They lamented and cried but neither of them either offered to resign in protest, or even offer to take pay cut. Compasses wobble all the time, but in this case the compasses have broken beyond repair.

Mr Sardesai and his wife have been outspoken critics of Mr Modi for over a decade, blaming him entirely for the events of February 2002, and it seems every riot that followed in India. They sucked the teat of the UPA for years and were among its foremost propagandists and failed not once in accusing anyone who tried to disagree with them as ‘communal’. They were the upholders of the corrupted Nehruvian ‘Idea of India’; they used their channel as a public relations tool for Arvind Kejriwal and were unable to see the writing on the wall.

Even today, in Hindustan Times’ special supplement, Mr Sardesai has plenty of uncharitable things to say about Mr Modi. There is no problem in Mr Sardesai and Mrs Ghosh doing what they do. In the United States news anchors like Glenn Beck on the right and Keith Olbermann on the left are considered shrill, and there is nothing wrong in that. However, this pretense of neutrality which is a poor-disguise for Modi-bashing is not right.

What I consider Mr Sardesai’s most shameful statement to the Indian-Americans outside Madison Square Garden who heckled him, concerns their lack of class. This statement is a reason, as someone pointed out on social media, why the English language media is considered elitist and is the object of ridicule for a growing number of English-speaking middle class Indians, both in the homeland and abroad. This is a Marie Antoinette level statement, but then again, Mr Sardesai and Mrs Ghosh are the bourgeois, who have wined, dined and made merry living off the fat of the land for a decade. Unfortunately, the revolution has already taken place this May.

However, one must not and does not condone any violence in both words and deed towards anyone. Just because a revolution has taken place does not mean that heads have to roll. The ‘martyr complex’ is an old one in the media and there is only one way of countering that – by forcing irrelevance upon people and their outdated ideas.

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-61/43
Oct 01, 2014
02:11 PM


DLN,

>>>> " Liberal Hindus in India are an endangered species. "

>> "Hinduism cannot be anything but liberal."

You have absolutely no idea how communalistic and chauvinistic you are! But ignorance is bliss!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-60/2
Oct 01, 2014
02:10 PM

Hopefully now onwards, hitherto antimale courts will not be reluctant to find feminits guilty too, and send them to jail for other crimes too.

misogynist, chennai
D-59/13
Oct 01, 2014
02:09 PM


DLR,

>> " If there is a distinction, one will explain it."

As if I have not done it umpteen times! I am not surprised you would make such a palpably dishonest remark.

Anwaar, Dallas
D-58/11
Oct 01, 2014
01:58 PM

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misogynist, chennai
D-57/5
Oct 01, 2014
01:55 PM


Why Narendra Modi is a small man with big danger: By Pankaj Mishra

Scapegoats are already being sought in India just three months after Modi's ascent. A member of Modi's own coalition protested last week that while "discrimination and the distrust of the Muslim were covert" in the past, "now the gloves are off and the hatred is in-your-face."

Real or perceived critics of Modi in the media are under sustained assault from his devotees. Their sheer preponderance and rowdiness elicited a memorable editorial emendation: "The Economist does not consider Mr. Modi to be a pain in the ass."

The corrosive irony hints that strong-arm tactics can alienate even those inclined to give Modi's economic policies a chance. The Economist may have seemed racist to some by recording the gap between the fantastical quality of Modi's promises, which included an Orientalist reference to snake charmers, the obedient hysteria of his supporters, and the seriousness of his tasks. But anyone with a sense of history can only be wary of the blind worship of raw power.

India desperately needs a vision other than that of the vain small man trying to impress the big men with his self-improvised rules of the game.

www.chicagotribune.com/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-modi-comment30-20140930-story.html
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-56/4
Oct 01, 2014
01:44 PM

We want history to remember what PM Modi did for India's development and What Mahatma Gandhi did for its freedom in same breath - John Kerry 

Mohan, Adpur
D-55/20
Oct 01, 2014
01:41 PM

"Till a decade ago, these superior folk could not stand India"

Till Manmohan came and turned India around completely.

communalist
mumbai, India
D-54/42
Oct 01, 2014
01:38 PM

Liberal Hindus are not endangered, just that they realise the futility of engaging with the trash that supports Modi.

communalist
mumbai, India
D-53/3
Oct 01, 2014
01:22 PM

Feminits cry 'foul' very quickly, and hence are looked at usually with scepticism.

For every female cheated like this, at least 10 males would be cheated too - and disappear without a whimper or mention in the antimale media.

misogynist, chennai
D-52/3
Oct 01, 2014
01:04 PM

Has Modi won US Presidential elections?

( Judging by the celebration and euphoria among the saffron brigade )

misogynist, chennai
D-51/2
Oct 01, 2014
12:59 PM

Indian spin media at its best. Modi didn't even make to CNN's cover.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/world/asia/for-obama-and-modi-meetings-dc-mlk-monument.html

Raja, Delhi
D-50/19
Oct 01, 2014
12:53 PM

Well said once again Mr. Mehta; very strange to see the grovelling on prime-time TV, and sort of agree with Freud that America is a mistake. One thing i disagree with though: there exist many of us who are not enamoured of America. Not watching TV and avoiding nonsense reading material might be one possible reason.
p.s.
Mr. Mehta has always been a treat. His time -- like the rest of us -- will surely pass. Where's the next Vinod Mehta?

Santosh John Samuel
Kochi, India
D-49/1
Oct 01, 2014
12:35 PM

Obviously it is the politicians who 'give away' mining contracts to their cronies. They employ only bureaucrats who shamelessly only follow their orders.

Watch Modi now - he will use this judgement to distribute the coal mines to his own cronies.

misogynist, chennai
D-48/18
Oct 01, 2014
12:34 PM

"There are more nits to pick than have been picked yet. Let the Moditards celebrate for now!"

For now??

Wow!!

I wish I could say "Let the Modi-haters cry for now!" but then this is something you have to do for a long time. 

But you have my sincere sympathies. These must be trying times for you! Please keep Preperation H with you all the time. It may ease the symptoms, though I dont have much hope for your case. 

Remember, I still love you (more than Saroja). After all, you helped Modi win!!

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
D-47/41
Oct 01, 2014
12:32 PM

The latest news is that to interview Modis goons, the media is recruiting saints like Baba Ramdev, Sankaracharya and Swami Adityanath, who will not get provoked.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-46/2
Oct 01, 2014
12:26 PM

Where as those who stand up for the liar Rajdeep? 

Will they stand up with Sarita Devi?

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
D-45/12
Oct 01, 2014
12:23 PM

Thanks for the article, Bonita. 

Miyan promised long back that Islam will take 200 years more to reform.

Please be patient.

Meanwhile, he will continue to bring up sati, untouchability etc. and provide a fig leaf to cover the brutalities of the "religion of peace"!!

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
D-44/18
Oct 01, 2014
12:16 PM

"... for shared values in the two largest democracies did not stop Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger sending the Seventh Fleet to our shores ready to fire...." -

Oh, no .. not "ready to fire" ... , actually it was TOO LATE TO FIRE, if the Fleet was meant for firing at all.

In any event, Indira Gandhi had called the bluff of  Nixon-Kissinger duo as well as that of the Chinese PM Chou-en-Li who was threatening Delhi with dire consequences, rivers of blood will flow in India etc etc, if India dared to send her Army in East Pakistan. Incidentally, Nixon-Kissinger were goading Chou to take on India behind the scene as it was discovered down the track. Indira Gandhi was too smart in statesmanship and simply reduced Chou to a paper tiger by her bold moves.

That history is well recorded, but VM has not done his home work here.  In any event VM could have castigated Modi on his vulnerable moral stance for inviting Xi although PLA is leaning heavily on India's border all along recently and bending backwards to please him for tranquility and peace. In that case, VM would have received his full kudos from me.

To recall that interesting history (Anderson?), the entire American nation was behind India then excepting for the duo NK. India falls under the oversight of the US Pacific Command based on Mauii. When Nixon passed his order to move the Seventh Fleet against India, the US naval commanders in Mauii dilly dallied with the definite purpose of not carrying out their President's order.  This is a matter most analysts do not understand, I believe. The Prime Minister (or President) of a country cannot just order for example their submarine commander to go out on sea. For the submarine to move, a lot of peparation is needed, the mariners need to check whether the weapon system is mounted, and then all the instruments are working correctly (there are huge batteries which need to be charged up) and so on, which entails a great deal of time. I

For the implementation of an order from above the people down the chain could throw a spanner in the work, thus subotaging the entire objective. As recorded in history, Nixon was getting impatient day by day and got furious as the Naval Commander delayed and delayed. By the time the Seventh Fleet moved to Bay of Bengal, the war was all over and the question of firing did not arise.

Pinaki S Ray
Adelaide, Australia
D-43/40
Oct 01, 2014
12:11 PM