'Enough is Enough ': NDTV's doubtful concern for countering Terrorism
Most of us those watching English TV Channels must have seen these sound bytes coined by NDTV and subsequently picked up by many by a section of the elite men and women immediately after the terror attack in Mumbai on Novemebr 26,2008. Obviously,the message NDTV wanted to convey was that we, the people of India are fed up with the series of mindless terror attacks often and with the loss of innocent human lives and property and it is high time that we should put an end to this terror attack aimed at destabilising India as a nation. Following this, NDTV was in the forefront in fanning anti-Politician sentiments across the country ,especially in Mumbai and other big cities.
Well, there was and there is every reason to feel anguished against the terror attack. It was high time to put an end to the mindless terror. NDTV was perfectly right in coining such a phrase, though it was not right on its part in fanning reckless anti-politician sentiments and in playing for jingoism of a section of urban elite . But is NDTV really sincere in coining this slogan? I am afraid, it is not, after watching the run up for and the 'Indian of the year' 2008 award ceremony hosted by the NDTV in which a host of political leaders ,business men and women, sports personalities, film world celebrities on the Republic day had participated.
In India, ever since the BJP brought the Ramjanmabhoomi Ayodhya issue to the centre-stage of Indian body polity since June 1989 at its Palampur session, the nation has been going through serious communal tensions, politics based on religious polarisation, religious intolerance, competitive communal clashes , riots, cutural policing by certain communal outfits etc in various parts of the country.
Speaking in the golden jubilee celebrations of the erstwhile Jan Sangh/BJP in New Delhi in 2001 , Mr L K Advani proudly observed that but for Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi movement , the BJP would not have been what it is today". .Obviously, he was referring to the fact that from a position of just 2 seats in 1984 , the BJP was able to come to capture power at the centre in 1999 . Earlier on June 18, 1991 Advani made a pathetic confession by saying : “Had I not played the Ram factor effectively , I would have definitely lost from New Delhi constituency”.
But how were the so-called Ayodhya movement and the Rath yatra conducted in 1990s? It exploited the peoples genuine religious feelings for political mobilisation. Polarising the religious communities .It pitted the majority community against the minority community. It injected communal venom in the minds of the people. It engineered communal riots all over the country in large scale except in the states ruled by the Left then. Peoples' genuine religious sentiments were stoked to arouse passions . Blood was spilled in the streets. What was more, Advani kept on saying that the religious belief of the Hindus were above law .The Kar Sevak programme led by Advani utterly disregarded the solemn assurance in the form of an affidavit submitted before the Nation’s Apex Court by his party man and the then Chief Minister of UP Govt ,Kalyan Singh .,culminating in the demolition of a 400 year old Babri Masjid. Advani &Co waded through the blood to reach its 'political position' about which Advani was so proud in 2001 and even now in 2009. In short, the Ayodhya movement proudly carried out by Advani was a historic blot in the Post-Independent history of India which had serious repercussions in the following years to come by.
Mumbay, the Financial capital of India saw the worst kind of communal riots associated with violence. Large scale riots were engineered in Mumbai in 1992.What followed then was a major terror attack in Mumbai in March 1993. If somebody thought that it was only an aberration on the part of LK Advani and the BJP, it was a sad mistake to think so. In 2002 , Gujrat witnessed a worst kind of communal carnage ,genocide with Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of that state ,again engineered and actively abetted by the Sangh Parivar of which Advani is always “proud” of . All for what? The BJP was out to grab power in the state by wading through the blood of the innocent lives once again . That it did in the subsequent Assembly elections held later in the same year. Till now, justice has been denied to the Minority community there. A vicious cycle of terror attacks in every major city and some medium towns across the country has been continuing periodically.
In a way, at least in India, the present vicious cycle of terror attacks can partly be attributed to the ugly head of rapid communalism being practised by the Sangh Parivar of which the RSS is a hydra-headed monster and the BJP being its political executioner of the evil designs being hatched by the parivar head. It has been widely reported that the captured terrorist in the Mumbai attack, Mohammed Ajmal Qasab had told the investigating agencies that their team was motivated by the video clips of Communal riots and Gujrat carnage during their training by the LeT outfit in Pakistan.
As such, no one can deny the linkage between the terror attacks for which NDTV wants an end by coining the slogan" Enough is Enough" and the rapid communal politics of RSS Sangh Parivar of which the BJP and its tallest leader, L K Advani are "a proud” part.
Yet, to every right thinking person's shocking, NDTV has awarded the ‘Life time achievement’ award to this worst perpetuator of communal crimes , LK Advani on 26th Januaray 2009. I am sure that Lalu Prasad Yadav who was present there at the NDTV event must have been squirming to see Advani being presented the award by Prannoy Roy .After all, it was Lalu Yadav who arrested Advani in 1990 in Bihar ,when the Rath Yatra of Advani was passing through Bihar.
Strangely, at the very venue where the 'Life Time Achievement' award was presented to LK Advani , he proudly stated his Ayodhya movement /'Rath Yatra' were as one of his two positive contributions to the Indian politics. And Prannoy Roy described "one and only " Advani as an "intelligent, thinking and unpredictable " politician of the country. Sure, Advani is an "intelligent" and "thinking" politician .But is it for the nation's larger interests? No , all his his "intelligence" and "thoughts" being hatched originally by the RSS sangh parivar have been detrimental to the unity and integrity of the country. It has been one of the causes for the spread of the terrorist activities. The brand of rapid communal ideology and the politics being practised by the Sangh Paricar of which L K Advani is part and parcel is for grabbing the political power at any cost.
Towards the end of the NDTV award presentation ceremony, Srinivasan Jain of NDTV made a remark on Ashok Kamte , the brave police officer who was killed by the terrorists in Mumbai on 26/11/2008., describing him as “a brave police officer who discharged his duties bravely whether it was in Solapur to establish law and order there or in tackling the Raj Thackerays mob " in Mumbai during the anti-North Indian attacks by the MNS men. .NDTV presented posthumous award for Ashok Kamte. In the same breath, NDTV did not have any qualms in presentin g " Life Time Achievement" award to L K Advani who led a far more frenzied mob in Ayodhya on Dec 6,1992 . The Indian Express on Dec 7, 1992 reported that "Advani was heard ordering the sealing of all entry points to Ayodhya to prevent Central forces from entering the town. This was around 2 pm when men were hammering away atop the domes of the structure”.
On the one hand, NDTV presents bravery award to a police officer who fought the mob and on the other hand, the same NDTV presents the Life time achievement award to a person who led a frenzied mob in Ayodhya.. It is a typical case of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds for the NDTV to present " Life time Achievement" award to a man who was instrumental for the rise of the ugly head of communal polarisation which is one of the causes for the terrorism across the country and at the same time to cry halt to the terrorism with sound bytes of “Enough is Enough” for the terror.
On the other side of India, a man of 90 plus years by name Jyoti Basu has been living in Kolkatta, having a dedicated political life for 60 years .He led a LF govt for more than 23 years without a break. He changed the lives of the rural mass of the Bengal through Land reforms, Panchayat Raj system. To put in the words of Swaminathan S Aiyer, the editor of 'The Economic Times' Jyoti Basu was a "champion reducer of Poverty" , "he "enriched the lives of millions so decisively that the voters suppressed their fundamental itch for change,He decentralized power and money to the Panchayats, in a very non-stalinist fashion, empowering the grass roots;This helped him oversee a green revolution which ultimately benefited more than what Punjab’s did" and he “inherited straw ,yet spun it into gold.”( The Sunday Times of India, dated Nov 5, 2000) . Another editor , M J Akbar, writing an editorial in 'The Telegraph' on Dec 13, 1992 on nation wide communal riots in the wake of Babri masjid demolition extolled Jyoti Basu for preventing large scale communal riots in Calcutta then with exemplary leadership qualities both at political and administration levels.M J Akbar described Jyoti Basu as one of the leaders the nation always needs. Yet, Prannoy Roy ‘s NDTV did not think it fit to consider Jyoti Basu , a tallest political leader far better than L K Advani in all respects of public life for the 'Life time Achievement' Award, "a rarest award in recognition of Life time achievement" to put it in the words of Prannoy Roy himself .
As a run up for the “ Indian of the year(2008)” poll, NDTV featured Manmohan Singh ,Advani , Mayawati , Shila Dixit and Shivraj Chauhan (Chief Minister of MP) in the panel for the contest in the political category. Again, using the words of Prannoy Roy, Mr Manmohan "stood for principles in the Indo-Nuclear deal issue" . The nation knows what kind of "principled" methods were used by Manmohan Singh to secure the support of various small parties and individual MPs in Lok sabha on july 22,2008. If Manmohan Singh stood for his own principles, then what for Prakash Karat stood? Did he not also stand for certain principles? Did Prakash Karat sell himself for some crumbs and political or personal benefits, while opposing the deal ? Did he bargain for any ministerial position for himself or his party, the CPI(M)?If it is not so, what prevented Prannoy Roy or his NDTV to feature Prakash Karat atleast in the panel for the Indian of the year in the category of politics? Prannoy Roy's NDTV "lionises" people like Omar Abdullahs, Shiela dixits and Shivraj Chauhans for their limited role in a region. But it did not want to do the same thing in respect of Prakash Karat who stood for the entire nation's interests with foresight , thinking and intelligence. If Shiela Dixit of the Congress and Shivraj Chauhan of BJP could find nominations in the panel for the contest on the strength of having defied the anti-incumbency in elections in their respective states, why not Manik Sarkar ,the Chief Minister of Tripura who defied the anti-incumbency in February 2008 elections 3 times in a row . Jyoti Basu defied anti-incumbency 5 times in a row and got LF re-elected with staggering majority of 2/3rds. Yet,he is not even considered for Life time achievement.
One is at a loss to understand the logic of NDTV and the criteria set out for the nominations. Prannoy Roy of the NDTV certainly owes an explanation to the nation for the manner which Advani was chosen and Jyoti Basu was ignored for the Life time Achievement and for ignoring the Left leaders even for the nominations for the Indian of the year in the category of politics..
Well, we all know that Satyam Computers were presented the “Excellent Corporate Governance” award in September 2008 . Now the cat of the “Excellent Corporate Governance” is out of the bag. Enough is Enough of these so-called awards by the amenable media to the amenable people of their choice!!!!
Thank you Maran, for that insightful write-up. I should agree that I overlooked certain facts and ignored certain areas in a hurry to make my point. The fact is, I have been writing the same or similar comments in several other websites, perhaps with little more arguments and I was quite lazy to mention the same things all over again. However, I appreciate your very thoughtful comments. In fact, one thing that I totally missed was the point you mentioned about a ploy to create a two party system in India just like in the West. I never thought of it at all, although I knew that this same 2 party system in US and other western countries have become a menace for their own people. Further, in most cases, both the parties are controlled by the same group of people at the top, just like in US where both Democrats and Republicans are controlled by the same people at the top (Corporate criminals). So it doesn’t matter who you vote for; it’s the devil in pink or the devil in blue. It doesn’t make any difference. The difference is made only in the minds of the people. But the good thing about America, UK etc., at least from my perspective is that there are several groups of people such as independent researchers, forums, alternative media, scholars including university, professors, scientists, doctors and even some religious leaders, although few in numbers, exposing these follies to the ordinary public. For instance, 7 years back when the US 9/11 happened, the entire world was fooled into believing that it was the work of some Muslim terrorists under the mastermind of a man sitting in the caves of Afghanistan. As of 2006, 39% of Americans do not believe in the official story of 9/11 any more and that’s only second to the number of people who do not believe in the official story of JFK assassination (69%). On the other hand, compare that with the Godhra genocide that happened more or less the same time. Millions are still indoctrinated by the foolishness dished out by Modi and his cohorts and they continue to believe that nonsense.
I totally agree with you on the point that with the exception of ‘The Hindu’ almost all the other major media are anti-Left. That’s an obvious fact and I have observed it many times. Yet, when I mentioned ‘The Hindu’ in the list of media in my previous comment, there was a reason. That is why I added the phrase ‘knowingly or unknowingly’ when I made the comment: ‘they became the mouthpieces for BJP’. For instance, if you look at the issues of all the major print media that came out on September 22nd, 2008, ‘The Hindu’, TOI, Hindustan Times, Deccan Chronicles, The New Indian Exp, The Indian, and a couple of others, as I came to know, all came with more or less an identical photograph of the 3 terrorists who were caught for the Delhi terror attack. According to an author, Sadanand Menon, who made a critique, it was one of those days when Indian media showed the herd-like mentality. First of all, it rarely happens that all these media come up with an identical picture on their front pages the same day. But what was strange about the photo was that there were three culprits arrested and all three of them wearing identical head-dresses like the typical Palestinian Rumaal. Some sensible people in India later raised the question of, “who dressed them up in that head-dress?” Because we know that usually when criminals are arrested, they cover their face with a hand kerchief or a towel. Later, upon enquiry, the Delhi police commissioner’s confession came where he said, that they were the ones who dressed them up in that head-dress and even more bizarre was that they had already bought and stocked these head dresses or veils in their station ready to be used. So what does that mean? No major media came up with this question, except Hindustan Times with a small critique, two days later. On one hand, the veils indeed conceal the identity of the individuals (who knows if they are paid goons) while on the other hand it definitely reveals the identity of these culprits to a particular community or clan. It was a clever subliminal message. Further, I also read criticism about ‘The Hindu’ and ‘TOI’ for cooking up their own stories whenever a terror attack happens, linking it to Muslim organizations, even before an investigation is started. Back in May 2008, there was a blast in Hubli court in Karnataka. There were no casualties as it was a holiday or so. As usual, the fingers were pointed at SIMI and some other Muslim organization. However, now it’s been proven that a Pramod Muthalik, Sangh Parivar members were involved in the blast. Similarly, scores of innocent muslims were arrested as culprits or in suspicion of the terror attacks but the media never reports what happened to them later. In several cases, it was reported that many of them were released as the police could find no evidence of their involvement. This will never make it to the news. And with the introduction of the Draconian UAPA laws, now a suspect can be detained until he is proven innocent. So far, it was the other way, a suspect is innocent until proven guilty. So think about a time in the future when Islamic terrorism is all dealt with. Are they going to strip the UAPA, POTA laws? I don’t think so, instead they would most probably be used against citizens who so dare to oppose the government or state.
Another interesting example was when the Bangalore and Ahmedabad terror attacks happened in July 2008 on consecutive days. Immediately, TOI came up with the titles, “BJP ruled states under attack”, “BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh under high alert”, etc. Why would someone link BJP when they are addressing terrorism? So they were giving the clue just in case people failed to connect the dots. When the Bombay metro bombings happened in 2006, which killed more than 100 people, no one said, Congress ruled state under attack and so does when attacks happened in any other non-BJP ruled states. Doesn’t that mean a clear indication of media’s inclination to BJP to get the sympathy of masses and on the other hand they condemn Congress for their soft stance and Communist has become a laughing stock for them. Consequently, Advani came up with the ‘solution’ that POTA be implemented as if it was because of the lack of POTA these terror attacks happened. To me these were all clear and very methodical of the fascist way in which America operates. On the pretext of ‘Terrorism’, they have introduced Draconian laws like the Anti-terror laws, Patriot Law, etc. which only took the freedom and liberty of an average American public.
Their aversion to Left parties was clearly evident from the recent nuclear deal. The media even went to the extent of making ridiculous comments like the Left will be happy if the deal was struck between India and China, owing to China’s communist regime. And even more ludicrous was the state of those gullible cattle who believed such nonsense. On the other hand, it is well known that most of the countries which US financed or supported, had later became the axis of evil or have been demonized, starting with the Panama. Today’s example would be Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran etc., who were all once technically or financially supported by America and today they have all become the axis-of-evil. So, could the nuclear deal be a trap for sending India into a web of debt by which they could take away the sovereignty of India and her people and impose regulations and restrictions on it. For instance, a failure of the smooth operation of the proposed project may send India into spiraling debt which could end up India selling her assets (agricultural lands, human labour, profitable business, Railways, Telecom etc.) to the Global elites running the show. This is where I come in total agreement with your comment on the influence of Imperialist’s hands behind India.
This is where one should be very much careful with the rise of the Ambanis and the Mittals and the likes and their business monopolies. Just like the telecom, the Railways – which is a profitable source for India, can easily be privatized and taken away by some of these growing millionaires and once it’s in the hands of such criminal corporates, it can easily be used to control the people, just like what’s happening in United States. Gnani Sankaran in his article, “Taj: Icon of who’s India”, clearly mentions a fact and that is: “Dictators and terrorists are just two sides of the same coin and both have always been the best friends of business men”. So it makes every sense, when you said that Ambanis and Mittals support criminals like Modi to become the PM.
This brings us to the issue of external influence in Indian affairs. Surely, the Imperialists have vested interest in fueling up the tension between India and Pakistan and I would agree that they are funneling money for terrorist. The attack of Indian embassy in Kabul and to a certain extent the recent Mumbai terror attack, could be considered as an attempt to provoke India to enter into a war or be an ally with US in their phony war against terror. However, many of the Indians that I found in several forums were unable to digest the link between ISI and CIA. ISI and Pakistan was sufficient a crap for the islamophobists and the hate propagators of India and they either failed to look beyond or they didn’t want to fiddle with the great monster. The CIA funds Al-Qeida using ISI as a go-between. In fact, almost all the terrorist outfit in South Asia is funded by CIA using ISI as a mid-man and that’s the reason why many geo-political analysts call ISI as the ‘Trojan-Horse of America’. However, this sounded alien to many of the Indian friends in several other forums.
There has been immense media hype over the past few months on the rising menace of Terrorism. A few hundrends of innocent lives were also sacrificed for the cause. But there's yet another avenue which most media and many people simply ignore. It's the rising number of deaths of poor Indian farmers. If my sources of informations are correct, there are about 140,000 farmers who committed suicide over the past few years owing to the mounting debt and failed crops. Many of these farmers were forced to renouce traditional crops and traditional farming methods and were wooed into farming Genetically Modified seeds which has terminator technologies built-in. With terminator technology and the sinister patent associated with, a farmer cannot save the seeds as they used to do it for centuries. As many crops failed leading many farmers to debt, they resort to committing suicide. Now the biggest question? Where are their farm-lands and possessions ending up. I would assume it's all going to end up as collateral or assests to the money lenders from whom they borrowed. When these lands are accumulated in private hands, couldn't it end up being bought by multinational corporations like the Monsantos or their cohorts in India like the Ambanis and Mittals and Tatas and so on. But the problem is, as Henry Kissinger once commented:
"Those who control the food, control the people; those who control the energy, control the continent and those who control the money, control the world." Soon every aspect of human life will be in private hands - the elites, and the multitude of people will be forced to labour for the benefit of these handful of elites. A new form of society may emerge, with a modern form of slavery where a few elites own and control almost all the natural resources of the world and earn enormous profits by forcing millions of people work for them for a near slavery wage. Wouldn't that be equivalent to our age-old feudal system that existed in India where the so-called elites controlled and owned everything and reaped the benefits and ate the fruits of some poor people’s labour? No wonder why they rally behind the Brainless Junk Pigs (BJP) to make a modern feudalistic system.