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Culture of suave, gentle and British becoming extinct...

Television hit its incredible low when Arnab Goswami appearing on his Republic TV ranted at Congressman Brijesh Kalappa in a scenario that was breathtakingly streetmarish. It was not the kind of language, oral and body, which you display in public or, for that matter in private; and not by an adult.  The provocation was Kalappa calling the channel a BJP one. Now even the most rabid fans of the anchor will not disagree with the charge. Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Mohandas Pai, both of whom wear saffron on their sleeves, fund the television. And Goswami himself has called people, including fellow journalists, worse names.

The television anchor is a history-sheeter when it comes to ill-treating his guests. His type of journalism, where you are the prosecutor, the defendant, the judge, the jury and the executioner set in a kangaroo court, would make medieval katta panchayat stellar stuff.  No one understands why people turn up at his shows.  For a man who claims to be honest and unbiased, he is crude and his journalism borders on dishonesty if you see how he changes tack depending on who is the author of the misdemeanor. 

Now no one is a Pakistan fan. But look at the sheer stupidity of regularly presenting Pakistan Generals on the debate and ranting at them. Why at all give them air time? Or is this the male version of watching a nauseating soap opera.

He may be a good man at heart but I would for the life of me not want kids to grow up watching this man in action. If there is a crowd that is lapping it up, it is because of whom he targets rather than on what he targets. This very same group used to bellow him when he almost successfully cloaked his leaning in his previous channel. Of course, the way he treated some ministers with kid gloves (you know I have a lot of personal respect for you, etc.,) was a dead give away. 

The sad part of this is that other channels seem to believe that this manufactured anger is the way forward. Some of the television journa-

lists in Republic and the motley lot in Times Now have not just become biased but also so behave like frustrated headmasters, that you no longer look forward to watching these debates. The culture of suave, diplomatic and British is fast disappearing and will soon be extinct. 

The less said about social media, the better. Fake identities, personal abuses and invective-laden statements are par for the course. The most patriotic amongst Indians seem to be living abroad. They pontificate on what we should do, how we are wrong, how we should ask no questions, how we should vote and why India is changing. Some even live in countries that have no vestige of democracy and lecture us on our being argumentative. Stockholm syndrome? 

 

Forgotten is the fact...

If someone has a view, howsoever enlightened, against demonetisation, he is anti-national. It is another matter that the central bank is yet to release the numbers. Can you beat that? The definition of army atrocity hinges on whether you punch the Lotus in the EVM or otherwise. Even the debate on EVM is that way; forgotten is the fact that the Nationalist party had similar reservations, back in 2009. The charge today is as pathetic as it was in 2009 but is forgotten in the noise of rhetoric.  Until the other day, Harish Salve was a villain because he got the bail for Salman Khan; today he is a nationalist because he won the case for India in the ICJ. Forgotten is the fact that he was doing just another job, albeit a good one. 

India has never been so divided in views and so publicly. Both the electronic and the social media are the cause. Those who are just too deeply in love with their country try to fight back; others retreat believing discretion is the better part of valour. The final loser: India. 

It’s time to shut the idiot box, until we get a Good News Channel.

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