Monday, August 24, 2009
The Times of India does it again -
Nobody, and especially not a Muslim observer, would have any sympathy for BJP, if it goes down in tatters. However, the way TOI's TIMES NOW's Arnab Goswamy is going about, people have every right to suspect that media is now making news and organizing history in the making in a manner smacking of fascist times.
Some can say, TIMES NOW has taken out a supari on BJP, on behalf of some BJP rivals, who want to decimate opposition for good. This kind of raw, unbridled and unaccountable power of media is most dangerous for the nation at large.
Arnab picks on words that mean different at different levels and brings them to the lowest common denominator. Jaswant Singh, Sudheendhra Kulkarni and Arun Shourie are all intellectuals who do not speak the language of the street. Arnab twists their words and their meaning and instigates his victims into taking steps that otherwise they will never choose, if unprovoked.Humpty Dumpty, Kati Patang are words with deeper meaning than their apparent common use, which is preferred by Arnab.
His interview with RSS sarsanghchalak was fraught with leading questions and it is a pity that a person like Mohan Bhagwat fell for Arnab's game. It is widely believed that Jaswant Singh was sacked directly as suggested by Arnab's interview provocations goading Bhagwat to call for 'off with the heads'.
Arnab comes out with instant conspiracy theories like a palace coup and puts people at serious disadvantage figuring out what is the real state of affair. Media should inform and not confuse common people with outlandish allegations of conspiracies being hatched, just on the basis of public statements by emotionally enraged commentators.
It is quite possible that some good for the nation may still come out with the turn of events, but a check on the likes of Arnab Goswamy is a must to shield the nation from upheavals caused by internal strifes.
Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai