Category: Media

│2018: A WARNING│

│THE MEDIA MUST TRANSFORM FROM A FAITHFUL DOG TO AN AGGRESSIVE WATCHDOG│

Tell the Nation What It Ought To Know

India has been witness to some of the most game- changing transformations, as well as some horrific aberrations in the past few years. Their dissemination has been fueled mainly through technology.

The outlook, vision and expectation of it’s 1.3 billion citizens has also changed. From being happy to get road access to their town, Indians now want super highways, dotted with amenities and wificonnectivity.

It’s internet thirsty population wants to guzzle data which would put the mighty Kumbhakarna to shame.

This insatiable desire for connectivity has led to awareness, about both the good and the bad things happening in India and it’s a telling sign how Indians have reacted to this awareness.

1)    India is fed up with tolerance. No longer is India ready for appeasement of minorities, appeasement of the enemy, appeasement ofNetas and Babus. This is a new and impatient society, which wonders W.T.F. was going on for the past 75 years after independence. International exposure has created a feeling of resentment in the minds of the youth, as to why their country refuses to wake up and smell the coffee.

2)    Indians are now fed up of pretending to be humble for the sake of decency.

3)    They are ready for challenges and to test the waters of uncertainty and technology.

4)    They are not afraid to ask questions from their Governments and not lazy to stay at home and watch TV on election-day.

5)    They are fed up with “respecting” the politicians by virtue of their title and dynastic inheritance and want to know what efforts are they putting in, 24/7 at the click of a button.

The Government at the Centre rode this wave of India’s new expectations. In fact any Government in power in India, even those in the States, are aware of these realities and expectations. They are now compelled to appear to either deliver, or chose to ignore these realities at their own peril, at the expense of being voted out.

Amongst all this, the role of the media has become all powerful and almost all pervasive.

In this era of Alt News, Fake News, Post Truth, and Big Data, powered by the social media, it’s all the more important for the media to not get lured by the temptations of click-bait, TRPs and viral viewership. It’s extremely important to ensure that accurate reporting and Principles of Journalism are not compromised. They must ensure that any news is given its due importance but not sensationalized at the altar of reporting all the facts.

This is particularly important on account of the fact that India will be holding its National General elections sometime next year which creates the real danger of the media becoming mere tools to vested interests. Hence it is all the more important for the media to maintain its vigil both on others and on itself. The institution of the media now faces the toughest challenge – of not only maintaining the focus on facts and objectivity, but also appearing to do so.

With this background it should be worthwhile to note with dismay that the media has already made an impetuous leap into the nadirs of opprobrium within the first 2 weeks of the New Year, aptly justifying the trolls from whom they have earned the titles of “prestitutes” and “baazaaru” :

  •  The first incident was related to the publishing of story in The Quint on 5th January 2018, which claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a RAW agent, who was caught red handed on account of his being incompetent. It detailed out accounts of senior officials of RAW regarding Jadhav. While the story was subsequently retracted, it was readily picked up by thePakistani MediaRaghav Bahl’s The Quint published this story under the title, ‘Two Former Raw Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As A Spy.’ After retraction, the story currently states,’ The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story.’

The story socially engaged more than 50000 users on the internet. Besides the shameful aspect of irresponsible reporting, the brazenness of the media continues through the following:

  • Quint refuses to apologise and accept that it made a mistake. It still continues to maintain that it is “rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.”

Chandan Nandy@NandyGram

Calling a spade a spade!
Two Ex-RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As Spy https://www.thequint.com/news/politics/two-former-raw-chiefs-did-not-want-kulbhushan-jadhav-recruited-as-spy …

8:22 PM – Jan 5, 2018

The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story

The Quint is rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.

thequint.com

  • The author of the story Mr. Chandan Nandy,(@NandyGram) continues to maintain that he did the right thing by using vague terms such as “unnamed sources” to  support his claim instead of hard evidence.

Sandip, the world, especially of journalists, survives on trusted sources.

— Chandan Nandy (@NandyGram) January 5, 2018

 

  • Instead he chose to go into hiding after causing so much damage and spreading falsehoods.

Dr Mohammad Faisal@DrMFaisal

Update as reported: Journalist Chandan Nandy who filed the story is “missing/gone in hiding”, was last spotted at Khan Market Delhi and since then has been untraceable for Family and friends. Freedom of press ?

11:58 AM – Jan 6, 2018

  • The impudence continued as apart from a few websites, the  mainstream media chose to either glance over or ignore the issue altogether
  1. The effrontery conduct of the Indian media was again there for the world to witness when a group of senior journalists (including  Senior Journalist Dipankar Nandi of Aajkal News,Deobash Bhattacharya of Anand Bajar Patrika –ABP NEWS) accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an official tour to London, attempted to steel silverware at an official dinner in a luxury hotel in London.
  • They did so by stuffing the cutlery into their bags or pockets.

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।Film Padmavat(i) : The Censor Board Perspective।

 

Padmavati censor rottenmangoman blog

The resolution of the controversy surrounding the film Padmavati has[i], for the time being been put, the Censor Board Chairman, Prasoon Joshi in the spotlight. What probably makes it perplexing for Prasoon is the feeling both from the Bhansali camp and those opposing the movie, is that he is on their side. What must be going on in the minds of those deciding the fate of the movie and consequently India’s law and order scenario? Before we try to delve into the minds of the Censor Board, here is a brief look at water which has already flown under the bridge:

CENSOR BOARD RULES : APPARENT VIOLATIONS BY THE TEAM ASSOCIATED WITH THE FILM PADMAVATI

It’s not for us to pass judgement,but worthwhile to examine the rules and try to understand their extent of compliance. The Censor Board should ideally rely on 2 documents – The Cinematograph Act of 1952 and the Cinematograph Certification Rules of 1983.

The clauses of these acts which the Director/ Producer of Padamvati film has already apparently violated are :

  1. Advertisement of the movie without CBFC certificate:

According to Rule 38[ii] (CBFC) of Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983 any person advertising a film by means of insertion in newspapers, hoarding, posters, handbills ortrailers shall indicate the category of certification. Non- compliance of this rule will be a cognizable and non-bail able offence under section 7 of Cinematograph Act 1952

We see so many YouTube trailers of Padmavati which are in violation of this rule, i.e. advertising without indicating the category of certification. Although to be fair, such promotional trailers have been released for several(almost all?) movies. But the Government could do well to either amend the rule or penalize the producers/ directors in accordance with the law.

Exhibition of Films without CBFC Certificate:

Source:

https://www.cbfcindia.gov.in/main/enforcement.html

Rule (relevant extract):

The following are the major violations that agitate the minds of the public:

  1. exhibition of a film in a form other than the one in which it was certified. Such violations are known as interpolations.

Interpolations can be described as follows..

..vi.exhibition of films without CBFC certificate.

Bhansali and company appear to be in violation of exhibiting the film to certain sections of the media without CBFC certificate. The penalty of such violations are mentioned hereunder :

Violations of Cinematograph act and penalties:

1.Offences with regard to violations of certification provisions are cognizable. Furthermore, they are non-bailable.

…3.A person guilty of violation while exhibiting celluloid films is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to Three years, or with fine which may extend to Rs.1/-lakh, or with both, and with a further fine up to Rs.20,000 for each day for a continuing offence.

Furthermore, the trial court can direct that the offending film be forfeited to the Government.

  1. The place where the movie is exhibited also needs to be licenced

The Cinematograph Act of 1952, Part III, mentions that the Cinematograph exhibitions to be licenced. Elaborating this in clause 10 it is clearly mentioned that no person shall give an exhibition by means of a cinematograph[iii] elsewhere than in a place licenced under this Part or otherwise than in compliance with any conditions and restrictions imposed by such licence.

So one wonders where Arnab Goswami, Zaka Jacob and Rajat Sharma went to watch the movie.

To answer the question as to why Bhansali hasn’t been arrested already, the Censor board relies on the State Government and Union Territory Administrations for theenforcement[iv] of such rules, since exhibition of films is a State subject.

Why have the State Governments not initiated action against those responsible for screening an uncertified movie?

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│QUEEN PADMAVATI:HER STORY, HIS STORY OR HISTORY?│

The recent controversy ove

Padmavati
│QUEEN PADMAVATI:HER STORY, HIS STORY OR HISTORY?│

r Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie has raised an important question of how India’s past is being defined. The heroic event of a proud queen chosing to sacrifice her life instead of being captured by the enemy has been inspiring awe amongst millions of people worldwide. But what is unfortunate is that in order to avoid any responsibility the makers of the movie sometimes seek to portray(through media and “experts”) Queen Padmavati as a fictional character, while at the same time imparting impeccable authenticity to the movie withpainfully realistic and authentic costumes[i] and sets. What is also intriguing is that while applying to the Censor Board of Film Certification approval, Bhansali and his team chose to conveniently leave out the mandatory declaration of whether the movie was a work offiction or historical[ii], thereby making their documentation incomplete.

I have found records from most media[iii], with the notable exception of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where it is claimed that the movie is based on the poem Padmavat,[iv](1540), by Malik Muhammad Jayassi[v] – written almost 200 years after the event of the siege of Chittor byAllauddin Khalji[vi] in 1303.

Ali Gurshasp, a.k.a. Allauddin Khalji, the second ruler from the Delhi Sultanate of the Khalji Dynasty, of Turko-Afghan origin known for itsfaithlessness and ferocity[vii] came to power after eliminating his uncle and father-in-law Jalal-ud-din Khalji. Several renowned Hindu dynasties were wiped out during his reign, including the Paramaras, the Vaghelas and the Chahamanas, leaving their wealth and history completely plundered. This included the seizure of the world famous Kohinoor diamond from the Kakatiya Dynasty in Warangal.[viii]Interestingly the brutal campaigns in South India were led by his trusted general Malik Kafur – apparently, a converted African and a eunuch slave[ix] from Gujarat. Some historians like Ruth Vanita and Salim Kidwai, also claim that Malik Kafur and Alauddin Khilji were in a homosexual relationship.(Same Sex Love in India- Reading In Indian Literature- Page 132)The notable historians quote the writings of chronicler Barani of that period(1285-1357),”the Sultan was loosing his memory and his senses, he had fallen deeply in love with the Malik Naib.”

Rottenmangoman_blog_citation_Same_sex_love_in_india_r_Vanita_S_Kidwai
Why has Alauddin Khilji’s proven homosexual affinity to Malik Kafur been omitted from Bhansali’s movie

While historians appear fairly confident about the chronicles of Allaudin Khilji, many appear to be equally confident that Padmini was nothing more than a figment of the imagination. They argue that her name is never mentioned by any historian or poet during her time (13-14thCentury) and that Jayassi’s poem, where historians find her earliest mention involves too many elements of fantasy. As per Padmavat, Rani Padmini hailed from Sri Lanka(Ceylon, Singhal Kingdom). Stories of her legendary beauty were conveyed to King Rattan Sen of Chittor by a parrot named Hiraman.

[i] News18.com│Padmavati:200 Craftsmen.. │ https://goo.gl/3y6TJ7│

[ii] NDTV│Makers Knew Paperwork Was Incomplete│IANS│https://goo.gl/dhbgk9│

[iii]

Business Today│Padmavati Trailer│BT Online│https://goo.gl/p7ntt6 │

[iv]  Wikipedia│Padmavat│https://goo.gl/SWPohf│

[v]   Wikipedia│Malik Muhammad Jayasi│ https://goo.gl/XMybh7│

[vi]  Wikipedia│Alauddin Khalji│ https://goo.gl/AAy55B│

[vii]  Encyclopaedia Britannica│Khalji Dynasty│ https://goo.gl/xRuzqP│

[viii]    A History of India-Page160│Hermann Kulke, Dietmar Rothermund│https://goo.gl/qmrH82│ 

[ix]   The Hindus:An alternative History-Page 420│Wendy Doniger│https://goo.gl/dWS1eU│

 

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Delhi’s Pollutants

Delhi’s Pollutants

IF DELHI IS A GAS CHAMBER WHO ARE THE NAZIS ? 

Delhi has been grappling with pollution for the longest time ever it seems. In 1998, after the Supreme Court verdict[i] ordering all buses, 3-wheelers and cabs to convert to CNG, Delhi-ites thought the worst was over.In the years to come, what was once considered sporadic fog or smog, slowly turned into an annual suffocating ritual.

This year the problem of poor air quality is being experienced in a large part of Northern India and not just confined to the National Capital Region. Schools in Delhi and Gurugram were also shut for a week-10 days during November.

But how is possible that all the custodians of our policy makers and enforcers are helpless in tackling this menace despite so much public, media and social media pressure and despite the fact that a drop in air quality has been regularly occurring each winter ? In order for the PM 2.5 and PM 10 pollution be tackled, there appears to be other types of pollution peculiar only to India which must be first cleared.

POLITICAL POLLUTION

Unfortunately Delhi also suffers from a polluted political atmosphere as well, as murky as the suffocating smog that has engulfed it. After the Aam Aadmi Party came to power, the Bhartiya Janata Party as well as the Indian National Congress are still nursing the wounds of a humiliating defeat [ii] during the Delhi elections in 2015. The AAP carries a similar feeling of resentment at the loss of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi [iii] [iv]elections.With Multiple authorities and political parties governing various departments within Delhi as well as different parties ruling the adjacent states of Haryana and Punjab surrounding Delhi, there appears to be a vindictiveness amongst the various Chief Ministers and Central Ministers where the administrators appear to choose to allow the condition in Delhi to deteriorate. The worse the conditions, the more political fodder it provides to the parties in opposition.

Coupled with this is the dilemma and reluctance of all political parties to stop farmers from crop burning-currently being blamed as the main causative factor[v] (also read Lancet Journal..[vi]) for the situation in Delhi. Farmers are an important vote-bank. Crop burning [vii] is a cheaper alternative for the farmers to dispose off the harvested paddy to allow for the next plantation of wheat. While technological solutions exist, cost factor as well as knowledge transfer of using machines to tackle this problem would take time. There has been some progress reported from Punjab, where the instances of crop burning are reportedly lesser as compared to last year, but still a long way to go. Till the time the solutions are successfully implemented on the scale required, political parties continue to play the blame game. The dilemma is most apparent with the AAP which is ruling in Delhi but is the major opposition party in neighbouring state of Punjab. So while it supports crop burning in Punjab, the Delhi Government opposes the move.

LETHARGIC POLLUTION

While it’s not surprising, that the Courts have to often take matters into their own hands, the poor implementation ensures that there is no change in the status quo. The Supreme Court verdict to ban the sale of fire crackers during Diwali, the main Hindu festival everyone looks forward to, was another such example. No Government in India would be willing to implement or enforce

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[i] Interview with Anumita Roychaudhary, CES https://goo.gl/4ZznuA ^

[ii] AAP storms to power in Delhi BS Reporter https://goo.gl/mgv6DE│^

[iii] BJP sweeps MCD polls..Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar https://goo.gl/tqD6ir^

[iv] Why MCD election results.. │ RottenMangoManhttps://goo.gl/qzNi7E^

[v] Top 8 Main Causes for pollution in DelhiTNNhttps://goo.gl/RCaGJ2^

[vi] Lancet Journal-Pollution the Global Burden of Guilt RottenMangoManhttps://goo.gl/EFtaUr^

[vii] Delhi Air Pollution:A Crop (Burning) Issue.. │ Harish Damodaran https://goo.gl/8FT5A1^

Lancet Journal – Pollution the Global Burden of Guilt

Lancet Journal – Pollution the Global Burden of Guilt

Who has to bear the Global Burden Of Disease ?

This year the annual festival of Diwali in India is influencing the country’s social and geological climate long after it’s actual date of 19th  October 2017. After the Supreme Court of India had banned the sale of Diwali Crackers[1] [2] in the National Capital Region of Delhi, the topic was the subject of a lot of debate in India coupled with curiosity regarding the impact of the ban on the ambient air quality.

TV grab of Indian Media highlighting the pollution levels on the day after sale of Diwali Crackers were banned in New Delhi and National Capital Region, part of the blog of rottenmangoman.blogspot.com
TV Grab of Media Highlighting the Pollution Levels in Delhi after Diwali

Shortly after Diwali, the media started reporting some reduction in levels as compared to 2016, but cautioned that the levels were still high. The fact that the high pollutions levels were also attributable to the still weather, was not adequately highlighted [3]. In fact when the region started experiencing favorable weather conditions, the air quality improved. At the same time the Center for Science and Environment[4] argued that the situation could have been worse without the Diwali crackers ban.

“There was a definite decline in burning of firecrackers because of the ban. But the high moisture content and calm winds on Friday (the day after Diwali) trapped pollutants, making some parts of Delhi more polluted than others,” – Central Pollution Control Board member-secretary A Sudhakar.

As if to reprimand the people in Delhi (NCR) of their obstinate behavior, news of a “study published in the Lancet Journal” was reported by most media houses [5][6]. By clubbing it in context of the rise in pollution levels after Diwali, it was indirectly implied that bursting Diwali Crackers may cause the death of millions of people in India.

This prompted me to actually read the Lancet Report so as to understand what the study was really all about.

The report of the Lancet Commission on pollution and health comments on data in 2015. It is a two-year project .More than 40 international health and environmental authors led by environmental scientist Philip Landrigan [7] were involved. Prominent authors from India include:

  •    Member of Parliament, Economist and politician (Indian National Congress), former Minister of State for Environment, Mr. Jairam Ramesh [8]
  •  Prof. Mukesh Khare [9], IIT Delhi, Chairman of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.

Interestingly, Prof.Khare was also part of the following study  [10] regarding the influence of odd–even car trial on fine and coarse particles in Delhi, which concluded:

Any further trial will need to be planned very carefully if an effect due to traffic alone is to be differentiated from the larger effect caused by changes in meteorology and especially wind direction.”

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REFERENCES

1] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/09/indias-supreme-court-bans-diwali-fireworks-in-delhi-to-tackle-pollution

[2] http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/fwznyZ9bJVLnMwUFpL3KSO/Clean-air-for-our-children.html

[3] http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/less-pollution-this-diwali-but-delhi-s-air-quality-has-entered-severe-zone/story-x6V8pJkoceZppxqDpHUBpI.html

[4] http://www.cseindia.org/node/214

[5] http://www.livemint.com/Science/6j9LCCGcUiOVgG0gHCkr0O/25-million-died-due-to-pollution-in-India-in-2015-Lancet-s.html

[6] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/at-2-5-million-india-tops-list-of-pollution-linked-deaths-study-4898337/

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_J._Landrigan

[8]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jairam_Ramesh

[9] http://civil.iitd.ac.in/File.pdf/Mukesh%20Khare_bio_7_04_2016.pdf

[10] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/314287697_The_influence_of_odd-even_car_trial_on_fine_and_coarse_particles_in_Delhi

FIR AGAINST AIB (TANMAY BHAT) FOR PM MEME

The truly rotten facets of the AIB’s offensive post


The question is not whether AIB had the courage to keep the post live, but whether the Government has the courage to act against AIB

All India Bakchod (AIB)  an Indian comedy group, is known to court controversy over the crass and morbid statements, posts and videos they(and their members) regularly upload on social media. I have written extensively exposing the rotten truth and malicious and malafide intentions behind the group and the plethora of powerful organisations who back this group.


It’s founders (Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba,  Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya) consist of innocent looking people, who tweet, instagram or snapchat content under the garb of humor/sattire, but which directly attacks the sensibilities and social etiquette of a large section of the population. 

The ploy is usually to post the offensive content, create an uproar and then simply delete it, knowing full well that by that time, several websites would have re-posted the offensive content. The large number of likes/ follows or comments are used by them to show advertisers their brand domination. Thereafter, they simply sit back and enjoy the windfall gains, while powerful media news channels go through outstanding pains and dedicate gigabytes of web space and weeks of precious airtime to defend the group.

Offensive morphed image of PM Narendra Modi Tweeted by AIB and later removed.

In line with this Standard Operating Procedure, AIB chose to post a morphed picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a snapchat dog filter, making it look offensive and vulgar.


As a result, the real life drama is currently playing out and may continue to play out exactly as per the AIB script:

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NDTV Nidhi Razdan – intolerant anchor?

When news anchors with a partisan agenda take things too far

Screenshot Nidhi Razdan



NDTV‘s known dislike for the Indian political party currently in power – the Bhartiya Janata Party, is known even to novice or occasional news watchers. Through firebrand anchors like Barkha Dutt, Shekhar Gupta, Nidhi Razdan and many others, the news channel works overtime as spin doctors, nitpicking everything the current dispensation does.


But the reason why Nidhi is able to stand out from the rest is her sheer shallow and incompetent role as an anchor. While Headlines Today had recruited and promoted ruthlessly biased, anti BJP anchors like Rajdeep Sardesai and Karan Thapar, the anchors were able to display at least a hint of professionalism, objectivity and neutrality by either granting the BJP representatives at least 10-15 seconds of uninterrupted air time (Karan allowed even more) or by asking, intelligently masked insinuating questions.Occasionally they even came up with somewhat brilliant comebacks to the responses by the BJP members. Similarly anti Trump CNN news anchors like Don Lemon, neither shout over, nor interrupt, nor reduce air time of the Trump supporters. Whenever they want to criticize the Government, they do so with some basis(factual or otherwise) and are never hesitant to allow the Government spokespersons to express themselves clearly. 


Nidhi is apparently unable to do so, not because she doesn’t want to but apparently because she can’t. Her whole concept of the requirement of being an anchor appears to be the  ability to express herself in limited English and her hair style, while at the same time constantly interrupting and badgering BJP spokespersons.After watching the show for numerous years, it is apparent to me, that appointing such a mediocre anchor for such an important show has been NDTV’s unfortunate mistake. The show in itself, appears to raise important issues, but is sunk like the Titanic every night Nidhi Razdan is at the helm.


Arnab Goswami has already murdered panel discussions and debates and Nidhi Razdan is closely following his footsteps. Arnab however, at least betrays some sense of intelligence in the few seconds that we are able to hear what’s going on. Herein lies the problem. People switch over to NDTV in the hope of being able to get away from the cacophony and expect to hear at least some words of intelligence. Some of us even want to use our own intelligence by being able to hear and judge for ourselves whether the person speaking is validating his arguments with facts. We don’t need an ill informed self gloated Nidhi Razdan, interrupting every word in the desperate hope of hogging all the air time. 


Nidhi joined NDTV in 1999 . Her claim to fame however appears to be her ” alleged” affair with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah . It is alleged that this was the reason for Nidhi Razdan to divorce Neelesh Mishra in 2007. 


Her association as program anchor of Left Right and Center seems to have started in 2012, but this may need correction. The search for earliest videos of the program on NDTV website lists 2013 and 2014.


She has been awarded Teacher’s achievement award for communication(2011); Ramnath Goenka award for Excellence in Journalism for reporting from Jammu and Kashmir and North East India(2013);The Jammu and Kashmir State government award for excellence in journalism(2013) – No prizes for guessing how that happened.

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