This is Where Barkha Comes From

Watch this YouTube Video. Barkha Dutt actually had a talk show on whether we should “regulate blogging!” What does “regulate” smack of?

That kind of explains some things in the Kunte episode.


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18 comments for “This is Where Barkha Comes From

  1. vinodh
    November 24, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    NDTV ia anti secular and should be banned…..Burkha is a fool empowered by media…….

  2. vinodh
    November 24, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    better that NDTV should be totally boycotted by not just hindus but by all educated indians

  3. Gagan Saini
    December 10, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    I stumbled upon this post while doing a web search. The first mentioned post is referring to a post created by ME only at facebook. I agree that the likes of Barkha dutt are complete hypocrites at the top because we desperately seek to make one out of them.
    They need to understand that what they did was compltely wrong and vow never tomake the same mistake again, they should create a standard that regulates their peers and set an example in the process. while being petty as they are they just simply choose to threaten(!) amongst other silly things. Keep going all

  4. February 25, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    I loved your comments as they are my sentiments too. I have stopped watching NDTV for last three years as I feel depressed and helpless by their lies. But other channels are not far behind. Times started with a impartial note but now Arnav Goswami has become more aggressive in defending her highness and the chamchas,so I switch on to CNNIBN with the hope that being partners of a foreign channel they would show some creditability. But I find they are all same in rooting for the Congress and their allies.I understand their MAJBURI but aren’t journalist supposed to be unbiased and report only whatever is authentic not any damn thing leaked by the police or the govt without checking which can be denied under pressure.They fall over each other in reporting anything which can embarrass the BJP.Afterall they are the offshoots of the same tree NDTV.

  5. Ravi
    February 2, 2009 at 8:54 PM

    I would have supported Barkha if she was an ordinary citizen with no privileges of fourth estate.
    She doesn’t have any moral grounds to sue a person for criticizing her. She has been doing the same with whomever she (dis-)liked. I don’t understand the rational behind calling a genuine criticism against Barkha (as a reporter) as defamatory. This is nothing but hypocrisy!.
    Otherwise, Let Barkha make it clear to the people of India (in her same loud voice) that “beware of criticizing NDTV, your criticism might be dealt legally” and see what happens.

  6. Kishkindhaa
    February 2, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    The question is not Burkha Dutt but what is the funding for this anti-indian NDTV. After foisting umpteen false allegations upon hindus (eg Shankaracharya and Sadhvi/purohit hindu terror cases), there is certainly a pattern here.

  7. N SHAH
    February 2, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    well, she belives she’s the Big Momma in the Indian media and bloggers are just petty souls. With her chaste and eloquent English she thinks she can bull doze any opinion that is contrary to her ‘analysis’ and ‘opinion’. If it wasnt for all the moolah that she and NDTV have in their bags she’d be trampled over. The irony in her facebook response is that she’s doing exactly the thing that she accuses her slanderers of, the only difference is that she’s in front of a camera and we’re in front of a comp. Shame on you Barkha!

  8. Sandeep
    February 1, 2009 at 8:48 PM


    I have seen it and agree with several things he says. His style is more of giving a “balanced” view of the episode.

  9. Sudhir
    February 1, 2009 at 1:21 PM
  10. Kedar
    January 31, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Any idea on how the other players in MSM are taking this story?
    Are they acting as the apologists for NDTV (in the hope that NDTV might scratch their back in a similar eventuality)?
    Or are they seizing that rare TRP-augmenting chance and taking the moral high ground by denouncing the NDTV?

  11. Ot
    January 31, 2009 at 4:36 PM
  12. Sathya
    January 31, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    This is the same media that villified Kanchi Sankaracharya and made hi, appear guilty with constant coverage. Instead of portraying the person as innocent until proven guilty, they threw non-stop allegations at him and made him toil to prove he is guilty. Now the case is still on. Regardless of the verdict, media has destroyed the mutt and this person. They print lies, sensationalsim without verifying facts. They always quote sources and pass on a wrong information.What will media do if and when he is pronounced not-guilty? Will they apologize..and compensate by glorifying him and make themselves look bad. Will they return the money they made by selling such lies. No. They will sip their martinis or gulp their whiskeys and look for the next sensational news. Print media needs regulators. Not the otherway around. They are the ones that make a living out of their business… stakes are more for them to be sensational so that they can earn more. Bloggers dont get any compensation for blogging. If at all there shoud be regulation, it should be for the media that makes a living out of information / entertainment business.

    TV presenters are facing competition from the faceless people on blogoshpere… Of course, they can score more in glamour department. But, in blogs only substance counts. Howe you look does not matter.

  13. AK
    January 31, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    This is outrageous. Barkha is actually trying to intimidate and threaten bloggers with lawsuits to shut them up. From all the blog posts I have read about this whole incident, it’s clear that the main stream media is trying to curb the freedom of speech of bloggers. What does regulation mean? Bloggers are supposed to be regulated so that they toe the line of these liars and criminals? For decades now they have had a stranglehold on public opinion where they could silence all dissenting voices merely by ignoring “letters to the editor”. The public had been stifled for too long and now they are up in arms to express themselves and this monster Barkha thinks she can scare you into silence?? How dare she? How dare they? I didn’t care one way or another about this lady because I don’t live in India and I didn’t have to deal with her shrill voice in my living room. But now after this, I have a visceral hatred for her and NDTV.

    I fear that sooner or later these media goons might put a muffler on any dissenting voice on the internet. Are we just going to stand by and let this happen?

  14. Raman
    January 31, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Sections of English language print and electronic media in India like the ‘Hindu’ and NDTV have an ideological bias. Their coverage is by definition selective. Their editorial policies differ with the subject matter covered. There is no level playing field in issues discussed. They would condemn Hindu ‘fundamentalism’ while downplaying the violence linked to/triggered by Islamist fundamentalism, internationally-financed Christian evangelism or caste-based extremism.

    Some may argue the need to regulate the media. I would instead suggest that India liberalizes the print media to encourage more newspapers from abroad to publish locally. That would either mean more diversity in viewpoints or encourage the local print/electronic media to create a different niche for themselves rather than repeat current ideological banalities.

  15. Atlantean
    January 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    The media can keep making accusations 24/7 against certain individuals freely, calling them names and all, but bloggers shouldnt enjoy the same freedom to call someone an idiot. See the hypocrisy!

    This is the same mindset that asks for regulation of blogging. For them, Blogging should be regulated but there should be no regulation of media. All of them screamed at the top of their voices when the government talked about regulation after their irresponsible behaviour during 26/11.


    Oops! What did I just say! Will I be taken to court now?

  16. ego
    January 30, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    There’s a discussion on facebook regarding the same: Barkha Dutt responds to Gagan Saini who raises the same issue there.

    Mr Saini,

    Just because some random bloke can sit at a computer and make up stuff doesnt mean he or others like him need to be dignified with responding to their utter and total rubbish. rubbish is what it is. And as already mentioned. Mr. Kunte has been served a legal notice for libel by NDTV. That should give you some indication of where we and I stand. The freedom afforded by the Interent cannot be used to fling allegations at individuals or groups in the hope that they will then respond to things that arent worthy of engagement.

    If you have any remaining questions my column on media coverage is available online.
    Happy New Year.

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