My Op-ed in Pioneer: Maligning Modi

This was published today in the Pioneer. Comments and brickbats welcome as always.

Maligning Modi

Bogus secularists in media derive perverse pleasure

One occasion brings immense joy, deafening sound bytes, and bounteous monetary rewards to the establishment and the whole secular brigade. Not so much the occasion as much as just one personality who has been the subject of tremendous, sustained vilification and blind adoration depending on which side of the fence you are on. No other political figure has managed to command this extraordinary level of attention — for whatever reasons — and so consistently for about 10 years in recent memory.


Mr Narendra Modi has earned the wrath of not just his political opponents but of the entire class of self-proclaimed secularists in the media, academia, and the ‘intelligentsia’. Especially to the latter class, Mr Modi has become a money-spinner of sorts. Every op-ed, article, fiction, and film on the ‘dreaded Hindutva phenomenon’ prominently stars Mr Modi and generates enormous revenue in cash, kind and contracts. And all of this based merely on allegations that Mr Modi had a hand in the post-Godhra violence. As I had noted on this page last year (“A lie split wide open,” April 22, 2009), every new investigation into the Gujarat violence has only revealed his non-complicity! However, that hasn’t stopped these worthies. The so-called secular media is itself both a worthy and an outlet for like-minded worthies.

The secular media has faithfully followed Lenin’s advice of political deception of “stick(ing) the convict’s badge first” and then leaving the hapless opponent trying to get rid of the badge. Before the courts even got to the cases, our secular media stars had delivered their pronouncement that Mr Modi was guilty. What followed were merely repeated assertions of this ‘judgement’. But that’s the least of their crimes. The greatest crime is their barefaced lying. From Arundhati Roy who wrote in 2002 about ripped foetuses that were never ripped to the latest, open falsehood perpetrated by virtually most of the major media houses.

A couple of weeks ago, a prominent newspaper reported that Mr Modi was summoned by the SIT’s investigation team for questioning on March 21. This was promptly picked up by other news houses and was enough to ignite wild speculation about how Mr Modi “chose to defy the summons”. Which is when Mr Modi himself released a statement that nailed the canard thus: “The purveyors of untruth failed even to think that March 21 happens to be a Sunday and a public holiday… (and) did not once bother to check whether the key SIT officers, who are appointed by the Supreme Court, were present in Gujarat on March 21, 2010.” (http://www.narendramodi.com/post/Baseless-allegations-are-being-leveled-to-defame-Gujarat.aspx). What followed was a deafening silence by these media worthies except a few who retracted their original, misleading report. These worthies seemed to think it was okay to abandon even basic decency and dispensed with issuing an apology. But it didn’t end there.

After the SIT questioning, which actually took place on March 28, the media turned its guns on Amitabh Bachchan for agreeing to promote Gujarat Tourism. The media’s sights though were still firmly fixed on Mr Narendra Modi. Bachchan responded to this criticism with a longish blog post (http://bigb.bigadda.com/?p=4890) defending his stand.

The other side of the coin shows the same media game but with a different picture: The media completely mutes Gujarat’s stellar economic achievements, programmes for rural women, superb road connectivity, impressive infrastructure, and exemplary governance all under Mr Narendra Modi’s chief ministership. If it does condescend to mention these, it comes with the sickening rider: What about the riots of 2002, Mr Modi?

While all this may seem like an encomium to Mr Modi, it is really a call for fairness and balance in public discourse. Which is why it is pertinent to ask some uncomfortable questions to the secular media:

# Should Mr Modi keep indulging every whim of media kangaroo courts or govern the State?
# Is media’s hatred of Mr Modi makes it so so blind that it thinks it’s okay to resort to any vile trick to revile him time and again?
# Does the media even admit to the existence of judicial processes of investigation, trial, and judgement?
# Most importantly, does the media recognise that a Chief Minister is a constitutionally-appointed head of a State?

But given its record, it’s obvious that such questions pose no discomfort to the secular media, which believes that no device, no knavery is too low to bait Mr Modi.

 

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21 comments for “My Op-ed in Pioneer: Maligning Modi

  1. 'Modi'fied
    March 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Strength to Sandeep!

    Cheap Indian media has always been witch hunting for any anti BJP news in general and Gujrat riots in 24×7 TV era was the spectacle that they couldnot afford to miss a chance on.

    The best CMs of Central India Dr.Raman Singh & Shivraj Chauhan have no place in media except for the Narendra Kumar incident. You talk about Gujrat roads, take a ride on the State Highways of Madhya Pradesh they are just world class in contrast to worst roads 10 years back.

    Looking at the street fights of bangalore, it is disheartening to see that BJP fools itself by playing into the hands of the stupid media.

    On TIME magazine article NDTV had no article to mention it and CNN article had a link that took to a wrong destination, such is the coverage they give to a legend.

    I seriously think its time for Army to take over and make NAMO the PM for the next 10 years without elections. That will be the end of India’s horrible state of affairs.

    Sincerely,
    NAMO Fan

  2. July 23, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    I sincerely sympathize with atheists. But what sickens me is their lack of courage when it comes to evil practices of some religions. They only seem to gather courage against some devout but harmless ones to “prove” their “ideology”: a pseudo-secular feature.
    @Jal Park, This principle you talk of is good on paper. No culture/religion has survived so far without some support from rulers. Is state a holy grave that consists of concrete slabs and some Pinda thrown around or is it us the people?

  3. Jay
    July 7, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Modi is the greatest leader in India….HE NEEDS TO BE THE PM asap..

  4. June 26, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    I do believe that if the government wants to ban the slaughter of cows, it should also ban the slaughter of all other animals. Each animal’s life is as valuable as another just like my life is valuable to myself.

    I don’t mind the government banning cow slaughter (and all other animal slaughter) on humanitarian grounds, but not on religious ones. There should be a separation of religion and government (we don’t do a good job of it, but it’s something to aspire to) and introducing more regulations based on the religion of a group of people (no matter how large) is wrong in principle…

  5. hindu militant
    June 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    @archpagan thanks for the info. I didnt know this. I am a non-bengali, but I know how much the average bengali worships vivekananda (bibi-ka-nanda) ahem. These left6ists they even called Netaji Subhash as TOJO’s dog. (Tojo was the Prime Minister of japan during Netaji’s time.)
    Now they call modi naradham. If I was in his place I would take it as a badge of honour.!!!

  6. May 12, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    Dear Sandeep,

    If March 21 was a Sunday and a public holiday, how come Modi finally got invited on March 28 (which would also be a Sunday). Is March 28 the right date, or is it a typo?

    Thanks
    Dinesh

  7. Sid
    April 20, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    @Archpagan,
    I can not agree with you more. I generally try to avoid the liberal Congress-i ass-kissing and pseudo-intellectual (unfortunately my Janmabhumi is today full of them) BS, but I remember last time I opened their website, I found one editorial where one smart-ass documentary film-maker wrote how he found image of peace in Osama Bin Laden’s smile when he saw his photo immediately after 9/11. Yes, no kidding!!!! These people are even worse than slimes and before I read that new low I did not know if it was possible to trump Slimes in that area.

  8. Archpagan
    April 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Ananda Bazar Patrika, the Bangla daily loves to call him ‘Naradham Narendra Modi’. Hundred years back, another Narendra, the great Narendranath Dutta a.k.a Swami Vivekananda earned the nickname ‘BIBI-KA-NANDA’ from his contemporay ‘progressive’ media. Like the progressive worthies of the past, the AnandaBazarwallas will go down the gutter of History.

  9. AP Keshari
    April 15, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Good perspectives.
    For those who want to delve deepers, KV Kamath’s book “Narendra Modi: Architect of a Modern State” might be worth a read.

    As always, Sandeep, strength to you!

  10. mindsense
    April 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    the point is when will the larger section of this country
    understand the game media is conducting? when will india shrug out of its deep slumber?

    when will we come out of the media sped trance and open our eyes and minds
    and for once use our free will and judge things as per one’s common sense .
    dont we se the arrongant attitude of the msm,how come NGOs and their planted theories
    getaway without any mention? isnit a henious crime to make up stories about murder?
    the thought itself makes one sick.

    why is media after modi so bad? i havent heard modi talk of cast creed religion ever.
    and what makes a retard gandhi a hero? running up and down jumpimg out of a train,
    waving hands like he has lost control of his hands? if they were so devoted towards development
    what makes india poor even after 60 yrs of kaangress rule?

    we need show media the middle finger and say STFUP

  11. seadog4227
    April 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Dear Sandeep,
    The ownership of the ELM ensures that they will forever be biased in all matters concerning Hindus.There are not many states left where the Hindus have a chance, but Gujarat is an impregnable stronghold. Modi is a real danger because he is an excellent leader and governor and a staunch Hindu.His speeches command vast audiences. His visit to Pune before the last Lok Sabha elections drew astonishing crowds who hung on to his every word. His command and authority is absolute, and he delivers.
    The secular brigade know that he is the leading Hindu icon–why not go for the jugular and demoralize all Hindus by default? In stark contrast, the INC/ UPA has no leader of any stature or command. Of course Modi has made mistakes, eg. Banning Jaswant Singh’s book etc. But his power and drive is currently unmatched by any other politician. Surely leaders of Indian industry are not indulging in mere lip service when they praise his regime?

  12. viva kermani
    April 15, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Ah Modi! The man they love to hate
    This is what it is all about really. No other riot in this country have been talked about, used and abused, butchered to bits, exaggerated as the Gujarat riots.
    Teesta and her crew of so called secularist have embarked on a hate Modi campaign taking the media along in a very organized manner. There is enough and more evidence that demonstrates that the Gujarat riots were not organized. To say that it was organized is ridiculous. Strangely in this whole spiel of Modi the Mass Murderer of Muslims, what comes out loud and clear is that the secular activists brigade are the only ones who have launched an organized ,outrageous riot in the media – that is where the complicity lies.
    Sandeep asks the right questions,which when you answer , the truth unfolds and you know where the evil nexus lies.
    Well done Sir !

  13. larissa
    April 15, 2010 at 6:53 AM
  14. Sandeep
    April 15, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Dharmesh,

    Thanks for the kind words but please go easy on addressing me with nicknames.

  15. Dharmesh
    April 15, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Dear Sandy,, one need correct knowledge and courage, you have it both…

    Boss………………way to go…each and every line…each and every words are truthful……never seen better than this on this issue……

    If you could write something on how worthy media is making hero out of zero (rahul) would be great help to the nation…..you know for me he is just junk rat who will vilify India forever and India will never able to stand up on its own…so please, please write something……

    God Bless you dude

  16. Venkatesh
    April 14, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Sandeep,

    Great Article.

    I just cannot understand one issue. If the media has been lying its heads off joined by some national award winners such as Teesta, why are they not being sued for libel in the court of law? Hopefully that should make them a bit more circumspect about throwing mud on people. Can someone elighten?

  17. Sid
    April 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Sandeep,

    A good article. Expecting to read something from you about that.

  18. Ram
    April 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Sandeep,
    This is one more brick to build a strong nation and I want more of them. We have to support true nationalists in whatever form that we can.

  19. Ranganaathan
    April 14, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Well timed article. N.Modi deserves to be shown in the right perspective to all Indians, he has patiently taken enough media/NGO bashing. There should be limitations in the media. Present day media does not verify nor apologize for being wrong. Educated Indians should exercise their franchise to throw out these pseudo secular masters of media. The entire nations pride & integrity is at stake. Again thanks for the well deserved article

  20. H M Suthar
    April 14, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    We can not say our intelligents and so called secularists have gone bankrupt but it is a well calculated attempt on their part to gain cheap popularity and medals. In the process they have forgotten the damage they have inflicted on credibility of pillars of our democratic society. so called NGOs and well as the fourth esate of our democracy has shown over enthusiasm in carrying forward nay, planning and executing and carrying forwarding the task. The people of Gujarat have not been fooled and we must believe entire nation will one day realise the truth. Hope it does not get too late.

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