Modi Tag

There used to be a time not too long ago when the most charitable thing that the media said about Modi went something like this: “Narendra Modi is no stranger to controversy.” The story of how that narrative changed after the courts exonerated him in the riots cases and with how the Gujarat economic juggernaut kept rolling doesn’t need repetition. Today, no matter how hard the media tries, it simply cannot find a single thread to bash Modi, even the flimsiest, which it can expand, elongate and editorialize enough toRead More
My oped entitled Justice Delivered on the Best Bakery judgment was published in One India today. Comments and criticism welcome as always. The Bombay High Court’s verdict on the Best Bakery case delivered on 9 July is in many ways a landmark judgment. The hearing, which went on continuously for a record 126 days starting on 5 March, was followed by the prosecution proceedings beginning on 19 June up to 1 July. The Best Bakery trial is also unique in another respect: it was held in open court in theRead More
Starting about two months ago, the spate of attacks in the media and elsewhere on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been relentless. Narendra Modi is no stranger to having all sorts of abuses, denunciation, and innuendo heaped upon him—for about a decade, he’s faced heat on exactly one issue. Now that the Gujarat riots issue cannot be milked any longer, he’s being attacked for his supposedly authoritarian style of governance, his “false” claims of Gujarat’s growth story, and even silly things that resemble a schoolboy’s complaint to his teacher.Read More
The latest news item to cause a fresh bout of uncontrollable loose motions in the Indian English media is seeing Narendra Modi’s picture on the cover of the Time magazine. Here’s the picture in question: Being the long-time Congress-cultivated Pavlovian breed that they are, the media wasted no time in giving wide coverage to the Congress party’s trashing of Modi instead of actually examining what the piece says. In a line, the Time piece authored by some Jyoti Thottam repeats the same lies about Modi’s involvement in the Gujarat riots,Read More

Posted On March 5, 2012By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Politics, Media Watch, Nehruvianism

Brazen Bias

It looks like Salil Tripathi, of late, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. First it was this piece on Center Right India that examined his claims of being a libertarian, pro-free market, etc that led to some delightful exchanges on Twitter. And then he wrote an opinion piece in Mint titled Incredible Impunity, which should actually be titled Brazen Bias. Of all the responses I read to this piece, only Kanchan Gupta’s two–part series that takes apart Salil’s hitjob on Modi is the best.Read More
Are death anniversaries celebrated? “Celebrated” is an unfortunate choice of word to use in the same breath as “death.” And no, that word choice is not mine. It is the media’s. Somebody’s death anniversary is not celebrated unless that person is someone like Stalin. Speaking of which, Jawaharlal Nehru was the only head of a democratic state in the world who mourned the death of “Marshall” Stalin. Death anniversaries of the truly great and noble people rightfully deserve the label Memorial Day. Does anybody “celebrate” Jallianwallah Bagh? If the answerRead More
This was published today in the Pioneer. Comments and criticism are welcome as always. Media lionises a rogue cop SUNDAY, 09 OCTOBER 2011 Sanjiv Bhatt, the IPS officer who has levelled sweeping and baseless allegations against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, has a mile-long history sheet of violating every possible rule in the book — from abusing TADA to harass innocent people to planting narcotics to frame an innocent lawyer. His service record is blotted with several observations of his shameful conduct. Yet, for media he is a hero! There’sRead More
It couldn’t get any worse for the vile galaxy that comprises the media, intelligentsia, academia and the usual gang of Gujarat Cottage Industry freebooters. Let’s call it the media in short because it’s the media that gleefully opens its legs pages and studios and helps spread the poison. The Supreme Court today has delivered them a body blow by exonerating the object of their collective hatred. The Supreme Court today directed a Gujarat trial court to examine the report of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the amicus curae’s reviewRead More
This was published today in the Pioneer. Comments and criticism welcome as always. Modi-baiters stand unmasked August 25, 2011    Sandeep B A sizeable section of the English media has been suspiciously enthusiastic about touting allegations as proof as far as the 2002 Gujarat violence is concerned. Recent revelations about those agitating against Narendra Modi and his Government have exposed them for what they are: Liars and myth-mongers. IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt is one such ‘crusader’ who should be shamed and shunned by all Intellectuals, academics, a sizeable section of theRead More
After dealing with how the creative mathematicians at Hindustan Times massaged the Bosserina’s ego, we move on to another vile “survey” conducted by Star News—Nielsen. The amazing part of this “survey” is the fact that it has published nothing about the survey itself except the following “results”: Number of respondents: 9000 odd people drawn from 28 cities across the country Congress party stands to win 30% of votes if elections were held tomorrow, a loss of 7% from its previous vote share percentage BJP’s vote share percentage is 23 ManmohanRead More
There is no other way to say this: every blow hurled at Narendra Modi only seems to add to his strength. In the 60+ years post-Independence, no other politician has been the target of sustained vilification and motivated witch-hunting as Narendra Modi. Yet, after every such attempt, he has managed to only emerge stronger. An immediate answer to this phenomenon of moving from strength to strength is the fact that his actions are the only, and powerful critics-silencers. However, the other and more crucial answer is this: exemplary leadership derivingRead More