This is in response to “Face the nation” by Rajdeep Sardesai 01st April 2010
Confession of a neo mullah of secularism! This is the day of confessions and damage control. All publications are carrying stories and articles backtracking from the rabid communalism that they have been practicing in the garb of secularism. What is the reason? That we are witness to this change of heart!
1. Mr. Modi’s appearance before SIT, breaking his silence after 8 long years.
2. Blog by Mr. Modi, his speech in the Gujarat assembly in Feb 2002 and all the appeals made by him on DoorDarshan which are now in public domain. The media had not mentioned this fact for last 8 years.
3. Refusal by Mr. Bachchan to join issue with congress and his maintaining a dignified silence in the face of extreme uncalled for provocation.
4. Realisation by the Congress that in the event of any SIT being established for past or future misdeeds it would not be able to avoid appearing before it.
5. Public outrage at the conduct of the Congress Party and mainstream English Media.
Manish Tiwari will no longer froth at the mouth on mere mentioning the names Bachchan or Modi. The public at large has delivered its message loud and clear pygmies cannot take on the colossus’ Bachchan and Modi. Watching news on TV might just have turned the corner, may become pleasurable once again. News might not get distorted into propaganda for a political party and its first family.
Now let us examine this self confessed secularist who has been preaching communalism for past 8 years, without facts or basis, he and his ilk have polarized the society with such speed and to an extreme that even most accomplished communalist has been wonderstruck and rendered unemployed.
Rajdeep Sardesai the people of this country including me want justice for 2002, just as we want justice for 1984,1993 and many other gory events before and after 2002 that make our stomachs churn. Your singular focus and freezing of Gujarat in a time machine dated 28th Feb 2002 is unacceptable. The outcry from the public is for even handed treatment, which you twisted to make it appear as pro or anti Modi. We are also witness to the 26years marathon being run by Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and the Congress party to somehow avoid the clutches of the law. The 3000 innocent Indians who were killed on the streets of Delhi are entitled to justice and the media shall have to get equally active on that. Gujarat of 2002 has to be taken out of that deep freezer where you and other self confessed guardian of secularism have placed it. You not just targeted a state in India, a duly elected head of the State of Gujarat; you insulted the people of India who raised their voices against your biased and motivated reporting. Your lack of ethics in the vocation of your choice, partisan treatment, arrogance and inability to take onboard different viewpoints resulted in dropping of rating for your news channel. Today you stand discredited before the Indian public. Comparing your channel to BBC will not bestow any honor or respect.
You still have much more distance to travel, it is going to be a very hard lesson for you and your channel, this lesson will have to be learnt, the bitter pill will have to be swallowed or you shall be permanently rendered irrelevant in the industry of your choice. For far too long you have spewed venom at individuals not deserving this treatment. The victim hood that you allude to is a figment of your imagination. The 4th pillar of Indian democracy has been corrupted! Fresh steel needs to be infused so that they ensure that the governments perform in this country. Watch dogs of democracy cannot be transformed into pet poodles of the political party in power. Kangroo courts established by the congress cannot be manned by their publicists who masquerade as Media houses.
Rule of law shall prevail in this country! The final judgment shall be delivered by the duly constituted courts and not by another political party or the motivated media. Awards you may gather, nominations you may get, respectability as a professional you will have to earn, for that cannot be bestowed by the political party of your choice. In the final analysis it is us the public who will deliver the verdict on the credibility of the publication or the TV channel. Your hour of reckoning is here very apt heading “FACE THE NATION” it is your turn.