Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 24 will henceforth be observed as National Slap Day… and more tweets

I have collected here some of the interesting tweets on Sharad Pawar being slapped in public, including mine. Do visit other tweets of these posters.  They are patriotic Bharatiyas- they need the support of all awakened citizens.

Gaurang G. Vaishnav

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

November 24 will henceforth be observed as National Slap Day…

varungandhi80 Varun Gandhi

Sure-fire of ensuring Parliament runs. Make Harvinder Singh one of the marshals

shivsinghDESH Shiv Sharan Singh

Slap on SharadPawar was undemocratic but LathiCharge, Tear gases on people gathered at Ramlilla was democratic? Media is in worst phase.

bchowla bhuvnesh chowla

RahulG asked UP crowds,”Aap Ko gussa Nahin atta Kya?Harvinder heard him

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

This Pune mayor, Rajpal deserves a slap too.. RT @ietweet Attack on #Pawar: Mayor calls for bandh today:

RT_Diffrent Rahul tiwari

who is more eligible than Digvijaya RT @shivsinghDESH: वैसे अगला शिकार कौन होगा ?

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav


@thekiranbedi Kuchh galat nahi hua.These blood sucking, corrupt, criminal pols deserve to be hanged. Thappadse kya hoga?  (in response to Kiran Bedi who tweeted Yeh galat hua.)

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@Lata_MV @avinashbhat01 @swamy39 @ZoomIndianMedia Woh thappad to bahut bhari padnewali hai! (reference to Subramanian Swamy going after Sonia and Rahul.)

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

Sharad Pawar: “I was told that somebody tried to attack me, but nothing special.” .. Tried? Didnt he feel the slap?

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@mediacrooks Someone should try again but this time harder, so it registers!

HeathaT Heather Timmons

Most comments on our Pawar slap piece are Americans cheering: “More effective than #OWS,” says… @nytindia

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@HeathaT @nytindia You mean OPC- Occupy Politican’s cheek?

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@HinduIDF @codedvirus I added one more to “like”. hats off to Harvinder Singh but Pawar deserves much more than that.@vicharak1

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Shot that was heard round the world- Oops, that was the slap on Sharad Pawar #corrupt #criminal #crook #slap #Traitor

MissWeera Weera

Why is Lok Sabha camera zooming on Supriya Sule ‘s face? is that where the cameraman wants the next #thappad to be? #twoplustwo (Supriya is the daughter of Sharad Pawar).

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

@shivsinghDESH I think Lallu is afraid of several thappads. (Lalu criticizing Sharad Pawar Thappad.)

CNN-IBN Apolgizes for duping viewing public

CNN-IBN says: “At CNNIBN we remain committed to fair and impartial journalism and do not intend any disrespect towards any religion or community. ”  This is a news to me. Either they do not think of Hindu Dharma as a religion and Hindus as a community, or I have been snorting high grade cocaine all these years when watching Sagarika Ghosh and her cohorts! – Gaurang G. Vaishnav


Here is mail,which I received from CNN-IBN’s legal head.

Vinay Joshi

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kshipra Jatana <>
Date: 25 November 2011 12:37
Subject: RE: Complaint regarding content
To: Vinay Joshi <>, complaint <>
Dear Mr. Joshi,

Thank you for your email to us.

Face The Nation, is a late night–10pm–show. Often our esteemed panelists cannot come to our studio or OB location at that time as they are in remote locations or unavailable at 10pm at night. We thus record small interviews with them, after taking their consent that this will be played in the Face The Nation debate. This was done with Sri Sriji as he was in Mirzapur, UP, and not able to come to our studio at 10pm.

We should have made it clear to our viewers that it was a recorded interview and not a Live interview. We accept our mistake and have given an unqualified and unconditional apology for the error on our channel. We have even called on Sri Sriji in Bangalore and tendered our apologies to him. He has forgiven us and said for him the matter is closed.

There was absolutely no intention on our part to disrespect a universally beloved and esteemed spiritual leader like Sri Sri Ravishankar.

At CNNIBN we remain committed to fair and impartial journalism and do not intend any disrespect towards any religion or community. If we unwittingly did so, we are deeply apologetic.

Thank you for your interest in CNN IBN


Kshipra Jatana | EVP & Head Legal

TV18 Broadcast Limited

From: Vinay Joshi []
Sent: 23 November 2011 20:25
To: complaint
Subject: Complaint regarding content

Dear Ms. Kshipra Jatana,

EVP & Head Legal

TV18 Broadcast Limited


CNN-IBN has broadcasted programme titled “Face the Nation” on November 9, 2011,the topic of the discussion was, “Should spiritual leaders participate in anti-corruption campaign?” Sagarika Ghosh was an anchor conducting the episode. A prerecorded interview of Sri Sri RaviShankar, the spiritual head of Art of Living, was passed on as a live one. The manner in which the various quotes of Sri Sri Ravishankar were used clearly showed that there was a malicious attempt to demonise Sri Sri. Ravishankar.

IBN shamelessly fabricated, manipulated, amended and twisted the pre-recorded interview of Shri Shri Ravishankar and presented it to audience as LIVE debate with Shri Shri Ravishankar.On September 16.2011 News Broadcasting Standards Authority’s Annie Joseph with her signature on it, had issued advisory to all it’s members regarding use of cation “LIVE”.But within very short time span Sagarika Ghosh efficiently sidelined the advisory.

It clearly proves that CNN-IBN staff neither respects such a advisory nor it has any value for NBA advisory. Also manner with which Sagarika Ghosh conducted the episode proves that she clearly knew that Shri Shri Ravishankar is not live, also she was aware about fabrication made with interview, but she had intention to demonize Ravishankar.

With this letter,I am requesting you to take stern action against Anchor Sagarika Ghosh and editor of the channel along with each and every person responsible for this cheating If you fails to do so,I have to explore other possible ways to punish respective persons, who cheated audience and Shri Shri Ravishankar.


Vinay Joshi

Indian American lawmakers demand Kentucky Republican’s apology

The  Pioneer


Three Indian American lawmakers from Maryland have demanded an “immediate apology” from David Williams, a hopeful for the gubernatorial post, for his “offensive remarks” against Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for participating in Hindu prayers with a dot on his forehead.

In a joint statement, Delegates Kumar Barve, Aruna Miller and Sam Arora from Maryland condemned the “offensive remarks” made by Kentucky State Senator and called for an “immediate retraction and apology”.

Early this week, Williams had lashed out at Beshear for his participation in a ‘bhoomi poojan’ or ground breaking ceremony of a manufacturing facility.

Williams charged that the actions of Beshear were tantamount to “idolatry” and criticised him for “sitting down there with his legs crossed, participating in Hindu prayers with a dot on his forehead.”

“His words were an insult to all Americans, not just to Hindus. I have served in the Maryland House of Delegates for more than two decades and have never heard an elected official use such reprehensible language toward their fellow citizens,” Barve said.

“In the difficult times we face, I cannot fathom why anyone would choose to use such inflammatory language instead of celebrating the economic impact and jobs the plant will create,” Miller said.

Arora said, “As a Baptist, I am embarrassed that someone would try to use our faith as cover for such inappropriate remarks.”

Yesterday, Williams had sought to clarify his remarks.

In a statement, he said, he believes in freedom of religion but believes Governor Beshear has worked to “undermine the Christian faith”.

Meanwhile, Washington-based Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has launched a public campaign against Williams seeking his apology.

“We need you to act! In one minute you can send a message to Williams, informing him that his words are unacceptable and demanding an apology,” HAF said in a mass e-mail sent to its support base in US.

“I request you to make a public apology, not only to those Hindus who you have so blatantly disrespected, but to the countless Americans who value and understand the importance of diversity in our country,” says the draft of the letter provided by HAF.

Canada introduces new ‘super visa’ for families


Canadian officials announced a new two-year, multi-entry “super visa” for parents and grandparents of immigrants settled in Canada.

The move came after wait times for sponsorship of “family class” applications had grown to an unwieldy seven years or longer.

“Without taking action, those times will continue to grow, and that is unacceptable,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in announcing the move yesterday.

“Action must be taken to cut the backlog, reduce the wait times, and ensure that the parents and grandparents program is sustainable over the long run,” Kenney said.

The multiple-entry “Parent and Grandparent Super Visa” will be valid for up to 10 years, officials said, and allow applicants to remain in Canada for 24 months before needing seek visa renewal.

The new visas will begin on December 1 and will be issued, “on average, within eight weeks of the application,” officials said.

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