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Top Lies spread by Indian Media in August 2015

OpinIndia has done a yeoman’s service by compiling #presstitutes’ blatant lies in the month of August. One can use this to silence those who use the epitaph Modi-Bhaktas for those who criticize the Mainstream Media.

http://www.opindia.com/2015/09/top-lies-spread-by-indian-media-in-august-2015/

Top Lies spread by Indian Media in August 2015

Big Lies:

1. 1 August 2015: India Today group – Salim Khan says Salman being targetted for his religion. 

India Today ran an interview of Salim Khan done by Rajdeep Sardesai and presented a blaring headlineScreenshot_2015-08-01-22-54-06 that Salim Khan says Salman is being targetted because of being a Muslim. There were two interviews done, one in English and one in Hindi. Initially the English interview was released. In this version Salim Khan doesn’t even come close to saying anything like this. Yet, as seen in screen-grab of the same interview, the tickers claim he said something like this.

The 2nd interview in Hindi was later released. In this again, Rajdeep repeatedly goads Salim Khan to give him the answer he wants:

Rajdeep: Is Salman a soft target because he is a Muslim?

Salim Khan: Not only Muslim, Muslim and a celebrity. If an ordinary Muslim from behrampeda or bhindi bazaar would have given this statement, would this road be closed then?

From the above Salim Khan made it clear that If Salman was being targetted for being a muslim, other muslims too would have been targetted. But the difference between Salman and other muslims was he is a celebrity, hence he gets targetted. Editor of India Today, Shiv Aroor too accepted that since they have put it in quotes, it should have been an exact quote. Obviously it was a massively twisted quote. Perhaps this is what prompted India Today to later delete the tweet which said “Salim Khan says Salman being targetted for his religion”

2. 3 August 2015: Hindustan Times – Asaram turns saint in the pages of NCERT textbook

This story began with an ANI News report which said in Rajasthan in a class III textbook, Asaram was listed as Untitled“Country’s famous saints”. Hindustan Times went ahead with this story and for reason claimed that this was found in an NCERT textbook. They even got quotes from various individuals panning the NCERT board. Fact is, if one checked the NCERTtextbooks for class III from Rajasthan, such a chapter is not present in any of the books. Eventually, the Hindustan Times published a small corrigendum apologising for their incorrect report, although the web version still carries the wrong report. This was after the MHRD forced them to issue a corrigendum.

3. 5 August 2015: The Hindu – Govt orders all officers to turn up for Modi’s I-day address. “Tone and Tenor of circular surprises many”  A Central Government circular

Untitledmandated that all officials be present at the PM’s Independence Day speech. Although this is a routine cricular, The Hindu made it sure that it would alarm you by adding a theme to this news that suggested this circular had “surpised many by its tone and tenor”. As it turns out, a few days after this front page burst, The Hindu had to publish a small clarification in the inner pages which said that their earlier story was an “exaggeration of facts” and that the circular in question was in line with the “standard practice”.

4. 6 August 2015: India Today – Sonia says Naga Peace deal Unacceptable.  India Today claimed that Sonia Gandhi had termed the Naga Peace Deal “unacceptable”. UntitledThey published a story with this title, but nowhere in the story was the exact quote of Sonia Gandhi given, where she claimed the deal was “unacceptable”. As it turns out, she never said this but it could have been said by Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M). Sonia on the other hand, seemed more miffed at being kept in the dark about this historic deal. India Today showed great speed an alacrity and deleted the wrong tweet and corrected the story on the very same day, and gave it a new headline “Sonia says Naga peace deal shows Modi govt’s arrogance”

5. 11 August 2015: TheWire.in – BJP, Including Modi when he was CM, blocked GST for political ends.This claim has been made repeatedly by Congress leaders but it was surprising to see a news site take this stand too. We had written a separate post on this, where we showed via news articles of the time, that Non-BJP states including Congress states had opposed UPA’s GST bill for various reasons. Also, the BJP states which did oppose GST then, had clearly spelt out their reasons and demands, and since these demands were now satisfied and the GST bill was amended, they had supported this revised GST. TheWire.in did not include both these facts in their one-sided post which was written by M K Venu.

6. 15 August 2015 : Mail Online – The terrible plight of Indian elephants In the above piece, it was claimed that Elephants are tortured at the Guruvayur temple in Kerala. It claimed that Elephants were “Chained to the same spot for 20 years, Beaten into submission at secret jungle training camps.” All the claims made in this article were demolished in a detailed post by Prem Panicker on a blog.

7. 18 August 2015: All Media – Major relief for Congress in National Herald case, sources say Enforcement Directorate will close it We had written a separate post on this, where we showed hoe various news sites like CNN IBN, India Today, Firstpost and Zee News had misreported this news. First of all, none of the stories highlighted the fact  the National Herald case with the ED was different from the National Herald case going on in courts. Secondly the ED never had any open National Herald case, so question of “closing” it never arose. ED only refused to file a PMLA case in the issue on “technical grounds” and since it felt it was too early. Some reports suggested this was due to “lack of evidence”. Keeping in mind all these distortions, the use of the phrase “major relief” was highly misleading.

8. Reuters and then Indian Media – Pakistan cancels Commonwealth conference to highlight ‘Kashmir issue’ The story begins with Pakistan, the host nation, not inviting the J & K speaker at the Commonwealth conference in Islamabad. To this, India objected strongly and threatened to boycott the conference. Now, as per the Reuters report (which was written by a Pakistani journalist based on inputs of Pakistani officials), Pakistan cancelled the conference “to raise the Kashmir issue”. This was perceived as a “hardening of stance by Pakistan”, to “provoke India“, by many Indian MSM outlets. Fact is, Pakistan did not cancel the conference. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) issued a statementthat the Executive Committee cancelled the meet because Pakistan did not invite the J & K speaker. In fact, certain sites like The Hindu and CNN IBN even reported that This should have been considered a  out of  members of the CPA executive committee voted to cancel the talks because Pakistan had ” violated the CPA constitution by not inviting an eligible member” . This was a diplomatic win for India, but it was portrayed in the media differently.

921 August 2015: All Media – Misbah Quadri denied flat in a Mumbai colony for being a Muslim. This news broke in May 2015. Soon after it surfaced, follow up reports suggested the story was false but only now has the story been proved to be false. Quadri had then claimed that she was being discriminated against because of her religion and was not being given a flat in a colony. The media did not employ any sort of fact check and blared the story all over. Later some outlets like Hindustan Times & Mid-day decided to look at the other side and did not find evidence to back her claim. Now, the cops have finished the investigation and found no evidence to support her claim. There were other Muslim families living in the same colony and none had been persecuted.

10. 21 August 2015: Times Now Congress Sweeps Civic Polls in Rajasthan First the cold facts and figures: In the Rajasthan Civic Polls, BJP managed to win clear majority in 66 of the 129 local bodies, and claimed to be able to form the board in another 14 bodies. Even if we take 66, it is above the 50% of 129 and can surely mean only 1 thing. Yet, Times Now had this coverage: “Congress Sweeps Civic Polls, Makes Lalitgate Inroads “. To add to the joke, On the very next day, Times of India carried a story in print as well as online, which contradicted Times Now. It said “BJP sweeps Civic Polls in Rajasthan, Congress fails to capitalize on Lalitgate”. Yes 2 media outlets from the same group had 2 different interpretations of the same set of numbers!

11. 21 August 2015: PTI – India’s GDP Can Double in 3 Years: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu PTI claimed that Suresh Prabhu, at a fucntion in Kolkata claimed that India’s GDP can double in 3-3.5 years. Simple arithmetic would show that to achieve this India would have to grow at a minimum of 20 odd % per year (compounded annually). Even the improbability of this figure did not throw off PTI. Hence, Minister Suresh Prabhu had to clarify on twitter. He said this was a case of “complete misreporting” and he had said it would take 6-6.5 years for GDP to double. He also expressed his frustration that so many sites were carrying PTI’s wrong report. We could find 2 sites, which relied on an IANS report, which correctly reported that Suresh Prabhu had 6-6.5 years.

12. 21 August 2015: PTI – India calls off NSA level talks with Pakistan. PTI reported this Breaking News which was soon picked up by all media outlets. It was based on PTI’s interpreattion of India’s strongly worded response to Pakistan’s statement on the NSA level talks. India had only said that they cannot talk if Pakistan does not honour its commitments, but PTI in the hurry of being the first to break this news, misreported it completely. ANI News, was 3 minutes late as compared to PTI, but had the facts right after they confirmed the same with Government sources.

13. 22 August 2015: Janata Ka Reporter and Hindustan Times – Delhi court says Delhi police’s action was ‘actuated by political vendetta,’ on Commando Surinder’s arrest In what in reality is an exhibit of poor knowledge of English and legal terms, Janata ka Reporter and Hindustan Times claimed  that a Delhi court had stated that Commando Surinder’s arrest was “actuated by political vendetta”, and hence he was given bail. The exact statement of the court is as follows:

“Furthermore, it has been averred that this case is actuated by political vendetta. Thus, no prejudice is likely to be caused to the prosecution in case the accused persons are admitted to bail,”

The key word here is “averred” which both the media outlets seem to have misunderstood. “Averred” means to have been “stated” and in legal parlance, means “allege as a fact in support of a plea”. In the current context, the judge had said that the defendant i.e. Commando Surinder had stated that the case was of political vendetta. It was not the judge’s observation, as interpreted by Janata ka Reporter & Hindustan Times. Also, the reason for giving bail was that “none of the offences for which they have been booked were punishable with jail term for more than seven years and there was no chance of their absconding or fleeing from justice“.

14. 24 August 2015: All Media – The “Pervert” who “molested” Jasleen Kaur This case is far too well known now. Mid-day , DailyO & Times Now called him a “Pervert”. His crime was reported to be “sexual harassment” and “molestation”. These are just a few examples but media, relying only on the version of Jasleen Kaur branded a Delhi youth as a criminal. All this, even when Jasleen’s first tweet only claimed that the guy had made “obscene remarks”. Later, an independent eyewitness trashed Jasleen’s version and said although the guy might have violated a traffic law, it was a standard altercation between Jasleen (who was volunteering to be manage traffic) and the guy. Many more issues further came up and slowly Jasleen’s claims seemed to be exaggerated to the say the least. But MSM had ruined the “pervert’s” name on the very first day, without a basic cross check.

15. 26 August 2015: All Media – Sensationalised reporting of Census data. “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”, is an age old phrase, and Indian MSM, when faced with huge data like the Religious Census figures, used all sort of twisted arguments to present whatever they wanted. Some like The Hindu andNDTV reported that “Muslim population growth slows” while not mentioning that Hindu population rate of growth also fell, and Muslim rate of growth was still the highest among all religions. PTI claimed that “Hindu population declined”, but the fact is the absolute population of Hindus grew, only the proportion of Hindus declined.

Miscellaneous Lies:

13 August 2015: PTI – Sonia pulls up Agriculture Minister for ‘outrageous’ statement on farmers’ suicides This PTI report was carried by Mid-day as it is , and was later changed by Mid-day when the error they carried from the PTI story was pointed out. The report said “Sonia pulls up Agriculture Minister”. Since Sonia neither appointed the minister, nor is in power, she couldnt technically “pull up” the minister. Mid-day editor Sachi Kalbag accepted the error and changed the headline later.

2. 4 August 2015: CNN IBN – BJD joins JDU, CPI, CPM, RSP, NCP, TMC, AAP & Congress protest against suspension of MPs from LS IBN claimed that along with other UPA faithfuls, BJD too protested against the suspension of Congress MPs from the Lok Sabha for unruly behaviour. Fact is BJD did not join the protest. This was pointed out by numerous twitter users and even BJD MP Baijayant Jay Panda refutedthis news.

3. 5 August 2015: The Hindu – Right-wing group attacks FTII This lie is actually from July but since we did not notice it then, it is being reported now. As can be seen from the attached screenshot, The Hindu hadUntitled reported that “Right Wing groups” had attacked FTII. This is apparent from the google search result and the byline which appears with the post. But when one actually went through the post, one could see that it clearly mentioned “unidentified vandals”. The only mention of a “right wing group” was of some group called “Patit Pavan Sanghatana”, which as the report itself says, had only rallied behind Mr. Chauhan  and protested against FTII. Did The Hindu make the inference that this group itself were the vandals? If so, why did they later change their headline to: “FTII seeks police protection”. It seems The Hindu was caught on the wrong foot and then hurriedly corrected itself.

4. 9 August 2015: Dainik Bhaskar – Rahul Mahajan was a close friend of Radhe Maa. Rahul Mahajan was one of the few celebrities who openly came out against God-woman Radhe Ma, posting her pictures in “indecent clothing” on Twitter. Yet, Dainik Bhaskar in their report claimed that Rahul was once an “inseparable friend” of Radhe Ma. Rahul took objection to this false claim and clarified on twitter that far from being a friend, he had never even met Radhe Ma. Bhaskar subsequently updated their post.

5. 18 August 2015: Indian Express and ABP News (at least) – Preity Zinta to IPL officials: Some of my players may have been linked to suspicious activity

News reports from a section of media claimed that Zinta had told BCCI officials  that some players from Kings XI Punjab may have indulged in “suspicious activities” linked to throwing matches. The reports also claimed that Zinta had said that she had felt at times that some IPL matches involving her team had followed a pre-decided pattern. Preity in her response on twitter blasted these media houses for the “inaccurate & extremely irresponsible & malicious” story. She clarified that she ahd onlysuggested  random polygraph tests to prevent corruption. She also said A constructive conversation to genuinely make a difference to the game is turned into a destructive article for sensational purpose“. She also said she was very proud of her team  and under no circumstance will she tolerate slander towards her or her team.

6. 25 August 2015: All Media: Sensex records biggest ever fall

Multiple media outlets reported that “Manic Monday” on 25 August the Sensex crashed to its biggest single-day fall ever. The Sensex fell by 1624 points, nearly 6%. But this was not the biggest single-day fall, neither in absolute terms nor in percentage terms (which is more important). One of the days when Sensex had logged higher intra-day losses was on 31 January 2008 when it lost 2063 points i.e. 10.8%. There other occasions too when it recorded larger falls.

7. 25 August 2015: All Media: Anurag Kashyap gets into a brawl with MMA fighter, gets injured!

Multiple Media houses (some have deleted the story now) reported that Anurag Kashyap got injured in a fight with a MMA fighter. This was absed on Kashyap’s Instagram posts where he posted pics of a bandaged eye. As a caption for one of the pics, he said: “Now they put a plaster, this is what happens when you get into a brawl with a MMA fighter”. MSM took off from here, did not bother doing a cross check into his claims and reported it. As it turns out, Kashyap revealed in a Facebook post that he was actually doing a prosthetics test for his eye and he planted the “MMA fighter” part to trap and expose the media. And the media obliged.

8. 25 August 2015: CNN IBN: OROP not financially feasible nor sustainable – Arun Jaitley

Late on 25 August, IBN group was the only one reporting this news. Instantly everyone 1 assumed that OROP had been shelved since IBN reported that Jaitley, the Finance Minister, himself had said OROP is not feasible. The odd thing here was nobody else was reporting this story, no other media house. Only Firstpost, which is a part of the IBN group, reported this, that too based on IBN’s tweet itself. After a few minutes IBN deleted the said tweet. This was after BJP National Gen Secretary Ram Madhav declared on twitter that the news is false. Further, a few days later, the Defence Minister made a statement saying that only “small gaps are being filled in OROP now”.

9. 27 August 2015: IBN 7: Syed Tarikh Pirzada says Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal musy break Hindus on caste line to break India

Pirzada is a Pakistani commentator who often makes anti-India remarks. But this remark was not by him. In fact it was a tweet by a parody account but IBN 7 took it to be real and manufactured a news piece on it.

10. 26 August 2015: Hindustan Times – Muslims in Gujarat decreased by 34.52% between 2001 and 2011

In their print edition, Hindutan Times published the following infographic 1which said population of Muslims in Gujarat had come down from 45.92 lacs in 2001 to 30.07 lacs in 2011. This sort of data fits perfectly in the narrative that “Muslims are being persecuted in Gujarat”. But this data is totally false. A look at the official datareleased by the Census department shows that the population of Muslims in Gujarat in 2011 was in fact 58.46 lacs, and the figure of 30.07 lacs reported by Hindustan Times was only of Male Muslims in Gujarat. Unintentional error? which went unchecked at multiple levels? Even when the massive drop of 34.52 % would have raised alarm bells that something somewhere is wrong?

January 2015: 7 Lies

February 2015: 8 Lies

March 2015: 9 Lies

April 2015: 18 Lies

May 2015: 20 Lies

June 2015: 20 Lies

July 2015: 27 Lies

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FREEDOM FROM ANTI-NATIONAL MEDIA is the theme for this year’s Independence Day on Social Media

FREEDOM FROM ANTI NATIONAL MEDIA is the theme for this year’s Independence Day on Social media. Can GIBV count on your support for this?

BOYCOTT PRESSTITUTE MEDIA

Global Indians for Bharat Vikas (GIBV)  invites you to join in boycotting Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu, India Today, Tehelka, Outlook and other similarly biased newspapers/magazines and offending TV channels like ABP News, Aaj Tak, TimesNow, NDTV, etc.,  on this 15th August by cancelling your subscription, removing their application from your smartphone and let them know that you have cancelled your subscription (and why.)
The idea is to take a selfie with a) crushed / crumpled paper b) paper flushed down toilet c) paper burning d) torn paper e) a black tape/stripe across TV screen with the channel we are protesting against f) a garland of shoes around the channel/TV screen. Whenever and wherever we post a selfie, it should say “Selfie in support of the NATION and against #presstitutes”.

Media BlackoutBoycott Paid Meida- Bharat mapBoycott Paid MediaBoycott Paid Media on August 15thIMG_1697IMG_1703IMG_1709IMG_1711IMG_1712IMG_1714IMG_1718IMG_1717IMG_1715    Selfie in support of the NATION and against #presstitutes

It would help immensely if all of us can make this viral in next couple of days so that on 15th August, these anti national media houses get a big message from us.

On this 15th August, let us work to achieve real freedom from anti-national, anti-majority, biased media. These are the purveyors of lies, half-truths and innuendos. These are the entities that shed tears for convicted terrorist Yakub Memon but relegate details of ex-president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s funeral to inside pages since front pages are occupied  to glorify a terrorist. These are the entities with headline, “Then They Hanged Him”, signifying that the President of India, the Government of India and the highest judicial authority, the Supreme Court were  “They” ; and the newspaper  (and other paid media) were “we”,  Meaning supporters of terrorist Yakub Memon.

Together, we have the power to make a change. Let us use this 15th August to reclaim our true freedom from these anti-national media that has distorted any positive news of people’s and government’s achievements and supported those who are hell-bent on weakening India. This is the ‘paid media’ that is engaged in incessant war on the ethos of our motherland to demoralize the society and weaken the fabric of the society. We cannot progress and have all-round development of the country, until we force such business houses to mend their ways.  Let us do it together.

Please give this wide publicity on social media and in other avenues.

Happy Independence Day! Thanks for your support.

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Narendra Modi’s prime ministry is not the big gamble it seems

By N.V. Subramanian (29 September 2014)

28 September 2014: In some ways, Narendra Modi’s prime ministry appears more counter-intuitive than those of his predecessors. You would imagine that he would seek to make friends and allies in the ruling establishment to stabilize and strengthen his position. By that logic, he would placate his party colleagues in and outside the government and the extended Sangh Parivar which assisted him to gain power. He would wire the permanent civil service in his favour and give it a share of power as happened in the previous United Progressive Alliance regime. He would curry favour with the press, appear beholden to the fat cats of the financial world, and gush at big business. 

Counter-intuitively, Narendra Modi has done none of these things. 

The media loathes his guts. Every passing day of his prime ministry makes it more irrelevant. Industrialists are not crowding Delhi as in the past; the prime minister is said to have pulled up some of his more errant ministers who thought to cozy up to them on the sly. After last week’s bloodless massacre, which saw scores of mid-career officials transferred, the Central bureaucracy is alternatively terrified of and enraged with the prime minister. At a private dinner of Indian Administrative Service and Indian Foreign Service officers, there were powerful voices urging sabotage of the Narendra Modi government. One dialogue resonated above all else, and that was, “We have to break the prime minister before he breaks us. He has to be made to realize he cannot do without us.” 

Nor is the sentiment in Bharatiya Janata Party circles in favour of Narendra Modi. Lok Sabha members from North India feel specially let down. Their group-talk follows this general pattern: “We thought we would make money and have fun in Delhi. No way. Modi has put a stop to all that. We literally drink milk and go to bed. We don’t know when this man will summon us for a late-night meeting. If we smell of alcohol, it is the end of us.” 

This may be typical cow-belt exaggeration. But the fear of Narendra Modi is real. In their fears, he appears omnipotent and omniscient. In any other administration, you would expect MPs to be vying to become ministers; not in this dispensation. Junior MPs plead not to be recommended for ministerships. They consider it a prison sentence, with Modi being the fearsome head warden. Equally, senior members of Sangh Parivar front organizations are unhappy with the prime minister because he won’t slacken the purse strings for them. At one meeting apparently, he exasperatedly explained to them that he was answerable for every naya paisa of government expenditure; they left disgusted. 

Over and above all this, the opposition won’t give him any quarter. If he succeeds in this term and wins another, the dynastic parties are finished for the next twenty years; there will be a generational wipe-out. The Nehru-Gandhis, the Mulayam and Laloo Yadavs and the Karunanidhis won’t stand for that at any cost. Hence the exultation at the victories notched in the Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat by-polls, which may be premature. 

At the same time, Narendra Modi’s foreign policy successes are stirring envy at home and new competition abroad. The Chinese leadership cannot countenance a strong Indian prime minister who would once for all erase the ignominy of the 1962 debacle. Pakistan has already moved into reflexive obstructionist mode, with the Pakistan military stoking jihadi terrorism again in Jammu and Kashmir. And if India rises with Modi, the great powers shan’t be ecstatic; it will mean more multi-polarity. 

Some of the opposition to rising India and Modi is inevitable and unstoppable. If the country’s rise is peaceful, as it is bound to be in India’s case, that would bring its own acceptability. But why would Narendra Modi wish to stir up so much domestic opposition to him after such a handsome victory? Perhaps the answer resides in two things. One is that by nature he is transformative; the status quo does not satisfy him. Second, India is in a political, economic, financial and military-strategic mess; this is all too apparent. Unless Modi cracks the whip, the system will not reform and deliver. But isn’t he making enemies in the system? Won’t the system strike back? 

This writer is convinced that Modi has evaluated the risks and feels no threat to his position so long he can deliver. To deliver, he needs the system, which means the ministers, the bureaucrats, the party apparatus, and so on. He knows the system inside out; he is confident of dominating it. But he needs a bigger alliance with the people to win their recurrent legitimacy and to gain the cushion of time to deliver; hence his direct address to masses via new vehicles of communications like Teacher’s Day and the improvisation of older forms such as the Independence Day speech: defying expectations, he spoke in it of toilets for girls and admonished mothers who wouldn’t rein in their wayward sons. 

Isn’t all this a big gamble; thrusting ahead on people power with a dysfunctional system and a mutinous crew? It is. But Narendra Modi believes he can pull it off. He works harder than anyone in government; he is streamlining the system; he is weeding out the corrupt and plugging the loopholes against bleeding the exchequer. He is imposing new moral norms on his ministers and setting right the warped steel frame of the civil service. The conviction of J.Jayalalithaa indicates the depths to which the country has fallen. Years from now, Modi’s ministers would be glad that he kept them on a tight leash. 

Imperceptibly, the country is changing. Honesty and integrity count for more than ever in public life. The spread of communications, education, knowledge and awareness has diminished the hold of political power on people. Narendra Modi is alive to this vital change and his actions are complimentary. They are probably not as counter-intuitive as they seem. 

 

The Unreal Times: Uttar Pradesh to be renamed “Gujarat” so that coverage of Gujarat riots can continue unabated

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Fresh from launching the proposal to carve a new Telangana state, the UPA government has decided to rename Uttar Pradesh as Gujarat, so that the media can continue to do stellar job of saturation coverage about the Gujarat riots for many more decades to come.

“Things were going awesome so far, what with riots being nearly synonymous with Gujarat 2002,” explained an UPA leader on condition of anonymity,”but over the past few months, this useless Akhilesh has poured water over our hard work with his administrative incompetence. The chap seems to be in no mood to stop the religious divide in his state. Whenever a riot happens, the media does an awesome job by comparing it to 2002, but how long can that go? That’s why we decided on renaming Uttar Pradesh as Gujarat so that the weekly and monthly communal clashes that happen over there can all be considered under Gujarat riots and there can be many more blows to the divisive Modi. Akhilesh can still be the dynamic, charismatic, skull-cap sporting, paragon of secularism.”

Minutes after the decision, news channels were abuzz with headlines about riots in the new Gujarat, with star anchors bending over backwards to do some kick-ass live reporting. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who had earlier called Modi “maut ka saudagar,” has apparently been thinking of calling him “maut ka udhyogpati”, taking into account all the communal clashes in the new Gujarat.

Meanwhile, the BJP went hammer and tongs at the move, with spokespersons Meenakshi Lekhi and Smriti Irani going ballistic in television debates. Soon, however, a consensus was reached after a meeting of Sonia Gandhi, PM Manmohan Singh and senior Congress BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj and LK Advani.

So, TOI has no Shame for spreading lies about Modi

http://news.oneindia.in/2013/07/14/narendra-modi-story-a-hoax-times-of-india-clarifies-1259138.html

Narendra Modi story a hoax – Times of India Clarifies

Bangalore, July 14: The manner in which the media has twisted Narendra Modi’s comments in a recent interview to Reuters are a good example of how Media creates controversies around Narendra Modi and then goes on milk those controversies for weeks to generate traffic, eyeballs and TRPs.

The media reporting on Narendra Modi’s visit to Uttarakhand last month was no different when that visit was turned into a controversy for weeks thanks to a report in the Times of India on 23rd June.
TOI pulls back on it lies on MOdi- Uttarakhand

It now turns out that the Times of India report of 23rd June attributing claims to Narendra Modi was a false and mischevious report. The Times of India has now belatedly issued a lame clarification almost 3 weeks after the fact.

The Times of India clarification has appeared today as a small insert in an inner page in one of its local editions. In the clarification the Times of India admits to its mistake and also admits that its mistake created a huge controversy for Narendra Modi for no fault of Mr Modi.

The clarification also admits that all the exaggeration in that report was due to Times of India. The clarification makes it clear that neither did Narendra Modi, nor did the Gujarat Government have anything to do with the mischevious report.

It is shocking that the Times of India filed such an irresponsible report without checking with Narendra Modi or Government of Gujarat. It is also mischevious that the Times of India milked the controversy for so many weeks by allowing the Congress Party and other anti-Modi elements to take advantage of this report to write slanderous and defamatory columns as well as run a motivated campaign in Social Media.

This lame excuse by Times of India coming 3 weeks after the damage was done is a case of doing too little too late.

OneIndia News

The Roman Agent In Gujarat

The Roman Agent In Gujarat.

Hanging out with NaMo late into Friday night — Kanchan Gupta

2 Sept. 2012

Hanging out with NaMo late into Friday night  — Kanchan Gupta

Millions jammed the online highway to Narendra Modi’s Google+ Hangout hosted by Ajay Devgn. Nobody wanted to miss this show and none was disappointed as a real life Singham spoke to Youngistan
I wasn’t aware of a film called Singham till someone drew my attention to a caricature of the movie’s trailer that had been posted on YouTube and named ‘Manmohan Singham’. It was, to borrow an acronym from Youngistan’s lexicon, ‘ROTFL’ stuff. Much later I watched Ajay Devgn aka Singham robustly put down a mafia don-turned-politician. It was a whistle-and-clap movie but very cathartic nonetheless. No less striking was the ease with which Ajay Devgn had slipped into the role of a good cop out to cleanse the world of malcontent. There’s something touchingly sincere about him which came through in The Legend of Bhagat Singh too. He’s not an attention-grabber and, as I have learned in recent days, pretty well-informed on issues that many of his colleagues would possibly find utterly boring or to which they would at best pay lip service if it assured them space on Page 3. It’s not the flaky kind of understanding that makes Amir Khan popular among the chattering classes but a deeper appreciation of how things work in real life, for instance, governance issues.

It’s this insight that has made him look at Gujarat with a critical eye and come up with the assessment that Government works in this State because of the quality of leadership at the helm. His initial interest was limited to checking out Gujarat as an investment destination, but while doing that he realised what makes the State different from others. And from there began an engagement between him and Gujarat which resulted in Friday night’s Google+ Hangout with Chief Minister Narendra Modi that will be talked about and remembered for a long time for multiple reasons ranging from the Internet highway getting jammed by the traffic of millions of people trying to log in for the show (it’s a miracle that YouTube weathered the unexpected turnout so well) to the stunningly candid manner in which a popular leader spoke to young Indians at home and abroad (it’s amazing that a man who is demonised by our biased media as an arrogant, uncaring politician is, in real life, a caring and inspiring leader).

It would be facetious to suggest that the choice of Ajay Devgn as the host for the show was influenced by his popularity as an actor. I think it was his understanding of how the Gujarat Model of Governance works — to quote him, “clear policies” always help — that made him a perfect host for the show. That and his screen image of Singham — the fearless lion who never steps back — made him the right man for the job, although it must be admitted that he has a certain charisma which others lack in his fraternity. In a sense, there were two Singhams hanging out with Young Indians on Friday night: Modi is popularly referred to as “Gujaratka sher”. On Twitter, someone billed the event as “Singham meets Singham” on Friday afternoon. By the time Google’s staff began packing their equipment in Gandhinagar late Friday night, more than two million people who had keenly listened to what Modi had to say on a variety of issues agitating young minds were eager to hail him as “Bharat ka sher”.
Modi’s decision to use this barely tested new platform for a public discussion open to a global audience had captured the imagination of young Indians. Questions poured in by thousands but, given the time constraint, only a few could be answered. But that did not deter anybody from logging in to see the event live. It would seem everybody with a broadband connection was online watching the show on Modi’s YouTube channel. Headlines Today was clever enough to suspend its regular programmes and live telecast the Hangout. Other channels persisted with their late evening shows and came a cropper for that. If anybody were to disclose Friday evening’s TRPs, our news channels would look far worse than they usually do. No amount of tampering with TRP meters or their readings would make them look better.
What Modi did was simple. He bypassed mainstream media, especially the English language media, such as it is, and did his own thing. Since technology is no longer the preserve of big media there’s little that could be done to prevent it. And while doing so, as the transcript of his Hangout will show, he spoke on the future and not the past. There was a message in this: While large sections of the media which shares its agenda with Modi’s political opponents would have liked Friday night’s show to be dominated by the past, Youngistan looks at and thinks about the future. Modi addressed their concerns, leaving his critics to fret and fume. And that’s why he connected so well to the millions of eager listeners.
But technology can only do that much. It can connect a leader with the masses, it cannot make him or her appear credible in the eyes of the masses. Modi used technology to project his credibility, talking to (and not down to) those on the show as well as those watching the show. He talked about growth that would impact all lives, not a few. He spoke about the need to reform our education system not only by setting up better schools but by producing better teachers. He disagreed with the need to stop bright Indians from going abroad — for every bright Indian who leaves India for foreign shores, 10 others are born. He described young Indians as his, and the country’s pride. He reiterated his faith in the principle of equality of opportunity as opposed to equality of outcome. He talked about his favourite dish — khichri — with the same enchanting simplicity as while expressing surprise that ‘Modi Kurta’ had become a fashion statement even in Europe and America. He overawed his audience with statistics by casually mentioning numbers during the two-hour-long virtual conversation as minor details to illustrate the larger point he was constantly making: Good governance makes everything possible. And, not to forget, even in his unpractised humility that kept on surfacing again and again, he displayed the steely resolve and patience of a singham. Responding to a young Indian who lives and works in the US, Modi calmly said that he lives to see the day when Americans will stand in a long queue for a visa to visit a prosperous India, a powerful India.
For a man who has been tormented for a decade by slanderers who hold powerful positions in mainstream media and think nothing of twisting facts to fit into their perverted perceptions, a politician who has been unceasingly defamed by the Delhi-based commentariat that survives on scraps from the Congress high table, a visionary who has the foresight to identify challenges of the future and convert them into advantages but has not been acknowledged for pro-actively pursuing policies and programmes that none has even thought of, Modi is remarkably at peace with himself. As he repeatedly said at Friday night’s Hangout, his only concern is how best to serve Mother India. Everything else is inconsequential. In that assertion lies a message for every Indian.
(The author is a Delhi-based senior journalist.)

India’s dubious Secularists- S. Gurumurthy

India’s dubious Secularists 

S. Gurumurthy

30 Jan 2012

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Maqbool Fida Husain and Salman Rushdie are a telling comparison and contrast to capture the true character of secular India. Both are Muslims by birth. Both were born in colonial India’s Bombay Presidency. Husain, some 32 years when Rushdie was a child, died last year. Husain was an artist. Rushdie is a writer. Both had become famous, globally — Husain through his paintings and Rushdie through his writings. Husain lived all his life in India before he exiled and became a Qatari in 2006. But Rushdie lives in the UK as a British citizen. While Rushdie excited the highly sensitive Muslims to turn against him, Husain managed to irritate the not-so-sensitive Hindus. Take Husain first.
This is how Husain annoyed the soft Hindus. He used his fertile imagination and painting skills to undress all well-dressed Hindu gods, goddesses, depict them naked and used his popularity to market them. He drew a naked Goddess Lakshmi sitting on Lord Ganesha’s head. He painted Durga in sexual union with a tiger. He portrayed a naked Goddess Saraswati holding a veena. He painted a naked Parvati with her son Ganesha. He depicted a naked Hanuman, seeing a naked Sita sitting on the thigh of naked Ravana. He painted a naked Bharatmata twice — once in the shape of India with names of the states of India on her naked body, alongside a naked sadhu in the Bay of Bengal. But his art on Muslims was a telling contrast. He drew a fully clad Muslim king alongside a naked Brahmin. He completely covered, even with purdah, the Muslim women he drew, which of course included his mother and daughter. He fully attired the Muslim poets he painted.
Some Hindus, who saw his perverted art demeaning the Hindu divinities, began protesting at his exhibitions and filing criminal cases. Seeing mounting protests and cases, Husain moved out of India. The government of India, judiciary, political parties and, of course, the media, all rushed to defend Husain’s right to freedom — his right to offend Hindus and demean their gods. There were protests against Husain. But no one issued an order to kill him. No one was injured, no one was hurt and none was killed. Yet, the protests were labelled by ‘seculars’ as ‘saffron terror’.
Now come to Rushdie, a contrast. His life is living hell since he wrote his controversial book The Satanic Verses. Though living, he has, by now, died a million times since February 4, 1989 when Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fiat (fatwa) to Muslims to kill him. But, why should Khomeini order the killing of a fellow Muslim? With almost a generation gone since 1988 when Rushdie wrote the infamous book, it is time to recall some history. Rushdie’s book was about a disputed tradition in Islam. According to it, Mohammed (depicted in Rushdie’s book as Mahound) had first added three verses (Sura) in the Quran, accepting three goddesses that used to be worshipped in Mecca as divine beings, but later revoked the verses saying that Devil (Satan) had tempted him to utter the verses to appease the Meccans — so the title ‘Satanic Verses’ for the disputed verses. The Rushdie book set off violent reaction from Muslims.
Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh blew himself up in a central London hotel while making a bomb intended to kill Rushdie in 1989. Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of Rushdie’s book was stabbed to death in July 1991. Ettore Capriolo, the Italian translator, was stabbed and seriously injured in the same month. And Aziz Nesin, the Turkish language translator, was the target in the events that led to massacre of 37 people in July 1993. William Nygaard, a Norway publisher, was almost killed in Oslo in October 1993. In Belgium, two Muslim leaders who had opposed Khomeini’s ‘Kill Rushdie’ fiat, were killed. Two bookstores in California, and five in England, were fire-bombed. Twelve people died during rioting in Mumbai. This list does not exhaust the violence.
Starting from then and till now, Rushdie has been hitting headlines for the wrong reasons. Now again Rushdie is in the news. Rushdie had been invited to the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012, Asia’s largest, a week back. Muslims threatened agitations and Rushdie’s presence would have meant violence. So the Indian Intelligence Bureau invented an input saying that four hired assassins were roaming around to kill Rushdie. This was proved fake, calculated to prevent Rushdie from coming to India. The four participants who had read out from The Satanic Verses at the meet ran away from India to escape arrest. William Dalrymple, the festival director, got death threats. Finally, Rushdie’s video address to the Jaipur festival was dropped as, according to organisers, it risked the lives of the participants from the Muslim protesters outside.
The contrast is self-evident. Rushdie, who just wrote about a disputed tradition in Islam, was hounded for decades and is on a death threat even now, and people who had nothing to do with either the book or Rushdie have been butchered. Even today the fear of slaughter in his name haunts the world, as the Jaipur meet shows. But, all that Husain, who, in the name of freedom hurt the Hindus — “considered as the gentlest and most civilised on the earth” according to Mahatma Gandhi — faced were normal protests. The protests by Hindus against Husain were ant-bite compared to the scale of violence against Rushdie’s book, even though the hurt to the Hindu sentiments by the perverted paintings of Husain were explicit and undeniably monumental.

But what is distressingly shameful is the politics of contrast. See how the secular media, parties, leaders and state glorified Husain’s right to abuse Hindu gods and goddesses to wound Hindus and how the same secular actors repeatedly decried Rushdie’s similar right to hurt Muslims. Now something even more shameful. The ‘seculars’, including the media, had ceaselessly condemned the normal protests against shows displaying Husain’s painting and pontificated to Hindus about the need for tolerance. But they wouldn’t utter a word against the violence by Muslims nor ask them to be tolerant. The reason is obvious. They are dishonest.

Muslims rightly felt offended by Rushdie’s reckless literary work. And Hindus were justly hurt by Husain’s perverted art. Muslims, highly excitable, however reacted violently. Instead of holding both Rushdie and Husain wrong, the seculars faulted Rushdie and praised Husain. Why? Because, being insensitive to Hindus and pretending to be sensitive to Muslims is enough to make one secular. QED: Such secularism is perversion — and a dangerous one.

(Views expressed in the column are the author’s own)
S Gurumurthy is a well-known commentator on political and economic issues.
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Who owns the media in India ? Muslims, Christians Or Hindus?

Need I say anything more?

Posted on August 17, 2010 by Sam Hindu’s Blog.
SOME TIMES BY ; SANTOSH BHATT 

Who owns the media in India ?                                         

  • Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.
  • when i was in india and young journalist working for Goenka group and first time when people started talking about foreign investment i opposed it.
  •  I was against of any foreign investment due to this kind of long-term effects it will have on …country and mass..and Culture and Rape to the country by thoughts of bigots,.
  • NDTV: A very popular TV news media is funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain Supports Communism. Recently it has developed a soft corner towards Pakistanbecause Pakistan President has allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan .
  •  Indian CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters.
  •  India Today which used to be the only national weekly which supported BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned into Hindu bashing.
  • CNN-IBN:This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. 
  • Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.
  • Times group list : Times Of India,  Mid-Day,  Nav-Bharth Times, Stardust, Femina, Vijay Times, Vijaya Karnataka, Times Now (24- hour news channel) and many more… Times Group is owned by Bennet & Coleman.   World Christian Council does 80 percent of the Funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share balance 20 percent.              
  • The Italian Robertio Mindo is a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.
  •  Star TV:It is run by an Australian, who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church, Melbourne.
  • Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in Collaboration with Times Group.
  •  The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne , Switzerland .. N. Ram’s wife is a Swiss national.
  • Indian Express: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and new Indian Express (southern edition) ACTS Christian Ministries have a major stake in the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart.
  •  Eeenadu: Still to date controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Andhra Jyothi:The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently.
  •  The Statesman:It is controlled by Communist Party of India.
  •  Kairali TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist)
  • Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist leaders have major investment.
  •  Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: are owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar. Gujarat riots which took place in 2002 where Hindus were burnt alive, Rajdeep Sirdesai and   Burkha Dutt working for NDTV at that time got around 5 Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia to cover only Muslim victims, which they did very faithfully…Not a single Hindu family was interviewed or shown on TV whose near and dear ones had been burnt alive, it is reported.
  •   Tehelka.com’s Tarun Tejpal  regularly gets blank cheques from Arab countries to target BJP and Hindus only, it is said.

 The ownership explains the control of media in India by foreigners. The result is obvious.

When print media and TV continuously air systematic venom towards the same culture and country and dumb politicians and common man  are  blind to see the long-term effects of their actions, Hindus are bound to get demoralized and their young generation will grow up hating its own heritage and culture.   

WHO OWNS INDIAN MEDIA? COMMUNISTS, CHRISTIANS or MUSLIMS?

Here is an eye-opening list of linkages of media people in India. As can be seen, it is an incestuous cabal of Communists, Christians and Muslims that is dominating Indian English Media. It is a closed group and Hindus are simply not welcome. Only in India with an 80 percent Hindu majority can this kind of nonsense be accepted by the majority.

  1. Suzanna Arundhati Roy is niece of Prannoy Roy (CEO of NDTV)
  2. Prannoy Roy married to Radhika Roy
  3. Radhika Roy is sister of Brinda Karat (CPI(M))
  4. Brinda Karat married to Prakash Karat (CPI(M) – General Secretary)
  5. CPI(M)’s senior member of Politburo and Parliamentary Group Leader is Sitaram Yechury.
  6. Sitaram Yechury is married to Seema Chisthi.
  7. Seema Chisthi is the Resident Editor of Indian Express
  8. Burkha Dutt works at NDTV
  9. Rajdeep Sardesai was Managing Editor at NDTV
  10. Rajdeep Sardesai is married to Sagrika Ghose
  11. Sagarika Ghose is daughter of Bhaskar Ghose.
  12. Bhaskar Ghose was Director General of Doordarshan.
  13. Sagarika Ghose’s aunt is Ruma Pal
  14. Ruma Pal is former justice of Supreme Court
  15. Sagarika Ghose’s another aunt is Arundhati Ghose.
  16. Arundhati Ghose was India’s permanent representative/ambassador to United Nations.
  17. Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
  18. YSR Reddy was from the Congress party (INC).
  19. YSR Reddy’s father, Raja Reddy, setup a degree college and a Polytechnic in Pulivendula.
  20. YSR Reddy had said that his one year study at Andhra Loyola College (ALC), a Jesuit institution, influenced him so much that he handed over the Pulivendula colleges to the Loyola Group.
  21. The YS family has established several educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh.
  22. YSR Reddy’s daughter is Sharmila.
  23. Sharmila married Anil Kumar, Anil Kumar converted to Christianity after the marriage.
  24. Anil Kumar set up “Anil World Evangelism” and is an active Evangelist.
  25. YSR Reddy’s son is YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
  26. YS Jagan is Chairman of Jagati Publications Pvt. Ltd.
  27. Bhumna Karunakara Reddy is close to YSR Reddy.
  28. Karunakara Reddy is the Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.
  29. JPPL publishes the newspaper Sakshi.
  30. Chandra Babu Naidu has claimed that Lanco group was forced to invest in JPPL.
  31. L. Sridhar is alleged to have made the investment from Lanco Group.
  32. L Sridhar is Lanco Infratech’s Vice Chairman
  33. L Sridhar’s brother is L.Rajagopal.
  34. L.Rajagopal joined Congress in 2003.
  35. L Rajagopal is the son-in-law of P.Upendra.
  36. P.Upendra is a former Minister from Congress.
  37. Lanco Group’s Chairman is L. Rajagopal
  38. Andhra Prabha is a telugu newspaper started in 1938.
  39. Andhra Prabha is owned by The New Indian Express Group.
  40. Andhra Jyothi is a telugu newspaper.
  41. Andhra Jyothi’s Managing Director is Vemuri Radhakrishna.
  42. SUN TV Network is owned by Kalanidhi Maran.
  43. Kalanidhi Maran is the Chairman & Managing Director of SUN TV Network.
  44. SUN TV network owns: Sun TV, Gemini TV, Teja TV, Surya TV, Kiran TV, Udaya TV, Surjo TV among other channels.
  45. Kalanidhi Maran owns the tamil daily `Dinakaran’.
  46. Dinakaran was started by a former DMK Minister K.P.Kandasamy.
  47. Kalanidhi Maran’s brother is Dayanidhi Maran.
  48. Dayanidhi Maran was Minister of Communications and IT in the UPA government.
  49. Kalanidhi Maran’s father was Murasoli Maran.
  50. Murasoli Maran was a Union Minister from the DMK party.
  51. Murasoli Maran edited a tamil daily `Murasoli’.
  52. Murasoli Maran was an editor to `The Rising Sun’ a English weekly.
  53. Murasoli Maran as a publisher published the following tamil magazines: Kungumam, Muththaram, Vannathirai & Sumangali.
  54. Murasoli Maran’s uncle is M.Karunanidhi.
  55. M. Karunanidhi was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, from the DMK party.
  56. M. Karunanidhi launched Kalaignar TV in 2007.
  57. M.K. Azhagiri owns Kalaignar TV.
  58. M.K. Azhagiri is M.Karunanidhi’s son.
  59. M.K. Stalin is another son of the M. Karunanidhi.
  60. M.K. Stalin was named after Joseph Stalin.
  61. Joseph Stalin was the authoritarian leader of the Soviet Union.
  62. M.K.Stalin is the Minister for Rural Development and Local Administration in Tamil Nadu.
  63. Kanimozhi is one of the daughters of M. Karunanidhi.
  64. Kanimozhi was a sub-editor for the `The Hindu’.
  65. Kanimohi was Editor in Charge of `Kungumam’ a tamil weekly.
  66. Kanimozhi became a Rajya Sabha member in 2007.
  67. Kanimozhi conducted programs in SUN TV and Vijay TV.
  68. Kanimozhi’s second husband G.Aravindan is Singapore based Tamil literary figure.
  69. Dilip D’Souza was member of PIPFD
  70. Dilip D’Souza’s father was Joseph Bain D’Souza.
  71. J.B.D’Souza was former Maharastra Chief Seccretary and activist.
  72. Teesta Setalva member of PIPFD
  73. Teesta Setalvad married to Javed Anand
  74. Teesta and Javed run Sabrang Communications.
  75. Javed Anand is General Secretary of Muslims for Secular Democracy { ?? }
  76. Javed Akhtar is spokesperson for Muslims for Secular Democracy
  77. Javed Akhtar married to Shabana Azmi
  78. Karan Thapar owns ITV
  79. ITV produces shows for BBC
  80. Karan Thapar’s father was General Pran Nath Thapar COAS during 1962 war, when India lost under his watch.
  81. Karan Thapar was very good friend of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari.
  82. Benazir Bhutto was Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
  83. Benazir Bhutto’s father was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
  84. Z.A. Bhutto served as Pakistan’s President.
  85. A.A. Zardari is the current Pakistani’s President.
  86. Karan Thapar’s Mama was married to Nayantara Sahgal.
  87. Nayantara Sahgal is daughter of Vijayalakshmi Pandit.
  88. Vijayalakshmi Pandit was sister of Jawharlal Nehru.
  89. Medha Patkar is a leading spokesperson for Narmada Bacho Andolan.
  90. NBA was helped by Patrick McCully of International Rivers (formerly Internal Rivers Network.)
  91. Angana Chatterjee was on the board of IRN
  92. Dipti Bhatnagar was an Intern/Volunteer at IRN.
  93. Dipti Bhatnagar is an activist at NBA.
  94. Dr. Angana Chatterjee is part of PROXSA 9Progressive South Asians)
  95. PROXSA is mother-ship of FOIL
  96. ASHA endorsed by FOIL
  97. Sandeep Pandey co-founder of Asha for education (ASHA)
  98. Dr. Angana Chatterjee is married to Richard Shapiro
  99. Richard Shapiro is Director and Associate Professor of the Graduate Anthropology Program at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)
  100. Shubh Mathur co-wrote a letter with Angana on ‘Humanitarian Crisis in J&K’
  101. Biju Matthew is co-founder of FOIL (Forum of Indian Leftists)
  102. Vijay Perasaud is co-founder of FOIL.
  103. Vijay Prasa co-authored with Angana Chatterjee and wrote against IDRF 9India Development ad Relief Fund).
  104. ASHA has association with AID (Association for India’s Development)
  105. AID works with FOSA (Friends of South Asia)
  106. FOSA started by a Pakistani – Ali Hasan Cemendtaur.
  107. Amitava Kumar associated with FOIL
  108. FOIL & FOSA opposed California Text Book Edits.
  109. California Text Book Edits was opposed by Michael Witzel.
  110. M.Witzel is Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University.
  111. Rahul Bose is brother-in-law of Khalid Ansari.
  112. Khalid Ansari is the Chairman of Mid-Day Group of Publication based in Mumbai.
  113. Khalid Ansari is Chairman of M.C. Media Ltd.
  114. M.C. Media Ltd. has a join-venture with BBC for FM radio brodcasting.
  115. Khalid Ansari’s father was Abdul Hameed Ansari.
  116. A.H. Ansari was a freedom fighter and active Congressman.
  117. Dr.John Dayal worked as a journalist with the N.Delhi edition of Mid-Day.
  118. Narasimhan Ram is the Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Hindu’.
  119. N.Ram’s first wife was Susan.
  120. Susan, an Irish, was in charge of Oxford University Press publications in India.
  121. N.Ram and Susan’s daughter is Vidya Ram.
  122. Vidya Ram is a journalist.
  123. N.Ram is now married to Mariam.
  124. N.Ram, Jennifer Arul and K.M.Roy participated in closed door Catholic Bishops Conference of India in Thrissur, Kerala.
  125. Jennifer Arul is the Resident Editor and Bureau Chief in South India for NDTV.
  126. Jennifer Arul is Chief Operating Office for Astro Awani – Indonesian news and information channel.
  127. K.M. Roy was a reporter in `The Hindu’
  128. K.M. Roy is the General Editor of the group of the `Mangalam’ Publications.
  129. Mangalam Group of Publications was started by M.C. Varghese
  130. K.M. Roy received the `All India Catholic Union Lifetime Award’
  131. All India Catholic Union’s National Vice President is Dr.John Dayal.
  132. Dr.John Dayal is also Secretary General of All India Christian Council (AICC)
  133. AICC’s President is Dr. Joseph D’souza
  134. Dr. Joseph D’souza founded Dalit Freedom Network (USA)
  135. Dr.Joseph D’Souza participated in the inaugural Religious Freedom Day
  136. The Religious Freedom Day was attended by former Republican Sentor Rick Santorum
  137. AICC claims Confederation of SC/ST Organizations (India) as a sister organization.
  138. AICC claims Christian Solidarity Worldwide (UK) as a sister organization.
  139. AICC claims Release International (UK) as a sister organization.
  140. Release International states it supplies bibles and literature to meet the need of growth and evangelism.
  141. Dalit Freedom Network partners with Operation Mobilization India.
  142. OM India’s South India Regional Director is Kumar Swamy
  143. Kumar Swamy is the State President of Communal Harmony Committee.
  144. Kumar Swamy serves with Karnataka State Human Rights Commission.
  145. OM India’s North India Regional Director is Moses Parmar.
  146. Moses Parmar serves as North India Public Relations officer of the All India Christian Council (AICC)
  147. OM seeks to plant and strengthen churches in areas of the world where Christ is least known.
  148. OM ministries work with Dalit-Bahujan people in India.
  149. Operation Mercy Charitable Company (OMCC) grew out of OM India
  150. OMCC works with Dalit Freedom Network (DFN).
  151. DFN has Dr. Kancha Illaiah on its Advisory Board.
  152. Dr. Kancha Illaiah is a Professor in Osmania University, Hyderbad.
  153. DFN has William Armstrong on its Advisory Board.
  154. William Armstrong is a former US Senator from Colarado (Republican).
  155. William Armstrong is currently the President of Colorado Christian University.
  156. Colorado Christian University’s one of the strategic objective is to share the love of Christ around the World.
  157. Suhasini Haidar is daughter of Subramanian Swamy
  158. Suhasini Haidar is daughter-in-law of Salman Haidar
  159. Nadira Alvi married V S Naipaul
  160. Nadira Alvi, a journalist, is sister of recently assassinated Maj Gen Amir Faisal Alvi, the ex-chief of Pakistan’s elite SSG
  161. “Resalat” is a Tehran-based Persian daily.
  162. “Ettela’at” is another Tehran-based Persian daily.
  163. “Resallat” and “Ettela’at”signed MoU with “Siyasat” and “Munif”
  164. Siyasat and Munif are Hyderbad, Andhra Pradesh based dailies.
  165. Toseeh is another Persian daily.
  166. Toseeh has tied up with Vaarta.
  167. Vaarta is one of the dailies from A.G.A.Publications Pvt Ltd.
  168. A.G.A Publications Pvt Ltd is one of the companies in Sanghi Group
  169. Sanghi Group was co-promoted by Gireesh Sanghi with his brothers.
  170. Gireesh Sanghi is Congress M.P, Rajaya Sabha
  171. Gireesh Sanghi is All India Vaish Federation National President.
  172. Mahendra Mohan Gupta is on the Advisory Board of AIVF
  173. Mahendra Mohan Gupta is Chairman of Dainik Jagran Group
  174. Ramoji Group is headed by Ramoji Rao
  175. Ramoji Rao is Founder & Chairman of Eenadu
  176. Eenadu is the largest Telugu news daily in Andhra Pradesh.
  177. Ramoji Group also owns ETV Network.
  178. ETV Network produces content in Telugu, Bangla, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, Gujarati, Urdu & Hindi.
  179. Ramoji is reported to be close to Chandra Babu Naidu and supported of Telugu Desam Party.
  180. Ushodaya Enterprises Pvt. Ltd’s parent company is Ramoji Group.
  181. Blackstone Group is reported to have invested Rs600 crore in UEL.
  182. Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd brings out The Deccan Chronicle newspaper.
  183. DCHL also brings out “Andhra Bhoomi” a telugu newspaper.
  184. DCHL also brings out “Asian Age”.
  185. DCHL became a publishing parter of `The New York Times’.
  186. DCHL began publishing `The International Herald Tribune’
  187. T. Venkatram Reddy is the Chairman of DCHL.
  188. T. Venkatram Reddy is former MP, Rajhya Sabha from Congress.
  189. M.J. Akbar was Editor-in-Chief of Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age.
  190. M.J. Akbar is Founder and Chairman of the fortnightly the Covert.
  191. M.J. Akbar worked at `Times of India’, `Sunday’ & `The Telegraph’
  192. M.J. Akbar was a Congress MLA from 1989 to 1991.
  193. M.J. Akbar joined The Brookings Institution, Washington in 2006, as a Visiting Fellow on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World.
  194. M.J. Akbar was a member of the `Forum of Islamic Scholars and Intellectual’ held in Makkha al-Mukaramma in 2005.
  195. M.J. Akbar’s wife is Mallika Joseph.
  196. Mallika Joseph worked at Times of India.

Above References are Posted by REAL FACTS  


Modi, Media and the Congress’ myopic vision- Dr. Hilda Raja

The Supreme Court has not indicted Modi and his government in the Gulbarg Society case-The SC refused to pass any order on Modi’s involvement in the 2002 riots. The SC has referred the case to the trial court  saying that it need not monitor the case any longer and has directed the Special Investigation  Team  to file a final report with the magistrate court concerned, which will henceforth deal with the findings as per law. This has given a chance for Modi bashers-the Congress  the Left parties and the NGOs to do what they are accustomed to do. Even though the SC has not indicted Modi and does not find his involvement  in the Gulbarg case the Congress ,the Left and Teesta find Modi accused and want him convicted. The media has also lapped up their views because as far as Modi is concerned, the media has always been anti-Modi. Hence it puts Modi on trial. If the TOI splashes ‘SC breather, Modi exhales’ Ram Jethmalini demolishes it by stating that ‘Narendra Modi can’t get a breather because he was never suffocated. There was never any evidence against him. It is a vindication of his innocence’. The media also whips up passions and polarizes opinions when it brings in at this juncture the idea of Modi as prospective PM candidate. Even Modi may not have given a thought to it. He is full of Gujarat and its development. May be his admirers had on various occasions articulated such a proposition. Only goes to show the stuff he is made of. It speaks of his caliber as an able administrator, as a dedicated CM,  as one who spares no effort and stands out as a non-corrupt and incorruptible person.
The media goes further to analyze who are Modi supporters-who are the fence sitters and who are wary of Modi in the BJP. This kind of uncalled for expose will not be done say in the case of Rahul Gandhi, who is projected as the crown prince. Will the media tell us who his supporters are in the Congress-who are the fence sitters and who are wary of RG? The media has a very crucial role to play in a democracy it must play fair-project the truth and nothing but the truth. It cannot play politics. So what is apparent is that the media is terribly biased against Modi.According to Abhishek Manu Singhvi the SC has not given Modi a clean chit-it has left everything open for the magistrate to look into all aspects. And Salman Kurshid wants us to believe that the BJP is privy to court documents and hence is claiming Modi to be innocent. So one has to believe by these utterances that the SC did not look into the case at all and has simply referred the case to the trial court. The media of course uses this as an opportunity to put Modi on trial. No body thinks that the whole case is sub-judice and hence apart from giving out the SC’s verdict they cannot discuss it thread bare and give their own judgements. The Congress spokespersons in other cases like the CWG scam-the Adarsh scam the 2-G spectrum scam et al excused themselves from commenting because these are sub-judice. But in Modi’s case they are ready to pronounce him guilty as the media runs the trial. The bias is so obvious. What is the reason-just vote bank politics.

It was not long ago that P.Chidambaram appealed to the Sikh community to put the massacre of the Sikhs at rest and to move forward. This when 100 times more persons of the minority community were massacred-brutalized, raped and killed. Time to move on was his appeal. But when it comes to the Gujarat riots it has to be fixed at that riot incident-Time and again it has been used against Modi. Come elections the NGOs canvass with the CDs of the riots-the wailing and the weeping of the victims and their relatives must be kept ever fresh. Why this double standard? Did the Congress leaders not lead the massacre brigade and supervise the killings of the Sikhs? Did not the Delhi government abet it by silently watching the burning and the killings? Did not Rajiv Gandhi justify this? So what moral right has the Congress to fault Modi and his government? It must be also noted that this is not the first time Gujarat witnessed riots-not only Gujarat but all over India there have been any number of riots. No one person has been maligned as Modi has been.

Vote bank politics has marred every single perception and action of the UPA government. There have been 7 attacks since 2010 after P. Chidambaram became the Home Minister. The Sept 7th bomb blast at gate 5 of the Delhi High court is the 8th attack. This left 13 dead and 88 injured. PC has suddenly become color blind. He who was so obsessed with ‘saffron’ terror suddenly finds just these as terror attacks and is quick also in his briefing to Parliament to caution the country of Naxal terror. No lessons learned. The issue before him is Islamic terror and he is afraid even to term it so. It becomes just terror. And our PM joins in the chorus to mouth hollow words that the perpetrators would be punished. In which terror attack has the perpetrators been punished may we know? So why mouth such promises?

Rahul Gandhi goes to visit the victims of the Sept High court bomb blast at the RML hospital. He has forgotten to think because he had earlier stated after his famous draft reading in Parliament that he took so long to react to the LokPal bill because he had to think. Well one does not know if to read a draft one has to put on the thinking cap and take such a long period of thinking. When he visited the hospital he did not utter a single word. Either he forgot to put his thinking cap on or there were no draft writers by his side. Can this crown prince not spontaneously offer a few words of comfort and listen to the anguish of the grieving victims. And we are promised that this youth icon will bring in much desired change.

This brings up corruption. The Congress advises the rest not to politicize corruption. The same song it sings for every issue ‘Don’t politicize terror attacks’-‘don’t politicize corruption is the litany the Congress leaders chorus. But there is politics in corruption. It is the vested interest of the politicians that gave birth to corruption. It is the greed for power that makes the politicians abet corruption and it is the attraction to status and power that makes the politicians to sell his/her conscience and become corrupt. In the process they corrupt others too. And as long as the Congress is the mother head of corruption one cannot expect the Congress to fight corruption. It is now blatantly stated in the emails which are circulated that “Mrs Sonia Gandhi, the most powerful woman is the most corrupt”. It is not just only one person nay the family too. No wonder it is also said that it took 100 years for  Tata to become a billionaire, it took 50 years for Ambani to become a billionaire but it has taken only ten years for Robert Vadra to become a billionaire. From where does this money for chartered planes-treatment in the USA-special facility apartment there et al and lavish spending come from? So it is understandable when one is so filthy rich that Mrs Priyanka Vadra can toss her head and order her two storied house in Himachal Pradesh to be razed to the ground. A new site to be bought and new house to be built. A house in which crores and crores would have been spent is just to be demolished because it did not suit the environment and her fancy. All this after she had been supervising and instructing while the construction was on. Did she not know what materials were used for it? This I narrate only as an example of the arrogance of money power. No second thoughts .We see children by the seaside kick the sand castles and built new ones according to their whims. The same kind of attitude and mindset was displayed by Mrs Vadra which is a dangerous streak and exhibits a disdain for loss of money and labor. The mention of this is also meant to prove that Rahul Gandhi’s multi prong strategy to fight corruption is a farce and mere rhetoric. He has to clean up his own household first.

We had Chidambaram the other day stating that communalizing violence is dangerous. We are no fools and we know what made PC make such a statement. This government will not fight terrorism because it will not embarrass the Muslims. This is clear in it bringing up the Communal violence bill which just will not fight communalism but abets communalism. First the National Advisory Council had no business to draft such a bill. The NAC which is an unconstitutional body acts as a super cabinet and a mini Parliament. This was meant to give a cabinet ranking to Mrs. Sonia and legitimize her face in all the GOI advertisements. Second it has also all Modi bashers and baiters as members. It has a hidden agenda and is biased. Hence the communal violence bill is pro minority and anti majority. How can it fight communalism when the very premise of it abets communalism?

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,
Vadodara

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