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    India Media Buries Paid News Report

    A major new report on the phenomenon of paid news in India’s media is, well, hardly making big news.

    The report, submitted to Parliament last month by the Standing Committee on Information Technology, is pretty racy stuff.

    It details how newspapers, television channels and radio stations allegedly take money for positive news coverage. It relies on previous reports by regulatory bodies and fresh testimony from a wide range of media representatives, regulators and government officials.

    The report, which points out that self-regulation by India’s media has failed to stop the practice of paid news, has some eye-catching recommendations. It suggests a more-powerful regulator and stiffer penalties, including criminal charges possibly leading to imprisonment, for those who accept payment for news.

    And it lambasts the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for “dithering” by failing to tackle the issue.

    “The rise of ‘Paid News’,” the report says, “has undermined the essence of a democratic process.”

    But the document, submitted to the Lok Sabha on May 6, generated little media coverage (Here’s one of the few reports.)

    The committee report, noting the issue of paid news has been a feature of the media landscape since the 2009 national election, said it was “astonishing that a large section of the media is completely silent on this malpractice.”

    Ravindra Dhariwal, chief executive of Bennett Coleman & Co., which owns The Times of India, India’s largest circulation English daily, said the committee report overstates the problem.

    “The bulk of the media just doesn’t go near paid news,” Mr. Dhariwal said in an interview. “To say that everyone is tainted is wrong.”

    Bennett Coleman is among the few media companies mentioned by name in the report. The committee cites a portion of an investigation by the Press Council of India, officially handed to the government in 2010, into alleged instances of paid news during the 2009 elections.

    The quoted portion names Bennett Coleman as a pioneer of the private-treaty agreement, an arrangement by which Indian media firms accept an equity stake in an advertiser’s company in lieu of payment for ad space.

    The committee report found this practice, initially meant to pay for marketing, is used by companies to ensure “favorable coverage.” The report did not specify which media firms engage in this practice.

    Mr. Dhariwal denied Bennettt Coleman allowed its relationships with around 600 private-treaty agreement partners to influence news coverage.

    “A lot of our private-treaty clients get upset with us” for not doing so, he said.

    The Press Council of India, a statutory body that regulates India’s media, said in the 2010 report that its guidelines stated that news should be clearly demarcated from advertisements.

    The report, though, lamented the council’s lack of power to punish media companies that ignored those guidelines. It recommended legislative changes to make the council’s decisions binding. Paid news, it added, should be punishable by law.

    The latest committee report reiterated the need for a more powerful regulator and hit out at the government for ignoring the council’s recommendations. It found the current policy of “warning/admonishing/censuring” newspapers was insufficient and said the government should consider legal changes to allow fines, revocation of licenses and even criminal charges.

    The report also raised concerns about India’s lack of restrictions on how large a media company can grow. The government should look at rules to avoid the development of monopolistic practices, it said.

    A spokesman for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting declined to comment. An official at the ministry said the government was hoping to formulate a response by August.

    “This is the first time the ministry is handling such a report,” the official said. “These issues are sensitive.”

    Reaching a solution will not be easy, as the U.K.’s experience has shown. There, efforts to set up a powerful media regulator have gotten bogged down in a debate over free speech.

    The parliamentary committee acknowledged obstacles. For one, it’s hard to prove paid news when the financial transactions that underlie them are often “clandestine,” the report found.

    The issue, though, doesn’t appear to be going away. The council found that 61 candidates admitted to paying for news coverage during Gujarat state elections in December.

    With national polls due in 2014, the issue is sure to come into the spotlight again, however dimmed.

    –R. Jai Krishna contributed to this post.

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    CHAPERONING OUR PAID MEDIA
    POSTED BY SOMI DAS | JUNE 21, 2013 IN CRITICLES |


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    Monitoring telephone conversations of journalists, sting operations on media houses, giving complete access to internal storage of data by channels to regulators, permission to conduct sudden searches and raids in media houses. Listing out the transgressions of the Emergency? No. These are just some of the remedies that find mention in the Standing Committee on Information and Technology’s report on Issues Related to Paid News which was tabled before the Parliament, last month.

    The over 100-page report documents instances of widespread prevalence of paid news and the involvement of journalists, managements, stringers , corporate houses and politicians in institutionalising this practice. The Chairman of the committee, Rao Inderjit Singh, a Congress MP says “in view of the wide ramifications of the subject and considering the need for wider consultation” the committee was undertaking the issue of paid news.

    How come there’s been no Arnab shaking a copy of the report on The News Hour or a We The People with Barkha and a motley crew of panelists discussing the larger implications of the report? For some reason, the mainstream media has decided to ignore the report. It’s like a see no evil, hear no evil and write no evil reaction to the report. The Hindu is one of the few who broke from ranks and wrote an article on the report.

    So what is in this report that shall not be spoken of? The report clearly states that self-regulation hasn’t worked for the media. The media, according to the report, needs an independent regulator – who will be assisted by the government- to function transparently.
    In short, the report makes the following observations:

    The trend of presenting the advertising content that is paid for as news “is a serious and damaging fraud on the innocent audiences/readers/viewers/public”.
    Paid news is a result of a “clandestine” nexus between managements or journalists, politicians and corporates.

    Award ceremonies are being sponsored by some media houses wherein industrialists/professionals/personalities who are the sponsors/regular advertisers for their media houses are awarded and this is a regular occurrence.

    Imposition of contract system of employment on journalists is behind rising cases of paid news.

    Decisive role of “Editors of the Media” have been dampened by the interference of the marketing departments and owners of the media houses.

    Paid News ‟mocks the electoral process, often reducing it to farce”. It is a huge hindrance in conducting free and fair polls.

    The report also comments on business anchors “influencing the Stock Market with their coverage” and how journalists resort to “blackmailing the contesting candidates” by saying they will “boycott publishing about them or deliberately spread news against them if not paid”.

    The report doesn’t spare the I&B Ministry either. And states that the Ministry hasn’t done “anything substantial” to effectively stem paid news.
    While the Committee does identify the various kinds of Paid News avenues being explored and indulged in by the media, the report only names small regional channels and publications as offenders. The only major media house which finds a mention in the report is the proprietor of The Times of India -Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited. Quoting the PCI’s Sub-Committee Report on Paid News, the report makes the following observation on BCCL.

    “In the 1980s…the rules of the Indian media game began to change. Besides initiating cut-throat cover-price competition, marketing was used creatively to make Bennett, Coleman Company Limited (BCCL) one of the most profitable media conglomerates in the country… The media phenomenon that has caused considerable outrage of late has been BCCL’s 2003 decision to start a ‘paid content’ service called Medianet, which, for a price, openly offers to send journalists to cover product launches or personality-related events. Besides Medianet, BCCL devised another innovative ‘marketing and PR strategy’. The Private Treaties’ scheme pioneered in the Indian media by BCCL involves giving advertising space to private corporate entities/advertisers in exchange for equity investment – the company officially denies that it also provides favourable editorial coverage to its ‘private treaty’ clients and/or blacks out adverse comment against its clients.”

    The Standing Committee of Stating the Obvious could do with reading The New Yorker. They would have saved themselves the trouble of writing these few paragraphs by simply giving a link to Ken Auletta’s article on the brothers Jain. As we already know, the Jains “have been dismantling the wall between the newsroom and the sales department. At The Times of India, for example, celebrities and advertisers pay the paper to have its reporters write advertorials about their brands in its supplementary sections; the newspaper enters into private-treaty agreements with some advertisers, accepting equity in the advertisers’ firms as partial payment. These innovations have boosted the paper’s profits, and are slowly permeating the Indian newspaper industry. Critics point to a decline in journalistic quality, especially amongst high-circulation newspapers”.

    Tell us something new. We didn’t need a Standing Committee to make this discovery.

    Who are the other offenders?

    It would appear that in the eyes of the Standing Committee, no other major media house is indulging in paid news. Also, it seems there is only one state which is the root of all paid news evil. That state being Gujarat – finding mention 17 times in the report. The report names Gujarati publications such as Sandesh and Gujarat Samachar as having indulged in presenting biased news during the time of Assembly Elections in December, 2012. It says, “The Committee are startled with the revelation of PCI’s fact finding team on Gujarat Election (2012) wherein they have cited 126 confirmed cases of Paid News with 61 candidates in the poll fray admitting to have paid for such news”. The report cites so many cases from Gujarat, you wouldn’t be mistaken for thinking that the state is the paid news capital of the country.

    The experts who were called to depose before the standing committee as witnesses and for giving suggestions were The Hindu Rural Affairs editor -P Sainath, Prasar Bharati CEO – Jawahar Sircar, Medianama editor – Nikhil Pahwa, former Press Council of India member –Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, President of India Journalist Union – SN Sinha, the PCI chairperson, former election commissioners and National Broadcast Association.

    What about some representation from the 414 news and currently affairs channels which the Committee wants to put under a regulatory regime? Newslaundry spoke to Pahwa and Thakurta and asked them on what basis they were selected to give recommendations to the committee. As Thakurta said, “I have no idea why they called me and didn’t call Rajdeep”.

    Maybe the media chose not to talk about the report as a quid pro quo for the committee not bothering to invite editors of major media houses to depose and state their points of view. Or maybe, the report has fallen on a convenient media blind spot. Hindi and English channels and most newspapers have not commented on the findings and recommendations of the report, which could well be the foundation of a future legislation on media regulation. By not reporting on the matter, the media seems to be reiterating the observation made by the Committee that the media cannot self-regulate.

    The report needs to be examined for what it is suggesting – a regulatory body directly functioning under the government. According to Guha Thakurta, placing the media under a regulatory body is the way forward. Speaking to Newslaundry, he said, “In an ideal world, self-regulation could be an option. But the media industry is not an ideal world. You need regulation to blacklist the black sheep.”

    Medianama editor Nikhil Pawha disagrees. Pawha says that the lesser the involvement of the government in regulatory matters the better it is. According to him, “My recommendations to the committee have nothing to do with regulation but on how media houses can take simple steps to reveal their ownership patterns and thus maintain transparency”. He suggests that all media houses “must maintain a quarterly list of advertisers that have contributed more than a predetermined amount (say 5%) of the company’s advertising revenues and make the data available on their websites”. He also recommends prior disclosure of advertisers on news items related to those who contribute more than 5% shareholding or that advertiser’s competitors.

    Pahwa also makes some practical recommendations on disclosure of ownership patterns. He says, “Any trading done by a journalist, holding shares in a news organisation or his/her immediate family during each financial quarter must be open to public scrutiny…Business relationships of decision makers (Owners, Publisher/CEO, Business Heads, Editor-in-Chief, Managing and Executive Editors) needs to be disclosed quarterly”. On the issue of private treaties he says, “All Private Treaties and other investments from media companies, and the amount of stake acquired must be disclosed to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting”.

    Pahwa makes a strong case for why the media should continue to remain self-regulated while putting in check and balances on its own without being prodded. He is a prime example of how new media is making efforts to ensure accountability in the media fraternity while fiercely protecting its independence.

    Do our silent media houses know that the government has a state-of-art Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) to monitor and record channels on a 24×7 basis? Over 300 channels are simultaneously under the government’s watch. Which explains the slew of media advisories which are sent out by the government – most of which our media channels don’t like to talk of. One would think that the media would have paid more attention to this report. Maybe even debated, discussed and dissected it as strongly and vociferously as they do every move of Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and not to forget Aishwarya Bachchan’s baby.

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    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013

    Commie Media's Anti-Hindu Poison - Part 1


    Beginning this post we will go through a series of articles on how the Commie MSM colludes with Congress, CPM and other similar parties to trash Hindu culture, history and divide Hindus on various lines. While not a continuation, this series will build on the previous post of “Foreigners dressed as Indians”.

    The MSM hates Social Media as does the govt. They are trying everything to strangle it. The media celebs would like to enjoy the same monopoly over their truth that they have enjoyed many decades. It’s close to Diwali. You will once again hear all those noises from the queens about firecrackers and noises. The life and wealth of most of these celebs are made of being anti-Hindu culture, traditions and customs. It requires being in the “circle of trust” of the Communists who have dictated the writing of our history, our policies and also the discourse in our MSM. Make no mistake, even the TOI is and was a Commie newspaper but has for many years now become one that is more into money and not news. The Hindu, from a nationalist newspaper, has become a total Commie. Same goes for NDTV, CNN-IBN. What about the individuals? From Rajdeep to Arnab to Barkha to Vir Sanghvi to Aakar Patel to most of them; all are Commies. But they like to claim they are ‘liberals’. I call that ‘Fiberals’. This is true for our historians too. Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib and pop historian Ram Guha and their tribe.

    Guha likes to call himself a “lapsed Marxist”. Guha calls Nehru “decent”. On what basis? Nobody knows because Nehru died when Guha was six. Gossip and second-hand hearsay passes for history writing. The only thing that lapses among all these people in the “circle” is something called conscience. Take Aakar Patel for instance. Two years ago hardly anyone knew about him. Suddenly, the guy is all over the place writing anti-Modi articles three times a day in 4 different newspapers. He also becomes a panellist in all the news channels. Of course, some have claimed Aakar being a Muslim but that is irrelevant to the context. Some bring their Britishness from Oxbridge or US universities and some from places like JNU. It’s easy to break into this incestuous circle if you are anti-Hindu, anti-Hindu culture and traditions. It’s a passport to wealth, fame and recognition.

    If you call yourself a “Hindu nationalist” you will be denounced and pilloried as pure evil. But claim that you’re a “Muslim first” and nobody will even whisper. The Commies have long white-washed the crimes of Islamic invaders to establish Hindu society as a criminal society of upper-caste and lower-caste where the upper-castes exploited everyone else. So the Commies often argue that the Islamic invaders actually saved Hindu society and the lower-castes. Of course, the Hindus also destroyed other religions like Buddhism and Jainism as they like to frequently claim. You will hear any number of Congis and media folks even on Facebook and Twitter making such claims. Never forget the bogus Aryan invasion theory that the Westerners started and the Commies perpetuated. Now that this theory has been scientifically busted, some still cling on to it. Same is true for the bogus theories of Hindus having eaten beef since time immemorial.

    Take a right-wing journalist like Swapan Dasgupta. He’s a smart guy, very intelligent and popular with everyone. SwapanD will write everything accurately but stop short of giving verifiable information and names. Of course, he is entitled to hide names. He is one guy from the other side who has learned how to successfully swim with the sharks. You know, somewhat like Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. Imagine, SD had a series of debates with the gutter-mouth Manishankar Aiyar. That’s fine, you can debate anyone. Where was this debate hosted? On NDTV; the den of Commies! What was the show called? Politically Incorrect! Is there anything about NDTV, Swapan or Aiyar that can be possibly politically incorrect? I have to seriously laugh. But if you have to be successful in the media, make fortunes and earn recognition there are some compromises you have to make. Otherwise you are bound to languish like….

    After the bomb blast in Mumbai in July 2011 I wrote the post “Seema Mustafa V Subramaniam Swamy”. In this post note how cleverly and mischievously Mustafa writes about the target of the blast:

    “The Hindus, he keeps insisting, are the targets. But when blasts take place in crowded market places in Mumbai or any other part of India, the targets are the people of India, Dr Swamy. Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs and Christians and Parsis and Jains and Brahmins and Dalits and all those who are at the spot die because the bomb cannot differentiate among religions and castes”.

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    Notice anything? You see, the victims are Hindus, Brahmins, Dalits apart from other religions. Clever, isn’t it? So Hindus are different from Brahmins and Dalits. This is the clever trick and deception that Commie media has practiced all along and still does. Not enough? Take a look at the tweet from another Commie outpost called Tehelka on the recent Muzaffarnagar riots. Oh! It’s Jats V Muslims. Jats are not Hindus. Watch closely and you will find these crooks dividing Hindus on a daily basis. Any idea who they are doing it for and what they gain from it? Make a wild guess! If you believe many of our media folks often talk like agents of Pakistan then that is only partly true. It’s not Pakistan, it’s Islam. It could have been Saudi Arabia next door and the discourse would still be the same. You see, for the Commies Islam is a secular religion and one of peace. Nothing will please the Commies more than to see India as an Islamic republic. I’m not joking. The Commies have even described Maharana Pratap and Shivaji as “rebels” against Islamic rulers and not as Hindu Kings of our proud history.

    If you claim to be a Hindu Nationalist, you will be promptly labelled communal, fascist, anti-minorities and a chauvinist pig. Just listen to guys like Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav of the new brigade. If you’re a Hindu you are essentially against the poor, the minorities, the Dalits, the Jats, the Gujjars and everyone else. Is there anyone that the Hindu isn’t against? This is what will be spun by the media and their Commie associates every single day to you. Let’s take scumbag Vir Sanghvi.

    Now this Vir Sanghvi is also a cook apart from being a media steno-typist for Niira Radia. In a Q&A with students over the history of the Babri Masjid conflict this is what he told them in 2009 (Ayodhya for dummies). Here’s one of the questions:

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    So to defend the crimes of the Islamic invaders who destroyed temples and looted them Sanghvi tries to “balance” it by stating Hindus did the same to Buddhist temples and drove Buddhism out of India. Okay! Buddhism also disappeared in many other countries where Hinduism didn’t prevail. How does anyone explain that? Fact is this is a lie that Sanghvi and his Commie friends in the CPM and Congress have perpetrated for ages. Many continue to perpetrate this lie. Sanghvi’s nonsense has been well analysed and answered by many including Reality Check. Would Sanghvi ever accept he is wrong? No! But call him a Commie and he will surely protest. Most media folks don’t like to be called Commies, they prefer the “liberal” tag. The “Fiberals”, as I call them are Commie liars who peddle lies not only about our history but also about current affairs. They distort and spin facts to present you stories. Except that these stories don’t have a label: “Poison”.

    That’s not all, this incestuous Commie club makes life difficult for any alternative thesis or questions to be published. Arun Shourie, even as a renowned journalist, had a problem publishing his first book and had to do it himself. Here’s what he writes on the question of Hindus destroying Buddhist temples or institutions in “Eminent Historians”:

    “Describing the massacres of the latter and the destruction of their vihars, universities, places of worship, the author writes, "The Musalman invaders sacked the Buddhist Universities of Nalanda, Vikramshila, Jagaddala, Odantapuri to name only a few. They raised to the ground Buddhist monasteries with which the country was studded. The monks fled away in thousands to Nepal, Tibet and other places outside India. A very large number were killed outright by the Muslim commanders. How the Buddhist priesthood perished by the sword of the Muslim invaders has been recorded by the Muslim historians themselves. Summarizing the evidence relating to the slaughter of the Buddhist Monks perpetrated by the Musalman General in the course of his invasion of Bihar in 1197 AD, Mr. Vincent Smith says, "....Great quantities of plunder were obtained, and the slaughter of the 'shaven headed Brahmans', that is to say the Buddhist monks, was so thoroughly completed, that when the victor sought for someone capable of explaining the contents of the books in the libraries of the monasteries, not a living man could be found who was able to read them. 'It was discovered,' we are told, 'that the whole of that fortress and city was a college, and in the Hindi tongue they call a college Bihar.' "Such was the slaughter of the Buddhist priesthood perpetrated by the Islamic invaders. The axe was struck at the very root. For by killing the Buddhist priesthood, Islam killed Buddhism. This was the greatest disaster that befell the religion of the Buddha in India...."

    And who exactly is Arun Shourie quoting? The above part is quoted from BR Ambedkar’s writings. Ambedkar who converted to Buddhism should know a lot more about Buddhist history than Commies like Sanghvi and others of his club.

    The Commies have not only conspired to destroy our history but have peddled lies about it. A majority of media houses who scream non-stop every single day are employed in this grand design of telling you that Hindus are communal, a danger to India and are anti-Muslims. With the arrival of SM it has become more and more difficult for them to hide the lies and distort facts. They won’t give up. Be careful what you consume. I have labelled them “Poison”. We shall see more of these lies in the forthcoming parts in this series.


    PS: I have been recommending books to read for a while. On the right margin is a book by Ravi Shankar Kapoor – “How India’s intellectuals spread lies”. It’s an eye-opener worth the read.

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    Commie Media's Anti-Hindu Poison - Part 2


    (Read Part-1 if you haven’t already)

    In 1976, African-American Alex Haley published “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”, a novel based on his family's history, starting with the story of Kunta Kinte, who was kidnapped in the Gambia in 1767 and transported to Maryland to be sold as a slave. Haley claimed to be a seventh-generation descendant of Kunta Kinte. He went to the village of Juffure, where Kunta Kinte grew up and which is still in existence, and listened to a tribal historian tell the story of Kinte's capture. Haley also traced the records of the ship, The Lord Ligonier, which he said carried his ancestor to America. Haley has stated that the most emotional moment of his life occurred on September 29, 1967, when he stood at the site in Annapolis, Maryland where his ancestor had arrived from Africa in chains exactly 200 years before. A memorial depicting Haley reading a story to young children gathered at his feet has since been erected in the center of Annapolis. The official page of Haley’s book notes:

    “Alex Haley's Roots is the monumental two-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him. By tracing back his own roots, Haley tells the story of 39 million Americans of African descent. He has rediscovered for an entire people a rich cultural heritage that ultimately speaks to all races everywhere, for the story it tells is one of the most eloquent testimonials ever written to the indomitability of the human spirit”.

    Haley’s memorial has him reading a story to young children. What would he have told them about his history? What would he have told them that they could learn from his? History is written not because we would like to change it. We obviously cannot. History is written so that we discover and learn the truth about our past and who we were and why we are the way we are. And in learning those truths we hope to undertake a better journey than the one in the past and retain the best from what our ancestors left us. The “indomitability of the human spirit” equally applies to Hindus and the other natives of this land (Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists etc). It is probably the only race of people and culture that murderous invaders couldn’t wipe out. That’s half the story. But when you have crooks who constantly distort and lie about history and have been doing so unchecked then your future is likely to be just as distorted and painful. That is how India got here. That is what the Commies were and are doing, as is the MSM that is infested with them. Nothing would please the Commies and the Congis (and DMK types) for the Hindu identity to completely disappear. Their consistent actions have proved that they would rather have Yadavs, Brahmins, Rajputs, Ezhavas, Dalits, Jats, Gujjars, Harijans, OBCs, Tribals etc. as identities rather than anything that is remotely called “Hindu”.

    In the introduction to my book “Social Media as watchdog” I wrote: “One of the biggest challenges for students coming out of schools and colleges in India is not remembering what they learnt but unlearning what they did. This is particularly true of history courses. Much of our history taught in schools cannot exactly be described as accurate. Designed as they were by left-leaning historians, the courses use an abundant dose of imagination and distortion. Thus, students have to learn true history and facts only outside of schools. The same experience is true for the whole population when they encounter Mainstream Media”.

    Till after the 2007 elections in Gujarat I had no idea what caste or tribe Narendra Modi was from. I didn’t know YSR Reddy, the late Andhra CM, was a Christian. Frankly, I couldn’t have cared less. Guess who educated me? It was NDTV, CNN-IBN and other similar channels that ran bios of Modi and educated me that he was an OBC, a Ghanchi (supposedly the Barber clan). Was there any purpose to it? His victory hurt Barkha Dutt so much that she tagged all Gujjus as “effete” people. Such tagging is one of the most important features of the Commies. Anyone that challenges their incestuous circle will be tagged with unthinkable names and adjectives even if that person is holding evidence of unshakeable truth. Lavrentiy Beria, Security Head under Stalin is credited with the line “You bring me the man, I’ll find you the crime”. To put it more bluntly, I love the James Hadley Chase title: “You find him, I’ll fix him”. They will negate everything about a person or an organisation. They will manufacture crimes. RSS runs “Bomb-making” factories! Ring a bell? Here’s something I’ve written before:

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    Negationism is defined as denial or distortion of historical facts, especially those relating to crimes against humanity. Dr. Koenrad Elst, a Belgian, is a Hinduism scholar who has written much about this negationism and concealing of Islamic record in India. Here’s what Elst has to say (Wiki): Historians of the Aligarh school (e.g. Irfan Habib) or Indian Marxists (e.g. Romila Thapar) have resorted to history-rewriting: "Therefore, in 1982 the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) issued a directive for the rewriting of schoolbooks. Among other things, it stipulated that: "Characterization of the medieval period as a time of conflict between Hindus and Muslims is forbidden." Under Marxist pressure, negationism has become India's official policy”. It actually recommends dumbing down of students. Effectively, it meant the horrors of Indian Islamic history must be hidden from our students. Students who cared were able to get to the real history but our MSM still follows that diktat. So is it a surprise that Muslim violence is covered up and mostly turned into ‘victimhood’ or an Anti-Hindu rant? Did such a “cleansing” really happen? Well, here are facts produced by Arun Shourie in Eminent Historians:

    Under the CPM govt in Bengal a circular dated 28 April, 1989 is issued by the West Bengal Secondary Board. It is in Bengali, and carries the number "Syl/89/1" (For Class-9. Here “Aushuddho” supposedly means “impure” and “Shuddho” is “cleanse” by alteration or by deletion)

    Book : Bharatvarsher Itihash, by Dr. Narendranath Bhattacharya, published by Chakravarty & Son:
    Page 89 : Aushuddho - "Sultan Mahmud used force for widespread murder, loot, destruction and conversion."
    Shuddho - "There was widespread loot and destruction by Mahmud." That is, no reference to killing, no reference to forcible conversions.
    Page 89 : Aushuddho - "He looted valuables worth 2 crore dirham from the Somnath temple and used the Shivling as a step leading up to the masjid in Ghazni."

    Shuddho - "Delete 'and used the Shivling as a step leading up to the masjid in Ghazni.'"
    Page 112 : Aushuddho -- "Hindu-Muslim relations of the medieval ages is a very sensitive issue. The non- believers had to embrace Islam or death."
    Shuddho -- All matter on pages 112-13 to be deleted.
    Page 113 : Aushuddho - "According to Islamic law non-Muslims will have to choose between death and Islam. Only the Hanafis allow non-Muslims to pay jaziya in exchange for their lives."
    Shuddho - Rewrite this as follows : "By paying jaziya to Allauddin Khilji, Hindus could lead normal lives." Moreover, all the subsequent sentences "Qazi...", "Taimur's arrival in India..." to be deleted.
    Page 113 : Aushuddho - "Mahmud was a believer in the rule of Islam whose core was 'Either Islam or death'.
    Shuddho -- Delete.

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    Mind you, what I provided above is just a sample. You can go through the whole set of “cleansing” that the CPM’s education board ordered at this page. What’s the logic behind such cleansing other than killing history? If at all there is some belief that kids may not be able to absorb such a violent history, which is not a stated objective, then it’s better to choose a higher age when they can be taught this rather than giving them half-truths. In reality, when kids discover the truth at a later age they hold in contempt the schools which taught them bogus history when it was neither the fault of the school nor the teachers. The danger is, someday some Indian kid might grow up to write a book like the one some American has written.

    The root of any good or bad ideological practice is usually found in the precedents set by the founding fathers of a nation. India doesn’t really have founding fathers except her Hindu culture. But post-independence some like to give that honour to some people. MK Gandhi was called the Father of the nation. Jawaharlal Nehru is often referred to as the ‘Architect of modern India’. In his book on Negationism, Koenrad Elst recalls Nehru’s admiration for Mahmud Ghaznavi

    The best-known propounder of negationism was certainly Jawarharlal Nehru… his writings contain some crude cases of glorification of Muslim tyrants and concealment or denial of their crimes. Witness his assessment of Mahmud Ghaznavi, who, according to his chronicler Utbi, sang the praise of the temple complex at Mathura and then immediately proceeded to destroy it. Nehru writes: "Building interested Mahmud, and he was much impressed by the city of Mathura near Delhi". About this he wrote: "There are here a thousand edifices as firm as the faith of the faithful; nor is it likely that this city has attained its present condition but at the expense of many millions of dinars, nor could such another be constructed under a period of 200 years." And that is all: Nehru described the destroyer of Mathura as an admirer of Mathura, apparently without noticing the gory sarcasm in Ghaznavi's eulogy. Moreover, Nehru denied that Mahmud had committed his acts of destruction out of any religious motive: "Mahmud was not a religious man. He was a Mohammedan, but that was just by the way. He was in the first place a soldier, and a brilliant soldier."

    You will hear the same nonsense that for much of the killings and brutality religion was not a motive. They would like us to believe that the crazy guys just wanted to demonstrate their martial skills. But MK Gandhi set the example of covering up and white-washing such crimes. The Moplah murderers of Kerala and the Khilafat movement ended up killing thousands of Hindus but what did MKG think about it? Here’s what:

    “The Moplah revolt is a test for Hindus and Mussulmans. Can Hindus friendship survive the strain put upon it? Can Mussulmans in the deepest recesses of their hearts approve of the conduct of the Moplahs?.... The Hindus must have the courage and the faith to feel that they can protect their religion in spite of such fanatical eruptions.... The Mussulmans must naturally feel the shame and humiliation of the Moplah conduct about forcible conversions and looting, and they must work away so silently and effectively that such things might become impossible even on the part of the most fanatical among them. My belief is that the Hindus as a body have received the Moplah madness with equanimity and that the cultured Mussulmans are sincerely sorry for the Moplah’s perversion of the teachings of the Prophet.”

    The article I linked goes on to ask of Gandhi: He fails to state the extent of Hindu losses once again. He believes that ‘Hindus have received Moplah madness with equanimity’. How can you receive acts like ‘rape’, ‘murder’, ‘forcible conversions’ etc with ‘equanimity’? He states that cultured Mussulmans are sincerely sorry for the acts. But our question is this: Did he find out why this revolt was so inhuman and why it was committed in the name of religion? Did he try to understand the Moplah point of view? Did he find out why the anti-British agitation turned into ‘anti-Hindu’? The answer to all these questions is a resounding ‘NO’.

    In Kerala we had a CPM politician openly declaring political murder was a natural practice of the party. MM Mani just gets suspended for six months when he should have been in jail. What about the killings under the CPM itself in Bengal? Here’s an interesting read that is fairly reliable given the violent and criminal nature of Commie politics:

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    55000? That’s like one “Gujarat 2002” for every year of CPM in Bengal, isn’t it? But which one gets the most noise in our media? To avoid interpreting selectively I recommend reading the full story which is even more damning. Did you ever see such an important story being discussed in any news channel or newspaper? Did you see a debate anywhere? Stupid channels spend hours discussing a stray comment of some Cleric called Madani but never in the last 20 years has any channel discussed the crimes of the Commies. Why? Because they ARE the Commies! In quite a similar fashion our media also “cleanses” the violence of Muslims whether it’s Deganga or over the 100 riots in UP. They report it only when it becomes absolutely inevitable. The Muzaffarnagar riots wouldn’t have been on air if not for a reporter being killed. And for every single incident everywhere else the “Big Bindis” of the Commies come out crying and wailing. If they can cleanse history from our schools they can also cleanse the truth from our news media. No matter what happens, stick the “Convict” badge on the Hindu. No matter what the terrorist act or killing, find the Hindu and they will find his crime. Are sympathies of NDTV, CNN-IBN to the murderous Commies a lot clearer? Is it also any surprise why NDTV loves separatists? Lord Macaulay had a dream of creating English speaking interpreters and intellects and most of them are the current day Commies.

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    Call Malini Parthasarthy a Commie and she will be very offended. Most liars in the media don’t like to be called Commies. They prefer the more stylish “fiberal” tag. Her silly tweet is factually wrong but it still helps to explain why you are a worthless piece of junk if you don’t speak English. The toiling villagers and many Indians who can just speak their own dialect is a nuisance in their lives. Educate yourselves on their expectations! If you think Lord Macaulay didn’t finish his job then I have good news for you. He wanted a nation so steeped in the English language and belief that Indians think very lowly of themselves. Macaulay may have been buried in history but his dreams are alive. At the very least Macaulay could admit that the backbone of India is her spiritual and cultural heritage. What Macaulay couldn’t finish off, the Commies, their historians and their counterparts in our MSM are desperately trying to finish off. Stick a post-it on your TV screens or papers when you watch or read them: “Shuddho: Poison”.


    To be continued…

    PS: Notes of Koenrad Elst in this post were previously carried in my post “In denial”

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    Commie Media's Anti-Hindu Poison - Part 3

    The Catch-22 of Salma and Sabrina!

    What we say is the truth. What you’ve got is fiction. Period! You can bring all the proofs in the world. Trash! You can pile a mountain of evidence. Trash! Salma says it, Sabrina corroborates it. That’s what counts. If Salma doesn’t get you, Sabrina will.

    Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Stratfor) is a global strategic intelligence forecast company. What do they do? Err… They’re somewhat like the weatherman; the IMD, who forecast cyclones, sunny weather, rains and gloom. Stratfor does the same in the domain of geo-politics, economics, emerging markets and so on. But they aren’t limited to that as this Wikileaks release tells us:

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    Stratfor also appears to share information with CIA and other similar bodies. That must be their revenue model. Who is their contact or points-man in India? The self-righteous Shekhar Gupta, reveals Wikileaks. If everything about Stratfor was above board why is it that no bio of ShekharG ever reveals his connection with them? The concern about Stratfor in this post is basically what they wrote recently in an article called “India’s tryst with destiny”. The article is about the upcoming general elections and how it might dramatically alter India’s future course. Nothing very unusual really, except this part:

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    Most readers would miss the trickery but nestled in the middle of a lot of words are LIES that have been discredited over and over again and an “intelligence” outfit like Stratfor is writing this in 2013. The concoction of 2000 Muslims killed and 400 rapes is the handiwork of many Commies like Teesta Setalvad, Arundhati Roy, Shabnam Hashmi, Javed Akhtar, CPM, Congress and, of course, champion liars like NDTV and CNN-IBN and other channels. I would call it a “collective community” effort. Sometimes there have been panellists who have quoted figures of anywhere between 2000 and 5000 and our news anchors have allowed such nonsense to pass in the garb of “balanced debate”. The number of people who have enriched themselves and amassed huge wealth over the dead bodies of Gujarat will be difficult to count.

    Simple truth is, some Commie group starts off with the lie and all others play the jungle drums tom-toming and before you know it, it’s massive propaganda that takes a very long time to dispel. Sometimes almost impossible to dispel! It’s like “Nero fiddled…” when actually the fiddle wasn’t invented till 500 years after Nero’s death. It’s like Hindi is the only “national language” when it is not. It’s like Nehru was a “total democrat” when most of his actions prove to the contrary. It’s like Congress “respects courts” when it’s the only party that consistently negated Court decisions or completely disrespected it.

    Imagine this: If I were to ask Stratfor where they got the 2000 and 400 number from I guess they’d tell me “from The Hindu”. Ask The Hindu they’d say from NDTV. Ask NDTV they’d say from Teesta. Ask Teesta she’ll say from Shabnam Hashmi. Ask Shabbo she’ll say from Genocide Suzy. Ask Suzy she’ll say from Barkha Dutt. Ask Barkha she’ll say from Rajdeep Sardesai. Ask Rajdeep he will say it was in The Hindu report. Ask The Hindu... Oops! There, your cycle is complete! There isn’t one single authentic valid source for the figures. It’s like Sagarika Ghose saying the Dilkush Nagar blasts in Hyderabad were in an area full of meat shops. Ask Sagarika’s friend where she got this piece of information; she’ll say “I read it in Sagarika’s tweet”. This is an incestuous club that quotes each other’s lies with no authentic figures from any source. There’s no escape. It wasn’t very different in the on-going Ram Janmabhoomi case.

    Read this examination of the Allahabad HC judgement on RJB by Prof. R.Vaidyanathan. When confronted with the fact that none of the “eminent distortians” really had any evidence of the property having been a mosque from the start they all make you laugh with what they quote as evidence (excerpts): “Suvira Jaiswal says: “Whatever knowledge I gained with respect to the disputed site is based on newspaper reports or what others told.” She also confessed that she “prepared a report on the Babri dispute after reading newspaper reports and on the basis of discussion with my medieval history expert in my department”… Archaeologist Shereen Ratnagar admitted she did not have any “field” experience as far as Babri was concerned and had written an “introduction” to the book of another “expert” who deposed before the court, namely Prof D Mandal… Suraj Bhan was providing evidence based on medieval history but another expert of Muslim parties, namely Shireen Musavi, says that Bhan is an archeologists and not a historian”.

    It gets hilarious as you go along. But it’s no laughing matter. This is how the Commies consistently spread lies without reliable, authentic data and conveniently distort the truth. If you challenge them they will resort to ad hominem attacks (like the moron who told Smriti Irani she was a TV show dancer) which have nothing to do with the topic of the debate. Do read the whole article of Prof. Vaidyanathan so you understand how Commies spread lies and claim evidence based on nothing but each other’s ass. So it goes on and on. The other aspect of the Commie media which I have repeatedly emphasised is ‘LIE BIG, retract small’. Most people will remember the Swami Nityananda case where he has been accused of raping, molestation and some more. Whatever the charges, someday a court will deliver the verdict. So let’s leave that part to the courts. But using soft-porn, channels Aaj Tak of the India Today group and Star Vijay grandly carried a fake video of an actress in compromising positions with Nityananda and aired it over and over again. A complaint to the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council got an investigation going and established the actress’s image was morphed. India Today issued an apology in September 2013.

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    The image of India Today’s apology is on the left (you may have to enlarge it to read the whole text). You can also read the directions given by the BCCC to StarVijay. The BCCC notes: “Firstly, it is clear that the channel did not exercise any caution whatsoever in telecasting the said episode without confirming the authenticity of the clippings… Further, even the contention of the channel that the said Programme was telecast for creating awareness amongst public is to be believed, then where was the need for constantly making references to the complainant and also repeatedly showing her completely unconnected videos from public life?" Well, I will tell you what the BCCC won’t tell you about the need to telecast the fake video and the need to tar the complainant. It is simply because the issue was connected to a man wearing “saffron”. If the video had actually been genuine but had it been connected to a Mullah or a Christian priest, nobody would have ever heard of the video. The length to which the Commie channels will go to tar someone in “saffron” is by now well established. Anything that moves in saffron is game for them.

    The other thing is to air the fake video a million times at prime time and then merely apologise in scrolls at odd hours of off-peak viewership. LIE BIG, retract small. The character-assassination will be seen by a million people but the apology would be seen only by the observant ones. This is a regular feature of criminal Commie anti-Hindu poison. These aren’t stray instances either. I doubt anyone has forgotten the classic case of “Sack Sagarika” where she and her crooks in CNN-IBN tried to tar SriSri Ravishankar in a manipulated “fake live” programme and later claimed it was a “bug”. Not just that, she even had the audacity to claim later that people were slamming her on this account because she is a woman. Commit a crime, play victim.

    Here’s another trick. When things start going badly for the Commies they will put out something from history, ancient or of 50 years ago, and throw it at you to confound you. The southern bastion of Commie writings “The Hindu” suddenly pulled up the issue of RSS being bailed out by the Nehru govt suggesting it was on certain pre-conditions. What exactly is the context or relevance? Nothing! Varadabhai’s objective is simple: Put “a Spaniard in the works” and create a distraction which has some people talking about it. Why suddenly RSS? Because parties opposed to BJP claim Modi’s choice as PM candidate was dictated by RSS. Oh let’s not forget RSS works to protect Hindu interests so it is obviously “EVIL”. Let’s agree; anything Hindu is evil! So, to the campaign that has already been tarring Modi for over a decade let’s add another one. Let’s tar and discredit RSS, again. So cobble together some nonsense from history and peddle it.

    That’s what some Vidya Subrahmaniam of The Hindu did recently. The simple premise of what VidyaS is saying is that a ban on RSS was removed (ban was after MK Gandhi’s killing) because they undertook to remain out of politics and to write a Constitution for their organisation. And because they had given such an undertaking, according to VidyaS, they have broken that promise in 2013 by backing Modi as PM candidate or politicking to get him there. Whatever her mighty grievance is.

    Alright, so S. Gurumurthy is allowed to write a rebuttal in The Hindu where he asserts that the lifting on the ban was “unconditional”. (Links to both articles are available in Gurumurthy’s response). There was no reason for VidyaS to raise muck. For the simple fact is that as of now RSS is free to enter politics. RSS is also free to alter its Constitution the way it wants as long as it is within the law. That should have legally been the position always. That’s what matters. So Gurumurthy writes: “In a written statement to the Bombay Legislative Assembly on September 14, 1949 (Proceedings p2126) the Home Minister Morarji Desai admitted that the ban on RSS was no longer considered necessary; it was lifted unconditionally; and the RSS gave no undertaking. If no undertaking was indeed given in 1949, where is the question of reneging on it in 2013”? If indeed it is asserted by Morarji Desai, as Home Minister, and recorded in the proceedings then that would be an authentic record. But that’s where Salma and Sabrina come in again.

    Annoyed that her mindless raking up of a currently inconsequential issue to tar RSS and Modi has met with a strong rebuttal, VidyaS then puts up evidence that back her claims. This evidence is to prove that the RSS ban was indeed lifted on certain pre-conditions set by Sardar Patel and the Nehru govt (readhere). For the benefit of all mankind here is the evidence she presents:

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    believe if you read the evidence VidyaS has provided you’ll be convinced about her claims. There’s just one problem; this is Salma quoting Sabrina. You see, this is what the Commies practice as providing evidence. Even Tehelka has started a unique practice. Tehelka interviews their editor Shoma Chaudhury and reports her quotes as headlines. Shoma interviews her sidekick Rana Ayyub and Tehelka reports it as headlines. Rana Ayyub quotes her own article and Tehelka reports it as news. Voila! Salma and Sabrina do it all by themselves without any help. Stratfor did it. The RJB commies did it. So VidyaS too does a Salma by quoting clippings from her own Sabrina (The Hindu) as evidence for her claims. Much as this matter itself is absolutely irrelevant for the present times, even in such a case the Commie quotes itself as solid evidence. Basic journalistic propriety requires that you quote at least one third party or an official gazette or govt record as evidence. Nothing!

    It’s like I call you a thief and you ask me for evidence. And what’s the evidence? I point you to my blog dated February 31, 2010 where I have called you a thief earlier. So you refer to my blog of February 31 and ask for evidence for that charge. I tell you it’s an old charge which hasn’t been disproved (even if I never provided evidence the first time around). There’s no escape. It’s the problem Capt. John Yossarian faces in “Catch-22”. He is sick and desperate to get out of the foreign airbase. The only way one can do it is by establishing he is mentally crazy and insane but there’s a catch. This is best demonstrated by this little conversation between Yossarian and Doc Dhaneeka from the famous story and movie:

    Yossarian: Is Orr crazy?
    Doc Daneeka: Of course he is. He has to be crazy to keep flying after all his close calls he's had.
    Yossarian: Why can't you ground him?
    Doc Daneeka: I can, but first he has to ask me.
    Yossarian: That's all he's gotta do to be grounded?
    Doc Daneeka: That's all.
    Yossarian: Then you can ground him?
    Doc Daneeka: No. Then I cannot ground him.
    Yossarian: Aah!
    Doc Daneeka: There's a CATCH!
    Yossarian: A catch?
    Doc Daneeka: Sure. Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat isn't really crazy, so I can't ground him.
    Yossarian: Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. In order to be grounded, I've got to be crazy. And I must be crazy to keep flying. But if I ask to be grounded, that means I'm not crazy anymore, and I have to keep flying.
    Doc Daneeka: You got it, that's Catch-22.
    Yossarian: Whoo... That's some catch, that Catch-22.
    Doc Daneeka: It's the best there is.

    So you can present all the evidence in the world but it’s not acceptable. They present the words and quotes from each other and that constitutes evidence. If the right hook doesn’t get you the left one will. If Salma doesn’t get you, Sabrina will.

    To be continued…


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    These I have posted in an apolitical and non religious point of view, the headlines may state anything.

    The aim is basically to indicate the complexities that work in doctoring the mindset and how we should not take the print and electronic media as the Gospel Truth.

    The views expressed in the articles are solely that of the author of the article.
     
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    Excellent threads & interesting finds @Ray Sir. Especially the last article by MediaCrooks is quite incisive & observant.
     
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    Because they too have their friends in the media, though less.
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    I just saw a program on NDTV Hindi hosted by Ravish Kumar (a fair host in my view who gives chance to all the members, 'mostly'), it was on Rahul Gandhi's Churu speech. Vinod Sharma, from HT was also sitting there, who kept saying that he is not an advocate of Rahul Gandhi but was continuously supporting Rahul Gandhi's "Feku Emotional speech", he even failed to see that Rahul Gandhi has not done anything special in entire life which can be remembered as a achievement, still VS was continuing to present himself as an impartial or unbiased. So the link Ray sir gave in his post #4 appears to be true.

    Such persons are misguiding the nation, on one hand they call themselves unbiased (to fool the viewers) on the other hand silently push the Congressi agenda.
     
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    Vinod Sharma, is an unabashed Congress acolyte and pretends to be fair!

    So is Kumar Khetkar.

    And to some extent, Vinod Mehta.
     

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