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January 30, 2009

which translated from latin means ”I Dare you.”

WHO DARES YOU? THE BLOGGERS?
READ THIS FIRST.

The Fundamental Rights in India enshrined in the Part III of the Constitution of India guarantee civil liberties such that all Indians can lead their lives in peace and harmony as citizens of India.

These include individual rights common to most liberal democracies, such as equality before law, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of association and peaceful assembly, freedom to practice religion, and the right to constitutional remedies for the protection of civil rights by means of writs such as habeas corpus.

Violations of these rights result in punishments as prescribed in the Indian Penal Code, subject to discretion of the judiciary.
The Fundamental Rights are defined as basic human freedoms which every Indian citizen has the right to enjoy for a proper and harmonious development of personality.

The six fundamental rights are:[1]

Right to equality
RIGHT TO FREEDOM
Right against exploitation
Right to freedom of religion
Cultural and educational rights
Right to constitutional remedies

YOU ARE ALL NODDING YOUR HEADS RIGHT?

Now read how our FREE PRESS IS TRYING TO CURB OUR FREE SPEECH.

READ HOW a blogger C.KUNTE WAS FORCED TO APOLOGIZE HERE

APOLOGISE FOR WHAT? FOR THIS (scroll down when you open the page,it is the 17th titled irresponsible)

DO copy and keep it.

THE PHRASE COGITO ERGO SUM HAS APPARENTLY BEEN FORGOTTEN BY Ms BARKHA DUTT.

AS ALSO this most famous of all.

”The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.”
~David Ben-Gurion

WHY THE FEAR Ms DUTT ? PRAY,DO TELL.

[EDITED TO ADD]
AS India Retold says,this needs to go out to as many people as possible,so I am adding some more links.
Retributions
Shripriya-Shame on NDTV and Barkha Dutt
Desipundit- Blogger silenced by NDTV
Indian Realist -Here is why they hate blogs
Seriously Sandeep – Barkha Dutt and NDTV, the Joke is on You!
Pramit Singh -Biggest moments in Indian Blogging History(scroll down ,this incident is mentioned too)
Vimoh’s Blog-Open letter to NDTV
The Comic Project-Throw the Constitution Away

AND CHURMURI and Prem Panicker put a balanced perspective on the issue

WIKI
READ WHAT THE MAD MOMMA SAYS, HER POST HAS A LOT OF THE LINKS.
WHAT THE NAIVE INDIAN SAYS,WHAT SO MANY OTHERS SAY…

Thanks Mad Momma!

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
-George Washington

PS :- ”IS THIS TRUE OR NOT?”, IS WHAT SOME PEOPLE ASK.

WELL ,I TRIED SEARCHING A LOT ALL OVER THE NET.

ALL THAT CAME UP WAS MORE AND MORE RANTINGS AGAINST THE MEDIA’S HIGH HANDEDENESS AND THE CONTEMPT FOR THEIR HOLIER THAN THOU ATTITUDE.

WHAT IS THE TRUTH?I DON’T KNOW.

BUT IF THIS IS TRUE,THEN THIS NEEDS TO BE HEARD.

IF NOT,THEN SURELY AN APOLOGY ALA Mr C KUNTE WOULD DO WONT IT Ms DUTT?

I have always been an admirer of the way you report Ms Dutt,from your Kargil days..
Though in hindsight it seems to me that it was a little too much ,too fast for you.
The fame that is.
However,your coverage of the mumbai attacks sowed the seeds of doubt in my mind as in many others too.

I am sure there were other journalists who were pathetic,more irresponsible and plain incompetent.Why are you being singled out?

Well,the standards expected from you and from NDTV are high to say the least.
And if what is written above is the truth ,then I am sure you too would agree that the ‘freedom ‘ needs to be preserved at all cost.
Even if you are the victim Ms Dutt.

For,the pros of reporting/discussing/talking about something like this (which may turn out to be either true or false,) are greater than the cons don’t you think?

Atleast, if this is false,you can be credited for having kept us on our toes.
So that tomorrow, this does not indeed become a horrendous reality.(If indeed it already hasn’t)

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  2. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  3. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  4. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  5. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  6. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  7. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  8. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:19 am

    Yes, Indyeah, this is the show of the might of the powerful media which this individual blogger could not bear. The media can afford to fight defamation or libel cases against individuals. Bloggers cannot afford to even defend themselves! But after all the post was judgemental and more of an opinion of one individual and cannot be proved this way or the other. Many of our actions can seem to be sensationalising while actually the emphasis may be to raise awareness. So long as bloggers are not prohibited from posting or their posts are not censored, we still do have all the rights to speak our mind. We need to exercise this right judiciously and rake up the right issues from time to time. As many of us are doing (including you)!

  9. Usha Pisharody permalink
    January 31, 2009 1:07 am

    Went through the entire list of links.. and yes have got that one on the latest post on Overdrive.. gagging a blogger, on the Martrydom post ie.

    When it filters down so deep as to touch the virtual world, something stinks! Actually, it is more than that isn’t it? How the media and the political world are entwined in bonds of unholy alliance… the way I see it! For all that they scream Murder, at the doings of the politicos, they seem to inseparable as well…

    As you said earlier, in another post, another context, cant stay married, and cant be divorced… And the innocents suffer!!!

  10. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    January 31, 2009 1:34 am

    This is what happens to people for whom freedom of expression means their one-way unbridled freedom to criticise and berate others in the strongest possible words short of the four-lettered level. They think they have this right due to their persona when actually it is due to the platform of their media house. Even the mightiest know the havoc the likes of Barkha can create if they rub them on the wrong side, thanks to the power of that platform. That is why you will find them all putting on their best smiles with media personalities even when the latter, drunk with power, cross many red lines of acceptable behaviour routinely.

    Ordinary folk have little to lose and therefore can speak the truth, as they perceive it. They can even afford to behave like twins of media luminaries when they write about them in their blogs or elsewhere. Some do go overboard, but what the heck, how does it really matter to such powerful people if some piddly little nobody says something about them in his small space in the wide net?

    But what better can one accept from those who otherwise deride state awards as rigged, but gush and strut with pompous pride when they get or ‘manage’ them? Barkha Dutt has been speaking against bloggers for many years. I remember a program of hers some years back when she spoke about the things being written about her and how it was violating her rights, and whether she could do anything about it etc…you see it is not easy for an arrogant bully, used to a one-way traffic, to take criticism from the opposite direction.

    So, finally Ms Dutt, in true Indian politician style has misused the might of her station to harass and hound a poor guy and gag him. She has not gagged just him but all others who feel that she should be taken off the air because to then she exemplifies mediocrity, even dishonesty on the national air space.

    Sick of NDTV, I had stopped watching it a few weeks back. This incident proves that I took the right decision. In fact, I will go so far as to say that those of us who feel incensed by her brutal assault on the freedom of expression should do the same…there is no other way to get her back to terra firma than removing the power and security that the platform of NDTV is providing to her. And this is the best way to do it…

  11. Sagarone permalink
    January 31, 2009 4:07 am

    The ‘mainstream’ media trying to stifle criticism is amazing. Because most of their reporting is based on half truths and conjectures as well. What they do not like is encroachment on their ‘territory’ by independents. Perhaps they feel threatened by the blogosphere.

  12. Ajit permalink
    January 31, 2009 9:10 am

    yeah, Bloging is the new force… 😛
    and we need to continue to exercise our fundamental rights…

    good one INdyeah….

  13. Ana Cristina permalink
    January 31, 2009 12:59 pm

    I made a little somethin’-somethin’ for you. Come get! 😀

    http://threadsthataregolden.blogspot.com/2009/01/in-honor-of-this-my-300th-post_31.html

  14. Balvinder Singh permalink
    January 31, 2009 8:45 pm

    Frankly speaking, the planners of the terror activities in Pakistan must have included one point for the suicide squad during thier briefings that the ‘fidayeens’ would be kept informed of the going ons outside the site of attack on their cell phones.

    Well, they know that the Indian media would not fail them and would give the running commentary of the activities of the surroundings including the pictures of commandoes slithering down the ropes.

    I have written two articles in my blog under the lebels — Media’s nuisance”

  15. Indyeah permalink
    January 31, 2009 11:19 pm

    Gopinath’s ”Artickles”:-Yes,these media houses have a battery of lawyers and the ordinary blogger does not stand a chance!
    We write our opinions on incidents/issues as we see them.I fail to see how that amounts to sensationalism or defamation.

    Yes,this incident has only reinforced our belief in our ability to think for ourselves.And indeed we will continue to do so.
    Do spread the word.Each blog matters!

    Usha Pisharody:-Yes,it was your link that I saw,pondered over it,found Shripriya’s and Mad Momma’s blog .Only then did I realize
    that this needed to be told to as many as possible.Everyone needed to know what had happened.

    ”How the media and the political world are entwined in bonds of unholy alliance… the way I see it! For all that they scream Murder, at the doings of the politicos, they seem to inseparable as well…”
    EXACTLY!!Right as usual!:)

    Vinod Sir:-Yes,freedom to them means a one way street.Freedom of speech it is ,if it applies to them and yet when it comes to others like C Kunte it becomes grounds for a lawsuit!
    ”me do go overboard, but what the heck, how does it really matter to such powerful people if some piddly little nobody says something about them in his small space in the wide net?”
    Yes,it shouldnt matter to them but look at their reactions !It would be funny if it was not so tragic.

    One of the last rights that the people of India still have left and the FREE MEDIA is hellbent on diluting that too!
    NDTV started as a different channel and has now become something else.One can only feel pity.Sitting in the rarified environments,they seem to be losing touch with the masses.Yes,it is only NDTV and the fact that she’s a part of it that is giving her this courage.
    I did like her reporting in her earlier days.One could afford to let the occasional mistake(read over enthusiasm bordering on hysteria)pass.But in a democracy no one is infallible and so it should be in her case too.I do not agree with the opinion that says they did a good job and tried their best during 26/11.Hell!they were supposed to do a good job!They were our best!How did they err?And so much?No respect even for human emotions?Thrusting the mikes into the faces of those who were numb with terror thinking of their loved ones trapped inside?
    She sucked and sucked bigtime during 26/11.
    And I have no idea how the Padmashree came her way at this age with hardly much experience behind her.
    Just because she is a WOMAN journo is no excuse to forget her mistakes.
    A journalist is supposed to be a good journalist.PERIOD.
    Specially if NDTV has built up a good reputation and is proud of it.But they seem to be sliding and they don’t even realize it or rather refuse to.
    How are we to let this one slide as human error?
    The ‘chalta hai attitude again comes into play.

    Ajit:-Thanks.Spread the word.Because what seems like a small thing now will snowball into something big and we’ll be left rueing the day we didnt speak up.
    This right to speak ,right to express what we think is the only thing still left with us.As it is,the other rights have been made a mockery of.

    Ana Cristina :-Hopped overand THANKS A ton!:))said all I wanted to say there.:)poured my heart out;)

    Balvinder Sir:-”Well, they know that the Indian media would not fail them and would give the running commentary of the activities of the surroundings including the pictures of commandoes slithering down the ropes.”
    True.And you know what?The ordinary Indian still refuses to believe that such a gigantic ,unforgivable mistake happened.They think that the media did a good job.Why do we let supposedly ‘small mistakes’ slide?What if that was our loved one trapped in there?Would we still be as forgiving?
    Our media despite all their tom tomming is average at best .Yes,the media the world over behaves in this high handed irresponsible manner but people in those countries are willing to take them on.Here we think the media should be put on a pedestal and worshipped.
    People forget that the media is OUR voice and no one else’s,They cannot have their OWN agenda.Why call it the fourth estate then?What a mockery of a word!

  16. Indyeah permalink
    January 31, 2009 11:59 pm

    Sagarone:-very well put.You always get to the heart of the matter.

    ”Because most of their reporting is based on half truths and conjectures as well.”
    How well do we know this!Guilty if the media decides so and innocent if you are in their good books!

    ” What they do not like is encroachment on their ‘territory’ by independents. Perhaps they feel threatened by the blogosphere.”

    Bang on!
    Yes,they feel threatened and threatened so badly that it seems to have become a palpable fear now.They think we, the bloggers are two bit people with delusions of grandeur and pretensions of being a journalist!
    Will someone tell them to be like THEM is our nightmare and not our dream?
    I pity this profession of journalism if this is what it means!
    And they bring a bad name to other more experienced ones who are the voice of reason!

  17. Indyeah permalink
    February 1, 2009 12:13 am

    I would love to share what
    Another Kiran In NYC
    http://chammakchallo.blogspot.com/

    who says the following on Mrs De’s blog
    http://shobhaade.blogspot.com/2008/12/barkha-dutt-on-trial.html

    Another Kiran says
    ”I cannot claim to have seen every air minute on every channel. I did however follow the streaming webcast by turns by cnnibn and ndtv. I did see several senior anchors with extensive onsite reporting experience doing the opposite of what they are supposed to do.

    THEY WERE NOT BEING ANCHORS AND USING THIER VAST NEWS GATHERING AND ANALYSIS EXPERIENCE TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF WHAT WE WERE SEEING AS WELL AS ENSURING ACCURACY. They needed to be at the center of it, at the studio, providing analysis and perspective based on reports from the field made by the field reporters. They have enough experience out in the field to know what is wise to report, what is accurate and how to rein in the field reporters from getting hysterical. That is why field reporters do small segments that are tied together in a coherent stream for our viewing. That is what anchors and senior coorespondents do. They stitch the pieces together. They also are supposed to know when silence and just visuals do a better job of conveying the story than hysterical high pitched shouting. They do not stay on screen, dodging bullets 24/7. That does not a smart anchor make. When they are dodging bullets and being “brave” they sound and act hysterical and offer us news reports which are nothing but loops of coverage with no analysis.

    I do not want to look to Barkha Dutt and Rajdeep Sardesai for thier personal bravery. I look to them for thier journalistic ability which sometimes includes taking the back seat and being the wise ones on the scene.

    Agreed, that these were extraordinary circumstances, but even under these conditions there has been outstanding reportage in the past in many countries. The first that comes to mind is the outstanding reporting by ABC/NBC/CBS during 9/11 (Cnn verged on the hysterical in bits). Senior coorespondents stayed in one place and stitched the story together from smaller field reports. They were then calmer and able to ask interviewees the right questions and offer analysis that made sense.

    I do not know if Barkha is secular or not and dont care personally. But based on whatever I have seen of her over the years, the woman wants to be a field reporter and anchor and oprah while staying on screen the whole while… AND all in the same show. You cannot do it all, else you come off looking stupid in all three categories. She isnt shining at this moment.

    As a field reporter of so much experience she should have known when to cut off and step back to offer more coherant smaller reports of substance. As an anchor she offered little sage analysis and asked hysterical questions to poorly chosen interviewees and as Oprah, she failed completely.

    I am not interested in handing out bravery medals to reporters at this point. Those I reserve for the actual people doing the rescuing and protecting.

    And if folks say hey it wasnt Barkhas fault she was just reporting, then what is her producer doing? Or is she the incompetant producer of the newscast too?

    Rajdeep Sardesai did a better job of it than Barkha. He did offer better analysis and stayed put where he should have anyway. Unfortunatly the man just is blessed with a high pitched voice! Shouting makes it even more squeaky. Honey and lemon for him… on the double!”

  18. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    February 1, 2009 12:29 am

    Kiran’s analysis of Barkha’s Mumbai coverage is spot on. I think such and more criticism after people saw her in comparative light, which was not the case during Kargil, has rattled her completely. It is not easy to retain your balance and talk of ‘freedom’ when you unexpectedly find that freedom doing to you exactly what it has been letting you do to others for years…

  19. Solilo permalink
    February 1, 2009 7:56 am

    Now Barkha Dutt is also one of the first TV anchors to receive Padmashri not that these awards mean anything these days.

    There were couple of links I came across which cleared the doubt that indeed Barkha and NDTV threatened the said blogger. I was in a hurry while reading those so couldn’t link it up to my post. I am sure we will find the links in the ones you have posted.

    “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

    What an apt quote.

  20. Indyeah permalink
    February 3, 2009 10:40 pm

    Vinod Sir:-Yes,I thought so too:)she really cuts down Barkha to size,doesnt she?

    Yes,Barkha Dutt is a good example of ”power intoxicates”

    Solilo:-Yes,I have now confirmed it too..yeah,the awards dont mean anything these days..
    An apt quote na?and scary to boot!

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