Is it deemed that Supreme Court has suspended Cauvery Tribunal Award notification?

Political Expediency Driving Cauvery Dispute Resolution

The recent Cauvery episode and the earlier Mahadayi river issues have clearly established that there is a serious lacuna in the political leadership in Karnataka. While Jayalalitha (born in Karnataka) leads Tamil Nadu cause more than effectively, Mr Siddaramaiah born and brought up here comes out as a leader who neither has the will nor the ability to defend the Karnataka cause. At the same time, the main opposition party namely BJP is no better.

Both the national parties have larger national interests to take into account where the 39 cohesive MPs of Tamil Nadu will always be more valuable than the 28 disunited MPs of Karnataka. Cauvery issue is therefore one issue which even Mr Modi will not be inclined to touch and resolve except in favour of TN. In India, political expediency always triumphs over what is otherwise logical or correct. Settling Cauvery issue in favour of Tamil Nadu will always be political expediency for both Congress and BJP and hence we cannot expect any justice from these national parties.

Add to this, the distinct possibility that Tamil Nadu can bribe Tribunal Members, Judges and the opposite Lawyers, the victory for TN in the political and judicial battles is assured. Karnataka is bound to fail again and again as it has been happening since 1892.

If not, how is it that Cauvery is a river which originates from Karnataka but the State has to seek the permission of TN for using the water even for drinking purpose? How is it that TN is entitled to a lion’s share of the water? How is it that the honourable Supreme Court considers that even in a distress situation, Karnataka should release water for irrigation in Tamil Nadu and risk non availability of drinking water for the ext summer in major cities of Karnataka?

Cauvery Tribunal Award is Faulty

Many learned men argue that while Israel and its neighbors can come to an agreement on river water, Karnataka and TN cannot. The reason is that international and inter state river disputes are settled on more equitable manner than what the Cauvery Tribunal tried to do. The fault is not with the neighboring States of a Country not being able to live like brothers but the fact that the settlement proposed is faulty.

Why Supreme Court is deemed to have suspended the Tribunal award

The Supreme Court which expects people to respect it as the highest Judicial authority in India and sermonizes on the need for Citizens to obey it’s orders forgets that its role is to interpret “Law” at the highest level even when no clarity is available in law with the principle objective of maintaining “Public Good”. But in the current instance, it is only behaving like a clerk interpreting what is the amount of water available in Karnataka and how much is to be released etc.

The Supreme Court first of all should have refused to exercise jurisdiction in this case which comes under the Inter State River water disputes act and it is not  expected to enter into resolution of inter state water dispute as per our constitution (Article 262 of Indian Constitution)

Refer: Interstate River Dispute Act

Once the Cauvery Tribunal award was constituted and notified, Supreme Court should consider itself out of jurisdiction.

However, Supreme Court has decided that its interference is necessary and started hearing the arguments on a expeditious manner. (Though the same urgency is never seen in hearing the appeal against Jayalalitha in the Disproportionate Asset Case..for reasons only the honourable Supreme Court can explain)

Now that Supreme Court has decided that it has the right to interfere, it can be interpreted only in one way. That is that the Supreme Court considers that its role in the settlement of Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has not been over ridden by the notification of the Tribunal award, or in other words it is not recognizing the existence of the tribunal notification.

Hence it is deemed that the Notification of the Tribunal is suspended and the Tribunal award itself is deemed to be not yet accepted in law.

Why The Cauvery Tribunal Award is to be treated as Void

The Cauvery Tribunal award itself is considered a fraud and the award itself was blatantly unfair to the State of Karnataka. It should be challenged and quashed. This award was founded on the 1892 and 1924 British-Mysore agreements which were between unequal parties and considered “unconscionable“. The Supreme Court itself in LIC of India vs CERC  held that such contracts may be considered Unenforceable. The Cauvery Tribunal award is therefore challengeable even today and Karnataka should get it declared as illegal and void.

Since Supreme Court continues to exercise its jurisdiction, it is deemed that it has not considered the notification of the Tribunal as  final and has kept the Tribunal in a state of suspension.

Tamil Nadu is today “Eating the cake and having it too” by using the Supreme Court whenever it wants to get the advantages of the biased Tribunal award implemented. The Supreme Court is acting as if it is a lower court interpreting the tribunal award rather than exercising its thoughts on substantial points of law and public good. In the process it has reduced its own status to that of a lower Court.

It is therefore the right time for us to change our defense in Supreme Court and start arguing that the Supreme Court should declare that it is still interpreting the Tribunal award and hence its notification is considered null and void. Then let the Supreme Court constitute a larger bench to review the award and its dependency to the 1892 and 1924 contracts which are “Unconscionable” and adjudicate on whether the Tribunal award per-se was legal or not.

Nariman will Not Faithfully Represent Karnataka cause

Unfortunately, the Mr Fali Nariman who represents Karnataka does not seem to have challenged the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in taking up this TN petition and the Judges also have gone ahead and interpreting whether 15000 cusecs should be released for 10 days or 12000 cusecs for 20 days to help the Tamil Nadu save its crops even if Bangalore, Mysore and Mandya people may not have drinking water after a few months.

Mr Nariman will also not take up the issue of the above argument that Supreme Court deciding to exercise its jurisdiction is deemed to have taken up the Tribunal award itself for review and proceed to demand a complete review of the award and its notification. He has a greater allegiance to Ms Jayalalitha and has no commitment to the cause of Karnataka. His continuance as Karnataka counsel is a risk for the State.

There are some politicians in Karnataka including Mr Devegowda who still think it is not the mistake of Fali Nariman but of the Government which has not given the correct figures on rain data in the cauvery basin and hence Supreme Court was misguided by Tamil Nadu. Even BJP leaders think  Nariman is fine and mistake lies elsewhere. These are all political statements.

Mistakes may be there not only with the persons who fed information to Mr Nariman but in Nariman himself. If he has handled this case for 30 plus years, he should know better than any of the local statisticians about the state of affairs here. But this gentleman has no commitment to the cause of Karnataka. He is also representing Jayalalitha in other cases including the Disproportionate Asset Case in which he has successfully stalled the Supreme Court hearing of the appeal. He must be actually blacklisted as an unreliable advocate for Karnataka cause.

Is there a Nexus between Karnataka Politicians and Jayalaliatha?

If Mr Siddaramaiah and Devegowda as well as some BJP leaders consider that Mr Nariman is the right person to represent the State, there appears to be an unholy nexus driving them to such a view. What is this nexus? Has Jayalaitha paid of Karnataka politicians also? Only a proper investigation will expose this Jayalalitha-Karnataka Politician nexus.

I wish some public spirited lawyer files a PIL in Supreme Court that Mr Nariman has a conflict of interest and should not be allowed to represent Karnataka in the Cauvery issue.

Neither Congress CM or the opposition in Karnataka will otherwise remove him and the people of Karnataka will suffer from his unilateral actions such as filing affidavits on behalf of the State without checking with the CM.

This is the right time for a new Political party/Apolitical Front to emerge in Karnataka which represents the people’s interests in a professional manner. The agenda for agitation in Karnataka now is to get Mr Nariman removed and for appointment of a team of experts who are not relatives of Judges and Politicians but are those who are professionally capable.

I wish Mr Rajeev Chandrashekar accepts the above argument and admits that Mr Nariman is not reliable. Then he along with people like Mr Pratap Simha should start a new “Cauvery Resolution Front” that can lead the next round of Cauvery battle on a professional tack.

Is anybody listening?

Vijayashankar

P:S:  Here is an extract from the Assembly proceedings in 2013 as reported in DNA in an article which headlined.. “Sack Nariman for Cauvery Mess..demands opposition”

“Nariman has been doing an excellent job in arguing the Karnataka’s case. I have full faith in his abilities and performance so far. It will not be prudent to replace him at this juncture,”… so said Mr Jagadeesh Shettar

“Change the lawyer. Nariman is not the only one. There are better lawyers in this country”,..so said Mr Siddaramaiah

Is it ironic that the roles have now been reversed?… How can we trust these parties?

Ethics of Mr Nariman: See article in Hindu: “Father, Son and the Holy Court” ..the Court which says it is the duty of Citizens to obey its order..(!)

 

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Fali S Nariman should resign

If Mr Fali S.Nariman has any sense of shame, he would have resigned from representing the State of Karnataka in the Cauvery issue long time back after his repeated failures. But he has not done so probably because he enjoys the plight he inflicts on Karnataka from time to time more than perhaps the Karnataka born lady J. Jayalalitha now trying to help Tamil Nadu.

Mr Nariman is often referred to as a distinuished senior counsel and a constitutional expert. He has been representing Karnataka in the Cauvery issue since the beginning and also led the team of advocates who represented the State in the Cauvery Tribunal.

In the more than 3 decades of his involvement, Karnataka’s case has been systematically destroyed and in every legal battle, Tamil Nadu has come out triumphant. The discredit for the same belongs solely to this gentleman who has represented the case of Karnataka and received fat remuneration for his failed discharge of duty.

In the recent instance it is proven that he gave an affidavit in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Government without consulting them and committed the State to release 10000 Cusecs of water per day when the State was pleading shortage of water even for drinking purpose.

It is necessary for all to remember that he also is representing J.Jayalalitha in her personal case with the Supreme Court regarding the disproportionate assets (DPA) in which Mr Subramanya Swamy had cornered her. She was bailed out by  a judge who mis totalled a simple table of figures to be able to discharge her. This blatant mistake has been appealed against in the Supreme Court but the honourable Supreme Court takes months and months to even hear the appeal while it has enough time to hear the Cauvery issue or JNU issue or all other silly defamation cases which Delhi politicians bring up from time to time.

It is evident that if Mr Nariman is seen arguing Jayalalitha at the same time against TN in the Tribunal it could attract adverse attention of the media. Hence it appears that he has managed to convince the honourable Supreme Court to delay the hearing of the DPA case as long as possible and perhaps until the Cauvery issue dies down this year.

I cannot understand how this senior counsel can be trusted by the people of Karnataka to represent their case fairly.

While it is open to Karnataka Government to sack him, for reasons better known to the politicians, the decisions favourable to TN seems to be also welcome to them and therefore they keep pampering this senior counsel. The CM of Karnataka is not interested in pursuing the appeal in the DPA case and even the opposition is cool to this delay which has enabled Jayalalitha to be the CM of Tamil nadu rather than cooling her heels in a jail.

I appeal to the good senses of Mr Fali S.Nariman, that he should recognize that the people of Karnataka have no trust in him and he should walk out of this case without further ado.

People of Karnataka need to impress upon the Chief Minister for his ouster if he does not resign himself.

This will be the first step to cooling down the passions on the street.

Vijayashankar

Also Read:

https://www.quora.com/Can-anyone-write-about-the-Kaveri-water-issue-between-Karnataka-and-Tamil-Nadu

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Why Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was incorrect in her Tweet

While Karnataka observes a Bandh today expressing its opposition to the decision of the Government to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu to protect the farming activities though this may jeopardize supply of drinking water to Mysore and Bangalore, Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw sitting in Delhi created a needless controversy by her insensitive remark that Bangalore has become Bandhalur.

Certainly, she is expressing her “Freedom of Expression” and is entitled to her views. In fact I also donot like any form of protest that inconveniences general public. I am aware that there are many in Bangalore who depend on hotels for their daily food supply and many vendors who live by the day and they all will find it difficult to manage the day.

But her insensitive remark was not peppered with any explanations and therefore the presumption is that she is only concerned with the inconvenience caused to her business and not to the plight of the farmers in Karnataka and the perennial problem in the Cauvery water distribution.

Supreme Court losing Credibility

Many would point out that The Government was only following Supreme Court directive and hence there was no option for the Government but to release water.  But no body seems to remember that this Supreme Court verdict is based on an earlier Tribunal award and involves only a clerical interpretation of the award. It is therefore incorrect to provide any sanctity of a “Judicial Wisdom” involved in this verdict.

People in Karnataka have also noted that  the same Supreme Court has so far not found any time to express its judgement on the “Clerical Error” committed by a High Court Judge who acquitted Ms J.Jayalalitha in the disproportionate asset case.

How is it that the Supreme Court is quick to provide its clerical interpretation in the implementation of the Cauvery Tribunal award  while it cannot find time to total a table containing 20 arithmetic values found in a published judgement?

This situation has given an impression to the Karnataka people that the Supreme Court is not fair in dealing this Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu issue and only favours Tamil Nadu and even ignores corruption cases against J Jayalalitha because she represents Tamil Nadu. Otherwise most would have expected her to be disqualified to be the CM of Tamil Nadu. People in Karnataka think that she is still the CM of TN and raising the Cauvery issue because to the special favour shown to her by Supreme Court in not taking up her disproportionate asset case expeditiously.

I hope that this is only speculation and public perception and not the reality. But this is the perception which Supreme Court has to live with. Unless the Registrar of Supreme Court or the CJI comes up with a valid explanation for the delay, validity of this perception cannot be denied.

In view of the above, the Supreme Court verdict regarding Cauvery does not carry the required respect amongst the ordinary people in Karnataka and this sort of judgement will only devalue the respect that the highest judicial authority in the country should normally enjoy. I hope the Supreme Court understands this when it meets again on Monday for a review.

This is not the first time that Supreme Court deals with such issues where the literal law on paper may be different from the Justice that a majority of people perceive. It has happened in the Ram Janmabhoomi case as well. It has the capability to raise above clerical interpretations and go to the basis of the law on sharing of interstate river waters.

Should Mr Nariman Continue?

Now forgetting the Supreme Court judges who donot have any emotional need to support the people of the State where Cauvery takes birth, we can focus on what this Congress Government is doing and what the Opposition parties are doing.

It is stated that the Counsel of Karnataka gave an affidavit on behalf of the State that it will release 10000 cusecs of water per day in a previous hearing without consulting the Siddaramaiah Government. Based on this Supreme Court ordered release of 15000 cusecs per day. I donot understand how the Advocate could take such a decision without the tacit approval of the Government. The Government’s views cannot be relegated to the advocate without question.

Just for this reason, it would have been understandable if Karnataka Government had removed Mr Nariman and appointed an alternate counsel to take its case forward.

Failure of Political Parties

But Siddaramaiah does not seem to be concerned. He is acting like the most law abiding citizen of the country trying to follow the order of the Court though it may hurt the local people. Local politicians like Ramya and Ambarish are no where to be seen. S.M Krishna and others are also silent because they want to blame Siddaramaiah on a later day.

The opposition which participated in the all party meeting also did not come out in support of the people for their own limitations and political considerations. Mr Yeddyurappa or Ananthkumar are in no position today to do anything that may displease J.Jayalalitha because she cleverly uses her clout to reject the GST law to browbeat BJP.

Just as the Huriyat leaders are pampered in J&K, BJP keeps pampering JJ and she knows that as long as she keeps opposing BJP’s bid to get the GST through, she can blackmail the Central Government as much as necessary.

Can there be a new Political party in Karnataka?

Unfortunately there is no other political party in Karnataka that can stand upto the regional needs. In fact we need a Navjotsingh Sidhu in Karnataka who can stand up for the rights of the State and take up both Cauvery and Mahadayi river issues for the benefit of the people of Karnataka. Such a party has the potential of defeating both Congress and BJP in the coming elections. But JDS is not equipped to take up this responsibility since it has other priorities and no foot print in North Karnataka. We want one leader each from South, North, Coastal and Bellary side to come together to form a new party that can take advantage of the political opportunity that this situation presents.

Everybody however is hoping that it will start raining soon and the situation gets defused as it happens year after year as the problem lingers on.

Unconscionable Contracts have become the Basis of Justice

The discussion on Cauvery does not end without pointing out that the root cause for the problem lies in the Cauvery Tribunal Award which was faulty. It placed emphasis on the earlier two agreements of 1892 and 1924 both of which were struck in the pre independence day where the powerful Madras based British Government was negotiating with the relatively weak Mysore Maharaja.

These agreements were typical “unconscionable” contracts which can be considered as void as per the Supreme Court judgement itself.

But neither Mr Nariman nor the Karnataka Government has tried to question the validity of the Tribunal award because it was based on the two earlier agreements.

when the 1924 agreement ended in 1974 most ordinary people in Karnataka thought that they are now free to use Cauvery waters as per the rights they should be normally entitled to as if there was no prior agreements. But they were surprised when TN started arguing, we have already created so much irrigated land and if water is not supplied, our farmers would be affected.

This “Fait accompli” argument is what the Tribunal gave weight to declare that TN is entitled to more water than Karnataka. This is perceived as an injustice to Karnataka which is asking for more equitable distribution.

The Bandh therefore will have popular public support despite the voices of Kiran Mazumdar and the situation will recur in future years also.

Zero Based Rethinking on Inter State River water distribution is required

Instead of making fun of the situation, I think Ms Kiran Mazumdar uses her resources to get a comprehensive debate on how interstate river water is shared on a zero based thought process without giving weightage to the past utilization of the river waters which happened because of the inequitable influences wielded by different States.

Vijayashankar

(I take note that Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has since clarified that she only suggested a peaceful dispute resolution and did not have any intention of disrespecting farmer’s problems. The clarification is welcome.)

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Growing power of Social Media reflects the corruption of traditional media

Recently, I attended a debate in Public TV, at Bangalore where a discussion came up on how the Social Media is growing in power and is able to influence decisions in physical space.

Some of the co-panelists highlighted how in the recent Rajya Sabha elections, BJP had to deny ticket to Mr Venkaiah Naidu from Karnataka quota because of the face book campaign. Similarly the recent happenings related to the resignation of a police official and her postings in Facebook also were in discussion all over Karnataka.

There is no doubt that today it is the Twitter and Facebook that is creating a flutter and trending news which often becomes the point for prime time debate on TV. From being a reactionary media to traditional media, Social media has emerged as the trend setter.

Intelligent media strategists have cleverly integrated the powers of the two media and brought out a synergic effect by openign a twitter handle to which viewers of a TV program can instantly respond so that an online Poll can be conducted even during an ongoing debate.

One of the reasons why Social media is increasingly becoming more powerful is the fact that traditional media is fast losing credibility due to its own preoccupations on commercial requirements such as TRP and their own political leanings.

Mr Arnab Goswami’s debates have become a subject of joke all around with Cyrus Broacha repeatedly making fun of the “Never, Ever” phrase and  “Setting the screen on fire”.  NDTV, CNN IBN and India Today have specific political leanings to Congress because their anchors are in some way or other related to politicians. The leaings of NewsX is yet to get crystalized though it seems to believe in the Arnab strategy of “Shouting to be heard”.

These political leanings also prevail in regional media particularly in Tamil Nadu where every political party has its declared TV partner. In Karnataka, it is a little more subtle but anchors some time betray their leanings when they pose leading questions to their participants or cut short the respondents when they tend to speak on uncomfortable lines.

It should also to be noted that many of the anchors feel that they can formulate public opinion not only by selecting biased debate participants of their choice but also by themselves taking a firm stand on one side of the issue and arguing with the participants. This tendency is very much evident when different political parties are represented in the panel. By this time viewers are aware that even if US senators rush to get autograph of Mr Modi after his speech, the Congress panelist will still say that the speech was meaning less and Modi has failed to deliver. There is therefore no credibility on such biased debatants some of whom come with the reputation of being foreign secretaries, advocates etc.

The effect of this biased conduct of the traditional journalists is one reason why the social media is gaining more and more popularity. The intelligent viewer of a TV program who spots the biased nature of reporting feels more comfortable to go to Twitter or Facebook and post his views or if he is more capable maintain his own blog. Since these postings find immediate expression in the Cyber space through search engines, they will have the satisfaction of having come out with their sincere opinion about the issue.

If the reporting by traditional media is fairer, many of these social media activists find it unnecessary to spend time and energy in posting their views. Hence the credit for the growing power of the Social media should be given to the traditional media and the anchors of TV channels who think that they are kings and control the minds of people.

In the process of such social media expression we find that some times  postings made under an emotionally disturbed and angry mood often create problems due to lack of moderation by a second person. This leads to the charge that Social media is irresponsible and defamatory.

In order therefore to ensure that Social media remains responsible, it is necessary that we device means to educate the social media participants to maintain some dignity in their expressions and introduce moderation wherever necessary.

Such moderation is today essential as otherwise social media postings as well as postings in WhatsApp and other messenger services could cause legal issues which could be very damaging.

I urge all Netizens therefore to device their own methods to control their postings and always retain the power to remove postings if necessary. It is also better if Netizens form themselves into self help groups so that comments can be moderated at the group level.

Naavi

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Media Bias is there for every one to see

In recent days the bias expressed by media in opposing whatever Mr Modi proposes, is too obvious.

I recall the following web page which says

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When our PM expressed his vision of making India a $20 Trillion economy, our media got busy trying to falsify him. The seeming intent of the opposition (Congress) and in toe, our media, was to write off PM Modi’s entire trip as a failure because he allegedly wrongly cited the size of Indian economy as “8 Trillion” in his townhall meet with Mark Zuckerberg. The charge from the media was led by The Hindu, commandeered by one Puja Mehra.
The Hindu resorts to creative interpretations of GDP data just to prove Modi is wrong

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It appears that the media bias towards leftist ideas in not unique to India. It prevails even in US. But in India, the bias is so blatant that it gets disgusting to hear the debates on the TV.

Another report states

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There are certain traders of media in India. 

  1. Hindustan Times – Shobhna Bhartia, owner and editor-in-chief of Hindustan Times is a Congress MP from Rajya Sabha.
  2. Vinod Sharma, HT Political Affairs editor, is essentially a Congress spokesman on all TV panel discussions, because once his boss’ term gets over, he will be looking out for her RS seat next
  3. Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi, famous Congress stooges (and intermediaries for UPA allies) who were exposed in the Radiagate scandal, and are virtual Congress spokespersons in their capacities as electronic media personalities, are the ones who write opinion and op-ed columns most frequently (once every week) on the editorial pages of HT. In return, Barkha and Sanghvi are rewarded with Padma Shris and other monetary compensation by the Nehru dynasty or Congress party.
  4. NDTV’s promoters are Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy. Radhika’s sister Brinda Karat is a famous CPM leader (well known for anti-Baba Ramdev views) and Brinda’s husband Prakash Karat is the CPM Politburo General Secretary (well known for preferring Congress over BJP). And Prannoy Roy’s first cousin is the famous far-leftist pro-Maoist-Naxalite pro-Kashmiri-terrorists “intellectual” Arundhati Suzanna Roy.
  5. NDTV’s Barkha Dutt’s reality has already been exposed by me in above section.
  6. NDTV’s Sonia Singh is the wife of Uttar Pradesh Congress MP, Union minister and ex-princely state ruler, Mr. R. P. N. Singh, who is one of the fastest rising stars in the Congress party. If you remember, Sonia Singh is a very high-profile anchor on NDTV whose pro-Congress anti-BJP bias is legendary.
  7. NDTV’s Nidhi Razdan (high-profile anchor of Left Right Centre) is the current girlfriend of J&K CM Omar Abdullah (after Omar recently divorced his wife of several years and mother of his two children, Payal). Nidhi Razdan is also famous for her legendary pro-Congress and anti-BJP bias.
  8. CNN-IBN : Rajdeep Sardesai’s wife and co-promoter of CNN-IBN, Sagarika Ghose, who anchors Face the Nation and is famous journalist of CNN-IBN (well, her hubby is the owner-editor-in-chief after all) are famous Congress stooges.
  9. Sagarika’s father Bhaskar Ghose was a famous sarkari babu and was made the chief of Prasar Bharati (Doordarshan) during Indira and Rajiv regimes. Bhaskar Ghose was well-known for personal loyalty to the Nehru dynasty, and now his daughter and son-in-law are rewarded with their own channel to do Congress propaganda.
  10. In fact Sagarika’s extended family even consists of her aunts Ruma Pal (former Supreme Court justice and a close friend of the Nehru family) and Arundhati Ghose (former diplomat and Indian ambassador to various countries, predictably, under Congress regimes).
  11. Let’s now come to another famous CNN-IBN media personality who also writes columns frequently for Hindustan Times — Karan Thapar. What you may not know is that the Nehru family itself is related, through blood and marriages, to the high-profile Thapar family. India’s Army chief during the 1962 debacle against China, Gen. P. N. Thapar, is brother-in-law of Nayantara Sehgal, the daughter of Vijaylakshmi Pandit and niece of Jawaharlal Nehru. Gen. Thapar’s son is pro-Congress journalist Karan Thapar. Gen. Thapar’s sister is Romila Thapar, a famous “top” typical JNU Nehruvian communist ideologue historian, who gets to write our textbooks and pollute them with pro-Congress Marxist propaganda.
  12. The HIndu – The Worst – N. Ram, owner and editor-in-chief (till February 2012) of The Hindu, was once a vice president of the Students Federation of India. SFI is the students’ wing of the CPM.
  13. P. Sainath of the The Hindu (acclaimed journalist well known for his, again, unsurprisingly, typical left-wing Nehruvian communism ideology), is the nephew of Congress politician V. Shankar Giri and the grandson of V. V. Giri, ex-President of India and famous Congress politician. Giri was especially known to be one of the first few staunch loyalists of Indira, and whom Indira fielded for President elections against her own party’s Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, and who ultimately became the cause of the first high-profile split in the Indian National Congress into Congress (O) and Congress (I) — almost all the pre-independence regional stalwarts split away to join Congress (O) or form their own state parties, and the rest including Giri (all the loyalists of the Nehru family staying on with Indira).
  14. Or even what about little known News24 Hindi media channel? Owned by ex-journalist and editor Rajiv Shukla, famous Congress MP in Rajya Sabha, Union minister, industrialist, BCCI vice president and IPL chairman.
  15. Or even what about little known Lokmat (and IBN Lokmat) that is Marathi newspaper (and channel) in Maharashtra? Owner and editors-in-chief are the brothers Vijay Darda (Congress MP) and Rajendra Darda (Congress MLA in Maharashtra, and minister in state govt).
  16. Or even the other bigger and smaller media houses, such as The Times of India and Indian Express, where the Nehru dynasty has managed to infiltrate its loyalists such as Dileep Padgaonkar and Shekhar Gupta, who are essentially paid stooges of the Congress party.
  17. Vinod Mehta – Outlook editor has been well known to take anti BJP stand.
The Congress (in fact just the one single family — the Nehru dynasty) has been in power for 56 of the last 65 years of independence. This matters a LOT. Personal relationships have been built, blackmail-worthy secrets have been spied, monumental wealth has been accumulated … all by the one single Nehru dynasty (and its family-business-cum-polit ical-party aka Congress) that helps it maintain its tight irongrip over not just the entire Indian mainstream media, but also deep into our bureaucracy, our governmental institutions, and even our journalism and mass media colleges and grad schools.
 
We have probably not even scratched the surface of the network of family and personal relationships through which the Nehru dynasty has completely dominated and controlled the entire intellectual, historian and journalist landscape of India. And we haven’t even talked about the monumental wealth or the blackmailing secrets. All because the one single dynasty got to rule over India for 60 years uninterrupted. It matters a LOT.
The typical JNU Nehruvian communist left-libbers ideologues have really perpetrated some kind of stranglehold on India’s journalism, media and intellectual space.
Almost all pro-BJP (or even centre-right ideologues) journalists have been slowly thrown out of their jobs due to pressure from the Congress and the Nehru family.
Even the great venerable Ramnath Goenka, frustrated and broken by repeated I-T raids and ED investigations ultimately had to fire Arun Shourie twice from the Indian Express, which was once the best Indian newspaper in the 1970s and 80s. That was the team — Goenka the owner, Shourie the editor, and S. Gurumurthy the fearless journalist, that brought political heavyweights like Indira Gandhi down on her knees and even took on corporate honchos like Dhirubhai Ambani. (Ramnath Goenka inspired the Mithun Chakraborty character and S. Gurumurthy inspired the R. Madhavan character in the Ambani biopic “Guru”.)
But very few centre-right ideologues are left in India’s media space today, that too in minor publications like The Pioneer. Almost all the mainstream media houses have been thoroughly infiltrated and coerced into towing the Congress’ line, sometimes just through ideology and relationships, and not even money power.
The Congress party essentially owns and controls every single mainstream media house in India, including Hindustan Times, The Times of India, NDTV, CNN-IBN, The Hindu, Tehelka, Outlook, etc”
Let us see the ownership of different media agencies.
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 Pakistan because 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-Bharat 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 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.
The Statesman: It is controlled by Communist Party of India.
Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: It is 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 Sardesai and Bharkha 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 in Godra, it is reported.

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(P.S: The above information has not been verified and quoted from the source mentioned. I would invite any body to correct the information if they donot agree with it.)

The above information suggests how bad the media situation is in India and why it is behaving in a manner that defies logic.

Naavi

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The Ever Student of JNU Kanhaiya Kumar turned into a hero?

The recent developments in Delhi and more so in the media channels indicate that the JNU student union president Mr Kanhaiha Kumar has become a political leader over night because of his arrest and release on bail. Even established leaders like Mr Sitaram Yechury are impressed by the potential of this 29 year old student of JNU “Since 2002” and has declared that he would campaign for CPM in the West Bengal elections. Obviously, without passing exams, Mr Kanhaiya has landed a good job to build his career.

While one can appreciate the skill of Mr Kanhaiya in making the best out of the circumstances, the media houses need to maintain a balance when they interview him and speak as if he is an authority on various issues in the country.

Mr Rajdeep Sardesai who interviewed him for India Today and Mr Bhupendra Chubey who interviewed him for CNN IBN have not been questioning him on what has be been doing since 2002 in the JNU and what is the progress he has achieved as a “Research Scholar”.

The attitude of the media to give credibility to a person who has failed to do his duty as a “Student” and is indulging in political activities within JNU premises needs to be questioned.

Will the news anchors clarify why they should not analyze the reasons why both in JNU and FTII, it was the middle aged students who remained in the institute for years after they were supposed to have passed out who were the cause of the agitations and causing trouble?

Also will the news anchors  question the teachers who are indulging in political demonstrations which should be against their service rules?

AIFON

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Media Requires Introspection.. and a Citizen Watch Dog

Free Media is considered an important pillar of Democracy. Ever since India faced the Emergency in 1975 when publications like Indian Express protested the Censorship through blank editorials where publications like Times of India went along with the Government, the differential approach of different media houses has come to the knowledge of discerning public.

But with the passage of time, the  commercialization and politicization of media houses has been on the increase. Even the loyalty of media to political ideologies have also changed significantly during the last few decades since emergency.

Indian Express is today no longer the beacon of virtue. HINDU is mostly pursuing anti-Hindu agenda. Times of India is more commercial than ever before. The role of the TV media has grown so much that today, print media has become irrelevant when it comes to shaping public opinion. On the TV, South Indian observers are exposed mainly to the  top five English News channels namely NDTV, TIMES NOW, CNN-IBN, India Today and News X. The viewership of regional news channels is fragmented and cater only to regional aspirations. Their role in National scene is more as a follower of other English channels.

Each of these channels have their own issues on conflicts of interest with owners and anchors affiliated to different political parties and leaders.

As a result, it has become necessary for public to assimilate any news published in these channels with a huge pinch of salt. It would not be in appropriate to tag each channel and the anchor with a political ideology and interpret the news accordingly.

This forum which was active from time to time would like to express its views on various issues that are in debate at a point of time.

As a matter of disclosure, the undersigned is having a bias  towards BJP ideology because no other political party appears to deserve support for one reason or the other. Individually the author has been pro-Indira Gandhi at one time, anti-Indira Gandhi later, Pro-Rajiv Gandhi, anti V.P.Singh and neutral to most others, until the current breed of Congress politicians emerged with people like Mani Shankar Iyer and Digvijay Singh as spokes persons and Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi at the helm.

However, this forum will actively comment on the media in the coming days only with a view to expose their double speak and bias. The objective is to bring back the relevance of media as a pillar of democracy rather than as a mouth piece of various political parties.

I hope the media anchors introspect on where their credibility is heading for and why the yesterday’s leader like NDTV is today languishing behind while some of the new entrants are gaining respect and TRP.

At the time of this writing, India was ranked 136 out of 180 nations worldwide in terms of press freedom in 2015.  In terms of Ranking of English News Channels, Times Now is leading the pack followed by NDTV, India Today, and CNNIBN in that order. We shall watch the changes in TRP and how they may be linked with the coverage which we may like or dislike.

I look forward to the support of public in contributing their views in such a manner that this AIFON.ORG.IN will emerge as a media watch dog which can help viewers of different TV channels from being deliberately mislead by the anchors more loyal to their vested interests than even the country.

Naavi

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Project Oriented Governance for Modi’s Government

The developmental task before the Modi Government is enormous. On the one hand, there are high hopes raised in the mind of the public and on the other hand Congress has left the Government in shambles.

In such a scenario there is a need for fresh thinking on how to tackle the enormous tasks ahead.

Usually it is left to the various Ministers to achieve the necessary goals of a Government. But the number of ministers available is too few for meeting the requirements. Also if the cabinet is not kept to the minimum, the Government expenditure will be going out of control.

In order to meet the many projects that are required to be handled, I suggest that each of the MPs are individually assigned projects for close monitoring for quick and efficient implementation. This means that if the Government identifies 100 projects for implemenation in the next one year, 100 different MPs will be assigned the task of monitoring the progress in close coordination with the relevant minister or minsters. It would be like a single window monitoring on project to project basis.

Of course this would potentially create a situation where the Project MP and the Minister may develop differences. But such differences can be resolved by the PM. The advantage would be that there would be a focused attention for each critical project and there would be a possibility of efficient implementation. This will leave the ministers to focus more on policies instead of spending time on implementation details.

The allocation of projects to different MPs may have to take into account the individual interests and aptitude. For this purpose, the PM may ask each MP to suggest suitable projects within the manifesto of BJP and take a view on allocation. By this method each MP will get to work on projects of his choice on which he may have specific expertise as well as interest (from the point of view of the good of the people).

Additionally the projects would provide a means of measuring the performance of the MPs over a period of time and be a performance evaluation tool.

Hopefully this would make each MP accountable. If instead of 100 MPs and 100 projects if we can identify 250 projects and assign it to 250 MPs who are not ministers, then all the 336 NDA MPs will have some task to do in the coming days.

Hope Mr Modi will consider the suggestion.

Naavi

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Political Strategy for BJP for the coming years

Now that the 2014 Loksabha elections are behind us, BJP has to now focus on how it will look at the future electoral strategies.

In the next elections, will it be possible to retain  283 seats even if the Government functions well? We can hope it does. But if it again requires 71 of 80 UP seats again, it is necessary to consider the difficulty particularly if there is a resurgence of BSP.

As a contingency plan it is necessary for BJP to try and increase its share in states such as West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Orissa. In particular, it is necessary to ensure that BJP gets a substantial foothold in West Bengal and TN since otherwise the “Third Front” threat will re-surface.

I hope BJP puts Mr Amit Shah in charge of these two states to set up party infrastructure before the next assembly elections in each of these two states and fight it all alone if required.

Naavi

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Dear Modi Ji, Beware of the Mischievous Media like Headlines Today

Yesterday (16th May) at 11.00 pm, Headlines Today ran a program anchored by Mr Rahul Kanwal in which Mr Nitin Gadkari participated. There was also Mr Pirzada supposed to be a security analyst from Pakistan. The topic was supposed to be the “International Response to Modi’s victory”.

The way this program was conducted by Mr Rahul Kanwal and the way Mr Gadkari handled the provocation left one in doubt as to what was the intention of the channel and what was the maturity of Mr Gadkari in handling such sensitive topics.

I want the media managers of BJP to view this program once again and see how damaging it can be on the image of BJP in general and Mr Modi in particular. At a time when the whole world is looking at M Modi’s policies with an eye of suspicion, such interviews are likely to spark further doubts and make it difficult for Mr Modi to soften the current impression circulating in the media about Modi’s foreign policy.

All media observers in India are aware that Indian TV channels have been running a relentless anti Modi campaign for a long time. Headlines today with its editorial team of Rahul Kanwal and Javed Ansari have been in the forefront of a misinformation campaign to discredit Mr Modi through out the campaign time Now Head Lines Today appears to be continuing its mischievous propaganda against Mr Modi as indicated by yessterday’s interview and hence it is essential for Mr Modi to watch out.

In yesterday’s interview, initially the discussion was on US response and the US representative was reasonable and stated that Mr Obama will call sooner than later and try to mend the misunderstandings if any between Mr Modi and US on the VISA issues.

However once Mr Rahul Kanwal invited response from Mr Pirzada, as expected he started with a rhetoric on muslims being harmed by Mr Modi etc.  The discussion was on a sensitive Indi-Pak relationship issue and at a time when the world is eager to know the views of the yet to be formed Modi Government.

Mr Gadkari was introduced as one of the confidants of Mr Modi and one of the “NavRatnas” and hence his views were blown up in importance by Mr Rahul Kanwal. His RSS connection was also highlighted.

It was necessary for Mr Gadkari at this point of time to be discreet, and a measured diplomatic response was called for. However MR Gadkari showed complete immaturity in handling the sensitive situation and started accusing Paksitan and its support to terrorism etc.

The discussion then went on to show case that Pakistan and India are nuclear powers. Mr Rahul Kanwal took advantage of Gadkari speaking in Hindi and made some wrong translations further provoking MR Pirzada with statements such as BJP would pursue hot chase to destroy terrorists in Pakistan like what USA did. Mr Gadkari fell into the trap and  kept insisting that India would give a strong response etc.

This was unwarranted and undiplomatic. The Pakistani coutnerpart warned that Delhi will be destroyed if they pursue aggressive policies and Gadkari continued to match the slang saying that we are also a nuclear power etc.

At one level it looked like a battle of words between two immature persons. But the intention of Mr Rahul Kanwal in instigating such a virulent discussion appeared doubtful. It appeared that he wanted to discredit the BJP Government. I am sure that this interview will be further played up from time to time in future and will be used as a reflection of Indian policy on Pakistan. In my opinion, the damage has already been done and what is now required is to do a damage control.

I wish to bring this interview to the attention of the media managers of BJP and seek their immediate intervention both for issuing necessary clarification as well as prevent recurrence of similar instances in future. It is necessary that leaders of BJP should realize that the elections are now over and their interaction with the media now should be as a party in power. People like Ms Nirmala Sitharaman are very diplomatic despite being firm when interacting with the media. People like Mr Gadkari donot seem to have the necessary expertise in handling the media more so when they handle mischievous and motivated anchors like Rahul Kanwal. They should refrain from participating in discussions especially when high image stakes are involved.

BJP should also set up a cell for  “Media Watch” which should be able to monitor such programs and intervene proactively in real time when required so that the image of BJP and Mr Modi which is still fragile in the international media is not damaged.

A word of advise to Mr Rahul Kanwal. Assuming that you did not have any mischevous intention of sparking off a Indo-Pak nuclear war through a TV debate, I would like to state that you appeared to be incapable and incompetent of handling the sensitive discussion without being inimical to the Indian national interests.  Introspect.

Naavi

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