Published on March 27th, 2014 | by Sandeep Patil5
Of Cabbages and Kings
Today morning I received a video via Twitter, and it deserved more than a RT (re-tweet), hence this blog-post. I urge you to watch the video completely (please click the next link), if not possible due to time at-least for first 10 minutes to have a taste of it.
The video is quite straight-forward, though I would like to make a couple of points about it.
1. Narendra Modi, then and now – What he has said in that debate, is exactly what he has been saying for all these 10 years – in the interviews, conferences, conclaves, rallies. He is one rare politician (and probably the only one of the current lot) who has never changed his words. At times he has chosen to remain silent, but he has never done any U-turns. One must have immense respect to such a person – let alone politician – just for this one quality.
2. The way Sardesai and Varadrajan were ‘grilling’ Modi – the hostility of these two was very much obvious. The way these two charged on Modi, at times I felt as if it was BJP who had brought the WTC down! Except for first 2-3 minutes they didn’t let him speak, they asked him assurance that his party doesn’t make this an issue in next UP elections (I don’t know on what grounds can they demand such assurance, and who are they at first place to ask for an assurance) – but these are minor points. The most dangerous is – and this is something I have consistently seen NDTV, CNN-IBN and likes doing throughout last 10 years – is that every time anyone from BJP clarifies something on the lines of “we are not against Islam or any other religion, but we are against those who are misusing it”, these media macho’s chose to ignore it point blank!
So you see, it’s very easy – every morning ask the same question, and simply ignore the answer! Next day again same narrative, same rant, same propaganda. This is precisely why I have developed hatred for our “Electronic Mainstream Media” all these years.
3. The silence of Narendra Modi – This “Big-Fight” had happened before Gujrat Riots! And still you cannot help feeling a predetermined agenda of likes of Sardesai and Varadrajan. If they could do this to Modi, for an act of terrorism committed by one foreign organization to another foreign country, one could imagine what they would do to him if something happens on his very soil, under his own nose!!! And one really doesn’t have to imagine there, because it happened they very next year in Gujrat under Modi’s Chief-ministership – and the way they went for his blood for next 10 years is all well known. This explains very much silence of Modi over these issues. He perhaps knew too well, that any clarifications wouldn’t have done any good against such hostile and predetermined Media led by Padma-shri Barkha Dutt (awarded in 2008) and Padma-shri Rajdeep Sirdesai (also, awarded in 2008).
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.”
– Through the Looking-Glass (sequel of Alice in Wonderland)
The time has indeed come, for the Indian common man to know the Cabbages from the Kings. It just doesn’t end by voting the right King in the upcoming General Elections. It rather begins there, because they must be watchful of all the Cabbages in the future.