A Joinder to Shri Deivamuthu’s article in Haindava Keralam

via Keshava Acharya published on October 31, 2007

Dear Shri P. Deivamuthu,
Editor, Hindu Voice

The article ” Narendra Modi – the political heir of Sardar Patel ” (http://haindavakeralam.org/PageModule.aspx?PageID=4714&SKIN=B) is excellent. In fact, Narendra Modi surpasses Patel in some respect. The statement of Ashish Khetan about the sting “Operation Kalank”, that he was initially dispatched to Gujarat to do “a sting operation on Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s involvement in a spate of fake encounter killings” suggests that Tehelka and Tarun Tejpal can be taken to task by legal means. The statement of Pandya, the government advocate that he was told to read from a script meant for a proposed TV serial, proves that it was a case of cheating under column 420 of IPC. Pandya has rightly filed an FIR against Purohit of the Tehelka. Tarun Tejpal must also be involved in the FIR.

For the contribution of the electronic media to the spreading of riots in Gujarat in 2002, complaint must be lodged with the Nanavati-Shah Commission. The example of the clipping in NDTV, which showed a person plying a cycle rickshaw (When there is no cycle rickshaw in Ahmedabad) must be cited along with many other similar ones. Exaggeration of the number of victims by the media and calling it genocide has maligned not only Hindus but also the whole country in the world. This was obvious when Modi was refused visa to the US. Now it is again obvious from the fact that Pakistan has referred to the Tehelka episode, condemned India and referred to the Nehru –Liaqat Ali pact, notwithstanding the fact that the number of all non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan has been dwindling since the formation of Pakistan whereas the number of Muslims in India for this period has been steeply rising.

I am to bring to the readers’ notice that former chairman of the Press Council of India, Justice P B Sawant, had stated that some English language journalists were on the pay-roll of international agencies and organizations (August 1, 1999 – Samana, a Marathi daily). Though now, it has become old news, the situation might not have changed and it is very serious. The NDA government should have investigated this when it was in power. While speaking on the occasion of the India Language Newspapers Association’s 58th General Body meeting, Justice Savant had stated the fact; he had also advised language newspapers not to encourage divisive tendencies based on castes and religions. The Kashmir issue was also looked at from the Islamic point of view, according to him and, as a result, all Muslim nations were on the Pakistan’s side. His further advice to newspapers was not to mix religion with the Kargil war. The government was spending Rs 100 crore every day on border security. If the money were spent on people’s welfare schemes, the nation would benefit. He advised the media to enlighten the people on how the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and multinational companies were trying to push India into economic slavery. International agencies were bribing English language journalists to destabilize the country and many language newspapers were also unfortunately toeing their line.

In this backdrop, the clear message for the media is not to be taken in by the tricks of persons like Tarun Tejpal and instigate communal passions and, instead make people think of development of the country.

Yours faithfully,

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