Monday, October 08, 2007

Rising intolerance

That the normally big mouthed Liar-in-Chief does not practice what he preaches is well known. He glorifies education standards in Cuba but sends his daughter to America (Columbia University).Another incident that exposed him was his refusal to publish Jayalalithaa's scathing criticism of his coverage of the DMK bandh.She later came out with a press statement slamming CBCNN's bias and even that did not appear in today's edition. Jayalalithaa asked a few pointed and obviously uncomfortable questions like:

  1. When the Supreme Court made numerous oral observations against me, you reported them in great detail and never ever "clarified" that these oral observations do not have relevance in law. Why did you do it now?
  2. There have been many instances of DMK men taking law in their own hands. You chose to play soft ball. Why now did you have to come up with a full page editorial to discredit the judiciary that took on the DMK govt?

  3. What is the logic behind comparing the BJP bandh (in the aftermath of the Hyderabad blasts) and a bandh forced on the people by the DMK that is at power both at the center and the state?Can a government in power willingly paralyse normal life?Why do you have to meekly surrender to the DMK?

Jayalalithaa may not be an angel. But these are extremely valid questions.

The Liar-in-Chief made a futile attempt to justify the DMK bandh by saying

Since then, numerous general strikes, hartals, and bandhs have taken place across the length and breadth of India, involving a plethora of political players and ssues, with nobody in a position to make the fine academic distinctions that the Kerala High Court and the Supreme Court formulated in their judgments

For example, in recent years the Bharatiya Janata Party and the saffron brigade have called for, conducted, and got away with several attempted bandhs. A case in point is the August 27, 2007 Hyderabad bandh protesting against the terror strike at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat. And what about other forms of protest actions? Willthe Supreme Court rule on what kind of constitutional animal is a ‘rail roko,’ of the kind the BJP State unit staged in Hyderabad in September 2007 against the Sethusamudram project? Does it fall under the definition of a general strike or a hartal or a bandh? Is it constitutional?

So what is he saying? Two wrongs make a right?Had the BJP's bandh been declared unconstitutional, he would not have opposed the SC's views on the DMK bandh? Then the judge's observations would not have been "Constitutionally Off Track"?

What about the rail roko that the DMK ministers staged in the Palakkad Railway division issue(Jayalalithaa made a mention of this too). Why has he chosen to forget this and mention only the BJP's rail roko?

If the BJP got away with the bandh, it is a reflection of the ineptitude of its opponents. Does he want the AIADMK to be spinelss?

Coming to his 2 wrongs make a right reasoning , Ram bites the BJP's head off when it cites the Sikh riots in response to the Gujarat riots.Why is he doing the same now?

Ram lectures on the importance of "democracy","right to free speech", "respecting other views", "encouraging free debate" , "tolerance in a democratic society". If so,why did he not publish Jayalalithaa's criticism?

Any answers Mr Ram?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good you have highlighted this.
I have stopped subscribing this third rated paper from 1st of october'07 and now i am buying
Indian Express.jayalalitha's press statement has come out in IE.Out of curiosity i wanted to see whether anything about this is mentioned in this commie paper but alas not even a small paragraph was devoted to this.But whereas you can find statements of M.K on bandh in Front page,Ramadas daily rantings in bold etc.But nothing to beat the news on Commies.Even if Karat doesnt shit for a day it becomes a Headline News in this Red tag useless paper.
No wonder this paper is losing readership to Indian Express and deccan Chronicle.
Off late i have started a campaign within my family circles and friends not to buy this paper.I am proud to say that i was able to convince my dad who lives in Coimbatore to stop buying this paper.He was reading this paper from the 50's.