Targetting Yeddyurappa

At least the Times of India is targetting Yeddyryappa

At least the Times of India is targetting Yeddyurappa

Addressing a press conference after a day-long meeting of the chief ministers convened by the government, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the central government is considering establishment of regional intelligence centres (RICs) to train personnel in intelligence gathering and analysis in view of the grossly inadequate training facilities at present.

He said the states also proposed central procurement of weapons, continuation of the modernisation of police forces (MPF) scheme and a more effective instrument to expedite the road building programme in border as well as Naxal affected areas.

Noting there were 230,000 job vacancies in the constabulary when the last meeting of the CMs was held in January, Chidambaram said the situation had improved and now the number had dropped by almost two-thirds to 150,000. Efforts were also under way to recruit some 84,000 personnel, he added. (via The Tribune, Chandigarh, India – Nation).

Targetting Yedduryappa?

Targetting Yeddyurappa?

While the nation is worried

So, while the nation’s chief ministers were in conference on the terrorism issue, the media was fed with such photographs. On two consecutive days, the Times Of India carried these two photographs. These photographs are no accident.

I am sure all Chief Ministers must have had their forty winks. As anyone can imagine, in public life, sleep is a luxury.  ‘Someone’ had to instruct the photographer(s) to target Yeddyurappa – and ‘catch’ him, when he is catching his forty winks.

The media is playing games

The media, (at least some sections) are targetting the ‘new star’ in the BJP firmament. After all who would have imagined even two years ago, that BJP will single-handedly capture a Southern state. And I am sure the BJP national leaders had little role to play in the BJP win in Karnataka. These attempts to ‘take down’ a new star’ in the BJP firmament, points to media’s complicity in these political games.

Shame on you Times of India.

  1. August 19, 2009 at 6:20 am

    This is Standard Operating Procedure in the media. Bash the BJP, brand them as communal and never write anything positive about any Nationalist. The only Nationalists that India is entitled to is The Family.

  2. August 19, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I would look at it differently.

    The media does, if not equally, bash the Congress. The point-of-the-matter is what are they bashing, whom for! BJP is wrong many times – and right on a number of issues. Just like the Congress.

    Of course, I don’t have a balanced score-card, to say who is ahead – Congress or BJP!

    The reason for media’s BJP-bashing is that BJP stands for ‘out-moded’ and ‘irrelevant’ ‘ancient’ India – which to my mind is wrong and misplaced. The media needs to improve the quality of debate – and not sink to such depths.

    Or at least, not corrupt the debate with such ‘plants’!

  3. Galeo Rhinus
    August 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    You are partially accurate when you say that the media does bash the Congress as well.

    Many BJP supporters believe that the media is an extension of the Congress.

    I don’t believe that is the case. I think there are elements in the media – that represent an agenda that is largely their own – with a dynamics that would difficult to articulate in a comment box.

    Regardless, they view the BJP as a far bigger threat than the Congress… so far a BJP supporter it looks like they are selectively BJP bashing… and for a congress supporter it looks like it is “fair play.”

    What’s scary is not that they are doing any bashing… in fact a responsible media will and should report information that cleanses the political system… but the media does very little of that and largely resorts to mud-slinging.

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