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The dogs that did not bark …

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The league of 2ndhanders

This is N Ram of The Hindu, triumphantly using what he thought, was the clinching argument. Speaking about journalistic etiquette of Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi on the Niira Radia Tapes.

N.Ram: One thing I know, Karan. This would not be tolerated in The BBC or The New York Times or The Financial Times …

Karan Thapar: … (interrupts) … I will take that as a hint …

N.Ram: … (continues) … Your career would be over, once that  happened …

Karan Thapar: I will take that as a hint even though you have not said it upfront that if it would not be tolerated by the The BBC or The Financial Times and I  presume you include the Hindu and although you have not named it you are also suggesting that it should not be tolerated by the Hindustan Times and NDTV …

(via The Last Word, broadcast on  27th November 2010 at 7.45 pm with Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN; click on the link to get the video; transcript mine.)

A gap-fill PM ... waiting for Rahul-baba to takeover. (Cartoonist - Manjul).

A gap-fill PM ... waiting for Rahul-baba to takeover. (Cartoonist - Manjul).


This was N Ram’s clinching argument! His BIG idea! Is this all he can summon to damn this behaviour. Can he not think beyond BBC, Financial Times, New York Times, as a benchmark?

Ask me.

N Ram stands damned more than Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi. For how long will the owner-editor for India’s oldest English newspaper allow BBC, Financial Times, New York Times, to decide the standards on which The Hindu will be run?

Looking at N Ram’s aesthetic moorings, is it surprising that The Hindu remains unappetizing, like stale rasam!

Holmes …

Importantly, and interestingly, no one else on the panel found this ‘standard’ worthy of objection, laughter, derisive dismissal – anything at all.

Excerpt from the Silver Blaze

Inspector Gregory: “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

Sherlock Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

Inspector Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

Sherlock Holmes: “That was the curious incident,”

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  1. Galeo Rhinus
    December 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I think every talking head in India – who speaks English – always refers to precedents in the west. Not sure why you would pick on poor N. Ram…

  2. A fan of your blog
    December 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    The information you can learn from the radia tapes is simply mind boggling. Gives a lot of insight into the operating oligarchies.


    So apt what someone has said: India is not a poor country. Some Indians are poor. 🙂 The amount of money that changes hands over these deals is simply astonishing!

  3. Kumar Iyer
    January 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

    The “Hindu” which has a very rich history has now gone to the dogs thanks to N.Ram. under his leadership we now have an Editor in chief who is U S Citizen, a naxalite with strong Pak connection. What a way to go for a once glorious newspaper in India.

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