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January 2, 2010

Sex, lies, videotapes and media

A head of state, 86-year-old politician, served as chief minister of two states, at one time he was a serious contender for being the Prime Minister. And he is caught on camera having a foursome.

Times of India Frontpage

The perfect reason for media in any country to go berserk.And why not? The story has all the right ingredients. He is so old that he can barely walk but was in bed with three women, one of them who is 7 months pregnant! He can’t even deny it since it’s all on tape.

Expect sensation. Expect controversy. Expect dirt from the past. Expect some more skeletons tumbling out of the closets. Expect confessions.

Wait a minute, I almost forgot, it happened in India. He is N D Tiwari, an Indian politician. Zip. All Indian public figures are saints.  Even if they get naughty at times, the media act as a tolerant parent, hit a stick or two on the knuckles and moves on.  Hence the top-selling Indian english dailies came out with the blandest headlines possible-

Times of India: N D Tiwari denies role in sex tape. (Obviously he is going to deny it)

Hindustan Times: Andhra guv battles sex taint (Makes him  sounds like a hero almost)

Only Indian Express showed some courage by having a sarcastic headline “His sexellency?”

But imagine if something like this would have had happened in UK or US.  Actually you don’t need to imagine. Think Bill Clinton or Tiger Woods more recently.

I bet Tiger wished he was an Indian.  If he were, the entire incident would have only appeared as an accident in the papers.  Bribe the policemen and they will say what you want them to say to the media.  And the media will accept it wholeheartedly. Say ‘no comments’, and they won’t bother you.  No interview from past girlfriends. No smses or voice mails to worry about. Public apology on the website? Are you crazy ?? God doesn’t apologies.

Media-celebrity nexus in India

Celebrities are untouchable in India.  They are literally stars. Be it actors, cricketers, politician or industrialist.  You can admire them from a distance never knowing what happens when they not acting, playing or doing they respective jobs. There is no concept of paparazzi. I am sure many came to know the term ‘paparazzi’ in India only when Lady Diana’s death hit the headlines worldwide.

But then we don’t want paparazzi in India.  What we want is a courageous journalism where spade is called a spade without any fear. Not in the name of sensationalism but truth.

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9 Comments »

  1. Politicians are having the media in their hands due to their power

    and doing all dese bloody scandals time to time

    but nobody shows a finger to them

    they use dese scandals in election to show down each other’s party down.

    Comment by sachin — July 25, 2010 @ 6:29 am | Reply

  2. Its nothing new or alarming to read about SEX SCANDALS. Its the prerogative of people in power n influence. Hence it should not be given so much of notice by the media, who are also involved, by way of monetary gains.

    RAPE cannot be committed repeatedly over a period of time. It then becomes consensual.Moreover if a single man wants to penetrate a woman who does not want it he CANNOT do it.

    Maybe we need to relook the laws on Rape n define in details what is RAPE.

    Comment by Virendra Singh — July 25, 2010 @ 6:35 am | Reply

  3. It is the media – in all and any its forms – which is responsible for the pathetic state of our country. Probably it the small thinking people who have made their way into the media. Its really painful that people associated with media in any manner do not have an inkling as to how big a responsibility they have towards the nation. They do not know as to how FORCEFUL their profession is in making or rotting of a country. They have the power to make all – Politicians, Bureaucrats, Businessmen and people like Muthalik to behave. The problem is that when a media person starts his / her career, like all youngsters they have a fire burning inside to change things for good. On ground they fall for small favors offered to them by people with vested interests. Slowly, as their stature in the industry grows they are approached with bigger and financially fatter projects. Unfortunately, by now, either they got used to the easy money way of working or are too deep inside the vicious circle, that, inspite of, maybe, wanting to, they cannot come out of it, resulting in the unceremonial death of a youngster who once carried a fire to change things. Yes, this is the truth. In India, be it any TV channel, any newspaper, any magazine or any journalist, howsoever big, have you come across any of these who has followed up any scandel – I’m not talking of reporting it once. I mean very specifically – FOLLOWED UP. Unfortunately, very very very RARE. Probably what happened to TEHELKA people has scared the other of that species. Well, brothers, if you are afraid of dying or killing, do not join the army. My friends in the media should realize that they feed the nation through its ears, eyes and mouth. Live up to yourself – you will certainly live up to the nation. Remember a day will come when even your children and families will hate you for the rot you people are creating…

    Comment by Paramvir — July 25, 2010 @ 6:38 am | Reply

  4. this is a good site of the world

    Comment by mani — July 25, 2010 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  5. Thrust of name,fame,money when fufill the next is for sex its a general phenomenon. The media and the law can control over such illegal thrusts.

    Jitendra Pandey,Bhopal

    Comment by Jitendra Pandey — July 25, 2010 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  6. sex scandal is every day affair only thing certain times it is expposed .

    Comment by S.JAMBU — July 25, 2010 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  7. Its really shocking to hear about scandals which has permeated into sports too.Those involved is to be punsihed and stripped and dismissed from the Authority he is holding.India is seen as a country with rich culture and stringent action should be taken against those culprits.

    Comment by sujit — July 25, 2010 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  8. Politicians and many such celebrities are the most corrupted people on earth! They should be beaten up severely,and then put behind bars. This would be exemplary punishment for these culprits posing as social activists and celebrities. No wonder these people go scot-free in India! Our country is a safe haven for these criminals today!

    Comment by Indra — July 25, 2010 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  9. such scandals occur everywhere but the difference lies in the handling of such scandals. Why blame the media or politicians or inthe matter any celibrity we as the general people treat them as demigods and whatever misdeed they might commit is acceptable by us . Its our attitude that needs to change immediately

    Comment by ajay — July 26, 2010 @ 7:09 am | Reply


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