🪡 While upholding the findings of the Special Investigation Team that gave a clean chit to @narendramodi in the #ZakiaJafri case, SC added that SIT had “come out with flying colours”.
Q: When exactly did Modi learn of the massacre on 28 Feb 2002—and how well did SIT quiz him?
2️⃣ In his reply to SIT in 2010, Modi claimed he learnt of the #GulbergSociety massacre only at a meeting that evening, at 8.30 pm.
While a mob of thousands attacked a Muslim pocket in #Ahmedabad, the CM—who *also* held the home portfolio—was unaware for 5 full hours?
🪡 Taunting and tormenting Muslims has become India’s national bloodsport, post-2014. Barely a day passes without #Muslims being hectored by bigots on how they should live, love, eat, dress, pray, work, marry and procreate.
How would the 24th Maharaja of Mysore have viewed this?
2️⃣ ‘Nalvadi’ Krishnaraja Wadiyar was the Maharaja of Mysore for 39 years. He presided over a golden period of progress in health, education, industry, infrastructure, arts, culture, literature—i.e. vikas.
On the front page of the British tabloid @dailystar, India’s schoolboy claim of a supersonic missile being “accidentally” fired 124 km into Pakistan, gets equated with the epitome of nuclear madness: Kim Jong-Un.
“Asian nuts’ weapons games ‘will start a World War’”
British tabloid @dailystar’s strapline may be aimed at Page 3 gawkers eyeing a playmate. Still, India’s mind-boggling missile “cock-up” is not half as small an issue as a pliant media would have us believe.
Feb 21 • 7 tweets • 8 min read
Has India become a corruption-free country already? Or, are the crooks getting smarter? Just one dot from Madhya Bharat in the @guardian expose of “criminals, fraudsters and corrupt politicians” holding £80 billion worth accounts in the notorious Swiss bank @CreditSuisse.
“We can reveal today how #CreditSuisse repeatedly either opened or maintained bank accounts for a panoramic array of high-risk clients across the world”: How the @guardian showcases its expose of “criminals, fraudsters and corrupt politicians” over 7 pages.
Feb 9 • 14 tweets • 17 min read
🪡 A cute question on the #HijabRow in #Karnataka is: “Why can’t the CM stop it when it’s ruining the State’s image?”
He was home minister for 23 months from Aug 2019. It was because he met all the KPIs that he was made @CMofKarnataka
2️⃣ @BSBommai was home minister when school children in #Bidar were charged with sedition, for a line in a play that “insulted” @narendramodi during the anti-CAA protests. Bommai had the temerity to say: “It is a very serious and sensitive case.”
🪡 Much of the outrage on the #HijabRow asks the naive question: “Why is it happening in #Karnataka?”
Answer: “Why are you surprised?”
The startup state was an early-stage investor in #Hindutva. Its reputation as a #Hindutva laboratory precedes #Gujarat and #UttarPradesh.
2️⃣ #BJP’s political quest for the Babri Masjid only began in the late 1980s. In #Karnataka, the ground to reclaim Baba Budangiri, a Sufi shrine in #Chikamagalur district, had been laid a decade before #Ayodhya became common parlance, in 1978.
“When Sunil Gavaskar was introduced to Noor Jehan on India’s 1982 tour of Pakistan, she said: ‘I don’t know him. I only know Imran Khan and Zaheer Abbas.’ When she was introduced to him, he retorted: ‘I don’t know her. I only know #LataMangeshkar’.”: commentator Sushil Doshi.
In 1988, #LataMangeshkar sang with #SPB for the Tamil film ‘Satya’. The composer @ilaiyaraaja has often explained how the lyrics were tailor-made for her. #ValaiOsai
Feb 2 • 8 tweets • 8 min read
🪡 The day after the #UnionBudget is the closest India’s media comes to peddling pornography. There’s so much public display of affection—ranging from flirting to petting, from kissing to kissing the ass—that the moral police could easily charge it with indecency. (1/5)
2️⃣ There are the usual diabetes-inducing 10/10 pronouncements of the “captains of industry”, drafted by hacks-turned-PR shills, competing word for word with newspaper headlines, which compete with #PIB releases. Like, “#Nirmala presents ‘Amrit Kaal’ budget”.
Jan 1 • 6 tweets • 7 min read
All very easy to pile on the @IndianExpress which won’t influence a single vote. Three large Hindi newspapers, with 200-300 times more circulation in #UttarPradesh, carried the same “offending” advertisement. What about them? @JagranNews@AmarUjalaNews@Live_Hindustan
2️⃣ Beyond the fact-free content of #UttarPradesh ads, the real issue is the vomit-inducing splurge of taxpayers’ money to capture media. In just the 31 days of December, sangh mouthpiece ‘Dainik Jagran’ received 63 ads; ‘Amar Ujala’ 58; ‘Hindustan’ 37. #SochInaamdaarKaamDumdaar
Jan 1 • 4 tweets • 4 min read
In a devastated democracy—where an invisible virus and an in-your-face monster are running riot—newspapers are doing their bit to elevate the mood. As #NewYear2022 dawns, there is plenty of pop advice on offer on how to navigate zindagi’s “chunautis”. (1/4)
2️⃣ @DainikBhaskar has a 10-step guide on how to “unlock happiness”. Happily lifted from Danish writer Aksel Sandemoss’s ‘Jante’s Law’, the newspaper lists the 10 commandments that have made Finland the world’s happiest nation, year after year: tinyurl.com/yc3xka39 (2/4)
Dec 29, 2021 • 11 tweets • 13 min read
When Rs 2,840,000,000—i.e. Rs 284 crore—is seized from one businessman’s house in the country’s biggest ever tax haul, can there be any confusion on who he is, and whose money it is? In “No.1 state” #UttarPradesh, anything is possible. A thread. #PiyushJain#ShikharPanMasala
2️⃣ Prime minister @narendramodi and UP chief minister @myogiadityanath blithely insinuate that the businessman #PiyushJain was a Samajwadi Party man—and that he was hoarding the cash for SP, the BJP’s arch rival, for use in the upcoming state election. #ShikharPanMasala
Hindi news media has long been an undisguised ‘kar sevak’ of #Hindutva in the gau belt. With #UPElections2022 round the corner, the line between government and party, editorial and advertorial, and journalism and propaganda has all but vanished, as owners eye a windfall. (1/3)
Exhibit A: ‘Dainik Jagran’ (2/3)
Sep 22, 2021 • 9 tweets • 7 min read
The amazing rise—and the even more amazing fall—of #Zee founder @subhashchandra, the Haryanvi rice supplier who turned India’s first satellite TV broadcaster into a rabid “fabricator of consent” for the great cause, bit off more than his due, and found himself abandoned. (1/9)
January 2016: Narendra Modi launches @subhashchandra’s candid biography ‘The Z Factor: My Journey As The Wrong Man at the Right Time’ at the PM’s official 7, Race Course Road residence, in the presence of three cabinet ministers: tinyurl.com/96praj3s (2/9)
Apr 8, 2021 • 6 tweets • 5 min read
“The documents that make India and France tremble”: Annotating the #RafalePapers unearthed by the French website @Mediapart on the € 7.8 billion “government-to-government” jet deal. @yphilippin (1/6)
Middleman Sushen Gupta, a US citizen, knew @arunjaitley would be replaced as India’s defence minister, months before the change took place in November 2014. (2/6) #RafalePapers
Mar 7, 2021 • 5 tweets • 5 min read
Invoking Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth, six Karnataka ministers have obtained a pre-publication gag order against—believe it or not—the “Editor-in-Chief” of @WhatsApp and 67 others to protect what little is left of their sordid reputations. (1/2) @mla_sudhakar
Before the 2019 elections, Mysore MP Pratap Simha and Bangalore South BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya took out an identical ex-parte injunction against 49 media houses, after allegations of sexual misconduct began doing the rounds on social media. (2/2) churumuri.blog/2019/04/17/pra…
Jan 15, 2021 • 9 tweets • 9 min read
The selfless #SudhaBharadwaj has spent 3 years in jail after #ArnabGoswami’s nauseating witchhunt. Now, Bombay Police are returning the favour by outing tens of pages of WhatsApp conversations in the #BARCGhotala which reveal how the media is a key player in ‘The Grand Project’.
The superhit Friday release. #BARCGhotala
Nov 30, 2020 • 4 tweets • 4 min read
Something mildly revealing about capitalism in #NewIndia when a vaccine-maker has to pay to “promote” himself during a pandemic—and then pump out saccharine tweets that would leave even diabetic horses squirming. @adarpoonawalla7.5 crore Indians were pushed back into poverty in 2020, earning less than Rs 145 per day. Meanwhile, the stupefyingly publicity-starved @adarpoonawalla has “agreed to rent” a mansion in London for Rs 50 lakh per week—roughly the daily income of 34,500 people. @pewresearch
Aug 6, 2020 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
“The book that begins with ‘we, the people of India’ is the God that we failed || Raja and rishi are no longer”: With a picture of the Constitution, and a white-on-black headline, ‘The Telegraph’ says India witnessed a “ritual merger of the Church and State” in Ayodhya. @ttindia
“PM fulfils nation’s aspiration”: ‘The Hitavada’ reflects the sentiment of the city it is located in (Nagpur) and the politics of its owners. Only a handful of English newspapers in Kashmir and the Northeast, play down the ground-breaking ceremony in Ayodhya for the Ram Temple.
Aug 5, 2020 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
India’s language press has been a key force-multiplier of the Hindutva cause—and ipso facto of the RSS-BJP. Today’s front pages on the foundation stone being laid for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, are less a product of journalism and more a cross between a calendar and a pamphlet.