But seriously… what’s wrong with News Media???


The prices of all essential commodities are through the roof. Common man is suffering big time.

The current government is going to complete the so called 100 days (or has it already?) and what have they got to show?

The economic situation is bleak. People are still losing jobs or living in a state of disguised unemployment (working but not getting salary on time)

Corruption reigns everywhere

AND YET THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT GETTING COVERED OR BEING ANALYSED.

How can anyone be interested in a politicial party which is on death bed and waiting for the plug to be pulled?

Do the news channels seriously think that a billion plus population which is trying very hard to make a living is interested in what Brajesh Mishra said… or the book by Jaswant Singh… or the fact that he has been sacked from the party… or what Advani said or did during the Kandahar hijacking… or What Sardar Patel did or did not do in 1945????

Seriously… who cares. If anything, the only people who would really care is the current government. They must be happy that the spotlight is not on their failures to govern and deliver on the 100 days promise.

Let me give you an example of how news media has become completely blind to what is happening to the people. This example is apart from the tripe that we get to watch on TV or read in the paper.

Few days back on BBC (one of the most respected news channels), towards the end of news, a guy joins the two who were reading the news and discussing the current events. This guy gives the latest unemployment figures in England.. which by the way have gone up. A min of that… and while he is still talking about the figures… the woman anchor asks him… “So what is your favorite cocktail?”. The guy wants to complete what he is saying about the unemployment and he is again interrupted by the male anchor asking about the cocktails.. because they want to move to this competition that is happening in England somewhere about the best bar tender!!!! Wow… talk about dumbing down and being callous.

Somewhere in an effort for increased eyeballs, viewers and readers, news people have forgotten what their profession is all about… WAGs are not stories… Salman Khan interested in buying an IPL team is not a story… Harbhajan Singh in his humvee is not the story.

Get real… get accountable… make the government accountable… Terrorism is here to stay and we would never be able to combat it or control it because when dealing with fanatics is not easy… So get rid of those stories about who gets Interpol red flag or how the government was right about Hafeez or whoever… Tell me why are the prices rising and what government is doing to bring down the prices.. Tell me why my money is not enough today for even the basic essentials… question.. interrogate… grill the government.

Stop wasting your time on the inconsequentials.

Unless the news media is also part of the larger political strategy to keep the common man away from asking these pertinent questions and bombard him with trivia and make his mind numb!

What good is government funding?


Does any government really believe that all the money that is allocated for various social and infrastructure projects actually works?

Analyse all the government efforts towards rural upliftment, removing poverty, creation of jobs, infrastructure. How many of these projects have been successful? How many projects were completed on time? How many were completed without any cost overrun?

“Garibi Hatao” was a Congress slogan way back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Since then, except for maybe a max of 8/9 years, it is the Congress which has been in power. 30 years plus and we are still talking of people below the poverty line.

We have had reservation for certain classes of people for as long as I can remember and yet ‘dalit’ is still a huge vote bank and it should not have been if all the so called efforts were actually working.

Slums that have been around for so long… Government has promised to make them disappear in 5 years… How??? Will there ever be a political will to remove them? What happens to the whole vote bank then? And more importantly… where will the money come from?

Every infrastructure project gets delayed… in most cases they are delayed endlessly… China probably started the Tibetan railway project same time as we started the Kashmir railways. They are over and done with and we are still realigning the tracks!

Bandra Worli Sea Link is another case in point…

Government spending is all about making pleasant noise and that too only for themselves… the population that is likely to benefit never gets to hear it or understand the implication… more importantly they never get the benefits meant for them… all the money disappears in transit…

Where is the accountability? Who is responsbile for schemes to be completed on time and the benefit actually reaching the people it is meant for? And who checks the authenticity of all government claims?

Does the government use any project management software? Are the officials expert enough in managing the projects? What are their management qualifications?

If the government wants to be transparent enough… why can’t it create a website where anyone who wants, can track the progress of the project? why should we invoke RTI for the information?

Why are the tax payers left wondering about where their hard earned money goes?

I have a question for all those who have been saying that this budget would be very good in the long run… How will the deficit go away? how will we get a 9% growth this year? What are the short term measures to revive the economy and hopes of the people who are suffering because of the downturn??

Why is this post so full of questions?

It probably is because the government is completely clueless when it comes to managing the nation and its economy. One statement that perhaps symbolized this was the one Mr Pranab Mukherjee supposedly made on CNN-IBN on the evening of the budget presentation – “I don’t know why the markets tanked!!”

Can the Congress provide the stablity this country so needs?


I, like everyone else in this country is hoping they can! for the sake of the country and its people. I think the mandate they have got… people are telling them “we give you the power to change the future of this country… we are ensuring that you dont have to be with opportunistic and myopic partners. the ball is now in your court”

The stock market is rocking today though its not an indication of anything. One sneeze and it would go into downward spiral.

But people are brimming with hope. All the people who have lost jobs and not finding any… they are hoping that economy gets into the F1 mode. 

People want to feel secure again… they dont want to worry about a bleak future…

I will not talk about corporates because they would still peddle excuses for non-performance and dumping their most valuble assets.

This mandate for congress is not for anything great they did for last 5 years… they did not do anything worthwhile.. being shackled by their partners in UPA.

But now… for next five years… there will be no excuses… the country has given them the power.

The country wants results NOW… not as achievements 5 years from now or 3 years or even one year… Here and now is what the country wants.

Mr Manmohan Singh… you have a huge responsibility… are you up to it?  You owe it to the nation.

Will NDA form government at the center?


My gut feel says yes.

UPA or for that matter Congress not getting a clear lead is an indication that all the talk about all the things they have done in last 5 years is utter rubbish! A seriously hung parliament is an indication of this.

If nothing else, the President should invite BJP to form the government. But President obviously wont.. given the strong Congress ties.

But I have a strong feeling (and I really hope I am proved right for once!) that BJP just might surprise all the exit polls in a positive way. 

The economy needs a big time boost and if the stock market behaviour yesterday is any indication, even the corporate India wants NDA in power. And Manmohan Singh right now.. the only boost he can offer is to himself (of the kind which is the secret of their energy for the some cricketers!)