Do we need Jayanthi Natarajan and Alyque Padamsee’s sound bites ?

The crisis is over and a new day will hopefully dawn. Questions are being asked.Some of the right questions are facilities and equipment for our police forces and what is the government doing..And media houses still want sound bites and we have spokespersons like Jayanthi Natarajan holding fort on ” Mumbai spirit ” and “resilience” and the politicians are doing , especially ” someone like Sonia Gandhi who has suffered the loss of her husband..” Jayanthi even went to the extent to say that “she speaks on behalf of Congress and not the govt of India ” ..why do we have to suffer such politicians ..and why is media doing such stories ? If it is not pontification, it is sensationalism or getting overdramatic..some of the well known anchors turn drama queens and mouth sentiments that will probably win them best actress awards..Just surfed and there was an old report on BBC on some of the international guests who had been released from the Trident-Oberois and most of them said they will come back to Mumbai. Something finally to feel good about..

Mumbai will pick itself up as it has always done . But this issue will soon become an “incident” and will probably be heard only in the studios in all the TV channels who will fan political opportunism by getting some of these trombones to speak and make a mockery of people’s lives…and its sad that intelligent and sensitive people like us actually consume this nonsense ( and that included me , until now )

Let us salute the police, the army , the NSG and every single member who has fought for Mumbai’s release. Let us salute the spirit of Hemant Karkare’s wife who rejected the compensation, the courage and poise of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s father and many others who have given up their lives ….

Will someone just beep Jayanthi Natarajan and her likes out and focus on the real issues ..


  1. ugich konitari 30 November, 2008 at 00:33 Reply

    lakshmi, you took the words right out of my mouth. Some other people we need to beep out are Shivraj Patil, Vilasrao Deshmukh, and some Congress chap called Manish Tiwari.
    Disgusting is too mild a word for them.

  2. Fida 30 November, 2008 at 01:00 Reply

    Right on. You speak about something that is rampant around the world. Politicians? Don’t get me started on them. And, I am especially bothered by “info-tainment”! I want the facts – most of them are horrendous enough – I don’t need drama.

  3. magiceye 30 November, 2008 at 08:04 Reply

    well said! Bravo!
    it is time now that all the right thinking people got together and form a ‘vote bank’ that would be represented by right thinking ‘leaders’

  4. Lakshmi 30 November, 2008 at 18:36 Reply


    I normally do that, but this time, I thought they were quite a few people on the panel, so I was tempted to stay until this lady came along and the channel was trying to make the most of it

    Alok – so true and sadly we dont have a choice here..

    Sameera – Strength and courage..

    UK – some of them are being beeped out already ..

    Fida – oh yes, there are some journos who think its a soap opera
    someone shd tell them to stop those tear jerkers

    Anu – rightly said..

    magic eye – good suggestion..but where are the leaders ?

    Hobo – same here

    Vishesh – so was the CM of maharashtra, i think

  5. 30 November, 2008 at 19:43 Reply

    Right from my TV set in Singapore, I witnessed protests in India about the Indian government’s handling of the terrorist attack and could it have prevented this attack right from the outset?

    In Singapore, Singaporeans, young and old mourn the passing of a young Singapore female lawyer killed by the terrorists.

    Terrorism is such a scourge. affecting nations, costing resources, creating panic and killing innocents!

  6. hitch writer 1 December, 2008 at 11:19 Reply

    The army flushed out the terrorists, The police squardoned off the area, the fire brigade doused the fire, The media as usual will do their interviews / debates with celebrities now and politicians when they start coming on air. But will the politicians please do what they should be doing… go after the planners of the executors sent to mumbai??? No matter what price we have to pay for it??? This is the general sentiment of the people or will they just sit back…?? Already BJP showed yesterday when their party leader left the all party meeting to campaign in Rajasthan that it doesnt matter how India should now react… They have discovered something new for their campaign… Mumbai terror blasts… Those who came by boats are killed… but what bout the ones that come by votes????

  7. R. Ramesh 1 December, 2008 at 22:45 Reply

    i cant agree with u more..time 4 politicians to either perform or shut up..enough damage’s our mumbai that’s bleeding and not them..if india has progressed it is despite the politicians..yday a taxi driver in dubai made fun of me. He asked: Your mr kalam says india will be superpower in 15 yrs..u cant handle a dozen terrorists.” I was dumbfounded and angry..but then..i had no answer. For a moment I thought let politicans answer him.

  8. jaya dalal 2 December, 2008 at 16:49 Reply

    of course, if you dont get them on your stories it will not aired and the poor Jurno will be called not happening person at the end. Anyways who care for the common man in all the stories we see either they drive to glamour quotient did anybody cover CST were atleast 100 poeple died.

  9. Merisi 2 December, 2008 at 17:23 Reply

    I feel deep sorrow for the victims, the people of Mumbai and of India in general.

    I have not watched any news coverage on television, even the best make me feel bad about staring at the pictures. It’s a shame that some stations manage to even turn such tragic events into “infotainment”.

  10. Jeevan 2 December, 2008 at 17:28 Reply

    Yes, we must salute those brothers who fought for there siblings, even I don’t know could our own brothers can get advance their lives for us is uncertain. I think none have any idea than explaining the incident and condemn the same in different voice. We need to get up soon, before they strike again! Let wish there is no space for terrorism in any territory.

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