I remember my mother telling me – “Overcooking sours the food.” I must also mention that she is an amazing cook. We observed this theory in effect recently when television channels were flooded with RA-One ads. Many of us simply lost interest in the film because of the excessive advertising. I think a similar thing is happening between your team and the media.
Let me first tell you that I was (and still am) one of your biggest supporters. I fasted along with you, wrote a series of articles about you. I support our cause with all my heart and soul.
Right from the outset, you have been righteous. Where you failed was in acknowledging the fact that the media is as much of a business as selling mouse traps. You forgot that ethics and journalism go together only as much as politics and ethics go together these days.
It is quite obvious that the media is extremely biased. Media celebrities spend their lives swinging public opinion one way or another. The only story of recent times which they were compelled to cover in an unbiased manner was your movement. The groundswell of support for your movement all across India made it impossible for the media to do anything but cover it silently. Once the uproar subsided, the media started to play it’s natural game.
It all started with Agnivesh, a morally corrupt person who never deserved to be anywhere near our anti-corruption movement. Anyway, the media did their bit to blow the issue out of proportion. During the campaign, Prashant Bhushan gave unnecessary media bites on Kashmir and other unrelated issues, which were never called for. Kiran Bedi even did an impromptu dance teasing politicians with a mask during the fast in August. Once the movement was over, the media took no time in picking up on these issues and striking back. They are paid by the political houses. They followed their masters.
Why did you fail to understand that being in the media spotlight beyond a point can be utterly damaging?
Recently Rajdeep, Barkha and Rahul Kanwal each conducted an exclusive interview with Anna. They tried to trap Anna with questions relating to RSS, Digvijay’s comments and so on. Anna must have known that the objective of media celebrities is to support the Congress theory that RSS is evil and any association with it has to be demonized. Anna simply took the bait.
Shortly afterwards, Sanjiv Bhatt was arrested in Gujarat for some offense and Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi instantly condemned the arrest. This was totally unecessary. Why do you have to support Sanjiv Bhatt because it is anti Modi? Did you examine the intricacies of the case? You fell into another trap laid by the media.
Then began the Digvijay versus Anna episode, that the media feasted upon. When did Anna’s standard get so low? Are we publicity hungry like these politicians? Arvind Kejriwal’s statement of people and Anna being above parliament was widely publicized as “Anna is above parliament”. Each time you opened your mouths, the media blew it further open.
It is high time you learn how the media likes to twist and scramble unrelated issues.
If corruption was the main issue for your group, where was the need to talk about Kashmir, Sanjiv Bhatt etc? Individual opinions of the members of your team shouldn’t have come at all before the media. You should have acted like a close and united group. Soon enough the media dropped it’s nuclear weapon on you. They declared that Team Anna is disintegrating and started to feast over it like scavengers.
And it seems you still haven’t learned yet. Recently Arvind Kejriwal was awarded the NDTV’s ‘Indian of the year’ award and went to accept it. Kejriwal ji, you are campaigning for a public cause. The last thing you should be doing is accepting an award from a dubious media shop.
Please get back to basics. Stay low if you have to. Spend more time planning. Visit every village in India and advise people of their rights and duties. Teach them to fight corruption. Give them the courage. Indians have not forgotten you and they will not forget you. Don’t overcook!
You are not politicians who should have a say on every issue in the world. Don’t get political. This only attracts more criticism and hurts your integrity. I believe in you. The country does. Keep walking along the chosen path. That’s the only right path.
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