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Monday, January 02, 2006

NDTV Blues

I stopped watching NDTV's "The Big Fight" sometime back mainly because i was pissed off with Rajdeep Sardesai's incompetence. Out of curiosity, i was watching the 2005 recap special "The Biggest Fights", moderated by a bloke whose name i can't recall. This guy can put RS to shame, easily. The first big fight was between Rakesh Junjunwala and D Raja [CPI]. If RJ was behaving like a fat, spoilt brat, always interrupting, highly opinionated, lacking basic human decency, Raja screwed up a good chance to counter Rakesh's questions and ended up being the source of entertainment and laughter to the audience. Bigger morons were following.
I find it dificult to believe that a man like Cho. Ramaswamy [a man who says democracy should be replaced with dictatorship] is considered and respected as a political analyst. The moron of the day, however, was undoubtedly the anchor, for his "insightful" inferences, and "sound" judgement!


  • Soonpaans,
    It is only the educated public who are to be blamed - for entertaining half-baked kollywood flops as "intellectuals" like Cho, T.Rajendar, patronising their idiotic call-in TV programs and seeking their opinions on every conceivable topic under the sun. We have built our own Frankenstein monsters to kill our time.

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Fri Jan 06, 10:46:00 PM  

  • Strange that people are commenting about Cho. What people know about the intellect of Cho?
    I have seen that debate. And what he said was very valid!

    By Blogger F e r r a r i, at Mon Jan 09, 05:33:00 PM  

  • *,
    "...and seeking their opinions on every conceivable topic under the sun"
    Cho was asked his opinion on Thiruvasagam By Ilaiyaraaja and his answer was something like "I didn't like it... sounded like some christian missionary music..."!!!

    "We have built our own Frankenstein monsters to kill our time"
    Right said :)

    While i respect your view, his argument was defeated by this line from one of the panelists "If not for democracy, you wouldn't be standing here and saying this to the whole country!"
    That said, i must say that i don't disagree with EVERYTHING Cho has to say on such matters....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Jan 10, 01:36:00 PM  

  • See. I dont agree with what cho says as well. Like for instance his views on the dress code and all.
    But he is one of the most knowledgable persons in tamilnadu. And a true intellect!
    Just because his opinion doesnt match with yours doesnt make him a frankenstein monster or whatever crap!!

    And regarding cho standing there and saying it. What have we achieved apart from having multiple debates? Democracy is successful if it paves way for growth. You really believe that democracy has helped our cause?

    By talking freely, you will get food and shelter. Poverty will go away?

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Tue Jan 10, 02:27:00 PM  

  • Ferrari,
    Good that we don't agree/disagree to whatever Cho or anyone, for that matter has to say :)
    If we were to debate/discuss this topic, it would require more space than what this comments section would provide.
    For starters, first of all, i believe we still aren't a fully democratic society yet. Mere elections do not make a democracy. Democracy was a gift given to the world by Native Americans or "Red" Indians. Our society is nowhere near that, in the true sense of the word. That doesn't mean we should do away with democracy altogether. Never throw the baby with the bath water.

    Going by your logic (espoused by Cho), let's say we do away with democracy and usher in dictatorship or some form of totalitarian rule. He assumes that whoever comes to power will rule with noble intentions[am not saying democratic politicians are noble but at least they are/can be made accountable] and growth will be an automatic certainity. What Cho fails to address is the scenario where a Pol Pot, a Pinochet, an Idi Amin, a Hitler, or an Osama Bin Laden comes to usurp power. Saddam Hussein is just a single example. It would result in abject misery (Saddam Hussein's rule and the economic sanctions resulted in total poverty) which may or may not explode in the form of a bloody coup. History has taught us what dictatorships, monarchies can do and what democracy can do, relatively speaking.
    And I wouldn't blame poverty on democracy...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Jan 10, 06:05:00 PM  

  • No democacry doesnt mean dictatorship :-)
    Cho said take part of the democratic things like right to strike etc :-) But that will badly hurt the communist brothers right? ;-)

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Wed Jan 11, 09:34:00 AM  

  • Ferrari,
    FYI, Cho's alternative to democracy was something like I.G's emergency. That's as good as dictatorship.
    Secondly, you got to dispel the notion that only commies take up strikes. Even our freedom struggle was a kind of strike. You and I can ridicule strikes, sitting in front of computers in Air-Conned comfort, but if you were struggling to have 3 square meals a day, and if you were forced to work in inhuman conditions or at appalingly low wages, you would see strikes not as a tool but as the only resort in your repertoire. I'm not saying all strikes are justifiable and i know that strikes (be it by commies or anyone else) can be a real hurdle at time. The working class in imperialist countries across Europe and America, resorted to strike as a legitimate means of raising their issues and greivances. MSM/Bloggers seem to be so obsessed with commies that they refuse to see that there is more in this world apart from commies and capitalists :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Jan 11, 01:28:00 PM  

  • Sorry sir. Supreme court does think otherwise. The losses we incur due to strikes are massive!

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Thu Jan 12, 12:03:00 PM  

  • Exasperated sigh!

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Jan 13, 02:09:00 AM  

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