Ahmed Patel breathed his last in the early hours of November 25. He was 71. He was diagnosed with the Chinese virus (Sars Cov-2) on October 1 and was under treatment at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon district of Haryana from November 15.
Ahmed Patel, was called by Frontline magazine as a key strategist, a back-room crisis manager, troubleshooter and anchorman of the Congress. It is an understatement. He was designated as political advisor to Smt. Sonia Gandhi, th President of Congress Party which is a euphemism for a Guru. Frontline Magazine also called him a man with exceptional organisational skills, he was also instrumental in forging coalitions of the most unlikely partners. A case in point is the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance in Maharashtra, comprising the Shiv Sena, the Congress, and the the Nationalist Congress Party.
Master of 3 M’s.
These tributes do not do justice to Patel. He was master of three M’s, these being 1) Media, 2) Money and 3) Muslims. He was master manager of media and after his death a few journalists have called him the super-editor of Lutyens Media. His quality was that he never failed to oblige any journalist of any hue. This brought in tremendous results till Arnab Goswami arrived with his Republic TV. Patel is also credited with dirty tricks department of media, which helped the defeat of of BJP government in 2004.
On 26th November 2020, 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist terrorist organization based in Pakistan, carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. (166 dead and 293 injured from 24 countries) Entire India was glued to their Television watching in horror the live telecast of the attack. It turned out that the handlers of terrorists were guiding them by watching live TV. Four days looked like forever. Under Secretary in Home Ministry RVS Mani in his book, revealed that at least 12 hours were wasted by the then Home Minister in unnecessary protocols. Why?
Forging of Saffron Terror
Aziz Burney as a journalist in 2008 itself wrote various articles which blamed RSS and every outfit in India rather than Pakistan. Two yeas later he published these articles as a book titled 26/11: RSS ki Saazish? (“26/11: An RSS conspiracy?”) hinting that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was somehow linked to the attack and launched the book in presence of Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on December 6, 2010.At the time of launch, Singh said that Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare had called him, hours before he was killed in the terror attacks, to tell him about threats he had received for probing Hindu extremists and their terror links.
Newspapers have handed over the baton of setting headlines to the television news, long back. Newspaper only provide details of what is in news. In fact I wonder if newspapers would be sold if they remove classified advertisements and informative articles. News media decide what the people should be thinking about. They set the narrative as long as the social media does not run ahead and make a different headline. But thanks to recent censorship and shadow banning, social media has lost it’s spontaneous charm. Social Media may kill itself by such suicidal biased censorship, even before it has arrived but that is a topic for another day.
What is happening in News Media?
If anybody thinks the news media to be independent reporter of news, they need to check again. The official web site of Government of India called Press Information Bureau is called “Letter Department” in Hindi. Fact is that the Official Gazette of the Government is the predecessor of the newspapers. The freedom of press was a slogan coined in previous century by the parties in opposition who wanted it’s propaganda to be printed to counter the Gazette which was treated as Gospel Truth. (The fact that Gospels too contradict is a different matter) They won not on the ground that they had right to spread propaganda but on the right to free trade.
Finally it has happened. Maharashtra Police entered the house of Arnab Goswami, Editor of Republic TV and arrested him to early morning. He was allegedly assaulted too. Everything was executed in the inhuman manner forewarned by Supreme Court not to be resorted. But Governments are evil. All Governments are inherently evil. With monopoly of violence a Government Machinery when not in check can be brutal. With an editor like Arnab who was openly challenging the Government and Police Commissioner in his daily TV show, it was bound to happen. It had to happen as Rule of Law is as good as the human being, guardians of it. Rule of law is threatened by left leaning riots even in USA.
Hurt Egos and an incompetent Chief Minister:
Maharashtra is being ruled by three party coalition of people of hurt egos. Their egos is hurt by formation of Government itself as it is compromise between fire and ice. The Congress Party is now ideologically extreme Leftist and Islamist Party and it is in power in Maharashtra. The Government of Maharashtra is headed by a Chief Minister who has never held any administrative post including that of a Class Monitor. His time in office highlights that there must be a provision in the Constitution in which a person who has never held administrative positions must not be permitted to be appointed as head of Government directly.