The power of the TV:
TV Media is a powerful medium. It’s power lies in moving people to form an opinion without giving all facts or giving just rudimentary facts. Print media does not have this privilege. In the guise of breaking news TV news and say anything and get away with it.
What is bigotry?
This is the definition of bigotry:
“stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.”
If a breaking news is devoid of facts or complete falsehood or if news channel telecast a religious or criminal bigot’s untested views or worse threats like a loudspeaker, would that be fair?
Show cause notice to NDTV & other TV channels:
Hannah Arendt 2012 movie review.
In one sentence, it is a must watch the movie for those who have ability to rise above the daily routine of self-gratification and need to look upon humanity as a whole. It portrays views of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
It was a long movie of one and half hour but like a hiker who set out to see the glacier, I watched it in one go. Even though the subject of movie was holocaust, mercifully, graphical violence was spared. Continue reading
It is a complete challenge to create such moving garbage with so many beautiful faces. Jean-Claude Van Damm was at his creative best in remaining completely irrelevant and unimpressive like rest of the cast and viewers would like to damn them all together without any exception. Reason for taking up such movie by Jean-Claude can at best be explained by his psychiatrist if he has one or as and when he hires one, if it is not too late already to do that.
Life of Pi
Last Sunday I watched the movie “Life of Pi“. It is an English movie with almost Indian crew. Or perhaps the leading actors are Indian? Whatever. It is claimed to be based on an adventurous novel. The movie has beautifully depicted the adventure. Photography and Direction both need to be appreciated for an excellent job. While actors were at their best performance. The movie starts with the words like ‘God’ and ‘spirituality’. Unfortunately, the message about it is lost in the noise of beauty of presentation of a rather impossible adventure. So what is the spiritual message in the movie? Continue reading
Religion is the most flourishing business. Even after Osho depicted this fact with his 99 Rolls Royce cars, people remain blind. Lack of education compounded with miseries of life; like illness and occupation does not help the problem.
It seems unbelievable that problems can be solved on its own. It is more unbelievable that nobody can solve our problems. Our every action takes us deeper into misery but we don’t see it that way. We desperately look around and find one con man after another posing as a religious Guru.
Yet another Religious Guru.
Another Guru type person in the news is Nirmaljit Singh Narula alias Nirmal Baba. His deeds are written all over the internet. His Wikipedia page has links to most of his deeds and there is no need to repeat the same here.
Guru or TV-Star
There is, however, a new development. Nirmaljit Singh Narula alias Nirmal Baba has filed a suit against Star News Channel seeking damages of Rs. 50 Crore i.e. about 9 Million USD$. He also claimed a temporary restraint order against STAR NEWS CHANNEL from telecasting news which is malicious. It made a special point that he is being called as thug and cheat etc. by Star News.
In this suit it is claimed (as mentioned in para 5 of the order dated 10.5.2012) as under:
Plaintiff’s teachings and preaching emphasise the values of true, selfless prayer and devotion to one’s duties and guides his followers/devotees to abstain from rather shun the path of ‘mantra’, ‘tantra’ or ‘yantra’ or in other words ‘black magic’ or ‘tantric practices.’
As regard the hurt, it states:
“…..discourses are telecast/advertised through various TV channels (numbering over 35) in the name of “Third Eye of Nirmal Baba”. Such programs are watched daily by about 10 million devotees/follower of the plaintiff and enjoy high TRP rating. During the week 1.4.2012 to 7.4.2012, the program “Third Eye of Nirmal Baba” was most viewed program with rating of 9 out of the top eleven (most viewed) programs in Hindi speaking market.”
So what was the profession of Mr. Narula? A TV artist?
No. In other para he claimed to be teacher or preacher of certain values. Glory of Popularity must also be part of selfless living. If this happened to be a case of a TV anchor, would the pleading be any different? May be not. It boasts like a great TV artist.
Returning back to the suit. Star News Channel pleaded the defence that its news telecast was responsible journalism and it was based on facts which were duly verified before telecast. They claimed that before telecast Nirmaljit was also given opportunity to comment but he did not respond.
Delhi High Court, on the basis of above pleading did not issue any restraint order except that Star News Channel should not telecast anything on the basis of unverified facts. It is free to interview people. It does not say anything about contents of interview and rightly so because that would affect right of free speech of those people. So Star News is free to call him as thug, fraud and cheat if they have facts to support it during trial.
Now Baba type people are supposed to know everything especially the future. After all Third Eye is not the physical Third Eye. Did babaji make an announcement in advance that the court is not going to give interim relief of injunction?
There is one more question about legal hypocrisy. Can any person can claim to have THIRD EYE and telecast a program without having third eye or proof of having third eye?
© Sandeep Bhalla