Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The ugly face of mob protest against Barkha Dutt at India Gate -- this is not democracy

NDTV's Barkha Dutt was shouted down by youth who were holding a candle-light vigil as part of their anti-corruption campaign being led Anna Hazare. Someone videographed it all and placed it on YouTube on the Internet. It was a repulsive sight when educated, urbane, urban youth behave like so-called uneducated mobsters. It seemed there is no difference between the two, and that as a matter of fact the uneducated lot would not have displayed such uncouth behaviour. The poor and the uneducated are generally well-behaved. Not that they are angels in any sense.
But what is depressing is the behviour of the anti-corruption brigade. You can have your differences with Barkha Dutt and you can give expression to it in a civilised way. That is what one expects from the silly English-speaking lot. But it is wrong to do so, it turns out. The wrost elements are to be found among the English-speaking crowd.
Barkha's conversations with Niira Radia is not sufficient proof that she is corrupt. That is what a basic sense of law and justice would suggest to even an unlettered commoner. To raise slogans against her in the manner the crowd at India Gate does not speak well of the people who did it.
We have to give up this mob mentality of jumping to the conclusion without sufficient proof and due process of law. Do not see Barkha's shows but do not misbehave with the person. This is not democracy. This is mobocracy in the classical sense and everyone should be on guard in slipping into that mode. Differ by all means, criticise by all means. But maintain decorum. Do not turn yourselves into hoodlums.

6 comments:

greenworld said...

I absolutely agree with with your views. The bad manners are being taught in every sphere of life, and the parliamentarians are leading the show; and it is this which is prompting youngsters to follow. This has to be condemned in the strongest possible words.

V Malik said...

Good heavens, what sort of world are you in, Parsa? The real media has moved on, democratic protest at public spaces was never an issue, and one-way communication by media looking down on constituents is now history. Media needs to be prepared for scrutiny as well as reaction like anybody else in public space India. If truth is ugly face, then so be it - bigger question is, why is media not reporting on this, isn;t that uglier?

In Dino said...

There are absolutely no excuses for rowdy behaviour. However, the disappointment of the educated and media savvy generation with journos like Vir Sanghvi and Barkha Dutt is tremendous. For years we have fired up our TV sets only to watch We The People. Barkha is a tremendous journo. That is why it is very disappointing to see that she knew all along about the skulduggery going on and did not choose to expose it. It is said that a lot of Radia tapes were never revealed. God knows what those might hold. Very disappointing scenario.

achimus said...

your an idiot!!

abhijith said...

Defending you own, are we? Barkha Dutt is an irresponsible, callous and unethical journalist (and I guess you belong to the same group).
We would like to be civil, but sorry, there is no other way of dealing with people like you.

Nina Sinha said...

I am so very happy that at last people gave Barkha what she deserved. Did you watch when she called all the senior journalists in order to defend herself but ended up insulting and loosing her calm. . I have listened the tape and no denial that she was involved. What court says, I don't care. Youth of India need to take step in order to clean the society.

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