Barkha Dutt and Blogging: Utter Dismay

Barka Dutt. I’m sure as hell none of you needs to be reminded who she is. Some really nice work and independent opinion and spunk to question the existing and non-existing. That’s Barkha Dutt for you. I thought decently of her journalistic capabilities, till yesterday, when I stumbled upon a talk show hosted by the lady herself, on a very touchy-ouchy topic – Blogging in India. Now, let me announce here – if you didnt know already – that I take blogging as a wholesome entity, not as a Post Script in a soliloquy. My domian, my space is really important to me, as I’m sure yours would be to you, and no matter how much I fool around by writing just about anything here, I know that this is a serious part of me. More reasons? Well, I am the leading lady in here for godssake! I love it.

Watching this talk show, trust me, I felt like a loser trying to prove an inane point to a biased audiences. Phew. I agree I am not one of the high and mighty celebrity bloggers around, but hello, I have an identity and I share a common interest with all of them. No matter how small a part, but I add to the volume of the community and I feel good about it. If I am told that blogs are only and ONLY about sex and booze and being single, I’d probably punch in the person’s nose. Pity, one cannot do that to a TV.

The show was a holy mess, in terms of content. There were a few famous bloggers on the show – bloggers who’s claim to fame were things like – beat this – being gay and accepting it on a public domain called “blog“(big deal?), being a journlist or something (sorry, I dont remember the gentelman’s work interests completely – I was busy waiting eagerly for Barkha to make at least one sane point throughout the show), and being one of the most celebrated girl bloggers who candidly talks about boyfriends and drinking and sex but safely keep her idintity a secret (an open secret of course, and I personally love her blog). Only a lady called Jhomoor Bose was the one who stoop up for herself and made her point loud and clear. Rest were duds. Barkha had their blogs on the big screen, showing a few lines like “I havent had sex in a long time….” and asked them things like “awwww…you actually wrote that? *warm smile* Didnt you feel insecure writing about such things on a public place?*genuine concern with a tag smile*” and “Ohmigod!*excitement* What did your friends say abut this?” She had wierd theories like with blogs, life on internet is nowhere remotely close to privacy. Excuse me! The discussion never went anywhere and was concluded abruptly after accusing blogs, in a subtel and thus very-unlike-Barkha-way, for revolving around sex as a singular theme. Well, not exactly singular, getting drunk was also on the list.

I felt strange and as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And all this for some thought-less crap that I refuse to buy!! I have a decent blogroll and not one is obsene. Every blog is creative and exciting and yes, inspring. Not at all objectionable. I like loads of other blogs and I devour on a million others but strangly, I still have to reach that level where I will *remote possibility* coincide with what Ms.Dutt has to say *I’ll rather be dead than believe it*. The discussins could have been informative and worthwhile, but they chose to cruely dissect it with the exactly wrong instrument. I ask, if you dont like it, why read it? Despite tendencies to immediately ostracize whatever doesnt make sense to your-mighty-self, I believe people who think like Barkha can actually do themselves a huge favor by fully embracing the activity of blogging, particularly for themselves and not for the world to see and react and record and deduce characters based on it. Enough!

Also, *and you thought it was over?lol* apparantly thereare more people who think like me. I came across Shubho’s blog. Here’s what he has to say –

This is the transcript of a letter I sent Barkha Dutt, a TV journalist of some repute, after watching her programme on Indian bloggers last night:

Dear Barkha,

Two words that sums up my feelings after watching your programme on Indian bloggers: utter dismay.While I didn’t have a stopwatch at hand, my guess is about 80% of your programme had sex as the central theme. Sex as titillation, not liberation.This was of course a direct result of your questions to three participants, concerning their personal blogs. The entire tone of your questions was ‘Wow! You said all this in the public domain, weren’t you worried?’There were sage asides on the above from some participants, including a lady with an impeccable hairdo who claimed ‘Blogs are like graffiti, no one takes them seriously.’A mild-mannered gentleman (I think he runs some kind of platform for bloggers in India, much too mild for his own and other bloggers’ good) tried to tell you there were many kinds of blogs, including corporate blogs, but you chose to bring in a commercial break almost on cue.A few points I would have made, had I been on your programme (even with the commercial breaks):

1. It was clear you have a personal bias against blogs, perhaps from your Kargil experience when some bloggers spread alleged untruths – something you mentioned on the programme.

2. There are many kinds of blogs, personal and non-personal, sometimes they’re both.

3. There are news blogs which have a bigger reader base than established newssites. There are tech blogs which companies like Apple and Microsoft regularly quote. There are very successful corporate blogs where users/stakeholders interact with the company. And so on.

4. If the issue is privacy, then I would worry more about the mainstream media – I suspect the Govt. of India agrees, going by recent events.

5. The content of blogs are subject to the law of the land – and there is such a thing called an IP address.

6. While it’s true that it’s easy to start a canard, they don’t have a shelf life. Truth prevails, more sooner than later. Your experience would be a good example.

7. A blog is ultimately about enabling an unheard voice to be heard. To me, it seems to be a constitutional right.

Finally, Barkha, my respect for your journalistic prowess took a bit of a beating last night. I sincerely hope it recovers soon.

Best wishes,
Shubho Sengupta,

Well said Shubho. I’m glad we have a mind of our own.

Update: Link to the show is here.

Post Author: Aditi Mathur Kumar

Author. Traveller. Blogger. Talker. Eavesdropper.

80 thoughts on “Barkha Dutt and Blogging: Utter Dismay

  • Abhismiles

    (January 14, 2008 - 3:02 pm)

    Amazing stuff gurl,, well articuleted and guess u r reaching to next highest level of writing!!
    i can connect to this blog so well because its about the same program we saw together yesterday …..

  • J E E V Y

    (January 15, 2008 - 4:29 am)

    hehe! 😛 u said it all gurl!
    i loved what shubho has written, altho i didnt watch the show. I guess i didnt miss out on anything good then!


  • s4n705h

    (January 15, 2008 - 4:31 am)

    WTF ths is utter non-sense. will try to watch the show on NDTV Site. people can watch the whole show on the site give the search term as “should blogs be regulated” (without quotes)

  • geet

    (January 15, 2008 - 4:31 am)

    woooow … you just ripped her off ..i Totally agree with your views.
    just WOW

  • Gaurav Sharma

    (January 15, 2008 - 6:06 am)

    thank god ma parents already got cable connection cut month back…otherwise i wud hav seen and jhelufied this shitty program…!!!*Serious Thanku*

    Heading is quite apt : Utter Dismay!!

    I think blogs on Sex n all arbit non-sense comprises of .0001% of total blogs around n she is definitly unaware of revolution blogging as started in knowledge sharing n by knowledge i mean usefull once not the ‘getting drunk n bla bla’ thingy…..

    Anyways who cares…I’ll always love blogging n im sure so do u!!!

    According to Statistics your blog is having valid alexa rank…so cheer up!!! n Forgod sake…yes you are a celebrity blogger…hmm!!!


  • Pritha

    (January 15, 2008 - 6:06 am)

    Take a bow!

  • Kewal

    (January 15, 2008 - 6:06 am)

    Ground breaking!!

    Your best podt ever. Have to agree with Shubho, if barkha ever read it, I’m sure think again before making statements like this. Cheers Adi!!

  • confusedcorporate

    (January 15, 2008 - 6:10 am)

    I loved reading it and I pity people who cannot think beyond a preconcieved-utterly incorrect notion. This post is an instant hit!
    Enjoyed Shubho’s letter as much. Wish she reads it.

    Blog on!

  • DSoni

    (January 15, 2008 - 8:43 am)

    gr8 show gal…. i willl take ur voice to high court [:)] hahahahah

  • DSoni

    (January 15, 2008 - 8:44 am)

    gr8 show gal…. i willl take ur voice to high court [:)] hahahahah

  • DSoni

    (January 15, 2008 - 8:44 am)

    gr8 show gal…. i willl take ur voice to high court [:)] hahahahah

  • Nothingman

    (January 15, 2008 - 8:44 am)

    There is something wrong with that woman. blogs can Not be catagorized into anything, blogs should not be catagorized into any niche.

    Good for me that i don’t watch tv.

    barkha dutt needs a boot in the ass, and she’d gonna get one. she is asking for it man!

    heck i’m happy she did that show.
    ha ha



  • Loner

    (January 15, 2008 - 8:46 am)

    Claps! Claps!

    And I personally never liked Barkha Dutt.

  • Rohit Sadana

    (January 15, 2008 - 10:26 am)

    Watched the show and felt the same and was searching for reactions. You have a good blog and I agree with this post totaly. Let these people – main stream media people with no sense of any other thing under the sun – be in there own world. User generated content is the king, atleast for atleast a 50 more years.


  • Charu

    (January 15, 2008 - 10:55 am)

    Good Work. Only the Bse lady had the guts to say what she felt. Rest all (eM and Mr.Joshi) were nervous. Hell, they could’nt even defend their own blog!!!

    Really good post.

  • Web Satan

    (January 15, 2008 - 11:36 am)


    Sex sells. It can be related to any thing that needs to be sold, be it a soap, denims, gadgets or as a matter of fact even the blogs(in this case).

    But when we are talking about blogging, the platform is huge, so confining it to certain limited genres would be impertinent.

    P.S. Well Barkha i think you should do some more browsing and take some more surveys and then, may be have another episod on NDTv where you can have Adi crazy.

  • Ashu

    (January 15, 2008 - 11:44 am)

    absolutely superb post, adi. The so called famous bloggers and the so called page 3 bloggers have been blot on the blogs.

    and accepting being gay on public forum makes them famous ?

    i dont understand this…..

    for ppl like me, blogging has been the best thing in last year and a half to happen to heal out and blah blah……

  • gunj

    (January 15, 2008 - 1:15 pm)

    v well said…i too saw the show n it seemed as if barkha dint hav better things to talk about so y not blogs…smthing she dint seem to knw anything about….i really was shocked to see the quality of her talk show deteriorate so much!!was really sad!

  • Anonymous

    (January 15, 2008 - 2:05 pm)

    Poor show and great post!

  • Gaurav Sharma

    (January 16, 2008 - 8:26 am)

    continuing from wat ‘Websatan ‘ said few comments back..hey lets get together n approach some other media house for some talk show on Blogging n present the brighter and actual side of blogging thingy….wat u say??? Its team to be a real celebrity blog,Adi!!!!

  • Standbymind

    (January 16, 2008 - 8:33 am)

    Pretty well said…
    Never saw the show..but this was inw hole dismay indeed…
    never expected this…

    but seems like all teh shows have Scripts..thats the way they are portyared…followed…storylines and all!!


    but it was dissappointing!!!

  • Bhuvan

    (January 16, 2008 - 9:13 am)

    Absolutely true. I’m glad someone too it personally and stood up. So much for being a celebrated blogger with loads of traffic but not being able to speak properly in front of a camera and an insane lady. Good work!

  • Nodreamtoobigforme

    (January 16, 2008 - 10:52 am)

    Good post. Well said. I agree to the point you made. I watched the show but turned it off after 10 min – couldnt stand it.

  • Shivoham

    (January 16, 2008 - 11:39 am)

    Hmmm… Bakhra sorry Barkha is an old hag… someone shd’ve bombed her during her Kargil days. I care a F&*%# about what she has to say or think about bloggers and thr blogs. I will continue to do what I am best at, Screw everyone from behind.. YOU TOO BRUTUS?!… Dear Barkha, in case if you have any health (Body related) issues, pls. visit and checkout the Daily column by Dr. Shivinder Sasta.

    Chief Brutus!

  • Sri Tatsat Mishra

    (January 17, 2008 - 10:27 am)

    I dont know what to say..You really took the last comment of mine seriously ( the one that talked about not-a-different-piece-of-work )…this is really a thought provoking write-up.Abhi kam se kam 2 baar padhna hoga–thori research karni hogi about Dutt n will get back to you …

  • Johnny Cigar

    (January 17, 2008 - 10:28 am)

    no doubt this episode is being talked about a lot on the blogsville..
    but i was surprised that you missed out on a very basic accusition..
    Barkha Dutt might have been carried away to get invovled in audience oriented, commercialized, voyeuristic journalism rather than putting in her usual quota of research on the topic..
    i think i am lucky that i missed the rajdeep and barkha are my two favorites..

  • Navab

    (January 17, 2008 - 10:28 am)

    Your expression of the show and aftermath is really interesting…While Bharkha was boring and irritating to some extent… Wait till you see the emo-drama loaded interviews of of Richa Anirudh on IBN-live. These interviews are a bastard child Fathered by Reality shows and mothered by K-Serials.
    The slo-mo scenes emphasizing the penury of participants are enhanced by adding a music track.

    Seems, the Jounalism is benchmarking against Masala movies for revenue these days.

    Cheers :-))
    U KNO HU

  • ursjina

    (January 17, 2008 - 10:28 am)

    i totally,completely,utterly agree

  • Silvara

    (January 18, 2008 - 7:41 am)

    I agree with you 200% Adi – I ranted about this just the other day as well…love the letter as well. Good stuff 🙂

  • TomnJerry07

    (January 18, 2008 - 7:42 am)

    it was a pretty bad show by barkha dutt. People expect better quality work from her.

  • !!!

    (January 19, 2008 - 10:24 am)

    I think what NDTV are doing basically is simple business need…
    The mass media is slowly but steadily feeling threatened by the mass blogging world… Dont they themselves highlight in their news shows how outrage is pouring in blgging world each time there is a horrific event…

    So they do know that there are tons of serious blogs out there…
    Its just that they are consciously underplaying that to give blogging a grey shade vis-a-vis mass media…

  • ♥bμşγ-ŵŗϊŧēŕ♥

    (January 19, 2008 - 10:24 am)

    well written. yes, true, oblivious to whatever i write on my blog, it does mean a lot to me. it IS a part of me!
    oh well, barkha dutt, she obviously dint do her recarch properly this time round.
    jeez, a totally biased telivision show, jeez, it cannot get worse!

  • (¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯)

    (January 21, 2008 - 5:45 am)

    people take blogging to weird levels. I would tell the people who are trying to be very bold and “honest” with their blogs, that i dont really care what is your sex life like and what you are trying to prove by confessing it to the audiences. write something people want to read, not how much sex you are and are not having.
    This topic is getting boring in this part of the world.

    Nice post though 🙂

  • Anonymous

    (January 21, 2008 - 7:40 am)

    Good Post.

  • *~*{Sameera}*~*

    (January 22, 2008 - 5:36 am)

    Sexuality is simply hyped on and off the net and nowadays blogs are falling victim to it.Guess she is yet to come across the blogger population which sees blogging as a medium of expression and not just as a virtual record of one’s life!

    Nice post dear 🙂

  • Adi Crazy

    (January 22, 2008 - 5:42 am)

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  • Sakhi

    (January 23, 2008 - 6:16 am)

    Nice post AdiCrazy. 🙂
    Like you said, I am glad we have a mind or our own.
    I have written a post myself on the topic, after watching the show.
    Cheers…S m i l e

  • Sri Tatsat Mishra

    (January 23, 2008 - 9:58 am)

    Hmm..Read that completely this time.I personally did not watch the show but I guess,its better that I did not.Now,I agree with the point that there is malicious content on blogs but tell me which part of internet ( or world ) there is not ? Its upto us as to what we look for,what we seek !!However,there is something which i honestly believe in– wearing black glasses would make the world black for you.That is to say- if you are out there to find the bads,you would find it no matter how many ‘goods’ queue to grab your attention.So, as I see it,blaming ANYTHING, ( yes I mean “anything”) is not the correct way of seeing it.And as far as blogging is concerned, its more about reflection rather than profection. ~~~ Peace~~~

  • ursjina

    (January 23, 2008 - 2:00 pm)

    i absolutely loved dat letter to hers…mirrors my feelings..:)great post…

  • durjoy datta

    (January 23, 2008 - 2:21 pm)

    didnt see it…but seems like everybody else did….and has the say things to say!!!
    hail all bloggers!!!!!

  • Silvara

    (January 25, 2008 - 11:08 am)

    Adi – you’re tagged my love!

  • Cin

    (January 25, 2008 - 11:08 am)

    Great post! I love your blog. BLOG ON!!


  • geet

    (January 25, 2008 - 11:08 am)

    how long are you going to stay angry 😀 *thats wht your status shows on this blog*

    come of it and write wht u doing now a days…coz am tired of not seeing any post every day i come to ur page *sigh* ..chill am kidding


    (January 27, 2008 - 6:58 am)

    i totally agree with u….technically i dunno wat to say and thats why im not saying much[lol if it makes sense 2 u]
    well most ppl dont think much of blogs but BARKHA DATT!!!!!!!!!! NOW DAT GETS AN OMG FROM ME!!!!!
    well actually ive heard of u but dunno u much…wud u mind telling me bout urself cos evry1 says ur a celb blogger…….cio

  • Sam

    (January 29, 2008 - 10:15 am)

    And lo, she is bestowed with the Padma award!! 😉

  • MeMyself_n_I

    (January 29, 2008 - 10:15 am)

    aargh…i had loads of respect for that woman. totally agree with you.wonder why people tend to generalize so much, especially when the generalization is pretty inaccurate.

  • MeMyself_n_I

    (January 29, 2008 - 10:15 am)

    aargh…i had loads of respect for that woman. totally agree with you.wonder why people tend to generalize so much, especially when the generalization is pretty inaccurate.

  • Espèra

    (January 30, 2008 - 7:41 am)

    Yeah, I saw that show.

    Possibly, you see, NDTV wanted popular bloggers. True that there ARE other genres of blogs and they are popular too, but sex is one topic that no one minds reading about. Which means that blogs that write about such stuff DO become popular, even if it’s just a wee bit.

    Which of course, is not fair.

    And I really don’t see the point of all the anonymity if they got so completely ‘exposed’ on national TV. I mean, if you do care, care enough to keep the bloggers’ identities secret or something!

  • geet

    (January 31, 2008 - 6:18 am)

    the donkey is cho cute “missing home”. take care

  • Nikhil

    (February 4, 2008 - 9:49 am)

    Oh Barkha Dutt, eh?!

    I had written an open letter to Suhasini Haider from CNN-IBN and to me pleasant surprise, she replied to it on my blog. Wondering if folks from NDTV watch out for what’s being said/written about thim.

  • Johnny Cigar

    (February 4, 2008 - 9:49 am)

    @ your comment on my blog,

    “this is a very subjective thing/post”
    subjective is what it is definitely not.
    you still want me to not call you dud?
    a huge disappointment from my favorite non celebrity blogger.
    the question has one proper noun as an answer.

  • ~Lord Anshul

    (February 5, 2008 - 12:50 pm)

    et tu barkha !! i though she was the one with maturity to understand responsibility of an unbiased and unadulterated media and one of the few good men. well i am thoroughly disappointed. though i have not seen the show, but somehow i dont feel surprised.

    These days Indian media reporters, especially these news channels are like TRP-hunters unleashed. Facts are always molded/distorted to spice up the story. Its fucking disgrace to media.

    And sex, i really cant understand the sentiments of media that why has it to be a central theme of any god damn discussion. rather stupid thought. and if a girl wants to discuss her sexuality so be it, what the fuck is their problem. censoring such blogs is an insult to fundamental right of freedom of speech. i hope they understand it.

    damn nice blog…i’ll try to be a regular 🙂

  • Ps

    (February 13, 2008 - 6:03 am)

    Oh my god–I am so glad i did not watch the show.
    I am writing an article right now on blogging ( a positive article) for a national newspaper–and I am so glad I got a chance to do it.
    I guess talking about sex is the easiest way to get the TRPs up.

  • manisha

    (April 11, 2008 - 10:05 am)

    i hapened to see the programme yaar!!! nd quite contrary i liked it… talking about sex as central topics…u knw d people who were summoned for discussion actually wrote on those topics…like d guy who was gay proclaimed it on national tv n said it on blog dat he writes bout his sexual preferences…nd jhumoor i supose..i evn hapened to see her blogt itled emancipation of the eve…she writes nly about peoples mentlity on sex…how do you expect that the topics wil b diverse then??..they shud have called people like us..he he…who tawk on myriad things like politics humor..blah blah!!! :)…dnt think m negating ur POV….u r exactly rite in ur own respect!! me!! 🙂

  • Ankit Gupta

    (June 10, 2008 - 1:47 pm)

    Great post…totally agree with you…
    personal blog – its a space for you where you can write just anything…blog are new age literature repositories in my view…i have read some of the best creative articles on blogs…
    n they aren’t abt sex, adultery, etc

  • Anonymous

    (June 13, 2008 - 5:17 am)

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    it is a new beta cms website ..

  • Cryptex

    (August 18, 2008 - 7:51 am)

    Something Barkha would never stand!! Critics.
    She knows a bit of bloggin, what she must understand the tip is all you know about the ice burg u were discussing.
    Only thing she wanted to do – create sensation by covering it on the talk show.

    Nice piece of writing, gal.

  • Recusant

    (August 21, 2008 - 11:32 am)

    Good Job…BARKHA DUTT is a moron. People have given her too much respect of which she is soundly unworthy. She is a narrow minded woman..who THINKS she is not…She is infact full of Bias and Bullshit! Anybody who watches her whole show will notice it themselves. She is a bloody whore sleeping with a Kashmiri Militant..just see her fully biased coverage of the Kashmir issue. That pig Sajjad Lone is always on her show..why? Coz he bangs her?? I wonder! I mean even by Kashmiri politics he is known to be insignificant! TRAITOR MORONIC BITCH

  • Adi Crazy

    (August 21, 2008 - 11:38 am)

    Cryptex: I know what you mean, gee! 🙂 And I m sure she doesnt understand a thing about blogging, or internet for that matter. Duh!

    Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  • Adi Crazy

    (August 21, 2008 - 11:39 am)

    Recusant: lol. I was shocked to hear her views on the Kashmir issue. The woman has nerves. Whoever allows her to speak such things on TV??

  • Recusant

    (August 22, 2008 - 8:52 am)

    Hey Adi,

    Read this excerpt from a mail my friend sent..just got to know this today..but no wonder..since the scales about Barkha have been falling from my eyes..more and more facts are coming to light…
    “About Barkha Dutta: I was in AWWA hostel, Delhi during Kargil War. Barkha Datta was covering the war. Remember there was a young Sardar Lt…I forget his name, now but he was invincible…till Ms Barkha put him on National News a night before he was to attack Tiger Hill. His location was supposed to be kept a secret and Barkha was supposed to air the episode after a few days. But she aired it the same day. That cost the life of that Lt. Few of my hostel mates knew his fiance’ and we came to know from them. Barkha comes from a defence background and yet she was such an idiot to air it or maybe she wanted to be famous overnight. Well she did become famous but a bunch of the army families involved know how to keep away from her and all that she claims. My husband had a very nice impression of Barkha, till I made him aware. Funny, these things dont come out in Public but I wonder how does she sleep at night. I still have to understand so many mysteries of life….”

  • Tejas Desai

    (November 28, 2008 - 6:09 pm)

    burkha dutt. you know who she is. she is a b*tch. i have never liked her… reason – she over sensationalises an issue with ridiculously manipulating the interviewee emotionally. do mark now on when she brings her filthy face on your tv, trying to act sympathetic, you will feel her disgusting vibes… she looks more like some voodoo doctor than a reporter.

    i typed ‘barkha + bitch’ and found this blog and without reading the article started commenting. reason – she is a bitch. just now (btw, i get a reason to condemn her everytime i see her face on my tv)she was reportiing from outside taj… 10 minutes back… ppl behind her according to her were shouting slogans … nothing was actually heard… but this is how she had to report…

    “…pranav( or whoever was in the studio), people behind me have started shouting slogans… some of them very dangerous… they are shouting anti pakistan slogans… we should not air such content…”

    f**Kyou barkha. stop farting. it stinks. you should learn how not to air your fart if its so dangerous… the people behind you didn’t fart so loud… had u not farted so loud, the air would have been cleaner…

  • Tejas Desai

    (November 29, 2008 - 7:12 am)

    i read your post after i left a comment. well all i needed to do is start a blog myself 😀 … so here i am… at

    the first post dedicated to great ms. burkha dutt!!! 😀

    tejas desai

  • Milestogo

    (December 3, 2008 - 5:06 am)

    Thanks for pointing me to the show. Actually, I reached here from Google. I was totally sad by the way Burkha Dutt reported the Mumbai blasts, where she was tipping off all the minute details in the midst, which was scaring me.

    Guess the show was a frantic attempt to act on the allegations against her, that she caused a few soldiers die in Kargil during her reporting.

    There is a few curious characteristics maintained all along the show :
    1) It never tried to reach any valuable conclusion
    2) Any serious points put forward was brutally ignored or laughed at, except a very few.
    3) Generalization and ignorance (Yea, “dinosaur age”).

  • Recusant

    (December 3, 2008 - 11:25 am)

    Milestogo – I totally agree bout Barkha Dutt…she is totally offensive. We all need to Boycott NDTV. Personally I switch off when I see her..but at times one does end up watching her…n i ALWAYS regret it. 🙁

  • Ratheesh Pisharody

    (December 5, 2008 - 5:26 am)

    Internet, and to be specific, activities like blogging are definitely proving competition to the media. And its seen, in their hurried reactions, such as the program being talked about.

    The media can try with all its might to show us down, they are free to. But you know what Gandhiji said ‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win’. Guess who wins!

  • Adi Crazy

    (December 5, 2008 - 5:44 am)

    Recusant: Thanks for sharing the mail…the woman is an idiot of the first order. After what she did in the Mumbai attacks, I hate her even more. Is this what you call journalism? Disgusting.

    Tejas: Totally agree with you. NDTV should chuck her out. I wonder with people like Pranoy and Srinivas Jain with them, why do they need this old hag?

    Milestogo: Exactly. No one understood what was the point she was trying to make at Taj or at Nariman House. In times of distress and outrage, she was saying things like “We should not show this on air, but ppl here at Nariman house are shouting Anti Pakistan slogans” – and she was live. What excuse does she has to go around treating ppl like shit? While covering the Delhi Blasts, she was in GK 1 Market an dwas pushing ppl out of the frame. She is so insensitive. Someone take her off air!

    Recusant: Again, I agree. I have already stopped watching NDTV. I think Times Now is Better. 🙂

    Ratheesh : 🙂 We-the people, win!

  • Recusant

    (December 5, 2008 - 6:13 pm)

    Hi everyone,
    Have you read this article by Barkha Dutt on hate groups targetting her.."".
    First of all she has become "we" and she thinks quoting names like Narayan Murthy n Salman Rushdie is a very intelligent thing to do! Just incase she (BD comes by and reads this…Madam when you try to buy, influence and subvert public opinion..atleast have this much sense as to understand that each individual THINKS for themselves. And I don't take cues to "think" in life from a Barkha Dutt, Narayan Murthy or Salman Rushdie! Please..the woman has lost it! Pathetic! ALSO MISS BD PLEASE NOTE : "You are too inconsequential for me to hate you. I simply detest you. And that you are a completely biased individual subverting your professional platform for questionable motives is very very very evident. Take one example – Can you explain why less than 24 hours into the Operation outside the Taj/Trident you call Alyque Padamsee and Javed Jaffrey and ask a leading question like, 'should we think about such attacks happen in the first place. What drives these men to such acts of desperation?!" and your stooge Mr. Javed Jaffrey promptly replies "I think all of this stems from injustice!". So while every true Indian is glued to the TV sets with a prayer in their heart and absolutely frayed emotions and anger at this vile attack on India, it's sovereignity and it's pride as well as on Innocent peace loving are trying to slip in your personal agenda of legitimizing Terrorism by suggesting it's cause is noble and HUMAN?!!! F@$%%&OFF!

  • Adi Crazy

    (December 5, 2008 - 6:18 pm)

    Recusant: Interesting article – there are and will be many instances when the government will not be ready for terror attacks – it is then the responsibility of the media to know when to back off. Besides what we all saw on NDTV portrays a completely different picture from Barkha’s sorry justification of bad journalism. She should know – actions speak louder than words. She is hopeless.

  • Adi Crazy

    (December 5, 2008 - 6:21 pm)

    Infact, the Times Now coverage was really good. Sensible and sensitive.

  • Recusant

    (December 5, 2008 - 7:15 pm)

    I agree Adi. Even the most efficient governments cannot completely avoid random terror attacks. They can just be well prepared for them. BUT one hopes the Media plays a fair and responsible role at difficult times. Too much to expect I guess!

  • Milestogo

    (December 8, 2008 - 7:09 am)

    @Recusant – Thank you for posting the link. It was indeed a nice read of journalist minds. So, what was the conclusion? As long as your area is not cordoned off, no ethics will stop the media to barge into it. The rest of the points are a little bit more understandable. This one is, hard to digest 🙂 Especially, when we saw they bash into the Taj after the operation, to show us the amount of destruction done. There were shrill police whistles in the background, asking them not to stay there. Still, they stayed and we heard more. 🙂

    Yes, action speaks louder than words. By the way, has anyone come across any solid statement about “Barkha-Kargil” controversy, which she strongly denies, but many has spoken? Any truth in it?

  • Milestogo

    (December 8, 2008 - 7:10 am)

    Adi – I posted this yesterday, and I guess I lost it before submitting. If you already got the first, just delete this one.

    Recusant – Thank you for the link ( Barkha Dutt has every right to be concerned, both about blogging and about allegations, because most of them personally target her. I admit that it was a nice read and I would have agreed to the point 1, if I hadn't saw the Taj after the war, through ndtv. They led us via the camera through shattered glasses, and broken window panes, while there was obvious shrill whistles of the police in the background and their commands to move out, which was not given due care, till they forced it for a third time. Anyway, rather than taking things personally, d doing blame games on the system, let them analyze if they could have done better, and do corrections wherever required.

  • Recusant

    (December 9, 2008 - 2:22 pm)

    milestogo – I have no proof of the Kargil thing. Not that we as laymen can hope to have. But the fact that recently the Naval chief lashed out aginst her says a lot. Also, for me personally now, I have developed a strong negative perception about her. U could call it a bias but her continued anti-national, anti-bjp stance, which she is unable to forget for a moment even while covering news which is national and not partisan is too off-putting for me.
    Also generally speaking about journos: The landscape of journos is symbolic of any kind of population in it film industry, politics, civil admin. A few gems scattered among useless stones. I wonder if a lot of journo’s who we see on TV are school drop-outs. They look like louts who are unabashed and audacious rather than intelligent or aware. Also, very sadly even some of the good guys, seem to have embraced the ideal that it’s not news unless it either sensational or controversial!!!

  • Dhruvin Dashani

    (December 13, 2008 - 5:41 pm)

    Hi.. ! happened to be visiting your space.. !

    Well said.. 🙂

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  • $$

    (January 20, 2010 - 2:44 am)

    Brilliantly written and I cannot agree more to you!

    Cheers! 🙂

  • Swati

    (January 21, 2010 - 9:27 am)

    I agree 100%

  • Anonymous

    (December 13, 2010 - 11:10 am)

    Very well said.. couldn't agree more.

  • Anoop

    (March 17, 2016 - 2:17 pm)

    Barkha dutt and few more reporters are being funded by anti-Indian organization to destabilize India.

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