Das ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das:  Journalists and media owners are no longer considered holy cows and often criticised, rightly or wrongly. Your comments?

05 Feb,2020

Okay, yet another tricky question. And once again we don’t have to explain why. Without further ado: Das ka Dum by Dr Bhaskar Das. Read on…


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Q. In the late 1980s when Ramnath Goenka started a campaign against Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress folk didn’t vilify him. Yes, cases were file against him. And then there was a Hindustan Times editor who was found to be plagiarising. But journalists and media owners were still considered holy cows and never damned. That’s not the case now, with owners and journos being criticised, rightly or wrongly. Your comments on this?


A. Right or wrong is very relative, depending on the affected party. From a compassionate point of view, I feel that everyone reacts (in an everything-instant age) , as opposed to respond, to a situation depending on the dominating mores of the relevant times. So my response to your questions was resembled well with Charles Dickens:  it is  the best of times, it is the worst of times, it is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness, it is the epoch of belief, it is the epoch of incredulity, it is the season of light, it is the season of darkness, it is the spring of hope, it is the winter of despair. (Needless to say I have taken the liberty of converting the past to present tense but the lines are redolent with fragrance of the times we live in).


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