ramana wrote:The removal of MJ Akbar from Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle, has sent a chill down the dissenters and even more removed a platform to express dissent. This is the Emergency without the hardface. Asian Age had little circulation limited to Delhi but was in every home of the chatterati. Pioneer just doesnt hav ethe circulation. and MJA did have marquee value.
Internet does not have the reach. Very good move by PMO and INC minions. And they claim to be followers of Jawahar Lal Nehru how was for unversal adult franchise for all Indians. This is dictatorship by stealth and even worse despotism in the modern world.
Behind the facade of Welloff Modern Indian hides the antedeluvian Indian who reveals himself when cornered or looses the arguement.
UPA has lost the arguement on the deal after Hyde Act was passed and is resorting to the power of the Indian state to psuh the deal will nilly. And as the media is bought off by Western interests, Indina interests are being let down.
High preists of the scientific stablishement are hiding behind the protection of Official Secrets Act and getting away with it.
Ramana, do you think the UPA will get away with it, though? I don't think they will.
For the last several months, the pro-deal spin has been that the Left would fold, or the BJP would compromise, etc., etc. But none of those scenarios have panned out.
The UPA's this-deal-is-inevitable spin is being revealed as simply that: spin. And thus its power is greatly diminished.
Regarding the Internet not having the "reach" in India of traditional media: well, then, it's our responsibility of extending its reach. I would encourage every Indian who opposes this deal to email their friends and family about it, referencing the websites of Brahma Chellaney or Vikram Sood.
This battle is winnable.