I think the most pathetic sight in entire Mamelukdom is peeps writing in India Today’s very own DailyO to sing praises of Rajdeep Sardesai. Is he really *that* insecure? Maybe getting shellacked miserably in the ratings by Arnab Goswami has left Rajdeep so needy and desperate for validation… I like that 🙂
Just read this in the DailyO 🙂
“Rajdeep Sardesai has finally thrown his experienced hat in the ring of the ongoing “nationalism vs. anti-nationals” debate with this intrepid and no-nonsense article in the Hindustan Times. The India Today consulting editor, in a masterstroke, has claimed “I too am an anti-national” and has gone on to put up a fierce and eloquent defence of the argument. While we urge Mr Sardesai to pen such gallant belles-lettres for DailyO as well, we give you the four moot points that we think he’s tried to make. ”
Baap re… experienced, intrepid, no-nonsense, masterstroke, fierce, eloquent, gallant belles-lettres… Any adjectives left? I think even Diggy chacha would say that this kind of fawning is not the right way to raise a Shehzada 🙂 🙂
Don’t be surprised if the next DailyO article has something like this for Rajdeep:
Perhaps they could put a picture of Rajdeep “gallantly” and “fiercely” riding a horse, his arm raised to execute a “masterstroke” of terror into the hearts of all bhakts at Madison Square Garden…
Nevertheless, let’s find out about Rajdeep’s “no-nonsense” article and its four moot points
“As per law. As Mr Sardesai writes, “Yes, I am anti-national because while I am discomfited by the slogan shouting at JNU in support of Parliament terror convict Afzal Guru, I do not see it as an act of sedition”…. Alternative views, no matter how tempestuous or volatile, must be entertained and patiently heard out in a functioning democracy.”
You don’t have to convince us, Mr. Sardesai that you are anti-national. You somehow seem to think that your confession has left us in shock and awe. We always knew that you are anti-national and that you wear it as a badge of honor.
As for alternative views no matter “how tempestuous or volatile”, it would have been better if you had written this in 2007 when the BJP, then the country’s largest opposition party was about to be banned by the Election Commission for expressing its anti-Muslim views in a CD.
“Nationalism isn’t anyone’s private property, and no one party or individual has the final word on it. This is a work in progress, an ongoing, and possibly never-ending debate, which must go on to expand its own ambit and underscore individual rights and liberties over and above narrow majoritarian impulses….”
Neither is secularism. No one party or individual has the final word on it. Forget nationalism and secularism, first of all let us remember that the nation itself is not private property of one individual or party. See if you can digest that.
“India’s inherent pluralism : Mr Sardesai, who calls himself a “proud Hindu” – a description most forcefully and frequently used by the rightwing Hindutva trolls – and says he wakes up to Gayatri mantra, nevertheless declares he likes his beef steak and pork sorpotel too, as well as the customary Diwali shrikhand. I celebrate the rich diversity of my country through food: ”
I see that he forgot to mention how the celebration of the diversity of wildlife by eating deer and giraffe. Nevertheless, Mr. Sardesai I am ready to call myself a proud secular .. a description most forcefully and frequently used by liberal patrakars. You know I celebrate the diversity of my nation too…I sacrifice my sleep each morning to the sound of Azaan blaring from mosque loudspeakers.
“Constitution, above it all : The robust text that is the Indian Constitution, drafted by that eminent lawyer-thinker-philosopher BR Ambedkar, is something Mr Sardesai holds in high esteem. As we infer, he places it above any holy book, despite being a proud Hindu.”
Well, your inference is wrong.
Insult the nation and he is ready to tolerate. Insult the Prophet and he wants the “offender” to be put inside a jail cell. This is not enough. He also asks that the Muslim cleric who called for beheading that “offender” should be allowed to go inside the same cell.
So, Prophet above nation?
Here is the last line from the DailyO article:
“In solidarity, Mr Sardesai. In solidarity and respect. ”
A bit of disappointment. The correct way to end is ” We remain Rajdeep ji, ever at your feet“.