So, yesterday was a time of much glee for the right wing as NDTV’s Prannoy Roy finally was shown his place. If Modi can touch the king of dynastycrooks, he can touch anybody. This realization sent a cold shiver through Lutyens Delhi. You can sense the fear and surprise in the panic tweets posted by the cocktail elite.
Relax Ram Chuha relax. Sit down. Don’t strain your vocal chords. You have a lot of screaming left to do. The party has just started. The fun is only beginning.
Coming back to earth, just because there has been one raid on Prannoy Roy doesn’t mean that the objectives of the Right wing have been achieved. It never ceases to amaze me how much hold the Dynasty has over the media.
By the way, I have a suggestion : BJP should now spread the “news” of “Modi unhappy” over the CBI raid on Prannoy Roy. Wouldn’t that be delicious irony? LOL!
Speaking of which, I have a serious question:
Has the Indian media ever written an article critical of Sonia Gandhi?
This question has always been in my mind, but I have never actually gotten around to asking it.
Any example will do. Of course, it is preferred if the article was written during the 2004-2014 period, but honestly, I don’t think that is even possible. At least, someone somewhere must have written something critical of Sonia Gandhi. At least after 2014.
Even today, with Congress reduced to ruling only one large state and with 44 MPs in the Lok Sabha, we have to strain hard to find a line of criticism against Sonia Gandhi. It tells you all you need to know about the “establishment” and the “deep state”.
The only way perhaps to understand Sonia Gandhi is to think about “Big Brother” from George Orwell’s 1984. It is never quite clear whether Big Brother is an actual person.
I have sometimes wondered the same about Sonia Gandhi. Is she a real person? I turn on the news media and I can hear Sonia Gandhi speak in a thousand different ways through every elite news anchor out there. But we never actually know if Sonia Gandhi said anything.
Just like in Orwell’s 1984, the large posters of “Big Brother is watching you” are everywhere. On every screen. But is Big Brother really watching? Did Big Brother actually say anything? Does Big Brother even exist?
The infamous “Sonia unhappy” meme can be understood similarly. We tend to understand “happy” or “unhappy” in a very ordinary human sense. Not so with Big Brother or Sonia Gandhi. Sonia ji can be “happy” on one channel and “unhappy” on another. It is meaningless to talk about Sonia ji’s “actual feelings” because there is no such thing. Her “feelings” are just establishment propaganda, which changes as per the audience, the context and the instructions of the day.
This was best illustrated that one time Salman Khursheed told a rally somewhere in UP that Sonia ji had cried on seeing the dead terrorists at Batla House. When confronted about this, the Congress party explained that no such thing happened.
What was more interesting was Khursheed’s defense : where he explained that this was “just an anecdote”.
Huh? An imagined anecdote?
It actually makes perfect sense when you realize that Sonia Gandhi is just an “idea”, the face that the establishment chooses to present before the world. According to the choice of the establishment, the face can cry or not cry or even do both at the same time.
To understand their “idea of India”, you have to understand the “idea of Sonia”.