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Partisan Sun TV?

Originally posted here.

My parents have been very concerned about the situation in Bangalore and from what I hear from them, Sun TV’s reportage is to blame. They have been reporting that the Tamils are being hounded in Karnataka and the truth is far from it. It could be that my parents are hyper-sensitive when it comes to my safety, but I am not ready to give Sun TV the benefit of the doubt. I hear the same story from a couple of other friends here in Bangalore. If banning Tamil channels is an assault on one’s right to information, watching Sun news is an assault on one’s intelligence!

16 Responses to Partisan Sun TV?

  1. Gaurav February 8, 2007 at 7:38 am #


    A request, can you or someone else do a write up on politics of river,
    I find it interesting, even North has disputes between state regarding water sharing, but they never raise such kind of public passion, mostly a football match between bureaucrats and politicians.

  2. Reason February 8, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    From what I hear, the ‘grim’ coverage in SUN TV started not on monday – it was celebration time then – but around wednesday.
    The TN politicians are making this a ‘win-over-karnataka’ affair. After the initial misrepresentation of the award died down, SUN TV may now be trying to deflect attention from the truth.

    Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s handling of this issue and the way he has restricted his public comments are extremely commendable – even after some provocation from KA congress circles. I will vote for him just for this.

  3. Sriram February 8, 2007 at 9:02 am #

    Reason, Kumaraswamy has been really watching his words. On Monday he said he couldnt comment on the issue before reading the entire report while MK was all beaming and called the verdict a triumph of justice.

    Gaurav, I am passing on the request to other signallers. I dont consider myself an expert in the politics of rivers :)

  4. madhu February 8, 2007 at 4:14 pm #

    Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy’s handling of this issue and the way he has restricted his public comments are extremely commendable – even after some provocation from KA congress circles. I will vote for him just for this.

    Well i agree with reason on this one.Kumarswamy has handled this volatile situation quite well. He could easily have pointed fingers back at the congress and claim that they manipulated the verdict to suit their DMK allies and to take revenge on his govt for toppling the congress led govt in the state a year ago. That is what is being said on the streets of Bangalore.And any lesser man in his place would have loved to ride this wave of passion and score some cheap political points.

    But he has shown great restraint and maturity in dealing with the situation.He also persuaded the various organisations to postpone their bandh to Feb 12th because of the Aero-India show.Goes on to prove that one does need to have a CV like Manmohan singh to be a sensible leader.

    And now it looks like the verdict was not as one sided as it looked when it was announced.

  5. Reason February 8, 2007 at 5:25 pm #

    >> And now it looks like the verdict was not as one sided as it looked when it was announced.

    Madhu – the handling of sharing during distress does appear one-sided, after reading DH’s take on that. But it is also true that this award removes some one-sided restrictions imposed on karnataka in the 1991 interim award.

    I will just trust Fali Nariman :-) Probably that is what Kumaraswamy is doing as well.

  6. Sriram February 9, 2007 at 9:43 am #

    Outlook on why Kumaraswamy is silent.

    But I’d say take Outlook with a BIG pinch of salt!

  7. Reason February 9, 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    Sugata at outlook is not upto speed with stop press situation – she(?) says tamil nadu government gave a quick spin of victory. But today Karunanidhi has said he thought ‘the entire 419 tmcft will come from karnataka’ – at hindu http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/09/stories/2007020906690100.htm
    And outlook quotes Fali Nariman as saying something, but according to deccan herald report, that is not what Nariman said – do you believe a seasoned pro like Nariman will say that within seconds of a 1000-page order? BTW, that is exactly the line congress used in the all party meet – coincidence?
    Dont take outlook with a pinch of salt – just flush it down the toilet :-)
    At the risk of promoting my post, I would like you to go thru the links in my post http://vichaarah.blogspot.com/2007/02/river-story-contd.html
    Bottomline is, this article is an indication that Kumaraswamy’s handling of this is rattling the powers that have outlook by their watchamacallit, and that is good news!

  8. shiva February 9, 2007 at 3:20 pm #

    The Outlook article by Srinivasaraaju is almost bakwas. The author begins grandly promising to tell us why Gowda Jr., is keeping quiet about the verdict and meanders on and on without telling us why. The author mistakenly traces the recent 40-year long Kannada-Tamizh/Kar-TN hostility to the 1924 Kaveri waters award. There’s almost no scholoraly work on this fascinating subject and even “scholars” such as Janaki Nair (used to work at MIDS in Chennai) makes sweeping conclusions about the animosity without a clue. Let this non-scholar paint a picture. The DMK movement has built its popularity by fashioning itself as the preserver of mythical Tamizh heritage and tradition that it has invented. The DMK of course has no ideological fount, and has always lacked the resources to develop ideas, and simply borrowed from the mythical Aryan-Dravidian divide dreamt up by mischievous colonials who ran riot in India in the 18th and 19th centuries. Unfortunately a viler band of academic frauds is sustaining this body of ideas at some Western universities, all in an effort to undermine the study of Sanskrit. Tamizh and Sankrit of course have always been the twin eyes of Indic culture (with the more ancient Munda and other languages being the inspiration) and possibly linguistic chauvanism has been an alien idea to the people of India. Now when the DMK began to go berserk with its new Tamizh and Dravidian identity during the ’50s, one of the harebrained ideas dreamt up then was the carving out of a Dravida Naadu consisiting of the Southern States. This sentiment found almost no resonance in Kerala which had by then left the ideas of the past well behind, and in AP with the strong Congress presence and links with the rest of India (because of the other influences) no one bothered. In Karnataka the idea found some sympathy as then Kannada speakers were beginning to stir themselves after a long period of “domonation” by non-Kannada speakers retained by the erstwhile princely state of Mysore or the British Cantonment. But when the Kannadigas found that this Dravida Naadu was going to be Tamizh imperilistic construction with the other “Dravidian languages” playing 2nd fiddle, interest in the idea quickly waned. Later as the politics of TN took a bizarre turn with the ascendance of actors, stand-ins, vamps, and comics, Karnataka and others (just as Malayalis did earlier) adopted a supercilious air towards TN. TN on its own of course went thru bouts of language hysteria, blowing up Hindi Prachar Sabhas, blacking out signs printed in Hindi, and banning Hindi movies every now and then. This seemed to be a good idea to the Kannda Chaluvaligars who diecided to target all “outsider” languages including Tamizh! The ascendance of the BJP in Karnataka has calmed Kannada chauvanism to some extent. Strangely Janaki Nair insists on the opposite! The Tamizhan at home is quite insular and refuses to learn any other language but his own, especially in and around Madras. But Tamizhars in other parts of the State are different. As Hindi opens the door to government jobs, people in the smaller towns of TN scramble to learn it.

    So then why is Kumaraswamy quiet. Maybe he is listening to Narayanamurthy, Premji and other wise souls, who have told him to be mature and not throw the city out of gear. Maybe he is getting some very sound economic and technical advice unlike the DMK louts in Madras who will take this award as license to pump the Kaveri dry.

  9. RS February 10, 2007 at 6:07 am #

    Wonder how Kumaraswamy would have responded if he was in the opposition when this happened?

  10. suri February 10, 2007 at 9:49 am #


    I liked your commentary on the latest cauvery episode. These DMK blokes are the pioneers of many of India’s ills. To this day they are fooling the illiterate Tamilians with language chauvinism. Unfortunately the Kannada protagonists are following the same model. For God’s sake, leave the Cauvery issue to the experts. I wish these Politicians show some statesmanship and advocate give and take policy. Afterall, water is a basic to life and let’s have an equitable sharing policy. Kannadigas, by nature, are genial and broadminded. Let them not be pushed to a corner by the self serving politicians and goons.

  11. Reason February 10, 2007 at 10:37 am #

    >> Wonder how Kumaraswamy would have responded if he was in the opposition when this happened?

    Wonder how congress would have responded if they were in power when this happened. But wait – may be I need not wonder – they *were* in power in 1991 when *that* happened.

  12. karnataka lover February 10, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    hindi movies were never banned in madras, as far i know.

    But tamils have a distinct identity.That is a fact.But their chauvinism is the problem.

    HDK has handled the situation very well.But even ,an affirmed KL like me ,(i am made fun of in my house,my brother-in-law who studied in bangalore,says life is much more complex)am finding there is so much disinformation and ill-will.This does not bode well.

  13. shiva February 11, 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    These cultural bans are not long term, only happen in brief bouts of chauvanism. And yes everyone is distinctive, not just Tamilians. That’s the profoundness of India. We have lived together for 1000s of years accepting differences. Post 1947 our stupid ideologues have many times managed to choke that vitality. The “Dravidian” movement – let’s ignore the irony of an “anti-Sanskritic idea choosing a Sanskrit label ‘Dravidian” for itself! – has all the marks of what our left loons love to dub “fascist”. It hasa mythical past (10,000s of years of history, Lemuria and all that), modern exclusivity us vs. they, construction of the other out of non-Tamilians and their entire culture, a muleheaded refusal to learn or talk in any other language than Tamil (save English); and a organised and “State supported” violence against people of non-Tamil origin and cultural symbols. When I posed these questions to Janaki Nair – a Malayali from Bangalore and a native leftist (who tries to anchor leftism in local cultures (one of the many virulent strains of commie’ism) she squirmed uncomfortably and waffled about how one “must understand spontaneous reactions expressing subaltern sentiment” or some such nonsense.

  14. Reason February 11, 2007 at 5:21 pm #

    You rock.
    >> one “must understand spontaneous reactions expressing subaltern sentiment”
    The leftist ‘philosophies’ are so crappy (possibly next only to dravida philosophy) they need those words. Just for kicks, I googled subaltern and the results were revealing.
    You must also read some of the writings of one Kalpana Kannabiran. Pure fun.

  15. shiva February 12, 2007 at 2:57 am #

    Kalpana Kannabiran is related to the notorious KG Kannabiran a apologist for naxalite thugs and commie crooks. These folks are paper tigers and at their best as long as they stay confined to the pages of “The Hindu”. Off there they are cowards. India’s left loons are like bullies everywhere cowards. They shd be confronted and their fraud exposed. As for pretenders like Krishworld they aren’t even worth contempt. So shallow and stupid their line is.

  16. karnataka lover February 12, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    you are a voice of reason.