Indian TV channels going beyond all acceptable limits- T.J.S.George

Inaugurating a State-level workshop on Media—changing times’ organised by the Kerala Press Academy in association with the Calicut Press Club at the Centre for Information and Guidance India (CIGI) in the city on Friday,veteran journalist T.J.S. George said:

It is sad that even the critics of corrupt and unscrupulous tendencies in the media soon became its imitators. The growing greed for revenue is fast institutionalising degeneration in media… The fact that certain media organisations easily succeeded in minimising the importance of an editor in a newspaper and gradually eliminated that very post replacing it with a marketing officer is a clear indicator of were the industry was heading to in the recent times. It is a move that clearly established their zero social responsibility as a media organisation.

The famous editor and columnist also maintained that he was of the view that a regulatory authority for media was essential in the current scenario. He said:

“Self-regulation is not happening and media, especially television channels, are going beyond all acceptable limits.” 

In his column ” Freedom Must Be Earned”  in Outlook magazine George says:

In India’s current situation, the difference between print and visual media cannot be over-emphasised. It’s not just oranges and apples. It’s more like Greek and Mongol civilisations. Print, when it was alone in the field, acquitted itself reasonably well, the black sheep remained identifiable as black sheep. In TV journalism, there is so much muck flying about that black sometimes looks grey while white sometimes looks blue and sometimes like Cheshire cats. 

Read the full column in Outlook: Freedom Must Be Earned

Mamata gags the Dodhichi newsletter

Now, it is the turn of the alternative media in West Bengal to be at the receiving end of governmental intolerance. There is a clampdown on a unique mobile alert service in Kolkata, writes RANJIT SUR in The HOOT.

The Mamata Banerjee Government in West Bengal is trying its best to gag the language media. It is not news anymore. To some extent she is exposed in this regard, and people are protesting against such a move. But gagging a small but very important alternative media centre remained out of sight of the people. It is mainly because the big press or the corporate media have not shown any interest over it. Moreover, most of the media persons even do not understand what alternative media could be. So the news of gagging of  the Dodhichi Newsletter did not find any place in any major publication in Kolkata, in print or on TV media, barring a line or two in a couple of news media.

What is the Dodhichi Newsletter? According to its director, Dr Shyamal Roy, “Dodhichi Newsletter is a Kolkata-based cellphone text messaging service disseminating information, news, and views not appearing in the mainstream media.” It is in operation running since 2010. In a letter addressed to Home Secretary, Government of India, Dr Ray said: “ Our service provides a platform to hundreds of freelance news-gatherers, social and cultural activists, and NGOs and reaches out to a select list of thousands of message receivers, among them MPS, MLAs, Ministers, political leaders as well as eminent personalities in various fields.“
This writer himself is a message receiver and sender listed with Dodhichi. It’s a unique service, at least in Kolkata. There is no other service of this kind here. During the last two and a quarter years it has provided wonderful service to all the mass organisations and their activists.
Whenever an organisation calls for a demonstration or rally, or any State crackdown occurs on any mass organisation, a single text message (SMS) sent to Dodhichi was enough to inform and mobilise all the activists. Through the Dodhichi mobile newsletter the SMS containing the information reached hundreds of interested persons within seconds. Within a short time, the activists could decide on their duty or they could assemble at the place of demonstration or at the site of the happenings.
During the last months of Budhadeb Bhattacharjee government Mamata Banerjee got the benefit of this service, as it was the time of anti- government and anti-establishment mass movements.
(Read the full article in The Hoot: Dodhichi Newsletter

India’s @Pooja Patel twitter trend: Good Morning!I have been receiving far too many morning kisses frm you ..Flying Kisses to all!

Pooja Patel: @Poojapatel: Good Morning !! I have been receiving far too many morning kisses msgs frm you .. Its crazy stuff !! Flying Kisses to all !!

Tweeted Pooja Patel this (saturday 5 2012) morning to her 21268 follower !!!

In the past few days, Twitter has been abuzz with one name—Pooja Patel. All that the followers of her Twitter handle @Poojapatel, know is that she is a Gujarati girl, and  has set her location as New Delhi/Auckland. Her profile reveals that she has only tweeted 40-odd-times, but has over 21,000 plus,  followers. All thanks to her display picture. #PoojaPatel that is driving everyone on twitter crazy! People are tweeting about this Pooja Patel so much that the topic has already started trending in 7 countries!!!

But if you want to know the REAL story behind #PoojaPatel, read on! Here is the scoop, @PoojaPatel came alive on twitter after not tweeting for nearly 3 years… the trend actually started when @shadez discovered that this @PoojaPatel  hadn’t tweeted, but one tweet and had 20K followers! A couple of his followers took notice, and well… that is how the trend began!

After 3 years of not tweeting, and magically tweeting the day your name begins to trend was quite fishy to some people. People believe @PoojaPatel’s account is hacked, and is being operated by someone else. Whatever it may be… thank you for the Internet entertainment! Almost 24 hours later and #PoojaPatel is still trending…. wow… I am speechless!

The first tweet on her profile is from February 13, 2009, says, “searching for some good friends (sic).”

And it seems she only re-opened her Twitter account on May 2 this year, and her second tweet that comes after almost two-and-a-half years reads, “OMG ! So Many messages… : ) (sic)”

And by then her name was surprisingly trending, which prompted tweets like, “I was wondering why twitter spammed me with emails today.. now i look at this place..(sic)”; and “ppl sending me strange messages that are not even funny..(sic).”

It is anybody’s guess whether her profile is fake or real, but it sure reveals a lot about the wonders of a revealing display picture and how socila media has made it easy for nobody’s to achieve fame overnight.

One of Pooja’s tweets reads, “Who is Pooja Patel ? – A : am a girl on a secret mission, and no i havent been offered a bollywood movies yet… lol ..(sic)” Well, going by her ability to grab eyeballs she could sure land some plump Bollywood projects.


India witness Nuclear War 50,000 year ago!!!

Evidence at Mohenjo-Daro

When excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro reached the street level, they discovered skeletons scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place. People were just lying, unburied, in the streets of the city.

Skeletons found at Harrappa were among the most radioactive ever found, on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And these skeletons are thousands of years old, even by traditional archaeological standards. What could cause such a thing? Why did the bodies not decay or get eaten by wild animals? Furthermore, there is no apparent cause of a physically violent death. These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal. Other cities have been found in northern India that show indications of explosions of great magnitude. One such city, found between the Ganges and the mountains of Rajmahal, seems to have been subjected to intense heat.

Huge masses of walls and foundations of the ancient city are fused together, literally vitrified! And since there is no indication of a volcanic eruption at Mohenjo-Daro or at the other cities, the intense heat to melt clay vessels can only be explained by an atomic blast or some other unknown weapon. The cities were wiped out entirely.

While the skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC, we must keep in mind that carbon-dating involves measuring the amount of radiation left. When atomic explosions are involved, that makes then seem much younger.

 Giant Unexplained Crater Near Bombay

by David Hatcher Childress

Nexus Magazine

Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Bombay. The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometers northeast of Bombay and aged at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity.

 No trace of any meteoric material, etc., has been found at the site or in the vicinity, and this is the world’s only known “impact” crater in basalt. Indications of great shock (from a pressure exceeding 600,000 atmospheres) and intense, abrupt heat (indicated by basalt glass spherules) can be ascertained from the site.

Read the full article in Kractivist : Nuclear Events in Ancient India