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Shekhar Gupta turns out to be a useless Congress lackey, after all. I’m switching him off.

A few days ago, Supratim suggested that Shekhar Gupta is a sensible Indian journalist. I tried out a few of his articles, and today, read this one. I'm sorry, Supratim, but I'm done with this fool. He makes the most absurd statements!

(a) "Over the past three weeks I have been stopped by ordinary people at airports, in shopping malls, at a petrol pump, in a spiritual ashram, at the national athletic games in Bangalore and so on with a question that seems to have become a clamour: why are you in the media so scared of the Gandhis? Why is no one exposing their humongous stash overseas? It is all bunkum, of course"

(b) Re: MMS "He is still trusted and respected as one of our most selfless, honest leaders ever."

I'm sorry, Supratim, but I'm getting out of this guy's RSS feed right now! He showed promise in his previous article that I thought was otherwise brilliant – despite strong pro-Congress proclivities which I pointed out. I thought he was talking some sense – which is a rarity in an Indian journalist. But this article is BEYOND ridiculous.

Shekhar thinks that people of India are fooled so easily! (I had used stronger words earlier, but a friend suggested I don't have to do that to get my message across. I agree.) He is writing as if he were paid to prepare a defence of the Congress "high command" in the media. I don't say he is being paid but by making such statements he is displaying ZERO interest in finding out the truth. At one time there was a man called Arun Shourie who headed Indian Express. What happened to that independence? That courage?

The Congress is THE MOST THOROUGHLY CORRUPT ENTITY – perhaps the most corrupt of any country, and MMS heads this THOROUGHLY CORRUPT ENTITY in Parliament. How in heaven's name can this man MMS be even REMOTELY considered honest? And how does Shekhar so blithely dismiss the foreign holdings of the leaders of Congress? What nonsense does Shekhar spout.

I'm off Indian journalists, Supratim. They are all lackeys of one party or other.

No one has the courage to put out an independent opinion, the unadulterated truth. We are left to our own devices (and experience).

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14 thoughts on “Shekhar Gupta turns out to be a useless Congress lackey, after all. I’m switching him off.
  1. Supratim

    Just saw this post, Sanjeev, on Shekhar Gupta.
    I fully agree with your second comment – about Gupta's gratuitous freeie to MMS – who, in India, really holds MMS to be honest any longer??? But, it could also be seen as a further suggestion to MMS to speak up, instead of staying silent – similar to pleas from people (mainly the middle-class)  who believed in MMS in the past.
    RE: your first comment – I think that is pulled out of context. Gupta is talking about the conspiracy theories, when he says bunkum – to take that and imply that he is rubbishing the swiss banks issue is a huge stretch. Given the amount of conspiracy theories that float around in India, it is not an invalid remark.
    I have heard Gupta speak in semi-public gatherings on a few occasions (both paid and unpaid speaker slots) – and he does not pull any punches. If anything, he can be accused of a BJP bias, not a Congress one.
    On balance, having read Gupta for the past 7-8 years, I still hold him to the most thoughtful and incisive print journalist in india, among political commentators.

  2. Sameer

    The only journalist I respect (I've used the word on purpose) today is P.Sainath. He's apolitical to the core, despite an ideological bent to the left. Though to his credit, I have not come across a single write-up of his (and I've been reading him for close to 20 years now) where he has praised the reds. He's objective, observant & has a lovely sense of humour. His columns can be read here.


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