Archive for November 23, 2016

‘Global Citizen Concert.. Who?

Let’s get past the obvious. The Global Citizen concert was littered with a-listers like Chris Martin from Coldplay, Jay-Z and Demi Lavato.

I found it very amusing that there were hoardings that said that this was about ending extreme poverty.

There is a back story to this. PM Narendra Modi attended one of these one year back and used a Star Wars quote, ‘Let the force be with you.’ Wolverine was looking over him. (Power move!)

Am sure not many went through the pre-interviews that the CEO, Hugh Evans, Global Citizen went through on how the PM invited him to make a change. (watch here). He actually said that “they come for Beyonce and they stay because they become global citizens,”

I am really not sure how the people who attended the concert and why do they care about exterme poverty?

A PM who is demonised for his policy decision to demonetize Indian currency. A controversial media environment.

I promise you, most people who attended the concert were there for Coldplay and it was awesome!

Greatest moment of their lives?! What happened to exterme poverty? who carries that forward?

Am really not sure how all those hoardings, media campaigns which paid for the concert ever got through an electorate that stands in line for a Rs. 100 note.

This was about Coldplay. We all liked it.

No one cares about the anti-India disgrace flag-in-the -pocket issue.

We got a great show! Extreme poverty? Who cares, right?

What’s the plan? Were they pushing for any policy change? How can we end poverty in this country? If you attended this and were there for a great time, no skin off my back. I hope you loved it.
How do we fight extreme poverty? Anyone?

The irony is that we now have precedent in multiple countries who voted against global citizen out of power.

So what now?


Arnab Goswami’s Will McAvoy moment?

Hey there,

Am sure those in news media, public relations and communication have been following the sensational resignation of Times Now and ET Now editor, Arnab Goswami. At the outset, this is not a commentary on Arnab’s ‘Newshour’ and ‘Frankly Speaking’. I have been following the story and here are my two cents.

For those uninitiated, The Newsroom is a TV Series, described as a political drama by Wikipedia and it aired on HBO. The most watched scene from the series’s first episode, is a passionate lament of William McAvoy at a university panel to the question, “What makes America the greatest country in the world?” (watch here) 

I can’t help but think that Arnab is going through some sort of a moment of his own. The kind that led Jerry MacGuire to write his memo. We all know he had us at “Hello” before screaming “Show me the money!” (no jab, love the movie)

There are a few things which are apparent from his speech in Goa – 1) He fought the left liberal media bias (NDTV?) 2) He doesn’t like the fact that news media reporting centers around Delhi 3) Sees no issue with editorializing media reporting in an opinion show that stands for what he believes.

Here’s what I have been thinking about. How does the establishment divide masses on a newly formed fundamental that allows us to express, justifiably? In my opinion, it is liberal and conservative, going forward. Clearly, our friends have been watching the US elections 2016, keenly.

Is Arnab going to be the next Bill O’Reily or Keith Olbermann of Indian news media?

We don’t know. I guess, Indian news media wants to know??


Ball tak re.. trump!

Now that I have had some time  to listen to a few political speeches, there seems to be a uncanny similarity between US President-elect Donald J Trump and Sena Chief Bal Tharekeray.

Both appeal to the pride and conscience of the locals. They both believe that outsiders are the reason why locals are backward and haven’t progressed.They both understand the system very well to proclaim that they don’t want to be a part of it. Sort of like Groucho Marx, but inevitably subscribe to the system.

A lot has been said about nativism and reasons for the uprising of local working class. It just seems amazing that you could watch these two speeches word for word and correlate the angst and vitriolic messages that both leaders projected.

DJ Trump wants to build a wall. The other one wants to build a temple. Both symbolic for the ideals and constituency that they represent. Trust me, people are buying into both.


Balasaheb in Aap ki adalat –

DJ Trump, best lines in 201 election –


On message – the news relay

There is a tendency of corporate news media to relay messages. If you are an avid watcher of the news media space you would realize there are not more than 2-3 media stories that you carry in your consciousness.

This surprises me. A country of 1.3 billion seized with 2-3 media stories? What are we looking at. I think we are looking at a corporate media relay which is “on message”. The two most recognised terms in the Indian media for the last 60 days have been “surgical strikes” and “serpentine lines”.

Clearly, there is an effort by establishment and those opposed to percolate their messages in context of the J&K issue and demonitisation.

It’s worth noting how both sides were quickly co-opted by the corporate media in India, hashtags included. At least they are fair and pander to larger interests.

Great effort, to stay on message.