Throughout my life, I have witnessed various spectrum of “Sycophancy”. Some included,few classmates “buttering” teachers to procure “extra marks”, some employees in organisations, “boot licking” their bosses for “promotion” and “perks”, but,all, I can say is “Nothing,beats NDTV,(Hands down!!) in SYCOPHANCY”!!
When,billion Indians,around the globe were busy watching,tweeting,feebing,expressing, Team India’s brilliant performance during India Vs Pakistan,Semi Finals match at Mohali on March 30th,how could NDTV miss this “golden opportunity” of performing their assigned PR job for Congress’ prince “Rahul Gandhi”?!
NDTV and its journos were busy capturing and reporting various “moods” of Rahul Gandhi and frantically tweeting about his “presence” at the match,the moment they spotted the prince at the stadium. Tweeple were already frustrated with this irritating sycophancy,but the “last straw,which broke tweeples back, was this below MAIN banner on NDTV website after INDIA won Semi Finals”! Hang on, isn’t the man with dimpled grin,on the extreme right of the banner,Rahul Gandhi? Why is he juxtaposed along with Team India?!
So,according to this above banner, it was not Sachin’s 85 runs, not Yuvraj Singh’s and Harbhajan’s Singh’s terrific bowling attack, not Indian team’s performance, but it was “the auspicious presence of Rahul Gandhi,that India won”?!
Really NDTV? I mean, Really?!!!! How low,can you stoop in your “yellow journalism”?!
There were dozens of media,cricket,bollywood celebrities out there,who had taken a day off their busy schedule to be present at the stadium, and the ONLY person you spotted amongst the heavily packed spectators,was RAHUL GANDHI?!! Hmm… “Eagle eyesight,I must say”!!
If you desperately wanted to portray politics and cricket,you could have at least photoshopped the picture of Manmohan Singh,juxtaposing with Team India,after India’s win. Or,does Rahul Gandhi,hold more priority to you,than our own honorable Prime Minister,Manmohan Singh?!
With your every tweet,every news,every photo,every video and every link on your website,you are just reinforcing the fact that NDTV is indeed an acronym for “Nehru Dynasty Television”!
Why this level of sycophancy? Eyeing for “Padma Shri” or “Bharat Ratna”??
According to Newton’s third law,”Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. This sycophancy had an equal reaction too! Frustrated tweeple,threw “brickbats” left,right and center,at NDTV and their journos Barkha Dutt,Vikram Chandra,Prannoy Roy,Nidhi Razdan,etc,demanding explanation as to,what was Rahul Gandhi’s contribution to India’s win”!
Finally,NDTV had to “cave in” to tweeple’s demands and change their main banner. Find out how..
Few screenshots of tweets from frustrated tweeple: (These are just a sample,there are thousands of tweets out there, bashing NDTV for its “yellow journalism”!)
Believe it or not, within 20 mins of this avalanche on Twitter, NDTV changed its main banner to this:
According to ancient saying,people can be mended in three ways : “Saama”,”Beda” and “Danda”.
“Some people mend by sweet words,
Some people mend by harsh words..
But NDTV mends by “brickbats”!”
P.S: If you are one,amongst the crowd out there,who still think Twitter is a place where people update statuses like “what they drank”,”what they ate”, “when and where,they took a dump”, etc, its HIGH TIME, you RETHINK! 😉
P.P.S: I still cannot believe that I wasted this space to give mileage to NDTV and Rahul gandhi..!!