4 April. Now there is some alarm. Disguised but heated debate. Not so much about ‘true investigative journalism’ or about patriotism, but about a coup! Military taking over the civilian government!
Now, that can be real bad! At least by historical evidence in other countries. And definitely by our political bosses!
I admire Indian Express for its courage and investigative spirit. Its editor-in-chief, who spends more of his time in conducting TV chat shows and giving his expert opinion than “editing” the paper, is a well known and perennial critic of the UPA government. While he has been very generous and magnanimous to communal outfits, he has forgotten the same gentleness to the communal governments’ rivals! But he has earned a good name – thanks to Prannoy Roy’s NDTV and Rajdeep’s CNN-IBN “expert-forum”.
The issue is that two units of Indian army came out of their “hiding” towards the capital of Power – which they are forbidden to – unless they pre-notify the Ministry of Defence (MoD)! They did pre-inform, but they came closer to NCR (National Capital Region).
Two units of army from two different direction – to “marry” at Delhi!!! Sounds romantic!
MoD denies it vehemently. A.K. Antony (Defence Minister) rubbishes the claim: Indian Army’s patriotism is beyond any doubt! So does the Prime Minister, and pinches the Ex-press for its alarmist reporting. BJP is BJP – sits on the fence. I mean, hunts with hound and runs with hare!
It is not impossible to have a coup in India. Not impossible. But not at all easy!
The Ex-press team consisting of its almighty Editor in Chief Gupta, the investigative journalist Ritu Sarin and Samanta attaches much importance since it happened to be 16th/17th of January. Jan. 15th was Army Day. On 16th General V.K. Singh knocked on the Supreme Court doors challenging the government’s decision to dismiss his dual claims for birth day (1950 for promotion and 1951 for retirement!). Ever since the government and the army chief have been at loggerheads. (recently the Rs. 14 crore-bribe claim by Gen. Sing)!
All these add to Express’ speculation. Many believe it wholesale. Because, the paper was known for investigative journalism. Because Shekhar Gupta is an “expert” who knows everything under the sun! Because he is the final word -like Arnab Goswamy of Times Now- on every matter of any relevance!
I do believe some parts of the story – that the two units had come in towards Delhi. But should it be only to capture power? The answers either by Ministry of Defence or by Army don’t satisfy either the press or public. Could there have been a failure on the part of the Army to PRE-inform MoD!? That for me a more reasonable question than Ex-press’ expert opinion! Or even a expert marketing gimmick.
Tonight on NDTV, he was there escaping from direct questions by Sonia Singh. “We didn’t say this” “We meant” “[those who reported-including his holy self- these are the BEST journalists!”, etc… I thought, Indian Express deserved to do more work and honest work.
<a href='The January night Raisina Hill was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying govt – Express India”>http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/The-January-night-Raisina-Hill-was-spooked-Two-key-Army-units-moved-towards-Delhi-without-notifying-govt/932328/’>The January night Raisina Hill was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying govt – Express India.