Friday, November 28, 2008

Ezhavu Bill

When I become the Prime Minister of India, I will introduce a series of constitution changing measures that will aim to severely limit the freedom of press in India.
First among those measures will be a special bill set to motion in the parliament called "The Ezhavu Bill". This bill will create a law banning the press from photographing or video graphing dead bodies, funeral processions, oppari sessions, crying relatives and friends, amavasya tharpanam, soundi related activities. They cannot even provide clips of 10th day or 13th day activities or interview soundi brahmins.
Barkha Dutt/Sardesai types who violate this law and intrude other's sacred privacy will have all the above activities expedited for them - all of which will of course be shown live in DD.

20 comments:

Maha said...

i second the motion on sardesai. may be a pre emptive arrest and detention at guantanamo bay for sardesai would be a good move.
-m

Anonymous said...

My biggest grouse is the in-your-face pictures of dead bodies with clothes astray, eyes bulging out, lying in pools of blood...ugh, i have to stop here.

curdriceaurora said...

Extend it to all tv serials and movies. The live commentary on the funeral procession is disgusting.

Kokki Kumarru said...

Well said hawkeye.. i saw traumatised ppl in need of medical help being mobbed by dumb media persons. Nathari pasanga..!Yes and dont spare those soap makers!!

Blogs said...

ennodu vote ungalukke. CNN or CNN IBN ,NDTV etc all same wonly. Idiots.

Sky News and BBC were a lot better..sensible ,senstive ..and when they didnt have any other news....they went on to talk abt other world news..no aracha mavu again and again araching.

Blogeswari said...

Blogs

CNN is a sensible and accurate channel? wow! at around 1400 IST today (Saturday 29th November) just when operation Cyclone was over, it mustve been nadurathri for US makkal, CNN was showing a repeat telecast of Larry King Live WITHOUT a 'recorded' ticker and guess what they were showing?

The Taj burning, gun shots fired left right ! For a moment I wondered if the firing had resumed!

These guys, realized it almost ten minutes later and mentioned that it was 'recorded'. So much for CNN being sensible

Tamil Helmet said...

India TV is the latest ghilli

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3iYpt8-PGE

Anonymous said...

the "spirit" chatter has started:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/opinion/29mehta.html

dinesh

Nithya said...

I am having mixed feelings about this.. On one side is giving privacy to the dead and their inconsolable family.
On the other side, is the self centered politicians and people who dont care about anything that doesnt affect them. Unless such hard hitting sentimental scenes are shown, the pain of the family wont be felt and the person dead will be remembered as a number of the dead or a series of letter scrolling in the bottom of the tv screen, instead of a father,son,brother,friend or a living person.

Blogs said...

@Blogeshwari - ayyo ayyo...CNN accurate-nu naanum sollala..:(

Gradwolf said...

Did you see this? I thought this was the most sensible "celebrity" interview:

Watch here

Ndtv was better than IBN. But Barkha was annoying!

Sudhakar said...

Sensible? I could not suffer the self-serving pontification from Barkha and Prannoy about the power of news channels for squashing rumors. In fact, they were among the first who hyped up the alleged second attack on CST. Anything passes for news to the 24x7 channels and if they don't have any, they won't think twice about inventing some. In all this, Times Now was the one channel who were better than the rest.

Also, what's "sensible" in talking about "some sections of the country" when we all know we are talking about Muslims. So, how come the news channels believe they should censor this kind of information from public when they don't think much about giving out the operational details of our soldiers.

Venkat said...

you will have my vote dude..

Alan Smithee said...

Spare the Rajdeep dude. If you had to go to bed with Sagarika ghose every night, you will know.

Raghu said...

kaliyugam...Hawkeye....kalyugam....hmm....truth in journalism is a long dead commodity.....it is all bottom-line these days...at the end of the day. Mani Ratnam's dream in AE may come true someday - to enact 'changes' in the political community in desh.

"Kanavu Meipada Vendum"...

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Mukundhan said...

You should have seen Barkha Datt's reaction, as if she lost her husband in the attack.
Kudutha kaasukku mela nadikkaranga da.

Anonymous said...

Barkha Datt was giving Rose of "Eppadikku Rose" fame & Arattai Arangam Visu a run for their money. She was asking questions such as "how did you feel when you saw all those dead people? What did you do when you came out first? What came to your mind when you saw so much of blood?". All those hostages would never want to relive those moments and this lady wanted them to cry and create sensation. She was quite remorseless.

P.S: Though I know you would defend this, I do not quite agree with your calling the people who sacrificed their life for this country as “Ezhavu”, even though they are dead.

GV

Anonymous said...

Barkha Datt was giving Rose of "Eppadikku Rose" fame & Arattai Arangam Visu a run for their money. She was asking questions such as "how did you feel when you saw all those dead people? What did you do when you came out first? What came to your mind when you saw so much of blood?". All those hostages would never want to relive those moments and this lady wanted them to cry and create sensation. She was quite remorseless.

P.S: Though I know you would defend this, I do not quite agree with your calling the people who sacrificed their life for this country as “Ezhavu”, even though they are dead.

GV

Anu Russell said...

Go for it! I wish our media had the decency:
1) to not ask people how they felt after loosing their father or brother to a terrorist attack moments after the attack...thanks Barkha, that was one information I was dying to know...that is plain annoying...

2) Somethings are private and not meant for the world to see...such as Army operations and such...can we please let the world know what is actually happening after it has happened so that the terrorists also dont know what is happening?