(Im)partiality of NDTV

Edit:

The breaking news of today is The Hindu’s and Wikipedia’s expose on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi being a middleman for an arms deal. Every other news organization has it as their main story or at the least in the top 3. Surprisingly nothing on NDTV’s website. I guess when you are looking for controversy, its not difficult to find reasons to justify your delusions šŸ™‚

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I came across this youtube clip recently which if you listen carefully has the producer or anchor commenting on taking a pro-congress stand.

I obviously tweeted the link to NDTV but haven’t seen any official comments yet. It got me thinking back to the Nira Radia tapes where Nira Radia was asking Barkha Dutt to be a messenger between the Congress and the DMK. Searched for the barkha dutt denial interview and after re-watching, I’m not entirely convinced on herĀ defense. It’s a 50 min video, so I’ve taken the liberty of starting it at the point where the interview gets interesting.

Make up your own mind on whether NDTV is impartial as they claim or are have more than a stake in the well being of the ruling Congress party.

What if there was no internet

I recently watched Danny Hillis’ talk on ted.com about having a Plan B if the Internet crashes. That reminded me of an old South Park episode “Over logging” where southpark loses internet and Randi’s struggle with life without internet. Both of them concentrate on how life would be without internet. So lets ask the hypothetical question “What if there was no internet”?

Admittedly its going to be tough the first couple of weeks. We might have to read newspapers to get the news, get out of the house to make friends, buy items at the local grocery shop. Post offices will get back into business. But its not unreasonable to expect that things will be ok. Governments and companies highly dependent on the internet might require a longer transition time but I they should be fine as well in the long term.

There are a lot of smart and not so smart people who have dedicated their lives to a career linked to the internet. They will be forced to look at other avenues to explore. After all theseĀ millennia we still dont haveĀ Ā a decent knowledge of deep underwater exploration. The recent giant squid discovery was fascinating and who knows, James Cameron might discover something as well with his submersible. So underwater and outer space exploration might be the direct benefactors of not having internet.

For a generation whose lives have been wedded to the internet, we dont know the feeling of sitting on a motorcycle and driving off without a destination. Exploration of the unknown seems an alien concept. Maybe that will change if there was no internet. George Mallory’s views on adventure are very profound. I’m leaving you with another thoughtful ted presentation:

Ben Saunders – Why bother leaving the house

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How I missed you

Its been a real long time since I grabbed a glass of wine and tucked in to listen to music. When you are feeling a bit blue, you have to go back to your old favorites and mine is Madeleine Peyroux. I’m also trying to embrace youtube in all its glory, so I’ve put together a playlist of 15 of my favorite Madeleine Peyroux tracks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yrar4gqiOw&list=PLoC8huLN8yT2G8K-Rs3BTrtnLI2ambrcg

 

The first song ‘River of Tears’ gets you in the perfect mood. If you’ve never listened to Peyroux, try her out..

 

Stop all this talk

Turn off the telephone

Open up another bottle

Send those people home

Let it get real quiet

Turn that lamp way down low

I’m gonna float down this river of tears