Another journalist, Rana Ayyub, calls Arnab's NewsHour a kangaroo court.
Sagarika Ghose tweets that journalists should not take the side of any political party. 'How original,' I think.
Rajdeep Sardesai, another well known Indian journalist, asks Sania Mirza, Indian tennis star, when she is going to settle down and have children. All those who read the interview were tearing their scalp in an attempt to understand: How was it Rajdeep's business to know when Sania is going to have a baby?When did he become family planning and cultural authority on the appropriate time for an Indian girl to have a baby? And, why must all Indian girls 'settle down'?
Sometime ago, there was much bewilderment and disgust about how TV anchor Bhupendra Chaubey could ask Sunny Leonne those demeaning questions. Sunny is a porn star turned Bollywood film star.
Too much self-righteousness from our journalists. They seem to be always in a battle with each other for the rights to self-righteousness. For Indians, they seem to know what is 'socially proper behaviour.'
Something I am beginning to liken to 'journalistic activism.' Similar to judicial activism, but that is welcome - it sets things straight. This doesn't - it sets things slippery.
A paragraph from my, 'A Guy Growing Old in a Country Growing Young,' might be relevant here:
While the media tried to expose details of Tarun Tejpal’s alleged sexual assault of his junior, some self-righteous journalists within the media said it was already a case of ‘media excess.’ And a paragraph from an article dated 29 November 2013 on Firstpost.com said: ‘This case has been magnified by the media that carelessly chose to recycle your articulate voice [that of the junior] rather than finding their own. You may be the victim, the entire media is not.’
Indian journalists don't write, it seems, they preach.
Post Script: Perhaps Rajdeep Sardesai has seen through the preachy attitude of journalists when he wrote in the daily.O on 29 July 16 in an article titled, 'Why I will not speak on the Arnab-Barkha war: 'Neither do I claim to be standing on the pulpit of self-righteousness by asserting moral superiority over anyone else...'