Edifying exchange

IN Media Watch Briefs | 21/05/2016

The incident regarding the Bastar collector's charges against JNU professors visiting Chhattisgarh gets more colourful. Today (May 21) Dainik Bhaskar published the audio transcript   of an exchange  between C'garh journalist Kamal Shukla, who has been fighting for the release of jailed journalists there, and Amit Kataria, the Bastar collector.  Shukla refers to Kataria's Facebook post on the professors, and says,  earlier also you have suggested our andolan is pro-naxal.  So now i understand sir, your ganda mansikta (dirty mentality).  Kataria: Kya bola tu? Shukla:Why are you saying tu? Kataria: what did you say about my dirty mentality you do cowry ka admi? Do you know whom you are talking to? How do you have the temerity? I'll crush you." He further splutters, "...you mosquito, you fly..."

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ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    

Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

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