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Why Is Big Media Silent On the Chilling Story Of the Sohrabuddin Case Judge?

Four days after an investigative report in The Caravan, most media houses have shied away from reporting on the story.

Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, and Akhil Kumar discuss the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Kauser Bi encounter case, allegations from judge Loya’s family of foul play in his death and the silence of big media on the case.

  • Ashok Akbar Gonsalves

    Well done The Caravan and The Wire! Here’s hoping you keep up the adversarial posture and never stop questioning – because that’s journalism’s raison d’etre.
    As it is rightly said, “old sins cast long shadows”, and we see that in the US at present where powerful men are being fired from their jobs for sexual harrassment that they committed decades ago. The BJP has many sins to its “credit”, and the slow grind of the wheels of justice will inevitably bring payback.

    • Anjan Basu

      But look at our great ‘mainstream media’ that have chosen to be complicit in the abominable conspiracy of silence around this startling bit of news. Had Modi been in the opposition today, as he is likely to be after the 2019 general elections, wouldn’t the very heavens have fallen, and noise decibels reached epic proportions? Today our moronic big media are busy chewing the cud of Padmavati and the great Moody’s ‘upgrading’ of India’s sovereign rating. The institutions of our polity have been managed beyond recognition.

      • Ashok Akbar Gonsalves

        Mainstream media (MM) can be summed up in one word: a disgrace. I am no fan of the Congress (or of any government for that matter), but it is the MM – by its selective reporting and deliberate suppression of news thats unfavorable to this government – that has helped in the construction of a meta-narrative of the Congress being responsible for all the ills that plague us and the BJP being (to borrow a Bengali phrase I heard from a friend!) “washed tulsi leaves” striving hard to undo the damage. A narrative that is swallowed and then inanely parroted by awestruck bhakts.

        • Anjan Basu

          The phrase you are referring to is ‘dhowa tulsi pata’ — holier and purer than anything that you can conceivably imagine, if you are a devout Hindu. BJP-wallahs would have us believe that that is what they all are, never mind how many murders are stacked up against the names of many of them. After all, they are the unmixed, pure Aryan Hindus, aren’t they?

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