Have been reading firstpost’s account of the latest sting on Arvind Kejriwal with some amusement and some frustration. Here are my thoughts
a) I am amused because of the following:
FP thinks the colourful language used by Arvind is okay for run of the mill politicians the kinds that he despises (or in other FP would have you believe pretends that he despises) and by using this language when he is angry shows his class and true colors. According to FP this language is unbecoming of an intellectual like AK and IITian, IRS officer and anti-corruption crusader and is almost Virat Kohliesque (FP should be more careful here in what they are implying, as in another article which they get an easy target in terms of Times Now and the #shameontimesnow episode…) .
a. In my view AK never pretended to be an intellectual
b. He will tell you that he is only an aam aadmi
c. He is an aam aadmi with a singular mission ( at least above all, to wipe out corruption from Indian politics and will take no prisoners in his fight against the same)
d. In fact, the writer appears to be following some Victorian way of life where he has never been in touch with the aam aadmi, IITians much less IRS officers. I have seen a few from close quarters. As great as there are their language when frustrated can be quite colourful that too in East Man Color.
e. He invokes Gandhi as an ideal for use of language, Tough to argue with that. But I could have said 2+2 = 4 and it would have been tough to argue with that too.
f. If anything the language only shows his frustrations with the two people in question and makes him sound like a common man. Much like the rest of us not pretending to be any different
b) I am also a little frustrated, which made me write this ( and I don’t claim to be great at writing)
I am a regular reader of FP. But I am frustrated that every now and then editorial slack allows them to put forward arguments that will stretch any logic beyond logic. Remotest of links and (even alliterations J) are used to sensationalize matters. Any person can see through this creative license that writers use to twist facts just to make a point. FP is guilt of the same type of bad journalism that they have pointed out (opportunistically at their rival channel Times Now) and saying that cricket fans have matured.
#JustThinkingAloud FP may soon realize that it is not just the cricket fans but their aam aadmi reader who has also matured and FP may soon need to be glued to their twitter stream as well