Internet Takes on Barkha Dutt’s Claim on Receiving Threats

In context of recent claims by journalist Barkha Dutt that she had been receiving threats from the ‘powerful people in the establishment today’, here is an interesting conversation that took place between her and aware twitterati.

Read the following tweets by Barkha Dutt:

Now someone tell me how many are these ‘few months’?  And why is Barkha Dutt talking about this now?  Moreover, faced with such threats, there is an obvious course of action that she could have taken. Tavleen Singh tweeted the obvious – which Dutt pretends not to be obvious, given her response:

Many Internet Hindus speculated what the real reason was for not following Tavleen Singh’s advice. Three of them are reproduced here:

But for Dutt, the obvious is the last thing that she will WANT to do, because that not only means serious work, but also does not allow her to play the role of a victim.  However, there are some on the internet, not just Internet Hindus, who do not seem to fall for her game.

Many Internet Hindus came to the obvious conclusion, as stated in the following:

One of the first tweets by Dutt on the subject was:

Now, this would give an impression that today, EVERY journalist in Bharat is completely, unabashedly, uncritically, supporting the government of Narendra Modi. Perhaps Rajdeep Sardesai, Shekhar Gupta, Sagarika Ghose, Pranoy Roy, Siddharth Vardarajan, etc., should answer questions about their journalistic professionalism. (I know that there are cases against NDTV, but they were started before the present government has come to power.)

As far as the power of the present government to manipulate news is concerned, lets look at this perspective also:

Dutt is going all over the place, because even some (like Tavleen Singh) who are not considered to be Internet Hindus, are not buying her victim-hood story.  So, perhaps her real game plan is what Shefali Vaidya speculates.

It is now time that Dutt and others in the mainstream media realize that they no longer control the narrative in Bharat. While they had a field day before, internet has ensured that they are no longer able to censor the flow of news and opinion to the public.


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About the Author

Ashok Chowgule
Working President (External), Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharat.