Sunday, March 24, 2019

#JournosAgainstRivers: How Fake Journalists Are Against the National Rally for Rivers Movement!

Vinod Dua, the perennial face of “Hindi analysis” during the elections, along with Prannoy Roy on Doordarshan in the 1980s, gushes about how he loves to eat zebra, gazelle, crocodile, and octopus meat when in Kenya.  All this, while parading his understanding of religion and food choices.  It is another matter that this confused “journalist” who loves his zebra meat has no idea that he has been an accomplice to poaching which poses a severe threat to these wild animals.  Zebras and giraffes are the most threatened animals in the wild now as the numbers of the herbivores collapse (per scientific studies).  As the Kenyan government grapples with the threat to their wild animals for meat, from tourists like Vinod Dua – the veteran, Padma-Shri journalist from India – poachers keep going after them in more numbers.

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There is growing concern in Kenya over rising levels of poaching, with both giraffes and zebras being taken for meat. A recent interception uncovered 6000 kilograms of giraffe meat.

Tourism authorities have voiced concern, with elephants also being killed by poachers for ivory.  The government’s response is the new anti-poaching unit, comprising security officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Administration Police (AP) and the General Service Unit (GSU).

This is the level of social and environment consciousness of award-winning journalists who proudly share their exploits in eating when they go for poached, endangered (or close to being on that list) animals.  That’s what passes off as eclectic in today’s media world.  Dua then defines his own paradigm of religion.  He is eclectic about his “Gods” as well.  He has one representative from a variety of religious faiths included in his list – to ensure that he is hitting all the bases properly!  Of course his understanding of his straw-man pantheon is so shallow that he literally skewers (like his meat) the fundamental consciousness of the very beings he lets into his “esteemed” list!  For example, this is how he likes to celebrate Gurupurab – birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev:

“It was Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, so I decided to prepare something different. I cooked red meat in desi ghee, mixed certain masalas, added mixed herbs, and then 60 ml of rum.” I point out that many might find this dish too strong. “I suppose it was meant for jaded palates and sharabis,” he laughs, “But I can tell you it turned out pretty good.”

Red meat in liquor is a sure way to invoke Nanak’s legacy and memory when Dua’s idea of eclecticism is nothing more than violence and decadence!

These so-called journalists are the type of self-centered, vain, provocative and ideologically confused and compromised men and women who have a record of currying favor with the government of the past.  They are now – ironically so – becoming champions for the environment to push their ideological agenda.


The problem is that Dua is neither a journalist nor has any idea about protecting the environment.  The man who graduated in English literature from Delhi University became a translator of election analyses from English to Hindi on Doordarshan:

” The second thing he tells me is that he is not a psephologist. “But weren’t you and Prannoy…” I want to ask. “Nope, I just did a quick translation of the election analyses into Hindi.”

This man, along with the other compromised lot of so-called journalists, is now turning up against the Rally for Rivers which is led by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev  In a country, where most rivers have either become seasonal or disappeared over major stretches of their course, and where as the population increases the nation is staring at a water catastrophe, there is someone – like Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev – trying to bring about awareness of the ecological and health disasters facing us.  For this goal, Sadhguru is seeking to help us all chart a way toward safety and well-being of our kids.

In a country of 1.25 billion people with different religions, belief systems, ideologies, political affiliations and motivations, we cannot easily persuade people to move in a direction that will yield results in the future.  Specially where there is little instant gratification!  That is why Sadhguru wants the idea of saving and replenishing rivers not just planted in people’s minds but he wants this urge to protect and save the environment blossoming within their consciousness.

That is what the “Rally for Rivers” is.  It is a process of sowing the seeds of collective well-being.  In a society of so much diversity, one’s idea and tools of well-being can very easily collide with another’s, and we have seen this happen almost on a daily basis. In the last 70 years, the laws and the regulations have been lacking in intent and enforcement.  Even when our very lifelines – our rivers — were being destroyed – proper laws were not enacted and whatever was there, was never implemented. Why?  Because there are different constituencies for different political parties and often laws and regulations, when implemented, curb free-wheeling, uninhibited, socially careless and destructive businesses.  Businesses, which thrive in an atmosphere where nature can be destroyed at will.  If pollutants in the air and water were regulated in India – as they are in other developed countries – several businesses in many states would not have been able to function in the way they currently are.  Socially responsible entrepreneurship has a cost that must be paid.  It hasn’t been paid because the powers that ran the nation perceived no threat even when the rivers were visibly reduced to a dangerous flow of chemicals as opposed to life-giving water!

Such has been the callousness of our collective consciousness.

Sadhguru – a Globally Revered Name

When Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev took up this challenge, it was not for his personal recognition, profit or benefit.  His work on spiritual awakening has already brought joy and bliss to millions around the world.  From Greece to Lebanon, from Saudi Arabia to Canada, from a number of African countries to the US – people of all hues, all vocations, all strata and all religions have benefited and embraced his work and his call to become attentive, joyous beings!

Sadhguru is already one of the most watched leaders on Youtube with over 800,000 subscribers on his own channel and many more viewers on videos shared by others.

He has touched millions of lives and has been hosted by top Ivy League universities for detailed dialogs on science, health, well being and leadership. He needs no introduction or promotion.  For all those who want a glimpse can watch this conversation of Sadhguru with Dr. Ben Doolittle, the co-Director of the Yale School of Medicine.

Given this, why would we have these so-called “journalists” lining