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The Mysterious Case of Barkhagate

Today the people of twitterverse have every reason to celebrate, as they are hosting a real story for the 100th consecutive day.

The real stories does not go by script, we can write the script only after it happens… and the following is such an attempt..

The Characters of the story are well known to all of you….


Barkha Dutt (main role)

Nira Radia (supporting role)
A Raja (guest role)

Before November 20,2010

A News addict, Editor, Anchor-Journalist at NDTV.,Wannabe Lawyer.,Voracious reader called Barkha Dutt was rocking in twitter with lakhs of followers. She blocked many “internet hindus” calling them “loonies” and “chaddiwalas”. I was one of those who was blocked by her during this period.. She was like a queen in twitter India, but every queen has her day… The day dawned with a news that threw away her self made crown..
And thanks to the “open magazine” and the “ outlook”
They broke the story….

What was the story ?
Read(hear also) on…..

As talks between the DMK and Congress (‘them’) broke down over joining the Government in May 2009, Radia was actively involved in opening channels between the two parties through, among others, television journalist Barkha Dutt “OH GOD. SO NOW WHAT? WHAT SHOULD I TELL THEM? TELL ME WHAT SHOULD I TELL THEM?” —BARKHA DUTT
RADIA: Hi, did I wake you up?
BARKHA: No, no, no. I’ve been up, ya, most of the night. The stalemate continues, yaa.
RADIA: Yeah. Listen, the thing is that they need to talk to him directly. That is what the problem is.
BARKHA: Haan so, apparently PM’s really pissed off that they went public.
RADIA: But that’s Baalu’s doing, naa… he was not instructed by Karunanidhi to do that.
BARKHA: Oh, he wasn’t?
RADIA: This is not. He was told to come away and tell Congress that.
BARKHA: And he went public
RADIA: Well, the media… media, the media was standing outside.
BARKHA: Oh God. So now what? What should I tell them? Tell me what should I tell them?
RADIA: I’ll tell you what it is—the problem and I have had a long chat with both his wife and with the daughter right
BARKHA: Haan, haan.
Read full barkha tapes here…….
Whole of the twitter shocked while only a few remained unshocked as they already know about her “lobby” , the shock was so tremendous that the twittter trending list was floating with words like #barkhagate , #barkha etc. barkha kept on blocking people, and some times she gave meaningless answers to just questions, the tweeple kept on asking , and she kept on blocking them…
The story that outlook and open magazine broke was received only by tweeples, none of the main stream media even mentioned it, the tweeple kept on asking other journalists to report their news on their media..Barkha , the wannabe lawyer wrote an article advocating her innocence , but that not only failed to convince , but added to the questions ..
After a long two weeks or so, cnn ibn Faced the nation , with sagarika ghose, But it was not at all satisfactory, as it did not take names of barkha and vir sanghvi (who is also tapped and trapped).
NDTV could not handle the pressure , finally they also did an “unedited” “recorded” “show” to Rescue their beloved “group editor” , but barkhas performance in the show was so awesome that even those who did not doubt her , began to abuse her arrogance..

Radia Tapes Controversy: Barkha Dutt: ‘Unedited Show’

The unedited show failed to convince like her article.. her argument was “she was sourcing information from nira radia” , but manu joseph, open magazine editor, nailed her by a counter question “Where is the information ? did you share it ?”.
The Rajdeep sardesai defends Barkha dutt

Rajdeep Sardesai, president of Editors Guild of India and editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN news channel, came under intense fire from fellow journalists for maintaining that the journalists caught on the Radia tapes were not guilty until proven innocent and that the publication of select transcripts by Open and Outlook magazines was a case of “bad journalism”…. (click..).
Again story returns to twitterverse..

Media again went silent… But the tweeps did not, Barkha got exhausted with questions, and it was beyond her capacity to keep on blocking people.. atlast she finds company with abusive congress supporters and some of twitter who abused a lady tweeple..
Now the twitter era is divided into two… pre radia era, and post radia pre radia era , there were only some “loonies” and “internet hindus” ,

But now ??
Just read from tweets from non loonies of    

Post radia era………..

The story does not end here….
“Picture abhi bhi baaki hai mera dosth………”
After a break… (after it happens)



One Comment on “The Mysterious Case of Barkhagate”

  1. sanjeevirao says:

    WELL NARRATED piece. Entire bharkhagate episode in nutshell. Comgrats to the author’

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