This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 37; the thirty-seventh edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The theme for the month is "Truth is stranger than fiction"
Journalism and Indian Politics - both are my areas of interest - and I keep a track of budding columnists.
Recently she wrote a column - that speaks of India's 2 largest National Parties forming a Coalition in 2014. Very proudly the Headline read “Indian Politics will throw a Surprise in 2014"
Unbelievable- I searched and researched for every other article that spoke to such a thing- but found none. I had a weird sense that may be my understanding of the article was wrong. Headlines can be misleading at times. I re- read - but the last line clearly stated “As a voter - either your votes don’t count - or they count irrespective of who you choose"
This line was disturbing- the bulletin had the editor's contact details. For the 1st time- and much against my immediate family's wish - I sent out a mail to the Editor. I wanted to know the authenticity of this article, and their basis of analysis. Promptly I received a reply which said- Ms Mona was a Freelancer and she was responsible for the content of this post. Editor was kind enough to guide me to her.
This was easier than I thought but I had not prepared myself to cross question the analysis of journalist. I was given the choice of communication - telephone/ email - I chose the latter. I tried to be as polite as possible but at the same time -clear in expressing my curiosity over the matter.
My concern was simple- No article other than yours speaks of UPA - NDA coming together and forming a Govt. What supports your claim?
4 days on- I got a 2 line reply - saying: “In Politics- there are no permanent Friends or Enemies. The need of hour is - 2 largest parties form a Unified Government”
“Truth is stranger than Fiction” – she did not say these words – but it sounded like that. At the same time, I was disappointed - I was waiting for a logical explanation and not reassurance of a baseless claim. I replied back, this time in a little annoying tone, asking for arguments in support.
Pat came a sarcastic Reply – “As a citizen you should be happy that, for the 1st time - some Progressive talks are on between 2 National Parties. You seem to be more concerned if your vote wins or not”
I was jolted by the response- India's progress is on my mind too - but that does not answer my curiosity - why none of the other Bulletins speaking of it? If Mona is right-who becomes the PM of India – I voiced my thought in irritation.
Who is Mona? Asked a familiar voice-. I turned around. The face behind the voice spoke “Its 06:00 am – will Mona give me my Morning Coffee? I meekly replied – Good Morning.
MONA B SARAWOGI and MONES WIT – are anagrams of a popular anchor and a well known Channel.
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