NEERA RADIA......The Professional Lobbyist, does not require any introduction.........
Born in Kenya, studied in England and married to Janak Radia, a London based businessman of Gujrati origin. She migrated to India in early 90s, and initially served in few Airline companies, thereafter started her own Public Relation Firm known as VAISHNAVI CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS........Whose clients among others include Ratan Tata's Tata Group, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries and Prannoy Roy's NDTV....
In connection with Radia Tape issue CBI has announced that they have 8000 recordings of phone conversations, in which some prominent personalities can be heard talking with Neera Radia....in this list, apart from the political and corporate house personalities, there are also some pioneer of our Indian news channels and print media.
The Radia tape issue has shown us the actual face of entire Indian electronic media.... As you know, our Indian news channels are very efficient in exposing scandals and making breaking news.....but on this issue, there was a complete blackout by prominent news channels, because there were some names involved in this, who are so called pioneer of our Indian news channels.....they can be easily found doing media trial of different stories.
On 7th May 2010 the first article on this issue was published on "BHADAS4MEDIA" (hindi web portal), thereafter in Nov.2010, "OPEN" (a magazine) carried a story which reported transcripts of some of the telephone conversation with senior journalists, politicians and corporate houses........... and then Karan Thapar's show "THE LAST WORD" (27th Nov.2010) on CNN-IBN, was the first show in main stream Indian Television to address "Radia Tape & the involvement of Barkha Dutt & Mr. Singhvi in malpractices", ending the TV channels blackout of the story.
In fact this tape issue has shown us the nexus between information hungry journalists, professional lobbyists and Industrialists, and opened our eyes to what has been suspected, the ability of a small but powerful group of journalists to use their connections with politicians & corporate houses to influence Govt. policies.
Let us forget about Politicians and bureaucrats, they are known corrupt in our society and seldom talk about their own professional ethics.... But what about these prominent journalists working as power brokers...What happened to their professional ethics???...who were showing mirror to others....will they now try to see their own faces in the same mirror??? or once again will be able to convince us with their Language fluency and orating power???
yours....irfan (images from google)