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Ravish Kumar
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For Your Eyes Only: The 15-point note senior journos received on WhatsApp on how to interpret the India-China “mutual disengagement” for their audience

7 July 2020


Once upon a time, Indira Gandhi called journalists “glorified stenographers“, but at least there was some dignity of labour in that epithet. For, stenos physically take notes of what is dictated to them, and then take the trouble to transcribe it.

The Narendra Modi age has robbed journalism of even that iota of respect. “Headline management” has made the ‘qwerty’ keyboard all but redundant and it looks like the keys a, c, x, v and command are all a journalist needs these days.

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After the all-party meeting on June 19 on the border issue, the NDTV journalist Arvind Gunasekar tweeted a set of nine talking points that was circulated to the media, he said, by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) even when the meeting was underway.

Arvind Gunasekar
@arvindgunasekar
This was circulated to media from PMO as ‘Govt Sources’ even when the meeting was underway.

Whoever has drafted this, didn’t know that Naveen Patnaik didn’t attend the all party meeting convened by PM Modi while Pinaki Misra represented BJD.

The points—laudatory of the prime minister, critical of the Congress, and driving divisions in the Opposition–were to be attributed to unnamed “government sources”.

Written in the staccato language that fits a TV screen chyron, the talking points were sufficient for unthinking beat reporters to belt out uniform tweets merely by using their thumb, or four keys on their computers.

“Headline management” of this kind, designed to hegemonise the media producer’s mind, is an addictive habit and there is no getting off.

So, after yesterday’s claim of “mutual disengagement” by India and China at Galwan Valley after a phone call, senior journalists and editors on a WhatsApp group were sent a set of points, again attributable to “sources”.

Modi Effect loud and clear.

Taming expansionist China is a herculean task but the right strategies and actions can yield to outstanding results.

China hasn’t pulled back. China has been pushed back, by a united nation led by a leader who led from the front.

Chinese had come to expect that India would be soft going by past precedent. However, within days, they got to know they’re dealing with New India of Narendra Modi.

PM has made it clear that this is an India that knows to embrace friends as well as to embargo adversaries.

By taking decisive military, economic and strategic moves, PM Modi has pushed back China.

On China, PM Modi was clear since day 1- India’s sovereignty will not be negotiable.

From the EAM (external affairs minister) to the NSA (national security advisor), the full admin machinery was roped in to play their part. The network of Indian embassies and the diaspora was activated to convey India’s view point. After that, many American Congress leaders Senators like Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Eliot Engel, Ami Bera also spoke out against China’s antics and designs.

All options on the table were exercised

PM Modi’s visit to Leh seems to be the final nail in the coffin.

It showed the world India will fight and overcome any challenge to its strategic interests.

His speech to the army personnel has boosted the morale of the forces, who are more than ready to deliver a severe blow to any expansionist eyes.

In the past, people have seen how in Doklam also PM Modi showed remarkable patience and strength.

Even in case of the talks on One Belt, One Road initiative, PM Modi stood his ground and did not even send any representation worth talking about. This when other nations send high ranking representatives for the talks.

The notion of economic infallibility of China has received a tight slap with the PM’s clarion call of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Etcetera.

churumuri
@churumuri
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Jul 7, 2020
Can the contents of a phone call sound differently at either ends of the line? ‘The Telegraph’ parses the Indian and Chinese statements to show how the two sides are interpreting the conversation between the special representatives. @ttindia

churumuri
@churumuri
“A land grab by China aided and abetted by the government of India…. India giving credence to China’s claim to entire #GalwanValley…. New Delhi playing into China’s hands…. Mutual disengagement on Chinese terms”: scathing verdicts on the ‘Surender’.

Little wonder, then, that the interpretation of defence analysts that the “mutual disengagement” is “nothing but a land grab by China”, that India is “giving credence to China’s freshly minted claim to the entire Galwan Valley, and this is “unlikely to end well for India got drowned out by the cheerleading chorus.

So much so that even Subramanian Swamy makes sense once in a way.

Subramanian Swamy
@Swamy39
Media willingly or brain dead are announcing hour by hour meetings of Doval with Wang, and connecting it to what PM’s boldness has achieved. Talks are a waste of time in such matters. If 18 meetings of PM with Xi produced China aggression, hourly meeting of bureaucrats is zilch.

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