Saturday, September 13, 2008
Hamara Rajiv Bajaj on Sahara
The Sahara people refer to him as 'Sir' in their other on-the-scene reportings. We have all seen him hosting the RKB Show. And he's none other than Rajiv K Bajaj. A few shows of his which I've watched, I felt that he tries to bring in his own personal likings/dislikes into the picture. He gives a thumbs-up to people he likes, he brings those people who'll promote his cause on the show and get his beliefs across. I was shocked to see a sadhu on his show on Independence Day, who kept giving bad words to every respectable freedom fighter and leader of our country, especially Mahatma Gandhi. Somehow over the years, we've made Gandhiji our big punching bag. Many political parties and people, who have failed to contribute much to the nation or are not capable of even doing so, blame it all on Gandhi. Why are we diluting his good work and sacrifice for the nation and passing on distorted history to the new generation? The world over people appreciate his calm nature, his sacrifice, his 'ahimsa' philosophy. Even the British bowed down to him finally and left us in peace. Then why are some people from his own country bad-mouthing him ? They see him not as being instrumental in getting India freedom, but as the one responsible for dividing the country. They forget that the many different princely territories united under him and formed a single country, but remember only that one part (Pakistan) could not be added to the nation. The situation at that time was such that there seemed no other solution. Still there are so many political differences between the two nations.
Of course, every freedom fighter from Bhagat Singh to Subhashchandra Bose made a contribution in their own way in their own regions and together the greater cause of freedom was accomplished. I remember reading about everyone's contribution in my school history texbooks. But definately, Gandhiji had a say and knew what to say because of his law background and his own example of giving up everything for other's cause. There might be many people who contribute towards a company's progress, but there is only one country head, then few regional heads and lesser still team leaders and so on..... It doesn't make anyone less important. But people move according to their dynamism than just contribution.
To have someone bad-mouthing the country's great leaders on Independence Day was definately in bad taste. Why even give importance to such people by calling them on shows and making them talk and not knowing when to cut-in and stop short any offensive remark? I listened for 10 mins and didn't feel the need to surf back to the channel again.
The other day, the show had Rakhi Sawant commenting on why there was a toilet built opposite freedom fighter, Rajguru's house, which has broken down now. And it went on and on.... with the host's giggles added in between.
Whatever the topic on the show, 'hamara Bajaj' shows his personal likes and dislikes with his smiles, giggles and frowns which makes it sound so unprofessional and kiddish. As a media personnel or as anyone in an important position, the main criteria is to be neutral to the topic, know when to cut short a remark before it turns offensive and to keep your facial expressions minimal and professional. All this is important to avoid having disturbance in the country. If you can't be a professional, you gotta quit the show or scrap it.