Have a look at the blog of the great moralist Rajdeep Sardesai.
The same Rajdeep Sardesai who does not hesitate to use terms like Biharisation to describe crime of any hue is disturbed that Goa’s image is getting sullied due to Keeling murder.
It is a case of crime, of murder. If I am not mistaken, the primary duty of the state is to maintain law and order and prevent of crime. In Goa, most politicians, whether the CM or other ministers, have taken turn to publicly blame the parenting, family value and god knows what else for the crime. I have not heard even an opposition leader to point to the failure of the state to act in time. No one of any stature from the state government thought it fit to explain why the investigation was shoddy and why the accused was not arrested until the mother of the murdered made such a noise about the affair.
The great moralist Rajdeep does not see anything wrong in it. He is more worried about the image of his beloved state. I can only compare the news with the way the likes of Rajdeep react when a much smaller incident takes place in Bihar which they roundly condemn. Take the case of the minister of rural development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. Reader’s will recall his family was accused of employing children for ploughing the field with pictures showing what was clearly giving ‘henga’ or ‘chowki’ Or the case of Anant Singh, MLA, wrongly accused of murdering a muslim girl which DNA tests proved was totally false. Or the thrashing of the motorcycle thief which was relayed ad infinitum on TV.
What are these if not instances of double standard – of morality being made into a hand maiden of convenience?
As a Bihari, it is perhaps best to take this as a lesson in image management. It is also an opportunity to analyse how Bihar’s image has been tarnished by the media to suit their end of selling their channels and earning their ad revenue.