Friday, May 12, 2006

Wats so interesting ??

The oxford dictionary gives the following meaning for the word interest

a)A state of curiosity or concern about or attention to something.

b) Something, such as a quality, subject, or activity, that evokes this mental state.

I tried to broadly classify interest into two
a)personal interest
b)public interest

A recent example of personal interest occurred recently. Dayanidhi maran, in his status as an I&B minister, tried to armtwist tata by forcing them to provide the whole 3g spectrum to the sun network. Now this is a pure misuse of power.
Lets take the example of public interest. No matter which team the indian cricket team is playing the prasar bharati tries to barge in and asks for it share of the pie.

Ostensibly, its termed public interest. And this same public interest fades away when india is playing in azlan shah cup or for that matter ranji trophy. When zee sports bagged the ranji rights prasar bharati did not even raise an eyebrow. The loser in this whole fracas has been ten sports.It has lost crores of revenue and the reimbursement amount is mere peanuts. The apex court also for some obscure reason supports the government owned prasar bharati. So apparently public interest means enjoying the antics of the cricketers and will atleast a minuscule percent of this public be interested in the rajya sabha n lok sabha proceedings !!! The answer is a big NO.

Let me cite another example. We all know about the controversy in which narmada bachao andolan has been shrouded. It found a crusader in aamir khan. It seems he was going in his benz(remember he prefers tht) via jantar mantar and found this shamiana of NBA. And he suddenly heard a clarion call and he strived for their goals. Now thats public interest, right ?? NO, WRONG. It seems like a gimmick to get into the limelight since his movies usually take three years to complete.

Has he been in any way a bit flustered when a condom was found in a sealed coke bottle. Did he,in the view of public interest stop endorsing coke? No, the very next day his new coke ad - thande ka tadka- was on air. Kya kya hota hai interest ke naam par.

When lakshmi mittal got unceremoniusly chucked out of the arcelor deal it wasnt tony blair who cried foul about it but the commerce minister kamal nath who was commiserating with him. He says that guy dolle is jealous that an asian is making a deal.Whereas the reasons given by dolle are perfectly acceptable considering the fact that mittal steel is a family owned company and the shareholders may be at risk. But kamal nath thinks otherwise despite the fact that mittal steel is not even listen in BSE. Did u say why ?? Because lakshmi mittal is the golden goose whose eggs will propel india's GDP. Thats what monetary interest is but its coined as public interest. How hypocritic..

So, as we can see that the difference between public and private interest is, slowly but steadily , getting blurred. Thanks to the recent decision of the apex court this time the whole of west indies series is gonna be exclusively shown on ten sports. So still theres some sanity prevailing and that line is still holding itself finely.

12 Comments:

At 3:53 AM, Anonymous lavanya said...

this was interesting...

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Aparna S Mallya said...

good one. well written.

 
At 1:30 AM, Blogger Ramya said...

hey, you take your blogging really seriously... all this kinda stuff really widens perspective. did you see http://indiauncut.blogspot.com ? cool!

 
At 5:50 AM, Blogger garcia kafka said...

Heyy thanks ramya.. I do take my blog a bit seriously.. Otherwise its difficult to garner audience

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Thetis said...

well written. hello, btw.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger sowmitra said...

great dude!!! i loved it, the entire thing...
well if it was even more lengthier it wud have been grt..
anyway well written.

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger Bharat Jhurani said...

huh! public interest - its only self interest most of the times.. but i disagree on Aamir khan issue. he doesn't require such publicity!! the coke ad, well money first, as i said - self interest first( I m no Aamir khan fan.. :) )...

 
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At 10:44 AM, Blogger abhas1 said...

I dont know about all that, but this was interesting!

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Serendipity said...

good one. :) excellent examples:)

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger deepz said...

Public interest is a big joke just as u had mentioned. Now as the elections are over do u think Dayanidhi maran will be questioned?? i doubt it. and by the way my comment's bit late and ahem ahem India has already lost the series! Private Interest thus prevails. Amen!

 

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