“Vinaash kale veeprit budhhi”, a Hindi proverb which roughly translates into: wisdom takes a toll when the time is not right. Now, whether the times are to be blamed or a strong feeling of unrequited grudge for BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, it is for the onlookers to decide.
For us, it is a typical urban love story or rather a disastrous break-up. Our protagonist, the mouth-piece of the ruling party has taken it upon himself to ridicule and corner the national news channel and portal, NDTV after what transpired on the very platform during a panel discussion, or so they call it. Nidhi Razdan, the host for the show ‘Left Right and Centre’ asked Patra to leave the discussion immediately after the not-so-soft-spoken man called the channel anti-BJP and alleged it to be propagandist, a sight which does not make news in the morning newspapers but was hitting enough to propel strong reactions both in favour and against the auspicious event.
Patra, could not have swallowed the insult and has decided to have his share of laugh back. Or so he thought. The enraged man on Sunday fell for ‘fake news’ when he re-tweeted a story by the Times of Islamabad website on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme.
How often have we seen teenage ‘ego-hurts’ going to any extent in trying to tarnish the image of their former ‘together-forevers’. In an attempt to prove his point of the channel selling agendas, our protagonist does the same without realizing the probabilities of “Chaubey gaye the Chhabbe banne Dubey ban ke laute.” (Meaning: when one sets out to reach a higher degree of materialistic achievement but returns lower).
The article that our ardent man shared was originally written by former finance minister P Chidambaram for the Indian Express on June 11, 2017. Cutting him some slack, the Times of Islamabad credited NDTV instead of Indian Express. After being called out on Twitter by the channel, the Pakistani website updated the story on its site and removed any reference to NDTV.
NDTV’s official Twitter handle was prompt to point out that Patra’s allegation against the channel was wrong and asked him to issue a clarification.
The site Patra used to ‘expose NDTV’s propaganda’ is infamous for running fake news stories about the BJP and is the same website that triggered the entire Paresh Rawal and Arundhati Roy row which later turned out to be baseless.
Also, this is not the first time that Sambit Patra has made news out of his childlike innocence. Earlier, he had showcased a doctored video of soldiers in Kargil on Times Now, a news channel and has been witnessed doing the same on multiple occasions.
A little bit of background research could have helped our lover boy from the heaps of embarrassment he is facing or is it a case of “adjal gagri chhalkat jaat?” (Let’s not explain this)