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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Disdaining the Corrupt Journalists by Narendra Singh Negi

(Abstract: In this part of analyzing the poem Kathga Khailya Re , this author analyzes the aspects of corruption in journalism profession discuses characteristics of yellow journalism, example of corrupt practices by journalists in various countries including so called least corrupt countries Britain and Denmark or Australia.

This author also briefs about literature about corruption in Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Mauritania, Maldives)


(Kathga Khailya Re : A Garhwali Poem by Narendra Singh Negi Against Corruption and Poems against Corruption from 150 countries

Part -7

Bhishma Kukreti

Corruption at high places has became a cancer world wide specially in undeveloped and developing countries. The poets are most sensitive intellectuals and they are not silent over the corruption in all agencies.

One of the famous most Indian singers Narendra Negi wrote a poetry against corruption in Garhwali (Indian) language ‘Kathga Khailya” . The sensitive poet Negi brought an musical album on this lyric too.

The poem is as

कथगा खैल्या (How Much Will You Eat (Take Bribe) ?
कवि :नरेन्द्र सिंह नेगी (पौड़ी गाँव, पौड़ी )
1- Stanza
कमीशन कि मीट भात, रिश्वत को रेलों
कमीशन कि शिकार भात, रिश्वत को रेलों
रिश्वत को रैलो रे ...
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ ..
कथगा जि खैलो रे ...
यनि घुळणु रैल्यो , कनकै पचैल्यो
दुख्यारो ह्व़े जैल्यो रे
कमीशन कि मीट भात, रिश्वत को रेलों
रिश्वत को रैलो रे
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ
Stanza -2
घुण्ड -घुन्ड़ो शिकार -सुरवा कमर-कमर भात रे
भात रे भात बासमती भात
घुण्ड -घुन्ड़ो शिकार -सुरवा कमर-कमर भात रे
इथगा खाण -पचाण तेरे बसै बात रे ..
मैगे की मरीं जनता ..हे जनता ..
कनक्वे बुथैल्यो रे...
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ
Stanza -3
नयो नयो राज उत्तराखंड आसमा छन लोग
लोग जी लोग आसमा लोग
नयो नयो राज उत्तराखंड आसमा छन लोग
बियाणा छन डाम यख लैन्दो को छ जोग
कुम्भ न्हेगे भूलू ..हे भूलू ...
अब आपदा नहेल्यो रे
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ

Stanza -4

नियुक्त्युं की रस मलाई , ट्रांसफ़रों को हलवा
हलवा रे हलवा सोहन हलवा
नियुक्त्युं की रस मलाई , ट्रांसफ़रों को हलवा
माना कि भागमा तेरा , चेलों को जलवा
चेलों को जलवा , चेलों को जलवा
बिंडी मिट्ठो नि खलौवु त्यूँ सूगर बढी जालो रे
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ
Stanza - ५
छप्पन डामों की डड्वार कै कैन बांटी
बांटी रे बांटी कै कैन बांटी
छप्पन डामों की डड्वार कै कैन बांटी
स्टरडिया की रबडी कथगौन्न चाटी
कथगौन्न चाटी कथगौन्न चाटी
बारम चुनौ छ भूलू हे भूलू ..
हंसल्यो कि रोल्यो रे
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ
Stanza- 6
कमीशन को डेंगू रोग . सर्यीं दिल्ली मा फैल्युं
फैल्युं रे फैल्युं रे दिल्ली मा फैल्युं रे
कमीशन को डेंगू रोग . सर्यीं दिल्ली मा फैल्युं
नेता अफसर लीगेनी भोरी भोरी थैल्युं रे
भोरी भोरी थैल्युं, भोरी भोरी थैल्युं
भोरे गेन बिदेसी बैंक ..हे बैंक
भोरे गेन बिदेसी बैंक .अब कख कुचोल्यो रे
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ
Stanza -7
रास्ट्रमंडल खेल टू जी घोटाला
घोटाला रे घोटाला टू जी घोटाला
रास्ट्रमंडल खेल टू जी घोटाला
अरबों .खरबों को माल लगेयाली छाला
लगेयाली छाला , लगेयाली छाला
ये देस की लाज प्रभो कनक्वे बच्योले रे ....
बस कर बै ! बिंडी ना सपोड़ अब कथगा खैल्यौ
(The poem is symbolic and humorous. In Hindi or Indian language, taking bribe is called bribe eating (Ghoos Khana ) and Narendra Singh Negi used the meaning of bribe taking in that sense to make poem humorous and satirical
the literal meaning of poem is
You are eating the commission as goat meat
You are eating the commission as Basmati rice
How much will you eat bribe?
How will you digest the commission?
You only can digest this much huge commission!
The people are dying because of inflation
There was hope from new province Uttarakhand
The government is building 56 dams but there is scarcity of milk
there is corruption in appointment, transfer.
Officers, politicians all are busy in taking bribe
There are enjoyments for power brokers
Bribe takers depositing money in foreign banks
there was huge corruption in commonwealth game too)

Disdaining the Corrupt Journalists by Narendra Singh Negi


Narendra Singh Negi worked with information and communication department of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand provinces of India and he is well aware of corrupt practices of journalists in India and abroad and he touched this subject indirectly and in symbolic way in his satirical poetry against corruption “Kathga Khailya Re”.

Normally the perception is that the journalists expose the corruption. However, there are instances where journalists take bribe or get favor for certain jobs which in fact ae the acts of corruption.

pkpolitics.com reports (3/6/2009) that one typical example of corruption in journalism is that the criminal silence across the board by all Pakistani members of the press on Nazir Nazi’s abusive language against junior journalist. The above web- site writes further that many journalists have been receiving favors from other criminal and corrupt societies/groups and hence journalists participating in criminal acts or corrupt methods.

pkpolitics.com provides many such examples where journalists acted upon corrupt methods and gained benefits or favors from corrupt agencies or criminals.

African Media news reports that there are many journalists who get bribe for misusing news or misguiding the people.

Acedemia education site also discussed the matter of “Corrupt Journalists of Africa”

In a well researched paper “Corruption in media: Perceptions of Tanzanian Journalists”, Denis Mpagaze discussed many issues --- A-Do journalists know fellow journalists take bribes or indulge in corrupt methods, B- how do journalists understand corruption in Tanzanian media, C- The real life situation of journalists in Tanzania. The research scholar Mpagaze concludes that the corrupt journalists manipulate the news or views for their benefits or for their master’s benefits. Denis Mpagaze also found that the media in Tanzania is disorganized and journalists take advantage of this situation to justifying their corruption.

Musa Xulu (18th March 2010) supported ANCYL (Anc Youth League) that the corrupt journalists in South Africa must be exposed for betterment of the society.

There is talk in Ghana’s intellectual class that the many journalists are practicing corrupt methods to increase the sales of their periodicals and making periodical sensitive.

John Hopkins detailed many corrupt methodologies being adapted by many corrupt Chinese journalists, Hopkins further reports that when the company interested in launching a new product, service or concept and if the company does not provide heavy bribe to the reporters , the reporters either don’t report at all about the launch or report negative about company.

David Sirota (27/4/2010) showed his worry on the worsening effects on American journalism on his write up “corrupt journalists “Corrupt Practices Accelerating the Decline of American journalism”.

Yellow Journalism is nothing but a kind of corrupt methods applied in journalism. Frank Luther Mott (1941) defined five main characteristics of yellow journalism

A- Scaring headlines in huge print , usually minor news

B- Bountiful use of pictures or using imagery drawings

C-Using fake interviews, deluded headlines, pseudo-science,

D-Dramatic sympathy with ‘underdog’ against the system

E- Emphasis on colorful Sunday supplements as crime stories

These days the viewers of Indian Television channels getting many news as described by Frank Luther Mott. A couple of news channels show the flood of previous years to show the fearful situation

According to an agency which prepare corruption index, Denmark is least corrupt country. However, the intellectuals are worried about corrupt practices by journalists in the country. In a website rubicon.dk.com, there is detailing of two types of journalists (right wing and left wing) and many of both indulge in wrong practices in their profession of journalism.

Britain and Australia are one the least corrupt country, However, Paul Gilfeather the senior correspondent of Weekend Today (29-30th January 2011) analyzed the corrupt journalism in both the countries.

Ramnan a retired management professional questions about corrupt journalists in India. He wrote a write up “ News of the World Closes, What About Corrupt Journalists and Media” his blog http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/news-of-the-world-closes-what-about-corrupt-journalists-and-media-in-india/

And questions a valid questions which every Indian is curious to know from Barkha data and Veer Sanghivi (both are famous journalists of current era),” On the other hand , what about Barkha Datt, Veer Sanghivi who among others, have confabulated with Nira Radia fixing cabinet birth in India?”’

Narendra Negi used a word ‘Chela’ or disciple in the poem ‘Kathga Khailya Re’, who takes bribe or indulge in corrupt practices. Negi indirectly criticizes corrupt journalists to who become the disciples of corrupt politicians or bureaucrats and also become power brokers or intermediates. These journalists who act as power brokers or intermediates of politicians are called “Chamcha of Politician” and Negi criticizes these ‘brokers’ in his remarkable poem “ Kathga Khailya Re” . Negi states that power brokers (may be journalists) get many benefits and then Narendra Singh Negi Negi disdains journalists or other persons who are power brokers.

Corruption in Pakistan

Pakistan comes at 34th position in corruption from top.

Famous Pakistani former cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan says that Pakistan is destroyed by corruption.

Many poets expressed their hopelessness , anger , distression against corruption in the pure land that is Pakistan . However, the poem “ Corruption of My Paradise” from Selection of Poems by Kamini Masood from Lahore (Pakistan) , aged 13 is very striking and shows hope to the whole world fighting against corruption

Corruption of My Paradise (2010)

I won’t give up

I shall not back down….

I ‘ll stop the disruption I despise

The corruption of my Paradise …

It is ours to save , ours to decline

A tangled web of frauds and lies

The corruption of my Paradise ….

Stopping corruption is not limited to any country but fight against corruption is beyond national boundaries.

As the above Pakistani poet is hopeful in eradication of corruption if people are united , one of the famous most Indian singers and well read Garhwali (Indian) language poet Narendra Singh Negi is also hopeful in eradicating corruption when he advised the government servants and politicians to be away from corruption in his Garhwali language poem “Kthagai Khailya (How much will you take (bribe)?) No doubt, Narendra Singh Negi expresses his hope in humorous genre by choosing perfect Garhwali phrases and images.

Corruption in Mauritania

Mauritania’s position is 35th from top in corruption

Corruption in Maldives

Maldives is just after Mauritania as far as corruption is concerned

Literature about Corruption in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is just behind in corruption at all levels. It is said that the people are facing various social and political crisis and the leaders are siphoning the national wealth.

Chirkure Chirkure is one of the famous contemporary poet of Zimbabwe who wrote many poems in raising the voice against corruption, non fulfillment of hopes, aspirations of Zimbabwe after getting the freedom from British in 1980. As one of the famous most Indian singers and notable poet Narendra Singh Negi blended humor and anger text and music to accuse those are engaged in corruption in Uttarakhand province of India in his Garhwali language (Indian) poem “Kathga Khailya (How much will you take (bribe)?) Chirkure Chirkure also blends humor and anger text and music to accomplish a sharp, wicked, hazardous satire which make him different than his contemporary satirical poets in Zimbabwe, Both the great poets of their respective countries- Narendra Singh Negi in Garhwali (Indian) language in India and Chirkure in Zimbabwean language in Zimbabwe have been successful in lampooning the excess and irresponsibility of political leaders and burocrates who stand between the national development.

There is similarities between Negi (Indian poet) and Chirkure Chirkure of Zimbabwe as both belongs to rural areas and both are well known musicians too. Narendra Singh Negi of India had been addressing the failures of Indian leadership continuously (his poems Nauchami Narayan, Gairsain are witness) and Chirkure Chirkure also have been exposing the failures of Zimbabwean leadership.


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