One of the biggest change that I have seen in Indian media (especially TV news media) is the amount of trash a.k.a- masala news they telecast throughout the day. With 100s of new channels getting launched, every news channel seems to have such lack of exclusive news that they go to any lengths to make a news – AÂ Breaking News. I see most of the news channels beaming only Bollywood and Entertainment news, most of the time.
I digress- coming back to the subject, while switching between channels during the IPL match yesterday evening, I happened to see something interesting on a news channel. A sting operation carried out by Channel Aaj Tak. It was such a news that I did not switch back to IPL !
The news channel showed video of Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) secretary-general Kandaswamy Jothikumaran accepting bribe. The footage clearly showed Jothikumaran accepting Rupees 5 lac (approx. $12500) to include an unnamed player in the national team for next month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia. You just need to have Rs. 500,000 to enter India’s national hockey team. Pretty cheap I must say.
The channel said in a release that its Special Investigation Team found that the selection process in hockey was not “always fair, the current administration is highly corrupt and that IHF President Gill is oblivious of the corrupt practices of his colleagues.” The channel claimed that after receiving a cash payment of Rs 2 lakhs and taking a promise of another Rs three lakhs to be given to his man in Delhi, Jothikumaran assured the channel’s team of getting a player picked up for the senior hockey team for the Azlan Shah hockey tournament next month.
It claimed that the bribe money was given to him in a five star hotel in Delhi in two installments on April 10 and 11.
It is such a shame ! For the first time, Indian Hockey Team did not even qualify for Olympics and even then these Indian officials are not least worried. Infact, they are keen on making a fast buck resorting to any means and putting India in shame !
Look where Indian national sport, hockey, has come to due to actions of these corrupt Indian officials !