We Baig for answers

There was a palpable hostility towards the media that turned up to cover actor Ramya’s campaign for Congress’s Shivajinagar aspirant Roshan Baig. Of course, the campaign team wanted the publicity; they repeatedly called journalists to give them updates about the star’s arrival. But they were also clear about how much publicity they wanted and what kind.

The menacing bouncers who surrounded the open jeep in which she was travelling were seen pushing and even slapping fans who tried to get too close. Shockingly, they reserved the same treatment for photojournalists who got too close.

One team of intrepid photographers broke the cordon and climbed the jeep to get some close-ups of Ramya against the backdrop of the crowd. The bouncers dragged them out of the moving vehicle by their feet. Mr. Baig didn’t even acknowledge the incident that happened a few inches from him and coolly looked away.

After journalists protested loudly, he relented and allowed a few television journalists to interview the actor. One of them started asking some tough questions that had her fumbling for a response. Suddenly, Mr. Baig himself assumed the role of the bouncer and pushed the reporter out of the jeep.

Uniform policy?

The day after the Malleswaram blast that left several policemen injured, the latter were seen sitting on their hospital bed and enjoying a hearty lunch, still in their bloodstained uniforms.

Intrigued, this reporter asked why they were still in uniform, one of them candidly admitted: “Suddenly we have been having a lot of VIP visitors from the top police officials to the Chief Minister. We have to follow protocol.”

His colleague said they were finding it hard to digest all that attention. “On most days nobody acknowledges our work. Now, we have turned stars overnight.”

SUDIPTO MONDAL,

TANU KULKARNI

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