Is ‘Vijaya Karnataka’ ready for a Dalit editor?

Vishweshwar Bhat‘s exit from Vijaya Karnataka yesterday has been treated by the paper’s owners and managers with the same contemptible gracelessness that has been the hallmark of their conduct vis-a-vis journalists in the last two decades. There is not an announcement in today’s paper nor an explanation.

It is as if the reader, who is told why Yana Gupta didn’t wear her underwear, somehow doesn’t deserve to be told why there is a change at the top of the State’s biggest newspaper, in today’s imprintline.

The boiler-plate internal Times VPL memo, designed to reassure the rest of the flock and cool their anxieties, announces the name of E. Raghavan as the new consulting editor of the paper, on top of his current responsibilities as consulting editor of the presciently named Vijaya Next.

But just what kind of new editor should a mass-circulation paper like Vijaya Karnataka get? The Udaya TV anchor Deepak Thimaya, who did a short stint as editor of Vijaya Next before being replaced by Raghavan, has posted a provocative suggestion on his Facebook page.

I think a qualified journalist with a Dalit background should be made editor of a major newspaper in Karnataka. We may get new perspectives and the issues addressed may be different too. The time is ripe.”

Thimaya doesn’t take the name of Vijaya Karnataka, of course, but the hint is clear.

Also read: Why Deepak Thimaya left Vijaya Next

Anybody here who’s Dalit and speaks English?

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37 Responses to “Is ‘Vijaya Karnataka’ ready for a Dalit editor?”

  1. Pagan Says:

    Deepak T is biased against Muslims, Christians and other oppressed communities.

  2. OneF9Day Says:

    sorry state …. why they don’t want him on the table. what makes non dalits so special or what different will it yield to their status…… humans suppress everyone around them…. sorry state….

  3. Hosa Belaku Says:

    There is merit in the thought. Especially because the former editor reportedly ruffled Dalit feathers. Also, India has come of age. Media should take the lead and see if Dalits can spear-head a cultural, political and social renaissance.
    It should start in Karnataka which is now leading in corruption. Bengaluru, the capital city has nothing to boast of except some kitsch on the walls!
    Why do we hear them (dalits) only when they protest against something. Give them a voice to lead.

  4. prashant adur Says:

    Mr.Deepak Timmayya……..astonished by your comment, pradeep is right in his reply………by the way some people try to prove that they are progessive by doing such comments…….any way it is TOI management which has to decide who should be next editor……..and it seems they have already made their choice ……..E.Raghavan ….a man of around 70 who has seen many journalists like V.B./PRATAP may head the paper………it is better we carry out our jobs ethically rather than worrying about others worry……….

  5. prasad Says:

    It will be a good selection, but at the end of each editorial he must say that he is a Dalit, as he will have the privilege to write any thing about anybody.Nobody will be able to raise any objection and no law will touch them.

  6. gangadhar Says:

    Reliable sources in the times make it clear that even the chief reporter of vijaya karnataka p.tyagaraj has also fallowed the lines of vishwera bhat

  7. sarvagna Says:

    illu reservationa!

  8. Phudaari Says:

    It seems DT had applied for this post, and did not get it. So he is now focused on some social justice.

  9. Narayana Says:

    Further this Dalit should be from very lowly university and not from high class universities such as JNU or JMI. Drop out from IGNOU should be prescribed as the maximum qualification for job.
    Vijaykarnataka should also distribute their paper free of charge to whoever that can produce “Dalit” certificate.

  10. twistleton Says:

    Hosa Belaku!

    Let us hope there will be new light for our Dalit brothers and sisters.

    As Dee T says, why not?

  11. Gaampa Says:

    What about a Dalit to do “Jedarabale” on Udaya TV?

  12. Kitapati Says:

    A Raja is now jobless. He will be the ideal dalit editor for vijaya karnataka.

  13. Bhaskar Says:

    Where are we heading in this country ? Here I am not concerned whether VB’s departure was good or bad or Mr Raghavan is going to be a good replacement or not.. I believe, Raghav to be rated based on his performance and not on his Dalit background. Time is running fast, we cannot sit and debate on whether Dalit is good or Bramhin is good or a secular (if it ever existed) is good.. It has to be a person specific rating..

  14. ಮೈಸೂರು ಹುಡ್ಗ Says:

    People read a NEWS Paper for it’s contetnts, editorials, columns and Supplements NOT because if the Editor is a Dalit or no-Dalit or what-so-ever it is…..

    It’s looking odd to see the educated mass discussing the issue in these lines….

    An Editor is a mentor/supervisor/decision maker for any publications and all it matters for the publication/News paper to be successful is how contentful/reliable/quality are the Contents of the News paper.
    Remember that Media is one of the Pillar of any Society…and an Editor actively will be responsible for a healthy society.

    What concerns me most of the time is…none of this media tabloids mention if a capable Indian should lead or NOT BUT for the cast/religion……

    Wake up morons…

  15. twistleton Says:

    Bhaskar

    We ARE talking about person specific rating.

  16. Anirudh Says:

    Yes why not a Dalit for Jedara Bale? I am sure DT would agree. He is the only one who has highlighted the issues of Dalits over the years on his shows and everyone knows it. His interview with the Dalit Swamiji was one of his best. People should not forget that Udaya tv is owned by people from the Backward classes. Insiders in VN say that when he was the editor there he had said that he would like more Dalit journalists to come the field.

  17. mysore peshva Says:

    true, and we also need a dalit as udaya tv anchor.

  18. sunitha betkerur Says:

    if u r speaking for reservation why no t awoman editor. from a good academic background .

  19. Not A Witty Nick Says:

    No! Vijay Karnataka(as they spell it) should give free ad space to dalit entrepreneurs irrespective of their commercial success.

    From what I have heard, V. Bhat was shown door for not encouraging original content promoting BCCL’s Brand Capital customers or even getting new customers from Karnataka!

    All universities named after Gandhi family scions should have dalit VCs ;-) and State’s legal officers should always be dalits.

    Dalits should be given prime time on news channels, especially talk shows.

  20. Dishum Says:

    The news paper medium and all media is infested with forward castes. Brahmins holding the prime place among the lot- naturally they would not like to make space for a non-brahmin. It is a fact that three percent of the brahmin population of our country crafts the views of the entire nation. They would naturally be reluctant to cede this space to a non-fraternity person. Many of the responses here are from Brahmins or other forward classes.
    While most people would speak maliciously about A. Raja, not a word is being said about Pramod Mahajan, who was the originator of the policies that Raja continued. Similarly, much venom is spewed on a Dalit Chief Justice Dinakaran- but a Justice Bhalla is spared the venom.. this is a repeated feature of the Indian democracy when Dalits and other backward classes are easy meat for vicious comments. Who are the heroes of our nation- Sreedharan, Atal BehariVajpayee, Pranab Mukherjee, Somnath Chatterjee etc etc. The most reviled- mayawati, Lalu, Paswan etc etc. Is it not a coincidence that the nation’s most loved personalities are often Brahmin and the most hated are dalits and other backward classes..
    This list is only illustrative.. but can go on endlessly.
    Do rethink all that you have said above- lest an alternate system compels us to take the Bahujans serously.

  21. lakshmanan. t. naik Says:

    this is god way for vk. i await this devlpment.

  22. ViRam Says:

    I am in agreement with Dishum. Also, its stupidity that is on clear display by many who have jumped the gun and lost the basic premise. What Mr Thimaya has opined is a qualified assessment of the state of affairs in the society, and one thing that he is closely associated with – media. While no reservation is required by many dalits in the current generation to be offered higher posts in their fields on the basis of their castes, the so-called power wielding facilitators from erstwhile upper castes still are in the transition stage where they are unwilling to be gracious enough to share and acknowledge equality in professional ethics and excellence. India has been witness to this discrimination all along. It is only a very few, the likes of Deepak Thimaya himself, who have quashed the arrogance of the ‘knowledge creed’ by repeatedly proving that they are better in intellect and conduct and have been forthright enough to earn that respect. Mr V.Bhat has had a run for as long as he could. It took another of his kind to topple him from his seat for many reasons unimaginable. An old master Mr Raghavan can only be understood to have cracked the inside stories of VB and Mr Prathap Simha and in a deal of sorts that had a no-go for all parties concerned, i think they have harmed each other. Rather, sorted out without harming each other. I’m sure its got nothing to do with the publication. The TOI group had nothing worthwhile to say in explanation i’m sure hence the silence. I just wonder why we havent heard from M/s VB / PS or is it that they only spoke through their written voice and now they don’t have any amplifier to reach us their voice.. Or is it that a new venture is being brewed and we get to sniff it shortly….. anyway – getting back to Mr Thimaya’s comments, I can only wish for a situation when a person representing a larger section of the deprived lot in society actually comes to have a position of the leader of this newspaper and bring about a positive change in perceptions among all people for bettering the prospects in equal living among all classes of society. I can only say that, for the known calibre of Mr Thimaya and his intelligence or his excellence, or the fairness that he is known for, he should be playing a much bigger role in connecting with the people out in the world than getting stuck with what is majorly a pampered lot on FB or a few like us who seem to have access to better privileged connectivity. His views and debates should be for the real world for a real difference. I feel sad that this has elicited only thousands of words of comments and counter arguments from even those who can obviously be understood to have had no idea of the issue, which is blatant in their posts. This has a much larger significance and context than just a publication that is run for profit, and taking this as a cue, Mr Deepak Thimaya and like minded people should get together and do something more constructive and valuable in balancing the social fabric than just provokingly inspire a few like the ones here to be just part of the disgruntled or supportive groups sharing a lot of words that may only be good enough for the ISPs and Bescom to raise bigger bills.

  23. Parasuraama Says:

    Deepak’s hope is ‘present’ reservation should be changed and at least one post should be unreserved for others. Now, one post is vacant..allow VK to appoint a Dalith editor..(It will also pave the way for Times groups cost cutting exercise as good chunk of people will run away from VK office as soon as a Dalith takes chartgge..)

  24. Mathihalli madan mohan Says:

    why make the caste a villian of the piece when you are unable to deliver goods
    What vk or any otherpaper needs is a non nonsense professiona as editorial helmsman. But the in present atmosphere fuelled by the liberalisation, gloabalisation and privatisation, the post of editor has got devalued beyond redemption. The papers prefer editorial managers than editors.
    The tribe of good editors and good newseditor has long become extinct in Indian journalism, with few exceptions here and there.

  25. vikky Says:

    vk was not a no 1 paper. it has only been mouthpiece of cheddy people, some swamijies and big corporate and the supporter of these are the columnist in this paper. it doesn’t have the pulse of real kannadigas. hope exit of v bhat may do some good to this paper.

  26. twistleton Says:

    viram,
    i concur.

  27. The Rediscovery of India » Blog Archive » TOI Shoots Itself in the Foot Says:

    [...] The Slimes has shot itself in the foot as far as Bhat’s exit from VK is concerned. Whatever his other faults, Bhat is an immensely talented journalist, a great manager, and an organization-builder. People in Karnataka know that he’ll carry his personal brand wherever he goes and that it’s VK’s loss, not his. To its eternal shame, VK hasn’t till date even announced a change in guard as this blog post notes, [...]

  28. shashidhara Says:

    shame……. shame,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, media and press,
    illi jati hesaru mukhya alla, editor dalita or anti-dalita
    adara bagge charche salladu. janathege olle sandesh koduva editor sigali anta harisuttene,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  29. agosuke Says:

    I do not understand how caste of a person can be a yard stick to perform a particular job.The editor must be known by his editorial/managerial skills rather than his caste.I wonder how this caste peeps into everything.

  30. twistleton Says:

    @agosuke
    wonder ahead, do some research, let’s see if you get somewhere.

  31. Pulikeshi the Last Says:

    Time to look past tokenism. In any case why would a dalit person become editor of the VK unless he has the go ahead to reconfigure the workings of the paper and possibly cause it lose money?

  32. devanna Says:

    Jathiyathe bedi …manushyaragi bali

  33. harsha Says:

    Going forward, ensure that every walk of life should have a
    DALIT perspective and DALIT representative. We should also ensure
    that every profession has DALIT at the top of hierarchy to ensure
    that we instill confidence in them. Also, we should ensure that
    non-DALITS dont compete with DALITS since its demotivating for
    DALITS.

  34. Dr Y N I Anand Says:

    Why not a dalit leader as long as he is qualified? What is
    wrong with him? Why are all after the poor dalit? Pl note that
    qualification to him is to get 30 odd percent in the university
    while you and I have to get over 90 % to compete for the same post.
    However pl do not forget that he is “Qualified” for the post as per
    the constitution of this great country. Then why crib at all? If
    anyone has the capability or the capacity, let them change the
    constitution. Further, please do not blame the dalit for any
    mishaps. Never compare what happened before independence in the
    Indian Administration at all levels with the present one. If the
    former officials were honest, upright, hard working, efficient,
    conscientious, could not be purchased for a consideration, and all
    that blah blah, what is the fault of the poor dalit fellow who has
    a different DNA in his body and soul? What is wrong he is
    inefficient, dishonest, lazy, could be purchased easily for some
    consideration and has killed his conscious while entering the job?
    After all everyone does it. Most importantly he is “qualified” for
    the job? So friends, Pl do not bother if the country goes to dogs
    (it has already gone in any case!). Give more and more reservations
    to everyone whom the politicians think he is in need of, and watch
    in deathlike silence the aftermath.

  35. majid khan Says:

    dalit being the new editor of the vk is a nice development.the present political leaders of dalit r not satisfactorily rising the issues of this community facing in social field.in order to get the votes of the uppercast they humbly behave and bow their heads.and not rise the issue this same situation is been found in muslim ploitical leaders too. so in such situation if dalit becomes a editor in chief i believe that he can bring the discrimination happening against the dalits the minorties adivasis and the downtrodden classes.let the management of vk do this revelution at the earliest.

  36. Karthikeya Says:

    yeah yeah… I am already thinking.. The first Indian to be sent into space and on to moon should be a DALIT too.

    Bring caste/reservation everywhere. Instead why not banish non-DALITS from the country ?? Good idea? 3% control the country it seems? what rest 97% are doing? If they can not do anything they really deserve to be where they are now coz 97% is too big a number to do anything.

  37. Mahadevaswamy Says:

    why not

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