The social reform activist turned political leader of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal may soon find himself speechless as India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani is believed to have served a legal notice on several TV news channels for “live” airing of anti-corruption activist’s allegations against him in October and November 2012. If successful in gagging the media where he does not have shareholding interests (direct or indirect), Mukesh Ambani would have virtually stitched the lips of Arvind Kejriwal whose “old wine in new bottle” exposes had started becoming stale for the channels which had been filling their airtime with biting bytes of a pillar of India Against Corruption (IAC) movement.
The “unofficial” gag order on Kejriwal-speak was released by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, in December 2012, demanding “a retraction and an unconditional apology in the form approved and acceptable to our clients” within three days from the receipt of the notice. It is not clear whether the notice has been sent to newspapers and magazines which may uphold Kejriwal’s Right to be Read, or Right to be Heard Deferred Live. After being shunned by co-crusaders Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi from the IAC family, Kejriwal had found an able supporter in PIL-specialist lawyer Prashant Bhushan ( veteran of many Corporate and Political encounters) who was seen sitting next to him during all Press Conferences as the political kid-on-the-block exercised his Freedom of Speech relentlessly at expense of Robert Vadra, Mukesh Ambani, Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Modi, Ranjan Bhattacharya, Niira Radia and Gautam Adani.
Kejriwal had risen to fame as the right hand man of Anna Hazare with well-researched social issues though emphasized with their patent hunger strikes at Boat Club. After Hazare disowned the politically inclined Kejriwal, his first two expose’s did stir the nation when both Congress and BJP went on a back-foot. However, being unable to find well-researched juicy issues to keep the media-thirst alive, Kejriwal’s last press conference in early-December 2012 was nearly a no-show by the TV channels where he termed Narendra Modi Government as Gautan Adani’s Dukaan. In the previous show too, Kejriwal pulled out an old tape from the Radia Tapes stable whose Outlook – Congress being Mukesh Ambani’s Dukaan – had already been heard as the corporate lobbyists chatted with foster son-in-law of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Political flavor does dilute the social activist label, is clear from the emerging trends of Kejriwal’s swan songs, unless he is able to find the Right topics to exercise his Right to be Read and Heard Deferred Live. Till then, Mukesh Ambani’s notice will merely keep Arvind Kejriwal gagged from his Freedom of Speech to be aired live.
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