15 June, 2021

Telly All Tale

The stories that Ghose tells would be amusing were they not so tragic.

Telly All Tale
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When Bhaskar Ghose was invited to leave West Bengal and become director-general of Doordarshan, Jyoti Basu said: "They won’t let you do anything. Doordarshan is part of the Congress propaganda machine." Ghose concurs, ending his memoirs with, "The tragedy of Doordarshan is the story of a publicly-funded organisation deliberately twisted, distorted and made into a mediocre presenter of programmes lauding the government of the day and doing so badly for the most part." Rajiv Gandhi warned him as much while appointing him, saying: "The government has got its fingers stuck too far inside Doordarshan. You’ll have to pull them out." Ghose tried to but when Congress politicians complained that Doordarshan had become "anti-Congress", it was Rajiv himself who sacked him.

The stories that Ghose tells would be amusing were they not so tragic. Of an auditor who made a producer’s life miserable over the purchase of one small doll. Of a director of the Madras Kendra, who when asked why he hadn’t commissioned any serials, whispered, "CBI".

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