I’m sure we have gotten together to discuss news and newsmakers, affecting the world we live in. Sometimes light, at times grim, I suppose and hope we have dealt with every blow that has our come our way.
While I wish we could do that again and exercise our rights for the nation-building process, I am stumped at the headline the morning has brought to my notice. Yes, I’m here to share but mind you, it isn’t like any you have heard before. It isn’t about the usual news-makers, rather the news-presenters who we like on the other side of the discourse.
But we don’t live in an ideal world because senior journalists accompanying Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, on her official tour to London–according to The Outlook–stole silver cutlery during the dinner meet!
The ‘guests’ who were attending an official gala at a luxury London hotel, in the honour of Mamata Banerjee, were caught on CCTV doing the unthinkable and were later reprimanded by the staff.
As per the report, the Indian scribes who weren’t attentive about the camera were all senior editors, handpicked by their organizations to accompany the CM on this very important tour. One of them said,
“They possibly thought that the cameras wouldn’t be working anyway as is often the case in Bengal.”
The findings also suggest that another gentleman amongst the bunch was fined £50 (Rs 4310/-) because he apparently denied looting any silverware only to confess later at threats of a police complaint.
While that is that, journalists back home and people from all walks of life have taken to Twitter to are condemn the shameful act. See for yourself.
1. I can’t even…
Want to cringe? Ok. Top journalists & editors from Bengal media accompanying Mamata on UK tour caught stealing silverware at official banquet, confronted & fined. https://t.co/ei4e7BeMtn
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) January 9, 2018
2. Oh, the irony!
State of Bengal's intellectuals:
Then- "What Bengal thinks today India thinks tomorrow"
Now- Make headlines for stealing cutleryhttps://t.co/WfmrwKUBzq
— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) January 10, 2018
3. Who would have thought?
Senior Indian journalists steal silver cutlery at official dinner in London. And these, ladies and gentlemen, are the moral custodians of our society who preach morality to everyonehttps://t.co/oJtTW8uN5Q
— The Bad Doctor (a.k.a. Dacoit) (@DOCTORATLARGE) January 10, 2018
What a shame! https://t.co/vc94xCQYXZ
— Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) January 9, 2018
5. Just saying.
This news is gold. Every paragraph of this article is gold. Gradually, these people are gonna steal all of London and bring it to Kolkata and declare it as London. https://t.co/SdwiU0mSBm
— Anirban Dasgupta (@adg_5) January 9, 2018
6. Nothing compared to the humiliation they have brought India.
How embarrassing! They should be fired from the publications they work for. https://t.co/QFb0VkKwLI
— SamSays (@samjawed65) January 9, 2018
7. Only if…
Members of #MamataBanerjee's entourage on her recent foreign trip were polishing off delicacies as well as silver cutlery off the table – an actual expression of Didi's "BiswaBangla": https://t.co/cRGptxjV66
— Dr. Anirban Ganguly (@anirbanganguly) January 9, 2018
8. Now, you know.
'Senior journalists' from Bengal caught stealing silver spoons at London hotel. One of them is the son of a famous Bengali writer and wheedled his job using that connection. Story of India: ppl born with silver spoons in their mouth steal silver spoons. 😉 https://t.co/NhHd4WyiOM
— HindolSengupta (@HindolSengupta) January 9, 2018
This news is so downright disgusting and shameful that it would deserve naming and shaming these morons who have brought disgrace to all Indians. @MamataOfficial must take action and let the public know that she did not steal any cutlery herself https://t.co/C8PPwRYowp?amp=1
— Nidhi Sharma (@NidhiYogi) January 9, 2018
10. You bet!
Being a chamcha is one thing, taking a chamach another!!
— Bhaswar Mukherjee (@bhaswarview) January 10, 2018
11. On another note…
Why didn’t Bengali journalists steal soaps and shampoo like an average Indian, who steals cutlery?
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) January 9, 2018
Honestly, this is one of those rare moments where you’re not sure whether to laugh or fret! I mean, can anything be more embarrassing?