By now, everybody knows that Doordarshan fired a newscaster last week for referring to the Chinese President Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping. The country was shocked. Mainly because no one knew Doordarshan still had newscasters.
Logically, no reason why they shouldn’t be there. They’ve continued through Indira Gandhi, Rajiv, past Manmohan Singh, into our current premiership, in some parallel universe while we watched Arnab Goswami build himself a Roman circus. However, they’ve done away with the idea that anyone is watching. And when you do away with the idea that television is for watching, you can say anything really.
Perhaps the newscaster is right. There could indeed be ten other Mr Jinpings in China and surely that would suggest an eleventh one. Or indeed one in a sequence of thousands of Jinpings, of which His Excellency could indeed be the 11th, the fourth or the 54231st Jinping. Some complained that the error was not big enough to warrant a firing. It should be noted that had this error being committed in President Xi’s country, the firing would also be followed by the minor matter of being sentenced to death.