The term “Clean Chit” is used frequently in India,it is a powerful tool in the hands of ruling party to score a point over the opposition. In simple language it means clearing a person of any wrongdoings. It is a certificate of exoneration given by the government or law enforcement agencies (under orders of ruling party ) to suspects in a crime. Maximum clean chits are issued after elections when ruling party changes.
Some examples are:
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It was a sensational afternoon in the Capital as a farmer from Rajasthan whose crop was destroyed by recent unseasonal rains gate crashed a dharna event to enact a suicide.
While some guests were seen clicking pictures of the farmer desperately trying to hang himself on a tree,others mingled over drinks and snacks. The host of the party continued to entertain the audience with his antics. A few wise souls did climb up the tree either to have a close look or to save the poor soul.
Some of the people who were not invited or missed the action immediately rushed to the hospital where the farmer was brought dead. The afternoon in the hospital saw the who’s who of politics under one roof,hobnobbing over rounds of wine and cheese . They also posed in front of the camera and expressed the grief and shock over the incident.
Cheese,wine and some very animated conversations set the tone for the evening in the studios of News channels. The discussions also saw some well known faces from Delhi’s social and political circuit condemning the Governmant and blaming each other for current state of farmers in the country.
Some of the captions which accompanied the photographs of guests who attended the event in the next day’s event coverage on Page 3 were:
Colour White: for the politician who joined work after a sabbatical
The Game Changers: some broom holders
Let’s get clicked: the gate crashers
Two to tango: men in saffron
Prim and Proper: the supereme leader
My Daddy strongest: the leader in exile with his daughter
A dash of bling: Ex-CM of a neighbouring State of Delhi
White Knight: Current CM from the same State
” Jai Jawan,Jai Kisan”
Photograph by Sonu Mehta,Hindustan Times
Cartoon by Jayanto, Hindustan Times
Text: plagiarised from some real coverage in the Page 3
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