TRP scam proves the best of technology and systems can be compromised and sabotaged
When one is openly blessed by the most powerful and forbidding Prime Minister in Indian history, one might assume that one has a right to treat anyone he targets as ripe criminals. third degree verbal torture. Especially if the person or organization has opposed or disagreed with India’s most infallible leader. In fact, without that undisguised arrogance that this particular chain head has started to display, we might never have even known about the BARC rating scandal.
In fact, the brutal way in which this regime’s beloved anchor proceeded to fabricate a sensational case accusing everyone in the Hindi film industry after the suicide of one of its stars was downright slanderous. As he ruthlessly continued with his conjured mischievous narrative, slashing the world as mere consumable “collateral damage”, he also made the mistake of attacking the reputation of the police.
Then, Nemesis struck. Isaac Newton had articulated certain laws of nature and one of them spoke of an equal and opposite reaction. It came in the form of a criminal case filed by the Mumbai police against him and all those who participated in the alleged manipulation of BARC’s TRP, by bribing some homes equipped with meters. The world’s largest television measurement network and one of the most sophisticated had thus been violated by its own CEO who claims to have been paid average sums.
A mass of communication via WhatsApp messages between the CEO of BARC and the head of the most acerbic channel in the country has been unlocked by the police. What emerges quite clearly from these messages is that not only has the TRP system been compromised, but the utmost state secrecy, so essential to the safety and security of the nation, has perhaps also been disclosed. It is more dangerous, and indeed worrying.