Kunal Dasgupta was let go by Sony Entertainment TV today, at least one person who told me this news said it with a triumphant flourish, "The Bongs are out, first from TV entertainment and then also from TV news soon!"
And I could not quite get the vitriol, but a heady mix of power, entertainment, cricket, sex and money has taken its first victim, even though I expected the first victim of the IPL to be the Rajasthan Royals. Lalit Modi will have his revenge on the RCA, and the Ahmedabad something or the other - name suggestions in the comments thread please - I've already got Ahmedabad Rioters (let go of the riots please!) and Ahmedabad Veggies. But how will the hard drinking, hard smoking captain (and others) of the Royals deal with the 'enforced' morality of Hindutva central? I know that there is more booze than orange juice in A'bad - heck, in IIM-A alone there is more booze than your typical Punjabi village. And there is possibly more sex in Ahmedabad than in Jaipur. But, there is this morality thing and all.
After all, how much can be done under the table. Or in the case of the powder, even on the table. Anyway, I digress. It appears that at least two promoters of news channels have supposedly approached RC for funds. It is a good time to have funds during these times, everybody and their long-lost cousin, twice removed loves you.