By now, it is fairly common knowledge that Rajendra Pachauri – the “voice and face” of the oh-so-prestigious (but, as I had noted in my previous post according to its putative UN parents, “unchartered”) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – quite suddenly resigned from his far-too-long-held position as Chair.
Back in his “glory” days (circa Jan. 10, 2008), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) had no problem recycling Pachauri’s prose and false (Nobel) poses:
India’s Tata Motors on Thursday unveiled its much anticipated $2,500 US car, an ultra-cheap price tag that brings car ownership into the reach of tens of millions of people.
But critics worry the car could overwhelm the country’s roads and create an environmental nightmare.
Chief U.N. climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri, who shared last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said last month that “I am having nightmares” about the prospect of the low-cost car. [emphasis added -hro]
I’d have to double-check, but to the best of my knowledge, there’s no evidence that anyone at the U.N. objected to this glorified depiction of Pachauri as “Chief U.N. climate scientist.” Nor am I aware of any pics portraying Pachauri riding on a bicycle. Although the thought does occur to me that perhaps it was his “nightmares” (or daydreams) that were the inspiration for the execrable prose that can be found in his “novel”, Return to Almora.
As Walter Russell Mead had (quite presciently, it would seem!) noted in his 2010 review, which I had somewhat belatedly spotted a little over a year ago:
A family friendly website like this one is not the proper place to describe Pachauri’s portrait of Sanjay’s sex life. It is not a pretty picture; parts of the book read like the Memoirs of a Disgusting Old Goat — by the kind of Old Goat that doesn’t understand the concept of too much information.
The difficulty in reading [Pachauri’s] Return to Almora isn’t rendering judgment on a vacuous ninny like Sanjay. The libraries of world literature are rich, but there are few main characters as vain, as blind, as ludicrous and as lacking in self-awareness as Pachauri’s protagonist.
The question is whether Pachauri understands what a fool he’s created: is Pachauri in on the joke or is he part of the joke? Is he mercilessly and cleverly exposing the absurdities and obsessions of a certain type of unreflective smoothie, or is he naively celebrating that success because he himself is so vain, so blind and so caught up in fame that he is as clueless as Sanjay? [emphasis now added -hro
In light of all the above, not to mention the far more recent charges against him – as reported by Donna Laframboise and Shub Niggurath, amongst others – I would certainly be interested in knowing why all we hear from the CBC is continued sounds of silence on this matter.
By remarkable contrast, CBC (British Columbia) had absolutely no difficulty reporting, today on a single “alleged assault”:
Fellow transit rider Kathy Yu posted details of alleged assault to UBC Confessions Facebook page
For some reason, the words “hypocrisy” and “double standards” spring to mind. As they far too often do when it comes to CBC’s reporting choices**.
**In the interest of “balance” – a concept that is very rarely evident in the CBC’s coverage pertaining to Israel (or Israelis) – and because it’s Friday … I must highlight a story from yesterday, in which the CBC (British Columbia)’s “Citizen Shane” reported on a variant of Canada’s favourite game, i.e. hockey … as played by Jewish and Arab Israeli kids.
Much to my amazement, there was not a single disparaging word to be heard in the entire four minutes and twenty-six seconds.