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OJ SIMPSON IN INDIA - Humor and tragedy-Fiction (and facts)
By Kumar Singh Ali (our fiction reporter ) [email protected]

Some people have sold their TV sets in this country just because they
could not stand to long, ardous and unending hearings of OJ. In name of
justice and its social importance the case has been blown up by the
hiper-media of USA to such an extent that many media critics are planning
an entire book on this issue. How media has put this case in the virtual
courts of public is a case itself. A murder trial with international
repute, the horribly arrogant and commercial media of US , has
unfortunately ramifications in the whole world through satellites, cable
and US media's fingers in almost any country's national media. The
'awesome' case is discussed in Europe, Asia, Latin America and elsewhere. 

Thanks to omnipotent US channels carried by satellites and aired by Indian
cable operators - this case has also reached India! 

Now I dont want to bore you herewith on this very questionable and
disputable issue as to who really murdered the ex-wife of the sports star,
with violent temper and the wife's last boy friend but the issue IS how
this event will be handled by today's Indian society. 

Imagine OJ Simpson was OJ chander or OJ Singh or OJ Rahman and a famous
cricket star having affairs at every corner, with fans adoring him
everywhere.  Imagine this guy's 3rd ex-wife is murdered along with her boy
friend. How the public and Indian media will react. 

First of all the most important question you will plant is that it is
impossible that Indian OJ can have so many wives and kids with almost all
of them. I think that the media sensitive public of today does want stars
and in India stars are adored by masses just like in the US or any where
else. Many Indian politicians , sports, film stars who are in limelight,
have had affairs with many women and if we are to believe the fictional
characters of literature and movies, most of our stars have Beevees and
Rakhails (rakhail is like a sub-wife "kept" behind the scenes in secret
apartments). 

I have personally met in 70s lots of our leaders and youth-leaders who in
evening whisky parties hosted in old british colonial houses (where our
lords of post-independence get lost in the over-grown landscape and thick
white-washed walls); a large number of ugly dhotiwalas and gandhian skull
cap wearers; boasting of their many affairs, wives and rakhails and how
they maintained them in secret places and how they kept their little
mouths shut. 

Not going very far, you can refer to the latest OJ case in Delhi where a
congress activist female - was cut into pieces and thrown to a burning
oven by the so-called Youth Leader Sushil Sharma - who later alleged that
the woman was "whoring" with some very dirty politicians- old and young
alike. This is first time media gave a bit of attention to a case just
because the case is myriad and mysterious. Probably the novelty was not
the murder or the murderer but the novelty of crime (e.i. oven of a
popular restaurant) which led the media to make it a hyper issue in
super-conservative India - which is obviously something new and
unprecedented. 

You will say I already know that most of these politicians and ministers
are corrupt bastards who mock Indian democracy and do what ever they like.
Yes! true but the fact is that most of these corrupt crooks also rape,
plunder, murder and do any imaginable acts of violence and use of illegal
means when it comes to their whims or to achieve their goals. 

Now the case again is not wheather some or most of these guys are bad or
honest gentlemen but how Indian media and public react to this kind of
cases in the new changing world of today where presss & media is playing
such an important role. 

Coming back to OJ simpson (Indian version) trial in India: Imagine you are
in India and the whole thing is enacted in India. 

SCENARIO NUMBER ONE

The issue never comes up as the star held a press-conference on his return
from a city far from the crime city and is shown as genuinely in shock and
he puts the whole responsibility on his Nepali (or from some backward area
of any Indian state) servant who wanted to rob the ex-wife and rape her. 

* Press

The press writes OJs version and the case is hushed up.

Next day a small story on the 3rd page (or near sports page) is printed

"Servant kills Popular Sports star's 
ex-wife and an unidentified person"
 (by agencies and our local reporter)

New Delhi - Delhi police found, yesterday evening the bodies of popular
sports star Oj's estranged ex-wife and an un-identified man in her 30s ,
in a pool of blood , in the posh South Delhi Holy India apartment complex,
while the servant Gharib chand was absconding. The police commissioner DS
Gupta, who reached at the scene of incident told reporters that their
doubt is on the servant and 3 of his accomplices ('servants' in the
colony) who are also reported missing - believed to have killed the 2
innocent victims to attempt to rape the woman who had not paid the
servant's salary of past 3 months for alleging that he robbed her pearl
necklace. The police on the gruesome crime scene , found a few clues
including a stained knife the size of a sword, reported to be sent to the
police lab today for further investigation. A worrysome Chief minister of
Delhi, Honorable Shakti Kapur ji said he was very worried about the
growing crime rate in the city and he was transferring the local SHO and
SP to western Meghalaya as punishment. Apparently shaken Chief Minister
while in total sympathy with the victims ex-husband ( in reality
scratching his genitals with anxiety as he thought of his own ex-women)
assured that a police party had already been sent to the alleged assasin's
village Kishan pura , in Begu-Sarai District, where the alleged killers
might have taken refuge. 

A very shocked and shaken OJ reached local airport and told the waiting
press people that he fainted when he heard the cruel news of the killing
of his ex-wife alomgwith an-unidentified young man. The star with tearful
eyes said thet he will not leave the killers alive and will do anything to
bring them to see them hanged. The star said he was abandoning all his
public engagements for next many weeks and told waiting reporters that the
other victim was his wife's nephew who was visiting her to help her to
find the lost necklace. ""

*TV & Radio

There is a very brief 30 second news reading on the National TV taken from
the agencies and a 180 seconds speech of Chief Minister who is shown
worried about the growing crime rate in the state. Later the news reader
adds that some top ranking officials and ministers sent their condolences
to the star expressing their anguish and sympathies and their total
support to the mournful star. 

*Public

Public and fans sends 23.000 letters and telegrams to the star and
sympathize with him and criticize the dead wife for being so neglectful of
the star. 

SCENARIO NUMBER TWO

*A clever and young reporter happens to question the star
 why he left the city the same day of the crime.
* They find star's fingerprints on the victims bodies.
* Star was seen by a neigbour running from the apartment
with blood on his shirt.
* Star was found talking to a close friend few days before the murder
 about his infidel ex-wife.
* Star was to contest forthcoming elections on ruling party's ticket 

*Press

Next day a 2 column story on the 3rd page

"Popular Sports star's ex-wife and an unidentified person found dead"
  Aspirant to Parliament denies any links with the murder

New Delhi (UNI) Delhi police found,yeserday evening the bodies of popular
sports star Oj's estranged ex-wife and an un-identified man in his 30s ,
in a pool of blood , in the posh South Delhi Holy India apartment complex,
while the servant Gharib chand was stated to be absconding. 

It is said that the star left the city the same day the crime was
reported. The police commissioner who reached at the scene of incident
told reporters that their doubt is on the servant and 3 of his accomplices
who were also reported missing - but he wont deny the possibility of any
other foul play. He denied any link to the crime with the star's leaving
the city the same morning of the crime. 

The police on the gruesome crime scene , found a few clues , reported to
be sent to the police lab today for further investigation. A worrysome
Chief minister of State said he was very worried about the growing crime
rate in the city and he was transferring the local SHO and SP to Nagaland
as punishment and negligence of duty. 

Apparently shaken Chief Minister was in shock when reporters questions on
the link between the double-murder and the star's leaving the city to
Bhopal. Lately, the star has been quite active with the ruling party elite
on his getting a ticket for the forthcoming parliamentary elections. It
was alleged by close sources that the murder may have some political
connections. The chief minister denied absolutely any link of his party
with the star and his ex-wife. 

A very shocked and shaken OJ reached local airport and told the waiting
press people that he fainted when he heard the cruel news of the killing
of his ex-wife and an-unidentified young man.  The star was wearing a cap
as he had shaved his head. Upon hearing the sad news he rushed to the
nearby Lord Shiva temple in Bhopal , where he had just arrived from a
flight from Delhi, and offered his hair as glowing tribute to his loving
wife. 

The star with tearful of eyes said thet he will not leave the killers
alive and will do anything to bring them to see them dead. The star said
he was abandoning all his public engagements for next week and told
waiting reporters that the other victim was his wife's nephew who was
visiting her to help her to find the lost necklace. A young reporter and
his photographer colleague were beaten by some press men and other
accompanying gentemen, apparently associates and fans of the star. The
alleged reason of beating was not yet known but it is said that the
reporter had insulted the star causing irrepairable damage to his
emotions. 

Another very small one column 3 inch news appeared in the press

Reporter and photographer hospitalised for severe beating

New Delhi - A local press reporter and photographer working with Popular
Times on an assignment to the double murder case related to the sports
star OJ. were said be to in grave conditions as they were beaten up badly
by the Star's 'fans' and security officials as they allegedly insulted the
super star. Both pressmen were in their 20s and had just started working
with Popular Times as apprentice cub-reporters. The pressmen , as stated
by police , threatened to link the popular star with the double murder
case involving laters ex-wife. The correspondent and his colleague who
were among the press party waiting at the airport for the star's flight
from Bhopal to Delhi are reported to have questioned the star why he left
the city in a hurry around the time of the death of this ex-wife. At this,
the fans of the star surrounding him , shouted at the correspondents not
to dare say this kind of nasty thing or their legs will be broken and will
lose their jobs. Upon the reporters' insistance the fans crowd beat them
mercilessly while the star was answering the waiting press. 

Union of City journalists sent a formal protest to Police Commissioner for
the severe beating of the colleagues. The commissioner has taken this very
seriously and said that a enquiry Commission is being set-up to
investigate the details and upon receiving the commission's report, some
action could be taken. 


*TV & Radio

The news is censored by the party and only a doctored version is aired instead.

Delhi Chief Minister denied firmly any repeat any links with the popular
star OJ and his family as some sections of press have reported a link with
the double murder of the star's wife. The Minister angerly refuted any
charges as to any kind of link with the party or any of its members in the
government and said strong action will be taken against the culprits and
they will be brought to justice. Minister warned the opposition to refrain
from expoiting this case for their selfish interests as the star was a
contender to the ruling party's ticket to the forthcoming elections.
Minister also ordered the police commissioner to setup immediately an
enquiry commission as to under what circumstances the reporters were
beaten by the star's fans on the airport. 


*Public

There are some suspicians targeted towards the star but most people think
that the opposition is pulling the star in the case just to malign his
possibility of running on a ruling party's ticket. 

Public and fans sends 23.000 letters and telegrams to the star and
criticize the opposition party for the foul play and frame the star for
being so popular. 


""

There are other possibilities and scenarios possible. Could you think of
another scenario? 

If yes please write and send to me.
Sincerely yours,
Kumar Singh Ali [email protected]

(NOTE: the above is fictional but could be true and it could have
coincidence that it matches with some of the living characters in India.)
(another note: My name is also fictional but could be true)