Wednesday, 17 January 2018

│2018: A WARNING│



│THE MEDIA MUST TRANSFORM FROM A FAITHFUL DOG TO AN AGGRESSIVE WATCHDOG│

Tell the Nation What It Ought To Know

India has been witness to some of the most game- changing transformations, as well as some horrific aberrations in the past few years. Their dissemination has been fueled mainly through technology.
The outlook, vision and expectation of it’s 1.3 billion citizens has also changed. From being happy to get road access to their town, Indians now want super highways, dotted with amenities and wifi connectivity.
It’s internet thirsty population wants to guzzle data which would put the mighty Kumbhakarna to shame. This insatiable thirst for connectivity has led to increased awareness, about both the good and the bad things happening in India and it’s a telling sign how Indians have reacted to this:
  1. India is fed up with tolerance. No longer is India ready for appeasement of minorities, appeasement of the enemy, appeasement of Netas and Babus . This is a new and impatient society, which wonders W.T.F. was going on for the past 75 years after independence. International exposure has created a feeling of resentment in the minds of the youth, as to why their country refuses to wake up and smell the coffee.
  2. Indians are now fed up of pretending to be humble for the sake of decency.
  3. They are ready for challenges and to test the waters of uncertainty and technology.
  4. They are not afraid to ask questions from their Governments and not lazy to stay at home and watch TV on election-day.
  5. They are fed up with “respecting” the politicians by virtue of their title and dynastic inheritance and want to know what efforts are they putting in, 24/7 at the click of a button.
  6. The Government at the Centre rode this wave of India’s new expectations. In fact any Government in power in India, even those in the States, are aware of these realities and expectations. They are now compelled to appear to either deliver, or chose to ignore these realities at their own peril, at the expense of being voted out.

Amongst all this, the role of the media has become all powerful and almost all pervasive.


In this era of Alt News, Fake News, Post Truth, and Big Data, powered by the social media, it’s all the more important for the media to not get lured by the temptations of click-bait, TRPs and viral viewership. It’s extremely important to ensure that accurate reporting and Principles of Journalism are not compromised. They must ensure that any news is given its due importance but not sensationalized at the altar of reporting all the facts.
This is particularly important on account of the fact that India will be holding its National General elections sometime next year which creates the real danger of the media becoming mere tools to vested interests. Hence it is all the more important for the media to maintain its vigil both on others and on itself. The institution of the media now faces the toughest challenge – of not only maintaining the focus on facts and objectivity, but also appearing to do so.
Twitter profile image of Chandan Nandy
Chandan Nandy Twitter Profile Image
With this background it has been worthwhile to note with dismay that the media has already made an impetuous leap into the nadirs of opprobrium within the first 2 weeks of the New Year, aptly justifying the trolls from whom they have earned the titles of “prestitutes” and “baazaaru".
  • The first incident was related to the publishing of story in The Quint on 5th January 2018, which claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a RAW agent,Quint article Jadhav who was caught red handed on account of his being incompetent. It detailed out accounts of senior officials of RAW regarding Jadhav. While the story was subsequently retracted, it was readily picked up by the Pakistani Media. Raghav Bahl’s The Quint published this story under the title, ‘Two Former Raw Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As A Spy.’ After retraction, the story currently states,’ The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story.’ 
The story socially engaged more than 50000 users on the internet. Besides the shameful aspect of irresponsible reporting, the brazenness of the media continues through the following:
  • Quint refuses to apologize and accept that it made a mistake. It still continues to maintain that it is “recheckingquint rechecking jadhav article some of the information mentioned in the article.”

  • The author of the story Mr.ChandanNandy,(@NandyGram) continues to maintain that he did the right thing by using vague terms such as “unnamed sources” to  support his claim instead of hard evidence.


  • Instead he chose to go into hiding after causing so much damage and spreading falsehoods.

  • The impudence continued as apart from a few websites, the mainstream media chose to either glance over or ignore the issue altogether

  • The effrontery conduct of the Indian media was again there for the world to witness when a group of senior journalists (including Senior Journalist Dipankar Nandi of Aajkal News,Deobash Bhattacharya of Anand Bajar Patrika– ABP NEWS) accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an official tour to London, attempted to steel silverware at an official dinner in a luxury hotel in London.
  • They did so by stuffing the cutlery into their bags or pockets. This was in the presence of several dignitaries from both India and the UK, including politicians and industrialists.
  • The entire episode was caught on CCTV.
  • When confronted by security, the discomfited journalists returned the cutlery with the exception of one senior journalist who had to be threatened with a police complaint, which finally led him to confess. He was let off with the minor fine of 50 pounds.
  • Interestingly the British mainstream media chose to completely expurgate this episode in their reporting.
  • The Indian media has concealed the names of most of the journalists, the hotel and other specific details.
The Indian Media, which is normally so touchy about censorships of movies such as Padmaavat, imposed a virtual embargo on the amount of information flowing on the above matters.


This is all the more perturbing on account of the recent unprecedented event in India’s history, when 4 Judges of India’s Supreme Court decided to rely on the media to take internal matters of the Supreme Court’s functioning into the public domain.

By holding a press conference, they not only jeopardized the institution of the Judiciary, but ensured its fall from grace by relying on an institution (the media) which is struggling to retain its sanctity.
As a first step towards reform, the media houses must shed their ignorance regarding the awareness levels and intelligence of the people who watch or read the news. Unlike their gullible Corporate sponsors and industrialists, whom they fool and threaten on a regular basis with TRPs and concocted Twitter Hashtag counts, the common man is far more aware and discerning. They should realise that the reader tolerates the advertisements in the hope and faith that in return, the media is providing credible, uncensored information and analysis.
The flawed argument that if you don’t like it, don’t watch it, may free them of their responsibility to the profession of journalism, but effectively amounts to a breach of trust the millions of citizens and our Constitution has placed in them, by attempting to guarantee their independence.
It is pointless to support the independence of an institution which is willingly prostituting itself to the slavery of economic gains and influence.
Since the media is so reluctant, let me assist them by informing them what the viewer already knows as a New Year Gift regarding a few TV channels:
  • NDTV , AVP news, are sold out to the Congress and CPI.
  • Republic TV ,Zee TV and Times Now are sold out to the BJP.
  • India Today and CNN IBN are sold out to whichever pays the most.
So evident is the prejudice, that several political parties/politicians have boycotted certain T.V. channels altogether. The anchors like Arnab Goswami, Nidhi Razdan, Ravish Kumar, Rahul Kanwal, Rajdeep Sardesai, Bhupendra Chaubey,Zakka Jacob and Rahul Shivshankar (the list is not exhaustive, although this "Hall Of Shame" keeps expanding) have reduced themselves from the position of ferociously independent guardians of democratic values to pimps of industrialists, celebrities and politicians.
To these anchors I say, people see through your façade of righteousness, your manipulative loaded questions,your irrelevant hashtags promoted through fake profiles, your flashy lens flares and your self gloating really rotten red tickers proclaiming you as the Number 1 channel and the pathetic way you attempt to tilt the balance of opinion in someone’s favor,the way you raise your voice laying pointless irrelevant accusations and then scoot into an ad break to the next senseless innuendo you call NEWS.
The corrupt and the fraudsters are no longer embarrassed by your questions and allegations and seem to be enjoying themselves on your show, on account of their awareness that you are as soaked in the filth of selfishness and betrayal to India, as the rest of them.
The horror of the precision of your repetitive concocted melodramatic, disseminating filtered facts with your own biased spins on every event occurring on this planet was shocking at first but mind numbing now.
It’s this rotten realization that your misconduct is spawning a society where people have either stopped trusting your institution or stopped caring that has the potential to plunge the country into the murky depths of anarchy.
This blog is therefore a warning to the media. Get your act together this crucial year.2018 will witness unprecedented events.There may be many incidents of fires, train derailments, rapes and lynching, keeping in mind the elections in various states this year, leading upto the General Elections next year. You will be lured by unprecedented opportunities, which will test your conscience to the limits. On such occasions, be bold, be fearless, be ruthlessly unshakeable and unbiased, be our moral compass, be our guardians, be the guardians of India’s true narrative. You may be penalised/trolled/rebuked for short while, but the viewers will thank you and be with you forever.
I would like to end the blog on a positive note by praising the brilliant and courageous work done by Journalist Rachna Khaira of The Tribune.She exposed how easily one could get illegal access to the demographic AADHAAR data of 1.19 billion residents of India for an amount as little as Rs.500/-. The same data, which the UIDAI claimed was completely secure and leak proof. In a typical Sarkari response, instead of owning up and conducting a high level inquiry, an FIR was filed against her. It is her response which is most impressive,”I think I have earned this FIR.”
Rachna and the team at The Tribune will most likely have to pay a price for this. It won’t be surprising to read about NIA/IT/ED raids on their affiliates or offices. It would demonstrate a mature Government if that doesn’t happen.


Its not important whether the data leaked was sensitive enough or not. What’s noteworthy is the fact that she broke the arrogance of the Government who were operating under delusions of grandeur. What’s important is that the Government would now be compelled to be shaken out of its apathy. That it would have to remain on its toes, to deliver, lest some brave, unswerving journalist may expose any lapses in their functioning.
Rachna Khaira and the team at The Tribune never shouted on anyone on Prime Time, but gave the most hard hitting slap on the faces of the custodians of power who were sleeping under the impression that the entire media had been either purchased or intimidated or alienated. She didn’t tell anyone what the Nation Wants To Know , but what the Nation Ought To Know.

7 comments:

  1. Ya I heard about the Indian media stealing silverware. Seems like they are still stuck in the slave mentality

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    1. Aarkesh Singh Deo17 January 2018 at 07:57

      Ya we all know what you did with kohinoor and slave trading and the mass genocides in various countries across the globe.You have been driven out , now stay out thank you very much.

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    2. Aadarsh Shrivastava18 January 2018 at 06:57

      The way media is supporting Padmaavat and the way Supreme Court went out of its way to lift the ban clearly shows the sad degradation of our Pillars of Democracy. I think the rot in the system has eaten away at at the very foundation of all of our so called pillars. I agree with @rottenmangoman that media must exercise the highest levels of probity in order to maintain some semblance. Already I have observed that 1 year before elections the Nirbhaya type rapes happen and controversial case of LGBT comes up for hearing before the supreme court.

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  2. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will on Monday hear the case about Judge BH Loya's death, one of the main triggers for last week's unprecedented crisis in India's judiciary.-If you still cannot find any evidence against Amit Shah, then the entire cost of this trial to be borne by the Congress party. There has to be a cost for politically inspired frivolous litigation.

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    1. CJI should have kept himself away from the LOYA case and impeached the 4 . Also at the highest levels of SC , how can there be such a thing as "junior" judges ?

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  3. THIS IS YOUR TRASHY INDIA............The man who died in Rajasthan's Alwar after being beaten by a mob on suspicion of cattle smuggling, was in police custody for three hours 45 minutes before he was taken to a hospital early on Saturday. The police arranged for vehicles to take the seized cows to a shelter, visited the police station - a stone's throw from the hospital -- and even stopped for tea before getting medical help for the injured man. By the time they did, he was dead

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    1. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING UNPARLIAMENTARY LANGUAGE and DO NOT USE this BLOG as a means to spread hatred. You will be reported and BANNED. Readers are welcome to post constructive opinions but necessary action will be taken against ANY trolling/ incitement of violence or hatred.

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