Friday, December 19, 2014


No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.

2004-2014 was party time for media. It was decade of media sycophants. It was decade of media opportunists. It was decade of the favor seekers. It was a decade of minority appeasement via media. It was the decade of powerful media power brokers. That was the time when media exploited the fluid situation and a weak Government to its maximum advantage. That was the decade when media personalities claimed to operate out of Prime Minister’s house and even fix ministerial appointments.PR agencies were hired to fix deals for industrial houses with help of media houses. All about quid pro quo .How else can one explain a news channel making losses for ten years and still surviving?

 Media would report news from their “Sources” which was nothing except a particular party’s view. But, it won’t report as to how quietly a new category of “Missionary Visa” was introduced. Hidden agenda of issuance of such Visas is now apparent. There were leaks from CBI, MEA and other important departments to help media convert every issue into BJP v/s Congress—Hindus v/s Muslims. Media insisted calling Pakistan terror attacks by “Non State Actors” but not Terrorists. Media has surreptitiously supported Anti Hindus, Anti National Anthem supporters. At every opportunity, Hindus were targeted in name of “saffron terror” while never a “green” terror. Yogi Adityanath was projected as a villain while Owaisi “saab”a hero. How can one forget media coverage of Batla house? When minority community got exposed, media would complete formality by adding “Alleged”

Some journalists have behaved like Nehruvian historians by distorting Hinduism and glorifying Muslim invaders. They insist calling those holding ISIS flags as “Misguided Youth” and not terrorists....Sadhvi(Hindu) is being targeted for using “Haramzada” while media is quiet on National Conference (Muslim) calling those attending Prime Minister’s rally as “Bastards” One senior journalist has coined a term “Internet Hindoos” on social  media.

Senior journalist, Swathi Chaturvedi, has tweeted “Dear fellow journos, it is our job to pontificate on all knows & unknowns, but do remember snowboarding fun while water boarding torture” One lady TV anchor went to the extent of saying “Ram is a divine encroacher.” She would realize the seriousness and consequences if she had said this about any other religion. Her husband was so brave that he used “F” word on social media and none other than Amitabh Bachchan had to take him on politely.

Post 16th May 2014, situation has changed. There are no more leaks from CBI, no leaks from MEA, no free overseas trips on board Prime Minister’s plane. With newsbreaks having dried up from “Sources”, media is left with no news, especially with PMO remaining out of reach of media.
Hence, what is the news?

Frozen Baba to be cremated.
Baba Rampal arrested.
Dilip Kumar discharged from hospital.
Sonia Gandhi to visit Rae Bareilly for two days.
Sonia Gandhi is unwell.
Why is 25th Dec being called good governance day?
Rahul slams BJP.
This is the level of news reporting they have fallen to.

And… Paidmedia,news traders  continue struggling for “Breaking News” and will continue struggle for next decade.



SG said...

Very well written. Owaisi is a "saab"? I thought, for him, that Hindi word is spelled "sob".

Rahul Bhatia said...

Am happy to read this post as I gave up reading and listening to news for better things!

anilkurup59 said...

Reasonably balanced views Sir. More out of anguish too.
However I hope and fervently hope that the new dispensation will go to the opposite extreme to purportedly redress the shenanigans of the past.

I see it this way, if someone could walk about without alteration to his life after saying that Ram is a divine encroacher, that tells the depth of Hinduism perse, which allowed opinions . Remember Ram did not decapitate the commoner who abused him for taking back a wife who was in a strangers harem.

BK Chowla, said...

Either way it is bad enough

anilkurup59 said...

"However I hope and fervently hope that the new dispensation will not go to the opposite extreme to purportedly redress the shenanigans of the past."
There was a typo please read with the "not" inserted here

Unknown said...

Now that the present ruling party is getting majority in the States, where ever election is being conducted. they should not indulge in politics of punishment to their predecessors.

Rachna said...

News reporting is a mess these days. I hope things get better next year. I have practically stopped watching TV news.

indu chhibber said...

Media today has hidden agendas.

sm said...

Wish you and your family a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest new year ahead! Happy New Year.

Shilpa Garg said...

It's been ages since I watched news on Television. Cant stand the biasness, drama, sensationalism!

Bikram said...

I have stopped reading news .. and have got my indian channels unsubscribed.. because all news is biased..

the govt in power is always good it seems ..

and also i am sick and tired of people talking about religion, I would prefer to read people are HUMANS first before they are hindu-sikh or muslim..

we in modern world have brought more differences in what we do and say then the old days which we say had more hatred.. I doubt .. i feel there is more hate now