Saturday, August 8, 2020
Home Media "Stop watching news television", Ravish has a point

“Stop watching news television”, Ravish has a point

Also Read

Akshay Saraswat
A journalist and sports writer with over five years of experience. I have worked in organizations like The Pioneer and The Sunday Guardian. A cultural nationalist who believes in India being the greatest civilization on the planet.
 

The constant moaning and winging of Ravish Kumar about the state of the country and media is old news. In the last few years, this star of NDTV has gone from being a sanctimonious preacher who spent half the duration of his show in a self-indulgent monologue, to a journalistic version of a Rudaali.

With his customary long face, he has tried to explain how, in his view, the Indian media has sold its soul to Modi and denuded itself of all journalistic ethics.

Now, he does have a point in criticizing the television media. The debates on most channels are intolerably chaotic shouting matches. Coverage of stories by media outlets too follows a pre-determined script rather than an honest investigation.

But is it a phenomenon only witnessed after Modi becoming PM? Furthermore, is it something that is always working in favour of the BJP?

The latest pearl of wisdom pronounced by NDTV’s star anchor is an advice for people of India to stop watching television news till the completion of general elections. The main reason cited by him for this radical idea is that Indian media, in his view, has become the ‘jooti of India’s strongest politician.’

I think we need to take this advice seriously. Yes, news television has been misguiding people since Modi came to power. But how? Contrary to what Ravish would have you believe, the shallow coverage of Indian media has been extremely averse to BJP.

 

In 2014, TV channels were ablaze with reports of atrocities being committed by ‘right-wing groups’ close to BJP. We were told that ‘Hindu outfits’ are vandalizing churches and government trying to suppress Christmas celebrations.

The publishing of an image of the original preamble of the Indian constitution, which didn’t contain the word secular, and an incident involving re-conversion of few Muslims was added to the list of outrages.

India was fast descending into religious fascism, the reports in the media suggested. Soon, it came to light that the attacks on churches were by goons not related to any ideology. 25th December was designated as ‘Good Governance Day’ due to it being Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday and not for disrupting Christmas.

 

The word secular not being in the image of the original preamble of Indian constitution was because the word wasn’t actually there in the original preamble. And regarding ghar wapsi, the hypocrisy of people who called opponents of conversions bigots suddenly complaining about re-conversion was for all to see. The announcement by the government of their readiness to bring in a law against conversion by force or allurements was deviously ignored.

So, as early as 2014, the TV media would have led you into believing that Hindu supremacists are destroying India as we know it. What followed was a continuous attempt to exaggerate every event catering to this narrative – like the lynching of one man in a country of 130 crore people – and downplaying of everything that went against it – like brazen policy of Muslim appeasement in Bengal.

Attacks on Dalits in a BJP state were discussed fervently while the killings of people from the same social groups in ‘secular’ states like West Bengal and Kerala completely ignored. The opposition to cow slaughter, an intrinsic part of Indian history, was described as a tactic to target minorities.

Killings of some prominent individuals was blamed on the influence of central government while Congress and SP-led state governments vindicated.

In short, if you take your cue from television channels, you would believe that India is coming apart at the seams. There are blood-thirsty mobs of Trishul-wielding Hindus out to kill Muslims, minorities scared to come out of their houses, nation about to become bankrupt, every opponent of Modi being persecuted, large-scale censorship of press and no space left for dissenting views.

Almost every citizen of the country who lives in real India would laugh at this dystopian picture. The fact that more venom has been spewed against Modi in media than any other PM in the past, doesn’t stop people from claiming a chilling effect on media. As to dissent, even airing of most outrageous opinions – from army chief getting equated with General Dyer to slogans in favour of India’s vivisection – hasn’t stopped ranting about curbs on freedom of expression.

Just think about it, how many Prime Ministers in this country’s history have been called psychopath, thief, neech, scorpion, illiterate, low-caste, murderer and a lot more. In spite of PM Modi enduring all these vicious attacks, he is still considered the biggest threat to Indian democracy.

But this is precisely the view of India that has been thrust upon viewers of news television. These channels allow a man as unworthy of national attention as Asaduddin Owaisi to rant about PM Modi’s wife but wouldn’t dare to mention Rahul Gandhi’s girlfriends. They let people of little worth question PM Modi’s educational qualifications but can never summon enough courage to ask about Sonia Gandhi’s academic endowments.

So, Ravish Kumar is right, isn’t he? The media did indeed become the ‘Jooti’ of India’s strongest politician. But it wasn’t Narendra Modi but Sonia Gandhi and the period was the ten years of UPA rule and not the five of Modi’s.

He is also right that people should stop watching news television. Because the constant peddling of a negative narrative meant to run down Modi government is very misleading. Ravish, who claims to be the lone honest voice on television and thinks of others as sell-outs, would do well to remember that famous couplet of Kabir: bura jo dekhan main chala, bura na miliya koi, jo man dekha aapna, mujhse bura na koi (when I set off to find evil, couldn’t meet any such, when I beheld my mind, found none more evil than me).

  Support Us  

OpIndia is not rich like the mainstream media. Even a small contribution by you will help us keep running. Consider making a voluntary payment.

Trending now

Akshay Saraswat
A journalist and sports writer with over five years of experience. I have worked in organizations like The Pioneer and The Sunday Guardian. A cultural nationalist who believes in India being the greatest civilization on the planet.

Latest News

The history of India – a story of distortion by marxists

By interpreting history only on the basis of economic monopoly can not eradicate the wrongdoings which were done based on religion.

Democracy has stung Communism big time in Galwan

China has spoiled relations with entire neighbourhood and well beyond its capacity to manage. The fool cards like BRI, blank cheque diplomacy and the debt-traps can buy few leaders of poor countries for short-term, but turn people of these nations into long-term enemies as well.

Religious secularism

With the hypocritical standards which are followed in this country, a person is looked down upon to celebrate an historical moment in his religion.

मोदी को न राम से बड़ा बताया है और न ही जय श्रीराम का उदघोष साम्प्रदायिक है

हिन्दू धर्म में तुलसीदास और सूरदास जैसे कई कवियों ने भगवान कृष्ण और राम के लिये वात्सल्य भाव का प्रयोग किया है। आज भी वैष्णव सम्प्रदाय में भगवान की वात्सल्य भाव से पूजा की जाती है तथा उन्हें परिवार के एक बालक की तरह ही देखा जाता है।

What the Ram Temple means to a Hindu

The difference between Hindu diversity and Christian or Muslim diversity - while the latter began as one and split with differences of opinion, we began as many and came together under one blanket, while retaining individual identities – the ultimate balancing act

A change that doesn’t augur well on this Independence Day

The character of the nation is carried by its citizens. If aberration is the norm, then how do we create soldiers of character defending borders? How do we create institutions and polity without the foundation of good character?

Recently Popular

Curious case of Swastika

Swastika (स्वस्तिक) literally means ‘let there be good’ (su "good" and asti "let it be"), or simply ‘good it is’ implying total surrender to paramatma and acceptance of the fruits of karma.

Democracy has stung Communism big time in Galwan

China has spoiled relations with entire neighbourhood and well beyond its capacity to manage. The fool cards like BRI, blank cheque diplomacy and the debt-traps can buy few leaders of poor countries for short-term, but turn people of these nations into long-term enemies as well.

Jainism’s Rama

In Jainism re-telling of Ramayana, Rama (also known as Padma), a gentle hero, is not the one who kills Ravana. Instead, his younger brother Lakshmana kills Ravana, the king of Rakshasas, who are otherwise a civilized and vegetarian people.

Striking similarities between the death of Parveen Babi and Sushant Singh Rajput: A mere co-incidence or well planned murders?

Together Rhea and Bhatt’s media statements subtly and cleverly project Sushant as some kind of a nut job like Parveen Babi, another Bhatt conjuring.

National Education Policy 2020 envisions to revive the ancient Indian wisdom, philosophy, human ethics and value system

The NEP 2020 is indeed has the potential to make India – Atmanirbhar if implemented properly. It envisions to make India a knowledge driven society and become Vishwa Guru in the field of education.
Advertisements