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Bias Media/vested interest

From: Mail
Dear Editors of HT, TOI, IndianExpress and TheHindu,NDTV, CNN-IBN, I got the mail below from a friend of mine and following the unwritten code of conduct, I am forwarding it to my friends but all efforts of people who have been forwarding this mail would go waste if this mail doesn’t reach YOU……

Something to think about..!!

Shame on Indian Media??? Really what a shame…

By the time u guys read this news, the body of Major Manish Pitambare, who was shot dead at Anantnag, would have been cremated with full military honors.

On Tuesday, this news swept across all the news channels ‘Sanjay Dutt relieved by court’. ‘Sirf Munna not a bhai’ ’13 saal ka vanvaas khatam’ ‘although found guilty for possession of armory, Sanjay can breath sigh of relief as all the TADA charges against him are withdrawn’ Then many personalities like Salman Khan said ‘He is a good person. We knew he will come out clean’. Mr Big B said “Dutt’s family and our family have relations for years he’s a good kid. He is like elder brother to Abhishek”.. His sister Priya Dutt said “we can sleep well tonight. It’s a great relief”

In other news, Parliament was mad at Indian team for performing bad; Greg Chappell said something; Shah Rukh Khan replaces Amitabh in KBC and other such stuff. But most of the emphasis was given on Sanjay Dutt’s “phoenix like” comeback from the ashes of terrorist charges.
Surfing through the channels, one news on BBC startled me. It read “Hisbul Mujahidin’s most wanted terrorist ‘Sohel Faisal’ killed in A nantnag , India .. Indian Major leading the operation lost his life in the process. Four others are injured.
It was past midnight , I started visiting the stupid Indian channels, but Sanjay Dutt was still ruling. They were telling how Sanjay pleaded to the court saying ‘I’m the sole bread earner for my family’, ‘I have a daughter who is studying in US’ and so on. Then they showed how Sanjay was not wearing his lucky blue shirt while he was hearing the verdict and also how he went to every temple and prayed for the last few months. A suspect in Mumbai bomb blasts, convicted under armory act…was being transformed into a hero.
Sure Sanjay Dutt has a daughter; Sure he did not do any terrorist activity. Possessing an AK47 is considered too elementary in terrorist community and also one who possesses an AK47 has a right to possess a pistol so that again is not such a big crime; Sure Sanjay Dutt went to all the temples;
Sure he did a lot of Gandhigiri but then……… ..
Major Manish H Pitambare got the information from his sources about the terrorists’ whereabouts. Wasting no time he attacked the camp, killed Hisbul Mujahidin’s supremo and in the process lost his life to the bullets fired from an AK47. He is survived by a wife and daughter (just like Sanjay Dutt) who’s only 18 months old.
Major Manish never said ‘I have a daughter’ before he took the decision to attack the terrorists in the darkest of nights. He never thought about having a family and he being the bread earner.

No news channel covered this since they were too busy hyping a former drug addict, a suspect who’s linked to bomb blasts which killed hundreds. Their aim was to show how he defied the TADA charges and they were so successful that his conviction in possession of armory had no meaning. They also concluded that his parents in heaven must be happy and proud of him.

Parents of Major Manish are still living and they have to live rest of their lives without their beloved son. His daughter won’t ever see her daddy again.
M. Srinivasan
The whole world knows that Mad Mohan was, and is , a faithful bureauxrat and as they used to be in the eighteenth centruy. As was theuir wint, they faithfully excecute commandments of their masters, irrespective whatever happens to the country or to their wives and families. Such faithful servant has to indulge in antinational linterests. For the Italian interests are not the same as that of Indian.

October 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm 2 comments

Teachers’Day Appeal to the Media

It is very difficult to comprehend the media and its deep seated bias. This is not reserved for the electronic media but also the print media. It is well know that the media will not forego a chance to bash Modi. Readers and viewers have taken this in their stride. Too much of anything is good for nothing in layman language. But in communication once the threshold valency power crosses the saturation point then it boomerangs. The message is not only lost but is rejected. A typical example is the Family planning red triangle that was a real sore to the eye in the early 70s.Every tree-every post every wall every imaginable surface was used to depict this symbol. People simply grew so fed up with it that it meant nothing and was a cause if irritation.
Watching the different channels and reading the newspapers,one gets not only irritated but real angry at the way the message is communicated. Take the example of YSR’s tragic death and the eulogies heaped on this great leader. In death a man cannot become what he was not. That he was a popular leader is a fact but that his way up was through violence and bloodshed is also a fact. Yet the media painted him with sheen of gold and placed a halo round his head. One leading English paper had this to say in its editorial, ‘Reddy was representative of the contradictions that characterized many successful Indian politicians: popular but authoritarian with a record of using violence to stifle opposition, efficient administrator but indifferent to norms of transparency and accountability in governance. These qualities clearly helped him to emerge as an undisputed leader..’ How does authoritarianism, use of violence to stifle opposition, indifference to transparency and accountability be called ‘qualities’? Is this the new standard scale of the media to confer Reddy with a ‘Man for All Seasons’? There is no quarrel if this scale is applicable to all political leaders. Suppose it is Modi who is being evaluated, will authoritarianism, violence to stifle opposition, indifference to transparency and accountability become credit points? Will the media say that Modi has these ‘qualities’ which make him a popular leader and a great administrator? So there are two dimensions in the media’s perception. Not just in vocabulary but also in perception. Disqualities become qualities when it comes to the Congress and the same becomes sore points to bash the BJP leaders. Apart from this two dimensional flawed prism through which the media views and reports there is even the oral communication of anger and ire seeping through. Take the interviews conducted by Karan Thapar in the ‘Devil’s advocate’ He not only uses a well modulated soft voice when it comes to the Congress. But put Modi, the Sangha Parivar leaders then his whole face becomes distorted-his eyes narrow and become slits and his voice becomes raspish .He does not even give them enough time to articulate their replies-he pounces on them, interrupts, and leaves them with no option but be flabbergasted. Why is it that that media has become so thoroughly biased?
Vir Sanghavi once interviewed Mrs Sonia Gandhi and all sugar and honey oozed through-his gentleness-his soft approach was apparent and was sickening. The pre-election interviews conducted at the residence of the Prime Minister of his wife and two daughters was another example-the interviewer showed such empathy and understanding-communicating these through the way she sat, her facial expression-the words she used-the emphasis laid on certain words et el. One particular channel’s news reporter thinks that he is on a political platform. He lectures to the audience-expresses his hostility and talks down the interviewees, displays his opinions more than eliciting the opinions of the interviewees. He rushed through as an Express train and packs so much that by the time it is relayed the next is on. Sound takes time to travel-more than light he forgets and at the end of a heated discussion we find that the interviewer talked more than those whom he interviewed.
The media has a crucial role to play in a democracy.It brings the whole canvas social, political and entertainment to the viewers and the readers. Its role is to inform, educate and entertain. Information to be factual above bias, education through meaningful interviews, realities expose etc. Today as in other areas the media has become a big bazaar-and has its version of corruption. The opposite of truth – distorted truth is deception. Can the media forget its portent and its obligation to the people? Even in a classroom can a teacher disseminate distorted facts-can a teacher be biased can a teacher be prejudiced? Today Teachers Day and as one who was a teacher I like to appeal to the media-whose classrooms are open-almost every house, whose students are of different age groups and whose subjects comprise a continuum from the small to the big-from the national to the international-is a awesome task and places a tremendous responsibility on it namely-To stand for the truth-to be unbiased and to join in the task of humanizing. Let qualities be qualities, values not de-valued and let not power and position be the criteria for conferring sainthood and holding out such as examples to the nation.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,

September 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

The Fourth Estate abdicates its duty

The media acts as though it has a prize catch the BJP in disarray! And hence page after page-channel after channel is zealously and studiously utilized to exhibit this prize catch! Its rumblings and infightings are to be dissected during the prime time-flashed across the front pages and ‘Walk the Talk’ complemented with dissent and discordant notes with supplementary talks between and asides making it all the Talk. Some grist for the media and with what enthusiasm and media savvy the public is served with this spicy news. This is an internal matter of the party and the best would be to allow it space to sort out its differences. On the part of the BJP too much time is spent on Jinnah business-something of the past which the present day people are not really interested. That’s history and best left with the historians. Why not move forward. Jinnah can never become the hero to true and patriotic Indians-irrespective of their religions. So Jaswant Singh coming out now with a book which almost makes him one will not go down well and will be rejected by the people. Even Arun Shourie has castigated Jinnah.
Yet there is a basic principle to agree to disagree. But there is also party discipline which compels the party members abide to function and stay well within the party discipline parameters- even in opinions. This is not against freedom of speech but adherence to a party discipline. If Jaswant Singh asserts that within the BJP it is ‘free for all’ then he too is one who is using that kind of free for all freedom which is detrimental to the party to which he belonged.
At the same time one must appreciate that there is no clash of ideology. No political party in India today has any ideology worth mentioning or worth standing by. It is a question of personality clash.
The media should remember that the Congress party was not free of such infighting and rebellion. Shukla, Karunakaran, Pranab Mukerhejee, V.P.Singh,Sunil Shastri, A.K.Antony, Chidambaram are some of the bigwigs who rebelled and left the Congress The media was rather sullen and subdued in reporting this. Chidambaram started his own party in Tamilnadu. Indira Gandhi with her anti-democratic mindset and her political cunning saw to it that those who were opposed to her were quietly shown the door to work towards strengthening the Party-even the great Kamaraj under the Kamaraj Plan. While she held the reins and stuck to power to convert the Congress party into a family affair and a dynasty .Though we all swear by democracy we are not even embarrassed that democratic parties do not last! The Indian mindset is such that dynasty and conversion of the party into a family fiefdom suits the mentality of the Indian. The Nehru-Gandhi family, Karunanidhi -his sons and his extended family, Samuel Rajesekaran Reddy and his son and family.All indicate that the feudalism is deep rooted in the Indian psyche, and political parties are family centered. So one voice-one throne-one High Command-one Supremo and one way channel-that’s the process. No dissent, no discussion, no airing of views. That’s how it works, such a system does not throw up rifts,no infighting, no second opinion.It breeds subservient, gutless individuals with no opinion and no ability to take on the leadership. It grooms a class of coterie and sycophants. The typical example is the Congress Party-because no Congress State President /Congress State Chief Minister will dare to utter anything which has not been approved by Mrs Sonia Gandhi. Why even the Prime Minister of India has all ears to Rahul Gandhi and acts accordingly. No 10 Janpath is the route for all even for the PM’s thought process! It is entirely another matter if Mrs Sonia Gandhi is right or wrong. If right she takes the credit if wrong the front liners are faulted. The arrangement suits both, as long as heads do not roll and power is concentrated in one Hand. We term this democracy and there was Rahul Gandhi wanting internal democracy! What a dichotomy when his very ascendancy to General Secretary was not through a democratic process!
Ultimately it all has a price-power and power positions. Margaret Alva went to the media to air her opinion on the Congress’ selection of candidates in the last General Elections She was sidelined and even suspended. But now she has been given a governorship All those who count-men and women of substance and opinion makers are quieted with the carrots. What else does a politician look for? Are they prepared to stand up to be counted, to be trampled later-stand for principles but are there any principles in politics-stand up for an ideology-but are there political parties which are anchored in ideology?. What is the difference between RJD and JD (U) and JD(S)? What’s the difference between Congress and NCP? One can cite any number of examples. The proliferation of parties depends on the number of moneyed persons who want /leadership power. So we have Chiranjeevi,Vijayakant,Sarath Kumar,et al. In Kerala there was a variegated Congress with different alphabets tagged on.
A party which is truly democratic will have occasional shakeups, tremors-this is to be expected. It is unfair for the media to create a tsunami out of this. The media-the Fourth Estate need to be vigilant-sift through and while reporting present both sides-that which needs to be condemned and that which needs to be commended. Did the Congress not impose Emergency-stifled the voice of the people-gagged the media. That’s history but it is the Congress’ legacy and the political baggage which it carries too. The media of recent times seem to be terribly biased and project a very partisan view. Most of the media are pro-Congress for reasons best to know to it. This is a great disservice to the people because it abdicates its role of nurturing a vibrant democracy and a healthy multiparty system.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,

August 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment


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