March 4, 2016

Media Sedation, not Kanhaiya Sedition

March 04, 2016 Posted by Vijay , , No comments
The more the news around Kanhaiya Kumar spreads, less inclined I am towards believing in anybody, let alone his own version. Among all this drama and confusion, the one source which keeps escaping scotfree, is the media. On the one hand the media reports of instances of intolerance, on the other hand, they want the freedom to continue reporting incidents and blowing them into such major proportions, there is no one who knows what the truth is. And then what happens? The so called anti national gets the sympathy of many, courtesy the media and no one now is willing to even know what the truth is.

The reporting media has become so powerful and opportunistic today, that an entire nation is held ransom to its opinions and views. It is quite appalling for the media to report incidents of intolerance when they themselves demand so much of tolerance. If I were given an opportunity, their wings should be clipped, not to subdue their reporting, but the constant debating and putting words in the mouths of politicians or students, you name them. It is disturbing to air debates which are fruitless given the media's reach and clouded views.

Freedom of speech is something which every Indian is proud to have. But does it give anyone and everyone to air their opinions and generate anti national sentiment? No. But hey, counter question would be - is there proof to show there were anti national slogans at JNU? But do we have proof to prove otherwise? No. But when you see news channels, Kanhaiya Kumar has become the victim. Irrespective of whether he is in the wrong or not, media will report he is the victim, and track him for 6 months and more.

Kanhaiya Kumar is becoming another poltician, or maybe Congress or AAP found his speech credentials and instigated this entire episode through him. Hey, he even went to jail! Talk about credentials he can proudly call out. He went to jail to fight the freedom of speech for the country!? But once again Kanhaiya Kumar targeted the PM of the country, which only makes Modi more powerful and more relevant than the entire country itself. What the opposition or the politicians at large don't realise is that they themselves are doing the nation a disservice by continuiing to target Modi. That only makes our PM ever stronger and literally rule out any competition for him.

This so called suppressing of views and crushing dissent has been forced into the nation's mindset by the media. It is not as if JNU hasn't been anti national. It has been a breeding ground for Maoism, but how far has that been reported? Our country is all about excessive freedom, excessive tolerance. No wonder India was ruled by rulers after rulers and pummlled all along.

To be frank, the tolerance in India, has more to do with lack of identity as a nation. Do we declare Hindi as a national language? No. Are we willing to accept it as national language? No. But we are all fine with English. So we want to live in colonial era, but want to have the life of the modern world. The lack of identity means, we don't know who to support, easily swayed by sentiments and emotions. So when we get our first so called non-Gandhi 'ruler' in Modi, there is a sense of discomfort and non-belonging.

The nation hasn't had its very own strong leader. A dynasty tries to rebel against strong leadership by projecting buffoons and illiterates against the strong leader. The result is that the nation is held to ransom at the hands of inane leaders who will do anything to derail the country. This has led to the prominence of the media, who are constantly fed with information however stupid or nonsensical it maybe. Instead of debating and bringing up farmer suicide issues, drought issues or even the EPF tax issues, media is busy being the proxy power in the country.

This is precisely what happens when there is a lack of identity. In India, we just call it tolerance. When we lack identity, we are like 'ya, its ok', the famous 'chalta hai'. And that my friends is why India is so called tolerant. As a nation we have been brought up in a submissive fashion over decades. When we get a strong leader, we should be giving him an opportunity to let India create it's identity. Being tolerant is important, but being regressive and illogical and irrational is not. The media is in effect sabotaging India. Is India now being ruled by the media? I would love to see a media channel by politicians and have debates between journalists and not the other way round. That would be more fun.