The recent spurt of media hype, aimed at the gullible masses in India to hoodwink them into believing in nonexistent matters, is no doubt, a cause for grave concern for all those who are still committed to the secular fabric of India. Look at what Vinod Mehta, the Editor in Chief of the Outlook group, and who has a meritorious journalistic performance for over forty years, has to say in this regard:
“The increasing corporate ownership of the media landscape in India could undermine its plurality and independent functioning” (Courtesy: The Hindu dated 28-01-2012). Vinod Mehta is no ordinary person as far as Indian journalism is concerned. His words come in the wake of serious threat from the vested interests of the corporate syndicate in India. Their money power is pumped into the media world, to control, direct, edit and present truth as it suits them. Vinod Mehta has been trying “to address the conundrum over whether the journalist and the politician could be friend or made strong bed fellows. Their jobs differed fundamentally; while the journalist’s basic objective was to get at the truth, the politician would be engaged in evasion, spinning or sometimes even outright lies. The twain can never meet, and if it did, it was dangerous.”
Such a galore of glaring misrepresentations in almost all the sections of media in India have created a myth that these handful anti social elements are the true representatives of the total Indian consciousness.
Take for example some of the significant media making in the recent past. The case pertaining to the allocation of 2G spectrum, Anna Hazare’s gimmicks on corruption, banning of A.K.Ramajujan book on Ramayana by the Delhi University etc. A negligible minority making the loudest noise in the media has got away with whatever they wanted. The culprit behind all these hijackings of truth has been the media, sponsored and managed by the corporate bandigoots. The voice of truth had been stifled so brutally that the voices of some of those who attempted to raise against these atrocities were diffused and weakened. They have succeeded in creating an illusion that such fundamentalist, separatist, discriminatory views are the views of the majority in India.
Such a galore of glaring misrepresentations in almost all the sections of media in India have created a myth that these handful anti social elements are the true representatives of the total Indian consciousness. Voices opposing this media aggression are there, but only in patches and in weak pitches. There is no serious attempt to consolidate all these voices. The media take courage from this culture of silence of the intellectuals in India.
The media are engaged not only in projecting falsehood, but also in presenting distorted versions of truth in such a way that they not only twist, bend and stifle but also deviate from the core of the truth. A select coverage of news items not palatable to them, or which seem to go against their interests, are slyly edited and presented hiding the core of the message of the news in order to promote their interests, It will be relevant at this juncture to present the letter written by Dr.K.Veeramani on 01-01-2012 to Mr.Ram, who was on that date the Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu.
“Dear Thiru Ram,
Vanakkam. Greetings of the season.
I feel compelled to write this letter to bring to your notice, a glaring omission in the report of the Hindu dated 30-12-2011, of the speech delivered by the Nobel Laureate Dr.Venkataraman Ramakrishnan at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
I have gone through the reports of the same speech in four dailies; The Times of India, The New Indian Express, Dhinamalar (Tamil) and ‘The Hindu’. The caption in the Times of India reads, “Nobel Laurates Venki calls astrology a fake discipline.” Dhinamalar quotes his exhortation “Trust in scienves giving up superstition.” But the Hindu caption reads “Good science is not possible without freedodm of thought.,”
What merits this speech worthy of a news report is his emphatic rejection of astrology and homeopathy based on pure scientific basis. But the Hindu has very subtly veiled the core of the issue of this speech. The Hindu has thus deftly shirked its moral responsibilities. Why should this daily shy away from truth?
I am convinced that this is a definite affront on the jouranlistic ethics, which we all of us are most seriously concerned about. I have never failed to acknowledge that you are a genuine progressive thinker. But this lapse has jeopardized that image. Erosion of such basic journalistic ethics does not augur well for the thinking, discretionary and fairminded public.
I request your immediate intervention and cautious guidance to the Hindu in matters such as this.
I shall be pleased to hear your views on this.
Yours Sincerely ,
The voice of the just, the voice of the oppressed, the voice of the truth, are all today at the mercy of these media mafia in India.
What is evident from all these events is that the media are in the hands of the affluent minority of the corporate giants, who wield all the powers of the information scenario, suited to their selfish ends. The voice of the just, the voice of the oppressed, the voice of the truth, are all today at the mercy of these media mafia in India. The Governments, the service organisations, the intellectuals, the social units and all the fair-minded citizens should come together to counter these false propaganda trends and check them as effectively as possible and as early as possible.