Are journalists born or made? Does a journalist acquire greatness or it is thrust on him? Is a mere accreditation card a passport of privilege to say arbitrarily anything against a section of the society, nation or government? Should the journalists earn the trust of their readers, audiences and viewers or command it in the name of press & media? Should the journalists become spokespersons of the political party of their choice or maintain the fine distinction between the free press and committed political party? These are some questions that arise after witnessing the continuing assault on Narendra Modi right from the days he announced his candidature for the Lok Sabha elections in 2013. In spite all hate mongering against him, Modi emerged as a leader of the masses with a clear majority in the Indian parliament, ending the culture of corruption aggravated by the “coalition compulsions”. In simple words, coalition compulsions meant “khao aur khaane do” (translating in to eat & let others eat). It was the deepest pit to which democratic governance could sink.
The harassed people of India threw out the UPA government led by the Congress Party, with Man Mohan Singh as Prime Minister. It was on the basis of a solemn assurance from Modi never to indulge in corruption nor allow others to do so (Naa Khaungaa Naa Khaane Doongaa). Corruption had rusted all wings of the nation- legislature, executive, judiciary, bureaucracy, security establishment. The worst was the corrupt press and media. Names of journalists acting as agents of corruption were mentioned by investigation agencies. This meant the decline of intellectual leadership of democracy in India, following the declining political, economic, business and security leadership. The journalists lost their freedom, stood with the ruling establishment, formulated news stories as dictated by those who engaged them. The angry masses gave full vent to their frustration on the social media.
But before that, news had already become good business and a short cut to power and prosperity. It was in line with their business interests that the journalists painted Narendra Modi as a villain so that he could not win the election. Excepting for Modi, the Congress and its unholy alliance partners feared no challenge to their prospects of capturing power for another term. Had they done their duty to the society by covering the elections without bias, prejudices or predilections, they would not have come to suffer the trauma of getting proved wrong and way off the margin. By unethically attacking Narendra Modi, the journalists lost their influence on public opinion. The journalists failed to gauge the public wrath against corruption, deceit and harm to public interest in functioning of the government because they took the people for granted under the impression that the helpless voter had no option other than the Congress, which could merrily fool the people as always in the name of secularism, communalism, minority, farmer, women, poor, schedule caste & schedule tribe. What the Lok Sabha elections revealed was the face of the resurgent India asserting its authority decisively. The journalists on employ of the political parties were crest fallen for quite some months till their political masters came up with a sturdy plan to get rid of Modi.
These journalists desperately looked for chinks in the armour of Modi and his government. They were fed on too much of anti-Modi stuff which woefully underestimated Modi’s capability to run the government and believed in their heart that he will fail shortly. They ignored all the good work done by Modi in the first year as Prime Minister of India, whether in foreign policy or good governance. Journalists, who wrote their stories in the name of corruption to blackmail bureaucrats, ministers, politicians and business houses, suffered the worst economic meltdown in the news industry in the history of free India in 68 years! Modi robbed them of breaking news, because Modi himself broke it first on twitter. They goaded their masters, shared their angst against Modi and desperately sought remedial action.
Resurgent and assertive India and her face Narendra Modi caused enormous worry for the foreign anti-India forces too. Attempts were made to foment communal trouble to portray Modi and party as anti-minority. First strike came in the name of attacks on churches by carefully engineered damage to one or two under construction small structures right in Delhi. The journalists went berserk with disproportionate stories filled with choicest negative words to make a mountain of a genuine molehill. The Modi government was instantly put on the defensive because it had the potential of flaring up in to serious riots, but it understood the game behind these incidents and effectively checked them from repeat.
The ISI of Pakistan smelled an opportunity but was feeling helpless. Foreign training of Indian politicians of low intellectual caliber, who were a cause of extreme worry for the committed journalists, increased in the meantime. The Mantra of “tolerance v/s intolerance’ was given to them in that training. Its implications didn’t become clear to the masses or the elite until used by the American President, Barack Obama, before winding up his visit to India. Since then it has been intolerance all the way to create trouble for the Modi government. The Modi government was blamed for intolerance citing of incidents which occurred long before he became Prime Minister of India! These included the murders of Dabholkar & Kalburgi . Law & Public Order, including policing, is the administrative responsibility of the state governments (Chief Ministers) under the Constitution of India (Allocation of Subjects under List-II State List) and not of the Central government (Prime Minister). If a man is lynched in UP state, the chief minister should be held accountable. But the journalists have laboured hard to blame Modi for it. It is so because the journalists have not changed their attitude or regained their true freedom. They have stubbornly refused to come to terms with the reality of Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister of India or the Congress having lost power for several decades and reduced to less than the recognized Opposition failing to get the status of even the Leader of Opposition because of getting just 44 seats, much below the requite minimum number in the Lok Sabha.
It has not deterred either the Congress Party or the journalists from creating troubles for the government to be run smoothly. A new weapon, a tried and trusted old one, to create unrest on the university campuses at different places in India has been released to cause disturbances by starting strikes and instigating students to commit suicide. Any political commentator would vouch for these old tricks of defaming the government before the imposition of Emergency in India. Drama on roads by carrying the dead body of a student or citizen killed in police firing or heavily bandaged heads of people who had not even been scratched superficially, getting them photographed and published in newspapers are stale tricks of the game. One can easily imagine the “power” of the journalists in spreading misinformation, disinformation and genuine information in such circumstances. First it was the advent of the television which clipped the wings of the print media, and when the television started abusing its power of the camera and the mike, the social media set it right. But the journalists refuse to budge a bit. They have now removed the thinnest veneer that distinguished them from the political party workers and spokespersons, as they have taken direct action. Today’s journalists are no more than propagandists for the anti-Modi political parties, foreign vested interests out to create communal riots in India for increasing the numbers of converts to their religion and discrediting the majority community or serve Intelligence agencies like the ISI, CIA, KGB & others.
They all have one common goal: to dislodge Narendra Modi, by hook or crook. They all have a single mission: to weaken India as a country. Their plan of action is: destabilize the government of India so as to eventually capture it with the connivance of traitors. They have started with hate campaigns.
Freedom of speech is the first in this series. It started in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi when under the pretext of Cultural Evening, anti-India slogans were raised, threatening to destroy India and fight for independence of various states in India. The worst was the glorification of a terrorist who was behind the attack on the parliament building in the past and who was executed after exhausting all legal channels. It achieved what was sought by the agents of ISI of Pakistan and other foreign vested interests- it evoked wild reaction throughout the country. The Student Union President was arrested. It was virulently opposed by communist organizations and Congress leaders. They opposed any action against the seditious uttering of the students and attacked the police action and the government for it. When the accused were being taken to the court, they created rumpus in the court premises.
Journalists violated all decent behavior and had to be kept away. They clashed with the lawyers. Journalists got the excuse to criticize the government. Everything was playing to the agenda. The journalists forgot that JNU is not the only university in India, it is no Oxford or Harvard, it barely makes to the list of 100 Indian universities rated by a media house, it figures nowhere in the list of 200 top world universities, it is not known to have done a single world class research in its existence of 46 years and that there are many far superior universities in India. The journalists think that whatever is thought by the students of JNU is also the thinking of the students everywhere in India. They are grossly mistaken. Had the journalists been fair & objective, they should have moved a 100 kms away from Delhi and interacted with the students and faculty in universities in UP, Rajasthan, Haryana & Punjab. But they know that their stories will fall through if they went beyond the protected garden of Delhi’s JNU with its overwhelming communist dominance.
The hype created by the journalists about the JNU incident and its aftermath are in a series of well planned destabilization campaigns starting with the return of Award given in the past to poets and writers, which is called derisively the Award Wapasi followed by a chain of LitFest (Literature festivals) to malign the government in the name of intolerance, vilification of the government for showing intolerance to the anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans on the campuses of JNU & Jadhavpur universities and programme for similar events throughout Indian universities. The journalists liberally contributed to fuel the fires of mayhem. Irresponsible statements, partisan news stories, motivated editorials & columns, facile TV debates, provocative language from the journalists and television anchors provoked the public immensely.
They went to the extent of justifying themselves by using the names of famous individuals like Noam Chomsky and Orhan Pamuk and newspapers like the New York Times and the Guardian.
It is so unfortunate for Chomsky to lend his name to be exploited by the highly compromised Indian journalists. Either Chomsky is unaware of developments in India in the last 12 years or he is getting his feed from sources in India, which is second rate and coloured information, unworthy of use by an eminent thinker and author like Chomsky. He would do himself a great favour to stay in India for a few years and see things for himself before issuing any Fatwa on the crass anti-India sloganeering on the JNU campus by agents of Pakistan’s ISI & other foreign powers.
The NYT has so far not taken a neutral view of the change of government in Delhi in 2014. It puts on a mask of leftism forgetting the damage the left has done to states like West Bengal & Kerala and its association with the Emergency rule of Congress leader Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It suffers from the same drawback of getting feed from half educated half-leftist half-socialist Indians who are prepared to give any twisted report for money.
If the NYT sincerely stands for a free press, let it send its New York based correspondents to do independent coverage in India for a year without any bias and file the stories accordingly. Carrying on with the motivated coverage as usual is poor journalism.
The Guardian has never done any news story on developments in India in the last 12 years. Had it done stories on corruption under the Congress led UPA government or the diarchy or the dynasty or the unconstitutional structure of the NAC under Ms Sonia Gandhi, it would have earned credulity for its stories. Since it ignored all such developments and is standing with the forces opposed to the Modi government, its stories deserve no credit.
Will the NYT please answer this question: would it be siding with a mob of students and faculty on the Harvard campus raising slogans to dismember America or kill the President of America or destroy America as on 9/11?
Will the Guardian be kind to students and the faculty on Oxford campus raising slogans to destroy the UK or kill her Majesty?
If not, how can these two newspapers extend support to traitors on the JNU campus? It is immoral, unethical, unwise from every angle. These newspapers owe an apology to the Indian people immediately.
Noam Chomsky need to remember that America has invested billions on containing communism in this region and fought wars, which are still continuing in Afghanistan. Does he want communism of the JNU variety to gather strength further? Does he expect a friendly response to America from the Indian left which has always spewed venom against it and misled the people on geo political issues all these years, patronizing poverty instead of prosperity, backwardness instead of development, closed mindset instead of openness to new ideas and change?
Why should such serious matters be adjudicated in newspapers and television studios? The Indian judiciary is independent and strong enough to return the right verdict. But when traitors and enemies of India allege “judicial killing” for awarding the death penalty to terrorists or traitors, they cross limits; when such elements poison the vulnerable student community on campuses, they invite prompt and harsh response; when they try to stop the government by media hype from taking lawful action, they seek the weak government of the past which had encouraged them to cover the distance from terrorist hideouts to university campuses. That is over now. Government has since changed in India and the people have changed in India. Terrorists must face decisive action. They saw it in Pathankot. They will see more of it. But the western countries must be prepared to face the consequences of their soft corner for them and their chief patron Pakistan. Stoking fires on university campuses is going to prove counterproductive for these countries, their press and electronic media, their thinkers and writers and others who are exploiting their generosity by living in comfort in those countries and surviving on foul mouthing India.
A true academic institution must promptly condemn the activities of the anti-national forces, enforce discipline among its students and impart true knowledge to them on all issues. Anything less than that is un-academic. For that the right place is the political party, not a university.