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Indian Journalism is All Negative?

The Dilemma of Indian Journalism: Has JNU Claimed It?

The recent developments in Indian journalism, especially on the issue of JNU anti-India activities, have worried the conscious Indians. You don’t need any special spectacle to see the apparent divide – the journalists have divided into two groups. I don’t think it’s necessary to ‘name/shame’ any of them; you better know my hint. It is indeed shocking to learn that Indian media seems to have forgotten the positive journalism. You switch on the tv or flip the advertised cover page of a newspaper, you will be welcomed with negativity, hopelessness, biased viewpoints and sometimes rubbish editorial selections. If you introspect, you will find your helplessness, your craving, your urge to read or see something positive. Where can we find positive news? Why is the Indian media deciding to overlook the real demand of Indian audience? Why do they cling to negative reporting? I have to highlight some points related to Indian journalism.

See what it has:

First decide then report: This is one of the biggest drawbacks of the present day Indian journalism. Often, they tend to deliver their verdicts before they start reporting about any issue. What happens next? Their verdict directly influences their reporting approach – it goes biased! The news that comes to us is fabricated with ‘judgment’ and a hint of ‘favouritism’. However, as far as you are favouring the truth, it’s fine. People love Arnab Goswami because of this very trait. He stands with the truth – the truth that India stands with and expects journalists to stand. Unfortunately, there are only groups of journalists surviving in India today. One is Arnab and another group contains all others. Indian media has mastered the art of distorting the truth. This skill has blossomed to an extent that to prove their egoistic agenda, journalists can even stand with terrorists! The latest example is Sardesai’s anti-national confession! How low they can stoop? How dark can it go? (Ravish’s ‘rubbish’ dark screen, remember?) A group of channels and newspapers is constantly indulged in transforming the culprits into victims. I didn’t expect Indian journalism to fall down to this level. They can even put the national security at the stake to grind the axe of their ego. The classic example is Barkha’s ego against the honourable PM Narendra Modi.

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Will you trust these people?

 

Personal Scores: Look into the life of any popular journalist. You will find some attachments, some enmity, some achievements and some feuds. Accept it or not, there has always been a thin line of affection between politicians and journalists. With time, this line strengthens, weakens or breaks (depending upon the individual). Furthermore, this line decides the course the ‘particular’ journalist will take in his/her profession. There are many examples; I hope you understand it without the need of my exposition.

Highlight Negativity: Since the time I started taking an interest in newspapers, I have been observing one thing very seriously. You will find an imbalance in their approach to serving you the news. It’s an 80-20 unbearable ratio of negative and positive news that will almost bring a kind of nausea. The accident killed 5; fire erupts and takes a family; roads are dirty again; the government has become anti-farmer; we support JNU events; I am anti-national, and what not! Will they ever report a young man helping poor students with study materials? Will they see the person who devotes his life to serving the children and brings them out of the child labour? Be honest; did you know about Kailash Satyarthi before he won the Nobel prize? The answer must be no; such is our media, dear friends! Why? Because Indian journalism, except very few good journalists, has been suffering from a disease of negativity!

Ideology: The general notion of journalism is that you have to act unbiased and with a naught of pre-occupied conceptions (except the conditions when you have to have a firm stand). However, we have some channels who lean towards leftist mindset, right-wingers and even ‘anti-nationals’. Do you think a person with preoccupied mindset can see something positively that does not match his/her ideology? I, at least, don’t think so! If I am going to find water, I will not stop near the fire and analyse it – a bare example. This is what happens today in Indian journalism.

The desire to be the best: Barkha ‘claims to expose Arnab’; Ranna Ayub challenges Sudhir; Rohit claimed by Abhisar; this channel attacked by that… what not? Everything culminates with the article containing ‘I am anti-national and I enjoy beef!’ Very good practice of the profession, dear media persons! They keep throwing mud at each other and waste their important time. I wish they could do some true reporting that could motivate the drooping mindset of our countrymen.

If you ask me ‘do you have any solution,’ yes, I have one! Why not we act ourselves as journalists? I am not passing a sarcastic comment! I am proposing an idea. Why don’t we focus ourselves on the positive happenings around us? I really hope we come across many positive events between the sunrise and sunset. Suppose we catch those two and present it to the world, what happens next? If your story is inspirational, people will be happy as well as motivated! Enough talking has been done by now. We have come with ILN – India Latest News, a group of young persons which is willing to change the world with the power of positivity. We will give importance to the positive things happening around you. We have full confidence that you will find comfort in reading what ‘good’ we have!

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Alok Mishra

First and foremost a poet, Alok Mishra is an author next. Apart from these credentials, he is founder & Editor-in-Chief of Ashvamegh, an international literary magazine and also the founder of BookBoys PR, a company which helps writers brand themselves and promote their books. On this blog, Alok mostly writes about literary topics which are helpful for literature students and their teachers. He also shares his poems; personal thoughts and book reviews.

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