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│2018: A WARNING│

│THE MEDIA MUST TRANSFORM FROM A FAITHFUL DOG TO AN AGGRESSIVE WATCHDOG│

Tell the Nation What It Ought To Know

India has been witness to some of the most game- changing transformations, as well as some horrific aberrations in the past few years. Their dissemination has been fueled mainly through technology.

The outlook, vision and expectation of it’s 1.3 billion citizens has also changed. From being happy to get road access to their town, Indians now want super highways, dotted with amenities and wificonnectivity.

It’s internet thirsty population wants to guzzle data which would put the mighty Kumbhakarna to shame.

This insatiable desire for connectivity has led to awareness, about both the good and the bad things happening in India and it’s a telling sign how Indians have reacted to this awareness.

1)    India is fed up with tolerance. No longer is India ready for appeasement of minorities, appeasement of the enemy, appeasement ofNetas and Babus. This is a new and impatient society, which wonders W.T.F. was going on for the past 75 years after independence. International exposure has created a feeling of resentment in the minds of the youth, as to why their country refuses to wake up and smell the coffee.

2)    Indians are now fed up of pretending to be humble for the sake of decency.

3)    They are ready for challenges and to test the waters of uncertainty and technology.

4)    They are not afraid to ask questions from their Governments and not lazy to stay at home and watch TV on election-day.

5)    They are fed up with “respecting” the politicians by virtue of their title and dynastic inheritance and want to know what efforts are they putting in, 24/7 at the click of a button.

The Government at the Centre rode this wave of India’s new expectations. In fact any Government in power in India, even those in the States, are aware of these realities and expectations. They are now compelled to appear to either deliver, or chose to ignore these realities at their own peril, at the expense of being voted out.

Amongst all this, the role of the media has become all powerful and almost all pervasive.

In this era of Alt News, Fake News, Post Truth, and Big Data, powered by the social media, it’s all the more important for the media to not get lured by the temptations of click-bait, TRPs and viral viewership. It’s extremely important to ensure that accurate reporting and Principles of Journalism are not compromised. They must ensure that any news is given its due importance but not sensationalized at the altar of reporting all the facts.

This is particularly important on account of the fact that India will be holding its National General elections sometime next year which creates the real danger of the media becoming mere tools to vested interests. Hence it is all the more important for the media to maintain its vigil both on others and on itself. The institution of the media now faces the toughest challenge – of not only maintaining the focus on facts and objectivity, but also appearing to do so.

With this background it should be worthwhile to note with dismay that the media has already made an impetuous leap into the nadirs of opprobrium within the first 2 weeks of the New Year, aptly justifying the trolls from whom they have earned the titles of “prestitutes” and “baazaaru” :

  •  The first incident was related to the publishing of story in The Quint on 5th January 2018, which claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav was a RAW agent, who was caught red handed on account of his being incompetent. It detailed out accounts of senior officials of RAW regarding Jadhav. While the story was subsequently retracted, it was readily picked up by thePakistani MediaRaghav Bahl’s The Quint published this story under the title, ‘Two Former Raw Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As A Spy.’ After retraction, the story currently states,’ The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story.’

The story socially engaged more than 50000 users on the internet. Besides the shameful aspect of irresponsible reporting, the brazenness of the media continues through the following:

  • Quint refuses to apologise and accept that it made a mistake. It still continues to maintain that it is “rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.”

Chandan Nandy@NandyGram

Calling a spade a spade!
Two Ex-RAW Chiefs Did Not Want Kulbhushan Jadhav Recruited As Spy https://www.thequint.com/news/politics/two-former-raw-chiefs-did-not-want-kulbhushan-jadhav-recruited-as-spy …

8:22 PM – Jan 5, 2018

The Quint is Rechecking the Kulbhushan Jadhav Story

The Quint is rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article.

thequint.com

  • The author of the story Mr. Chandan Nandy,(@NandyGram) continues to maintain that he did the right thing by using vague terms such as “unnamed sources” to  support his claim instead of hard evidence.

Sandip, the world, especially of journalists, survives on trusted sources.

— Chandan Nandy (@NandyGram) January 5, 2018

 

  • Instead he chose to go into hiding after causing so much damage and spreading falsehoods.

Dr Mohammad Faisal@DrMFaisal

Update as reported: Journalist Chandan Nandy who filed the story is “missing/gone in hiding”, was last spotted at Khan Market Delhi and since then has been untraceable for Family and friends. Freedom of press ?

11:58 AM – Jan 6, 2018

  • The impudence continued as apart from a few websites, the  mainstream media chose to either glance over or ignore the issue altogether
  1. The effrontery conduct of the Indian media was again there for the world to witness when a group of senior journalists (including  Senior Journalist Dipankar Nandi of Aajkal News,Deobash Bhattacharya of Anand Bajar Patrika –ABP NEWS) accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an official tour to London, attempted to steel silverware at an official dinner in a luxury hotel in London.
  • They did so by stuffing the cutlery into their bags or pockets.

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NDTV Nidhi Razdan – intolerant anchor?

When news anchors with a partisan agenda take things too far

Screenshot Nidhi Razdan



NDTV‘s known dislike for the Indian political party currently in power – the Bhartiya Janata Party, is known even to novice or occasional news watchers. Through firebrand anchors like Barkha Dutt, Shekhar Gupta, Nidhi Razdan and many others, the news channel works overtime as spin doctors, nitpicking everything the current dispensation does.


But the reason why Nidhi is able to stand out from the rest is her sheer shallow and incompetent role as an anchor. While Headlines Today had recruited and promoted ruthlessly biased, anti BJP anchors like Rajdeep Sardesai and Karan Thapar, the anchors were able to display at least a hint of professionalism, objectivity and neutrality by either granting the BJP representatives at least 10-15 seconds of uninterrupted air time (Karan allowed even more) or by asking, intelligently masked insinuating questions.Occasionally they even came up with somewhat brilliant comebacks to the responses by the BJP members. Similarly anti Trump CNN news anchors like Don Lemon, neither shout over, nor interrupt, nor reduce air time of the Trump supporters. Whenever they want to criticize the Government, they do so with some basis(factual or otherwise) and are never hesitant to allow the Government spokespersons to express themselves clearly. 


Nidhi is apparently unable to do so, not because she doesn’t want to but apparently because she can’t. Her whole concept of the requirement of being an anchor appears to be the  ability to express herself in limited English and her hair style, while at the same time constantly interrupting and badgering BJP spokespersons.After watching the show for numerous years, it is apparent to me, that appointing such a mediocre anchor for such an important show has been NDTV’s unfortunate mistake. The show in itself, appears to raise important issues, but is sunk like the Titanic every night Nidhi Razdan is at the helm.


Arnab Goswami has already murdered panel discussions and debates and Nidhi Razdan is closely following his footsteps. Arnab however, at least betrays some sense of intelligence in the few seconds that we are able to hear what’s going on. Herein lies the problem. People switch over to NDTV in the hope of being able to get away from the cacophony and expect to hear at least some words of intelligence. Some of us even want to use our own intelligence by being able to hear and judge for ourselves whether the person speaking is validating his arguments with facts. We don’t need an ill informed self gloated Nidhi Razdan, interrupting every word in the desperate hope of hogging all the air time. 


Nidhi joined NDTV in 1999 . Her claim to fame however appears to be her ” alleged” affair with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah . It is alleged that this was the reason for Nidhi Razdan to divorce Neelesh Mishra in 2007. 


Her association as program anchor of Left Right and Center seems to have started in 2012, but this may need correction. The search for earliest videos of the program on NDTV website lists 2013 and 2014.


She has been awarded Teacher’s achievement award for communication(2011); Ramnath Goenka award for Excellence in Journalism for reporting from Jammu and Kashmir and North East India(2013);The Jammu and Kashmir State government award for excellence in journalism(2013) – No prizes for guessing how that happened.

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