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Why India needs an alternate media in it's mainstream

I am pleased to introduce Shri Harish Krishnan as a contributor to this website with this first article.

Shri Krishnan and I have interacted in numerous on-line discussions on Churumuri and Sandeep’s Web. I have found his views logical and not tied to the biggest fad of our day – Liberal Political Correctness. What is even more critical to his writing is his marshaling of little known facts that make his articles and posts credible.

To be sure I may not agree with all of Shri Krishnan’s views and may make known my point of view as and when I see a conflict; but I can take pleasure in the fact that he speaks his mind naturally and honestly. His is the voice of a traditionalist that I would like more people to hear.

– Namaste

Off late there has been enough clamor for the need for an alternate media in India. The need for an alternate media arises because in India perception matters a lot. Ours is not a mature democracy like the United States, wherein people actively participate along with their leaders in public debates. Unlike the United States where media channels openly profess their support to a (any) political ideology, Indian media tries to profess impartiality at the outset but deep down their bias against anything Hindu is quite evident.

The biggest irony of a democracy is that people who think and vote are accorded the same status as the ones who vote based on caste, money etc. The Indian media has time and again gone ga ga over Indian democracy with editorials dedicated in the praise of the “intellect” of the Indian voter. When a pro-Hindu party gets elected most editorials read the verdict as triumph of communal forces and hence insult the selfsame intellect of the voters. However when secular parties get elected the same people call it the triumph of secular forces and claim the Indian electorate has buttressed the secular fabric of India. These claims are enough to expose the partisan nature of Indian media. Unfortunately the average Indian voter is fairly illiterate and ignorant to take cognizance of such double standards.

Today’s Indian Media must be reminded of the days of Indira and Pandit Nehru, on how media was gagged all through their rule. Take the example of Indian Express, how Ramnath Goenka and Arun Shourie were regularly persecuted by Indira Gandhi’s regime. If not for the efforts of Arun Shourie and Ramnath Goenka, many misdeeds of the Indira regime wouldn’t have come to light. It’s an irony that media freedom which was ushered in post 1990s i.e. the reform era and strengthened after the NDA government has backfired badly on the country and Hindus in particular.

The Indian Media has time and again made an average Hindu feel apologetic about his Hindu identity. This media was quick enough to come up with the catch phrase “Hindu terror” when Sadhvi Pragnya was arrested, but it never dared to call terrorist attacks all over India as “Islamic terror”, nor did it try to paint the insurgency in the north-east as “Christian terror”. The Indian media has never highlighted the double standards of the Babri Masjid committee and how it backtracked on its lofty statements of giving up Babri masjid if proven that a temple indeed existed there. Many stories have been written about the attacks on Christians in Orissa since 1999. A look at the Baripada rape case which hogged headlines indicting people of a Hindu outfit, but medical tests proved the contrary and it turned out the nun was lying to further the cause of the church. The media never reported the outcome of the case, even though it garnered lot of attention and unnecessarily tainted the VHP. Even in the case of Graham Stains, the media reported him as a social worker but never talked of his missionary activities. Thanks to Arun Shourie and like who exposed these claims. The killer of Graham Stains, Dara Singh was linked to the VHP and the general perception is the same till day, but again it needed an Arun Shourie to disprove the connection. The media even today tries to portray Hindu Hriday Samrat Shri. Narendra Modi as a mass murderer and never reprimanded the people of the likes of Teesta Setalvad for fabricating evidence. Vir Sanghvi has nothing but abuse for Shri Modi; however he doesn’t speak of the people who were at the helm of affairs when close to 4 lakh Kashmiri Pundits were rendered homeless and driven out of their homeland. Close to 30% of the people who died in the Gujarat riots were Hindus. Has the media ever taken up the call for justice for the 4 lakh Kashmiri Pundits, or the Kar-Sevaks killed in the Godhra carnage? It’s a well known fact that NDTV and The Hindu managed by Prannoy Roy and N Ram respectively owe their allegiance to the Communists. The Rajdeep Sardesais, Vir Sanghvis make their love for the secular regimes very evident in their editorials and selective reporting of news. The killings of mostly Muslims in Nandigram didn’t sound communal to these holier than thou secularists. It’s also interesting to observe that the Tehelka magazine doesn’t have a single sting operation conducted against the UPA government in the past 5 years. Instead you find Shri Tejpal singing paeans to the Gandhi family and MMS. The MSM ignored reporting the desecration of three temples in Mysore and few channels reported it as a law and order situation, but felt it fit to telecast minor clashes in Bangalore all day long when supposedly carcasses of pigs were found in a mosque and called it communal and blamed Hindu outfits without prima-facie evidence. Such gross digression from journalistic ethics is a curse on Indian democracy. It’s cancerous and before it spreads it is important that an alternate responsible media is ushered into the main stream. An alternate view which acts as watchdog of democracy as well as expose false claims and agenda of the main stream media. Unfortunately such an alternate pole is missing at the national level both in print and media.

The best example of a state where a significant presence of an alternate media house which has helped citizens form informed opinions has undoubtedly been in Karnataka. Despite Karnataka hogging the headlines in the national media for all wrong reasons be it the attacks by Rama Sene, attacks on the church and the Charlie Chaplin episode; the bad press didn’t have any impact on the electoral outcome. Reason being a few newspapers in Karnataka have time and again exposed the hollow claims of the secularists. During the Rama Sene fiasco the local newspapers were the first to point out the presence of the husband of a Congress councilor amongst the hooligans who hit the pub going women. Papers were vociferous in exposing the double-speak of secularists like Girish Karnad and U R Ananthamurthy. The national media never reported these facts. After the scholarly work of SL Bhyrappa on Tipu Sultan in Avarana, a secular organization like “KaRaVe” had to protest against naming the Bangalore International airport after a Jihadi like Tipu Sultan. A section of media in Karnataka had been instrumental in exposing the true colors of missionaries when they clearly brought to light contents of the blasphemous book “Satyadarshini”, which defiles all Hindu Gods and traditions. The national media never highlighted the FIRs and the requests for banning the book that have been lodged since 2006 by the Bajrang Dal. But if someone had made such disparaging remarks on prophets of other religions Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose would have cried foul. What else explains the fact that despite heavy minority turnout and Mangalore being the hub of Hindutva politics for close to 2 decades now, the secularists had to face defeat against a novice like Nalin Kumar Katil. The opposition cried foul when Shri Yeddiyurappa’s government took a revolutionary decision to free the Gokarna temple from governmental control and transfer it to the Ramachandrapur mutt. It needed a scathing article by Shri Pratap Simha to silence the opposition. Unlike the Vir Sanghvis and Tarun Tejpals who have nothing but eulogy for secularists, journalists in Karnataka have been extremely critical of the Yeddiyurappa’s government on various issues. Such synergy and alternate viewpoint undoubtedly creates a medium of debate and helps citizens to make informed choices.

However a state like Tamil Nadu presents a different case. The main reason why Tamil Nadu hasn’t been able to overthrow the bigoted Karunanidhi is the fact that they control most of the Tamil media. There have been repeated attacks on Hindus in Kanyakumari by Christians. There have been repeated protests against removal of Hanuman statue in Kanyakumari. There have been repeated protests by the locals in Madurai against installation of the statue of Ramaswamy Naiker (a Hindu baiter and atheist) in front of the Meenakshi temple. But nevertheless people outside these local areas do not know the ground realities. Never was Karunanidhi reprimanded for his hate speech against the Brahmins, but the media is ready to jump the gun and proclaim Varun Gandhi guilty. It needed a brave man like Subramaniam Swamy to put a full stop to the anti-Brahmin fusillade of Karunanidhi. All that Shri Swamy had to do was to remind ThiruKa that Ravana, whom ThiruKa eulogizes, was a Brahmin.  It was Shri Swamy who took up the case of Kanchi Acharya Jayendra Saraswati. It was the same Shri Swamy who took up the case of Rama-Sethu and exposed both TR Balu and ThiruKa. Interestingly the main stream media never actively followed the Spectrum allocation scam running into crores by the IT minister D Raja. At the end of the day Shri Swamy is a one man army. You cannot expect any more.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu present contrasting examples of how media can make or mar public opinion. With people like Baba Ram Dev getting into media business, it just gives us hope that that issues concerning Hindu Samaj and the demonization of Hindu organisations like VHP; attacks on Hindu institutions, illegal detention and false cases against our Dharmic gurus like Asaram Bapu, Acharya Jayendra Saraswati etc are pursued with vigor to protect our Dharma from external and internal aggression. India today needs responsible media which follow the tenets of “Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara”.


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