Elections are approaching in different states in India and parliamentary elections will be held in 2014. Do you know who is most prepared for the election? No, you are wrong. It is not political parties. It's media in general and English media in particular. But they are gearing up for what?
1. In 99.99% of instances, speech by Narendra Modi will not be put in front page in Print media. Even if put, most of his words will be either concealed or misrepresented for negative impact on his image.
2. Even for good reasons, media will try to defame Modi/BJP and it will intensify in the coming days. Majority of the texts will be sarcastic, defaming, disrespectful, intend to damage the image of Modi/BJP. (Proof? Recently, Modi was declared PM candidate of BJP. Of course it is a good news for millions of people of India. One just cannot become a PM candidate of a national party. Read this article [view] that shows how the article contains 80% of texts that deliberately intended to damage Modi/BJP image even when the news is about Modi's elevation to PM candidate. It sarcastically talks about division in party, reminds readers about 2002 riots, killing of people, shows Modi as "polarising" and "divisive" figure. Can you belief that it was a front page news of a widely circulated national news agency? Does not Modi deserve a mention about his leadership and managerial qualities, his developments models or at least what he said during his nomination of PM candidate? Numerous such articles will be put on front page on regular basis as election comes closer).
3. It is expected to have different views in a party. Views of different members of BJP or NDA allies will be presented in news/headlines as ‘divide in BJP’, ‘faction-ridden BJP’, ‘in-fighting in BJP’, 'unrest in BJP', ‘split in NDA’ etc. (proof? Read how media presented Nitish Kumar of JD(U) parting away from NDA and how differently they presented Mamta Banerjee parting away from UPA; numerous such instances can be cited).
4. Media will widely publicize Modi as Communal if he utters the word Hindu. Recall how media nit-picked Modi’s word when he said, “I’m born as Hindu and so I proud of it” (just use your heart and brain: aren’t we proud of what we are? Is not our hon'ble PM proud of his religion?). The image above depicts the way media projects Modi (or BJP) in their 'news'.
5. Modi will put forth his 10+ years of development and achievements of Gujarat in front of people of India, his vision about prosperous and strong India. However media will continue to organize TV channel debates and write editorial articles based on ‘communal-secular divide’, ‘hard-soft Hindutva’, ‘divide in BJP’, 'vote polarization', 'divisive politics', '2002 riot' etc.
6. All the editorial articles on BJP will try to show them in negative lights (proof? Read editorial articles on BJP written in last six months).
7. None of the editorial articles by media will cover achievements of Modi. Even if covered, it will not be without mentioning 2002 riots.
8. To influence voters, media will put articles in front page predicting defeat of BJP led NDA on the day of voting.
9. If you want your fake name and story to be printed in front page, just write an email to news editor bashing Modi, your fake horrifying experience in Gujarat or simply about a pothole in Gujarat roads (this was observed during Gujarat Election last year).
10. Even if Supreme court of India has exonerated Modi from 2002 riots, media will continue to tag Modi without mentioning this fact in their articles.
11. As the election will approach nearer, propaganda on Modi, BJP and NDA by media on TV news channels and print media will get maximum slot and front page space (recall documentaries on TV channels and news articles during Gujarat election last year)
12. There may be endless riots in other parts of the country. Yet media will not move beyond 2002 and drag Modi and BJP for all problems; and in worse blame 'communal forces'.
13. Crime rates in Delhi (and other cities) are becoming norm of the day. Have you read any article or saw TV news where CM/ruling party dragged in every time? No, or very sparingly. And I also believe that the government is not responsible for every crime. But you will observe that media behave differently when it comes to Gujarat (or BJP ruled states). For even petty matters, Modi/BJP will be directly dragged in, shown as big villain and 'communal-secular' debate will be kept alive.
Above points are based on observations of media over the years (but not all media are like this). Of course, one can argue that these points are totally wrong and unfounded. One can also argue that media reports on 'what is happening'. That's fine. The question here is how they report and their intention behind it. Don't believe what is written above but just start observing, start questioning and don’t accept any news on its face value; the fog will become clear. One can then ask why media is like this? Well, I don't have answer based on facts. Article written by François Gautiery [view] may throw some light. But I think it is a topic of a PhD research.
I believe that any political party has to work for the people else they cannot survive. What concerns is the way media report the news. And even more distressful fact is that we, so called educated and open minded class of people speak in the same language after reading these 'news'/propaganda. Unless we start questioning, change our mindset, change our thinking and change our attitude, we will continue to remain poor, slave and weak in every field of life. It is not only about media or politics, we should not accept anything status quo without questioning in any subject or field. Only then, we as individual will reach to next level of human being.
Britishers ruled us for more than 100 years. It was not that we were not capable of getting freedom much earlier. The fact was that nobody or very few Indians questioned British rule. Only when there was mass movement questioning British rule, we could get freedom. It was not that we became more powerful overnight to fight British rule. There was practically no financial or military difference when they came to India and when they left India. It was due to people's change in thinking, attitude and questioning British rule.