Sunday, February 21, 2016

An Open Letter to the Indian Media!

Dear Indian Media,

How are you? I assume that you must be super excited after the surge in the channel TRP's.  Well, I'm a bit worried. Ah! don't assume that I'm worried because of your TRP's. Well I don't really give a damn about it. I am writing this letter to make you aware of your importance in a society, in a democracy. You are one of the pillars of democracy but your juvenile behavior looks like you represent democrazy - the crazy media! 

I have always believed that a media should be responsible. You are grown up and you must be aware of your responsibilities. I'm just a citizen of this country but my blood boils when I see some of you in form of news channels that play with people's mind. Don't you think my anger is justified?  Don't manipulate! Whenever some serious issue arises, the first thing that you want is to increase your show TRP's. You come up with a twitter hashtag and your intention is to trend it.Is TRP above human feelings? You very well know that there are mixed breeds of people in our nation. The JNU incident  just proved the point that Indian Media is  TRP hungry. Do you know Western media mocks at us. You are the one's who interview a dying man after a bomb blast and ask him - "How does it feels being bombed?" 

Well, that's not an exaggeration! That's how reporting is done. These days media is such that it spews venom into the minds of the audiences. And the poor audience blindly believes what you show. The Rational being is disappearing. Media plays an important role in the life of an individual. People blindly believe what is shown in media. Few years back when a certain News channel  reported about spotting of an UFO, everyone believed  that oh yeah there is UFO in India! Really? Or just another farce! Oh Yes DeshBhakt Indian UFO!

Some of you are so biased and pro government that you fail to unleash the other side of the story. Media should be unbiased and should be like an aggressive bull ready to fight when anything is wrong. But these days it is observed that certain news channel doctored a video clip of the JNU students President Kanaiyah Kumar who happens to be charged with Sedition. Do you understand what Sedition is? How can you judge a person even before the Supreme court gives its verdict. You showed doctored video clips and later when few other media channels clarified that it was a fake video then you fell down to another extreme level to prove that with another doctored video. Has journalism fallen to this low in this country?  Journalists are like the pilot of a plane full of people. You drive them. They trust you. They blindly believe  you. How dare you take advantage of this and play with all of them. 

Ok, now you went on to tarnish the image of a student who happens to be from a  poor family. A sedition charge is slapped on him and suppose after few days when the court finds him innocent and releases him, what will be his life like? You can go to an extreme degree to prove that Kanhaiyya was chanting anti national slogans by faking video clips. Now what will be his future? Will you apologize for ruining someone's life? You are earning big by sitting on the shows and gaining TRP's. Ever thought how life would be like for the guy whose career has been destroyed by you guys. Well, Kanhaiyya's case would be one of the example 

Let me narrate an incident that happened recently in New Delhi. A girl called Jasleen Kaur came up with a story where she claimed that a guy eve teased her on a road junction and abused her.  She was called upon by a reputed news channel for a debate. That channel is also known as Debate TV by some and the news anchor is notorious for screaming and yelling at their participants. It is also believed that he doesn't allows his panelist complete their statements and views. Okay, this girl Jasleen was called upon by this anchor for a debate. The girl cried on the show and narrated stories about how she tackled the guy. And then our hero anchor, the chief justice of Indian Journalism tagged her as the bravest girl of India and what not. She trended that evening on Twitter. A group of news anchors then interviewed the guy. They couldn't even respect what his views were and we not even ready to buy his points. It seems they already rated him as a cheap eve teaser. But then came the twist. Jasleen Kaur's version of story as fake and Indian media had already caused damage to the guys image. He was sacked from his job and looked upon as if he was the nation's biggest criminal alive. Check this news article Jasleen Kaur exposed: The eve-teasing incident that wasn't and the twisted truth.

Now tell me, will Indian media apologize to someone for destroying the guys image. The same is happening with Kanhaiyya and the other students charged with sedition. Don't jump into the lake without researching about it. There might be a big crocodile inside ready to hunt you. Shame on Indian media for being irresponsible. The Jasleen Kaur incident was one such example.

When there is a dearth of news then you come up with a cooked  story like that of the UFO spotting seen at a garden in Uttar Pradesh and what not. And when  there are no news left , then you fall prey to Internet trolls. There was a photo doing rounds recently the same day when the  Odd -Even traffic rules was implemented  in New Delhi. It was a photo taken few years back and that went viral and some people believed it and blindly shared it on social media. Some News channels crossed the limits and showed it as news.

And then some news channels came up with tweets stating that it was an old photo that was doing rounds. 

Such kind of Journalism will not take you anywhere. Please grow up! Ah TRP's! 

These are just few examples. I could write a book on the lies told by Indian media. But I live in a time boxed world and got no time to entertain such things. Why don't you understand your responsibilities? It's because of few of you , the entire media fraternity is looked down! There are some honest people too. It raises a serious question on your credibility. 

Your role is that to highlight certain topics and fetch news from across the country. You don't have the rights to judge someone. No one gave you the permission to give verdicts. The court Judges are well qualified to give verdicts.  So please be responsible. 

This  'chief justice of Indian Journalism' anchor who happens to conduct a TV debate show should take care of his throat. How about a throat insurance? I'm certainly quite sure that in the long run it is going to affect his throat.  You damage our ears, dude! And at times , we feel like shutting down the TV. Please be good to all. Let all speak. Indian  media, please be responsible. Do you know what some people say? They call few of you as government stooge and want you to officially join the ruling political party instead of showing pro government news.  Well, is this what you want to hear? I see tweets every day. Please realize your importance! 

It's because of you guys that my Indian brothers and sisters are categorized and they indulge in name callings. They call each other as Tolerant, Intolerant, National, Anti National, Bhakts, Congress Agent, Aaptards and what not. Lets remember the fact that we all are Indians first , so lets live together like Indians and India is known for its unity in diversity. Keep aside the differences. And Media should play a pivotal role in that and support. Media , please show facts. Don't just jump into conclusions and damage anyone. And if you damage anyone's image  then please ensure that you apologize on your channel. I'm sure you won't do that. I believe you but the TRP word scares me. After all , its the game of TRP's! 

And yes, to the  Chief Justice of  Indian Journalism , don't say 'The Nation wants to know!' 

The nation doesn't wants to know anything. You are not the Chowkidhar of the nation. So ask on your behalf! 

Be responsible Indian media! It's a humble request!

An Indian

These are my personal views. Let me know what you think about it by commenting on the comment section.

PS - Unedited article


  1. It was irresponsible on their part to put this doctored video and in particular, Mister India Wants to Know. It was shameful in framing an innocent student. Being a journalist out of India, I am appalled at such irresponsibility but it's not fair to label everyone in the country as such. There are many doing their work in exposing the bhakts who want to destroy the country's fabric and I take strong objective to those calling the media as prestitute.
    By the way, have you watch Ravish Kumar take on irresponsible reporting and anchors shouting their lungs out!

    1. Yes, I did see the Ravish Kumar video. It's good. But responsible reporting is necessary in this country and not pro govt, pro bias Journalism.