Tuesday, September 15, 2015

IT IS MODI ALL THE WAY PART 21- WHAT WE LOST IN SIXTY SEVEN YEARS-WHAT WE GOT IN 15 MONTHS- WHAT WE WILL GET BY 2022 MEDIA- THE CURSE THEN CURBED NOW





IT IS MODI ALL THE WAY PART 21- WHAT WE LOST IN SIXTY SEVEN YEARS-WHAT WE GOT IN 15 MONTHS- WHAT WE WILL GET BY 2022


MEDIA- THE CURSE THEN CURBED NOW

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In my previous blog I dealt with what the nation lost, what kind of a fractured nation, dispirited body politic and ruined economy were handed over to Modi. Though we can not identify the forces at work to destabilize the nation to escape the noose that is tightening by the day around necks of the scam tainted and the corrupt, we are sure such forces are at work. One reason is that the present supreme political leader is incorruptible, getting strengthened by the day and is being appreciated as world leader that will take India to the pinnacle of growth both economically and culturally. The new Black Money Act is sending shivers in the spines of people who accumulated black money.

What did Modi do these fifteen months where others of his ilk failed earlier? Let us examine one after the other.



1. MEDIA THAT WAS MEDDLING EARLIER IN GOVERNANCE ISSUES


If you read this column in Outlook Magazine, you can just imagine the rot that was allowed to set in the Media.



NARENDRA BISHT
RADIA TAPES
All Lines Are Busy
There was not one pie Niira Radia didn’t have her hand in nor any area—media, corporate or government—she didn’t have a contact in
Hear it as they said it: The 2G Tapes

India, the republic, is now on sale. Participating in the auction is a group of powerful individuals, corporate houses, lobbyists, bureaucrats and journalists. Just before the 2G spectrum allocation scam became breaking news, the Income-Tax department was busy tapping the phones of Niira Radia, a lobbyist whose clients, the Tatas and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd, have interests in several key sectors such as telecom, petroleum and natural gas.
Radia’s conversations show how even cabinet berths can be decided by this select oligarchy.
Her interface with discredited (now former) telecom minister A. Raja, DMK mp Kanimozhi and Ranjan Bhattacharya, the foster son-in-law of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, shows how she successfully lobbied for several cabinet berths. The transcripts suggest that journalists Vir Sanghvi and Barkha Dutt also lobbied for Raja with the Congress party. However, both journalists, in separate statements, decried the use of the label “lobbyist” and termed their conversation with Radia as part of their normal journalistic duties. Other journalists such as Prabhu Chawla, G. Ganapathy Subramaniam and M.K. Venu also had elaborate conversations with Radia on issues ranging from telecom to the Ambani brothers’ dispute on gas pricing. At times they proffer advice and trade information.
The more than 140 conversations involving Radia that were tapped by the I-T department expose a systemic rot. These tapes are now annexures in a Supreme Court petition by lawyer Prashant Bhushan seeking Raja’s prosecution.
The reaction of the Congress leadership is surprising since all these tapes were available to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram in their capacity as finance ministers in the two UPA governments. Regardless of the existence of the tapes, the Congress leadership agreed to reinduct Raja with the telecom portfolio into the UPA-II cabinet.
The worst fallout, however, is that it has besmirched the hitherto ‘fair’ name of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who agreed to take Raja back in the same ministry that now stands exposed in the biggest scam in independent India, despite knowledge of the tapes.

Most of the Journalists named as having reportedly lobbied with the government of the day said what they was routine job of Journalist. One Senior Editor of a leading News Channel termed the whole exercise as routine job of Journalists? Is it the job of a journalist to advise PM which Minister must be in-charge of Telecom?  Matter is sub-judice. Let the court adjudicate. 

But as a post graduate in Journalism, who read lots of books on the subject, I never came across this as duty. Journalists should be eyes and ears of the Society and must guard societies against corrupt regimes. It is not their duty to decide and lobby for ministerial berths. I do not know which Journalism school teaches this point. 


What did Modi to stem the rot? Soon after taking charge, Modi instructed bureaucrats and ministers to first share information to the Government owned Prasar Bharati from where it would go to Private Media channels. Strict orders were issued to all that access to Media guys was totally restricted and sensitive information was not shared. In one shot he changed a six decade old structure that was rotten. When I was young I was reading with interest the News Columns/news shared by Sri G.K. Reddy, who was in the close circles of PMO. His news bits were reading as if we were hearing the PM tell us. It is not unknown the various politicians that grew like venomous trees from the families of this once respected, accredited  Journalist.

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Modi started addressing the nation using the All India Radio and all his important meetings were given rights to Door Darshan to be relayed live. This sent a positive message to the public but rubbed salt on the wounded pride of the hither to famous Journos wearing masks of secularism but were acting as conduits between powerful politicos and ambitious big business houses. Modi struck at the root of the problem turning the crawling Media to a crying Media and a revengeful Media. So, all kinds of theories are immediately floated at the drop of a hat. Murder of three rationalists, in recent years were dubbed as Hindu Nationalists's acts, though they equally fought with vehemence obnoxious practices practices in other religions. Open threats were issued by many to them. These exclude the Hindu Nationalist Organizations like RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal etc., They keep clean of these activities. But, column after column, news item after news item sing the same song. Even today, NDTV reports that a very senior ranking officer from Karnataka spoke to them and said there no property disputes in the family of an activist murdered there. The Central Government should pull up the IPS officer and recall his services to the Centre and initiate disciplinary proceedings for talking to the Media out of turn even before investigations are over. Can we ever forget the Media trial of Arushi murder case and the trauma of the jailed innocents? Read the Act to these guys, that was what Modi did. "You are pillar, but only one of the four in democracy", he told them curtly. So noises increased. Rumors are afloat. "The tough get going, when going gets tough." Modi proved this with the Media.

Resultant effect was the whole Leutyens Media turned against the government and as sources dried up to spread rumors that do rounds in power corridors, they started spreading other rumors like Love Jihad, Church Attacks, Ghar Vaapsi etc., and started picking up on statements of the not so important functionaries of BJP. This did not yield the desired result for them. What they wanted, you had known fully well. And this negative campaign prompted the top BJP/Government leadership to stifle the voices that were speaking out of turn. So, a Hardik Patel here and a Kejriwal there were being picked up to Create fissures in the body politic and the ever vigilant Modi- Shah combine are successfully thwarting the attempt. This war reminds us Maha Bharata, where Pandavas were fighting a daily war with their brothers-in-kingdom. Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha!

As an example I will reproduce a news item in NDTV today

http://www.ndtv.com/bihar/bjp-placates-one-ally-in-bihar-another-allegedly-upset-1217543? 
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      With the one word, allegedly, they want to project a rumour as a lie and try to create 
      fissures in NDA. The word allegedly is wrong usage. It should read "reportedly".On 
      whom this reporter making allegation?

Modi is not wielding the stick yet. It takes time until Courts adjudicate on some pending matters. But the chicken will come to roost to may Senior Journalists who made it a culture to bash Modi for everything. Though it is helping to reap rich dividends in the short run, it is not good in the long run. A day will come, if Media continues with its ploy of running down an elected, good government with sinister campaign on the leaders, when the government may have to yield the stick. Modi is also not offering any extra carrots to them to praise him, as Congress was doing or AAP aped. He is telling them, "Do your duty. I will protect you. If you exceed the brief, you will have to face it as corrupt Babus and Politicians face. Today there was news that an exercise is on to identify senior Officers with doubtful integrity or lethargy or clear political leaning including with BJP and offer them retirement with full benefits, with a rider, that investigations will continue. This should be an eye-opener to the Media too.

What is Modi going to do before 2022 



Strengthen the Government Media. Make the whole India digital so that the misinformation campaign can be countered, read the Ethics Code to the existing Media houses and advise them to fallow or fall back. A total change in the dissemination of information, with total transparency, is what we can expect by 2022. a good beginning was made. As it takes time to get rid of termites, it takes time! we should have a little patience.


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      MY NEXT PART WILL BE ON WHAT MODI INHERITED ON THE ISSUE OF                     CORRUPTION, WHAT HE DID IN 15 MONTHS TO SEE THERE WAS NO HIGH
      LEVEL GRAFT AND WHAT HE IS DOING IN FUTURE.



        SARVEY JANAHA SUKHINO BHAVANTHU