From time memorial, two objects have always been targets of ridicule-body trade and the press.Invariably,both have also been an industry of profit-from the days of the Kamasutra to that of Priya Anjali Rai.The times of Kandukari Veersalingam Pantulu presented the contours of controversy which even today never escapes the world of digitalization.Pantulu, the Vidyasagar of the South raised the questions of dowry and casteist evils when the Hindu Reigion was as much repressive as the Church of the Vatican.
In the contemporary era of 19th Century Bengal, Raja Rammohan Roy pubished two newspapers-Mirat ul Akhbar(Persian) and Sambad Koumudi.Bharatpathik Rammohan wrote articles denouncing the self immolation of widows.He had to face resistence of a regressive society.But that never deterred him from taking on the Lords when the Press Act of 1823 was passed by the alien rule.
Sripad Amrita Dange published the communist mouthpiece called the Socialist in Maharashtra.The Madras Communist Singaravelue Chettiyar edited Labour Kisan Gazette.The Kesari was published at the behest of the extremist patriot Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
The press then was neither rowdy nor timid.Well neither were they starmakers or presstitutes.But surely they were influential.The generation gap has been considerable,with the Indian media walking through the lines of transformation from the age of Ramnath Goenka to that of CNN. Rough anchors and primetime shows dominate today’s media.In the era of the Newshour the buck seems to stop with the News Today At 9.
The rise of journalists from news readers to that of adjudicators is not demotion but the motion in the society suffering from patience paralysis.Consider the use of hashtags solely championed by Times Now.The NDTV hashtag #Q4Prannoy or that of #askRajdeep falls far behind than that of Arnab’s #ihaveaquestion.Incidentally the channel which gives widest mileage to its Super Primetime Anchor itself doesn’t mention his name on its hashtag!
Well but the role of the political media has been that of challenging the corridors of power in modern times. The coal scam,2g,jijaji have all come to light thanks to the endeavours of a vigilant press.But it is a bit misleading why most handles of the leading newspapers and channels in social media carry semi-erotica for sexmongers like me? Even Deepika’s cleavage becomes an object of speculation.
The Nira Radia tapes are pointed at by semi literate gyanis to show corruption within the universally Mudrochised media. But what they fail to decipher is the role of Vinod Mehta and Manu Joseph,from Outlook and Open Magazine respectively. Vinod had to resign from the post of Editor-in-Chief following the revealation.Similarly the critical role of Times Now behind A Raja,Pawan Bansal, Ashwini Kumar,Subodh Kant Sahay epitomised the birth of fearless journalism.Arnab,no doubt deserves kudos for that.
Well politicians have always considered the media as a slut,whom they can use and abuse at their own liking.But media is actually a condom whom many a times you need to buy to prevent unwanted pregnancy.Thats the reason why sting operations on Babri Masjid demolition come out on the eve of 2013 Delhi state elections.
Again there is the institution of affirmative media which asserts the belief of a whistleblower.Even if that demands the excavation of Nehru’s drain of records,the media will be ready to the build the burial.
That is the real image of Indian media-that of bias to unbias. Well there will be times when you will feel excruciating pain while having sex(perhaps because of oversized crotch) but the feeling of carnal pleasure will still play the dominant factor.
Is media a maid?-yah maid of the public
Is media self made?-of course.If that was not the case Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest would have eliminated her.