Many Hindus or majority population in India started feeling the same from past 15 years. They feel that most of the main stream media is anti-Hindu, biased against majority, with atheistic views and inclined towards leftist liberal views. This is the general feeling or perception among the masses in India which cannot be ignored. Whether this perception holds truth or just an imagination with individual affinity we do not know. But as far the events unfolded from post 2002 Gujarat riots and excessive leftist liberal views outpour in news, common people think that’s the way media functions.
Gujarat riots and BJP’s surge of Hindu nationalism had added fuel to these media houses which banked heavily on minority appeasement and totally ignoring the Hindu versions in their reporting. This had created a sense among common man that Hindus do not make a topic of discussion in a right prism in these media houses. Many started using the term called prestitutes as an alternative word for biased reporters or media openly and write in social media platforms.
General perception about English media particularly, is often caricatured as a disconnected, elitist, western agenda driven mouthpiece reluctant to focus on Hindu issues. This had boiled over the period of time with many journalists and editors coming from their leftist liberal backgrounds which started reflecting in their writings or reporting. Many liberal journalists argue that these charges of “anti-Hindu” is only a means to browbeat and intimidate journalists and further shrink the space for raising questions. But whether this argument holds truth in the minds of common majority population is a big debatable topic.
Indian media with over influence of Left-liberal obsession & minority rights lead to a neglect of vital debates on the uniform civil code, grim realities of Islamist terrorism, and conversions of Hindus by Christian missionaries and Islamic madrasas. This had coupled with excessive Hindu bashing done post 2002 Gujarat riots where in Indian media had projected many Hindus in bad light projecting themselves as messiah of Muslims. Despite of the fact that these riots were not spontaneous and neither plotted by some Hindus in Gujarat but were a frustrated outcome or aftermath due to the live killing of Karsevaks or Hindus in a train at Godhra. Many Hindus argue that none of the Media houses reported the Godhra incident as vigorously as they did for Gujarat riots spreading greater divide among people with biased reporting. Though many journalists knew the actual cause was Godhra not the other way round, still this news would have not earned them the TRP whcih they have earned projecting Gujarat riots, at the same time forgetting the fact that this would amplify in international media and middle east media. Many security experts feel that many young innocent Muslims have been brainwashed, for picking up arms showing these media clippings of Gujarat riots in Middle East, sensitive areas in Indian subcontinent. One bad media reporting had lead to many cascading problems which media houses ignored totally.
Recently, the horrific killing of a Hindu temple pujari by an imam of local Mosque, in Telangana or the horrifying killing of a dentist in Vikaspuri, Delhi or the killing of person in Tamilnadu who fought against conversions by missionaries led to a social media campaign that mainstream media was failing to cover the incident with the same energy as the lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri only because the Vikaspuri victim and Warangal, Tamilnadu victims were Hindu.
Pujari Satyanarayana who succumbed to injuries (L) Sayeed Sadhiq Hussain, the assailant (R)
Whether in the case of Telangana, Delhi, TamilNadu or the murder of a Bajrang Dal activist in Moodbidri or the killing of RSS workers in Kerala or mob violence in Malda, it’s argued that the media simply does not report on crimes committed by Muslims, christians or by the Left as vigorously as it does on crimes committed by alleged Hindu activists. In some cases media was guilty of jumping the gun on so called minority attacks with Hindus which upon investigation were found to be the work of local mischief makers or some reason not related to religion at all.
Media had been very judgmental in giving airtime to fringe elements in JNU, terrorist sympathizers, separatists which openly circulates negativity among the country. Reporting might be a primary objective of journalist that does not negate his fundamental objective of being Indian citizen and protest or protect national interest. Events like these had branded journalists as ‘pseudo secular’ simply because they speak up against majoritarianism is to misunderstand the media’s role as watchdog. The Indian media has in fact generally upheld constitutional values and steered a generally liberal ground away from the extremities of all religions, a tradition which is now in some jeopardy.
Many people believe that Media houses are agenda driven and hungry for TRP’s forming their bread and butter for survival. With more than 400 media outlets, many regional news channels opened by politicians, business houses and their affiliates degrades the content of reporting and creates a negative image among the masses. Independent media and journalism is mere an extinct or endangered species rare to be spotted in India these days.
These extreme biased reporting against Hindus had eventually not gone well with the masses. People today do not look to media or journalists in a true colour or faith but see as professionals for profit. May be this perception among people was bound to happen one day with media’s self-destruction and some came through the agenda they are bound to drive for monetary funds and business for survival. Whatever might be the reason identity and ideology for independent journalism have taken a back seat. This had unfolded the era of social media which has its own merits and demerits with many fake news circulating and fanning the catastrophe sometimes.
Media should be open for reforms and criticism is often perfectly justified. It cannot be immune to criticism, critics and intolerance when it advocates the other way. However bashing and discrediting the entire Indian press may please for some time, but will end up destroying a precious institution for the future.