Fighting A Personal War Professionally Can Take A Heavy Toll : DON’T LET TERMITES AFFECT JOURNALISM

santosh-bhartiyaThe dignity of language has got no meaning left in public life now. The style of language which Prime Minister Narendra Modi used in the election campaigns of Haryana and Maharashtra, no Prime Minister has used that kind of language style before this. Particularly, in politics, they may have been politicians of no matter which political party, in the constituency of their compeers, no Prime Minister has used this kind of language style previously. We should accept that a new language and new vocabulary will also have to be got used to after the coming of a new ruling party at the Centre.
Two big business families are fighting through the medium of television channels. The Chief of Zee News, Subhash Chandra, and famous industrialist Naveen Jindal once used to be very close friends and the friendship between both families was considered exemplary. Today both of them are standing confronting each other. There is no point in going into the layers of the reasons. Both these two families have two television channels. One, in the form of Zee media owns the country’s largest media group, and the other by investing in a new television channel has established its control on it. In this election both these television channels ended the dignity of language. Subhash Chandra is being abusive, Subhash Chandra is indulging in hooliganism, Subhash Chandra is threatening people, was the kind of degraded-below-the-level-of-civilisation language that Focus TV used for Subhash Chandra. Subhash Chandra’s channel Zee media also gave as sharp a retort, using ‘Naveen Jindal is accused of the coal scam, Naveen Jindal is a criminal, Naveen Jindal is romaing around with the Congress symbol round his neck, wearing a muffler’ kind of language. Use of a little more degraded language style was also made. In this language war to belittle each other and in representing their respective families, both television channels forgot one important thing. That important thing is the media’s own credibility.

Two big business families are fighting through the medium of television channels owned or controlled by them. The Chief of Zee News, Subhash Chandra, and famous industrialist Naveen Jindal once used to be very close friends and the friendship between both families was considered exemplary. Today both of them are standing confronting each other… In a language war to belittle each other and in representing their respective families, television channels forgot one important thing. That important thing is the media’s own credibility…My humble request: in your fight, don’t drag in television channels and newspapers, which run because of your money. Because, when you drag in your television channels and newspapers, then you make journalism stand there where journalism loses its credibility and journalism becomes a comedy, a farce of a comic drama troupe.

When we are in television or with a newspaper, then people have the same kind of trust in us like they the kind of trust they have in a Judge. Even today, be it print media or be it television, most people of the country, without any argument, trust the things said by them. This credibility of the media has not yet ended. However, in the hearts of many people doubts with respect to the manner of presenting news have arisen and they have also started believing one part of the media to be a synonym for entertainment. But inspite of this, the credibility of the media hasn’t ended yet.
Both these television groups have forgotten that in this uncivilised exchange of words between them no damage is going to happen to either of them, because both — in terms of money and power — will not be able do anything to each other. If something will get spoilt or harmed, it will be the media that will spoilt or harmed. And by media it does not mean only Zee and Focus or their viewers, but of all those people who work in the media.
When two people level accusations against each other, then not only political parties, but the public too assume it to be a drama. And in that drama all journalists, whatever specialisation or stream of knowledge they may be connected with, seem to be standing in a comic role like jokers. With it, the credibility of the media is ending. The media itself is ending its credibility. In such a case, if through television channels and newspapers internecine war becomes the subject of public discussion, then there cannot be a more unfortunate situation than this.
My worry is not Subhash Chandra and Naveen Jindal. My worry is the media. And I want to make a humble request to both of them (Subhash Chandra and Naveen Jindal) that both of you fight, you have many mediums through which to fight. In that fight, don’t drag in television channels and newspapers, which run because of your money. Because, when you drag in your television channels and newspapers, then you make journalism stand there where journalism loses its credibility and journalism becomes a comedy, a farce of a comic drama troupe. People may not say anything vocally, but people take it inside their hearts.
I don’t know whether both these great people, Subhash Chandra and Naveen Jindal, will accept this small request of ours or not. But if they will accept, then not only will they be doing a merciful favour to journalists working in their channels and newspapers, but will also do a good turn to all those people working in the profession of journalism, who keeping their lives in the palms of their hands, are even now committed to seeking the truth. Because the things that are happening today, they are like termites. And when termites affect someplace, they leave anything.
Efforts should be made that termites doesn’t affect the profession of journalism, because the profession of journalism holds a very important position in the safety and welfare of democracy. That is why, at the end, once again, I request Mr. Subhash Chandra and Mr. Naveen Jindal that they fight their war, fight it on whichever level they want, harm each other as much as they want, that’s their choice. Just keep their television channels and newspapers away from this fight – then it will be a great merciful favour from them to journalism and in other words, to democracy.

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