A thought for thinking!
There was never an era in human history when the information were so vastly and profoundly available. We are surrounded by expert opinions, blogs, stories, news, confession, etc. which feeds our hungry minds. When we open our social networking sites we found everyone has something to share every day and we just blindly like every posts of our friends, after all who has time to go through every news/posts.
Secondly, major foreign and national news agencies have penetrated our so called social networking websites. One section of Indian intellectuals rely on foreign news articles and blogs (it provides authenticity) and some like daily news mongers fall for national news lines. The difference is that our news agencies have some value only for domestic news, and for international affairs everyone travels to New York Times, Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Reuters, BBC and Many more. They are giants of electronic and print Medias – they have resources and reach all over the world. India which is eyeing for a permanent seat in UNSC, has so far don’t have a single media house who covers worldwide news on their own. Even print media from Economic Times to The Hindu, all are dependent on foreign news agencies and most of the times we the Indians have a knowledge about the world what these foreign media outlets want us to know.
As India is approaching towards becoming a super-power (it becomes or not is not my argument) and the new Prime Minister is found of travelling to foreign countries, India needs her own media outlet – an international news channel. For instance, China has its own CNTV which covers news around the world. Similarly, France has France 24, Russia has Russia 24, Britain has BBC and the US has more than half of dozen channels which cover world events.
How much the media houses claim that they present fair and reliable news but in actual practice they are in line with the national interests of their respective countries. For example, recently when Russia intervened in Syria, major American and British media houses condemn it. Most of the International Relation experts gave their precious words for opinions in just explaining one simple fact – what America does is does for democracy and what Russia does is against the humanity. Even when we read a criticism of American foreign policy, it is written mostly by Americans. As it is said that half knowledge is more dangerous than having no knowledge. We know the stories what they want us to know, no knowledge of other side of the picture.
I have no intention of blaming Medias for anything, just emphasizing that India needs her own international channel which can represent the Indian interests as other foreign news agencies are doing. I don’t know much about media business, but one thing I surely understand that it’s a business and to run it globally needs money and the money has no moral values.
|Nachiket Nishant loves to write on issues related to politics and international affairs. He has done his masters in international relations. Currently, he is a lead policy researcher at The Indian Iris.
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