Thoughtless Media Reporting and Desperate Political Movements – Tamasha with Terror Attack

Those fateful and unforgettable 60 hours of terror drama at Mumbai has not only opened the Pandora’s box of so called free India, including free media but also has exposed the real face of our politicians. “On the record“, I’m not blaming any one, rather I’m writing some real and indigestible truth of the media and the politicians. If media is responsible for the security concerns and aftermath bizarre of the Mumbai terror attack, then the political establishment of our country too has given them the chance and feedings.

In a structured and systematic way, let us see what media has done — to start with our very own Indian Media. It was painful to say that during the operation, at one point of time the cameraman and the reporter of NDTV have shown live the positions of the snippers sitting on the top of the Gateway of India, near Taj. Don’t they understand that by showing the positions of our sharp shooters/snippers they not only diluted our effort, but also allowed the terrorists to attack our key positions with accuracy? Forget about NDTV, one news reporter of Times Now channel even had shown a map and the position of the armed jawans on that map live during the Nariman House encounter? How will they justify? Is it free speech? or does it comes under right to information? The same channel too had reported live a rumor of the terror attack at CST. The reporter went to that extent of saying, that she is hearing the gunshots and blasts and there is a major blast at CST. The entire incident was hoax and was a rumor. It was reported as a rumor too in the same channel. But, by that time the damage had already been done.

Neither NDTV or Times Now is singled out here. These are just few examples of thoughtless reporting. Almost all news channels (both Indian as well as foreign) have done the same mistake. The foreign media including CNN too has done some blunder by giving the locations of the guests live as reported (report published in DNA). Channel like BBC does not want to call the Mumbai bombers as “terrorists”, rather want to call them as “militants”. I’m not joking. It is true. The same channel called the London bombers as “terrorists” some time back. Don’t you think it is a double standard? I’m not going to discuss about the Pakistan Media here. They are of course biased to their country. There is no point of discussing them here.

During the 60 hours of terror operations, the Hindi News channels were broadcasting like some cricket commentaries; “ab dekhiye… aur, hamare do jawan jakhami ho gaye“…was that a six or a bold out? Don’t they understand the gravity of the situation and public sentiments? How will they justify these commentaries? On a different note, one TV channel (India TV) went on discussing on the contents of the e-mail they received from terrorist organizations on the terror attack. They went on emphasizing the contents, the language of writing, and had explained the meaning (extrapolated to some extent too) of the content. What was that? Right to information?, free Speech? or glorification? That, they are the first TV channel to show the email?, increase the TRPs? How will they justify their action? Don’t they understand that by doing so, they not only glorify the terrorists, they also create panic among the aamjunta? and in turn are helping the terrorists? Hindi channel India TV went on airing the telephonic conversations of their journalists with the terrorists holed up inside the Taj. How did they verify that those are the real terrorists holed up inside Taj? If they were sure and had the information, they could have given those to the security agencies, not live broadcasting. The entire conversations are now in you-tube. Terrorists will use these videos as their victory against a country and their morale will rise. Do we want that? This is a serious question to be asked at this moment. This is not journalism. This kind of journalism makes the terrorists as celebrities. BBC defines this kind of reporting by using the term celebrity terrorism

Some of the Human Rights activists cum journalists have theorized the entire incident as a conspiracy of RSS and BJP with Israel. What kind of human rights they are talking about? Don’t they have the common IQ that any other form of terrorism except Al-qaida and Lashkar have not come of age as yet, so much so to hold a city to ransom for 60 hours? They know how to give colour to the incident in the name of human rights! Where were they when innocent people and the jawans were killed mercilessly? Kindly do not add politics to the death of our brave jawans. This is not human rights, this is anti-human and non-human. These are few examples of the thoughtless reporting of the responsible media. There are many such incidents. How is NDTV going to defend such kind of reporting? Can they come up with one more on the record statement? I doubt. Many people including some of their own journalist friends and the Navy chief has too have expressed their dissatisfaction on this. One has to remember, “one small mistake can whitewash 10000 good things”. The sensitivity of reporting and thoughtful journalism is the need of this hour, not TRP rise journalism.

Saying all these things, I still will not deny giving some credit to the electronic media like NDTV/Times Now and CNN-IBN. They have shown courage and have published certain things which infact united the entire population, and has created awareness among many. At least, the common human being became aware of the ramifications of these terror attacks for the entire world.

Coming to politicians… Union Home Minister Mr. Shivraj Patil, Maharastra CM Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh and Deputy CM Mr. R. R. Patil … all three have resigned. Either they were forced to leave their posts or it is some political adjustment and face saving measure of the ruling party. Ruling party wants to keep the power intact as the election is around the corner. So, there will be some changes in their guard-ship, in a desperation. Their resignation is also a political movement and is clearly marked by Mr Singhvi’s press briefing. Every one wants to compare, “that our govt has done that, their govt did not do that”... Pathetic. Safety of the people, not Comparison is the need of the hour.

After the resignation of Mr. Deshmukh, CWC nominated Mr. Ashok Chavan as the new CM. See, how is a senior congress minister reacting? Is this the time for such kind reactions and revolt in the party? If he thinks so, then he does not deserve to be the CM. He has done that in the past (a few years back) and is repeating the same. I’m not doubting his capability. What worries me is the desperation and power-savyness among the politicians. During the terror attacks, ex-deputy CM Mr. Patil went on describing the incident as a small incident in a big city (and latter denied as a communication gap). On a different note, see how another ex-minister Mr. Gopinah Munde of BJP has acted? Without realizing the sensitiveness and the security concerns he visited the Nariman house area even before the end of the terror operation. How will he justify this action? I am sure he will have answers to this, as every politician has.

At the center, on that fateful day BJP’s PM waiting (this the word used by the media very often) Mr. Advani had shown some statesmanship by announcing that he is with the PM of India Dr. Manmohan Singh at the time of crisis. They went on announcing that both the PM and the BJP’s PM waiting will visit Mumbai jointly on a single flight to asses the situation after the sanitization. But, that did not happen. They visited separately and started on comparing the Mumbai terror attacks with the previous attacks. Who was interested to listen this? Where was the statesmanship? They visited separately, not because they were desperate for the Mumbaikars, but because they were tightly placed with their election rallies and wanted a face saving. Disgraceful.

On a different note, see how other national leaders and politicians of national parties are talking on Mumbai attack. Mr. Naqvi of BJP has commented with women with lipstick and powder, where as Mr. Achuthanandan commented on the refusal of meeting and reaction of Mr. K Unnikrishnan, father of slain Major Sandeep with some irresponsible and egoistic manner (I do not feel good to even repeat those statements here). Not only that, he went on justifying his statements further. What kind of attitude do they have? While all these things were happening, Mr. Deshmukh, CM of Maharastra had a dissasterous tourism trip to Taj with a film director and his actor son. Do they have public sentiments with them? I doubt. The politicians are not interested on the public sentiments, or the safety of the people, rather they are interested in their power, their own wellbeing and future of their sons and daughters. They can go to any extent to achieve this, can do corruption on the bullet proof jacket purchasing or fighting among them selves. Senior politicians like Mr. Lalu Prasad, Mr. Narendra Modi too have shown their desperation very much, through their usual political statements, pseudo-secular and inflammatory speeches . Mr. Modi went to the extent of visiting the terror hit places during the operation. Shame on all these so called leaders.

I have just cited a few of the reports here. There are many more such high dramas of desperation. Every one is busy for his/her own wellbeing; no one is interested for the martyrs, the innocent people and the aamjunta at large. Some one rightly said “an ace shooter shoots and gets a gold medal, govt gives 3 crore, another shooter dies while shooting terrorists, govt gives 5 lakh! Hats off to India!”

Aamjunta, better late than never. Wake up, before your house is ablazed and attacked.

Jai Hind.
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