- 18 Oct 2020
Media plays a very important role in shaping public opinion and setting the narrative. Media also paints the international image of a country, politician and community. One major strength of enemies of nation is their complete stronghold over mainstream media. Unfortunately, this very field is one of the major lacunae for Hindus and India.
A TOI article reeking of Hinduphobia prevalent in the Indian Media
This is evident in the highly biased media coverage on atrocities committed against Hindus in India. The aim of this article is not at all to create a distinction between Hindus and others, but focussed on the media behaviour in different cases. The mainstream media provides elaborate attention to the latter, but denies the same to the former in spite of it being their rightful due. Worse, it whitewashes the most heinous crimes committed by the enemies of Hindus while maligning Hindu society as a whole for any crime committed against minorities, though such incidents are very rare.
Most of the youth who follow these so-called unbiased media are misled to falsely believe that Hindus have been unjustly oppressing the minorities since decades. Hindus are depicted as aggressors in spite of being the victims in most cases. Most of the popular and widely circulated English newspapers fall in this category of paid media, who are deeply Hinduphobic and spend their time in Hindu bashing instead of publishing authentic news.
Media employs many different tactics to peddle its malicious anti-Hindu propaganda. While the less popular one’s resort to blatant spread of fake news, the more popular ones having significant credibility in the eyes of the common masses try to subtly manipulate their thoughts and perception. So they twist headlines and images of news reports by calling non-Hindus as "Tāntriks", while it is a well-known fact that Tantra is associated with Hinduism and is a very auspicious thing.
From printing photo of a Hindu Man in an incident of a man from other religion refusing to eat food cooked by a Dalit, printing the photo of a Hindu wedding in a news related to children infected with corona spread by the Single Source, prominently mentioning the name and religion of the victim if he/she is a non-Hindu and many other ways, they have tried to degrade the Sanatani way of life via fake news. In a report where an actor from the Muslim community was accused of rape, the image used showed the actor wearing a tilak on his forehead and a golden crown to make him closely resemble Hindu Gods.
“They blame and shame Hindu society as a whole for a crime committed by an individual but shield minorities even though they are the perpetrators of crime collectively, like in recent case of Single Source people who pelted stones and at Police and Doctors, spit at them and misbehaved with nurses. While the media houses shuddered even to take name of ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ who were largely responsible for the spread of Corona virus in India, media houses like BBC were quick to point out religion when Hindus are involved. Such media pelts fake news of gatherings of Ramanavami and doesn’t apologies even the news source is deleted by PTI. “
They use one incident that didn’t happen, disprove them and judge all the incidents that happened. Here Journalist Sagarika Ghose uses one fake news from Pakistan to disprove the news that happened in India. Debunking one Fake news doesn’t make the other real news fake. If few Jamatis were good mannered, that shouldn’t be used to give clean chits to even those who broke the law and harassed nurses. This cover up technique by the media is pathetic to say the least.
They also display selective concern for environment during Hindu festivals like Holi and Deepawali but not during Eid, Christmas and English new year. From time to time, they also issue totally unsolicited character certificates to Hindu Gods and Goddesses like Prabhu Shri Rama and Mata Sita, Shri Krishna, Shiva, Brahmā and Maa Saraswati even without an iota of truth in it.
The malicious anti-Hindu propaganda was in full display during the recent lynching of 2 Hindu Sādhus along with their driver in Maharashtra. No mainstream media deemed it necessary to even mention the names of the victims. But the most disgusting part was that The New Indian Express called the Sadhus, the sanyasi saints who renounced all worldly pleasures and luxuries as "thieves" while the Wire said that the deceased ones were not Hindus but tribals.
Though the deep contempt and deep hatred for Hinduism prevalent in the mainstream media is nothing new for those who are well aware of it, but it does play a pivotal role in alienating the gullible younger generation from their religion and community. They easily fall prey to such fake news and consequently, side with Hinduphobic elements. They grow up to despise Hinduism and their own Gods. They mock and deride Hindu Gods, rituals, culture and traditions in the name of scientific temper, progressiveness, feminism and modernity. Many young children who have no idea of politics and religion read newspapers just to increase their vocabulary and language skills. Since visuals and images have a lasting impression on young minds, these biased media manipulate the thinking of their readers subconsciously even without their knowledge.
The continuous depiction of Hindus in poor light turns them against their own religion and society. Hindus are perceived as radicals and extremists while in reality, they are the most tolerant and peace-loving community. Tragically, Hindus are struggling to bring into limelight the most gruesome atrocities perpetrated against them. Many heinous crimes pass off completely unnoticed even by their fellow community members, let alone the world.
Out of the many essential steps required to be taken by Hindus in order to emerge victorious in this civilisational battle, a major one is to destroy the stronghold of paid hypocrites over mainstream media as well as establish a robust system to completely curb the rampant circulation of fake news and propaganda tarnishing the image of Sanatan dharma.
The blatant display of Hinduphobia by Indian Media ironically stands against the very tenets of ‘unbiased secular media’ they claim themselves to be. Does Media fathom of a Secular India without Hindus in it? Their actions sadly point in the same direction.
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