INDIA…my place…my rulezz…

“Is Indian Media – Misusing its Freedom?”

Well, the topic itself leaves every Indian with an opportunity to be an evaluator, the part which we enjoy the most “being a critic”.
And if in any case the subject being talked about is something INDIAN then we employ our right to criticize* (* right to
express) most expeditiously.

So why to spare Indian Media!!! (The same media which cognize us of WHAT, WHEN, HOW was MISUSED…..)
Just to begin with how free Indian Media is, India is ranked 105 out of 168 countries in Worldwide Press Freedom Index. (We were at 80 in 2002).
And the much talked about freedom is the RIGHT TO EXPRESS. (Which every citizen of India enjoys)

Indian Media was questioned and much alleged of covering some sensitive, strategic actions of commandos during 26/11 attacks, well to be fair enough I think it was much of a mistake rather then misuse.

Then came the SWINE FLU, of which media was accused of over highlighting it and causing panic. Well just to remind at that time our health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had told reporters that school girl Reeda Shaikh, who died Aug 3 in a Pune hospital, had visited more than one hospital for treatment and thus could have spread the virus to about 80 others.(and later apologized for his comment). What could you expect from media when country’s health minister is in such an affright over the issue. And incomplete information can be as devastating as incorrect information, so over highlighting might be the need.
We say that there are more then 50 news channels in country, and they are more then 74000 (yeah actually it sounds a bit too vague, but INDIA have got more then 74000 news papers registered) and they all are resorting towards
sensationalized journalism, it in fact is not false, if not all most of them are resorting towards the commercial aspects of media. But isn’t it all we enjoy reading and watching..!!
So I infer it much as the MISUSE OF THE TRUST OF AUDIENCE RATHER THEN FREEDOM, misuse of the blind way we believe in them.

Indian Media and advertising– media accused of showing surreptitious advertisements, well when we can not shun the manufacture or use of some commodities how can we censor media for advertising or promoting them.(But still there some qualitative restrictions on advertising, with the list of norms available at http://presscouncil.nic.in/norms.htm ).

Same is the case of STING OPERATIONS. So as long as viewers are interested in strings they will continue to happen, as soon as the audience becomes bore of them, string operations will disappear.(Supreme court had already made some guidelines to carry out
string operation, as it could hamper an individual’s right to PRIVACY)

With three unstable democratic pillars, the executive, the legislature, the judiciary there is always an immense need of fourth pillar which could be a conscious watchdog, and the purpose can be well served by a responsible free media.
How ever there are always two sides of a coin, so is with INDIAN MEDIA.
It’s not much about the misuse of the freedom, its about the realization of the power and the responsibility which comes with the freedom. Indian Media like any other institution have been irresponsible at number of instances, to mention “ media trial vs. right to free and fair trial”, some times certain aspects of case are so much highlighted by the press that the publicity gives rise to strong public emotions which successively could perilously intervene in the justice delivery system. And so is the case of PAID NEWS, where in some political parties got published and aired news favorable to them. But we can not accuse by large whole Indian Media of misusing its freedom. (And not to forget we came across all these scams and happenings just because media today is free, free to write , free to express, free to speak, and free to point out its own faults and flaws).

So it would not be just a euphemistic approach to call INDIAN MEDIA irresponsible rather then accusing it of misusing the freedom.

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Wen I was a BOY…

Wen I was a BOY..
I have been in a little bit of a rut the last few days. For whatever reason, I have not been able to see myself. I have found myself in some serious need of validation. M I getting mature???? Really???
Well this is the question bothering me now a day’s albeit this botheration is some how pleasant one.
I will turn 19 in a week time, and a surge of emotions to follow.
In last one month I hav seen a lot of emotional plunge in my life and all these incidences forced me to think this way, m I still a boy?
A fun loving boy, who always want to see himself smiling 24*7 .Have seen 18 springs of his life and most of them pleasant,.

When I was a kid I used to ask my mum that when I will get mature, when you will allow me to do the things at my own? And she used to reply that until you don’t get moustaches and beard you will be with me, indirectly till then you are a small kid. But gone are those days.
Anyways by mum’s definition m already a matured guy. But really??????????? M I..???
I don’t know what actually maturity is? But yeah really if I have to give my definition to it then I will say, “I m really confused wid it”.

At one point in my young {that just makes me sound old} life, I thought that I was in love. I had dis feeling for a gal dat made my stomach have butterflies and I thought dat was what love was and how it felt. Then, life happened, hurt happened and it was over. But I got over it. Quickly enough!! I still thought that it had been love.
And now “I expect to be in a relationship with a significant other who is as mature as I am and has the same approach to life as I hav. It will not be a relationship just for the sake of havin someone else.”
I can figure all dis out. M I getting matured. “I m really confused wid it”.

I am concerned, sympathetic, empathetic and resourceful, have a fair amount of common sense and find ways to make it when the odds are against me. I can negotiate, bargain and find a way when no way is clear.
But I can negotiate on dis no longer. M I getting matured. “I m really confused wid it”.

I always wanted to be good at all things but never wanted to study or work hard for it. I want to do things but I don’t know why. Again I ask myself wat is dat wat I want to do. When these small desires in me want to turn around and look for something big and that it becomes one of the milestones of my life. Thinking out in other perspective it is very human to want different things at different times. But how do it relate to my getin mature.
So the question is d same. M I getting matured. “I m really confused wid it”.

Now I feel am I just acting matured or I am matured. Feeling mature is somhow different den being mature. But I am sure its something more den just a feeling.
I am far more mature than I give myself credit for. No acting is necessary when it is already a natural part of who I am.
I am a man…I am a man…i am…i am…

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