Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Today happens to be a day which is best forgotten. Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister, who was then in the Opposition, had bemoaned, ‘It is the saddest day of my life’. I won’t refer to that incident. But one question has been nagging many. How is it that the Babri shrine had been there since the reign of Babar. It continued to be there all these centuries but none thought of it? Perhaps one reason for this is the expansion of media.

In the olden days, even if some people had expressed their explosive views, their comments wouldn’t travel far but die down almost instantaneously.
But not so now. The media can make a mountain out of mole hill in no time and also crush the mountain into a molehill without any qualms. Truth doesn’t matter; sensationalism does. In olden days, a rape story hardly received much media attention. Today that is not so. TV anchors will reach the house of the victim, discuss the horrid story and then repeat the details over, and over again, spiced with instigative commentary, flashing negative views to the hilt and discarding the positive ones. If the media is advised to adopt the constructive path, forcefully take up relevant issues, without provocative sensationalizing , media persons will hit back and accuse you of trampling on their freedom of expression. I would say that all we need to do is to ensure that this freedom of the press is not misused. That would be a proper homage to the memory of those who have fallen a prey to the holocaust caused by provocative journalism and outspoken electronic media.

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