Editorial

The great difference

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/4/2019 1:24:41 PM IST

 It is time that intellectuals (pseudo, as per the BJP’s think tank) and secularists (also pseudo as per BJP) make their voices not only heard but willing to go the extra mile to ensure that liberty and freedom of the people is not hijacked by those who have vowed to re-write and reconceptualise what India should be. The BJP is not the same party that its patriarch and founder L.K.Advani established. The BJP under Vajpayee and Advani was democratic and had space for differing views and opinions and had a healthy respect for rivals. In the past, political parties or conglomerations like the Congress or the Janata Party (JP) or United Front (UF), National Democratic Alliance (NDA) under Atal Behari Advani- Vajpayee or coalition under United Progressive Alliance (UPA) played politics within the bounds of established conventions. All the above named governments run by party or coalitions did not interfere or manipulate public institutions such as CBI,CVC, RBI, ECI, Courts, IT /ED, UGC and defence. The previous governments did not intrude on these institutions by adhering to the concept of Lakshman -Rekha. Today, under Modi, the NDA has spread its tentacles to all institutions to project that the interests of the ruling party government is the interest of the nation. Institutions have been systematically destroyed and obligated to do the ruling party’s bidding. Not satisfied with its over reach , the Modi government has also ensured that the Indian media buckle under its intense onslaught. Media persons and houses reasserting their “independence” face the brunt of the ruling government’s ire. The Indian media today has distorted truth by projecting “alternative truth”. To project a so-called neutrality, the India media has ignored crucial issues raised by the opposition such as – loss of jobs, slow down of the economy, unchecked rampage by right wing extremists or ‘fringe elements’, polarisation etc. The pliable Indian media has addressed these with passing references. In the years during UPA rule, the Indian media was on the offensive in condemning and defaming the Manmohan Singh led government. The anti-government hype by the Indian media not only became persistent and blatant but any effort from the government side to defend or respond, was shouted down, not only by the rivals but also by the anchorpersons. However till today, none of those from the UPA government, who were accused, judged and executed by the media, have been convicted by the law. The functioning of the government at the Centre also reveals the authoritarian character where a super body called Prime Minister’s Office dominates all central ministries. The Modi government has also not spared filmdom. It has promoted friendly film makers to make propaganda films. First it was the controversial “ Accidental Prime Minister” with actor and BJP supporter Anupam Kher which depicted Dr. Manmohan in a very poor light. The trailer of the film, was based on the book of the same name by Sanjay Baru who served as Singh’s media advisor from 2004 to 2008. The latest by Modi backers is the controversial production “Modi Biopic” by unabashed BJP man Vivek Oberio, which is a barely disguised propaganda vehicle for Modi and his BJP as they seek a second term in office. Modi is confident that these will help his party retain power but it remains to be seen if Indians believe that when they go to the polls from April 11 to May 19.

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