Television is considered to be the mirror of the nation because of the events it broadcasts throughout the country. What we expect is to see the news but what we see now is completely horrendous and puts a question on the ethics and morality of the media. The fourth pillar of democracy is losing its essence day by day. The time through which we are going and what is coming in the future is the worst. Any report found to be inaccurate or dehumanizing an individual should be taken down.
In today’s time, the majority looks happy in finding solace in someone else’s suffering.
Communication is derived from a Latin word communis which means commonness. A way of feeling liberated and united. However, hypocrisy was noticed in the society where preaching mental health was a work of just a few days on the demise of a very talented actor and then later on humiliating, degrading and questioning the image of all the people the actor was associated made the nation hungry for literally tearing apart someone’s soul and pulling down her/him to such a level that it’ll be beyond recovery.
The way the media is after another actor Rhea Chakraborty should make us question our moral grounds as to who gave us the right to question the very character of a suspect and defame her publicly, release personal chats on the internet and debate about her on national television just to humiliate her more and more.
Our country that has a beautifully drafted constitution with laws, ethics, principles and morality has forgotten everything about how to let the court handle the legal matter, about how not to violate an individual’s personal space and, most importantly, respect everyone.
There are a lot of important matters in front of us such as our decreasing GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the number of people who lost their jobs, the worst that the migrant workers had to go through, police brutality, students being forced to give entrance during this pandemic, a truth that we have taken over Brazil’s place and stand to be the second most badly affected nation in the world.
However, nobody seems to be giving much importance to all these situations because a nation that once looked united and took pride in its diversity has turned into a society of hatred, violence and oppression.
Journalists who were supposed to question the government on their actions, policies and decisions don’t seem to care enough about it now. Journalists who were supposed to guard public interest and talk about the problems of citizens in front of the ruling regime seem to be more interested in delivering the fake and distorted information as a duty to worsen the integrity and peace in the nation.
The society today is being moulded into a bunch of hypocrites who preached about mental health but did not seem to give much importance to the mental health of the migrant workers, students and women going through worse during the pandemic.
The PM CARES Fund was created on March 28, 2020, for donations regarding the coronavirus outbreak but the entire country still doesn’t know the total amount that was donated. The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) for the unorganized sector workers was set up in 2010-11 with an allocation of ₹1,000 crores but due to lack of proper implementation of this quasi-government agency the workers have to face the worst repercussions and literally beg for basic livelihood such as food, water and clothing that should’ve been the government’s duty.
We have become so ignorant and cold that the privilege we have doesn’t seem to work proportionally to the problems faced by the same people who have once in our lifetime helped us and have been there for us.
The IQ of this country is drowning day by day because a handful of people are questioning the government and there is no hope from media houses who seem to be busy promoting propaganda.
Our EQ could have saved a few people around us during this pandemic but due to the lack of it, the moral grounds we were supposed to be a part of seem to have gone far away.
Do we have the right to ignore what the media is showing and that we don’t want to see? We don’t want to see the same news, literally the entire day, about someone who hasn’t been even charged yet under any grounds? Yes, we do.
By using social media platforms sensibly and using the right to dissent, every individual can call out the media houses who have stuck themselves over humiliating famous personalities but have not asked a single question to the authorities who are supposed to be accountable to the people over the failure of running a nation.
Freedom to be able to express your views shouldn’t be a burden for you but rather an encouragement to prove your loyalty and integrity to every single person in society. Dignity is essential to human life as food, water and oxygen.
To cancel out the political culture of stupidity and propaganda hyped in the society, one needs to read and educate themselves with correct facts. Looking out for platforms that speak the truth is not tough, instead, it has become easier to type something in the search for better understanding and look at reliable sources such as BBC, Al Jazeera, The Wire, The Telegraph and so on. One is just supposed to push themselves to seek truth and act upon it accordingly.