Media is called the fourth pillar of democracy so that it can put the problems of the people with the truth in front of power, but unfortunately, the media of India is giving more emphasis on TRP.
The way our media is doing its job in the current era is a threat to democracy. Perhaps the leaders of the opposition are also not doing their duty as far as raising concerns of people but it is expected from the media that they should be more involved in the news rather than playing the TRP game. Due to this TRP game, people do not know what the real issue is and what are the facts related to that issue.
If you watch TV every day, then you will have an idea of how insensitive the media is and that showing news has become a source of entertainment. While watching the news, it seems that you are watching a theatre and drama, where every person sitting on the screen is playing their role.
In the news debates, people try to prove that they are nationalists and those who are questioning government are treated to be anti-nationals.
After the Pulwama terror attack, the way Indian news channels tried to collect TRPs by calling guests from Pakistan is extremely shameful. When the country was expressing grief over the Pulwama terror attack, the son of one of the martyred soldiers was called on the channel and made to argue with a guest from Kashmir. Now you may think about the level of media. Why is the media giving platform to them is the question that is required to be answered?
Today, the situation is such that people do not call the news channels by their name but referring to them as BJP and Congress channels.
In the present circumstances, it is necessary that the media should not make noise on the sensitive issues of the country. If all the journalists do not change their attitude, then the day is not far when due to the journalists, people will flare-up.
The power may like this noise so that the voices rising against the government cannot be accommodated. In such a situation, the question is whether people have started liking this noise and if not, then what is the reason behind the running of such channels?
The meaning of watching these debates is that the TRP of the channel increases with such noise and poison and people like to see it. If people are watching and liking this type of journalism, then it is time to really think about which side are we going and where is our destination? We have to draw the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ because there is the fear of accident without a brake in any vehicle and there is danger in climbing a horse without reins.
The way of organizing a night’s debates by some media houses and showing aggression while debating or making the show attractive for TRP can make viewers feel that they are crossing all limits and boundaries. It is clear that they are not fulfilling their responsibility.
No doubt that today, media has become a source of entertainment rather than providing information. We may say that media is not talking about the economy, unemployment and other important matters but somewhere we also have to think that whether people are willing to see this kind of news or they also want the same entertainment in the news channels.