From the voices of the voiceless to the voices of power, the Indian Media is losing its credibility. And it seems there’s no going back.
The media is considered as the fourth pillar of democracy. In its pure form, it seeks accountability from the other three pillars. The conduct of the media helps a lot in strengthening our democracy.
But when we look at the Media over the last few years now, it has lost its worthiness. They are just playing on the intellect of people and a lot has changed, especially in the current regime. We can see various examples where the stand of Indian media is highly questionable, even during this CoVid-19 crisis.
Rather than asking the Government about healthcare facilities and healthcare infrastructure, they ridiculed Tablighi Jamaat. The consequence of this was that we lagged a lot in our preparedness during the initial stages of the pandemic.
And we can see various such examples.
There was not enough coverage of the digital divide in education during the pandemic. According to NCERT, At least 27% of students do not have access to smartphones, laptops for online education.
Unemployment is at its highest, the informal sector has been shattered, and GDP growth contracted to -23.9% in Q1 of 2020-21 fiscal year. These are just some of the issues. And what we are being catered is 24 hr coverage of the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Just ridiculous.
This Media Crisis is doing irreparable damage to society. And it seems there is no way forward, apart from us promoting independent media.
“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” – Jim Morrison