About 25 years ago, the Indian media was very different. It was mostly print media, as the internet barely existed, and there were only one or two broadcast channels. Journalists were highly respected, and there were hardly any attempts to control or sabotage the truth. I used to write from Haryana for an English daily, and politicians of all hues treated me with the greatest courtesy. There was no paid media.
Today, the media landscape is dominated by news channels, which are nothing but a cacophony of deafening opinionated news anchors and their selected guests. There is very little investigative reporting. What I miss the most is that no one seems to be holding the government accountable, except one or two channels and some online media platforms. India has the second-highest caseload of COVID-19 in the world, but no government is held responsible. Government figures about the number of cases and the recovery rate are accepted without any investigation.
Just contrast this with the US media, which questions everything and gives more credence to the experts than the politicians. Anything that the politicians say is analysed critically, and falsehoods are promptly reported. The US media is, by no means perfect, but the journalists are, by and large, doing the job they are paid to do.