Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Brainwashing the people for electoral benefit of a particular person or a particular party by major television media must be considered treason against the country, as it adversely affects the democratic process.
In this context, conduct of Arnab Goswami and Times Now channel needs be monitored by the Election Commission of India, if democracy is to be saved from the tentacles of plutocracy.
Anosmic men may not smell the stench of the mephitic mischief democracy is being subjected to by Arnav and Times Now under the design of debates addressed to mandate 2014. But, for conscious citizens, the Times Now shows make mockery of discussion, specifically when any panelist or viewer, not willing to buy pro-Modi pills, gets suppressed midway his/her version.
A decade ago I had exposed the media mischief in context of mandate 2004 and insisted upon legal leash on television journalists trying to derail democracy. The present conduct of Arnab Goswami and the likes makes us more apprehensive.
As Arnab and Sardesai et al had tried to brainwash the people for Vajpayee whose media managers had spent at least Rs.450 crores on the project in 2004, patriotic people of India had taken a decision to teach a lesson to the wordy acrobats by refusing Vajpayee a fresh mandate.
Shekhar Gupta of Indian Express, in a signed article on May 08, two days before the last phase of elections 2004 had to confess: “In reality, the battle was fought between the media with NDA in its lap at one side and the people of India at the other. It was a Press versus the people situation”.
This time too, the same battle has started. Mediacracy needs the leash.
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