The millennials do not understand where the country is heading as we repeatedly see the anger and frustration they express through their social media posts and comments. Also, some individuals speak openly against each other’s religion spreading hate and communalism in the country.
One section of the Indian society is being radicalized in the name of nationalism and the mainstream Indian channels have played a major role in it, Mr. Thakurta said. He is right because we often see TV anchors ridiculing Muslim guests on their shows especially if their views are not in alignment with the ruling party of India. They try their best to show Islam in a negative light even after getting bashed in the public domain for doing the same.
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Anjana Om Kashyap of Aaj Tak, Ameesh Devgan of News 18, Sudheer Chaudhary of Zee Media, etc. are some of the popular news anchors who are leading this trend in the Indian news channels according to Mr. Thakurta. He is bang on because we all know how these anchors go on to mistreat and humiliate followers of Islam in the name of nationalism. If they think that the countrymen do not notice their favoritism towards the ruling party, they are certainly living in a dreamy bubble.
Things are going so nasty that many of the YouTubers had to take the charge from mainstream media when it came to providing accurate information and raising actual issues of the country. Where the mainstream media has been busy spreading hate against the minority and the Muslims, the YouTube channels have started exposing them on a wide scale. Today we see most of the basic issues like poverty, unemployment, corruption, etc. being talked upon only on social media and YouTube channels.
The mainstream media uses events like the Ayodhya case to peddle hatred and communalism in the country. However, there are some anchors like Ravish Kumar of NDTV who have taken a stand against such malpractices in the Indian media and they have successfully managed to divert the attention of the public towards the legitimate issues.
A prime time news slot of Aaj Tak, ‘Dangal’ anchored by Rohit Sardana recently aired a debate with the name ‘Muslim Mukt Bharat‘ which means India without Muslims in English. The content does not matter when you give titles like this to the shows. All you are doing is spreading extremism among the people who comprise a majority of the population.
Even the Muslims account for 14 percent of the India population and this is not a small percentage by any means. So are these news channels looking for the merciless slaughter of the minorities is the question that we must ask these so-called ‘paid news channels’.