Let the AAP people just go and see the border areas of Bengal and assam. Why not kejriwal who says he is an Aam admi go and live in Kashmir valley?
These people can only sermonise lecture to the Hindus of Delhi, cheat them and get votes
Can they get the votes of Muslims and christians talking about corruption?
They are on the payroll of US, Church and Multinationals. They seek support from hardcore mullahs, naxalites and maoists.
They will face severe drubbing wherever they go from now onwards and the people will question them about their secret truck with the looters and criminals ,the congis
What reply they give to the people of Delhi who voted for them trusting that they are against the looters the congis?
Why have not they taken any action against congress ex CM Sheila Dikshit who has been indicted by the Shunglu committee in the CWG scam?
On Wednesday, January 8, 2014 4:20 PM, Ms Subramaniam <contact_mss007> wrote:
Read Below latest observation of the so Called Independent Media?
Agar Mard ho aur Mardangi ho- Tho Come for Debate- which will decide the Fate.
lIKE OTHER PARTIES- aam admi party has also started blaming BJP , Sangh Parivar etc. There is a saying in Hindi- Chor ke dadi mein thinka, Ulte Chor Kotwal ko dante. Where was this bhushan on 26/11- why he did not go and stop the massacre at Taj? He only set fire and now blaming bjp Rss etc. For five minutes fame- he is abusing his own country to please separatist in the name of democracy. Indians are being beheaded by Separatist and this fellow is talking in favor of them. He does know the Price and Rules of Democracy- which is more Harsh/HARSHER than Dictatorship ETC.
Why Kumar and Kejriwal are running away from me for Debate?
They are scarred. Let Bhushan know- no one is scarred of aam admi party. It is evident- that many parties which are Agaisnt Shri Narender Modi and BJP find solace in aam admi party and every one knows why this module has been created. Crores may be changing hands to give maximum publicity for aam admi in most channels- Common enemy – BJP-Shri Narender Modi. In the Rs 500 crore Japanese PR Firm Program. There is a Larger Conspiracy-
So Bhoosham- You all hve to Vanquish- Shri Lord Ganesh, Lord Hannuman, Lord Murugan, Lord Shaneeswaran and above all MAHA KALLI. You may pray- to them- But destiny and fate has already decided.
Prashant Bhushan is responsible to attack the Sentiments of the People of India- by Raising the Kashmir Issue- So many people- paramilitary people have Died. How Many Times did Bhushan visited the Kashmiri Pandits camps? He wants to Support the Separatist- let him go and live with them. Time will say who funds AAM ADMI PARTY- why it was created- AFTER ALL IT BACK STABBED SHRI ANNA HAZAREY. It is we who Supported Shri Anna Hazarey during the ANTI CORRUPTION MOVEMENT- Now these motley group of People with Ford Funds etc- are abusing Indians and Hindus. Let us open the Returns Finalised by Kejriwal when he was IT Commissioner- Let us check it.
These people have Broom as the Symbol- How many places in Life they have they Broomed. Eaten the Best Food and talk about anticorruption- Let them question their Parents first and then ask others.
The Section of Media controlled by Hidden Hand- Like NDTV-IBN-Headlines talk are being asked to Give More Coverage to Foreign funded aam admi.
Let Bhushan swear on his children and wife that he accounted all the fees as per the INCOME TAX ACT?
India’s independent journalism in doubt in election year
By Sumit Galhotra
Asia Program Research Associate
January 7, 2014
With the dawn of the new year, India is looking ahead to a national election in May.
Recent developments raise questions about the quality and quantity of independent news coverage of the polls as local media come under greater political influence.
"Compared to many Asian countries, there is a great deal of freedom to report in India," writer and lawyer Suhrith Parthasarathy told CPJ. "But there is the issue of political control of the Indian media which begs the question of how truly free are journalists."
An analysis by The Hoot, a South Asian media watchdog, found that although it is difficult to trace the complex paths of media ownership in India, political parties and individuals with political affiliations own and control increasing sections of the press.
According to a 2012 report byBusiness Standard, more than a third of news channels in India are owned by politicians or political affiliates, who use their channels as "political vehicles" to influence the course of local elections.
In his recent article in Caravanmagazine, Parthasarathy explored the political ownership of media during the past few years. "Owning a news entity has become a practical necessity for political parties in India," Parthasarathy told CPJ.
This is particularly evident in the southern Indian state ofTamil Nadu, where regional politicians and their family members have launched television channels that are used for political purposes.
Channels like Sun TV, Kalaignar TV, and Makkal TV, which all launched since 2000 and which are owned by local politicians or their families, have used news broadcasts to provide favorable coverage to one party or another.
Some of these channels have also refrained from coverage of issues that may cast the party with which they are affiliated in a negative light.
For example, during the run-up to the last major election, in 2009, Sun and Kalaignar avoided coverage of alleged atrocities against Tamils in nearby Sri Lanka, in an effort to shield from criticism the regional party to which they are tied,according to Parthasarathy.
The cable distribution systems that telecast the channels are also coming under political control. Nearly 60 percent of the cable distribution systems in India are owned by local politicians, according to theBusiness Standard report.
Cable distribution systems block telecasts of channels carrying information deemed politically unfavorable.
While Sun and Kalaignar [ Owned by the Karunanidhi family ] were omitting coverage of events in Sri Lanka, Makkal TV, which is owned by a rival politician, was providing robust coverage of the events.
But politicians who controlledSumangali Cable Vision, [ Owned by the Sun T.V. Group ] the dominant cable distribution system in the state, blocked telecasts of Makkal at the time, according to Parthasarathy. The news channels and the cable distributor did not respond to requests for comment.
[ Sumangali Cable Vision also blocks the telecast by Headlines Today T.V , on account of some fight between the Sun T.V. Group and India Today !! ]
This phenomenon is not limited to Tamil Nadu. It is evident across much of South India in states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and in places like Punjab in the north, where Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s family owns three news channels, Parthasarathy said.
There too, cable distribution systems have blocked telecasts of anti-Badal stories, according to news reports. "This is very unique to a modern-day democracy. This wouldn’t happen in the [United] States or the U.K.," Parthasarathy said.
While the political ownership is particularly stark in broadcast media, it occurs in the print media as well.
The Sun Group, for example, owns two newspapers and a few magazines in addition to its TV channels, according to Parthasarathy.
To compound concerns about independent coverage, reputable national print publications recently have shown signs of political allegiances.
Hartosh Singh Bal, who served as the political editor at Open, a weekly English-language magazine, was sacked immediately after he published a hard-hitting article in October that criticized Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi, who are widely expected to face-off to become India’s next prime minister.
Many in the domestic and international media questioned whether Bal’s termination was due to reported links between Open‘s owner, his family, and the ruling Congress party.
Bal told The New York Times that his letter of termination offered no reason for the decision and added, "This is a particularly divisive and important election in this country, and I think the role the media plays is very, very important. I do think that overall there is an attempt to stifle voices which are independent. I have never seen the media so divided within itself, taking sides, being so partisan, even when it is clear where the funding and support is coming from."
This wasn’t the only high-profile shake-up in late 2013.
Siddharth Varadarajan, editor-in-chief of The Hindu — considered by many as one of India’s most reputable dailies [ also referred to as ' The People's Daily of Chennai ' !! ]under his two-year tenure–resignedin October after the family that owns the paper had a change of heart about letting go of editorial control. The New York Times reported that "it became clear that disputes over political coverage had been simmering under the surface." Many local and international journalists saw Varadarajan’s departure as a step back for independent journalism.
Sevanti Ninan, founder-editor ofThe Hoot, wrote in a recent piece for Al-Jazeera that "the connecting thread between events at The Hindu and at Open is the impending general elections in 2014."
This upheaval comes as India’s leading investigative magazineTehelka has been in the headlines for turmoil of its own.
Following allegations that its editor, Tarun Tejpal, molested a staff journalist at a work event, several staff members, including the journalist who was allegedly molested, have quit. The magazine’s influential managing editor, Shoma Chaudhury, also resigned amid criticism of the way that she and others responded to the allegations.
Some journalists, including The New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, have suggested that right-wing elements in India are using the episode as an opportunity to settle political scores against the magazine for its past exposés and critical coverage.
Journalist B.G. Verghese wrote that members of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, "exhibited a rare zeal not noticed before" and "gleefully grabbed the opportunity for revenge." (Still, many journalists have spoken out against Tejpal.)
Although India is heralded as the promised land of journalism, with more than 80,000 print publications and close to 400 news channels–at a time when the media industry elsewhere faces shrinkage and uncertainty–recent events underscore that the huge number of outlets do not guarantee widespread independent coverage in the world’s largest democracy.
Sumit Galhotra is the research associate for CPJ’s Asia program. He served as CPJ’s inaugural Steiger Fellow and has worked for CNN International, Amnesty International USA, and Human Rights Watch.
He has reported from London, India, and Israel and the Occupied Territories, and specializes in human rights and South Asia
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