Oil was not only used to power motors but also as ink for propaganda by foreign owned media houses. This may not be as flagrant in our country but in India it is endemic. The bulk of the most influential media in the country is owned by foreign entities. It’s like having an occupational army of journalists with poisoned pens. Now with the price of oil in decline and the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, the economic competiveness has now reached knock out round. It is now survival or death!
The foreign-owned media in India is doing everything to stifle the Modi-led BJP government. Much propaganda and outright lies are peddled such as a recent report on confinement of Muslim patients in separate wards in a hospital in Gujarat with the charge that “Hindus don’t want to share the same ward with Muslims.” It turned out that the report was false. This is the level of poison dripping out of the pens of journalists attached to foreign-owned media houses.
It is a well-known fact that the media in India is not to inform and entertain; it is to create chaos, mayhem and instigate communal riots. Their goal is not to build toilets, hospitals or schools to see India surge ahead. Those are for Modi and his government to do. Their role is to drive civil strife, to pit one social group against the other and unfortunately, there is no dearth of Indian mercenaries to offer their service for a few dollars.
With a decline in black money floating around Bollywood, there would now be opportunities to promote more positive images of Hindu customs, the role of police in the fight against crime and other social issues including cross border terrorism and women rights.
Newer talents would now come to the limelight as there would not be the cash to dictate the choice of stars. Too many talented actors in the past have been derailed and not given the opportunities they deserve.
Why do foreigners have such interest in the ownership of Indian media? Nevertheless, despite the negative portrayal of India in the media to stir communal riots, the mass of the people of the various communities are not easily misled except for a few miscreants and criminals. This is so because the people of India understand the depth of evils through their scriptures. Ravana, Mareech and Kans were known long before the Chidambarans of this world. Shupnakya and Putna were evil incarnate long before the Arundhati Roys.
In the last general election, reports on the English media was hinting at a rejection of the BJP by the electorate. When the result was declared it was a landslide for the BJP with the Congress getting the smallest number of seats in its long history. But this propaganda was carried out to convinced their handlers that the money paid to them is well spent. The reality is that the bulk of the Indians is not going to fall victim to such naked and vicious activities.
The development of internet and social media has now put the media on the hands of the common man. It is no longer a one-way traffic where media houses wield a monopoly on news and opinion. Today the reader can put out his views and also respond to stories.
India’s human resources are today the envy of the world. The Modi government is now unleashing that talent to the world. The result will be a vison of a culture never seen or experienced before. It would be not a world of naked lies, half-truths and propaganda but a real world of prosperity and all the good things that come with it including a personal god for every individual rather than having a war mongering-commander-in-chief for a god.