The Newsday’s editorial dated 5/03/21 was the most shameless I have read in the history of journalism in the country. It is the lowest that an editor can fall in the world of journalism. While others have agreed that that is standard journalism in our beloved country, I want to maintain that this is the worst. It only makes one wonder whether the Fourth Estate has lost its independence and is in bed with the Executive?
In the haste to dismiss the ongoing debate on the right or wrong of the Opposition Leader to write the Prime Minister of India requesting donations of vaccines for the Covid 19 pandemic, the Newsday’s editorial has chosen to level several charges against Prime Minister Modi of India and his government. What was worse was that not one of these charges was substantiated with evidence. In this haste, the editor has described the call to purchase vaccines from India as a deal with the devil. The editor wrote: ‘But some would argue that it is equally risky to make a deal with the devil.”
The editor of Newsday certainly understands privileges and is in sympathy with those who are having them taken away. Is bringing India under a uniform law for all Indians an abuse of constitutional rights and freedoms? Also, is bringing marriages and divorce under a common civil code for all Indians a breach of right?
Does the editor of the Newsday hold the view that marriage is a sacrament and should not be easily breached? The Muslim women of India supported the BJP government in the removal of this separate civil code, thus bring relief to Muslim women who always lived in fear of being divorced and abandoned to look after their children and themselves.
What human rights breaches have the Modi government committed against innocent citizens who are before the courts? Modi’s government allowed citizens to protest against the Citizens Amendment Act but not to burn and vandalize properties, attack police officers and disrupt social order. In a democracy, citizens have a right to express their dissatisfaction without disrupting the right and freedom of others.
Should a section of the population in Trinidad and Tobago speaks about breaking away from the nation-state of Trinidad and Tobago, would the editor of the Newsday support such posturing? Not at all! And should it be coming from anything resembling a UNC, the said editor of the Newsday would go on a warpath labeling the miscreant anti-national and unpatriotic.
And may I ask! Has the Newsday condemned the Executive for labeling the UNC Opposition unpatriotic whenever they criticize the PNM Government? Instead, Newsday never failed to boldly print those charges without the slightest condemnation. However, the Newsday can easily recognize the Modi government “breaches” of fundamental rights.
The Newsday should agree to be more objective and rational rather than towing the line of the present regime. Such unwarranted, unjustified, and irresponsible attacks on a foreign government is a breach of journalistic ethics and I do hope that MATT would have the courage to discipline such intransigence.
The Modi administration is saving lives through its vaccine diplomacy. This is a lesson the western powers must learn that the world is one big family. Modi’s generosity is now being compared to the vaccine hooliganism of Pfizer which demanding that poor countries mortgage their sovereignty. Certainly, Prime Minister Modi is not going to stand by idly and allow Pfizer to have its way. The Newsday editor’s arrogance and the era of ‘gun ship’ diplomacy of the western powers have long gone. I invite the editor to look around and observe that the plantations that perpetuated a culture of exploitation no longer exist and that privileges are dead. The descendants of Rama and Krishna have had enough and Modi is fast awakening and empowering them with the mantra “Massa Day Done.”