Tuesday, 11 August 2015
“Why is the Indian Media so Negative When there are Positive Aspects to Emphasize? ―A. P. J. Abdul Kalam” ―Professor M.S.Rao
“Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?” ―A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
No nation can survive when its citizens are cynic. No nation can progress when its people look more of negative aspects rather than positive aspects. No democracy can survive when its press emphasizes on negativity. Unfortunately Indian press highlights more of negative news than the positive news resulting in readers focusing on negative aspects and developing negative thinking. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam highlighted the importance of media and implored Indian media to focus on positive aspects and progress rather than on negative aspects.
Presently people are easily carried away by negativity rather than positivity. With the advent of technology and social media, information gets spread quickly. People don’t find time to verify the information. They assume to be accurate. Some people enjoy negative information than the positive information. Unfortunately, the information is spread on social media without verification. In fact, social media is a double-edged sword and it can be used either for good or bad. It can be used for constructive or destructive activities.
Due to the cutthroat competition in television channels and print media, the press often bombards the information without verification to create sensationalism. Minor things are flared up. At times innocent people get incited on insignificant issues. Some of the journalists of regional and local newspapers don’t have proper education. They don’t emphasize on ethics and etiquette. They publish the information without verification. It does no good for Indian democracy. India is the largest democracy in the world. Democracy stands on four pillars – Judiciary (Supreme Court, High Court & Other Judicial centers), Legislature (Parliament & State Assemblies, etc), Executive (Government), and Press (Newspaper, Internet, Blogs & whatever which expresses people’s aspirations). No pillar must be weakened to ensure the success of democracy.
It is time Indian media highlighted positive aspects to inspire people to dream and achieve big. It must focus on progress and mould public opinion to nation’s development. It must play an instrumental role to ensure healthy dissent, discussion and dialogue for the prosperity of our nation.
Indians constantly look for inspirational leaders to dream and achieve big. Most of the Indians follow Swami Vivekananda and admire A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. To conclude, India needs more than one million Kalams to inspire more than one billion Indians.
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” ―Malcolm X
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