- He has low opinion of the media because they are of poor intellectual level. They do not work in the interest of people and are only concerned about commercial gains.
- The media diverts the attention of the masses from the real social and economic problems and instead focuses on trivial coverage of filmstars and cricketers. In a recent editorial column in The Indian Express, Justice Katju has opined that the Bharat Ratna be given to people like Mirza Ghalib and Sarat Chandra and not socially irrelevant personalities like cricketers and movie stars. I can't help but agree with his contention.
- The media in India is careless and divided people on lines of religion and caste. If you take a look at the News channels today, you will realize why it is true. New channels make a mockery of the concept of news by making everything news worthy. Sms polls, superstitious gurus and film bytes dominate prime time TV.
- Media is busy promoting superstition and astrology rather than scientific and rational beliefs in the society. We do not need much proof for this fact if we are regular viewers of channels like India TV and others. So, instead of taking up the responsibility of the advancement and progress of the masses, the media is indulging in the opposite. It is contributing towards the spread of backwardness among people.
- Apart from few individual reporters like P. Sainath, there are very few journalists who take the pain of researching a story unto its depth and try to discover new facets in the same. Most of them after some years in the profession turn lackadaisical and churn out the same stuff again and again. They remain in their own comfort zone.
- Today, media professionals lack knowledge of subjects like economics, social history, politics, philosophy etc and hence it shows up in their quality of reporting and writing. For this, I believe we have to blame the quality of media education in the country.
- Media tends to distort facts and twist people's opinions. For more on the same lines read Noam Chomsky's article on 10 strategies used by the media to manipulate public opinion. (http://theinternationalcoalition.blogspot.com/2011/07/noam-chomsky-top-10-media-manipulation_08.html?spref=fb)
- The phenomenon of 'Paid News'... give money and get news publishes in your favour. A murky coalition of PR agencies and news papers.
- Media's tendency to sensationalize without proper investigation into the matter can tarnish the reputation of a person and can fabricate the innocent as guilty. Basically, the media is too quick in making judgements.
- Debates on TV channels are utterly frivolous and there is no meaning to it. A bunch of people who more than discussing an issue seriously want to merely out do each other's vocal chords. TV debates see anchors and panelists shouting more than talking!
Director: Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
Cast:Urmila Matondkar (Puro/Hamida), Manoj Bajpai (Rashid), Sanjay Suri (Ramchand), Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Mohanlal), Lillete Dubey (Mrs. Mohanlal), Sandali Sinha (Lajjo), Isha Koppikar (Rajjo), Priyanshu Chatterjee (Trilok)
Based on Amrita Pritam’s Punjabi novel “PINJAR” Violent bloodbath, massacres of scores of human beings and refugee exodus were the most powerful symbols of the partition of the Indian sub-continent. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi’s film Pinjar represents the pain of the partition which engulfed three communities of India – the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. The film is also the story of a family, essentially the journey of the daughter of the family – Puro (UrmilaMatondkar in a major role) and her transformation to Hamida, her loss of identity and her agony. Pinjar is set in 1946 which marked the pre-partition era. Even before the country was divided into two parts, communal rage had spread all over an…