Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Power of Blogging

In the wake of the recent attacks in Mumbai, the Indian government has blocked ExposingTheLeft .Blogspot.Com. Not going in the nitty gritty of this issue (regarding the ethicalness of it), one thing is clear that bloggers have power which can upset governments.

With the flow information and news lucified by the internet, every individual in the world has access to pretty much all that is to know about the happenings around the globe first hand. Hence no longer can governments and the tradional media fool and misguide masses.

Recently a lot of the people are of the opinion that NDTV and CNN-IBN are biased. Although NDTV has a very capitalistic outlook, they are extremely soft when it comes to reporting on the Left front. Wanna know why? Perhaps not many people are aware that Pronoy Roy’s wife Radhika Roy (she calls the shots in the organization along with Mr. Roy) is sister of Brinda Karat, a senior leader of CPI-M and wife of CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat.

A few years back when the NDA government was in power, Murli Manohar Joshi (who is considered to be BJPs Arjun Singh equivalent), had introduced a change in the fee structure in the IIMs. NDTV had very harsh criticism lined up for him, when not a single soul was protesting on the streets. Recently when the whole of India was outraged about Arjun Singh's policies, surprisingly NDTV didn’t find much too wrong with, if you compare it with the former. Radhika Roy is allegedly close to the Caucasian female.

CNN-IBNs Rajdeep Sardesai has also very serious allegations about being biased.

In a nut shell, what I mean is, people can always read newspapers and listen to news on the television, but they can now also access the situation first hand and come to their own conclusion, and also publicize it (through blogs). Hence they have a new found power which if used ethically can serve for the betterment of the society, and not just believe what the traditional media have to say.

3 comments:

Amit said...

frankly i found india media to be biased towards anti reservation movement .. and this was the general consensus also .. atleast i can say that for CNN IBN.. one thing you have to realize that this anti reservation movt. became this big only because media covered it soo extensively.. will like to hear an instance where it was pro reservation..

Pratik said...

The accusation against Rajdeep Sardesai about being biased which I mentioned in my post are different, but very serious.

Would you say the same thing about NDTV? I thought they werent as anti reservations as they should have been.

Harsh Vardhan said...

Hi Pratik,

Thanks a lot for your comment and the link.

It was great to find your blog ! People like us need to unite to reclaim our Motherland. I added a link to your blog on mine too.

Wish you all the best in all your efforts.

Harsh