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‘Why Is Our Indian Media So Negative?

Why Is Our Indian

Why is it that in India the media is so negative and wants to sensationalise everything?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: This is nothing new; this is what we have inherited from the freedom movement. Because when we were slaves, when India was ruled by the British, our media had this tendency to blame everything and it was necessary. It was necessary to show a bleak picture of what was happening in the country. But that continued even after independence; the same mindset continued. This is the difference if you see between the international media and Indian media.

We are happy blaming ourselves. We are very happy showing negative things about ourselves. Once I was in a conference in Europe; there, one European journalist asked me this question, ‘I cannot understand why Indian media is so negative about its people and its country.’ In a way, he expressed wonder about it and he appreciated it also in some way. Here you don’t need someone from outside to come and criticise; you are good enough in doing that job. We can criticise ourselves. So, having said that, there is one positive aspect of it but a lot of negative aspects — that it shows a country in very, very poor light.

If you see the crime that happens in New York city — it is manifold times more than crime in whole of India. There are 50,000 homeless people in Los Angeles.


Islamic State map reveals it wants to take over by 2020, includes India

Islamic State map reveals it wants to take over by 2020 includes India

The Islamic State plans to take over large areas of the world, including almost the entire Indian subcontinent, according to a chilling map that features in a new book on the dreaded terror group. According to the map, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) plans to take control of the Middle East, North Africa, most of the Indian subcontinent and parts of Europe, within the next five years, to complete its caliphate.

The caliphate — a state governed by Sharia law which IS plans to claim — covers areas from Spain in the west to China in the east, the Mirror reported citing the map. The map reveals the calculated way IS plans to take over the world by 2020. According to the map, Andalus is the Arabic name given to the parts of Spain, Portugal and France that were occupied by the Moors from the 8th to the 15th century while the Indian subcontinent would come under ‘Khurasan’.  BBC reporter Andrew Hosken, who includes the map of the targeted areas in his new book ‘Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State’, said IS wants “to take over all of what they see as the Islamic world”.

A seven-step IS programme, dating back almost 20 years, includes the US being provoked into declaring war on the Islamic world between 2000 and 2003 and an uprising against Arab rulers between 2010 and 2013, the report said. ISIS have up to 50,000 members and cash and assets of nearly 2 billion pounds, partly due to their control of oil and gas fields in Iraq and Syria, it said.


Savarkar & Modi: Beginning & End Of Hindutva

 Savarkar  MOdi“Whereas Nehruvians like to portray the RSS-BJP as a formidable enemy mercilessly pursuing the Hindu agenda, the fact is that most BJP stalwarts prefer to keep the Hindu agenda as far removed from their policies as possible. They serve their time in government and enjoy the perks of office, meanwhile hopefully cleaning up the economic mess that Congress has left behind, but never touching a serious Hindu concern with a barge-pole.” – Dr Koenraad Elst

Hate mongers

Hate mongers often need concocted stories to buttress their political message. In India, these are most common in that peculiar Indian form of hatred: anti-Brahminism. As the local counterpart to what anti-Semitism has been in the West, it fantasizes about how Brahmins have only domination over us lesser mortals as their uppermost concern. Everything a Brahmin does, just has to be a wily stratagem to manipulate others. With their greater book-orientedness and heavy overrepresentation in the writing professions, they control public discourse and make others look at the world through Brahminical glasses. No matter how you try to gain autonomy, they manage to outwit you, even to the point of taking control over progressive movements, even over anti-Brahminism.

Against such a formidable enemy, any means are justified. That may well be the reason why Abheek Barman chose to write the misleading opinion piece: “Why did PM Modi skip mentioning Savarkar at the Mathura rally?”. Alternatively, given the preponderance of borrowed, deformed and simply mistaken historical ideas in the anti-Brahmin movement, he may simply have been misinformed.


Five major problems the Indian Judicial System is facing

Five major problems the Indian

One of the oldest legal systems in the world today is the Indian judicial system and it still incorporates certain features inherited from the British judicial system during their centuries of colonial rule in India. The Indian Constitution, which is the supreme law of the country, provides the framework of the present legal and judicial system of the country. India’s judicial system follows a “common law system” along with the regulatory law and the statutory law. Another important feature of our legal system is that it is based on the adversarial system, in which two sides of the story is presented in every case to a neutral judge, who would then give a judgment based on the arguments and evidence of the case.

However, our judicial system faces certain inherent problems, which show the weaknesses and defects of the system, and which requires immediate reforms and accountability. There is a need for a

Challenges faced by Indian judicial system


12 Reasons why there is chilling media silence over crime against Hindus

12 Reasons why there is chilling  1

In the course of recent years and particularly in the previous couple of months, there can be seen a pattern of highlighting Hindu violations against Muslims. Slaughtering of peaceful Hindus in Pakistan, Bangladesh or even in India is not considered important by the media, by government or by different political gatherings or by Human Rights industry in India.

chilling media silence over crimes against hindus

In a case where the wrongdoing is against the Muslim community or a minority gathering, there is bound to be a heated television debate on the topic but should it be something against the Hindu community, the silence on those very television channels is deafening. It unmistakably demonstrates that the media is not unbiased and is actively playing a partisan role.

Why the double standards? Why this discrimination?

Let us try and comprehend the reasons why this has been going on for a while now:

1). Television media is upon intent inculcating a feeling of victimhood among Muslims


Swami Dayananda: The patriot saint

Swami Dayananda- The Patriot Saint  1

Swami Dayananda Saraswati—a master exponent of the inclusive Hindu philosophy who declared there was not ‘ONE GOD,’ but ‘ONLY GOD,’ a teacher of Vedanta who created hundreds of teachers to continue the ancient Indian tradition, a great organiser who founded the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha as the representative body of unorganised Hindu religious traditions, a philosopher who harmonised and validated, from the Hindu perspective of theo-diversity, all forms of worship from paganism to monism, an intellectual who re-articulated and established that religious conversion, regarded as the right of evangelist religions, is itself violence, and finally a patriot saint who, like Maharishi Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda did, saw, in the ancient nation of India, the very manifestation of all that he had learnt and taught—is no more. Indeed he was the latest incarnation in the tradition of nationalist saints of India.

Endowed with unparalleled intellectual skills and unlimited knowledge base, Dayananda first made it a mission of his life to teach and did take Vedanta to a vast elite audience in India and outside, which would otherwise have been half-westernised in world view and as much christianised culturally. He aligned Vedanta to India as a national entity and cultural phenomenon and to Indians as the chosen people entrusted with the sacred duty to live, sustain and protect it not only for them but also for the good of the world. In his exposition, Vedanta was not just a philosophy but it found expression in the culture and life of India founded on the idea of dharma—in its arts and music, literature and sculpture, society and family, and in the Indian traditional respect for elders, teachers and women and ultimately in the reverence for this nation itself as sacred and in the love of the entire creation, both animate and inanimate. Starting off as student and disciple of the redoubtable Swami Chinmayananda, the originator of the contemporary school of exposition of Vedanta, Dayananda Saraswati rapidly grew up as an accomplished scholar and unparalleled teacher


Rediscovering India: Need For A Revised Historiography


l areas of knowledge have to be periodically re-examined and rewritten in the light of new knowledge. History cannot remain exempt from this rule. History books in India still carry the baggage of colonialism rooted in racism and Christian biases like the Creation. Unfortunately Nehru’s influential book The Discovery of Indiacarries forward many of these biases.The present series, to be called Rediscovering India, is meant as a corrective that draws on the latest findings in sciences like population genetics, natural history and archaeology.

It is commonplace to observe that we are living at a time of unprecedented change. Most of us have seen more change in our lifetime than what our ancestors saw in the thousand years before it. While this is most evident in science and technology, areas like history have not escaped the influence of change. And India being a very ancient civilization that has recently been subjugated by alien forces has suffered a lot of misrepresentation and distortion of its history and tradition.

It is important to recognize that Indian historians and history books still carry the weight of these distortions. In particular, they are heavily influenced by the personality and the ideas of Jawaharlal Nehru and his popular book The Discovery of India,which was an attempt to produce a history from an Indian perspective. Nehru though well-intentioned and gifted as a writer, was not a scholar, much less a researcher. As a result it carries the biases of his background and education.

What is needed is a new model for historiography or the methodology for the study of history, not a compilation of bits and pieces taken from secondary sources as Nehru’s book happens to be. These sources were also works by European scholars of the colonial era. Like most men of his background and education, Nehru disdained Indian scholarship unless it was as deferential towards Western opinion.There was no attempt at creating a historiography.