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Journalism of Courage or Journalism of Communalism?

Journalism of courage

The Indian Express published a report titled ‘Why kin of Muslim half of Gujarat’s martyr duo turned Hindu‘ on 17 July 2015. The headline reveals that the report’s focus is not on the heroism of the “Gujarat’s martyr duo” but on the subsequent conversion of some relatives of one of the martyrs. One wonders why the attention is not on the martyrs’ heroism but on the relatives’ conversions. Is it because the conversions were from Islam to Hinduism and not the other way round? The report begins thus:


About Beef Politics And Hindu Fury

 About Beef

Hindus are peace-loving people. The average Hindu that you meet in a million Indian villages, is easy-going and accepts you and your diversity, whether you are Christian, Muslim, Parsi or Jain, Arab, French or Chinese. He goes about his business and usually does not interfere in yours.


The next level of lowness by media

The next level of lowness by media

The next level of prostitution by our presstitutes will be news like this:

1. Goel ji's 4 year old daughter bites Guptaji's 3 year old daughter. Younger Goel children are being persecuted by Guptas.

2. Mishra ji's wife buys a saree worth Rs. 700 from She then flaunts it in front of Shrama ji's wife who bought the same saree for Rs. 730. Mishras are facing cruelty in India.


Towards a New Cosmopolitan Muslim Mindset

Towards a new cosmopolitan muslim mindset

During one of my recent summer trips to India, an incident in the Mewat region of Haryana reported in a local newspaper caught my attention. A road accident had escalated into a communal riot between Muslims and Hindus. Media reports quoted local observers, including police officials, who expressed surprise at the amount of firing that had emanated from a specific Muslim neighborhood and the quantity of weapons and arsenal that had been stockpiled in the households. What was disturbing to me, from a very neutral sociological standpoint, was that a road accident had degenerated into a communal riot and had created so much social chaos.


Sociology and Economics of Violence


Violence has become a global phenomenon today, no country or state is untouched by it. Globally, violence accounts for the death of more than 1.5 million people annually. Speaking of India itself, Jammu& Kashmir is facing militancy, North-East is marred with insurgency and as per MHA record the 2/3rd of the country is spawned by Maoism We’ll be amazed to know the figures of expenses being incurred to deal with violence.

It’s a bigger menace than corruption and other problems. However, the interconnection between the corruption violence and the political connection is subject matter of another article of mine.