Modi said right, media reported left


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Modi said right, media reported left

It was not a Sunday morning that many editors in the print and electronic media would have liked. For starters, there was to be a Narendra Modi speech, which meant these editors would have to be personally involved in ‘puncturing’ every word Modi said, mere correspondents would do not. Second, the speech was to an audience based in the USA and the biggest shocker was that it was at 6:30 in the morning! The thought of Modi ruining their Sunday morning was high on the mind of every TV channel when they began to cover his speech at the OFBJP programme.

First, the true figures that no media would bother to present. Modi’s interaction with NRI’s was a resounding success. They thronged both the venues at New Jersey and Chicago in large numbers. In fact, there was a severe space crunch to accommodate more people. Millions of people were glued to their TV screens across the US and Canada. Back home, the fact that the speech was on an early Sunday morning did not deter lakhs of netizens to follow it live. Even in the wee hours of Sunday, Twitter was abuzz with excitement over Modi’s speech.

Modi’s speech, by all standards, was path-breaking. Here was a leader who spoke about development and nation-building. No, the audience did not get to know whether his mother cried, or whether someone had told him power was poison or, for that matter, whether the sky was dark or clear at 4 am. Instead, they got to hear about the need to put India first. They were inspired when they heard about Modi’s mantra of One India, Excellent India (Ek Bharat, Sreshtha Bharat) and they went back to their homes assured that here is a man who will take their motherland forward come what may.

Understandably, the success of Modi’s speech in terms of both response and numbers created a Sunday morning headache for TV editors. Clearly, they had their job cut out for the day – demolish Modi’s speech whatever it takes. Their brief was clear – to engage in hair-splitting so that by the end of the day Modi’s speech would be trashed across drawing rooms. What followed was a shameful attempt to misrepresent and create a discourse built not on the strong foundation of facts but the weak premise of lies and personal prejudice.

The first thing the media picked on was Modi’s statement that if Governments made commendable efforts to serve the people, their mistakes would be overlooked. This statement, if viewed objectively, is 100 per cent true. The media, of course, thought otherwise. “People will ‘forgive’ a good Government’s mistake,” is how a headline was titled. Few missed the sarcasm in the tone. Here was Modi talking about the determination of his Government and humbly admitting that being human beings, it is possible some expectation would be left unmet. Yet, the same apologists who do not bat an eyelid before seeking elaborate apologies from Modi were up in arms. So were the non-apologists. Even in a discussion on Governance, the media asked if Modi was sidetracking 2002. Where 2002 came from is a million-dollar question. This ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ approach smacks of nothing but ignorance and misplaced arrogance.

The Congress’s opposition (which has spread on the media) to the statement on performance, mistakes and victory by Modi is understandable when you see that their own Governments win elections without performance, with many mistakes and without ever having to be humble about it and freely discussing the same. Never has Sheila Dikshit apologised for the corruption in Delhi, YSR’s exploits had the backing of 10 Janpath and the DF Government in Maharashtra has broken all records of inefficiency. Thus, ‘if without being humble we can win, why go the hard way?’ thinks the Congress.

Then, in his speech Modi described secularism as ‘India first’. For those editors who swear by an ideology that puts the family first and perhaps Italy second, these words came as hard punches. So they swung into action. “Modi going the Advani way, coining a new term ‘India first’ like Advani’s pseudo-secularism, and mixing nationalism with his agenda” is how a Congress-friendly journo who has authored a biography of the UPA chairperson put it. Some TV channels asked if Modi was changing track and adopting a more ‘tolerant line’!

The icing on the cake came when a Union Minister of State tweeted that Modi had copied ‘India first’ from his Twitter bio (doesn’t matter that he incorrectly wrote my ‘DP Profile’). The phrase ‘India first’ in the context of secularism is not new for Modi. In fact, he has used it back in 2011 and even before.

And finally, they had to drag in Wharton somewhere. A reputed news agency said Modi was addressing NRIs after the ‘Wharton snub’ and that is why he was presenting this softer image. The Indian media deserves the Man Booker Prize. This interaction between Modi and the OFBJP was planned months back. It was to have taken place on January 26 but had to be rescheduled. Where does Wharton come into this?



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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173265234 Arjun Rao

    Great article!!

  • anon

    Great Points all around. Modi is a great hope for our Nation at this point and we need to fight for him.

  • Bapty.s

    Mr KISHORE. Nice article, for positive minded people. THE GLASS IS HALF FULL. AND REST WITH AIR. FOR MEDIA. THEY ARE SLOWLY LOSING. ,IDEAS, AND PHRASEOLOGY. AS TO HOW TO SNUB SHRI MODIJI. ,WHAT HE. SAID WRONG even IF HE IS OBSERVING. MAUN. ,AND IN DHYAAN. OFCOURSE ALL THAT IS A BIT TOO FAR FOR THEM.

    OF LATE I READ. SOMETHING. ,HERE AND THERE. THAT MR P.C. COULD BECOME. HINDI PUNDIT. TO. TALK. IN HINDI. ,PERHAPS. IS HE THE CONGRESS. CANDIDATE. TO TAKE ON SHRI MODIJI. ?

  • dr shrikanth

    india is sick of sickularist

  • SportyHarry

    The MSM journos and Editors – who have already sold their souls to Congress & the first family, how can they sell their warped ideas of anti-Modi to awakened people of India ?
    Its truly like selling Refrigerators to Eskimos and Godhood to Atheists. The awakened people of India have seen through all the games Congis have been playing since last 65 yrs. Enough and no more of that crap anymore. Let Modi lead India and Indians to an enlightened future from 2014 onwards.

  • DoesItMatter

    So true, when I read the news articles titled mischievously regarding the mistakes comment, I was once again reminded of how the media twists things said by Modi. The context was so important, and the way Modi uttered those words, were anything but different from the dark insinuations of the media.

  • Yoga

    Can someone post the full speech video link?

  • Murthy

    Mainstream Indian media and their journalists have sacrificed their INTEGRITY AND HONESTY for a prejudice they had so carefully built for themselves since before the 2002 riots.

    During those riots there were many FALSE reports and analysis in the main stream – clearly so in retrospect. How come, you may ask?

    Many of these reports, especially, those in The Hindu and Hindustan Times, cited witnesses to their assertion that some horrendous crimes were committed.

    BUT these journalists, nor their editors bothered to FORWARD any of their source materials to the POLICE OR THE MANY COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY.

    According to me and many unemotional and upright officials in Gujarath, these journalists and editors DID NOT HAVE THE EVIDENCE that justified their FALSE reports.

    IT WILL BE REVEALING FOR AN INTERNATIONAL PANEL OF MEDIA SPECIALISTS TO ANALYSE INDIA’S MAIN STREAM MEDIA’S REPORTING ON GUJARATH AND SRI NARENDRA MODI.

    Hence, my hearty welcome to this essay for opening our eyes to one of the greatest frauds in Indian media’s history so far.

  • Badari Narayanan

    Nice post

  • http://twitter.com/vishalmamnani vishal mamnani

    I have heard that many editors of mainstream media before coming to office bow their head before 10 janpath and than start their filthy work !!!

  • R.Venkatanarayanan

    There is no doubt the English media in India was tying itself into knots in their disgraceful efforts to deprecate Modi and his oration.Can any one of these holy media editors point out a comparable oratory after Nehru, addressed directly to the people at large on what is expected of the political leadership and the people in Indian democracy? Small minds can not capture the big picture he was painting.
    R.Venkatanarayanan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561884526 Kishore Chandra Das

    We need not expect any logic in the action and utterances of the MSM honcho’s who have to toe the line of their ‘phoren’ paymasters. But yes, their mischievous misdeeds must be exposed at regular intervals.

  • Pradip Parekh

    it is really so much fun to bash media guys, specially indian media folks. i notice that the rational people on the right in india are educationally very smart people and high achivers. while the media peple are semi rational at best, mostly irrational, prone to making stuff up because just because, schooled in anthropology or humanities or such, the kinda stuff the communists love to learn and roil in.

  • ramesh

    nice !