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Warmongering Of Indian Media: The Rhetoric And Reality

James Paul | Feb 27 2019 01:46:00 PM
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Indian media is at its worst while reporting war stories. Yesterday’s attack on Pakistan was no exception. The armchair warriors of the media in the newsrooms were baying for the blood of the ‘other.’ The way Indian Media is handling war is the best example for journalism students: how not to report the war.

The reports came out of the big houses in Indian media with increased animosity towards Pakistan corroborate the apprehension that the infiltration of far right Hindutva champions into media as does all other state machineries.   

Airing multi-dimensional angles of the operation that the military might not have thought of, all media were seem to be competing each other to show public that we are more patriotic than others.

Truth is said to be the first casualty in war. How did media realistically know besides the official handout of the attack and bombing in Balakot on Tuesday?

Yelling and screaming of TV anchors and newsroom pundits painted a picture in the minds of Indian views that they were watching everything from the cockpits of Mirage planes. Media seems to be helpless of resources to verify the truth independently but to devour what is fed by officials.

There are two versions of Tuesday’s incident. India claimed to have targeted Jaishe-e-Muhammad militant group and killed hundreds of terrorists, but Pakistan in its statement said that no casualties were reported in India’s bombing in the forest region.  

Indian media, however, stressed on the Indian claim, and most of them reported that the number of terrorists killed was close to 300-400. But no reporter dared to seek proof of its claim nor showed any photographs of attack on TV screens.

While Indian media praised the precision and success of the attack, many media outlets in Pakistan confirmed the attack but said the Indian jets “fled” after Pakistani forces retaliated. Pakistan media termed it as an unsuccessful attack with no causalities.

What is the truth? Where are the pictures of the attack on Balakot? The Mirage-2000 is supposed to be the best choice for shooting photographs of its targets. One channel said the weather was bad for taking pictures, and another reported that the pictures were being processed.

No journalist on Tuesday asked difficult questions and scrutinising the narrative from both sides instead of giving lectures in patriotism from the newsrooms. The questioning spirit and sensible discussions were absent from Indian newsrooms yesterday.

Perhaps, they might have forgotten the basic lessons of journalism.