Perhaps the media is getting a reality check over hype it created over Indian government..

As the one year review of the Indian government draws close, some previews are already doing rounds.

In this article, Mihir Shah says the media has perhaps been too kind to the new government. Talk about some one creating massive illusion and itself falling in it.

Among the many advantages that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has enjoyed during his term in office so far is a press that has fawned over him and his government. With the notable exception of Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani, the mysterious target of numerous hit-pieces -– some of them in very poor taste -– most of his ministers, too, have been showered with the accolades, and praised for their honesty, transparency, vision and efficiency, even when they have not exactly demonstrated one or all of those virtues. Modi himself has enjoyed wall-to-wall coverage, almost all of it adoring. Aside from that one occasion with that suit – which, I think we can all agree, he brought on himself – there has not been barely a challenge in the mainstream print or electronic media, forget about disrespect or mockery. When compared how the Delhi press has behaved in the five years previous to his arrival, Modi has little to complain about.

And yet the PM chose to complain, by delivering a speech – inside the precincts of Parliament, no less – suggesting the media was the major villain of his first year in office. The supposed casus belli was a disgraceful and lowering spat between his junior foreign minister, one V K Singh, a former chief of army staff, and various TV channels. (A digression to explain what happened: The TV channels did not cover the rescue mission to Yemen in a manner that satisfied Singh’s vast ego.) Singh wished to be seen as the personal saviour of the embattled Indian citizens there, and not as part of a larger group effort by the services and the bureaucracy — thus demonstrating that he has become, or always was, the most typical kind of politician. Anyway, the dispute escalated, with TV channels choosing in their inimitable lowest-possible-IQ style to take as serious some sarcastic comment Singh delivered; and it climaxed with Mr Singh, a man who should carry the dignity of not one but two high offices, calling the media “presstitutes”, like some choleric old uncle everyone wants to avoid at a wedding. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which showed its contempt for institutions through the two unprecedented acts of making Mr Singh a minister, and a chief justice a governor barely after he had taken off its robes, may have done India an unintended favour. No army chief has ever become a politician in India, a great and honourable tradition Mr Singh has broken. Thanks to Mr Singh’s demeanour, I fancy he will be the last chief-turned-politician, as well.)

This is particularly suited to the Pink Media which painted everything so pinkish and rosy. They should have realised that govt is much more than just taking some economics related mumbo jumbo.



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