Friday, February 27, 2009

The Machinations of the MSM

Something bad happened in Barak Valley, Assam in January. Some miscreants belonging to a particular faith barged in to a place of worship of a different faith, and desecrated it. The inspiration for this atrocity being religious conversion .Now what does come to your mind? Did you jump to the conclusion that it was BD or its kind who were the desecrating miscreants? Ha, you are SO wrong. And the reason is very obvious. If it had been these Hindu terrorists, you would have heard about it, without fail. The Main-Stream-Media would never ever let go of such a juicy episode like this, they would have milked it till it was dry, and then milked some more. You would have seen the symbol of Om against the backdrop of something visually disturbing, with a two-bit sinister score as well. But do you remember anything like that? I, for sure don’t. Once again, as in the case of the KVS logo change episode, may be, I missed it again. But then, my twisted mind tells me that this is could not have escaped the radars of the MSM had it been the Hail-Hindutva boys. So what really happened? Well, some missionaries burnt the idol of Goddess Kali and damaged the temple as well. Shocking incident. Very disturbing. And yet, it was nowhere in the news. I googled it and I could not come up with any article by any major news vendor. And I concluded this:-

1.Was this given a miss-in-the-baulk, on account of it taking place in Assam, a state of the North-East, land of the “Chinkies”, about which , we don’t give a rat’s ass, it seems ?

2.Was this not reported by the MSM because the aggressors were Christians and not the vile and virulent Hindus?

The fact that the only source of available information is either a blog/site associated with Hinduism/Hindutva/Right-wing or one of rather unknown origins, does question the credibility of the information. But about all the sources I have seen so far, report the same thing. May be they tried a little of Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. But assuming everything crazy that I have suggested so far is true, why the hell was this NOT reported? In the spirit of fairness and truthfulness, every attack on every religion should get the same attention by the media. I am not gnashing my teeth in anger, as I still have my doubts. And there is only reason I could come up in the favour of it not being reported. They would have sparked off riots for sure. If the murder of a man could, then the apparent murder of a Goddess would have caused all hell to break loose. Which creates a moral/ethical dilemma. Is it right to filter out events like these in the larger interests of the nation? Or will covering them up ultimately result in more mayhem eventually? And, can this entire episode be labeled as a machination of the main stream media? The more I look for answers, the more questions arise.

Sources - 1 , 2 , 3 and 4

24 comments:

Ordinary Guy said...

i am shocked man....
yes you are right, every attack on every religion should get the same attention by the media....

Ordinary Guy said...

when is our country going to stop doing such things...

Vinod_Sharma said...

The problem with MSM is that they don't want to be seen reporting anything by which they appear to be identifying with 'communal' Hindus or Hinduism. Conversely, they don't want to be caught not reporting anything which shows the ugly face of Hinduism and Hindus. That is the media definition of secularism...

Bones said...

Vinod, it is not just the media's definition of secularism but also the political parties...To the Congress, seculalrism is being pro-Muslim and to the BJP, secularism is being anti-Muslim...All for votes...

Indyeah said...

IF this has happened,then its easy as hell to easy why it was not reported.

As you say,The north being north east nad virtually absent from our minds,this was a given.
When the Assam(guwahati)blasts get about 5 minutes of airtime do you think this would have gotten any?
I have lost count of the number of bomb blasts that keep taking place in Guwahati.


Agree with Bone's definition of secularism for the two parties.
the MSM seems to be the most PC of the lot.

And the riot scenario could also be one though I doubt it.Because a balance reporting could be done by focussing on the perpetrators rather than the incident itself.

Charakan said...

Kislay, let me ask for your apology if in any way my following comment hurt you.

As you rightly said in your post you have still doubt whether this incident actually took place or not. You have your doubts because all sites u linked said the same thing and the reference is from Organiser website. As you know very well Organiser is the official mouth piece of the RSS.
It is unfortunate that even with all your doubts about the truth of this report you blame the main stream media. RSS websites always contain such similar stories because their primary aim is to spread hate against minorities. Similarly websites of many Church/Church supported organizations also contain similar stories to spread hate against Hindus. Same is true for many Muslim communalist websites. Main stream media do not carry such stories because they are either lies or gross exaggeration of partial truths. By deciding to post this and give this publicity even when you have doubts about the truth of the report you are also helping the hate propaganda.

Kislay said...

@Charakan
I am not at all offended . As I said , and as you read , I have my doubts . And yes , I did ask this question to myself , whether I should be posting this or not . But I did so . Because I wanted to what the others think . And because , a part of me thinks that it was missed the MSM because it happened in the North-East and the aggressors were not Hindus . I personally think the media is biased , and that is why I think that this incident could have taken place . But then , I still have doubts . And thank you for being so frank and forthright . I appreciate candor , and I am glad you commented .

Kislay said...

@OG
Indeed man . Why the double standards ?
@Vinod Sharma,Bones
Secularism means different things to different people as per their agenda , I guess.
@Indyeah
Read this by Arnab Goswami . He wrote it after the Assam Blasts . Ten deaths for free

Indyeah said...

Kislay I tried that link, but I think one is required to sign up and even after that the site's not opening up...could you please mail me the article whenever you are free:)?only if you are free..:))

Nam said...

Kislay, this is exactly what we call pseudo-secularism, or choice selection of "news-worthy" stories. I have a friend from Guwhati (who by the way does not look at all chinky!) who tells me about the actual terror incidents committed mainly by Bangadeshi Muslims who are now trying to overtake that region, and ofcourse by Christian terrorists who convert people, many times by force. I am sure this news article is true. But our pseudo-secular media, as you rightly say, would only publish this story if the perpetrators were Hindus, as we happen to be the unfortunate majority.

If only we'd learn to unite and behave like a majority.

Kislay said...

@Nam
I am not sure about the authenticity of this incident . But I do know about the problem of illegal immigration and the recent attempts to proselytize . Have you heard of Nellie massacre and Assam agitation ? All because the centre does not pay attention to the seven states of Indian where 10% of its population lives . And even if your friend does look like a "chinky" (I personally prefer people with mongloid feautures) , it does not matter . We are not one race . And as Ruskin Bond said "Race does not make me an Indian , religion does not make me an India , but History does , and in the long run , it is History which counts " .

Kislay said...

@Nam
I forgot to add this . Even though I am not sure , I still think that what happened is quite possible , because I do NOT think the MSM is an objective,neutral and unbiased watch-dog of the Indian democracy .

Charakan said...

Kislay, reading all the comments and your response I realise why you posted it.Also the readers will wonder who is actually biased.the media or the blogger.

Kislay said...

@Charakan
If that is what you think . I will stick to what I think . And yes , every one can draw their own conclusions as to how biased I am , based on this and my older posts . :)

mesoliloquy said...

Kislay, Over the time anything associated with Hinduism is controversial and BJP along with some fanatic outfits is adding fuel to already raised fire.

On the other hand Congress has lost their minority votes which they played for a long 60 years where in actually minorities believed that the party was in their favor but now state based parties have gotten their confidence.

There is also something which remains unanswered and that is conversion issue in all developing countries. Why is no one even questioning or alarmed by this? Beats me.

BTW just noticed Robert Frost's lines on your banner. My favorite :)

Kislay said...

@Solilo
Bang on . Exactly my thoughts . I think pro-active steps are need to purge Hinduism to preserve Hindu culture . But those steps should NOT involve rioting,raping or burning . These guys end up doing all that and ruin everything . In all fairness , the investigation into the murder of Swamijee , who was killed in Orissa needs some media mention as well , along with the riots that followed . We need to know whether it was the Maoists or the Maoists hand-in-glove with the missionaries , who were responsible for that . But no , if I ask that , I am a fucking fundamentalist . If I speak against , proselytization , I am against secularism . WTF !

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Charakan said...

Solilo,conversion issue is important.It is creating so much hate and violence.It should be discussed.Will try to post my take abt it when I get time.

Kislay said...

@Christina
Thank you . Glad you liked it .

freespirit said...

The real problem is "If the murder of a man could, then the apparent murder of a Goddess would have caused all hell to break loose." We happen to place more importance to our deities and idols than to human life. I'm not for one moment saying that God or religion isn't important, but respecting your God and your religion means respecting others first no? Our politicians play on these emotions to gain votes and conveniently forget to educate the masses, educate in the real sense of the word, because this would mean that they'd actually have to get off their arses and do some work instead of donating crores to temples or madrassas to create their vote banks.

freespirit said...

The media just plays along in this circus.

Indian Home Maker said...

No doubt the North east gets neglected.

Such news heard nowhere else, could still be true but also could be an excuse, to reassure the liberal Hindus that the violence that this organisation allegedly indulges in is justified ...

Kislay said...

"Our politicians play on these emotions to gain votes and conveniently forget to educate the masses, educate in the real sense of the word, because this would mean that they'd actually have to get off their arses and do some work instead of donating crores to temples or madrassas to create their vote banks."

Similarly , they introduced the reservation system . Because overhauling the school level education system is hard work . And of course , the media not just plays along , I think it is a significant part of the Circus .

Kislay said...

@IHM
The NE does get step-motherly treatment . Violence , which is mostly reactive , can hardly be justified . The fact that violent means are used to address these issues vilifies their cause even more , and would distance liberal Hindus from them .