these parties joined hands together to legislate fresh laws to make “illegal” things “legal”. their illegal constructions will be given the stamp of legitimacy through new laws that their elected representatives will draw up. 2017 12:27 am Trophy friendly soccer match between Girona and Manchester City. In an interview last month,many promises have been made,major strides?as editorials spoke of more good news on India-Pakistan relations and India taking positive steps. doesn’t make it easy to work for a news organisation.I remember my own sad experience in a national news magazine where I worked some 25 years ago I suggested to the editor who enjoys a celebrity status in India a comprehensive investigative story about a popular godman The conversation between us went something like this: Editor: What A story about him Are you mad They’ll hang usFile image of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh CNN-News18 I: There is no crime that the godman hasn’t committed I am investigating I’m almost through in fact Editor: Don’t you know that the swami has a huge following If he contests elections as Independent he’ll win without stirring an inch for campaigning His fans include a large number of our readers politicians and — he added in a whisper — people in our own management I: Not to worry The story will have both sides It will be both on the tremendous faith people have in him as well as the money-laundering and sexual crimes that he is being accused of Will give equal space to both sides if that’ll make you happy Editor: Do you have a peg I: Yes the context is that his birthday is coming up A large number of people including India’s top politicians scientists and many from abroad or descending on his ashram to celebrate Editor: (Thought about it for a minute) Guess that’s okay Go ahead It should be good for the cover But be very very careful in how you write it Don’t forget to mention the educational institutes and hospitals run by the godman and his service to people How long I: 4000 words He agreed After approving the story the editor left instructions with his deputy to make it the cover story and proceeded on a fortnight-long foreign tour A few days later I submitted a 4200-word story telling myself that it was one of the finest pieces of my career and waited for the magazine And when the magazine was put together my mouth went dry I was speechless My story was nowhere near the cover It was in the back pages It appeared as a 600-word piece a condensation of the ‘good’ part of my original about how grand the godman’s birthday bash was It turned out that a director of the company had got wind of the story and "requested" the editor to remove all its unsavoury parts I learnt later that besides the faith of media managements in godmen what mattered to them was that the devotees of these self-styled spiritual gurus formed substantial sections of readers The managements and editors are wary of negative stories about godmen keeping present and future readers away It was some years later when I joined a national daily that I realised just how important the devotees of godmen were to newspaper readership figures Our "readership development strategies" included "community reporting" which in turn included stories about godmen’s activities and itineraries Samir Jain the vice-chairman and managing director of The Times of India group once famously said that spiritual content in newspapers was akin to pornography in its potential for pulling new readers This was of course the philosophy behind the huge success of the paper’s "Speaking Tree" columns and content Vote banks are no different Readers are to newspapers what voters are to political parties If the devotees of godmen and godwomen add to newspapers’ readership figures they can swell a politician’s vote bank There may be nothing wrong with this except that both media and the politicians are both terribly guilty of turning a blind eye to the reprehensible activities of spurious "spiritual" figures who abound in India running their private fiefdoms immune to any exposure leave alone action against their criminal depredations Without the support of political bosses deprived of even moral help from media few policemen dare to go anywhere near godmen except to prostrate before them Political patronage of godmen has not begun with the BJP as Modi-baiters imagine and would like us to believe India has seen it since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru Faith and even superstition are far too important for a politician to crack down on them That was what stopped Nehru from making good the threat he heroically made in 1951 to ban astrologers after one of them "predicted" an India-Pakistan war And despite her "socialist" and "progressive" pretensions Indira Gandhi befriended godmen and godwomen She wore a rosary of rudraksha beads for good luck presented to her — as her personal physician KP Mathur disclosed in his book The Unseen Indira Gandhi — by her "spiritual guru" Anandmayi Ma Indira’s association with fraudster Dhirendra Bhrahmachari and PV Narasimha Rao’s soft corner for godman Chandraswami are too well known I have seen even the CPM leaders who publicly profess rationalism in tune with their so-called communism flock to swamijis bishops and imams at election time to attract their faithful They unabashedly join the queue of the leaders of the BJP the Congress and other parties to tap into religious vote banks In a democracy driven by vote banks political compulsions are hard to erase overnight in the absence of a humongous reform effort But the media should know better Extending coverage to the "good work" done by cult figures and the considerable spiritual adrenaline that they pump up among their devoted flocks may be the right thing to do to boost readerships But by choosing to ignore the criminal activities of self-styled godmen and treating them as specimens that have fallen from outer space with a license to rape kill and amass black money the media fails in its primary job as an information provider And that’s what makes the likes of Gurmeet Ram Rahim more powerful than they would have been if they only had political patronage The author tweets @sprasadindiaBeing an atheist Bharatiya Janata Party is currently leading in 40 seats.
15 am, On 30 June, Representational image. The Bollywood film is the sequel to 2013 Jolly LLB starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani in the lead roles. Earlier, votes by each member of the FIFA council, (Source: Reuters) Top News FIFA has promised to deliver a “transparent” bidding process for the 2026 World Cup after the controversy surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar. Chaudhary said that people were tired of experiencing the difference between the words and actions of the BJP," the party’s national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary said in a statement. for him.
derived from Sindhu. Trinamool Congress, the second list of 84 candidates announced by the Front on Thursday? It was to stop such distress sale that the then state government led by Chimanbhai Patel brought in the Act in 1991. Mohite then went to Hinjewadi police station and lodged an FIR. in a land they’d never set their foot in, their faces grave, adding that the murder was the result of personal rivalry."If someone throws stones at a dog the government is not responsible It was a feud between two families the matter in under inquiry" Singh told reporters and added "Failure of administration should not be put on government’s head" The children two-and-a-half year-old Vaibhav and 11-month-old Divya were sleeping with their parents Rekha 28 and Jitendra 31 in their home when at 230 am on Tuesday members of an upper caste family allegedly set their house on fire The parents suffered serious injuries while the children died Seven people have been arrested reports NDTV After his comments had taken centre stage across news channels Singh eventually tweeted a clarification that fell some way short of an apology My statement wasn’t intended 2draw an analogy My men & I put our lives on the line 4the nation irrespective of castecreed & religion(1/n) — Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) October 22 2015 Singh further said "We must stand united and let no one exploit our diversity by blowing up localized issues" Singh’s comments attracted a lot of criticism from leaders across party lines IBNLive reports that CPM leader Brinda Karat slammed Singh saying his comment is casteist and he should be sacked immediately from the Cabinet Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi also called for his sacking and took the opportunity to slam Singh’s party leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi Chaturvedi said that if Modi does not take action on Singh “it would mean that he is supporting such comments” reports IBNLive I’m #speechless Not Government’s Fault If One Stones a Dog: VK Singh on Dalit Killings https://tco/HcKCp4g92R — Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 22 2015 Why is media surprised VK Singh compared Dalit kids to a dog His boss @narendramodi ji compared riot victims to puppies — Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) October 22 2015 Modi Ji talked of a puppy VK Singh says a dog Is this government so apathetic insensitive callous? PTI Blaming a family feud for the burning alive of the two children, Even when structural factors are going in the right direction.
download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Updated: April 16,1. with British and Spanish media reporting they are about to table a 138 million pound bid, 2017 12:16 am Top News TO ENSURE that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat addresses reach a maximum number of people, The PM’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi too falls in the same region. Prasad and Tejashwi, and they will take appropriate action after receiving it. He broke silence on Subramanian Swamy’s charge over his ‘British nationality (dual nationality)’ and much to the delight of the Congress he used high-pitched rhetoric than a substantive response to rebut whatever was being thrown at him over the last few days.Rahul Gandhi has tried to take the pole position in the opposition’s fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi "Right now.
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