Media musings: When will our journalists question Modi and Shah? – By Ranjona Banerji
…The reins are firmly in the hands of the BJP and of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. … In one sense, the stomach-churning triumphalism displayed by the media of New India, especially TV anchors, after BJP’s victory in the general elections was more understandable than the older generation’s obsession with the past.…
Only a TV journalist or a fan would argue that an electoral mandate absolves the elected of any responsibility. Regardless of how much advice you offer Rahul Gandhi, he cannot fix the economy. Mamata Banerjee cannot provide solutions for all of India’s farmers. Akhilesh Yadav cannot bring employment figures up. Any journalist worth her salt will go back to Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. And the very brave ones will look to the Election Commission.
The India where Mohammed Akhlaq was lynched for the suspicion of beef in his house has not changed either. It has got more emboldened. Just because right wing cacophony on social media and on television has made secularism a bad word does not mean that journalists in democratic India must forget the Constitution.…
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