By Anuj K. Tiwari
It wasn’t a surprised at anyways that UPA government hasn’t credited Narendra Modi’s good works, nor covered him effectively as it should be done for opposition leaders, which clearly defaults the rule set for Door Darshan. There have been virtual ban on him all the times in 10 years of the UPA regime. But, was surely shocking that it was instructed by consultant, rather officials of the Doordarshan, who pledge for being neutral says, ‘Ashok Shrivastava, a senior journalist of DD News’ and author of book titled ‘Narendra Modi Censored’.
He [Ashok Shrivastava] also stressed on unprofessional, unethical attitude of then IB Minister, and DG of the DD news, who were taking inputs from somewhere outside from the government sources, rather so-called social activists and relevant personalities, who were closed to the top leadership of the Congress Party. It was an organised crusade against Mr. Modi just to malign his image, as somewhat the Congress’s Men knowing that he can be PM Candidate of the party in upcoming election. Hence, they were ensuring that no positive notes should come out in public domain especially through government owned media tools, which comprises the Doordarshan.
Two important terms were used by a group, which were keeping closed eyes on what Narendra Modi is doing, and no credit [positive] should go to public domain, which were further been joked that Narendra Modi will be 9-2-11 (a well known Hindi phrase) due to their 123 center ,” Ashok emphases in his book Narendra Modi Censored. The main objective of 123 centre was to create the content supporting UPA’s policies, schemes and picturised Mr. Modi as Villain against Muslims in India subsequently.
There are many shocking facts being revealed in this book, which clearly indicated how the Congress men, a section of media, so-called social activists were fearing with Modi. There was also a time when sweets were distributed since United State of America denied Visa to Modi, the writer writes in his book. The book also reveals that during the 2007 Gujarat assembly elections, Doordarshan’s team of reporters were taking instructions from Teesta Setalvad. However, the special powers of this cell were weaken after the 2009 Lok Sabha election due to congress’s internal differences, Ashok asserts.
But, Modi was continued at spot being targeted, and Doordarshan continued to unofficially ban any good ideas/news about Narendra Modi or by his Gujarat government, and thus it was hugely surprising for the writers when the public broadcaster gave a signal for the interview of Narendra Modi. However, this surprise was followed by many shocking incidents, about which Ashok has narrated in his book “Narendra Modi Censored”.
It is wrong to say ‘Undeclared Emergency’ as of now. Though – there has been a control on Media in all times, including UPA regime. And it was an attempt to ‘kill Modi’s interviews’. It’s propaganda that some of media personals/houses are spreading all around the world, which is not good sign for neither parties, Indian media as well as democracy. Our democracy has been vibrant, since its inception.
Term ‘Jankot’ being used by the writer multiplevtimes in his book, which meaning to influence journalists by offering them ‘expensive gifts’ in many forms. This term was also used by then Media advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. So, the analysis can be easily done as why media of the today hates Mr. Modi. The reason is clearly visible. The ‘jankot’ is stopped for lutiyens media these days, hence it is paining them and turning it in form of hatred, setting up false narratives, propaganda against Modi even today.
The writer has categorically mentioned about the flash point of that interview of Narendra Modi, which was later censored and made controversial due to ambiguous comments on ‘Priyanka Gandhi, terming daughter like, and Ahmed Patel, just as friend’. Though, there is no truth behind what was talked in that ‘interview’ which DD News run at that point of time. A beautiful picture of ‘internal mechanism/officials role and coordination is narrated in this book. Although – there is much to converse on this book in days to come.