It cannot be denied that media is a tool for spreading hatred. Not only in prime time, but every time something or the other happens on news channels, which is spreading hatred between two communities. Even the smallest thing that can be used for this purpose does not escape the eyes of the media. No one gets an eye on the things of great importance related to the lives of common people. As the government itself has admitted that this time the production of paddy in the country has been less than last time. Because of this, the price of rice will increase or the price of one dollar has reached Rs 81 or inflation will again become 7 per cent. Such things remain out of the eyes of the media, but Mehbooba Mufti has opposed the loss of ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ in the schools of Kashmir Valley, then it is discussed everywhere.
On the news channel of the country’s largest and oldest media house, its editor and superstar anchor got it discussed. Reprimanding the Muslim representatives involved in the discussion, he said that how can there be opposition to singing bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi! Think how cleverly the name of Mahatma Gandhi has been used. ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ became a hymn to Mahatma Gandhi and on this basis Muslim students were justified in singing it. Media finds such issues from everywhere. It is debated by the so-called Hindu religious leaders and clerics sitting.
The judges of the Supreme Court have rightly said that the anchors themselves keep speaking in the debates that take place by sitting many people. It is a fact that anchors speak hate speech and their invited sponsored guests also speak hate speech when they open their mouths.
So, in this respect the remarks of both the judges of the Supreme Court are very valid. But the real problem is not the news channels or the anchors. The news anchors are there and their channels are also the same as they were eight to ten years ago. But then he did not talk like this or used to do it in very veiled words! Then what happened all of a sudden, that hate news and debates became mainstream?
The Supreme Court should think more deeply about this. After all, what has changed so that all news channels and social media have become a tool for spreading hatred? Until its root is not reached, this problem will not be eradicated. Secondly, the remedy suggested by the Supreme Court to correct it is in itself a new problem. The Supreme Court has asked the government to make rules, laws to stop it. It is like making a cat sit guarding milk.