I don’t get the Indian Media. Till the recent election all I read was Narendra Modi was an arch villian. A man responsible for using caste politics for his own power, turning a blind eye to the loss of Muslim lives, perhaps even abetting it. Now he is being potrayed as a Hero. Someone that won the election on a development plank. Does the Indian Media only love winners ? So which one is Narendra Modi ? Hero or Villian?

15 thoughts on “Gujarat

  1. Dear Shekhar,
    It is difficult to predict what the Indian media loves, but in politics it definitely helps to love winners. Gujarat has become a very important part of national news after the 2002 incidents(and the 24 hr channels do care for their fodder). It is almost as if the Ayodhya politics has shifted to Gujarat, so for the news media it is a very valuable news mine, and hence the shift in their stance.
    Please also let us know your views as to why this change of stance has taken place?
    Best Regards and hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  2. Indian media can be a very interesting subject of study. I have a liking for the Lok Sabha channel though. It is strange, given that it is a government channel.
    Whether modi is a hero or villain is known only to him. But bcos of a huge media and congress bashing, modi has a huge fan following all over India. The fan following has got nothing to do with the riots. It is simply bcos of irrational bashings by everyone that he gets the support. People actually get annoyed by the idiotic comments of the opposition and hence find a liking for modi. I was watching his oath ceremony and even I think that it was a little scary. He was behaving almost like a king. That is a lil worrisome. So, even i have my doubts. But I never found anything objectionable in his speeches that i have heard. And i have heard nearly all those speeches that have been aired on national television.
    OK, i think i can recall some of the instances of the media/others that brought the liking for Modi. Sonia gandhi on one occasion(just after the riots) had very fiercely criticized the gujrat administration way of handling the riots. Perfectly fine…u can criticize but she did that on an international platform. It was some foreign university or something. Then there was this modi’s visa issue which again the opposition actually celebrated. Wat they forgot is that US had denied visa to one of their own country’s chief minister. In both the cases the country’s image was jolted and particularly Gujrat’s. But no media channel is prepared to take on the central govt on this issue. They kept bashing modi. Some say he won the elections bcos of the riots. Do they mean the people of Gujrat are fascists. Then they say even hitler won elections. Are they comparing the Nazis of that time to the present day Gujratis. Absurd arguments. The media bashing will only get fierce now. The media has got nothing to say and so they are momentarily praising Modi. Soon we ll see all the riots/disturbances happening anywhere in the country being linked to gujrat elections. Our seculars will shout that bcos of the gujrat elections the RSS and other ‘ Hindu fascist’ forces have risen. And since modi is too undisputed in gujrat they will try and drag him to national politics and create rifts within his party. They sure will succeed in creating the rift though, atleast in public eye. And in democracy all that matters is the public eye.

  3. I even thought the same, while watching the post-election frenzy and accolade-showering on a man Gujarat pogrom and heinously responsible for the killing of so many people …
    There lies the irony.
    Anyways, … Merry Christmas, Sekhar!!
    Forget the irony! 😀

  4. i guess the media has no option but to keep trying innovative techniques, wat with the mushrooming of it big time. its like presenting the old wine in a new bottle…reinventing…blah blah blah …to keep the interest running. kahani mein twist nahin hoga to mazaa kaise aayega ?? first curse..then hail..then crib..then question..then curse again and so on and so forth . should we talk of responsible media?

  5. The media has been like a chameleon in it’s portrayal of Narendra Modi. Since he is at the throne now in Gujarat, the media is full of praises for him. For me Modi will always remain a villain for the atrocities he committed against Muslims in the state

  6. Change is the law of Nature.
    If day can follow night, winter can follow summer, why cant Modi the hero can follow Modi the villian, or media which euologises him today follow the media which lampooned him yesterday, for that matter? A flowing man (who is one with the flow of things) will take such changes in his stride and will not be overly stirred up by them.

  7. I think it is not just Modi … Indian Media is direction-less in general.

    Take example of Cricket:
    They praise Ganguly one day, declare him a villain the next day, Dravid becomes Hero, and then Ganguly a supporting Hero, then Dravid Villain.. Then Ganguly hero… Yuvraj supporting hero. Tendulkar back… Bad Mix up. Can not take it further

    What about Bollywood:
    They do same back and forth switching with SRK and Big B.. with some names coming in between for a change

    Media’s only desperation (If talk in terms of TV Channels) is “High Viewership Ratings” (This translates to readership ratings if it is print media). When you are so desperate about reachign the final target, you do not even notice what path you are following. And most of the times, you just circle around – that is what India Media is doing.

  8. Narendra Modi represents the feeling of non muslims
    towards muslims.
    He says things which are said in most of the homes
    of many Hindus except the secular ones!

  9. I am reminded of an old joke which goes as somebody saying ‘I am loyal to one party and I donot change parties. It is the ruling party’ 🙂

  10. Journalism as an ideal is dead, what we see is Media, one who sells the most is the best. Sensationalism is the in thing. There is not even one Hindi news channel that I can call a “NEWS Channel”.
    It is not about Modi, Media just like all major establishments in India, has lost its spine.

  11. Narendra Modi is typical example of “everyone loves a winner” so media has to report the content.
    I think, nothing gets more interesting when everything is turned against a single person. So it is easy for media to portray Modi on a losing ground and congress rally getting huge amount of Gujarat voters…
    So, initially Modi has had obstacles…rising and rising just like screenplay…
    1. He does not give ticket to MLA’s who won assembly seats…a majority of MLA were not given tickets to contest and new candidates were given. What media thought is Modi is going wrong. Terribly wrong.
    2. Dissident members increased all time high! Media thought popularity of Modi is all time low.
    3. Keshubhai Patel started anti-modi camp just when Modi wanted publicity to be positive, Patel camp actually started posters ads not to vote for Modi. Media sensed another losing ground for Modi.
    4. Congress on outside started anti modi meetings. Attack after attack. People thronged to the venues and media thought, Modi is on losing ground.
    5. Even RSS top brass active in Gujarat, which I do not wish to mention actually had talks with who else but Congress. Media got the wiff.
    6. Final thing was, Maut-ke-saudagar comment. Media again went overboard. They ask modi’s comment not only about congress but also about Patel and modi answered about Sonia but never about Keshubhai.
    So, media started again the circus of prediction of seats and anti incumbancy factor.
    so, Modi was actually a villian.
    …and then after maut-key-saudagar…modi had got what he wanted…previous elections he had “miya musharraf” instead of godhra. This time he had “sonia ben” and not to forget Modi masks. I know many Muslims who left Gujarat and came to settle in Hyderabad and in their hearts they say they feel sad that they left Gujarat because after Godhra Gujarat actually developed.
    Congress thought that their public rally attracted votes. Wrong! Gujarati voter is no fool, for he can understand that he is curious about congress speech but when it comes to voting, they love the rebel who has against all odd won.
    lastly, media has to know and secretly admire that here is a man who despite anti incumbency and good govern sense is back in power. By the way, Modi also is sarcastic and funny at times.
    Last I hear about Gujarat elections is…Modi gave a statement that Sonia was admitted in hospital due to over work…in Elections!

  12. Dear Sir,
    Corruption and mismanagement of our public money, land, property and systems, services is common problem faced by every Indian. We all are trying to establish effective transparent system. We all are wishing for ultimate universal balance growth.
    It is possible, we all positive intellectuals join with common mission of restructuring our public administrative system and fight corruption.
    We Indian, at Surat,Gujarat formed Gujarat vichar manch, we train citizens, we help them to utilize RTI, we help to make PIL, and we are fighting for every individual’s problem sincerely.
    Gujarat vichar manch is a unique platform to meet, think and act intellectually. For common mission of ultimate universal balanced growth. Email us to Register complain of every Gujarat and central government, cooperative society, trusts,boards and any corruption and corrupted officer and public servant
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    Dear Indians,
    Dear sathiyo, jindabad
    We all are serving mother land by unique way. We constantly think for social injustice, livelihood, and nation.
    We love your team, we love motherland, and we love anti sez fight.
    We are committed to ultimate universal balance growth.
    in Gujarat, on political group of intellectuals formed in name of Gujarat vichar march in Pune western consultation on sez we have decided to fight against SEZ.and associate with all activist, institutes fighting against SEZ.and with other NGO from Gujarat for fighting SEZ, Gujarat sez virodhi manch established.
    What happened in Gujarat?
    In Gujarat following LA done and violated many provisions of LA and other acts.
    1. SEZ related,
    2. Gujarat industrial development corporation (GIDC) had acquired fertile land since more then 20 years but not utilized till date and selling to corporate,
    3. project under name of vibrant Gujarat
    We think for Gujarat
    Gujarat is leader in everything in INDIA. We all have to rethink our industrialization policy keeping in mind following points.
    1. Mahatma Gandhi, sardar Patel national leaders had outlined growth, must be balancing and self sustained.urbanisation is increasing. Villages and agriculture with our culture on fear to loss of existence. Fearing to survival. Gujarat must be on her foot stand without any reliance on other. Means no grains, foods to be imported. It must be produced sufficient for Gujarat for minimum stock 5 years. We have sufficient fertile land and now Narmada yojana has helped us to provide water to agriculture. We have good farming records too. We are best farmers too. AMUL dairy is good example of our animal husbandry and dairy technology.urbanisation increasing at the fastest more then 50 % land covered under urbanisation.industrialisation is too fast. world is facing problem of food security, example of Kazakhstan country exported maximum grains to other nation ,stopped to export only because of not having produce but policy are changing. We can not stay on food waiting other country gives us grains and our mother sister prepare food for us. world war or disaster or any political act make us all without grains means,food.nothing will happen even we all have lots of monies in our and Swiss bank accounts. We and our kids need only grains. We maximum Gujarati are vegetarian. We can’t eat fish or meat. We opt to be self reliant for grains. And determined to never relay on other for grains imports. We can import everything but food is prime to us and our next generations.
    2. To be self reliant for food we must have stress on agriculture. We must turn to save agriculture in Gujarat. We must stop usage of fertile land in industrialisation, sez or other white elephant type project even for resident too. We can stay in high rise built on barren land but agricultural land must be saved any way. Gujarat industrial development corporation made much fertile land acquisition since 20 years average but not utilize for industrialization and not given back to farmers to make farming. Now GIDC selling to industries to develop sez at throw away prices.crores of rupees loss happen to Gujarat by such acquisition and further allotment to sez and other industries. We must stop such decisions. Congress or BJp or other political party never can see real need. They are making monies by associating with capitalist and others on sake of Gujarat’s fertile land. We have invested lots of rupees to develop Narmada dam to water agriculture and human, animals, not for industries. One side we will complete canals network but no land will remain to farming because of urbanisation, industrialisation. We must think for next coming generations, we are in wrong direction, stop and think once as mahatma Gandhi directed us.
    3. Our industrialization made maximum employment, but not to Gujarati.employment benefits goes in higher position to keralite and other English medium states people. Lower level employment benefits goes to oriss, up, Bihar, maharastra and other states workers. migrant people are increasing with reference to population of Gujarati.This industrialisation,pollution,loss of fertile land & water and other natural resource harmed us all Gujarati.we have to think for employment of Gujarati not for other state people. We have lost many sisters character only because of in balancing male female ration in balanced due to migration of only males to Gujarat. Think nothing to be loss more, we can stop outsider by laws, by protest, by stopping urbanisation, stopping industrialization, by cancellation of every coming up SEZ, GIDC estates etc.we must have to do by priority, other wise our kids will not regret us.
    4. We must focus on agriculture, self reliant on every thing. no import, no export we need for only statically satisfaction of index of growth. We need real growth, peace, healthy Gujarat, educated Gujarat, self reliant Gujarat. Spread this message to every one by emails, or other make changes in policies. Protest and associate with us in movement “Gujarat bachao andolan”.
    5. We need to stop pollution, traffic jam, migration, industrialization, urbanisation.can you help me in this mission?
    In Gujarat, what we are facing.
    In Gujarat we are facing different type of difficulty. to fight against Narendra modi government we are not getting immediate documents, after applying RTI one written answer they issue at last day, that these files are at other head office, and further transfer of application, appeal and second appeal comes on board after six month. We become late by minimum 8 month to get some important papers.
    Second- people are not supporting by physically, all are distressed by government. To motivate them all in one direction for one motive looks difficult. Some are saying it’s a problem of few.
    third- monetary we have to fight against beaurocrates,autocrates,capitalist,politician etc, we have to fight strategically, we cant take help of opposition party, or other source which may blackmail or emotional controling.we have to first establish proper organisation,join real leaders ,motivate them, and persistently follow.
    Fourth- no people are ready to die; no one is hand to mouth in Gujarat. They are not struggling to survive. If land saved as agricultural then it seems good to all but no one spare time to movement.
    We need reference material, ideas and direction how to fight, how to motivate. Here we are facing challenge
    We need following help
    List of sez virodhi?
    organization all over India with their member list, web, email, mobile, ph, fax and special details of their fight and success.
    ,slogans,posters,tips,suggessio ns,analysis,reports,news,motivational experience, any reference material, articles, judgments etc. material which can be helpful in fight against sez
    ,videos,news,views,opinion,reports etc on sez
    Coming up events, program, of ncas and associated sez?
    virodhi associations.
    courier or email us scan images-
    literature,handbill,poster,ppt presentations,songs,video,audio and slogans developed for sez fight motivation in different language.
    Keep us?
    informed every actions and progress, problems, analysis, stastics etc. convey our email and mobile no to all.
    address for courier- shri pradipbhai?
    deputy,chairmen,gujarat vichar manch c/o-computershop,dr mansukhlal tower,opp-dhiraj sons,athwagate,surat 395001
    Write- post box no-512,
    akrd, surat-395008, Gujarat, India.
    We are in process to collect all record by RTI, meet the affected people and list out cases for further action plan, as it is very important work we have to carry keeping in mind loksabha elections on way.
    We are new association, we have to collect many papers, proof against Gujarat government, and we need your help and direction.
    We hope your visit in Gujarat will motivate in this sez virodhi movement.
    Please make us inform which dates of june or July can be allotted to Gujarat sez virodhi movement.
    We are with you, we hope every success, we pray
    Jay hind
    Natubhai Patel (lageraho Natubhai),
    Gujarat sez virodhi manch – convener
    Gujarat vichar manch-secretary
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    Dear friend,
    We at India, in Gujarat formed non political intellectual group named – GUJARAT VICHAR MANCH,
    We want to join more and more non political intellectual join hand, discuss and help different citizen as joint efforts.
    We are forming different committee of expertise for consultation on different specialized matter like
    1. Right to information group-helps people to write application to present in appeal
    2. PIL group-on public interest issue present public interest litigation on behalf of citizen of India in concern high courts as well as in supreme courts.
    3. R and D group-which research different data, truth, scope, interpretation of law, need of changes in laws as well as in public administrative system in every specific department with different activity.
    4. Networked group-which associates different persons, professionals, ngo and institutions and make solid core group which makes real impact
    5. Administrative group-which helps in real administration on actual expense taking base for local administrations, regular meeting, arranging workshop, etc physically.
    We need your help. We can save nation from corruption, mismanagement of public money, public land and public infrastructure and resources.
    We can be watch dog for effectiveness in public administration as well as can be catalyst change agent for effective universal balance growth every creature needs.
    Hope, Ur suggestion will help us, direction will guide us, and Ur joining with us will motivate our group.
    Jay hind
    N.M.Patel (lagerahonatubhai)
    Mob-India, Gujarat, surat-09228484459

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