Monday, October 16, 2006
By Subramanian Swamy
Academia, NGOs and mass media are the obvious instruments that are on the radar of anti-Hindu forces.
Which and who are these forces that are shaping the anti-Hindu bias of the media? It is a coalition, not explicit but implicit, of Communist, Christian missionary, Islamic fanatics and other terrorist interests. Each of these interests has their own specific agenda.
The anti-Hindu mentality of the English-dominated media in India is secured by the cozy nexus of media with academia and the English-speaking governing elite.
While owning one’s own media is difficult economics because the cost curve depends on advertising revenue, pro-Hindu forces should help market existing friendly or persuadable media in a wide circle. This will gain for pro-Hindu forces substantial influence.
Despite a bankrupt and failed ideology, Communists have kept themselves respectable while making out patriotic pro-Hindu sentiment as retrograde and obscurantist.
Since the Hindus are under a siege, it is inevitable that all instruments of information dissemination that are crucial in public opinion formation, will be targeted by enemies of Hindus who have laid the siege, to secure and sustain their hold.
Academia, NGOs, and mass media are the obvious instruments that are on the radar of anti-Hindu forces. These nefarious pernicious forces today are deeply embedded in our system thanks to the sympathy for them in the long tenure in power of Nehru, Indira, Sonia, and those others who imitated Nehru.
These forces hide their viciousness in pursuing their anti-Hindu agenda behind the sophistication of language and by the legitimisation of the institutions they operate within. They have captured these institutions during the Nehruvian era and continue to maintain their vice-like grip on these bodies.
The Nehruites have also ensured that all quality education in India is done in English medium, leading to the sustenance of a small elite in governance, and which medium also provides the fast track to India of foreign scholarship as well as to books published abroad that are full of warped anti-Hindu ideas. English language is outside the reach of the Hindu masses, and hence the English-language media in India does not have to cater to the masses but to the small elite which then has an incestuous relation with the media. The crux of the anti-Hindu content of the media is this nexus. The nexus makes the anti-Hindu bias of media self-sustaining and mutually re-inforcing.
We, therefore, cannot defeat these forces unless we meet them on their own ground—viz., in sophistication of language and by freeing the institutions. In any other language of the masses or outside of these institutions, anti-Hindu forces are in a fortress that is impregnable.
During Dr Murli Manohar Joshi’s tenure as Union Minister of Human Resources, and Smt Maneka Gandhi’s stint as Minister of Culture, these embedded enemies had bared their fangs openly because the two ministers were, by their orders on file, affecting the interests of these anti-Hindu forces in retaining control of institutions. Maneka had to lose her portfolio as a consequence, while Joshi was blocked all the way by bureaucratic measures and media disinformation. Such was the reach and influence of Nehruites even in the non-Nehru NDA rule.
Which and who are these forces that are shaping the anti-Hindu bias of the media? It is a coalition, not explicit but implicit, of Communist, Christian missionary, Islamic fanatics, and other terrorist interests. Each of these interests has their own specific agenda, but on one common object there is unanimity—to undermine the Hindu identity and warp the Hindu mindset by false and malicious news publications. This coalition is today comfortably nested within the UPA government.
Academia and NGOs are the seeding houses for the ideas hence become crucial in dissemination of thoughts and formation of opinion through the media. I will, however, not deal here with academia and NGOs. On academia I will write a separate article later. For the NGOs, I recommend the reader looks at Radha Rajan and Krishen Kak's recent book, which perhaps is one of the most well researched studies on NGOs and their patrons.
Here in this article I will concentrate on dissemination of anti-Hindu ideas through the media.
For such dissemination it is important to enjoy credibility, as well as immunity from accountability. Both credibility and immunity have to go together because dissemination of pernicious ideas by providing false information—the concept of disinformation—may be found out to be false and hence discredited. Therefore, media has also to be controlled to see that these forces spreading disinformation are not subject to accountability and thus protected from the loss of credibility.
For example, take the anti-Hindu propagation of the bogus Aryan-Dravidian theory. This was led for decades by the JNU leading light Dr Romilla Thapar. Modern science and DNA testing has now demolished this theory and scholars world over have discredited the theory. Even the BBC in its broadcast admitted that the theory was not only false but racist in intent! Aryan-Dravidian theory went against the Hindu concept that we are one indigenous people from time immemorial. To undermine the corporate Hindu identity the theory was first concocted by the British Imperialists and then taught for decades after Independence to captive students by Thapar and her cohorts.
But the media has been manipulated in India to permit Thapar now to somersault and to maintain that she had never believed in the theory or in similar junk she had taught such as that Samrat Asoka was the grandson of a Greek woman and hence he had inherited as a little boy his iconoclast temper from lessons learnt on his grandma’s lap! But she and her ilk have not been made accountable despite being discovered.
Amartya Sen is another such cocooned case. He propagated during the entire 1960s and early 1970s that only a communist revolution can rescue India from poverty. He also recruited students of Delhi University for the Naxalite movement. He lent the status of his professorship in Delhi School of Economics to the chant that India’s miserable growth rate in GDP of 3½ per cent per year, which was in fact due to the heavily regulated socialist system, as instead being the “Hindu rate of growth”! That is, we Hindus are incapable of anything better because we are Hindus. Instead of being made accountable for propagating this rubbish, the NDA government on Ms. Sonia Gandhi’s recommendation awarded him the “Bharat Ratna”! Some ratna !! Every winter like the migratory birds, he now flies in free on Air India to give us sermons on democracy and Indianness, since socialism is thoroughly exposed as bogus. But Sen is completely unrepentant for having poisoned the minds of the young students for more than a decade. There is, thus, no accountability for him. Even his recent speech in London made to curry favour with the white majority that only Christians in UK are entitled to run religion-based schools but not NRIs to run Hindu or Muslim schools, was not reported here in Indian media because that would undermine his legitimacy here. This is ensured by the cultivation of Indian correspondents based in London. The incestuous English media-academia nexus thus provides anti-Hindu writers such as Thapar and Sen the necessary cover from accountability by the public.
Thus, the anti-Hindu mentality of the English dominated media in India is secured by the cozy nexus of media with academia and the English speaking governing elite. In order to defeat this mentality we Hindus have to break the nexus. How is this to be done?
First, we have to recognise that much of the media outlets are owned by industrialists, and therefore editors are their employees. Industrialists generally like to be on the good side of the government of the day, and hence today by inclination these newspapers will be anti-Hindu. We cannot do much here except keep a vigorous opposition going and making our presence felt. The moment these industrialists smell that the government is on the way out and may be replaced by a Hindu representative one, their tune will change automatically. We have to be around to cash that, but we cannot force the pace.
There are exceptions to such media, of course, such as The Hindu and Asian Age newspapers in which their respective editors own the controlling share of the paid-up capital of the newspaper’s owning company. Moreover, they are intellectuals in their own right with a deep sense of self-respect. And that is why despite all the slant in these two newspapers due to the editors’ inclinations, they are outside the control of the government. We can woo them to accommodate Hindu interests, publish our articles, but we cannot make them toe such a line. Nor should we try to.
Second, there is a large class of editors who are “on the take”. Money can make them write anything and at anytime. Their lifestyles show this craze for money. One editor of an English daily of New Delhi owns five large houses in New Delhi which he could never have afforded on his salary as editor. Another editor of a different New Delhi English newspaper goes every other week to Phuket in Thailand for a ‘Bangkok massage’ on LTTE provided all-paid—for junkets. These editors are currently “managed” on blackmail by the Finance Minister on behalf of Smt Sonia Gandhi to spew venom on Hindu causes and black-out her opponents’ press releases. They will never write on the atrocities occurring on a daily basis in Kashmir against Hindus or on destruction of temples there, but write copiously and regularly on a four year old post-Godhra Gujarat riot.
Since these editors are mercenaries, pro-Hindu forces should collect data on these editors and then confront them to make them behave, to write at least objectively, or at least to give both sides in their writings. We cannot invoke the sacred freedom of press for these touts, those who have debased the media. Instead we must make them behave in a language they understand to minimise the anti-Hindu verbiage in the media.
Third, while owning one’s own media is difficult economics because the cost curve depends on advertising revenue, pro-Hindu forces should help market existing friendly or persuadable media in a wide circle. This will gain for pro-Hindu forces substantial influence in those media. Today, NRIs are a highly accomplished, wealthy, educated, and a pro-Hindu crowd. We should make them advertise their companies and products in selected Indian media to gain influence. NRIs can float fellowships for young promising journalists to travel to foreign countries to do special stories on the Hindu diaspora. These incentives are called positioning, a tactic the Communists have practiced for six decades. Despite a bankrupt and failed ideology, Communists have thus kept themselves respectable while making out patriotic pro-Hindu sentiment as retrograde and obscurantist.
Fourth, pro-Hindu forces must flood the metropolitan cities with seminars and mobilising audiences for them. Megazines and weeklies published by pro-Hindu organisations should become a must-read habit for all adherents to the cause, and articles in them discussed in coffee houses, university canteens and in buses. Many sincere journalists get influenced by such an avalanche of activities. They are honest enough so that bribe or threats are not necessary to motivate them.
Thus media bias against Hindus is a legacy of the Nehru period, that was fortified by the Communists and never squarely challenged by pro-Hindu forces. Now that Hindus are under siege, we have to devise a strategy to confront this bias, and by saam, dhaam, bheda, and dand we must wipe out the bias from the media.
(The author is former Union Minister and president of Janata Party.)
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