‘Secular’ Narrative In Bharat’s English Language Media

The recent state elections in UP which appear to be throwing a decisive verdict in favor of BJP, have brought law and order in the state to the center-stage, especially after BJP leaders Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi publicly railed against deterioration of law and order in UP under Akhilesh Yadav’s administration. Only then the ELM (English Language media) picked it up.

People of UP have been suffering from increased crime, violence, extortion for 5 years, however this did not make it to the ELM as a big issue. It is surprising, considering the fact that UP is a huge state next to New Delhi, and politically important as it sends the most MPs to Parliament.  Or rather, the media wanted their viewers to have a fairy tale view of their favourite ‘secular’ poster child, Akhilesh Yadav. Meanwhile in UP, the Yadav leaders in power have become so brazen that they did not stop their extortion racket even before the 2017 elections. A native of UP tweeted:

Secular crime in UP

Extent of criminality in UP is so deep and vast that a  UP cabinet minister, Gayatri Prajapati,  is accused of rape of a minor and is charged with POCSO. He, a cabinet minister with security detail, is missing and the UP police is unable to track him. So UP police did what bullies know best, go after the victim and interviewed her again. The victim’s family is complaining of intimidation by the police and they claim that the victim has been questioned four times already.

If something of this magnitude happened in any BJP-ruled state, all the studios would have been outraging about women’s rights, child rights, crimes ad nauseum. Remember the hours spent by all major ELM channels outraging about Akhlaq, even though that crime also took place in the same SP-ruled UP? What we see here is silence. Silence is compliance and complicity of the media. All this silence enables the jungle raj of Akhilesh Yadav.

It is not just the case of UP, we can see similar non-reporting of news of violence and murders from Kerala.  Another ‘secular’ party CPI(M) is ruling Kerala. Under Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala has seen unprecedented political violence and political murders. Many BJP workers are hacked to death in Kannur, Kerala and you would not know any of this if you watch the regular news channels, because the rulers of Kerala are ‘seculars’.

In Bharat, ‘Secular’ has become a fig leaf to indulge in unrestrained corruption, criminality, extortion and worse. And the so called ‘Media watchdogs’ turn a blind eye to these ‘secular’ acts. It is no surprise that people are losing trust in the media.


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About the Author

Mallika Patlolla
MS in Computer Engg; Worked in several Silicon Valley companies in 1990s and 2000s. Avid reader and completed some Journalism courses from San Jose State Univ. Now a resident of Hyderabad, Telangana. I volunteer in local Poor Students Ashrama and for social causes like rain water harvesting, dry waste segregation and recycling.
  • Dipak

    Unfortunately most English media all over the world do not like Hindus.
    I live in UK,All daily newspapers including Financial times enjoy writing anti-Hindu topics.

  • Bharathi Suta

    Well, looks like the public grew tired of this type of gundagardi and kicked these gundas out.

  • HidayatRizvi

    Woman forced to wear chastity belt in Indore MP a bjp ruled state.
    We have read about male chauvinism and how in the days of yore suspicious men having doubts on the fidelity of their women, forced them to put on chastity belts and thereby ensure their loyalty.
    However, this is all but part of history and perhaps no where in recent modern times has one read or heard of the ancient practice being put in vogue.
    But according to a report from Indore, a young man, Sohan Lal Chauhan decided to tear a page from history and practice it on his wife.
    His wife, who was forced to wear a chastity belt for the last four years, could not bear the humiliation, embarrassment and above all uncomfort and apparently enough became enough for her. She decided to end her life and thereby her misery, consumed poison.
    A resident of Indiras Nagar in the Sayontiaganj area of Indore, she was rushed to the hospital, where both the doctors and policemen who had taken her for medical attention were dumbfounded to learn of the reported “misdoings’ of her husband, a worker in an auto garage.
    She told the cops and the doctors on duty that her husband had forcibly put a chastity belt round her private organ and locked the same.
    The lock had two keys, which her husband took with him when he went to work after locking the belt and opened it only when he returned home from work.
    All during this time the woman was forced to keep the belt around her vitals and bear not only the pain but the humiliation and uncomfort.
    The police took the keys from the man and gave it to the doctors to open the lock and take the women out of her misery.
    City S P, Rajesh Raghuvanshi is reported to have said that after receiving a report from the doctors, action will be taken against the young man as under law…!!.!

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  • Kalit

    Many mainstream anchors need chastity belts across their vile mouths to protect innocent viewers! Too many lies in addition to their well known licentious nocturnal activities with political leaders like Omar and that abominable Raja, Diggy!