I read an excellent article about how the governments have over time, squeezed the press in India, wherein the writer compares Indian covert style of stifling with that of Putins Russia. I must say one thing, at least the independent press in Russia had balls unlike our so called free press which has never been free.
We have seen DD Direct plus the govts dth innitiative go from a decent alternative to becoming DD Direct UPA mouthpiece wherein most channels of Congress, UPA associates have been accommodated in place of good channels or channels with affiliation to those opposing the govt. N – axal Ram the owner cum Editor of Hindu or CBCNN is the PTI chairperson.
We have press houses not risking dishing out anything negative, lest the govt stops the add revenue and blocks their money raising abilities with foreign sources or curbs their freedoms using state machinery.Take for example Aaj tak, which has totally lost its standards and become like a prime time entertainment channel as there is no hint of their hard hitting style of reporting left , their nightly news consists of the going ons of soaps and K serials.
Most prominent english media, anyways has an anti Hindu – pro sucular tag which is not without good reason. Ndtv (owned by the Roys who are related to the Communist Scions the Karats) is never really negative on the govt or the communists. Outlook editor is virtually the Congress mouthpiece. Cnn IBN another channel with its prominent first family the Sardesais and their team have desperately tried to turn the tide against Modi have also tasted failure. Ht is well known for their affiliation with the first party/family of India – little wonder their editor got to do the one and only interview with madam .
On the other hand a puny few houses are pro bjp one being the daily pioneer, the other the Rss mothpiece the relatively unknown panchjanya.
As i see it it is now upto the blog sphere and independent blogs and writers to write without fear or secret bias. No wonder they even tried to unsuccessfully ban them .