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HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU : Chaiman: Press Council of India :: Protect the ethics and etiquettes of Indian Journalism

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Judge, Supreme Court of India (Retd.)
Press Council of India,
Through The Secretary,
Press Council of India,
Soochna Bhavan, 8-C.G.O. Complex,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi-110003

May it please Your Lordship,

Grievance against " Saamna " -the ideologue of hate and violence and subjugate Indian Media

From Aeropagitica to Saamna- propagating and spreading the fascist ideology in the name of nationalism and partriotism - one can understand the freedom of expression and speech. But mindless copying of ' Saamna ' by Indian media is definitely too expensive for the freedom of speech and expression in democracy with regards to the rule of law and Constitution of India. The following news item quoted for illustration from the national English daily is classic example of misuse of freedom of speech and expression hold mirror towards the fashion and style of Indian Media. Unfortunately, there is no exception. Indian Media feel proud and honoured in quoting extensively from the mouth piece of Shiv Sena -" Saamna "- the registered news paper as per the law of the land. Please note the bombastic words used to buttress and pampered the fascist ideology – as if the official gazette of the Government of Shiv Sena within the Government of India, namely; such as " Shiv Sainiks " ( as if substitute for Indian Army ), the residential house cum office of late Mr. B.K. Thackeray and his family " Matoshree " ( as if the power house -Rashtrapati Bhavan ), “ Structure ” ( as if the Ram Mandir of Ayodhya ), " Samadhi " ( as if the Mahatma Gandhiji's Samadhi or as pious as Ram Janmbhoomi ), " Uddhav's official statement to the state governemnt " ( as if the Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bana Republic may be addressing to the Government of Maharashtra – wedded to the “ sons of soil ” ideology ) etc;
: Illustration :
' Structure ' to shift, but stay on ground: Uddhav
Ambarish Mishra & Linah Baliga, TNN Dec 14, 2012, 01.33AM IST

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena finally shed its aggressive stance and Matoshree its silence on the Bal Thackeray memorial issue, as party CEO Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday agreed to remove the temporary structure set up for Thackeray's cremation at Shivaji Park on November 18. In a face-saver, he assured Sainiks a 'samadhi' will be set up elsewhere on the park. However, local residents said they would wait for Uddhav's official statement to the government and would move court if he insisted on building a memorial in the park.
In a statement in party mouthpiece Saamna on Thursday, Uddhav said Shiv Sainiks will pull back the edifice from its present site. " The Sena's stand on the issue is clear. The present 'samadhi' will be pulled back," he said. However, worried that shifting out of the park may dent the Sena's credibility, Uddhav insisted that the 'samadhi' will remain on the park, though several feet away from the present structure. Stating that Shivaji Park was central to Bal Thackeray's thoughts and personality, Uddhav said, " Even if there is a small change in the position of the 'samadhi', it will remain on the park for ever. Thousands of Balasaheb's followers keep coming to the 'samadhi' to offer homage to the departed leader,'' he added. Uddhav is expected to make an official statement to the state government in a day or two.
The favourite past time of India Journalism is making a mountain out of a molehill - an idiom referring to over-reactive, histrionic behaviour where a person makes too much of a minor issue. It seems to have come into existence in the 16th century and has continued to be cherished by the modern journalism. To add further, the idiom is a metaphor for the common behaviour of responding disproportionately to something - usually an adverse circumstance. One who "makes a mountain out of a molehill" is said to be greatly exaggerating the severity of the situation. In cognitive psychology, this form of distortion is called magnification. The term is also used to refer to one who has dwelled on a situation that has long passed and is therefore no longer significant. The phrase is so common that a study by psychologists found that with respect to "familiarity" and "image value", it ranks in the top quartile of the 203 common sayings they tested. It is an example of exaggerative accentuation ( Wikipedia).
Making late B.K. Thackeray –( playing the politics of violence and extorting protection money ) - larger than life is an insult to the national heroes who sacrificed their life for the sake of the nation. The legacy of political violence and extortion should be burried, sooner the better, is my message to the corporate giants of Indian Media with a rider to the Press Council of India to issue proper guidelines - " Saamna " may be good for its readers and subscribers but it is disgraceful for the readers and subscribers of other Indian Media to be forced to read about it, we the readers do not want to be indirectly compelled to cater to the ideology of fascism.
The Indian Media – National or Vernacular- should remember the 17th November as the @ Martyrs' Day : Lala Lajpat Rai (28 January 1865 – 17 November 1928) was an Indian author and politician who is chiefly remembered as a leader in the Indian fight for independence from the British Raj. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari' meaning the same and was part of the Lal Bal Pal trio. He was also associated with activities of Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company in their early stages. He sustained serious injuries by the police when leading a non-violent protest against the Simon Commission and died less than three weeks later. Lala Lajpat Rai's death anniversary (November 17) is one of several days celebrated as Martyrs' Day in India ( Wikipedia )
The national heroes should not be over shadowed by the Indian Media. This is the need of the hour, please, do the needful as the friend, philosopher and guide of the Indian Press and future generation of mother India.
A. Patrawala Advocate
Dated: 15-12-2012
Copy Forwarded for necessary action to :

1. Hon’ble Shri Manish Tewari
NEW DELHI - 110001.

2. Editors' Guild of India,
Delhi Press Bldg,
Rani Jhanshi Rd,
Delhi - 110055

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