Prime time debates on news channel have virtually made the Indian media a fourth pillar of democracy

Prime time debates on news channel have virtually made the Indian media a fourth pillar of democracy
Prime time debates on news channel have virtually made the Indian media a fourth pillar of democracy.

We are today the biggest working democracy in the world with a constitution that gives equal rights to all citizens and are said to rest on four pillars of democracy that are the legislature, the executive, the judiciary and the media . Media which is either sold out or has become TRP war room and fish market.

These days news channels have come up with an idea of prime time deabtes which only generate heat, not light, and therefore, even the opinion built (if any) is not based on sound reason but on anger and confusion.

No discipline is maintained during TV debates, all sort of people shouting at each other. Worse, sometimes you have abusive language or defamatory language as well spoken. Issues  like health, education and basic amenities to citizens, rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced people (displaced for any kind of reason), or even pollution, are rarely discussed on TV debates.

While a person is entitled to her opinion on a personal level the same is not true for news channel which is expected to be all encompassing to as  much extent as possible. News is one such thing which is expected to be presented as it is without manipulation and final judgement of right and wrong should be left for the media audience to decide. Hunting down on a single person or a group and not giving them their due time and space to defend themselves , sets a bad image of media in our country and minimises its responsibility . It seems as if the news channels in India have charted out their own respective doctrines and present anything as news and serve it to their audience, which leads to a shift from ethical issues of journalism.

Democracy as rightly defined by Abraham Lincoln is , Government of the people , for the people and by the people . It is a system of government in which all the citizens of a country can vote to elect their representative. Fighting for one's right is the cornerstone of any vibrant democracy . Over 69 years of democracy has made us aware of our rights and need to fight for them with whatever means available. Sadly it has not been able to instill in most of us .

Unfortunately we have taken fight for our rights quite literally but have forgotten to perform our duties as citizens in democracy, that we proudly cherish.



In the end i would like to conclude by saying that power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely and great men are almost always bad men.





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