The democratic processes of third world countries are trying to make Plato stand on his head with legs straight up by detaching ‘’philosopher kings’’ from the ground and so as Rousseau with his ‘’general will’’. This malaise has become endemic recently in our country and electronic media are playing with all possible means to give it a wind.
Electronic media have discovered a bunch of intellectuals who are busy in decoding, redefining and modifying the very concept of ‘’nation’’, ‘’nationalism’’, ‘’state’’, ‘’government’’, ‘’relation between government and religions’’. They, by their very emphatic endeavour have snatched these concepts from academicians and institutions and have brought onto every nook and corner, as if these concept are small babies and they are not taken care properly by the academicians. So they find it better to entrust the people who visit local markets for their mundane wants.
The current volleys of phraseologies in the name of the nation are gaining high TRP and consequently high pitch is discerned among the favourite panellists of the prime time electronic media coffee house. The news anchors, ordinarily they happened to be mere reporter of events or information, have now set the stage to flex up their muscles in the intellectual side of their personalities.
The phrase of ‘’bharat mata’’ or ‘’not bharat mata’’ on the prime time or cross roads has become so louder that it has smothered the clink sound of empty vessels, groaning sound of distressed farmers, crying of hungry children, weeping of destitute, etc. These phrases have afflicted the mind so much so that the person hardly feels his subcutaneous pain or inner voice.
India that is Bharat is battling with consecutive droughts. According to Government of India, 38 percent of the agricultural land of India has been affected by droughts this year. Still in 21st century the agriculture has to suffer to the vagaries of monsoon. About one-third of the land is rain fed. Some region of the country witness drought and flood alternatively every year. Agricultural production is either declining or static. At India level, 1 percent increase has been reported over the last year, however Bihar managed to raise it 5 point level.
The political economy of India for Bharat, and man induced (climatic change) natural calamities are giving combined blow together AND shattering the life of farmers, agricultural labourers and rural artisans. This is leaving an undeletable mark on the rural economy and rural ecosystem. It is transforming ‘genre de vie’ of rural people. They are turning from producer to the mercy of others.
Forget the basic amenities; the drought affected people are deprived of the basic nutrition. According to the Swaraj Abhiyan, in Bundelkhand, 60 percent of rural families could not afford milk for their children and 39 percent had no Dal over last eight months. Loss of animals and shortage of drinking water have further complicated their lives. Women and children are forced to walk a couple of miles to fetch potable water. This is leading to drop out in the schools, brew social tension for control of water, etc. Every walk of life is touched by this crisis. Their meagre saving is being eroded, ornaments which are dear to women are mortgaged or sold, prospect of marriages are declining, etc. The cumulative effect of all these malaise exposing them to societal tendencies.
Nevertheless, the electronic media are smartly overlooking these issues. They have their own reasons and limitations. Because a topless bargirl could raise their TRP and make them earn so much wealth that a combined efforts of these marginalise would hardly make them to sustain their channels.
However, the programmes and policies which are miss hitting the targets have hardly been taken care of seriously by either these darling panellists or investigating journalist of electronic media. Why the National Food Security Act or MNREGA are not mitigating the rural crisis? Where is the crop insurance scheme failing? There are many more questions that Bharat is asking rural people want to know..
Amartya Sen has rightly pointed out that ‘it is not famine which kills the poor rather the lack of purchasing power’. It is Bharat which is dying every day while India is progressing day and night. Electronic media is nothing less than India so why they should delve into Bharat? …………..JAI HO BHARAT MATA! JAI HO ELECTRONIC MEDIA!