Skip to main content

Indian media "displaying" Brahmanical bias towards Backward class, Dalit leaders

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*
A Hindi reporter of a Brahmanical channel has tweeted about former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi wondering whether she knows the spelling of 'tweet'. We all know well the background of Rabri Devi who was the chief minister of Bihar for two terms.
A few days back, another channel termed Lalu Prasad Yadav as 'Lalua' in a public meeting. Those who knows about Bihar's caste prejudices know well that the anchor speaking 'Lalua' was deliberate to hurt the OBCs and Dalits in Bihar.
The CBI in the Supreme Court speaking against Lalu Yadav has said that he is indulging in politics and must be prohibited from doing so. But the same CBI has now provided clean chit to all the criminals of Gujarat accused for 2002 massacre and other related cases. It is the same CBI, which is unable to pursue against Pragya Thakur, who is allowed to contest from Bhopal.
Indian media's caste identities are well known. The janeu that they wear even while claiming to be a 'progressive' has been exposed very well. This is an age of information and nobody is depending on these paid trolls of Sangh Parivar masquerading as journalists.
Media these days speaks deliberately the language of contempt towards those who challenge the status quo and are assertive, who refuse to surrender to Brahmanical hierarchical order. Lalu Yadav is one of the biggest political leaders in our political history since independence who challenged this order in Bihar and gave people a voice.
But the Brahmanical narrative on Lalu Yadav is that he is 'most corrupt'. They don't see corruption in Modi who, even if you give full proof, begin engaging in below the belt discussion.
Remember how media legitimised those who abused Mayawati and spoke about her in absolutely filthy language? Even today, read the comments section of any news item related to Mayawati, and you will find the hidden hatred of the janeudharis towards her.
Phoolan Devi was humiliated in a very similar way for long but all those who demolished Babri Mosque are heroes! The same media people are unable to remind BJP its absolutely filthy role in defending the rape accused of Unnao, Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The Kathua story of Brahmanical lies and crookedness is well known.
The savarna media is prostrating before the Maharajas of Hindutva. They can't do anything wrong. They are now the 'greatest' of our leaders. A leader who was despised by the media several years ago as criminal is today the hero of media, its Chanakya, and those fighting against his politics of hatred and divisiveness are being abused.
Why has media become a party in propaganda of hatred and contempt? They have lost their credibility. Frankly, they never had, and can only be said to be destroying the lives of millions.
Indian media lacks diversity in its newsrooms. It is blatantly casteist and racist in nature particularly the electronic media. Its Hindustan is twice born. Its nationalism is nothing but Brahmanical nationalism. It caters to these twice born, build up narrative as per their thinking. Today, the entire media is building up narrative to suit the interests of BJP and Hindutva, and for that it is going extra-miles. It is, however, afraid of the rise of the Ambedkarites and Dalits who have challenged the savarna narrative.
Mayawati, Lalu Yadav, Rabri Devi, Phoolan Devi, Akhilesh Yadav are the targets because they challenge the monopoly of the savarnas, are contested it and breaking their ego. More than 30 years after the Mandal Commission report was accepted, the savarnas still hate VP Singh the most, which explains their mindset and fear of losing power.
Fact is that you cannot hold on to this power for long. Hindutva or no Hindutva, the political power will have to be shared with India's Bahujans, who want to treated as equal partners in India's decision making bodies.
In the 21st century, this contempt and misuse of privileges will not work in long term. The Dubeys, Jhas, Chaubes, Tripathis, Chaturvedis, Guptas, Chawals, Aggarwals etc. will have to respect people's mandate as well as the Constitution to treat people in equality, and must be made to feel that casteism is as dangerous as racism.
In any other country, these party propagandists would have been thrown out of the organisations to protect the credibility of the institution, but in India, the media houses are 'bania kee dukan' (shops of banias) run by Brahmins, so they remain without any action being taken against their mischief and caste prejudices.
One hopes people will give them a good answer.
---
*Human rights defender. Source: Author's Facebook timeline

Comments

TRENDING

Buddhist shrines massively destroyed by Brahmanical rulers in "pre-Islamic" era: Historian DN Jha's survey

Nalanda mahavihara By Our Representative Prominent historian DN Jha, an expert in India's ancient and medieval past, in his new book , "Against the Grain: Notes on Identity, Intolerance and History", in a sharp critique of "Hindutva ideologues", who look at the ancient period of Indian history as "a golden age marked by social harmony, devoid of any religious violence", has said, "Demolition and desecration of rival religious establishments, and the appropriation of their idols, was not uncommon in India before the advent of Islam".

India sees 62 journo deaths, 4th highest, amidst pandemic: Swiss media rights body

By Our Representative The Switzerland-based media rights body Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has noted that India is the fourth most affected country as far as mediapersons’ death on account of Covid-19 is concerned. According to Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC, the global tally of casualties among media persons in the Covid-19 pandemic has reached 1,036 journalists in 73 countries till date.

Liberating Bengal Hindus? Worst flames of communal division, lessons from the past

By Shamsul Islam*  The whole thrust of the RSS-BJP election campaign for 2021 state assembly elections in West Bengal has been to save Bengal from the rule of Mamata Bannerjee who is allegedly not a ‘Hindu’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a self-proclaimed Hindu nationalist, as usual set the polarizing agenda. While addressing the first election rally, he called upon the electorate to overthrow the ‘nirmam’ (cruel) rule of Mamata by showing a ‘Ram Card’. He did not name Hindus directly but there was no confusion about the religious identity of the electorate Indian PM was addressing to.

Swami Vivekananda's views on caste and sexuality were 'painfully' regressive

By Bhaskar Sur* Swami Vivekananda now belongs more to the modern Hindu mythology than reality. It makes a daunting job to discover the real human being who knew unemployment, humiliation of losing a teaching job for 'incompetence', longed in vain for the bliss of a happy conjugal life only to suffer the consequent frustration.

Pradeep Bhattacharya, who spent his life for the cause of working masses, rational thinking

By YS Gill*  At 11:30 pm on May 3, 2021, I lost my best friend and comrade Pradeep Bhattacharya. He spent his life dedicated to the cause of the working masses and rational thinking. A person of thorough scientific outlook and a well-read student of Marxian thought, he was a walking encyclopedia and could speak on a wide variety of topics from art and culture to science, philosophy, history and politics.

Rs 5 crore 'demand' for India Today anchor: What about 52 lesser souls who died in April?

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*  A well known Hindutva protagonist masquerading as journalist passed away recently resulting in messages of condolences and tribute right from the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to progressive liberals expressing grief of his untimely death. It is said that he passed away due to cardiac arrest, though the fact is, he was also Covid infected. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister termed him a ‘brave’ journalist, insisting, his passing away has left a big ‘vacuum’.

Modi's Hindutva 'ensuring' empowerment of rich, disenfranchisement of poor

Bhabani Shankar Nayak*  The Hindutva socio-psychopaths are neither nationalists nor patriotic people. These medieval reactionary forces don’t understand the idea of citizenship, justice, liberty, equality and humanism. Indian democracy is merely an electoral transaction for the Hindutva forces. Hindutva forces neither follow science nor understand the sufferings of fellow human beings. These core qualities are common among the Hindutva forces in India.

Communal rhetoric? Hindutva preached by RSS-BJP is 'monolithic', not Hinduism

By Prem Verma*  I am a devout Hindu but not a believer of RSS Hindutva form of Hinduism which brings about hatred of other religions. My Hindu religion has not taught me to look down on other religions and neither has it instilled in me to go about converting others to my religion because my religion is superior.

India's Covid-19 'nightmare': A product of majoritarian Hindutva ideological praxis?

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak*  Indians struggle to find place and time to bury their dead due to the devastating effects of the second wave of Covid-19 in India. The crematoriums in the capital cities are overflowing with dead bodies. People are dying without oxygen and basic medical support. The cities like Delhi and Mumbai are struggling to cope with the rising number of infections and COVID-19 led deaths. The deaths and destitutions are products of a defunct BJP government led by Narendra Modi.

Indian media persons collapsing to Covid disease as fast as 3 per day, third highest

Yogesh Sharma, Shailesh Rawal  By Our Representative  The Switzerland based media rights and safety body, Press Emblem Campaign ( PEC ) has said that it is “alarming for Indian journalists”, who have lost at least 107 colleagues to Covid-19”, noting, Indian “journo-colleagues” have been collapsing to the Covid-19 complications now as fast as three scribes per day. In a statement, PEC said, “India with 107 media corona-casualties has already placed itself on the third position just below Brazil (181 dead) and Peru (140) in the list of Covid-19 victims among journalist.”