In our democratic society, mass media is the driving force of public opinion. Media sources such as Internet, newspaper, news-broadcasts, etc, play significant roles in shaping a person’s understanding and perception of the events occurred in our daily lives.
The media is a powerful force in contemporary society, which determines our actions and identities. With reference to relevant sociological theory and evidence, discuss media effects.
Media denotes an item specifically designed to reach a large audience or viewers.
In the world of today, media has become almost as necessary as food and clothing. It is true that media is playing an outstanding role in strengthening the society. Its duty is to inform, educate and entertain the people. It helps us to know current situation around the world. The media has a strong social and cultural impact upon society. Because of its inherent ability to reach public, it is widely used to convey the message to build public opinion and awareness.
Mass media can be used for various purposes:
- News and current affairs
- Political awareness
- Public announcements
- Advertisement; and many more.
Now, Even though there are a lot of plus points for use of media but there are also many disadvantages associated with it. Media has the bad effect of inducing baseless ideas of what actually is going on in the country.
In a democratic country like India, where media upholds the citizen’s right to know but the article that the quint published is absolutely misleading.
Today, one of the contenders of Indian media has acted like that nemesis at the gate.
We all are aware of Kulbhushan Jadhav and its case not only going on between India & Pakistan but has reached the heights of deliberations in the International Court of Justice.
I would like to brief again.
The Pakistan intelligence services (ISI) had arrested Kulbhushan Jhadav, an Indian National and ex Navy commander on 3rd March 2016 on Terrorism charges alleging that he was carrying out subversive activities inside Pakistan on the behest of RAW (Indian Intelligence agency).
He was arrested from Baluchistan on March 3 last year and was sentenced to death in a field general court-martial on April 10th 2016. However, an Ex-ISI officer exposed Pakistan’s lie and confirmed that Jadhav was abducted from Iran and not from Baluchistan, as asserted by India.
The issue has snowballed into a flashpoint for India-Pakistan relations.
India has been repeatedly requesting consular access to Mr Jadhav while also demanding a certified copy of the charge sheet as well as the judgment. Pakistan has so far denied India’s request 13 times, Mr Gautam Bambawale, Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad told reporters in the Pakistan capital.
We are very aware that Pakistan does not share good relations with India which frightens us all everytime but what is not known of them is even more frightening.
Today , the quint (an online media portal), had finally done what Pakistan wanted to. It has put into words what Pakistan was trying to prove with deceit.
The quint has published an article mentioning how their sources confirmed that Kulbhushan Jhadav is an Indian spy, something the Indian Government and the RAW have actively and vehemently denied.
The author, Chandan Nandy, not only declared that Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian Spy, but he has also mentioned that Jadhav has used a sub-par as a source for “deep penetration” in Pakistan.
Calling him a spy is not just going against truth but shaking Indian security.
The question that arises is, on whose side the author of the quint is?
The author, Chandan Nandy has blindly trusted what the Pakistan intelligence claimed.
Declaring Jhadav a spy because Pakistan abducted him unaware of the fact that a spy wouldn’t travel into enemy territory with his Indian identity proof!
The crux of the matter according to The Quint: Jadhav wasn’t abducted, he was captured. Jadhav was ‘captured’ because the Indian Spy didn’t know how to do his job. The Indian spy was unprofessional. The Indian spy was a novice. In essence, the Indian Intelligence agencies are trash and don’t know how to do their job.
And this is not for the first time that the quint has published something like this but the same had happened at the time of surgical strike.
The quint clearly acquint Pakistan and deprecate its own nation, affecting jhadav’s life and India’s consular road.
By – Pratibha Elin Lakra