New Delhi: The Indian Media came under sharp attack at a function here for becoming the part of Saffron propaganda against religious minorities in the country. Delivering the Ninth Mafoozur Rehman Memorial Lecture on ‘Media’s Role in National Integration’, noted journalist Shish Narain Singh said media is not carrying out its duties objectively as it has been creating mistrust among the religious communities by its partisan reporting. “Media’s bias role has pushed the Muslim minority on the receiving end that is dangerous for the unity and integrity of the country”. Mentioning the forced conversion event in Agra organized by an RSS affiliated offshoot, Narain Singh said it was a big fraud played with the nation.
Continuing his speech, Narain Singh has alleged that media has become biased and dishonest that will have serious repercussions on the social fabric of the country. He said media tried to defame Muslims by using the ruse of terrorism but slain honest police officer Hemant Karkare had exposed real face behind terrorism in the country. “Karkare showed mirror to the media which run a negative campaign against Muslims on the pretext of terror strikes”. Referring to Hindu holy text Bhagvad Gita, he said even the Hindu holy book urged for speaking truth and fact. Urging the people to raise their voice against media’s bias role, Narain Singh has warned that if they do not stand against the media, it will put the country’s unity and integrity on peril. He said journalist fraternity should imbibe traits of truthfulness and frankness and expose the bias of media in the larger interest of the country.
In his presidential remarks, former head of the Urdu Department, Prof Abdul Haq said even epic Ramayana also talked of communal harmony and urged its followers to maintain cordial relations with other faiths. Lauding Shesh Narain Singh for his courage of journalism, he said the hallmark of true and fearless journalists is that they always raised their voice against oppression and injustices. While conducting the proceedings, senior journalist Suhel Anjum pointed that the media has become totally bias as it hardly provides contrary view on any issue. He also urged the community for self-introspection as why they have been at receiving hand in media.
The lecture organized by the Urdu Development Organization and the United Muslims of India on the occasion of Ashfaqullah and Ram Prasad Bismal’s Martyrdom Day at Ghalib Academy here. In his introductory remarks, convener of the programme Dr Syed Ahmad Khan said both the freedom fighters laid their life for the protection of the country’s unity and integrity. “We should a lesson from their sacrifices and build an atmosphere in the country wherein all religious groups may live in complete harmony”, he added. He also threw light on the life of late journalist Mafoozur Rehman saying he was a fearless and self-less journalist of the yore and never succumbed to any pressure or allurement. The annual memorial lecture in his name is a humble tribute to Mafoozur Rehman sb who died in penury some nine years back, Dr Syed said.