In view of the discussions above, an interesting article from The Tribune, Chandigarh.

Systemic failure cause of nation’s ills: Dua
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 20

Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune H.K. Dua today attributed the appalling state of affairs in the country even after 60 years of independence to the systematic failure of politics, bureaucracy and the judiciary.

Those in governance had not been able to deal with the basic problems of the people encompassing unemployment, illiteracy and caste system and because of which the media had the important role of a watchdog to play, he said.

Dua did not think that achieving a nine-10 per cent economic growth was sufficient in dealing with the increasing unrest in the country.

“Economic growth has to be coupled with social, political and judicial effectiveness for complete progress,” he observed. “Moreover, nine to 10 per cent sustained rate of growth rate would take time to trickle down to millions in the country and the frustration of unemployment was discernible in forms like Naxalism.”

Speaking at the 102nd annual session of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on media governance, Dua said when the media criticised those who governed the country it was branded as biased and mischievous.
“The media’s role is that of a watchdog. It had to become more belligerent and alert than it was earlier because of the indifferent attitude of those responsible for governance and consistent decline in their values.”

“We have not been governed properly by politicians and bureaucrats. Judiciary has ceased to become the last resort of the people. It is a matter of shame that even after 60 years of independence there are people who are illiterate. How can you build India on ignorance? There are no jobs, no schools, no toilets. Even in a prosperous state like Punjab lakhs of people are unemployed. Where there are schools, there are no teachers as they do not get salaries. It is not the system that is responsible but the people who man the system?”

Dua, however, lamented that the media was not using the RTI Act effectively to deal with issues related to corruption.

Besides Dua, others who took part in the deliberations on media governance were Pioneer Editor and Managing Director Chandan Mitra, India TV Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma while Perfect Relation’s Dilip Cherian moderated the discussions.

Mitra talked about the media’s role as a major stakeholder in the political and social process. “Good governance means participative governance and the media has a role in informing people about the problems of society and making people in power accountable. But in the process the media should also be prepared to be accountable,” he said.

He said the media had become more accessible to rural areas and the poor. He added that competition had played a major role in its deeper reach. “The upside has been that its penetration has become deeper and deeper giving people an easy access to it. But the downside of the competition has been that in the pursuit of commerce and TRPs, there has been a tendency to sensationalise and the media has also erred.”

Sharma talked about the much-in news aspects like who should govern the media, regulations on TV news, self-regulating code in the light of some sting operations having gone horribly wrong and the proposed Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill that is being viewed as the government’s attempt to control the media. He admitted that some TV channels that were in hands of young inexperienced journalists had resorted to some “experimentation” but added that the case of government-mandated body needed a revisit.

The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation

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