I recently watched a few episodes of Kunal Kamra’s show ‘Shut Up Ya Kunal’ and that made me think about certain aspects of Journalism and Politics like how do millennials consume news in India. I have mostly heard that people have stopped watching news channel because you know, they are Indian news channels. And, because of work schedule, they don’t get time to read the physical newspaper (that too unbiased one, not like the ones which print ads in half of the newspaper). That made me think what is the source of news then? How do they consume news? Which sort of content does form their opinions?
If We can’t identify the difference between true and false narratives, how can we use that narrative to build our opinions about a person or a party to such an extent that it almost becomes blind faith? I am sorry that I don’t have the ready-made solution to this problem. The only solution I can think of is to read more, know more, listen to different perspectives before deciding anything. You can argue that what will Journalists do then but then India stands at 140/180 countries in press freedom index. So, I leave the choice to you.
Agree or not, Supporting a party because you have always supported that party comes under the ‘blind faith’ category and blind faith is detrimental to the growth mindset. This approach can be applied to any scenario of life. For example, If I am sick but Believe that I would be ok without any medication. What do you think will happen?
Supporting a party because it seems to work for “you and your religion” is the worst kind of support. Your religious faiths are as important as someone else’s religious faiths. No? Why should a government body prefer to serve one better than other? Wasn’t the government elected for the entire country and that includes people of all caste, religion, and beliefs? How would you feel if your parents love your sibling more than you? This is also a pattern to watch for in a political party. If a party is doing it, it is just bad. Period.
Democracy is not the law of the majority but protection of the minority
– Albert Camus
I am not going to write about Hindu-Muslim filth going on in India because of political parties. Because I won’t be able end this blog. I am THAT angry. For people, who are spreading hate in the name of religion/caste, I hope that the closet beloved person in your life chooses to spend their life with the person of other religion/caste than yours. I would really like to see how would you handle that.
I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong. – Gandhi
Are you asking enough questions?
We all know that India is undergoing Parliament election currently and one thing which I observed in the past couple of years in my circle (friends and family) is how political discussions shifted from WhatsApp groups to individual messages to no discussions at all. Your political opinion if not matched with the other person’s opinion can upset them to a level that either they will stop having political discussions with you or they might just stop talking to you at all. I know so many people who prefer to speak one-to-one and not in family WhatsApp groups because their political opinion will upset someone in the group. We aren’t open and honest anymore.
Asking questions about the ruling party is considered as anti-national. How would all the luxuries and inventions of modern World have materialized if nobody had asked questions? It doesn’t have to be necessary that I should know the answers to all my questions. Sometimes they work as a springboard for someone else. But, We seem to commit the fatal mistake of not asking questions from time to time.
It’s about time to not make that mistake anymore. Will end this with a quote by Alan Moore, “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”