Corruption in media , Corrupt Media , Reporters , Corruption in India , Media Exposed in Nira Radia Tapes
Indian media was never impartial and unbiased. However, Media’s biasness towards corporate houses and media persons acting as the lobbyist for corporate sectors in the corridor of power and brokers of secret deals among different corporate groups started in the early eighties. Ramnath Goenka of the Indian Express can be safely called as the father of this trend. The way he handled Nusli Wadia-Dhirubhai Ambai tussle and started anti-Ambani Campaign was the first eye-catching example of media’s role in corporate politics and lobby. The recent tape of conversation between corporate lobbyist Nira Radia and two most admired journalists of India (Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi) are the 21st century version of the trend started by Ramnath Goenka in 1980s.
The 2G spectrum scam is shame for the entire India which is planning to become an economic and technology superpower. More shameful than it is the involvement of Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi in the entire episode. She is the same Barkha Dutt what an Indian girl studying journalism wants to be. She is the same Barkha who dared to cover Kargil. And, now come to Vir Sangvi who is famous for ruthless words against corruption in his column in the Hindustan Times. They not only betrayed the ethics of journalism but also slapped every Indian who thought and admired Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi as the messiah of fearless and impartial journalism.
In the tapes, both of the journalists promised Nira Radia to lobby for A. Raja for the telecommunication portfolio in the UPA-2 Government. From their conversation, their proximity to the center of India’s power corridor is crystal clear. Can a person who is so dear and near to the queen bee of the power corridor write or speak against any wrong done by the Queen Bee? What does this imply? It implies nothing but presenting cooked stories that suit the interest of Queen Bee in front of billions of Indians who are still under the misconception that media is the fourth estate of democracy. It is neither a good for Indian democracy or journalism.