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Vijayadashmi is an anniversary day for RSS. It is a foundation day for the organisation. All of a sudden, controversy raked over Doordarshan’s live telecast of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s Vijayadashmi address at Nagpur with the Congress and Left parties calling it a misuse of the state broadcaster and the BJP defending it. I don’t want to add further to this controversy but I strongly feel that the Communication media in India should be independent of politics. India cannot achieve this, even after 67 years of Independence. In democracy, old order changes yielding place to new without bloodshed or violence, that is the greatness of democracy. These are days of terrorism, which is active, exported by treacherous neighbours. There is a need for God fearing elements to come together with touch of humanity and humane feelings to the other citizens. Be it from the Temple, Mosque, Church or the Gurudwara or any sect which believes in God and also preaches universal brotherhood. It is a welcome step. Only guideline should be the humanitarian touch and curbing terrorism. See the sea of changes in India and see how the terrorism and unruly mobs in society evaporated.

Today, we are competing with global powers arm in arm in the sector of defense, technology, education and our economy is shooting upwards. We cannot compromise this by creating an environment which is not only bad for us but also for this great nation. Our nation is peaceful and united to a large extent as compared to our neighbours. I am deeply concerned about the future of this great nation. Pushing one’s community to the corner and keeping the interest of the majority is not the solution, we should move together not as Hindus or Muslims or Christians but as INDIANS.

This was the worst thing that could have happened to a state owned media. It’s really depressing to see Doordarshan being used as the propaganda machinery. Amidst a controversy over Doordarshan telecasting live a speech of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, the national broadcaster said it was covered like any other news event and no special arrangements had been made.

In his annual address to RSS volunteers on the occasion of Vijayadashmi at Reshimbagh ground, Bhagtwat spoke about a ‘serious surge in jihadi activities’ in southern parts especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala and went on to blame the state government for not making effective policy interventions to curb them. The address, first since Modi government took charge at the center, lauded the center for steps in national interest towards making India “a Vishwa Guru” (world’s teacher). The RSS chief also lauded the central government for its “swiftness, efficiency and open heartedness” in providing relief and help to the flood affected people of Jammu and Kashmir. Calling for a joint plan of the Central and State governments in putting an effective check to the Left Wing Extremism, Bhagwat asked the government and the society to put an end to the social exploitation which was “breeding” such movements.

Blaming the “self-centered collective greed and policies” of some western countries for the emergence of terror and fundamentalism in West Asia in the form of ISIS, the RSS chief asked the world leaders to break the cyclic waves of terror which keep emerging in new shapes every time due to the acts and tendencies of self-centeredness and selfish greed. He also asked the RSS swayamsevaks to take ‘Sangh Shakha’ (RSS unit) to each home in every village, street and community. He spoke against jihadis, indicating threat from Muslims but expressed no concern for Muslim Indian nationals.

Anyways, for change Bhagwat lauded the athletes winning laurels in the Incheon Asian Games. He also appealed people to participate in ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ started off by PM on Gandhi Jayanti. He also said the Army was short of 23,000 officers and therefore it was “our duty to provide sufficient number of capable youths as soldiers and officers”. Raising the ‘Swadeshi’ pitch, he advocated self-reliance and encouragement of entrepreneurship among countrymen and called for consumption of indigenous products. Looking at the social scenario, he commented on two grave issues stating that old parents are sent to old-age homes and old animals (cow) are sent to slaughter houses. He touched almost all the issues, from the performance of Modi to save cow. What he spoke was very informative and meaningful but the platform he used was incorrect. I hope, Modi government will learn the lesson to respect media, hereafter.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Tamanhttps://authorvaidehi.com
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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