1. Dissecting Pakistan’s Problem with Discrimination
  2. Preparing Tweets As Important As Preparing Guns
  3. Using Cricket to Heighten Hate
  4. The Art of Perception Management
  5. India’s Toxic Nationalism with a Runaway Media
  6. India’s Unhinged Media
  7. Khalid Zahid: Transforming Saudi Art
  8. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  9. Violence against Minorities
  10. Unsheltered
  11. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  12. How to Encourage Terrorism
  13. Faisalabad in 2028
  14. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  15. Child Sexual Abuse
  16. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  17. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  18. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  19. Steering Through Turbulence
  20. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  21. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  22. Making ADR work for Women
  23. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  24. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  25. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  26. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  27. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  28. Come on Skipper !
  29. GUMM
  30. Annus Horibilis
  31. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  32. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  33. Method in the Madness
  34. Legal System Reforms
  35. Power Over Impulse
  36. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  37. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  38. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  39. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  40. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  41. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  42. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  43. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  44. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  45. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  46. NEWS PICKS
  47. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  48. Fitness with the Mughal
  49. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  50. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  51. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  52. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  53. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  54. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  55. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  56. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  57. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  58. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  59. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  60. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  61. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  62. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  63. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  64. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  65. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  66. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  67. Money for nothing, bits for free
  68. FinTech
  69. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  70. Crisis of Civilization
  71. Child Sexual Abuse
  72. Education is the only Solution
  73. Fit for Purpose
  74. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  75. Mini meringue recipe
  76. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  77. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  78. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  79. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  80. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  81. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  82. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  83. Five major political events of 2017
  84. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  85. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  86. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  87. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  88. What we can learn from Ghalib
  89. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING
Thu, Apr 25, 2019
  1. Dissecting Pakistan’s Problem with Discrimination
  2. Preparing Tweets As Important As Preparing Guns
  3. Using Cricket to Heighten Hate
  4. The Art of Perception Management
  5. India’s Toxic Nationalism with a Runaway Media
  6. India’s Unhinged Media
  7. Khalid Zahid: Transforming Saudi Art
  8. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  9. Violence against Minorities
  10. Unsheltered
  11. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  12. How to Encourage Terrorism
  13. Faisalabad in 2028
  14. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  15. Child Sexual Abuse
  16. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  17. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  18. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  19. Steering Through Turbulence
  20. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  21. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  22. Making ADR work for Women
  23. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  24. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  25. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  26. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  27. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  28. Come on Skipper !
  29. GUMM
  30. Annus Horibilis
  31. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  32. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  33. Method in the Madness
  34. Legal System Reforms
  35. Power Over Impulse
  36. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  37. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  38. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  39. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  40. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  41. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  42. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  43. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  44. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  45. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  46. NEWS PICKS
  47. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  48. Fitness with the Mughal
  49. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  50. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  51. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  52. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  53. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  54. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  55. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  56. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  57. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  58. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  59. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  60. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  61. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  62. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  63. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  64. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  65. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  66. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  67. Money for nothing, bits for free
  68. FinTech
  69. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  70. Crisis of Civilization
  71. Child Sexual Abuse
  72. Education is the only Solution
  73. Fit for Purpose
  74. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  75. Mini meringue recipe
  76. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  77. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  78. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  79. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  80. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  81. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  82. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  83. Five major political events of 2017
  84. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  85. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  86. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  87. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  88. What we can learn from Ghalib
  89. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

A Lethal Combination

There is no denying that India has made tremendous strides over the last 20 years. Their economic growth and progress in IT has gained worldwide recognition as they have been very clever in marketing their success. India’s robust global reach has allowed them to project their success, which continues to produce adulation from the international community. Unlike Pakistan, India is more adept at using television and social media to its advantage.

India’s global recognition has also given them a new sense of pride. Their new-found confidence is evident in their sports, film, finance, and business. The professional Indian community seems to be more assured in its abilities and is confident about taking the world head-on. However, while we see a more patriotic India, unafraid to flaunt its success, it is now apparent in Indian media that their patriotism is morphing into a poisonous and self-destructive nationalism.

The problem with hyper-nationalism is that it inevitably becomes divisive, intolerant and hostile, both within and without. When the nationalist narrative took center stage under Prime Minister Modi, large sections of the Indian media decided to reinforce it. The media’s constant promotion of the nationalist narrative has created an even stronger hatred for Pakistan, and serious divisions within Indian society, turning the diehard nationalists against the liberals. These divisions are now being exposed to the outside world.

Vehemently accusing Pakistan for the Pulwama attack before a probe, followed by dropping bombs in Balakot, and then interpreting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message for dialogue and peace as ‘begging’ reveals how unhinged the Indian leadership and media has become. The fact that the media has taken Prime Minister Imran Khan’s gesture of sending the captured Indian pilot back home as an act of ‘desperation’ means that they are now at a loss to even concoct a narrative.

“When you watch Arnab Goswami on Republic TV, he comes across like a peculiar child in desperate need of Ritalin”

It is clear the India media is determined to attract an audience who believe that ideology is more important than facts. Television channels like Republic TV and Times Now, both English channels, constantly resort to childish accusations and jingoistic exclusiveness. Hashtags such as #Pakfakeclaim and #NationFirst reveal that there is a serious and deliberate absence of nuance designed to embolden the nationalist narrative. For these channels, the Pulwama attack feeds right into their discourse- demonizing Pakistan and its army, Kashmir, and Indian liberals who are viewed as unpatriotic apologists, or ‘anti-nationalists.’

With a general election a few months away, the BJP mouthpieces are working overtime to promote the party’s propaganda. What we have in the mainstream Indian media, particularly the English language ones, is a very destructive jingoism from various anchors, who are calling for Pakistan to be ‘punished’ and are hellbent on pushing the hyper nationalist agenda. When you watch Arnab Goswami on Republic TV, he comes across like a peculiar child in desperate need of Ritalin. Many believe that he cannot possibly be taken seriously, but the fact is people are listening and absorbing the venom he and his lackies spew.

The fact that India has over 400 news channels means that the competition for ratings is fierce. To be noticed, many of these anchors make provocative and divisive statements. In one of Arnab Goswami’s hysterical soliloquies he said, “Either you are for or against the Nation, you will be marked out if you are against the Nation.” Hitler wept. The nature of these contentious statements has polarized political debate in India. The art of conversation seems to have disappeared. The discourse has become extremely reductionist, and downright hateful and is fueling this nationalist vs. anti-nationalist narrative and causing more problems for India than it is for its neighbors.

What makes matters worse is that this vicious rhetoric is going viral on social media. The BJP has been very effective in projecting their ideology through the internet. The pro-BJP messages online are designed to brainwash the public into believing that Pakistan, Kashmiris, and the liberals in India are the enemy. There is evidence that disturbing material is being spread on social media applications like WhatsApp and TikTok which call for violence against Kashmiris living in India. The symbiotic relationship between mainstream television channels and social media applications has further exacerbated the social and political issues in Indian society.

The worst aspect is that this narrative is polluting the mindset of the youth. Once the younger generation comes to the fore, it is imperative that they make a concerted effort to quash this venomous narrative. If the younger generation is consumed with hate, then I am afraid the future looks very bleak. Sane voices in Indian media must strongly speak out against this toxic media frenzy. It not only hinders regional peace as we have seen but creates serious and irreparable divisions in their own society. The good news is that India’s primetime networks are finally being exposed for their absurd and dangerous rhetoric. This is a classical case of small-time regional hegemons not being able to handle their power.

 

By: Ali Gauhar

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