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IAS officer served show-cause notice for his tweet

The Karnataka government has issued a show-cause notice to IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin (IAS:1996:KN) over his recent tweet about coronavirus-cured Tablighi Jamaat members donating plasma for the treatment of other patients.

The officer was in the news last year as well after Election Commission suspended him for trying to inspect PM’s helicopter during his visit to Odisha in April where he was deployed as a poll observer.

Mohsin tweeted: “More than 300 Tablighi Heroes are donating their plasma to serve the country in New Delhi only. What about? #Godi Media? They will not show the works of humanity done by these heroes.”

Mohsin is currently serving as a Secretary in the Backward Class Welfare Department. The state government said the show cause notice has been issued to the officer in connection with his recent tweet.

02 May 2020
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Role of media equally important in the time of Covid-19: K G Suresh

The threat of community spread of Covid-19 is looming large on India with most of the countries dealing with the menace in their own ways and means and even citizenry of the country is now involved in it. Media too has a very important role to play not only in telling people how to handle it but also how media can be helpful in stopping rumours and bringing clarity in the time of calamity.

Prof K G Suresh, Dean, School of Modern Media, UPES and former DG, IIMC has to offer certain dos and don’ts for not only journalists and media houses alike as threat perception of reporters in such a situation is very potent. So following certain guidelines may help them to handle such difficult situations and help disseminating the right information to people.

CLICK TO READ THE GUIDELINES

22 Mar 2020
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IAS officer served show-cause notice for his tweet

By IndianMandarins 02 May 2020

The Karnataka government has issued a show-cause notice to IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin (IAS:1996:KN) over his recent tweet about coronavirus-cured Tablighi Jamaat members donating plasma for the treatment of other patients.

The officer was in the news last year as well after Election Commission suspended him for trying to inspect PM’s helicopter during his visit to Odisha in April where he was deployed as a poll observer.

Mohsin tweeted: “More than 300 Tablighi Heroes are donating their plasma to serve the country in New Delhi only. What about? #Godi Media? They will not show the works of humanity done by these heroes.”

Mohsin is currently serving as a Secretary in the Backward Class Welfare Department. The state government said the show cause notice has been issued to the officer in connection with his recent tweet.

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Role of media equally important in the time of Covid-19: K G Suresh

By IndianMandarins 22 Mar 2020

The threat of community spread of Covid-19 is looming large on India with most of the countries dealing with the menace in their own ways and means and even citizenry of the country is now involved in it. Media too has a very important role to play not only in telling people how to handle it but also how media can be helpful in stopping rumours and bringing clarity in the time of calamity.

Prof K G Suresh, Dean, School of Modern Media, UPES and former DG, IIMC has to offer certain dos and don’ts for not only journalists and media houses alike as threat perception of reporters in such a situation is very potent. So following certain guidelines may help them to handle such difficult situations and help disseminating the right information to people.

CLICK TO READ THE GUIDELINES

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Murmur over the role of Malik?

By IndianMandarins 13 Mar 2020

The government of India has been firefighting to deal with the misinformation campaign by the foreign media on Delhi riots but a section in the government has raised eyebrows over the role of journalist Ashok Malik who has been appointed in the ministry of external affairs to the rank of additional secretary through the lateral entry.

Sources said that people in the government are of the view that he should have utilised his media expertise to counter the misinformation propaganda of foreign media. The MEA generally handles its media issues independently. But for the present propaganda, all the concerned departments including PMO, HM, MEA and I&B were involved and I&B minister Prakash Javadekar himself was monitoring everything.

But Malik failing to offers his expertise on the issue has miffed many but most of them remained tight-lipped over the issue with some passing references like even if he was busy with some other assignment, still he should have taken pro-active stand on the issue to deal with the matter.

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PM’s Social media plans: Something bigger than what is thought about?

By IndianMandarins 04 Mar 2020

Elements of surprise, unpredictability and out of box initiative have been the hallmark of the Modi dispensation so has been the recent case when PM Narendra Modi tweeted leaving all social media platforms. However every such surprise has never been without any purpose and well thought out decision.

Several theories are doing round over PM’s surprising tweet. A couple of such speculation is that PM wants to tell social media platforms that the Indian government can keep them aside if they continue supporting selective outrage against it as this will have a definite impact on these social media platforms with PM having following of over 4.5 crore on just twitter.

Another speculation is that the government may come out with its own such platforms with more and more Indianess into it. The way China is using its own social media platform, India too can do it with 130 billion population to safeguard its true democratic values, sovereign character, culture and secular credentials. The government is for sure very serious about false propaganda unleashed against it. It has reports about posts talking good about the government being dumped and factually incorrect propaganda against it being pushed.

However, all these are speculations except the fact that the government has started sending rejoinders to foreign media as yesterday, ministry of information and broadcasting sent such a rejoinder to a foreign media house. This will go on till they start following the norms and journalistic ethics. Sources said that modus operandi of international media is that they come with a prepared story and just look for a quote that suits their agenda. The government wants to expose such plans.

But the real reason of the PM going out of social media will come from him only but for that everyone will have to wait but everyone is free to keep guessing also. 

(By Rakesh Ranjan and Vinod Shukla)

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Two Deputy Director level officers shifted to PMO

By IndianMandarins 21 Oct 2019

If some well placed sources are to be believed two Deputy Director level officers have been moved from I&B Ministry to PMO. One of them was working as Deputy Director (Media & Communication) with I&B Ministry information however the other one was with Doordarshan. Both of them are experts in social media handling.

Abhinav Prakash was looking after social media of I&B ministry and he is likely to get the same responsibility in PMO. Similarly, Aashutosh Mohile who was also taking care of the social media of Doordarshan is likely to get similar responsibility. Reportedly, have already joined the PMO.

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When Speaker asked his social-media handlers to delete posts?

By IndianMandarins 12 Sep 2019

Social media is ruthless to anyone as far as response on contents posted on different platforms are concerned, so has been the case with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla when two posts one concerning Digamber Jain saint and another related to Brahmins were decried. There was so much outrage that he had to ask his social media handlers to delete a few posts.

 

What his handlers fails to count on was the sensibility of the content as Speaker is a constitution position and none of his view could be deemed as personal. Those handling his social media must be able to gauge the repercussion of any post before they are made public.

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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

By IndianMandarins 09 Sep 2019

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

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Rahul’s tweet on Yoga Day: Bad publicity can be better than no, or poor, media visibility ?

By IndianMandarins 22 Jun 2019

Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi has of late been keen on optics though for several awkward reasons. He tweeted on Friday appending a couple of pictures of Army Dog Unit under the caption ‘New India’. This has, indeed, tried to take a dig though in a roundabout way at the virtual cult that the ruling BJP has been able to build over the years around PM Narendra Modi and his pet programme Yoga Day which has attracted appreciation from across the world.

 

Rahul’s tweet with the picture of Army dog squad canines going through yoga motions alongside the Jawans of the unit on PM’s favourite Yoga Day, June 21, has greatly ruffled feathers in political quarters. The intended pun pulled by Congress leader has obviously been directed against the formidable rivals.

 

The people in power corridors say that RG’s tweet might have spurred from the fact that BJP appears to have grabbed most of the hot national issues from the hands of its opponents, leaving almost none for Congress.  

 

Yet, the tweet has become a media sensation at a time when the grand old party has been boycotting television debates by withdrawing its spokespersons and senior leaders from TV channels. Congress blames most media channels of habitually fawning over the BJP and the Government led by it and treating the Opposition, or mainly the Congress, with visible bias.

 

Thus, the Congress president has tried via his tweet to bounce back and possibly seize and dominate the media scene, courtesy a TV spectacle like Yoga Day, while his party is ostensibly shunning the TV channels for past few weeks or so.

 

More than being the brainchild of Rahul the tweet appears to be a salvo fired by the communications department of the Congress. The department has been drawing flak under the stewardship of Congress leader from Haryana Randeep Singh Surjewala for its weak media strategy and poor outreach. This is more so following the crushing defeat of the party in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

 

The Congress tweet clearly tries not only to toggle along millions of other Yoga Day posts on twitter but is also meant to send the BJP in a tizzy by scoring more hits and beating it in its favourite social media game. This is so while being unmindful of the savage troll that the Congress leader has to come to face by now for his quite controversial tweet. It has been castigated by top BJP Ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah among others.

 

The idea behind Rahul’s tweet has apparently been taken from the brand name of an old British music company HMV, or His Master’s Voice.

 

Rahul has indeed been mercilessly trolled. Yet, it appears that the idea behind his apparently bizarre move is that even bad publicity can be better than no, or poor, media visibility as has been the case with the Congress in recent times.

(By Abid Shah)

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