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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.

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22 Mar 2020
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PM’s Social media plans: Something bigger than what is thought about?

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)

04 Mar 2020
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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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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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Govt may take on international media for its biased coverage

By IndianMandarins 03 Mar 2020

If some well placed sources are to believed the Modi government may take on foreign media for its malicious, one-sided and unsubstantiated reports on communal riots in north-east Delhi that has claimed 47 lives so far by seeking detailed reports published in the foreign media. Union minister for information and broadcasting Prakash Javdekar chaired the meeting in which everything was discussed threadbare.

If sources are to be believed, foreign media will be issued rejoinders for their unsubstantiated, one-sided and irresponsible reporting and will be asked to do the needful if found on the wrong side and on failing to do so further action will be initiated with the help of Ministry of external affairs by contacting the embassy of the concerned countries.

Actually the problem started with Wall Street Journal allegedly misquoting slain IB officials Ankit Sharma’s brother Ankur Sharma. A formal complaint has been lodged against Eric Bellman, deputy bureau chief. A police complain has also been lodged by one NGO against the newspaper.

Actually the government was very perplexed with the kind of bias coverage by the foreign media but unlike previous regime, the present dispensation decided to take media behemoths head-on and is resolute to take the fake news even by the international media to a logical end.

 All concern persons in various departments have been asked to contribute their bit and even ministry of external affairs and PMO has been kept in the loop. It is also being said by a section in the government that PM unplugging from social media has some links with the International media tarnishing the image of the Modi government obviously with some intentions.

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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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Look I learnt so many swear words on Social Media !

By IndianMandarins 08 Sep 2018

At the release of Kapil Sibal's book “Shades of Truth” at Teen Murti on Friday, the master of ceremony appropriately remarked that more than a book release it appeared to be an occasion for the launch of the Mahgathbandhan ! Reason, the book launch had an obvious attendance of several top congress leaders and also of several other leaders from the Opposition. In attendance were Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Farooq Abdullah, a freshly TMC minted Chandan Mitra. Former PM Manmohan Singh and Former VP Hamid Ansari also graced the event.

 

The panel discussion obviously veered around the 2019 elections. The general opinion was that its the Coalitions or the lack of it which will determine the outcome. But what stood out was the anecdotes that were shared on the occasion.

 

While underlining the importance of social media both Kapil Sibal and Chidambaram conceded that Congress failed to gauge the massive impact of Social Media in 2014. But while elaborating on the subject Chidambaram very honestly said that he was now fast learning the ropes in the realm of Social Media and revealed that the Social Media has also introduced him to the choicest of the swear words in Hindi.

 

Taking the mood of confessions forward , others picked up from where

Chidambaram left. Sharad Yadav said that he will like to reveal that Sri Sri Ravishankar himself had told him that the arrangements of food for the crowd that assembled at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi for the Anna Hazare agitation against the UPA Govt. was done by him. Sibal did not step back and admitted that whole handling of Baba Ramdev Agitation including receiving him at the Delhi Airport by four top ministers in 2012 was a big mistake !

 

Chandan Mitra appeared quite tuned in to his newest Avatar of being a Trinamool man and forcefully said that the next PM will be from among the regional satraps and not from any national party. Yechury in a lighter vain was quick to point out his new loyalty to the TMC Supremo Mamta Bannerji. He also summed up the debate that centered around Who against Modi theme by coining – Its Bharat vs Modi in 2019.

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Gauba panel recommendation may get implemented soon

By IndianMandarins 29 Aug 2018

Social media messages may impact harmony. Therefore, the Government of India has sent clear message to Social media platforms to follow the law strictly or face action.

A committee of secretaries headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was constituted after lynching of nearly 40 people in last one year probably due to circulation of fake news in popular social media platforms like WhatsApp. This high-level committee submitted its report to a Group of Ministers headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Home Minister will submit the committee's recommendations to PM Narendra Modi very soon.

The country representatives of all global social media platforms are in India. In case there are serious violation, then action may be initiated against them, sources said,

The top officials of different ministries and departments deliberated the issue in the wake of reports of many incidents of lynching, communal tension following circulation of fake news and communally sensitive videos.

During recent meetings with the representatives of the Twitter India, Facebook, WhatsApp and Youtube, the government officials made it clear that the social media platforms have to comply with the government directives.

This committee has suggested tightening the law by inserting clauses in the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure as well to ensure stringent action against those who are caught violating the law.

The panel report will now be discussed by the GoM comprising External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad  and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. The home minister heads this GoM.

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