Yesterday, I watched an first-class give-and-take near the business office of media (essentially the TRP-driven TV Channels) on the IBN vii Channel. This i hr programme did a lot of introspection amongst to a greater extent than or less senior journalists on the panel, and I was mighty impressed amongst the anchor who didn’t experience shy inwards shout out for to a greater extent than or less hard questions too thus was able to extract the right answers.
If media begins to genuinely introspect too get got corrective steps I am certain it tin hand the sack resurrect its misfortunate image. Otherwise, the media, which is straight off a laughing stock, volition sonner than expected slide into the dustbin of history.
I wake upwardly inwards the morning, pick upwardly my daily newspapers, too realise that it may non live on that slow for the media to walk the talk. There are huge versted interests, which are quite clearly visible. Newspapers are concern entities, too thus marketplace position the products surruptiously inwards the garb of news. I depict your attending to a front end page tidings inwards The Indian Express today: First fourth dimension inwards four years, annual suicide tally inwards Vidharbha is below 1,000.
The blurb below spills out the concern connection. It says – Key to the dip: Rs 1,300-crore loan waiver, Bt cotton fiber crop, marketplace position prices. Now this business played upwardly past times the paper volition travel out an impression on y’all that Bt cotton was the saviour. Knowing that the Corporate giant Reliance has been backing Indian Express, too knowing that the paper has fourth dimension too in i lawsuit again carried unsubstantiated reports promoting Bt cotton, you are non surprised at this sub-head.
But then, the average reader is unable to depict the connection. The headline thus leaves a wrong impression on him, too he/she thinks that Bt cotton fiber is a good technology. And if y’all read the written report carefully, except for a cite of Bt cotton, at that topographic point is null to back upwardly this argument.
Even Kishore Tiwari, who heads the Vidharbha January Andolan Samiti, is quoted inwards the written report equally maxim that the falling figure of suicides is a welcome sign. Positive measures similar loan waiver, liberate of credit too skilful prices of cotton fiber get got undoubtedly helped. Nowhere does he beak near the business office Bt cotton fiber played inwards mitigating suicides. In fact, we all know past times now, Bt cotton fiber had created to a greater extent than problems inwards the Vidharbha belt, too has genuinely been responsible for thousands of farmers to get got the fatal route.
That ninety per cent of the cotton fiber seed existence used past times farmers belong to the Bt cotton fiber diverseness is no argue to celebrate its success. What is non known is that the seed companies, too the government, get got worked hard to ensure that the non-Bt cotton fiber seed disappears from the market. So if y’all instruct to the Vidharbha region, too inquire for non-Bt cotton fiber seed from seed dealers inwards the market, y’all volition non live on able to instruct fifty-fifty 100 gms.
The solely alternative left for the farmers thus is to purchase what is available, too its solely Bt cotton fiber seed that is available.
Economists volition non get got this human face into their analysis too for obvious reasons. You thus get got faulty too biased economical analysis coming out from institutes even equally respected as Tata Institute of Social Sciences. In fact, I get got been maxim for long that agricultural economists are inwards a trend too responsible for the prevailing agrarian crisis. They had all these years been telling farmers how much they tin hand the sack earn from farming using the chemic inputs. They painted a rosy motion painting luring gullible farmers into a virtual trap. They weaved figures (of profits) which turned out to live on eventually untrue.
No wonder, twoscore per cent farmers desire to quit agriculture if given a choice. And over 200,000 get got taken to gallows since 1997.
I will pick out y’all to a greater extent than near the Bt cotton fiber story as nosotros instruct along. Meanwhile, y’all tin hand the sack read the Indian Express written report past times clicking on this link: ?Mode=1