Maybe, Justice Markandey Katju, chairman of the Press Council of India has a point – India needs a media regulatory framework. Katju pointed out how ill-equipped are our journalists intellectually and otherwise to handle complex issues. Take, for instance, the new rules that have been formulated by the government on the nuclear liability law.
The spin doctors of the government are already at work to convey the impression that the new rules in no way erode the provisions of the nuclear liability law. To be sure, in the coming days, we will have to depend heavily on the western media to comprehend what is happening.
Read the Bloomberg report. It says the government is wooing the GE and Westinghouse by framing rules that meet these firms’ demands. Areva of France has welcomed the rules already!
Again, read the WSJ report from Delhi. It says this is a move to “allay the concerns” of the American companies.
Hopefully, a regulatory framework will protect the Indian media from the government spin also. It needs gumption to cliam that on the eve of PM Manmohan Singh’s pow-vow with US President Barack Obama in Bali, the government flexed its muscles and told off the Americans! Who do they think they are – these nameless, faceless bureaucrats – to dish out such crass disinformation, assuming that Indian journalists (and we Indians who read them) are a bunch of morons?
Posted in Diplomacy.
– November 17, 2011