NEWS-(MIS)Information/Fractionation ?

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light”.
Joseph Pulitzer, American publisher, (1847-1911)

In the era if internetized information, every piece of information comes with misinformation! What’s the source of this (mis)information?? I think most of the misinformation processed in your mind comes from “MEDIA” i.e print media and e-media. Media sometimes unavoidably/intentionally report incorrect information because of the need for timely news coverage. Most crunch of the information savvy people believe whatever comes in media sometimes believe as if it’s a Gospel Truth. Many news papers and news channels sometimes report/broadcast without due verification of the facts. The growth of cable TV, talk radio, and the Internet have made it easier for people to find news sources that support their existing views, a phenomenon known as “selective exposure”. When people have more media options to choose from, they are more biased toward like-minded media sources(sic!). The emergence of the Internet in particular has led to a fractionation of the information

I would like to present here the news appeared in the e-media where you find many versions of a single story that too reported by reputed news agencies! If that’s the case?? Whose version is to be believed?? Many of us know that on the eve of Republic day, list of Padma awardees was announced by Govt.The curious case of “Refusal of Padma Bhushan by Singer S.Janaki” is one such example where you can see misinformation coupled with “fractionation” of information.

Here I would cite news published by reputed news agencies related to the above curious case 😉




As you can observe above, the underlined phrase tells the truth of “fractionation” of (mis)information.One media agency has written she refused because nepotism, another has written because of it was too late and the other has written she should have been awarded with coveted Bharat Ratna! Do not Know what Janaki amma said to reporters! I wonder why reporters do not write her statement“verbatim”?? Often there’s been many instances where Editors deliberately cut the information and paste the propaganda which keeps people minds occupied with gossip for long time.i would like to end with a Quote of Walter Lippmann, American journalist,~”There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil” 


Going from “ZERO FIRs to e-FIRs”- A reality check !

                                                   Months after Delhi High Court directive to Delhi Police and Aftermath of Delhi Gang Rape incidence subsequently slamming of Delhi Police by Supreme Court, Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar announced that Zero First investigation report may be registered on the basis of woman’s statement at any police station irrespective of jurisdiction. This means complaint is to be registered on the basis of woman’s complaint verbatim (in exactly same words as told by the women) and FIR is registered at a police station where a complaint is filed  and transferred to the police station concerned where the offence took place. Indeed it’s a good initiative by Delhi police(Hope SHOs would follow Directive of a Commissioner ! ).

                                              Continue reading

Violence Against Women in India – A Masculinity Crisis ???


India witnessed hullabaloo over Rape of a 23 year old girl. i try to analyse here about the Increasing incidences of violence against women in India with inputs from various sources. Is it a Masculinity crisis?? or any other problem,Taking in to account of diverse cultures that exist in India,

Masculinity refers to  having qualities appropriate to or usually associated with a man. Its known that Since ages Indian society is  male dominated. Autonomy of women is rarely visible in Indian culture.There are two important contexts for making masculine cultures one is family and the other is Religious customs. the former where many believe that important decisions in a family is to be taken by so called Male animal and always tries to assert themselves in many spheres neglecting importance of women in a family from  Right to Education to Right to Marriage.In India, families adhere to a patriarchal ideology, follow the patrilineal rule of descent, are patrilocal,and endorse traditional gender role preferences. Its also known fact that our family system contain elaborate formal and informal means of asserting and celebrating male privilege i.e Celebrating Karwa-Chauth  and India is an extremely pronatalistic society, and the desire to have a male child is greatly stressed and is considered by some to be a man’s highest duty, a religious necessity, and a source of emotional and familial gratification . Because male children are desired more than female children, they are treated with more respect and given special privileges. Male children are raised to be assertive, less tolerant, independent, self-reliant, demanding, and domineering.Females, in contrast, are socialized from an early age to be self-sacrificing, docile, accommodating, nurturing, altruistic, adaptive, tolerant, and religious, and to value family above all.

Indian society is such that it gives little room to be in contact in the post-pubertal period with female peers and little or no sex education that could possibly acculturate male or female youth to sexuality and appropriate gender relations. Under these circumstances of MISGUIDED MASCULINITY characterized by male sexual dominance,unequal gender attitudes and lack of sexual knowledge, some young men seek to prove their so called MANHOOD through sexual prowess. Its been pointed out by sociologists that many men would consider their masculinity compromised by having fewer sex partners and using condoms(sic!)…. !

As Men grow to adolescence in India enjoy all sort of freedom such as Autonomy,mobility,opportunity and power on the other side As Woman grow to adolescence her freedom is restricted such as Mobility, communication with males, Decision making etc.. These social differences have long bearing impact on adolescent reproductive behavior.In social lineage women are not trained to challenge discrimination and exploitation by Male animals instead had learnt to sustain discrimination and exploitation.

In toto with development across all spheres of life today culture and religious aspects could be molded to suite the present generation with utmost respect to women ! Religious texts say “Matru devo bhava” but its there only in texts not actually in practice where you can see all feminine forms(mother,sister,wife etc..) in a Girl.. Critical analysis of Masculinity is necessary to stop violence against females !