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ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार बनने की कोई जरूरत नहीं !!!

ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार बनने की जरूरत नहीं!!

ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार बनने की जरूरत नहीं!!

इस मुद्दे पे लिंक्डइन के एक प्रतिष्ठित फोरम में आयोजित चर्चा में विदेशी और देशी मीडिया के अति सम्मानित पत्रकार, मीडिया समूह के मालिको और  पारंपरिक  मीडिया से हटकर सोशल  मीडिया का प्रतिनिधत्व करते सम्मानित ब्लागरो ने गंभीर चर्चा की. इस चर्चा में  मुख्य मुद्दा ये रहा कि ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार माना जाए कि नहीं. पारंपरिक मीडिया से जुड़े अधिकांश लोगो ने सतही कारण गिनाते हुए ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार का दर्जा देने से साफ़ इनकार कर दिया. इनका ये कहना था कि इनमे  वो प्रोफेशनल दक्षता  नहीं है जो कि एक पत्रकार में पायी जाती है. इस समूह का ये भी मानना था कि पत्रकार पत्रकारिता का कोर्स करके और कार्य कुशलता हासिल करके मीडिया के क्षेत्र में आते है लिहाजा इनके पास बेहतर  आलोचनात्म्क  वृत्ति होती है, रिपोर्टिंग स्टाइल बेहतर होती है और ये किसी मुद्दे पे पर बहुत सुलझी हुई प्रतिक्रिया देते है. इस वजह से ये ब्लॉगर से कही बेहतर होते है.  पर मेरी नज़रो में चर्चा में शामिल बड़े नामो ने इस  अति महत्त्वपूर्ण  दृष्टिकोण की  उपेक्षा कर दी: एक  ब्लॉगर को एक अच्छा पत्रकार बनने की जरुरत ही क्या है ?

इस बात को  बहुत अच्छी तरह से महसूस किया जा सकता है कि ब्लागरो के लगातार बढ़ते प्रभाव ने पारंपरिक मीडिया में एक खलबली सी मचा दी है. खैर इस मुद्दे पे पारंपरिक मीडिया से जुड़े पत्रकारों से मै उलझना नहीं चाहता. मै तो उन ब्लागरो को जो कि एक अच्छा पत्रकार बनने की उम्मीद पाल कर ब्लागिंग आरम्भ करते है उनको यही सन्देश पहुचाना चाहता हूँ कि  एक अच्छे पत्रकार  के रूप में अपना सिक्का गाड़ने कि सोच से ये सोच लाख गुना बेहतर है कि ब्लागिंग में जो अद्भुत तत्त्व निहित है उनको अपना के संवेदनशील मुद्दों को बेहतर रूप से जनता के बीच पहुचाएं.  

अच्छी ब्लॉगिंग करने के लिए गज़ब की मेधा और दृढ इच्छाशक्ति चाहिए .

अच्छी ब्लॉगिंग करने के लिए गज़ब की मेधा और दृढ इच्छाशक्ति चाहिए .

मेरा ये मानना है कि पत्रकार और ब्लॉगर में भेद बना रहे. ये अलग बात है कि एक अच्छा पत्रकार और एक सिद्ध ब्लॉगर दोनों लगभग एक सी ही उन्नत सोच और लगभग एक सी ही कार्यशैली  से किसी मुद्दे पर काम करते है. लेकिन इतनी समानता के बावजूद  ब्लॉगर को आधुनिक पत्रकारिता के सांचे में नहीं ढलना चाहिए जिसमे पत्रकारिता का एक धंधे में रूपांतरण हो चुका है अपने  मिशनरी स्वरूप से. ये बात भी हमको नहीं भूलनी चाहिए कि पारंपरिक मीडिया से जुड़े पत्रकार और संपादक आज के समय में किसी भी मुद्दे पे भ्रामक और स्वार्थपरक  रूख रखते है. नीरा राडिया जैसे लोगो का दखल और प्रायोजित सम्पादकीय इसके सर्वोत्तम उदाहरण  है.

इसका दूसरा उदाहरण विदेशी अखबार और मैगजीन है. इन सम्मानित समाचार पत्रों में अगर आप भारत से जुडी खबर पढ़े तो आपको विदेशी पत्रकारों का मनमाना और पक्षपातपूर्ण रूख  द्रष्टिगोचर हो जाएगा.  इसके बाद   भी विदेशी मीडिया समूह अपनी निष्पक्षता और पारदर्शिता का हर तरफ बखान करता है. अधिकाँश ब्लॉगर किसी  बाहरी दबाव से मुक्त होते है. इनपे किसी का जोर नहीं कि किसी मुद्दे को ये ख़ास नज़रिए से देखे. इनको मुद्दे को किसी भी दृष्टिकोण से प्रस्तुत करने की आज़ादी रहती  है. ये अलग बात है कि सहज मानवीय  गुण दोषों से ये भी संचालित होते है और किसी के प्रभाव में आ कर स्वार्थ से संचालित हो सकते है.  

ब्लॉग्स पर एक समझदार आदमी ज्यादा भरोसा करता है!

ब्लॉग्स पर एक समझदार आदमी ज्यादा भरोसा करता है!

इस बात को पूरी तरह से खारिज किया जा सकता है कि किसी को एक अच्छे लेखक या पत्रकार के रूप में उभरने के लिए पत्रकारिता संस्थान  से जुड़ना अनिवार्य होता है. ये विचार हास्यास्पद है कि अच्छा लिखने की कला का विकास पत्रकारिता संस्थान से जुड़कर होता है.  एक उन्नत बोध जो समाचार के तत्त्वों से वाकिफ हो उसको आप कैसे किसी के अन्दर डाल सकते है ?  इस तरह के बोध का उत्पादन थोड़े ही किया जा सकता है पत्रकारिता संस्थानों के अन्दर.  ये बताना बहुत आवश्यक है कि ये आधुनिक समय की देन है कि लोग पत्रकारिता की डिग्री को अनिवार्यता मान बैठे है. यही वजह है की कुकुरमुत्ते की तरह पत्रकारिता संस्थानों की बाढ़ आ गयी है भारत में जो पत्रकार बनने की आस लिए युवको का शोषण कर रहे है.

खैर इसका मतलब ये नहीं कि पत्रकारिता से जुड़े अच्छे संस्थानों का कोई मोल नहीं. मेरा सिर्फ ये कहना है कि सिर्फ इस आधार पे ब्लॉगर और पत्रकार में भेद किया जाना उचित नहीं कि एक के पास डिग्री है और दूसरे के पास नहीं है.ब्लॉगर के पास अनुभव का विशाल खज़ाना होता है जिसकी अनदेखी सिर्फ इस वजह से नहीं की जा सकती कि इसने  किसी पत्रकारिता संस्थान से कोर्स नहीं  किया है !

अंत में यही कहूँगा कि ब्लॉगर को  पत्रकार बनने की लालसा से रहित होकर लगातार उत्कृष्ट कार्य करते रहना चाहिए, बेहतरीन मापदंड स्थापित करते रहना चाहिए. ब्लॉगर को ये नहीं भूलना चाहिए कि वे सड़ गल चुकी पारंपरिक मीडिया से इतर एक  बेहतर विकल्प के रूप में उभरे है.  इनको  पत्रकारों के समूह और मीडिया प्रकाशनों में व्याप्त  गलत तौर तरीको से बच के रहने  की जरूरत है. ब्लॉगर ये कभी ना भूले कि उसे पत्रकार जैसा नहीं वरन पत्रकार से बेहतर बनना है.

ब्लॉगिंग के महत्त्व को सब प्रतिष्ठित प्रकाशनों ने एकमत से स्वीकार किया है.

ब्लॉगिंग के महत्त्व को सब प्रतिष्ठित प्रकाशनों ने एकमत से स्वीकार किया है.

ये लेख मेरे कैनेडियन अखबार में छपे इस अंग्रेजी लेख पर आधारित है:

A Calling Higher Than Journalist



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Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Many find Allahabad a very tough place to live an honourable life. That’s because  even though it came to enjoy a wonderful divine legacy, it never  ensured  a desired vibrancy for average souls. It never created any scope for living a truly fun-filled life, being all the time involved in dry intellectual activities.  Lack of  proper encouragement on the part of city towards its vast pool of talented brains have now given way to brain drain sort of affair. Many great souls remained an unsung hero in this city. However, what’s amazing is that it keeps on producing great souls at a regular interval! In nutshell, it’s a city of true beauty, real romance and mysticism. The city teaches you how to remain true to life in a real way, making it very clear to any conscious soul that life is not a bed of roses and it is meant to discover new mysteries of nature. Naturally, average souls running after money, fame, beautiful girl, big house, big car and many other cosmetic affairs would always feel disappointed to be part of this city. Having said that, I hope this city learns to truly honour its exceptional souls and also learns to be bit more blissful!  

 

That's one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji's  temple situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it's so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place  :P

That’s one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji’s temples situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it’s so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place 😛

The Streets Of Civil Lines Makes People Of Other Areas Jealous :P

The Streets Of Civil Lines Make People Of Other Areas Jealous 😛

Hard To Forget This Guy...During university days, I came to buy so many  greta classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment.  He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of  his magazine corner...This shop is hot favourite among  students!  Although Internet has affected the sales.

Hard to forget this guy…During university days, I came to buy so many great classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment. He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of his magazine corner…This shop is hot favourite among students! Although Internet has affected the sales, it was good to anticipate the great spirit of his father, also seen in the pic, who digested the change in philosophical way. Now that’s called wisdom!

Quite a romantic place to have tea!  It's adjacent Company Garden!

Quite a romantic place to have tea! It’s adjacent Company Garden!

 

When I say it's a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines are we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance :P

When I say it’s a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines area we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance 😛

Allahabad Museum Inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park ( Alfred Park or Company Garden). This musuem displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

Allahabad’s museum inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred Park or Company Garden). This museum displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary  Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices  new- age romance :P Anyway, it's a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices new- age romance 😛 Anyway, it’s a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful  Government Public Library.  This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne.  This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887.  Let's not forget it was capital city from of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days and even now I am the most frequent visitor!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful Government Public Library. This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne. This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887. Let’s not forget that Allahabad was capital city  of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days I was the most frequent visitor! Even now also I can be seen here 😛

It's not that one notices only romance in parks..Here most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

It’s not that one notices only romance in parks..In Allahabad most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociousely involved in Cricket match :P ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociously involved in Cricket match 😛 ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time :P :P :P

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time 😛 😛 😛

Saint Joseph's College View Which Lies Adjacent To Company Garden :P

Saint Joseph’s college  which lies adjacent to Company Garden 😛

That's the road which connects Company Garden To Civil Lines-the heart of  city dominated by glamour and modernity!

That’s the road which connects Company Garden with  Civil Lines-the heart of city dominated by glamour and modernity!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture :P

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture 😛

Laxmi Book House Is First Choice Of Any Journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other :P :P :P

Laxmi Book House is first choice of any journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other 😛 😛 😛

Palace Theatre enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It's one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, it's old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes  from "Thodi Se Bewafai" (1980) to " Ship of Thesus" (2012)  at this Palace :P :P :P

Palace Theater enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It’s one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, its old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes from “Thodi Se Bewafai” (1980) to ” Ship of Thesus” (2012) at this Palace Theater 😛 😛 😛

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again.  This hall needs to be rennovated at the earliest.  Two prominet movies which I came to see when they got realeasd were Richard Attenborough's Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielber's Jurassic Park (1993).

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again. This hall needs to be renovated at the earliest. Two prominent movies which I came to see here when they got released were Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993).

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class.  It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class. It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Resting place of capitalist forces :P

Resting place of capitalist forces 😛

Worried about your future :P Consult him in Civil Lines under this tree :P

Worried about your future 😛 Consult this astrologer  at Civil Lines under this tree 😛

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines :-(

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines 😦

Public Service Commission - an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Public Service Commission – an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

And that's the place where I work:  Allahabad High Court :P

And that’s the place where I work: Allahabad High Court 😛

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court :P :P :P

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court 😛 😛 😛

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika's  office holds a special place in my heart.  This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika.  Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper.  Today it's not that financially successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high.  V.S Datta, seniormost jourmalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments to him as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika’s office holds a special place in my heart. This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika. Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper. Today it’s  financially not that successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high. V.S Datta, senior-most journalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper in year 1995 he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments  as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

Lawyer's Hanuman Temple :P :P :P It's situated close to Allahabad High Court.  Most of the lawyers firts have Hanumanji's blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers :P :P :P ...Well, it's time for now to take a litle break before I come back with Part three of photo feature related with Allahabad :-)

Lawyer’s Hanuman Temple 😛 😛 😛 It’s situated close to Allahabad High Court. Most of the lawyers first have Hanumanji’s blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers 😛 😛 😛 …

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

 

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a vist ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy telphone department that I have to come here to buy phone related instruments quite often :-(

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a visit ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy Telephone Department that I have to come here quiet often to buy phone related instruments  😦

One of the busiest rail bridge!

One of the busiest rail bridge!

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee's Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It's situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee’s Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It’s situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

This Hanumanji's temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad :-) Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad :P

This Hanumanji’s temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad 🙂 Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad 😛

Cute Street At Rambagh!

Cute Street At Rambagh!

It's a place which gives rise to new doctors :P :P :P

It’s a place which gives rise to new doctors 😛 😛 😛

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt?  :P :P

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt? 😛 😛

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. " Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process."

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. ” Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process.”

 

Roads teach you a lot!

Roads teach you a lot!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaj with Lord Rama...However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers :P ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu's incarnation,  would always remain one of the most significant moment in the history of Prayag!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaja with Lord Rama…However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers 😛 ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu’s incarnation, with Rishi Bharadwaja would always remain one of the most significant moments in the history of Prayag!

 

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi :-)

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi 🙂

That's the ancestral home of India's first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That's why visitors never miss this place :-)

That’s the ancestral home of India’s first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That’s why visitors never miss this place 🙂

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a  famous planetarium.

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a famous planetarium.

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy  has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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Reference:

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Recent Write-Ups Which Appeared In Blogosphere As Well As In Mainstream Media!

It’s quite a strenuous affair to be sandwiched between demands of social media and mainstream media. Both the mediums in our times have attained new heights. However, it’s a great accomplishment if a writer/journalist is getting sufficient space in both the mediums at the same time. Fortunately, my writings managed to appear in mainstream publications without much canvassing on my part. I never had to heed to confrontational attitude to convince the editors from mainstream media to understand the relevance of writings which had first appeared in virtual world. 

That’s because before I moved to virtual world I had already found space as Writer/Contributor/Freelancer/Letter Columnist in all leading national and International publications which include Time, Newsweek, The Hindu, The Telegraph, The Statesman, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, India Today, Outlook, The Week, Harmony, The Sunday Indian, Hardnews, Critique, Tehelka, Northern India Patrika and Soham, to name a few. Today when I have primarily got confined to virtual space, the write-ups still appear in Northern India Patrika- a leading newspaper published from Allahabad. It’s one of the oldest newspapers published in India, being sister publication of now defunct Amrit Bazar Patrika (Kolkata) which had started in 1868.

Recent write-ups which appeared in mainstream media:

1.  Vishal Bhardwaj: A Genuine Music Composer In Times When Indian Music Directors Have Become Copycats

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 08, 2014.

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 08, 2013.

2. Unleashing Magic Of “Triple S” Of Indian Cinema: Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni and Shailendra!

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 22, 2013

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 22, 2013

3. Rape Allegation That Led To Suicide of Kurshid Anwar: A Resounding Slap On The Face Of Media!

Appeared in Northern India Patrika's Editorial Column On January 07, 2014.

Appeared in Northern India Patrika’s Editorial Column On January 07, 2014.

4. Swami Vivekananda: A Spiritual Powerhouse Who Really Understood The Potential Of Youths!

Appeared in Northern India Patrika's Editorial Column On January 18, 2014.

Appeared in Northern India Patrika’s Editorial Column On January 18, 2014.

5.  News Item Related With Speech I Gave In Allahabad On January 12, 2014, At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College.

News Related With Speech I Delivered As A Guest Speaker In An Event Organized At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College To Celebrate The Birth Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda. It's The Same Venue  Where Couple Of Days Back President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Addressed The Gathering Of Students!

News Related With Speech I Delivered As A Guest Speaker In An Event Organized At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College To Celebrate The Birth Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda. It’s The Same Venue Where Couple Of Days Back President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Addressed The Gathering Of Students! This News Item Appeared In Northern India Patrika On January 13, 2014.

5. The Times Of India’s News Coverage

The Times Of India News Item Related With Speech I Delivered.

The Times Of India News Item Related With Speech I Delivered. This News Item Appeared On January 21,2014

6. That’s Myself Giving Speech At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College On January 12, 2014.

Giving Speech In Allahabad Is A Great Feeling. After All, It's A Place Associated With Great Thinkers, Intellectuals And Writers!  I Gave The Speech At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College On January12, 2014. That's The Same Venue Where President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Also Delivered The Speech Some Days Back.

Giving Speech In Allahabad Is A Great Feeling. After All, It’s A Place Associated With Great Thinkers, Intellectuals And Writers! I Gave The Speech At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College On January12, 2014. That’s The Same Venue Where President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Also Delivered A  Speech Some Days Back.

 

 

 

Fighting For The Rights Of Men Can Also Bring Honours!

 

Author Of This Blog Post Being Awarded At Men's Rights  Conference Held In August, 2013, in Nagpur.

Author Of This Blog Post Being Hnoured At Men’s Rights Conference Held In August, 2013, in Nagpur.

A High Court lawyer Arvind Kumar Pandey was felicitated by a section of lawyers for receiving an award at fifth National Men’s Rights Conference held in Nagpur recently, for outstanding contribution in championing the cause of men in national and International arena, during a programme organized at Indian Coffee House on Saturday.

Addressing the lawyers, Arvind Kumar Pandey said, “Biased criminal laws have spoiled the lives of many men charged under the Dowry Act. The laws like Domestic Violence Act, IPC 498 a, and Maintenance Act, to name a few are heavily tilted in favour of women and have done more harm than producing good effects.”

The Men’s Rights National conference, held at Pench Tiger Reserve in Nagpur was attended by more than 150 men’s rights activists, who represented 40,000 activists spread across India and other parts of the globe.

This year’s national conference was held under the aegis of Nagpur Chapter of Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), now being run by Rajesh Vakharia. Few prominent International Men’s Rights Associations like Marital Justice from United Kingdom and INSAAF from USA besides Men’s Rights activists from Germany, Singapore, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Middle East, Japan and Russia also attended the conference.

Informing about the resolutions passed at fifth Men’s Rights conference Arvind Kumar Pandey, who attended the conference as a writer and blogger said, “The first resolution was aimed at formation of Men’s Welfare Ministry while the next resolution aimed at reducing the number of men involved in hazardous professions and another important resolution dealt with creation of gender-neutral treatment in legal aspects. Recognition of the rights of fathers, making shared parenting necessary in wake of separation was another major demand made on the occasion. The activists were unanimous in rejecting the highly biased Marriage Law Amendment Bill, 2010, and demanded its roll back. Lastly, the need to make huge investment in areas of Men’s health was deeply felt.”

The felicitation ceremony at Coffee House, Allahabad, was attended by advocates including Neeraj Shukla, Sampanna Kumar Srivastava, Ashish Nigam, Satyadhar Dubey, Arvind Kushwaha, Pintu Jaiswal, Shubhranshu Pandey, Arun Prakash Srivastava, Mohit Kesarwani and few others.

 

A section of lawyers belonging to Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Felicitating Me At Historic Indian Coffee House in Allahabad...

A section of lawyers belonging to Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Felicitating Me At Historic Indian Coffee House in Allahabad…

Some More Pics From The Felicitation Held In Allahabad On August 27, 2013.

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The News Got Captured By Prominent Newspapers Like The Times of India..

The News Got Captured By Prominent Newspapers Like The Times of India..

Another Newspaper Published From Allahabad, Northern India Patrika, Also Published The News ....

Another Newspaper Published From Allahabad, Northern India Patrika, Also Published The News ….

Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Legal Correspondent, Did Not Hesitate To Offer Me This Bouquet :P

Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Legal Correspondent, Did Not Hesitate To Offer Me This Bouquet 😛

This Picture Is A Proof That We Also Came To Eat Something :P :P :P

This Picture Is A Proof That We Also Came To Eat Something 😛 😛 😛

The Entrance Of Historic Indian Coffee House In Allahabad. It's Associated With Leading Writers/Intellectuals Since 1950...

The Entrance Of Historic Indian Coffee House In Allahabad. It’s Associated With Leading Writers/Intellectuals Since 1950…

And That's Why It Has Become Necessary To Talk About Rights Of Men!!

And That’s Why It Has Become Necessary To Talk About Rights Of Men!!

References: 

This news item also got published in these two newspapers:

The Times Of India

Northern India Patrika

P.S. : Advocate Altaf Ahamad, practicing at District Court, Allahabad, also attended the felicitation ceremony held at Coffee House, Allahabad on August 27. His name failed to find mention in the news reports. I regret the error.

A Discussion On Future Of Journalism

What's The  Future Of Print Media?

What’s The Future Of Print Media?

Very recently, some of the writers and journalists furiously got involved in a discussion related with future of journalism on LinkedIn website. Most of us were of the opinion that arrival of newer mediums like Internet has hit hard practices related with old school of journalism. In my eye own eyes, the future doesn’t seem bright unless it prepares itself well to imbibe new changes. The old mindset must give way to better one in league with recent patterns. The problem is that journalists and media groups, belonging to previous generations, treat the rise of bloggers and citizen journalism as wrong phenomenon in the world of journalism. They are not   open to create a balance between the old forms of journalism with newer methods of news presentation. That does not seem to be the case since old heads continue to remain skeptical.

However, my main concern in the debate was related with the survival of people seriously involved in the field of journalism. It’s harsh reality that even after introduction of dynamic medium like Internet, the economic scenario for talented souls remains grim.   So if we are not paying them well, I wonder who would dare to be methodical and research oriented? Who would really bother to add new dimensions in the qualitative standards? So my point of view is that let’s not only provide these new methods appropriate space but also ensure that financially they enjoy a stable position, if not strong.

That’s what some of us said on the prestigious   “Online  Reporters And Editors” forum.

Arvind K.Pandey, Writer/Freelancer, Allahabad, India:   

“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.” (Thomas Hardy) The future is surely bright, only if journalists learn to maintain pace with changes taking place in the world of news and views! Sadly, we waste our precious time in mindless criticism of the recent trends, unleashed by the intervention of Internet. And why are we not discussing about the exploitation of journalists? They are paid so less by the media houses even as they come to deliver quality reports in short time. In fact, reporters, belonging to both online and print section, are the most harassed lot in term of monetary benefits. For media houses, it appears such a pathetic situation means nothing as they have kept deepening the insecurities in media sector.

How can future be bright when there is a sword hanging over your head in terms of job security? 

One should not forget that journalists working for NYT, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel and etc. are the ones exhibiting high journalistic standards! Yet they compromise with truth, and give way to biases of all sorts! Against this backdrop, when we start hating new alternatives, the future of journalism becomes more complicated and grave.

Paul Ivice, Writing Coach And Editor For Freelancers, Palm City, Florida, USA:


Arvind, the fact that you mention Fox News Channel in the same breath with the others indicates that you lack an understanding of both high journalistic standards and the way that media people can insert bias into their reporting, because FNC has taken biased reporting to an entirely new and shameful level.

Arvind K.Pandey, Writer/Freelancer, Allahabad, India:

@ Paul

I have taken note of the situation from Indian eyes! The subtle difference that you highlight is not of much importance to me just the way difference between Star TV India’s approach and Zee TV’s approach remains unnoticed by you, and, above all, is not of much importance to you unless you are based in India! And yes, you missed something very important. When I placed all of them in one category, it was to show that even when trained journalists from old school of journalism are involved the chances are high that news reports could be biased, twisted and incomplete. If that’s the case, there is little merit in condemning people belonging to new forms of news presentation.

Paul Ivice, Writing Coach And Editor For Freelancers, Palm City, Florida, USA:

@Arvind

I am familiar with neither Star TV nor Zee TV in Indian, but if you say the difference between them is subtle, then you have no clue about the difference between Fox News Channel and almost every other mainstream media outlet in the USA, biased or not.

Arvind K.Pandey, Writer/Freelancer, Allahabad, India:

@Paul

The operative part of my comment is not my so-called ignorance about US media. The question that really matters is that how come trained journalist having faith in objectivity, accuracy and other fine values created such a mess of extraordinary type, which has compelled all of us to discuss the future of journalism? It’s their biases and partisan approach, which eroded the faith of readers/viewers in print media/news channels.

Simon Morice, Media Production,Southampton, United Kingdom:

The truth, Arvind, is that news journalism is expensive, and unless it has the luxury of a hands off sponsor then the power of ownership will influence it. There is a wider context and this is no new development. In the dying days of the nineteenth century, Adolph Ochs purchased an ailing New York Times. He turned it around on the strength of great journalism and producing ‘All the news that’s fit to print’. People would happily pay for good, not just sensational, information about human affairs. And advertising revenues followed too. The NYT went on to achieve preeminence in the world beyond New York, and other papers copied its example. 

But then the news, which had honestly monitored and spoken to power for so long became power itself. Advertising revenue began to exceed that which was derived from serving its audience with integrity and excellent journalism. The audience became a market, a conflict was born between fiduciary responsibility and integrity, the newsroom and marketing department began sharing elevators – and the mess which you perceive was made – all over again. 

Recently, we have seen the rise of Al Jazeera as, probably, the world’s most respected news organisation. In the same epoch, the leadership aspirations of both the NYT and the Guardian appear to hark back to the values of great journalism. But while Al Jazeera may depend on the stringless resources of Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Guardian and the New York Times must trade their way to the high ground again. Audiences and journalists alike live in an interregnum of chaos.

Paul Ivice, Writing Coach And Editor For Freelancers, Palm City, Florida, USA:

Arvind, the “mess” you refer to is almost entirely attributed to electronic media’s pursuit of the almighty dollar, though with some exceptions I don’t consider electronic media to be journalists as much as entertainers. What biases show up in the reporting of print media, I think, resulted mostly from their misguided effort to pander to the same nitwits among the populace who think a combination of celebrity news and opinion is journalism. It is an unfortunate path that is taken when profits outweigh principle.

Some hate the rise  of newer alternatives!

Some hate the rise of newer alternatives!

Reference:

Online  Reporters And Editors

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मुझसा अंग्रेजी का लेखक हिंदी में क्यों लिखता है जी?

 

हिंदी से गहरा प्रेम बचपन सें है

हिंदी से गहरा प्रेम बचपन सें है


हिंदी से गहरा प्रेम बचपन सें है, संस्कृत और उर्दू से भी है. आप मेरे ब्लाग पर फिर से जाए तो ये सही है अंग्रेजी में अधिकतर लेख है क्योकि मुख्यतः वो अंग्रेजी लेखो के लिए बना है एक अंग्रेजी के लेखक के रोल निर्वाहन के कारण. हिंदी में लिखना प्रारंभ  इसी हिंदी प्रेम और हिंदी सेवा के खातिर किया. इस के लिए अंग्रेजी के मंचो पर भी विद्वान् लोगो से काफी बहस की. तो बात साफ़ है अंग्रेजी का लेखक होने के बाद भी, समयाभाव होते हुए भी हिंदी में लेख अंग्रेजी के ब्लाग पर लिख ले रहा हूँ,  या ऐसे मंचो पे हिंदी लेख पोस्ट कर देता हूँ जहाँ हिंदी पर कुछ कहने सुनने पर प्रतिबन्ध है तो किसी को मेरे हिंदी प्रेम पर कोई  शक-सुबहा नहीं होना चाहिए. ये जानकर आपको आश्चर्य होगा किसी अंग्रेजी फोरम पे जहा हिंदी पे  पाबन्दी  थी उसी  मंच पर इन्टरनेट जगत में हिंदी के राष्ट्रभाषा सम्बन्धी सवाल पर एक सबसे लम्बी बहस का आयोजन किया. लिहाजा यथाशक्ति  मेरी  तरफ से जो हो सकता है वो मेरी तरफ से हो रहा है जबकि ना मेरे पास आर्थिक बल है और ना ही संसाधन. मेरे बहुत से लेखो का लोगो ने जब हिंदी अनुवाद चाहा मैंने उन्हें उपलब्ध करा दिया. कितने हिंदी के पत्रकार बंधुओ के पास  अपने ही अंग्रेजी लेख का अपना ही किया अनुवाद पड़ा  है जो उनके आग्रह पर मैंने उनको दिया है. अब देखिये आपके ये हिंदी मित्र कब तक इसे पब्लिश कर हरियाली फैलाते है!      

लेकिन इसके बाद भी मै रहूँगा अंग्रेजी का लेखक ही. उसके कई कारण है. एक तो हिंदी जगत में व्याप्त  गन्दी राजनीति जिससें मुझे घिन्न आती  है.  एक लेखक होने के नाते मुझे लिखने में दिलचस्पी है  ना कि राजनीति में जिसका हिंदी जगत से बड़ा गहरा याराना है. राजनीति मै बेहतर कर सकता हूँ पर तब लिखने के लिए समय कहा मिलेगा? खैर जो सबसे बड़ा कारण है वो आपकी व्यापक पहचान. अंग्रेजी में ना लिखता तो शायद विभिन्न देशों में मुझे इतने प्रतिभवान लेखको, मित्रो का प्रेम मुझे ना मिलता. अंग्रेजी में लिखने का सबसे बड़ा फायदा ये है कि अनुवाद का भय खत्म हो जाता है क्योकि अनुवादित होते ही साहित्य रसहीन हो जाता है ऐसा मेरा मानना है. अनुवादित चीज़े मै केवल मजबूरी में पढता हूँ. सो मेरे साथ ये तो भय नहीं ना रहा कि अपनी बात सही सही लोगो तक पहुच रही है कि नहीं. किसी की इस बात से मै इत्तेफाक मै नहीं रखता कि मेरे लेखो के विषय देश काल से बाधित है. फिर से देखे मेरे लेख और आपको उसमे ग्लोबल मिलेगा लोकल की बाहें  थामे.

ये बात भी महत्त्वपूर्ण है कि नीति निर्माता चाहे लोकल स्तर पे हो या ग्लोबल स्तर पर हगते मूतते कैसे भी हो पर समझते अंग्रेजी में ही है. सो जब तक आप इनसे अंग्रेजी में बकैती नहीं करेंगे तब तक ये आप की बात समझने से रहे. ये भी जानना उचित रहेगा कि अंग्रेजी मातृभाषा ना होने के कारण भाव के सम्प्रेषण के लिए कम से कम मेरे लिए तो बहुत सही नहीं लगती और भाषा की शुद्धता को ऊँचे स्तर तक ले जाने के बाद भी भाषा  सम्बन्धी गलतियां रह जाती है. इसके बाद भी मुझे बहुत स्नेह मिला है विदेशी भूमि पर गुणीजन लोगो के द्वारा. और ऐसा भी नहीं कि यहाँ राजनीति नहीं हुई. जम के हुई, मेरा विरोध हुआ, भाषा प्रयोग पर कुछ वर्ग विशेष की तरफ से आपत्ति हुई, सम्मान देने के बाद मेरे साईट को ब्लाक करने जैसी अपमानजनक बाते हुई पर ईश्वर की कृपा से पूर्व में अच्छा काम इतना हो चुका था कि मेरी छवि  को कुछ नुकसान नहीं पंहुचा. खैर ये सब तो लेखन जगत में आम बात है. मैंने जब डेढ़ दशक पहले लिखना शुरू किया तभी देशी विदेश अखबारों मैग्जीनो में छप चुका था, अच्छे विदेशी संपादको और लेखको से काफी विचार विमर्श कर चुका था, जिसमे जेरेमी सीब्रुक (द स्टेट्समैन, कलकत्ता से सम्बंधित स्तंभकार), रामचंद्र गुहा( द टेलीग्राफ, कलकत्ता) और बिल किर्कमैन ( द हिन्दू, मद्रास) कुछ उल्लेखनीय नाम है  इसलिए जब ऑनलाइन हुआ तब ऐसी सतही बातो का मुझ पर कोई ख़ास असर नहीं हुआ. हाँ थोड़ी तकलीफ जरूर हुई.

अब  इतना  आगे बढ़ चुका हूँ कि पीछे देखनें का कोई मतलब नहीं. अंग्रेजी में लिखना सहज और मधुर लगता है अब.  मेरी हिंदी सेवा वाली बात से आप सब निश्चिंत रहे. हिंदी के लिए काम करने वाले सरकारी अफसरों से हम संसाधन विहीन अंग्रेजी के लेखक बेहतर काम कर रहे है बिना नाम-वाम के मोह या मुद्रा के लालच में पड़े. चलते चलते राज की बात सुनते चले कि ईमानदार हिंदी या अंग्रेजी बुद्धिजीवी लेखक कम से कम एक मामले में बराबर है: इनको ढंग का पैसा ना तो हिंदी के प्रकाशक देते है और ना ही अंग्रेजी जगत के प्रकाशक!

हिंदी के लिए काम करने वाले सरकारी अफसरों से हम संसाधन विहीन अंग्रेजी के लेखक बेहतर काम कर रहे है

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The journalistic fraternity should learn to truly honour the bloggers

Traditional Media vs Blogosphere

Traditional Media vs Blogosphere

Well, it appears emergence of bloggers have really unsettled journalists and media groups. I say so because they love to indulge in snide insinuations about the bloggers, which speak volume about their insecurities. I had been part of journalistic fraternity and, therefore, know quite well about the type of work done inside newspaper office. I agree that journalists follow a refined work culture, which lays stress on “accuracy, a critical sense, balance “and divergent view-points.  However, it’s really tough to understand how come presence of certain aspects in one circle leads to absence of same aspects in other circle following a different modus operandi? It really defies logic that while highlighting the good features of traditional media, it’s been assumed that media in its new avatara (emergence of blogosphere) lacks credibility and substance. 

The truth is that bloggers have emerged as better alternative because traditional media betrayed the faith imposed on them by the readers. It’s now very clear that newspapers/electronic media take stand according to their political affiliations. Most news is now sponsored news. And that’s the reason why bloggers emerged on the surface. You cannot fool all the people all the time. Okay, the journalists are taking total care of language errors, factual accuracy and etc. but these are of little use if the end product is flawed one! I think none of the gentlemen participating in the debate came to throw light on the unholy nexus between journalists, politicians and business tycoons. True,  great power is always in tandem with great responsibility and I am pretty sure that bloggers would learn all the tricks necessary to present news items in better way. In fact, they have already done some wonderful work. It’s now undeniable that citizens have finally found a medium to express views close to the reality. Or else, they were left at the mercy of big media brands who offered only half truths in name of truth! 

Anyway, when I appreciate the good work done by the bloggers, I do not assume (like my friends in newspaper world) that everything is wrong about the traditional media and people associated with them. They have certainly set good precedents. But my main worry is that will the bloggers be able to keep themselves above the flaws found in traditional media landscape? Will they be able to use in fair way privileges enjoyed by them? Or will they become monkey with a razor blade? Let’s leave it on time. In the end, I must inform my friends that in many countries, including India, new IT laws have been introduced to make bloggers more responsible.  In other words, they are being tamed in name of acting with responsibility.    

 

 If bloggers have still to learn a lot from journalists, if they are still novice and if they are still inexperienced I wish to know why all prominent magazines, newspapers, websites and web editions of prominent magazines are placing views of bloggers side-by-side views of their own writers/journalists on important pages? In India nearly all news papers have either introduced regular columns for bloggers or they are borrowing articles from them. If bloggers or blogging still lack required credibility, I wish to know why many journalists have become bloggers?  Why are they playing the role of blogger? Why blog columns have been introduced by prominent magazines like Time, Newsweek, New York Times and etc.? 

Lastly, it really sounds ludicrous when I notice that veteran journalists speak aloud about superiority of their ilk only because they have received certain training and they have got few qualifications. That gives them right not to acknowledge the traces of good writer and journalist in a person who did not become like them but instead became a blogger! In other words, if one becomes a blogger one loses the right to emerge as person of substance; after all, how dare one wrote beautiful articles, prepared brilliant news reports without qualification and training! This rigid insistence is a weak (and shrewd as well) attempt to maintain their superiority complex and monopoly, which in any case is destined to be crashed in new scenario that has emerged.  

Anyway, I am just trying to establish that qualifications and training are not the only or ultimate parameter to measure the worth of a blogger. The ultimate parameter is the qualitative output a blogger delivers even as the blogger is devoid of critical resources, key infrastructure, financial gain and reward. On the contrary, a journalist enjoys all this advantages. The blogger, on the other hand, is most of time, a selfless crusader. So it really hurts that instead of being honoured, the blogger’s good work is ignored citing absence of training/qualification. I wish to know will they dare to dismiss the greatest  performances of many actors, singers, sportsmen and businessmen, to name a few,  only because they did all that not with help of  training and qualification but  with help of  natural talent provided by the almighty Lord? Will the future generations refuse to acknowledge their worth only because they did not attend Business College, Acting College, Fine Arts College and etc? Please think over it carefully.     

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No need for a blogger to be like a journalist

The difference between blogger and journalist should exist

The difference between blogger and journalist should exist

In one of the recent discussions on a prominent LinkedIn forum, some participants representing prestigious journalistic bodies were of the opinion that bloggers lack the expertise which is found in the journalists. They conveyed the impression that since journalists get trained at recognized school of journalism, they display a better critical sense, exhibit better style and react in more mature way. That makes them a greater and more respectable entity than a blogger. However, in my eyes, they missed an important aspect: Why should a blogger be interested in emerging as a good journalist?

It can be easily understood that rising importance of bloggers and their ever-increasing influence have unsettled their counterparts in journalistic circles. However, I am not interested in being at loggerheads with them. I am, at present, more interested in making bloggers aware of the fact that instead of aspiring to emerge as a good journalist, it’s time to acknowledge the uniqueness associated with blogging and how to use it well to do justice with critical issues.

The difference between them should exist even as both come to use similar method and approach while dealing with sensitive issues. The bloggers should not be coloured in the traits which has made journalism a profession instead of a mission! One cannot overlook the fact that journalists or editors having a developed critical sense often display biased approach while framing the perspective.

For instance, if one reads India related news items in reputed foreign magazines one would always notice prejudices of foreign correspondents. Still they boast of impartiality and transparency! The bloggers, more often than not, are free from external pressures to view the issue from a particular angle only. They are free to present the issue as it is. It’s another thing that being human they give way to prejudiced opinions.

I strongly dismiss the views which suggest that it’s necessary to be part of journalistic institution to emerge as a good writer or good journalist. The ability to write a perfect piece cannot be nurtured within journalistic institutions. A good news sense cannot be manufactured. In fact, it’s a recent trend to have a degree from journalistic institution. That’s one of the reasons why many journalistic institutions have come in origin in India, which are fooling the wannabe journalists.

Anyway, that’s not an attempt to ignore the role of good institutes but I am against any division based on this assumption that journalists are better since they have honed their skills at some institute. Bloggers, too, have their own share of unique experiences which cannot be overlooked only because they have not attended any journalistic institution!

Anyway, let the blogger set good precedents without the desire to emerge as a good journalist. After all, the bloggers have emerged as a better alternative to biased media. There is no need for them to copycat mannerism prevalent in the journalistic circles. The bloggers should aim to be better than journalists instead of being like them!

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Blogger: The Underdog Making Journalist Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Bloggers Are Journalists In A Different Way

Bloggers Are Journalists In A Different Way

Who is performing better in modern times–blogger or a journalist?  This question has become relevant in our times when bloggers have made their presence felt in a big way across the globe.  In our age when online publications are fast replacing print versions,  one needs to evaluate the role of bloggers with fresh perspective. The people belonging to world of traditional media treat bloggers with disdain even as we find that most reputed brands have given healthy space to bloggers on their editorial page.  It’s now commonplace to find bloggers contributing to newspaper columns on issues sensitive in nature.  However,  the sad reality is that people working in newspapers love to exhibit holier than thou attitude when contrasted with bloggers.

They find the role of bloggers not as reliable as journalists involved in print publication. In support of their viewpoint they cite their biased approach,  lack of accuracy,  lack of accountability,  lack of originality and lack of multiple sourcing. In my eyes,  since I am sandwiched in both the worlds, that’s a sweeping analysis.  It’s not true.  After all,  social media is comprised of people belonging to journalistic circles, academic institutions and prestigious forums. So how can these responsible people enter in malpractices on social media forums? And if they are doing that on social media platforms then it’s hard to believe that in reputed print publications they remained above corrupt practices!!

In fact,  social media enjoys terrific advantage over print media in a sense that contributors have the choice to present uncensored news by remaining above the biases of media houses and editors.  True,  a large number of are devoid of proper language and perfect style to convey their viewpoints but it’s presentation of facts and truth that really matters.  That sabotages the lies spread by enlightened souls associated with print world!

There is merit in allegations leveled by big names in print media that bloggers often present one-sided stories in absence of multiple sourcing and often news when put under microscope proves to be false.  I need to say that blogging in its nascent stage displayed such tendencies.  Over the years it has matured as far as presentation of stories is concerned,  shifting focus from details pertaining to one’s private life to cause-based blogging. Yes,  many bloggers still depict lack of responsibility and are bit lazy in searching for right facts but that’s not suffice to whitewash their genuine efforts.  Let’s not forget that how refined people in traditional media distorted the news items to serve vested interests.  If that’s the case what’s the point in undermining the sincere efforts of people related with social media? That’s one of the important reasons as why it has emerged as a powerful alternative to traditional media, which is now dying a slow death.

We have many evidences wherein sponsored journalism has wrecked havoc. It’s no secret that sensationalism and rush for “breaking news” has wiped out the ethical values in field of journalism making journalists behave more like professionals than people in search of truth! For instance reckless journalism, which made mockery of one’s privacy,  led to suicide of Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, the professor of Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University.  In other incident, a female teacher named Uma Khurana faced deep humiliation when a fake sting operation showed her involvement in sex racket.  Taking a look at the issue from a different angle, the emergence of people like Neera Radia who in name of media management influenced the making of news, made it clear that in days to come social media was about to emerge as perfect alternative to traditional media.

Bloggers Capturing The Globe

Bloggers Capturing The Globe

 

The rise of social media has not disappointed us considering the way it came to influence the happenings in big way in Egypt,Tunisia and Syria.  The footage of protests and police repression presented in uncensored way by the social media activists led to ouster of cruel regimes in these nations.   In fact,  it became the primary method in mobilizing protests.  Back in India,  it was because of brilliant role played by the Internet activists which ‘led to prosecution of police personnel involved in the midnight crackdown on yoga guru Ramdev and his supporters in June last year’.  

So we can see how these bloggers devoid of facilities,  enjoyed by journalists, protected the foundation of democracy.  Before undermining the bloggers one should not forget that they often do not enjoy privileges owned by journalists associated with media houses.  That makes it difficult for them to track the sources and get versions of influential sources involved in particular happening.

On the other hand, Wikileaks revelations confirmed the fears that we had about the Iraq War: It was based more on concocted grounds than true facts. The point is who provided legitimacy to lies spread by U S government if not traditional media? This suppression of truth was the result of traditional media being hand in glove with U S government.  Against this backdrop,  it leaves me really stunned that journalists associated with traditional media sill wish to be treated as holy cow-the icons of perfection,  accuracy, accountability and reliability.

I am not saying that bloggers are epitome of truth and perfection.  They, like their counterparts in field of journalism,  often churn out stories having facts blown out of proportion.  In fact,  the bloggers in India still behave, more or less, like a monkey with a razor blade. That because true facets of social media are still missing.  Internet is still luxury and those who have it use it more for the entertainment’s sake than using it to promote real issues.

However,  that’s one side of the story.  The Indian bloggers, despite being placed in wretched conditions,  are doing excellent work.  Often their works remain ignored but that does not deter them to post good stories one after another.  Doesn’t that speak volume about their spirit? After all, they do not receive fat salaries including perks like the journalists associated with big brands. They do not even get proper recognition. However,  they sill manage to hog the limelight with stunning portrayal of issues happening at local,  national and international level.

That’s why journalistic circle is trapped in insecurities of all sorts.  The rise of bloggers or social media has limited the monopoly enjoyed by the media houses. The social media is not only capable of presenting news earlier than anyone else but also capable of making  news reach to the people who really matter. No wonder the bloggers have bulldozed superiority complex traced in journalistic circles.

It’s understandable that bloggers need to act with more responsibility to emerge as more powerful medium.  However,  the governments across the globe have already started panicking.  The countries like India have immediately amended the IT laws to curb the influence of bloggers and social media activists.  In my eyes,  social media is not adversary of traditional media. It’s a new platform that deals with missing elements of any issue.  That means it act as complement to traditional media.  

Unfortunately, they are comprised of underdogs,  caught in conflicting situations.  Still they manage to highlight issues in notable manner.  In our world,  money is needed to sustain the spirit of excellence.  One expects standard performance from social media activists but nobody pays attention to their lack of resources,  lack of money.  At least,  stop entering in mindless criticism if you have nothing to offer them for their survival.  Let’s recognize the real worth of these champions of truth who are working day and night in selfless manner so that truth remains in our lives.

Social Media Landscape

Social Media Landscape

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Featured Blog Controversy: Why do we downsize and ignore the achievements of others?

Featured Blog Controversy:  Why do we downsize and ignore the achievments of others?

The issue is that my blog, Indowaves, which appears on site blog.co.uk is, more often than not, selected as featured blog or, for that matter, blog of the day or blog of the week whatever it is. That has irked some of the British bloggers. An old lady blogger posted an objectionable post about it, wherein many bloggers entered in defamatory remarks. I had to intervene with a clarification. Thank God, I came to know about the drama in time.

Now I know when you emerge victorious as person of achievements, you end up paying a heavy price. I love to maintain a low profile and so always try not to flaunt my achievements in a big way with celebrations etc. However, I am really taken aback by set of gestures which take my simplicity for granted. To be honest, I was always aware of the fact that making one’s presence felt in a strong way on prominent foreign websites means a lot but I never got carried away. Indeed, it’s no joke to gain a larger than life presence amidst group devoid of Indian community. However, I was least aware of such vituperous outbursts.

It’s shocking. It’s not the first time I am facing such a veiled attack. I have frequently intercepted such veiled attacks in my long blogging journey. I started my blogging journey from this very blog.co.uk site, which was then in its nascent stage like my blogging. Luckily, both of us managed to taste the sweet fruits of hard labour. However, there were many rough episodes as well. In the very beginning, the hard hitting topics infuriated the English people and they accused me of “screwing them day and night”. When this did not work, they started finding fault with my grammar. Like always I managed them to convince in a stronger way that author’s ideas are of greater importance than his/her grammar.The explanation worked wonders.The critics turned silent. Later, they again raised their head and this time they called me “racist”. Once again I had enough arguments to prove otherwise. The noise makers /mischief makers once again got marginalized.

Now look at this new drama. Instead of appreciating my efforts, they are trying to prove it “automated”, calling it random. It’s really hilarious to watch how achievements leads to severe heartburn in hearts of under achievers! Look at the paradox. One of the prominent critic in this conversation, who treats the “featured blog” as “random” is himself lamenting that he just couldn’t have the pleasure of seeing his blog in that column as he was in Germany that time. The women who has initiated the debate treats it as a “lottery” even as she is furious as to why she couldn’t hit the jackpot? Isn’t that proves how insecure have we become since we just cannot anticipate/digest the success of others in right spirit? It’s surprising that most of the critics are the freshers- ones who fade into oblivion within a year or two. Anyway, I wish them good luck for their long blogging journey.

Anyway, coming back to the featured blog controversy, the explanation offered by me compelled the so-called critics to give way to defensive mode with weak justification like it was mere a curiosity and no such jealousy or cheap insinuation were behind the publication of her post. However, a close reading of her post and the comments published is enough to present true picture of the subliminal message echoed by the post. The very tone of the post, the type of conversation generated in the comment box and the implications conveyed contribute considerably to the overall complexity that she is being dishonest when she suggests that her post is merely an attempt to analyze the criteria meant for the featured blogs.There is more to it than what meets the eye.

Featured Blog Controversy:  Why do we downsize and ignore the achievments of others?

The case is not that simple. It ’s quite apparent that real motive was to downsize the impact generated under the guise of ascertaining the criteria. Had that not been the case, the writer would dare not have implied on the basis incomplete details. For instance, if the writer is really ignorant about real factors, which make a blog attain the stature of featured blogs then how come she is so cocksure that selection is “random” or “automated” ? How come she ascribe the same reason in subtle way when she posts my article as an example? The impression she generates is that had the selection been a conscious one, the more deserving ones would find a place and not mine ones. Though she suggests in her comment that “researches” often delay the publication of post, it’s really frustrating that she just cannot realize this is the same reason which makes my posts gets delayed!

She states that there are many bloggers who are writing research oriented blogs daily but its mine and not theirs that are appearing in the featured section. Now look at her perverted pleasure. She expressed happiness that just after appearance of the post condemning selection made in the featured blog section her blog once again appeared in the featured blog column. Now it appears that “random” overnight turned into a respectable term, signifying merit. However, the day before, the very same selection process was flawed one. However, once her blog appeared, the automated gained a hallowed status! After all , she is a regular user in league with research oriented articles! Oh yes, she has coined one more parameter that only regular users should find a birth in featured section. Now one needs to ask her, what’s so amazing about posting daily that it should make the post find a place in featured blog section ? She boasts about research oriented articles but even a casual look at her articles will reveal the amount of research work done. The serious type of research work she boasts of is absolutely missing.

Even the most dull mind can see that her current post purportedly discussing criteria meant for featured blogs is in actuality is a veiled attack and a crude attempt to downsize the achievements. The harsh truth is that the discussion related with criteria is mere a facade. Was she sleeping till now that she didn’t came to notice the flaws ,if any, associated with the featured blogs? However,the moment she came to see my blog in the featured blog section for one more time, she all of a sudden gained realization that criteria fixed for featured blogs is flawed! All was right till I was not there. Only after my arrival the criteria became substandard. Interestingly , when I posted my comment there, the said lady gave the impression that she did a great favour by not deleting my comment. This very tone is missing when we find her virtually enjoying a casual remark that compares me in bad taste with another Indian blogger bearing somewhat the same name. At that moment, she never conveyed her displeasure to that blogger by stating that his personal remark would be deleted. However, she conveyed the same to me and others that she thought of deleting my comment. May I know why ?

Anyway,I must thank my admirers and supporters for acknowledging my worth in a right way. I must reiterate once again I am a simple person, who is merely interested in presenting thoughts that hit the mind and heart in a strong way. I am not carried away by loads of appreciation or depressed by waves of hatred. These are insignificant for me. However, the words of sincere admirers and critics shall always find a respectable place in my writing journey. They would continue to make me feel blissful, dejected and meditative!

Featured Blog Controversy:  Why do we downsize and ignore the achievments of others?

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Indowaves Amidst Britishers

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The Lady Blogger

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