Western media’s vile propaganda against India and Narendra Modi

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Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party, Jawaharlal Nehru, BJP

India, the largest and oldest democracy in the world is insane and cruel hostility and vile propaganda run by a section of the Western media. Unfortunately, key-target of those Western media are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In April, prior to ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Britain’s leading newspaper The Guardian published an editorial titled ‘Fixing a win by outlawing dissent damages democracy’, where it said, “The world’s largest elections begin this weekend in India, amid claims that the race to lead the country has already been won. If Narendra Modi were to secure a third term with a big parliamentary majority, his achievement would match that of the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Whatever the outcome, the loser has been Indian democracy. Unlike Mr. Nehru, who anonymously criticized his own leadership, Mr. Modi has little time for his opponents.

“Democracies run best when there is a contest of ideas and equal treatment of citizens in everyday administration. These are in short supply in Modi’s India. The main opposition Congress party found its bank accounts frozen. It can’t be a coincidence that all the leading Indian politicians arrested by enforcement and tax authorities belong to the opposition and none to the ruling party. Weaponizing India’s prosecutorial apparatus seems unnecessary, as Mr. Modi can massively outspend his rivals. Since 2018, Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party has received about £1.25 bn from wealthy donors, more than all other political parties combined”.

After reading this editorial, anyone can understand the ulterior agenda of the British daily. It wanted to achieve two goals with a single shot – spread dirt on India’s democracy and portray Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a cruel dictator. For British and Western media, such attempts are nothing new. For years, there has been continuous propaganda targeting Mr. Modi and BJP. And of course, it is not difficult to understand, Indian National Congress has been behind such anti-India propaganda. Rahul Gandhi has been doing this through his PR agencies in the West.

Countering this editorial, Chris Blackburn wrote in Daily Express wrote, The Guardian’s recent editorial on India’s general election clearly indicates a bias, stating: “Indian voters ought to think hard about giving Narendra Modi another popular mandate”.

He further wrote:

Editorials of this nature hinder the work of foreign press in India.

Collectively, foreign correspondents should express their concerns to The Guardian – asking them to refrain from biased reporting. Tell them to put a sock in it.

Access and privilege further complicate coverage, as Western journalists may struggle to connect with grassroots communities or understand the realities of everyday Indians.

This disconnect can lead to a distorted representation of socio-economic issues, overlooking marginalized voices. Amidst these challenges, journalistic integrity remains paramount.

Fact-checking, verifying information from multiple perspectives, and challenging biases are essential practices. Journalists must prioritize factual accuracy over sensationalism and engage with data rather than political theatrics.

Although Chris Blackburn has demanded fact-checking and verifying information prior to publishing anything, it may not be expected from the Western press, particularly when their actions are agenda-driven and influenced by mighty PR agencies and other untold or unseen reasons. While India is continuing to make significant progress in socio-economic fields under the leadership of Narendra Modi, his arch rivals – including Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and others won’t stop from attacking Mr. Modi, BJP and India as well. Their agenda is to portray India as a rogue nation with fake democracy. Although such actions are seditious, we may not expect better from this corrupt conglomerate of Congress and its INDIA alliance.

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