“Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?” ― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
No nation can survive when its citizens are cynical. No nation can progress when its people look more of negative aspects rather than positive aspects. No democracy can survive when its press emphasizes negativity. Unfortunately, Indian press highlights more of negative news than the positive news resulting in readers focusing on negative aspects and developing negative thinking. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam highlighted the importance of media and implored Indian media to focus on positive aspects and progress rather than on negative aspects.
Presently people are easily carried away by negativity rather than positivity. With the advent of technology and social media, information gets spread quickly. People don’t find time to verify the information. They assume it to be accurate. Some people enjoy negative information than the positive information. Unfortunately, the information is spread on social media without verification. In fact, social media is a double-edged sword and it can be used either for good or bad. It can be used for constructive or destructive activities.
Due to the cutthroat competition in television channels and print media, the press often bombards the information without verification to create sensationalism. Minor things are flared up. At times innocent people get incited on insignificant issues. Some of the journalists of regional and local newspapers don’t have adequate education. They don’t emphasize ethics and etiquette. They publish the information without verification. It does no good for Indian democracy. India is the largest democracy in the world. Democracy stands on four pillars ― Judiciary (Supreme Court, High Court & Other Judicial centers), Legislature (Parliament & State Assemblies, etc), Executive (Government), and Press (Newspaper, Internet, Blogs & whatever which expresses people’s aspirations). No pillar must be weakened to ensure the success of democracy.
It is time Indian media highlighted positive aspects to inspire people to dream and achieve big. It must focus on progress and mould public opinion to nation’s development. It must play an instrumental role to ensure healthy dissent, discussion and dialogue for the prosperity of our nation.
Indians constantly look for inspirational leaders to dream and achieve big. Most of the Indians follow Swami Vivekananda and admire A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Hence, India needs more than one million Kalams to inspire more than one billion Indians.
Do Indians See the Glass as Half-Empty? There is a perception that we Indians are cynical. We see the glass as half-empty, not as half-full. We enjoy listening to negative things and talking about negative things. In August 2015, when the Chinese share market tumbled, Indian share market survived the onslaught. Indian economy is very strong and robust. Gone are the days when America catches cold the entire world sneezes. Entire world might sneeze, but India will not sneeze. We have strong economy which is a blend of both private and public sector. Although Indian democracy is not successful it survived many years despite several challenges. We have checks and balances that keep things moving forward successfully.
Indians have a unique mindset in the world. We Indians fight in the name of region, religion, caste, community and language which are often instigated by parochial politicians but we are still connected one emotionally. That is the beauty of India! That is the greatness of India! We Indians are highly emotional people on the earth. Conflicts arise at the drop of a hat but we do forgive and forget. Forgiveness is the hallmark of Indians!
We Indians must look at the positive side of life. We must focus on constructive activities, not destructive activities. Indian media highlights more of negative stories on the front pages, not the positive stories about India due to cutthroat competition. Indian media must play a crucial and constructive role to highlight both positive and negative stories to enable the people to enjoy the positive stories and address the negative stories to redress them.
There are many Indians doing well globally bringing laurels to our country. For instance, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Sathya Nadella of Microsoft and Sunder Pichai of Google have made Indians proud globally. Why don’t Indians do well at home? It seems something is wrong somewhere. We must set our house in order domestically. We must get out of our cynicism. We must look at the door that is opened, not the closed one. We must dream big and continue inspire ourselves to grow big globally. Jai Hind!