There was a time in India, when the British ruled the nation. They ruled India for 150 years. A handful of British ruled the entire huge nation for such a long time. It seems impossible that such few people had a hold over such a large population. You know what their strategy was which gave them a hold on us Indians? “Divide and rule” Eventually we Indians fought back for freedom and today we are an Independent country.

The thing is, this Independence, isn’t proving to be a total piece of cake. Somewhere down the line, we are paying the price of being Indian.

The Congress Party ruled this nation for majority of the years post Independence. I am not denying good things done by them, but the corruption levels, the amount of scams and crimes done by members of their party would put even criminals to shame!

The BJP led Modi government came into power  2 years back. The people who’s pockets were being filled due to the Congress government when it was in power, had huge problems against the Modi government. Yes, the BJP led government isn’t a miracle who will solve all our problems, but it is still a very good option for India.

Today, India is battling a large number of problems. Poverty, illiteracy, Female foeticide, superstitions and much more.

Amid all of these grave problems, there seems to be a new set of problems. India has always been

known as a peaceful country where all religions, casts and sects co-exist peacefully. It still is the peaceful nation, but somewhere, we’ve lost faith in oursevles.

Today, we see a biased- “Paid media” who are called “presstitutes” dominate the news scenario in India. The media houses are being paid to show case what the political parties not in power want and brainwash people into thinking absolutely bizarre things.
There is a trend of highlighting or hyping only the negative aspects of any story or news. Why? because “Negative Sells” and each of them compete against each other on who highlights the negative and the bad more better than the other.

There is a lot of bias today with regards to certain religions and cultures. Today being a nationalist means slamming our own culture and tradition and blind worshiping fake trends and cultures. Ridiculous!

The nation is divided into Religious fanatics. We have Anti-Hindus, Anti-Muslims, Anti- Catholics and god knows who else! ‘Pseudo intellectuals’ who don’t really know the truth bias their views, slamming social workers and spiritual leaders.

Everyone wants peace,we all want to be happy and that’s what every religion and culture preach and teach- Peace, Love and Harmony are the basis of all religions.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of brainwashed terrorists killing people because they feel they will go to heaven after doing so, a lot of politicians out there with their own selfish agendas dividing people on the basis of cast, religion and sect, so that they gain support from a particular group and win.

In fact, they are applying the “Divide and Rule” policy again in India and gaining benefit from it. Creating prejudices in the minds of people, against each other, so that the pride of some group or sect is hurt and they benefit in the end.

The media is absolutely delighted at all of this and reaps it’s benefits by hanging on to and harping and thriving on such negative things and blowing them out of proportion.

A recent example which I can state is of the World Cultural Festival in India by the spiritual organization – The Art Of Living. It was a historic moment in time and people from over 155 countries had come to celebrate peace and unity and showcase themselves as one irrespective of their caste, religion, culture and sect.

Even then, a lot of false propaganda and negativity was spread in Indian media, while the foreign media showed the event in a positive light.

The Grand stage & celebrations of The World Cultural Festival

The Art of Living NGO has been working tirelessly and relentlessly for 35 years under the guidance of Sri Sri Ravishankarji and has provided relief and stress busting techniques to millions around the world. None of this, however, has been covered by Indian media. Of course, it’s something positive isn’t it? Why should they spread it then??

As a writer, I wanted to pursue journalism before I took to blogging and became a physiotherapist. Seeing the scenario in Indian journalism, I am honestly thankful I am not just another paid media slave digging out for negativity and blowing it out of proportion. I don’t really trust everything they show on television or print in the newspapers or spread on the internet. I am not generalizing that all news is blown out of proportion, or highlighted wrongly, but I am just cautious enough to not blindly trust news houses.

A certain section in this country thrives on negativity, prejudices and political agendas and power games; and there I thought Pride and Prejudice a romantic novel was all rosy and cute! haha!

I also know that a certain section of reporters and media are striving to bring the truth to us. Like I said, I am not generalizing. Sadly, such people are lesser in number than the media who are falling prey to parties with vested interests and selfish agendas.

I think it is up to the common  people’s rationale to think twice before reacting to news and situations. I really do not know where we are heading if we continue being brainwashed into fighting with each other and bashing each other all the time.

Dear Indians, I feel we are much more beyond these silly games and can rise above issues which create a rift between us and divide us.. Let’s not lose faith in ourselves. We are a great nation. We are not perfect, but I am sure we can strive to be! Together, with Unity!

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