JNU Violence: Who’s The Real Culprit?
13 Feb 2020
There was a piece of disturbing news that came from JNU in Delhi. Masked men and women who were armed with sticks and stones, they beat students and teachers and vandalized property at the university. The mob also attacked a team of doctors and nurses that went to JNU to give first-aid to students and broke the windows of their ambulance. The attack has left 34 people injured.
The campus had been tense for a few months as one section of students had been protesting against the sharp increase in hostel fees by the university authorities.
Even if somebody disagrees with the ideology of JNU students or any other university, violence is not a solution. There should be no place for violence in a democratic and civilized society.
Who’s responsible for these attacks?
According to reports, a radical group has taken the responsibility for the violence that took place in JNU on the eve of 5th Jan. They could be behind this attack. But they are not the real culprits. The real ones are those who incited the violence. And we know them. Unfortunately, that’s the media.
When students were protesting at JNU, AMU, JMI, Jadavpur University, Hyderabad University, etc, a certain section of the television news channels during their Prime Time show at 9 PM every night, would call these students anti-nationals, part of Tukde-Tukde gang and what not. These statements made by television journalists leave a deep impact on people. They think that whatever the TV anchor is saying is correct and inturn takes drastic steps.
The Need of the Hour
The job of the media is to portray facts, present both sides of the picture and remain neutral. The media should not act as a jury and decide who is a nationalist and who’s an anti-national. These actions of media instigate people which lead them to the path of violence.
There are MEDIA ETHICS that every media person and organizations need to follow. But, unfortunately, most of the media persons and organizations neglect them because of which media is losing its integrity as the fourth pillar of democracy.