Some in the western media have had an issue with more traditional Indian outfits – the saree, the kurta, the dhoti and seem to link it to rise of Indian nationalism sparked by the present government. Such western media and possibly the corporate interests they represent – seem to be upset that their plan to see “luxury brands from countries become popular with India’s booming middle class and youthful population” – which they acknowledge to be the world’s largest” DID NOT MATERIALIZE.
Why so – due to the “make in India” campaign, to Indianize Indian fashion, to make our Indian dresses part of the traditional dress code for government officials and politicians, a push to promote Indian culture and all this would promote employment both directly and indirectly. AND INSTILL PRIDE IN INDIANNESS… few Indians would argue with such logic.
Source: The NY Times
- 18 May 2018
Raghuram Rajan the Reserve Bank of India Governor quit and is not seeking a second term. Most western media is shocked… so be it, they don’t run India, the Indian government does. There support is all the more good reasons that Rajan has left the scene, as some of the serious criticisms about Rajan was that he was not supportive of the Indian Government policies and possibly working against it, and helping the success of western countries. While being an employee of the government, he took it upon himself to be critical of this government in the political arena, but when some highly vocal voices were critical of his policies, it appears that he might not have been able to handle it. Let us not forget that India is endowed with great bankers and intellectuals, and as much as the English and Western media may have you believe, the Indian economy is much much stronger and bigger than any one whomever that may be.
- 20 Jun 2016
Strange are our ways. For Mahatma Gandhi, a Mahatma, but there is no shortage of critics against him, and no apology is demanded from his critics. Various sections including Dalits repeatedly abuse and critique Gandhi and they don’t get ridiculed. However, when it comes to Mother Teresa, it seems like you cannot criticize Mother Teresa? If one does, you are termed communal. The Loksatta editor, had to apologize for publishing an editorial critical of sainthood for Mother Teresa (so much for free speech)? Arguably, there is much been written about the baggage, lack of transparency, and deeds (or maybe “misdeeds”) surrounding Mother Teresa. Should we not let this be examined in public?
- 23 Mar 2016
The so called reputable western news sources such as BBC news, New York Times, The Economist and The Guardian (and many like them) seem to go to any extent to produce very negative and derogatory news and films on India. Even on more mundane matters, they twist the story to suit their agenda such as when Pakistani terrorists attack India or on Gujarat riots. So called prominent writers like Pankaj Mishra, Arundhati Roy and Amartya Sen have long dominated the narrative on India as they have been either used by the west or allowed themselves to be used for personal benefit. Many Indian origin writers indulged in India-bashing to only promote their own careers but not done anything to improve the relationship with western countries. So, as Professor Vamsi Juluri says, India needs to develop a strong media force to promote the country’s interests, else we would be subject to even more discrimination like the new $10,000 H1-B visa fees just imposed. Can that be a new year resolution for several of us?
Source: Times of India
- 4 Jan 2016