For the last one-month the Indian media has been harping about the so-called racist attacks on Indians in Australia. During TV debates we could hear words like “White Taliban” being used to refer to Australians. Even harsher languages have been used in newspaper editorials.
But three of the most highly publicised incidents of so-called race attacks have now been proven to have very little to do with race or with the local Australian population. Investigation by Australian police has shown that in two of the murders, people of Indian origin were involved. In the third case, where an Indian’s vehicle was allegedly torched by “racist Australian youths”, it has now been found that it was simple case of insurance fraud. The Indian himself set fire to his vehicle to claim money from insurance companies.
So is the Indian media, newspapers and TV channels, going to apologize for unjustly branding the entire Australian continent as racist? I don't think so. It is time our media got its act together, because if they continue to dish out false propaganda in name of news, then readers are going loose faith in these outlets and move to the Internet to find their quota of news.
These days I am even thinking of discontinuing the two newspapers that I get. I thing the Internet poses as a better avenue of getting latest news. I am really tired of the xenophobia that is being dished out in Indian media these days. These so-called journalists need to tone down the rhetoric and develop a degree of respect for their readers. Otherwise they risk loosing readers.