Wednesday December 13, 2017

Is it right to call Narada Muni the world’s first journalist?

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By Gaurav Sharma

At a time when the brand of journalism being practiced today is increasingly raising eyebrows, it would be pertinent to trace the roots of the fourth pillar of democracy in Hindu mythology.

You might be wondering how Narada Muni has got anything to do with journalism.

Well, that is because the nationalists, particularly the Sangh (RSS), have been celebrating Narada Jayanti as Journalism Day for several years now.

Strangely, the Press Freedom Day almost coincides with the birth of the ancient rishi (sage) Narada, the day  celebrated as Narada Jayanti  among Hindus.

In Indian mythology, Narada is visualized as the first journalist, the primary source of information among Gods. The RSS in its paper, Organiser, advises journalists to practice their profession in accordance with the principles of Narada.

J Nandkumar, the assistant publicity head of the RSS, while citing the fifth chapter of Mahabharata Sabhaparwa, says in his publication, “Narada was considered to be the first reporter or journalist of the whole universe. He knew the crux of journalism. His mastery over journalism and expertise in communication was shown when he gave tips to Yudhishtira on governance.”

Referring to the importance stressed by Narada on transparent and fair news broadcasting, Nandkumar adds, “At another occasion he told Yudhisthira that the power of the common people is totally based on how they are informed. They should know how things are going on all over the world. So a responsible ruler should make necessary arrangements to make people aware of the facts.”

While some branches of Hinduism, particularly the Vaishnava school, considers Narada as a pure and elevated soul deeply absorbed in singing the glories of Vishnu. They believe that Narada cannot be viewed solely as a beacon of truthful message transmission.

The secularists might view the angelic projection of Narada with suspicion, as various facets of his nature are brought to the fore in the scriptures, which also depict him as a war-monger responsible for spreading mischief and gossip.

In folklore, he is seen as travelling between the realms of gods, demigods, humans and demons, inciting quarrels among them, by striking deft, witty conversations, which make them jealous and insecure.

This behavior seems more in accord with the brand of sensational journalism that we all too often see on our news channels today.

Mythologist Devadutt Patnaik in an article written in 2008 refers to Narada as the “Cursed gossip monger,” saying, “If you find ‘office politics,’ know that Narada has been at work. You can sense his presence at almost every office lunch or late night booze party, where invariably, inevitably, someone will provide fodder for enthusiastic conversations about cunning secretaries, unfair promotions, manipulative colleagues, favoritism of bosses, disproportionate salaries, nefarious practices.”

Staunch followers of Hinduism, however, remain adamant in their stance and are quick to dismiss such ‘false notions.’

“Narada was known as a person who used to cultivate disputes among gods and others with his communication skills. Without knowing the real purpose of those skills, many called him war monger kalahapriya (fond of contention), etc. But Narada used those disputes only to resolve the complex problems and also to restore dharma and peace,” says J Nandkumar.

Be that as it may, both extreme views of Narada, as an ideal journalist and a shrewd igniter of bitter battles, may not be entirely true. A more human form– a concoction of divine properties with devilish propensities is what Narada seems to possess.

  • I think he can be called a mischief broker.

    • where there is mischief he breaks it. Lesser friends of Narayana cannot understand the complexity of His work.

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Hindustan is land of Hindus, but others not Excluded: Bhagwat

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Indore, October 28: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that India is the land of Hindus but it does not exclude others.

“Hindustan is a land of Hindus. However, it does not mean that it does not belong to others. All those who were born in India, and their forefathers were from the land of Hindus would be called Hindu. Hence, it is called Hindutva and not Hinduism,” he said on Friday while addressing college-goers at ‘Shankhnad’ event here.

If those living in Germany are Germans, those in America are Americans, in the same way, every person living in Hindustan is Hindu, Bhagwat said.

Despite its diversity, India has consistently exhibited unity, he added.

Bhagwat said public participation was crucial for the development of the country and it could not be left solely to the government.

The progress of the government depended on the progress of society, he said.

Saying that change cannot be brought by force, Bhagwat asked for a change in “vision, conduct, thinking”.

“We are moving in that direction speedily,” he said.(IANS)

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Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh Worker Shot Dead in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, October 21: A Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) worker was shot dead on Saturday in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district, police said.

The incident occurred when unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot at the 35-year-old, Rajesh Mishra, also a journalist working with the Dainik Jagran Hindi daily, who was sitting at his brother Amitesh’s shop in the Karanda area.

Locals and passers-by rushed the two to a nearby hospital where Rajesh was pronounced brought dead.

Amitesh, 30, is said to be in critical condition.

A senior police official said Rajesh was an active RSS member and was also working as a contractor.

So far, no details have emerged in the initial probe but added that they were talking to the family of the deceased.(IANS)

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Kerala Emerging as Epitome of Red Terror in India

Political clashes and the frequent approach of aggressiveness and extremism adopted by the leftists need to be addressed bringing all stakeholders together

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  • Rajesh, an activist for the RSS, was brutally murdered in Thiruvananthapuram
  • The Bharatiya Janta Party’s Kerala Unit has alleged Community Party of India’s members and followers for the red terror
  • Both the parties have a history of being in physical conflict frequently in the state

July 30, 2017: On Saturday, RSS Activist Rajesh Edvakode was found critically injured in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Hours after the attack, Rajesh’s body gave up and he died. The victim’s hand was chopped off allegedly by workers and followers of the Communist Party of India (CPI-M). This incident has once again highlighted the constant red terror crimes in India at the hands of the aggressive left ideology.

Also Read: The Dangerous Ideology behind Communism: Why is it a Delusion?

BJP has reacted by calling a state-wide strike. The Kerala unit of the party has alleged the CPI-M members of committing the gruesome murder and given the history of conflict between the two parties, it is understandable why. Also given the fact that Kerala is haunted by the red terror propagandists who admire the hammer and sickle too much, the BJP was quick to respond. Eight suspects have been arrested by the police and it has been revealed that they have links with the Communist Party.

Along the political violence, Rajesh, a 34-year-old follower of the RSS on which the BJP has founded its principles, has been murdered.

In the press statement, Manoj Abraham, Inspector General of Police stated, “The attack was by a gang of men involving CPM (Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists. However, there was a long history of enmity between one of the accused and the victim. We are also probing any angle of a political motive.”

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Two days ago, there was a violent conflict between the CPI and BJP members. On Thursday evening, an incident broke out into a fight between the two parties. The left ideology adherents were triggered by an assault to a left wing youth flag. The triggered leftists then vandalized residences of BJP members. Initially, six RSS members were arrested by the police. Further, four CPI-M members were also arrested.

Left wing youth members and the CPI-M counselor was caught on CCTV footage throwing stones at the BJP office. They too have been arrested.

The Communist Party in a press release denied any such accusations and allegations. However, given the political clashes in the past and the frequent approach of aggressiveness and extremism adopted by the leftists, the red terror problem, particularly in Kerala, needs to be addressed bringing all stakeholders together.

Kerala’s remarkable achievements as a forceful Indian state have been overshadowed by the rising political violence. Left wing aggressiveness is a reality in India, especially in certain states.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394