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Truth vs hype: Attempts by Indian media at conditioning popular belief

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By Dr. Kallol Guha

Dynamics of a given nation or society is determined by the collective action of its people. One of the major tenets determining the fate of a nation in the world is how its people are schooled and culturally conditioned. Instances like, eight crore Germans play far more significant role than 170 crore people of all South Asian Countries combined; eleven million Cubans have far more significance in the world than entire 32 million population of the Caribbean region, are largely the results of the conditioning of respective population. Whether a given country will prosper or fail to achieve its aspirations is to a great extent determined by what role their educational institutions play in conditioning the population to take part in the process of national development.

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It is interesting to note how the tiny Scandinavian Countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland etc., despite having no natural resources and a harsh climatic condition, have maintained formidable socio-economic prosperity and remain relatively unscathed by international economic turmoil. Recently, one of the Indian channels covered education system of Finland and economic system of Denmark and branded them as “Ram Rajya”. Their education system is one of the main tools to condition their population precisely for an inclusive national growth and development. Hence, conditioning of the population through the education system and other means is one of the crucial factors that may determine the fate of a given nation.

As early as 1949, chairman of the Communist Party of China Mao Zedong made it clear that “population is an asset, not a liability”. He intended to use foreign ideas the way human body uses food, retaining the healthy part and discard the rest. During Nixon’s visit to China in February 1972, U.S. Press Crew gained access to China for the first time since the formation of communist China. They reported that school children were taught to sing themes constantly, reminding them that they were the leaders of tomorrow. Their education system is especially designed to condition them culturally to work for the community. What impact a nation of billion people, culturally conditioned to work for the progress of their own nation, might have in the world was anticipated as far back as 1949. Hence, U.S. President Truman expressed his dissatisfaction and accused Chiang Kai Shek (war time President of China) stating it was for him the West had “Lost China”. It is amusing to conjecture what President Truman meant by China was lost to the West?

Did he intend to say that with communists coming to power in China, the west will be unable to infiltrate mainstream media and influence Chinese public opinion to think that anything Western is superior and worthy of imitation? Indigenous Chinese language, culture, tradition, literature, history is backward, a symbol of under-development and to be avoided? Did he mean West will not be able to mobilize public opinion in favor of using English as the official language and make it impossible for Chinese to access higher technical education or earn a decent living via their local language? Did he mean the West will find it impossible to influence mass Chinese psychology to look down upon their own phenotype and become obsessed with features of the white European and nibble on ‘the white supremacy’ psychology so that the locales are found prostrating at the feet of the western tourists?

Did he mean – with communists in power – it will be impossible to transfer trillion dollars of people’s money to the Western Bank under the pretext of “Growth Rate” and “Development”? Did he mean – with communists in power – it will be impossible to put a semi-illiterate white skin westerner, adopting a fictitious name as a political head? Did he mean it would be impossible to convert millions of Chinese into Christianity and honor the converter with highest state decoration? These possibilities have never been discussed openly in any so-called “Free Media”. But in real terms, all Anglophonic and Francophonic colonial countries are subdued and made into a contemptible appendage of the west through the power of marketing of the Western media.

 

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It is alarming to note how marketing tricks have molded people to buy drinking water instead of ensuring its supply to every household. It is skilled marketing that has trained people to ignore barbarity of those responsible for the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and Syria; mass killings of millions of innocent people and yet those responsible are accepted as the champion of “Democracy” and “Freedom and Human Rights”.

Marketing of Indian press, which is essentially West owned, has actually conditioned people to accept that it is world’s largest democracy where 90% are ruled by 10% Anglophonic population by using laws and administration of colonial masters whose language, values, culture, literature, history, and even their physical features are slavishly imitated in total contempt of all sense of self-respect and dignity.

One of the folklores of Bengal narrates a story of a gang of swindlers in a village and how they used to rob villagers without violence: Swindlers watched a villager walking through the nearby forest carrying a goat on his shoulder on which the gang wanted to feast. Without using force, one of them appeared in front of the pedestrian and said, “Why are you carrying a dog on your shoulder?” The pedestrian laughed at the fool. A few minutes later the second swindler appeared and asked the same question. The man ridiculed the swindler for not recognizing a goat. After some time, the third member of the swindler gang emerged and asked the same question to the pedestrian who did not react but started questioning his own wisdom. Then the fourth member appeared with the same question. This time the pedestrian put the animal down on the ground and took a close look of it to verify any mistake on his part. Next the fifth and sixth member bumped on him with the same question. Finally, he felt convinced of his mistake of carrying a dog rather than a goat. He abandoned the goat in the middle of the forest thinking it was a dog. The swindlers promptly picked up the prize and had a great feast.

This is what present day journalism under the pretext of “Freedom of Press” is all about. Its task is to de-link Indians from its land by using basically the same tricks of repeating lies until people accept them as the truth. This is what is called “Cultural Conditioning” of masses whereby slaughterer of millions of innocent people and invaders of sovereign countries may be branded as “Democracy” whereas peace loving small countries may be publicized as “Terrorist” Countries.

Let there be some journalism that has the courage to expose the real face of present day “Journalism” and the mask of “Freedom of Press” and how it culturally conditions broad masses to perform sinister programs of profiteering and power game.

The writer is the President & CEO of Saint James School of Medicine headquartered in Illinois, USA.

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  • Jagdish Kumar Bhutani

    All our life is but CONDITIONING done by parents, teachers, religious leaders, media. celebrities, leaders and the rich and mighty….! All personal success and failures and all happiness and bliss is in a way conditioning of the CRANIO-SACRAL outflows of us humans.
    The truths and traditions too are influenced by conditioning.

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Why Is India Still carrying The Social Stigma Of Women Infanticide?

The matter of female infanticide is something that has deeply touched our heart and we feel it as our prime agenda to raise our voice against it

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Female Infanticide has been going on for many years and has resulted in the deaths of countless girl foetuses. Wikimedia Commons
Female Infanticide has been going on for many years and has resulted in the deaths of countless girl foetuses. Wikimedia Commons
  • A lot of social evils which have disgraced our history are still very much prevalent
  • Female infanticide is known to be the intentional killing of female just-born owing to people preferring male just-born
  • In China and India alone, an estimated 2,000,000 baby girls go “missing” each year

Even after so many years of independence, we are not in a position to call our country a superpower. It is not hard to believe this because in an independent country like ours exist horrific acts like the merciless killing of the girl child. A lot of social evils which have disgraced our history are still very much prevalent. The matter of female infanticide is something that has deeply touched our heart and we feel it as our prime agenda to raise our voice against it.

Female infanticide is known to be the intentional killing of female just-born owing to people preferring male just-born. This has been going on for many years and has resulted in the deaths of countless girl foetuses. People are of the opinion that the girl child is inferior to the male child and this is clearly reflected in the fact that in many parts of the world, women are still not given a status equivalent to that of men. This is no doubt the highest level of brutality and the most destructive kind of bias existing in our country and in many other countries.

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A direct proof of these facts comes from UNICEF which in its recent report concluded that 50 million girls and women are missing from the population of India because of this bias. As a matter of fact, in most countries for every 100 male births, there are approximately 105 female births. In our country, the 105 comes straight down to 93! This owes itself to 2000 odd abortions which happen illegally all over the country daily. Our people are of the opinion that only sons can provide income for the family. The system of dowry is still prevalent in some parts of the country. All these reasons have their roots in cultural beliefs of families and if female infanticide is to be stopped, then these beliefs have got to be challenged.

The government has initiated a lot of programmes to bring about a change in the attitude of people and stop these kinds of social evils. Wikimedia Commons
The government has initiated a lot of programmes to bring about a change in the attitude of people and stop these kinds of social evils. Wikimedia Commons

In countries with a history of female infanticide, the modern practice of sex-selective abortion is often discussed as a closely related issue. In several nations such as China, India and Pakistan, female infanticide remains to be a major cause of concern. It has been argued that the “low status” in which women are viewed in patriarchal societies creates a bias against females. The practice of female infanticide is found dominant among the indigenous peoples of Australia, Northern Alaska and South Asia, which seems to be “almost universal”, even in the West.

In 1990, Amartya Sen writes in the New York Review of Books estimated that there were 100 million fewer women in Asia that would be expected and that this amount of “missing” women “tells us, quietly, a terrible story of inequality and neglect leading to the excess mortality of women.”  Initially, the Sen’s suggestion of gender bias was contested and it was suggested that hepatitis B was the cause of the alteration in the natural sex ratio.

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The numerical worldwide deficit in women is widely accepted due to gender-specific abortions, infanticide and neglect. Before Islamic culture became established in Arabic country in the seventh-century, female infanticide was widely practised.  According to scholars, the fact was attributed that women were deemed “property” within those societies. Some speculated that some women wanted to prevent their daughters from a life of misery, and thus would kill the child. But with the introduction of Islamic rule, the practice was made illegal.

People in India are of the opinion that only sons can provide income for the family. Wikimedia Commons
People in India are of the opinion that only sons can provide income for the family. Wikimedia Commons

In India, dowry system is one given reason for female infanticide; over a time period spanning centuries, it has become embedded within Indian culture. Although, there are several steps taken to abolish the dowry system but the practice still persists. For the rural families, female infanticide and gender-selective abortion are attributed to the fear of being unable to raise a suitable dowry and then being socially boycotted.

In 1789, during the time of British colonial rule in India, the Britishers discovered that female infanticide in Uttar Pradesh was openly acknowledged. A study by the scholars shows that the majority of female infanticides in India during the colonial period occurred for the most part in the North West. However, not all the groups were involved in this practice it was widespread. It was only after a thorough investigation by the colonial authorities in 1870 that the practice was made illegal.

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Some age-old practices seem to be deeply rooted in the Indian culture and making India undergoing a type of “female genocide”. As per one of the reports of the United Nations, India stands out to be the most deadly country for female children, and that in 2012 female children aged between 1 and 5 were 75 percent more likely to die as opposed to boys. One of the children’s rights group called CRY has acknowledged that of 12 million females born yearly in India 1 million will have died within their first year of life. According to the United Nations, there could be a possibility of such a severe crisis that less number of females will lead to a sharp increase in sexual violence.  A consequence of this will be a complete deterioration of social values. This practice of deselecting females is mainly due to factors like religion, economic factors and socio-cultural factors.

In several nations such as China, India and Pakistan, female infanticide remains to be a major cause of concern. Wikimedia Commons
In several nations such as China, India and Pakistan, female infanticide remains to be a major cause of concern. Wikimedia Commons

The economic factor arises from the belief that sons will provide economic stability to the family by earning wages, providing farm labour for family business and support parents during old age. People tend to think that after marriage, a son brings a female addition to the family who provides help in household work as well as dowry payment brings some sort of an economic advantage.

Coming to the socio-cultural factor, it is believed that having at least one male child is essential to continue the familial line and the respect of a family in the society is proportional to the number of male children in it. According to a certain Hindu tradition, only sons are permitted perform the funeral of their parents which assists in the attainment of salvation for the deceased.

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The government has initiated a lot of programmes to bring about a change in the attitude of people and stop these kinds of social evils by introducing various laws, schemes and acts which favour the education of the girl-child, equal rights and equal property share. In spite of all these steps taken, there is much left to be desired.

In China and India alone, an estimated 2,000,000 baby girls go “missing” each year. They are selectively aborted, killed as newborns, or abandoned and left to die. Other countries with similar cultural traditions, who have also faced this problem are South Korea and Nepal. The root causes of female infanticide are similar but not exactly the same in Confucian countries like China and South Korea, versus predominantly Hindu countries such as India and Nepal.