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Arnab Goswami fashion in ‘Modia’ and lessons for Nepali media

The new political map of the country issued by the government of Nepal, on Monday, May 18, 2020, and launched on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

The border dispute between Nepal and India has reached its climax; thrilling scenes are running on palm screens; debates and claims are going everywhere. The Government of Nepal issued a revised and expanded national map comprising Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura as a clear stand against India’s years-long claim over the territory. It was precipitated by a series of incidents that entailed a strong reaction for the government of Nepal. Keeping everything aside, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and the government have been commended and backed up by the Nepali citizens around the globe for this action, but Indian contemporaries at the same time are discontent. This is manifested by a new breed of Indian Media, ‘the Modia’.

It may not be fair to chuck all the Indian media in the same basket; hence, the category ‘MODIA’ constitutes those hypocritical nationalists who can dig anyone’s grave to cash the attention of power centres, especially the BJP and the Modi cabinet, and monetise the fake declarations through their brash anchors. The guiding principle of this very breed of Indian media is populism and indirect capitalism. These media better know what sells and what feeds mass brains. Generic media is expected to disseminate true information, create dialogues, facilitate transformation, and acknowledge audiences, but, the aforementioned Indian media are surreal. Media ethics is just a mediocre slogan for them to drag the disempowered ones to the ground and they do not sense factual input in the creation of contents. In fact, they do not create content; they produce them, polish them with bigotry, and serve on a plate decorated with the throne’s interests. In journalism, creating and producing sound similar, but mean different.

Either we take reference from Indian media retaliating Manisha Koirala’s recent tweet or Arnab Goswami’s brash and biased presentation in a recent episode of his debate show, we can only see emotional nationalism, crowd catalysing and rapacity of getting pat on back from power raiders. The surreal madness of Indian media does not end here; they discover Nepal being China’s puppet, which has nothing to do with Nepal claiming its own land. The most intriguing is Indian media have declared the war and put forth the prediction in a series like sloppy Indian TV soaps.

Without acknowledging facts, the Modia have turned Nepalis into parasites who they claim are only alive due to Indian sympathy. Indian media are not even interested in data analysis, in which they could have opportunities to know the pattern of remittance on a bilateral basis. This new breed of Indian media propagates opinions and tries establishing them as truth whilst they are perceived more as a comic show.

People have already forgotten the actual journalism in India; what India has now is the Arnab fashion, in which both media and people do not take each other seriously. The video which went viral some months ago featuring an Indian stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra repeatedly asking Arnab Goswami to speak up in a flight showed that how serious journalism Arnab is doing and how social institutions and civil societies are perceiving this new breed of media in India.

In line with the Arnab fashion, Indian media today are trying to create fear among us. Media opinions on the volume of the army, economy, past position, and South Asian power rivalry are just their soliloquies, through which they assume that they can threaten the mass. We believe media should be thought-provoking, but Indian media today has become threat-provoking, which put none else in remarkable risks, but disseminates the clear message to the world that media in the world’s largest democracy is in big trouble.

The Nepali media and concerned authorities need to stress that incidents become part of the history when time passes by, and history is hypothetically manipulated by substantial parties to position convenience. History can never be a whole-sum fact. In the due course of defending on recent border issues, we do not have any strong evidence than the history, which needs to be manifested in a diplomatically convincing manner. It takes immense patience and composure to endure facts and genuine claims getting bullied. Getting temperamental in the course of defending the false, brash, and modified history may allow the Modia to create wider space to catalyse the impulse of the audience to breach the diplomatic boundaries, which may cause historical accidents.

Nepalis do not want to see the same thing repeating after six decades of leaving Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura ignored. Accessing populist journalism to reach out wider in such disputes always has diplomatic risks, which can turn one a hero but may put 30 million others in distress. We want a fair-go in our media advocacy because we know the Arnab fashion is nothing but a dystopia.

Nepal is a poet from Rautahat of Nepal, currently studying in Melbourne, Australia.


Published on May 26th, Tuesday, 2020 9:55 AM


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  • Kishor says: | May 27 2020 7:49pm

    Ref: R/Sandi Saksena

    Indians are every where collecting scraps from Nepal. Nepal allowed and India took advantage of it. Before saying something do some analysis Sandi Saksena…

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  • Kishor says: | May 27 2020 7:29pm

    @Shiva Kumara : –

    Yes, we shout for that too! Lets realize it happening one fine day in immediate near future. But trust me stooges from India won’t let it happen because they’ve understood that Nepal is a huge benefit to them (India).

    Having have an open border with India have claimed a lot of BLOOD, SWEAT, TOIL & TEARS of Nepalese People & Sovereignty of Nepal.

    Nepalese people would be more than happy IF there’s a VISA System between Nepal & India. Business and other activities should be done in merit basis (If needed).

    #BACKOFFINDIA #BACKOFFINDIANMEDIA

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  • Sabyasachi says: | May 26 2020 9:45pm

    Dear fellow citizens of India. Being a Indian I am always with my country. But one thing is very serious is our current media personalities must restrict thier view where our diplomatic ties are more important than a heroism of media tycoon. Remember we share a long stretch with Nepal. And we have no neighbour who favoured us. Pakistan apart, Bangladesh , Srilanka, Bhutan, Myanmar name a single neighbour with Whom we have a favourable relationship. China is very much in aggression mood. Every other day tension increases in borders. So rather putting Arnab Goswami in forefront it will be much better to resolve it deplomatically.

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  • Vijay says: | May 26 2020 7:59pm

    Mr Nepal has written from the point of view of Nepal , which is fine . That is his opinion which he is entitled to it . But he is forgetting the glorious history and friendship between India and Nepal , besides he has largely commented on Indian Media . Indian media is left oriented barring a few like Arnab . Left media also shamelessly crawled before the authority during emergency in 1975 to 77 . Yes Mr Nepal is right both people of India and Indian media do not take each other seriously .

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  • Gaurav says: | May 26 2020 7:53pm

    After reading your thoughts it looks you are nationalistic too. So what happens if Arnab is more nationalistic., he is Indian like you are Nepalese. Obviously as an Indian and residing near to the border of India and Nepal I would say.. I don’t need a person like you, whom I treat as family but they show there character as neighbours. As far as land is concerned for all 72 places I will say.. back off and go and cry with your new DADDY.. They will give you there land to you.

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  • Arijit Koner says: | May 26 2020 7:05pm

    Wow. You write as if Arnab is not portraying Indian people’s opinions and as if Modi has been elected by someone other than Indian people, that too twice. What do you think is Indian’s opinion? To give away Indian territory to Nepal? Would an Indian want that? You call your country and your govt’s opinion and moves as opinion of the people, and Indian govt’s and media’s opinion regarding territory as bigotry, appealing to power centers? Can there be anymore hypocrisy? Kunal Kamra has not been elected by people of India, Modi has. Besides, you have not spoken a word on your PM’s bigotry in calling Indian covid virus more lethal, when the facts are opposite and fatality rate in India due to covid is one of the lowest in the world.

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  • Rajiv Nehru says: | May 26 2020 6:56pm

    Provocative comments only worsen the situation.
    Indian territorial sovreignity is inviolate but mongering a belligerent programme is misplaced.
    Our leadership and diplomacy is competent to deal with it.
    In any case, Arnab and Gen Bakshi have little except to create friction between neighbours and howling to offer.

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  • Azhar Mehmood says: | May 26 2020 6:54pm

    A very powerful and convincing analysis by the writer,the point is being a bigger country you can not be allowed to buldos a relatively smaller neighbor country,the relationship must be based on mutual respect.salute to the writer and I expect more information and knowledge about Nepali land from the writer to pour in.

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  • Ravinder Kumar Kalra says: | May 26 2020 6:37pm

    I don’t know much about politics but I do believe Arnab is a threat to peace in India and our neighbouring countries.

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  • Bhanu says: | May 26 2020 5:54pm

    If you’re claiming that the rhetoric in Nepalese media, and by your leadership is not catering to and ratcheting up the populist and nationalist sentiment, you’re obviously being biased yourself – doesn’t help. Design a name for it too.

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  • Xyz says: | May 26 2020 5:11pm

    Nepal is hindu nation and indian will used this road for kailash darshan .why they are doing this I don’t know. Releasing new map to stop devotee.
    Pls stop this we are bothers.

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  • shiva kumara says: | May 26 2020 4:56pm

    First close borders with Nepal

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  • john says: | May 26 2020 3:02pm

    @ Roopa.N ….Yeah you allow Nepalis to take up IAS exam but we are not allowed for the grade A services like IAS/IPS but we are allowed for other services which are under it. If you are giving us the job that does not mean you play with our sovereignty . You(India) have encroached Nepal’s land in about 72 places. India has made Nepal like a puppet. India always hinders Nepalese people who want to do business in Nepal so that it can export everything to Nepal and earn income. India exported about 50.32 INR Billion in October of 2018. Aren’t you getting benefits from our country despite your imperialism attitude towards Nepal.
    We also have allowed Indian to enter Nepal freely. This is both way bro.
    I challenge you bro, if you have any guts please revoke all the treaties with Nepal. It will be beneficial for us Nepalese only. Do not comment here irrationally as if you do not know nothing.Our Nepalese working classes are paid iN India very little amount . That does not mean help to us at all. If u do not give employment someone others will give. India has taken more benefit from Nepal by allowing the free entry than Nepal. Mind it. By the way , Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limphiyadhura are Nepal’s integral part and will remain Nepalese territory till the life of sun and moon. JAY NEPAL.

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  • Sandi Saksena says: | May 26 2020 1:03pm

    Wow what a rant against India that magnanimously ALLOWS Nepalis to freely roam work live do business study in India. Modi speaks for the majority of India that voted him to a majority in parliament. If anyone doesn’t like the New Bold Unapologetic Powerful India that has changed from the sniveling degrading zero respect India and a media that trumpets this, just leave Go back to where you came from
    If you are Indian shut up and stand tall

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  • Roopa.N says: | May 26 2020 12:30pm

    Don’t we allow Nepalis to take up IAS sought of competitive exams along with lakhs of Indians…….
    Don’t we allow Nepalis visa free entry into India …….
    High time we Indians revoke the age old blunder…….

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