Indian Media Fire on Oli
- Arjun Khadka
Indian media outlets have come with baseless propaganda against prime minister Oli . Various Indian media outlets viz- zee News , Times Now , Republic TV , WION ran baseless reports with imaginary & defamatory memes linking pm Oli with Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yangi.
Mainstream media Vs social media
All news outlets use social media & it has certainly made the dissemination of news & information much easier. An increasing amount of traditional media revenues are coming from digital platforms hence traditional media companies are more focused to engage customers online. A paper by Columbia journalism review state , ‘ social media hasn’t just swallowed journalism , it has swallowed everything. The phone in our pocket is our portal to the world. ‘
Social media is typically a poor bellwether for political engagement. Very few political enthusiastic hang out on Instagram , Facebook , Twitter or even on YouTube. Meme can often reach to millions if it resonates. Younger generation do not have the attention span to consume traditional political content.
Meme are a great way to grab their attention & to get a message to them in the seconds. A good meme is something funny enough to grab attention & on point enough to remember the message. Indian media outlets are no exception using this tool extensively these days to get attention of millions.
Even they go far beyond without any hesitation of their standard. The outcry against the prime minister Oli is the prime example at this moment.
Diplomatic relation between Nepal & India have been strained after country’s parliament passed a new map claiming disputed land lipulekh , kalapani area as its territory following the Indian unilateral move to include the disputed land on its map.
Modi’s ,’ Neighborhood First Policy ‘ which helped settle border dispute with Bangladesh has frayed in his second term.
India & China engaged in a face-off in the Galwan valley in ladakh which is considered the most deadly clash in past four decades. Twenty Indian soldiers lost their lives in the incident.
With rising domestic anger Modi needs to walk a careful line between the brewing nationalist fervour & seeking a peaceful solution to the crisis where Beijing has the upper hand in its neighbour hood. He used Indian media to portray Oli government as indian threat to divert the main issue tension with China.
Indian media under Modi
Modi government has tried to control the Indian news media since he came to power especially the airwaves. Modi has shrewdly cultivated the media to build a cult of personality that portrays him as the nation’s selfless saviour.
Amid growing tensions with China , Modi government wants to make peace with its neighbour Nepal. However Oli government passed the new map & citizenship bill despite the strong objection by Indian government therefore Modi government wants to topple Oli government.
An internal rift within the ruling National communist party pave way Indian government to play & bring back its close aide while China on the other hand wants to restore the falling Oli. The NCP should be mindful on this kind of neighbour influence on internal matter of party & Oli government shall adhere balanced foreign policy on interest of nation.