Media is regarded as the 4th pillar of democracy. It is entrusted with the job of keeping the other 3 pillars, namely Judiciary, Executive, and Legislature in check. It also holds the reasonability of getting unbiased, factually correct and relevant news to the general public.
However, an account called Kroordarshan on social media is showing viewers how Indian media is failing to do just that.
Over the past few years, the fall of mainstream Indian media has been well documented. Only this year, its Press Freedom Ranking dropped to a record low. Even international publications have started picking up on the phenomenon, going as far as to say that the press isn’t free anymore.
Several news channels have been accused of biased reportage and have been said to be guilty of stoking communal tensions and not bringing the correct issues to the general public. Kroordarshan aims to make the general public aware of exactly that.
What Is Kroordarshan?
Kroordarshan is a satire/ parody account on social media. Its bio says that it focuses on analysing Indian media through data and memes.
Over the years, the channel has become one of the most important voices when it comes to raising their voices and asking questions of the establishment in a comedic way.
While the channel shares videos of politicians, journalists and even celebrities with a satirical touch, his second channel, Kroordarshan has been set up with an entirely different objective in mind.
A recent community post by OfficialPeeingHuman on what Kroordarshan is all about gives an insight into the kind of content Kroordarshan will be putting out.
The post stated that the channel will be posting in-depth media analysis as well as crowdsourced videos on Indian media.
Having A Look At The Channel Will Tell You What Goes On During Prime Time News Debates
It is important to look at the videos on the channel as it will make you aware of the kind of reporting our mainstream channels are focusing on right now. These videos have been created by curating content from channels like Aaj Tak, News Nation, Zee News amongst others.
It shows the sorry state of affairs our media finds itself in right now. It charts the topics and the issues that are being discussed on prime time, during a pandemic. More importantly, the channel’s posts also bring to light the citizen and national issues mainstream channels seemingly fail to cover.
One interesting series that the channel is doing is a daily round-up of prime time debates being aired by some news channels during the pandemic. These are short 1-2 minute clips and gives you an idea of what Indian media is up to right now.
Kroordarshan, via its interestingly edited and short videos, is trying to make Indian viewers realise the frivolity with which some news channels are taking news reporting and journalism to be. At a time of a pandemic, when they should be asking tough questions on the migrant worker crisis, the worsening economy or the unavailability of beds from our elected representatives, they have succumbed to catering to populist notions. To put things in perspective, this video by the channel shows what News 18 has been up to during the pandemic. Under 3 minutes, it makes you realise that what the channel is doing is nothing close to unbiased or factual journalism.
For example, on 8th June this is what our channels were up to. Not only this, but the channel does specific reports on particular journalists as well, showing where their priorities lie when it comes to reporting news.
A collection of the coverage done News Nation’s Deepak Chaurasia revealed that from 20th April to 1st June, out of 30 prime time debates, 27 were based solely on religion. This came at a time when the country went into a nation-wide lockdown, doctors protested against lack of PPE kits, social activists were arrested under draconian laws, lakhs of migrants walked on the roads and so on and so forth.
The channel has been developing content that calls out journalists and media houses for its biased reporting, and for their lack of coverage on issues that should be forming part of the discourse.
What is special about Kroordarshan is its ability to find verifiable proof on ministers, journalists and public servants, singling them out for their hypocrisy in some cases.
This video shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the Delhi government. Here, the PM can be seen asking about the whereabouts of the funds that are at the disposal of the Delhi government. He says it is the right of each citizen to know where and how the government is spending the taxpayer’s money. Now when you analyse that video with respect to the ambiguity of fund usage that has been developed around the PM CARES Fund, the hypocrisy stares right into your face.
Kroodarshan is filled such kind of amusing and tongue in cheek content. A quick scroll will give you an idea of what goes on during our prime time debates, even if you aren’t a frequent watcher.
Such content must reach a larger audience. This is because our media plays an important role in the functioning of a healthy democracy. Therefore it is important to ask the right questions, so that they cover issues that benefit the public at large, rather than indulging in spreading news that spreads communal hatred or doesn’t provide information that is relevant to the times we live in.