by:Vrushali It is World Press Freedom Day and what better country to talk about it than India? Instead of how we usually talk about what Indian journalism is (and the degrading quality), let’s talk about what Indian journalism is allowed to be. India has managed to remain at the 142nd position out of 180 countries in terms of the Press Index by being one of the highest scorers in terms of press abuse. It reflects the degree of freedom that Indian journalists, print media and news channels, and netizens on social media have. This rhetoric compels me to imagine the rank of India if the index accounted for human rights violations and the quality of our journalism. I’d rather refrain from thinking anymore. Not that it concerns anyone anymore but let’s talk about the Indian Press and freedom of speech and expression. With the insurmountable Covid-19 crisis in India, the…
If those who spin fiction are awarded by those in power, and those who tried to rectify the narrative are now buried in their graves, where does that leave us?
Our journalists are not free. We are not free.
Happy World Press Freedom Day. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
I was primed to rationalize the nonsensical, defend the indefensible, and excuse the inexcusable. I kept looking for emotional freedom but realised I was put on the leashes. It can be hard to see what’s best for you when you’re invested in a friendship, even just a platonic friendship. Toxic friends are prisoners to shortcomings that they have no problem being in denial of.
Often we end up changing our whole personality just to be accepted by the society. We need to stop doing this to ourselves because we don’t deserve it. Everything we do, everything we say is beautiful in its own way. we are special, trust me on this. So let them burn in their own jealousy.
Don’t try to fit in when you are born to stand out.
Stay you, stay weird.