‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’*

25 May 2010

* Or the more it changes, the more it remains the same.

“Journalism in India was once a profession. It has now become a trade. It has no more function than the manufacture of soap. It does not regard itself as the responsible adviser of the public.

“To give the news uncoloured by any motive, to present a certain view of public policy which it believes to be for the good of the community, to correcçt and chastise without fear all those, no matter how high, who have chosen a wrong or barren path, is not regarded by journalism in India its first or foremost duty.

“To accept a hero and worship him has become its principal duty. Under it, news gives place to sensation, reasoned opinion to unreasoning passion, appeal to the minds of responsible people to appeal to the emotions of the irresponsible.”

The author? Dr B.R. Ambedkar.

The year? The year of the lord, 1943.

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