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Long live Secularism! Long live Democracy! Long live NDTV! Bharat Mata Ki Jai!
To begin with, I must salute 'Merinews' for giving me space to express my views that are often at variance with the largely pro-establishment media of today.

While most of the scribes feel it obligatory to defend the most inhumane behavior of those in power and find safety in toeing the power line, I'd tried to write what I felt honest and satisfied my standards of Information Probity. I did never seek followers. I work hard to create original thought. I accept that religion is part of today's politics, and MAJORITARAINISM is stark reality that stares threateningly straight into the eyes of Indian secular democracy. However, I am comfortable and at peace with what I write. I refuse to conform to the prevalent trend and adamantly reject to give a positive spin to the thought process of present regime.

I do also know that the Congress party was no different when it was in power. However, it was not compulsory to be a courtier to survive in journalistic profession even at the height of EMERGENCY. "The Indian Express" and the brave journalist Kuldip Nayyar are the glaring example of courage and integrity in mass media. I believe that a journalist must fight to question, fight to expose and fight to practice good journalism. If the public wants to support the true democratic spirit of the Constitution, it would have to support those who live by the sword ie those who use their pen to push what is just. If the public maintains a stoic silence against the suppression of freedom of expression, then in future no questions will be raised and you won't get the answers that the establishment owes you.

In India, freedom of the press has been treated as part of the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, vide Brij Bhushan and Another vs The State of Delhi, AIR 1950 SC 129 and Sakal Papers (P) Ltd vs Union of India, AIR 1962 SC 305, among others. The Constitutional Fathers were not unaware of the possibility of abuse of Article 19 (1) and in Article 19(2), they did put reasonable restrictions on this right, in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the state, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence. It leaves none in doubt that freedom of the media is not an absolute freedom.

For a proper functioning of democracy it is essential that citizens are kept informed about news from various parts of the country and even abroad, because only then can they form rational opinions. In an underdeveloped country like India the media have a great responsibility to fight backward ideas such as casteism, regionalism, communalism and now Majoritarianism. As a pillar of democracy media have to help the people in their struggle against poverty and other social political evils.

To my mind, NDTV was doing just that with daring heart and strong sense of responsibility, integrity and probity.

Being a small time writer I do face a lot of cyber and personal problems in my domains. Obviously, NDTV is a great media house and the following news has shocked the nation's maverick minds:

HT Statement

The raids come at a time when the opposition has accused the government of selectively targeting charities and media groups as part of a campaign to control free speech and dissent.

It is important to repeat that this year, India slipped three places to 136th in the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, which highlighted concerns that Hindu nationalists were "trying to purge all manifestations of anti-national thought".

It was promising to listen to NDTV broadcaster claiming, "We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India."

The opposition have also rallied behind NDTV.

"Dissent can never be silenced through intimidation. Power to ask questions & demand answers is the greatest gift of Democracy #RightToDissent," the Congress party tweeted. The Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party also spoke out in support of NDTV.

The fight has been going on for long but the clink is more audible now.

Long live Secularism! Long live Democracy! Long live NDTV!

Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

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