Two Hindu priests were dragged out of a temple in Jammu and beheaded by suspected Islamic terrorists. There was a conference in New Delhi on the preservation of diversity in religion, which was attended by luminaries such as the Dalai Lama. A Hindu Bangladeshi professor, a college principal in Chittagong and a prominent freedom fighter, were shot dead during the genocide against Hindus in that country. The Konkan Railway, the first major railway project in India since Independence, has been a major success despite the difficult terrain and the logistics nightmares. The Vatican released a report admitting that many nuns have been raped, impregnated and even murdered by priests, missionaries, et al. The Kansas City Star reported that the levels of AIDS amongst Catholic priests in the US were 4 times the rates of AIDS among the general population.. If you recall seeing more than THREE of the above, I would withdraw from speaking against the motion MEDIA BOON OR BANE. I think the media is in the hands of a cabal of vested interests; If there is anything positive and good happening, you certainly won't find it What we find is Kashmir is finally being 'Talebanised'. Publicity is like oxygen for the terrorists. Without the media, they cannot claim credit for their actions. The publicity attending their violence gives their cause visibility and also helps them in extortion by creating a climate of fear. Then how can we forget glamorization of criminals! The famous Big B in many of his films sweeping all before him. DON! Now replayed by Shahrukh! Violence in society exists, but the media 'glamourised' it. In the 1990s and the 21st century, the terrorist/militant seems to have replaced the smuggler as the object of glamour and commercialisation. India's first newspaper, the Bengal Gazette, appeared in Calcutta on January 29, 1780, an occasion now celebrated nationally as Newspaper Day. The transformation in the India media scene in the intervening 230 years, in keeping with the changes in the country as a whole, has been enormous.The communications revolution, television, economic liberalization and an expanding social base ushered in a new phase of media growth.. The media today wields immense power, shaping the national agenda. In the competition for circulation/ratings ,there has been a dumping down of serious reportage and analysis, a trivialization of news and events, sensationalism and prurient coverage, invasion of privacy, trial by the press, resort to rumor, gossip and innuendo without verification, and disregard for fair and balanced reporting or prompt correction when in error and the right of reply. While there are admittedly fine journalists and some excellent writing, there is a lot of conjecture in place of fact and lazy journalism marked by shallow writing, inadequate research, ignorance of background and context. Any way, we the Indians must be well aware of the trial by media through aggressive coverage of specific stories and through some vested as well as titillating Sting Operations. No doubt, even Supreme Court of India could not remain a mute spectator and had to intervene. And it was just a month back that it decreed – There is a need to restore balance between free speech and fair trial and for that there appears a need to rein in the trial by media. How well phrased! I just hope media learns to draw the line lest it feels gagged and finds no way out. “The mass media has immersed us in violence as well, habituated us to the most extreme brutality, held it up as a model and surrounded us by images of hateful terrorists. The media has influenced young children into thinking that violence is acceptable. Children learn acceptable codes of conduct by imitating their mentors and others, such as celebrities that they look up to. Society needs to set a good example for children so that they can build bright futures for themselves. “Self – regulation is one option media must enforce lest the only answer remains governmental regulation, if necessary prior to publication—that is, censorship- till then Media is a bane.