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Mr. Modi’s great piece of advice to media on editorial freedom – But wait a minute, what about freedom of Jumlebaazi (Empty Promises)?

Our Pradhan Sevak, Mr. Narendra Damodar Modi, speaking at the platinum jubilee event of the vernacular newspaper Dina Thanthi, on dated 06th November 2017, advised the media and the writers on editorial freedom. In the words of Mr. Modi “Editorial freedom must be used wisely in public interest; equally, the freedom to write and to decide what is to be written doesn’t include the freedom to be less than accurate or factually incorrect”.

There is no second thought that this is a great piece of advice by Mr. Modi. Further, this doesn’t only apply to the media or the writer fraternity alone, rather we all, as a responsible citizen, have the foremost duty to present factually correct data only. Hence, no one (including politicians) has the freedom to make use of factually incorrect data for fulfilling their personal agenda.

I presume that it was a general piece of advice by Mr. Modi and he didn’t have any specific editorial boards or writers in mind while making this remark. Certainly not those media houses which publish “factually correct” news, which coincidently shows facts contrary to the claims made by the current ruling government, right Mr. Modi? If that so, then don’t you think we all should, in fact, be thankful to our Pradhan Sevak for being a torch-bearer, as far as usage of accurate and factually correct data “in public interest” is concerned?

Now, I would like to take this opportunity to ask Mr. Modi Aka torch-bearer about his views on freedom of Jumlebaazi (Empty Promises). Mr. Pradhan Sevak you rightfully talked about the freedom of media, as well as the writers, now in the same spirit do throw some light on the freedom of making empty promises, especially by the public servants. Do the politicians have the freedom to make any kind of false promises to the innocent citizens, just to get their vote and win elections?

I hope the freedom to speak, doesn’t include the freedom to be less than accurate or factually incorrect too. Why should politicians be forgiven for making false promises, which they themselves know to be unachievable?? Just to mislead the common man, the politicians speak anything that comes to their mind, which has nothing to do with factual correctness and later on get away with it by claiming it to be a Jumla. Isn’t it double standards?

What an irony that one who keeps throwing one Jumla after another, the one who is coming up every now and then with infinite excuses and statistical figures to prove that his government didn’t goof up in the name of demonetisation, the one who isn’t ready to accept his mistakes ever, and the one who doesn’t hesitate in snatching away the credit of every achievement (in spite of any single contribution at his end), is talking about the editorial freedom and giving advice on factually correct data.

It is advisable that before pointing a finger towards others we all should introspect that do we even practice what we preach or not. Mr. Pradhan Sevak, your advice is well taken but at the same time, we do hope that you will soon speak on the topic – “Freedom of making false promises by the public servants” too. The common man is eagerly waiting to know your valuable thoughts on Jumla politics.

I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

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Peyush Jain