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If journalism is hollow then the country, freedom is all hollow!

The paramount number one fact of the history of independence is that the public consciousness of freedom was created by the writings of the people, by the publication of magazines and by the pens of journalists and editors. From Tilak to Gandhi, everyone took out newspapers and magazines. Tilak wrote. Gandhi wrote. Savarkar, leftist revolutionaries all wrote and people read and listened to it. Every Indian must remember that 70 percent of the likkhar-journalists were part of the Diwans in the leadership of India’s freedom struggle and the rest were more lawyers and more pen-writers!… The ICS-IAS-IPS officers who did this did not meet the Jamaat or doctors, engineers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, but because of the sepoys and lawyers of the independent minds.

Journalism is not a business. Nor the editors-anchors’ shrine. Then what? It is the yagya-ritual of freedom of citizens, soul of democracy and truth-finding, contemplation and public expression. If yagya is without fire, truth, then human freedom is extinguished in the country. And convert the country into a flock of sheep. The freedom of expression of a citizen is the right of a human being to fly. It is a mirror of the journey of nation and race. Whereas the collection of trends of intelligence-knowledge-science and their live medium of broadcasting. Overall a raw mine of history. Mirror of the present foundation of the future.

People in India will find these things absurd. Because our hearing-seeing and thinking are in totality caged in the noise of the well, in the mirror of slavery. It has to be understood and if you are educated, understanding both Hindi and English, then sometimes watch Hindi ‘Aaj Tak’ or any Indian channel and the next day at the same time British ‘BBC’, Germany’s ‘DW TV’ ‘ See. Or ever read ‘India Today’ and London’s ‘The Economist’ magazine together and compare and see where both the magazines are taking away the intellect of the readers? How do we look in the mirror of the media of India and how do the British people look in the mirror of ‘BBC’?

Of course social media is everywhere now. Every person has got the medium of freedom of expression from it. But just as there was a difference a hundred and two hundred years ago, the difference between the lives of slave and free race remains the same despite the different times of newspapers, TV channels and social media. Those who were accustomed to being in cages are the same today. Those who were living in bhakti, slavery and helplessness earlier are still living in the same way today. Those who earlier lived in insecure, fearful, anxieties, they still live in the same way today. The same situation will be reflected in freedom of expression, freedom of the press and journalism.

Consider the 75 year old journalism of India. Before 1947, journalism was the tool of India’s freedom struggle. He was the passion of journalists-editors. It is my belief that due to the contact of the British, their education and initiation, the Hindu psyche of India was exposed to British independence. The thought of thousand years of slavery came in his mind too. There was an idea (of freedom) and its fidgeting. And everyone knows how this fidgeting spread and how did it serve the purpose of the British Quit India? The paramount number one fact of the history of independence is that the public consciousness of freedom was created by the writings of the people, by the publication of magazines, by the pens of journalists and editors. From Tilak to Gandhi, everyone took out newspapers and magazines. Be it revolutionary or Hindutva Savarkar or Muslim Jinnah, everyone awakened the people by using the freedom of expression by taking out pamphlets, pamphlets, books, articles, magazines. The freedom fighters-diwans had neither the goal (I will become a minister, PM, CM or leader) nor did they care whether they would be successful or not! They thought, made slogans, wrote pamphlets, made posters-banners and took out newspapers and did journalism according to their ability. Tilak wrote. Gandhi wrote. Savarkar, leftist revolutionaries all wrote and people read and listened to it. Every Indian should remember that 70 percent of the literate-journalists were part of the Diwans in the leadership of India’s freedom struggle, and the rest were more lawyers and more pen-writers!

So, the struggle for India’s independence, under the command of two classes of journalists-lawyers. Obviously these classes were filled with the consciousness of intellect and truth. Due to these, India got independence. Note the fact that India did not get freedom from working professionals, ICS-IAS-IPS officers who worked for British or doctors, engineers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, but because of freedom fighters and lawyers. Similar is the history of the struggle for independence of other countries as well. Only then know that the free-thinking of the heart-mind, flapping wings to the tune of fidgeting, is the only act of human society, due to which humans have reached space while flying.

So, the soldier of the pen and the lawyer of the time, engrossed in the ideas of British democracy-constitution-freedom. Is the mention of the independence achieved due to them underlined in the written Indian history of independence? Maybe not! Why? Because as soon as he took oath on 15th August 1947, Pandit Nehru considered himself to be the ruler of destiny and the incarnation of Mai-Baap Sarkar, and again got a renewed importance in the history of Hindus. Azadi was hijacked by the Mai-Baap government and the ICS officers who run it. The soldier of the pen, the fearless warrior Gandhi was mentioned as the saint of Sabarmati and in the same way, in front of the incarnate king Nehru, everything else i.e. intellect-pen-journalism was forgotten! He was made an accessory.

That’s why the crowd of 140 crore people of India is not aware that who were the editor-publisher-owner-journalist-editor-writer of newspapers and magazines in India before 1947? And why were those who were agitating for the removal of British rule before 1947? Was that some kind of job? Was that a profession?

No. He was the spirit of freedom, freedom to fly freely in the idea of ​​freedom of race and country. It was a thought (of freedom), a fidget, a melody. From Lokmanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi and Communist SA Dange, who wrote the paper ‘Gandhi vs Lenin’, or MN Rai, to Savarkar, who wrote dozens of articles and books, or Rahmat Ali, who wrote the pamphlet of the idea of ​​Pakistan, all were likkhad. Similarly, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s Urdu Farra or Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, Mahashay Krishna and hundreds of Arya Samaji newspapers and magazines, the pamphlets of the revolutionaries did what they did before 1947.

So what happened to writing? freedom of expression. And what is its number one way? Journalism. Then again in any format.

Tilak and Gandhi, Savarkar may be considered leaders and thinkers, but know that their being like that was due to freedom of expression. So whether the importance of journalism is crucial in a democracy or not?

Unfortunately this importance, this role began to be overlooked soon after independence in 1947. The Mai-Bap Sarkar, Pandit Nehru sat on top of independence. And Pandit Nehru and Dr. Ambedkar made such a constitution, which did not consider it necessary to mention the freedom of the press, to give its specific rights to the public, to determine the responsibility of the state in its empowerment. Interrupted-hostage in the same act of newspapers, which was made by the British to enslave the people of India, to control their press freedom. Not only this, Pandit Nehru, on the contrary, made all efforts to make news print quota for newspapers, government recognition or making journalism a profession like journalism as a factory and journalist workers.

Obviously, the first newspaper in India started by James Auguste Hickey in the name of Bengal Gazette in 1780 was an attempt in the madness of journalism, then after India’s independence in 1947, except for a few English elite newspapers, then letters in Indian languages Most of the publications of magazines were in the sordidness of expression, literary ruckus, sattvic desire to read and write. From that, the struggle for freedom itself became a struggle.

This is the reason that before 1947, the native Indian media was not carrying the stigma that it is the media of the whites like the godi media has run these days. Be it GD Birla’s ‘Hindustan Times’ or Goenka’s ‘Indian Express’, he was not a stooger of the British, but an independent spirit. Today or after August 15, 1947, in the time of Pandit Nehru, there was no devotion to Gore Laat Saheb in the manner in which the newspapers and editors were devotees of Prime Minister Nehru. The pre-1947 India media was not carrying the vulture-like slander of Aryan Khan or Riya Chakraborty today. Then the poor, common man or farmer of the country could not imagine that Gandhi’s newspaper would not be raising his voice! Or the farmers think in disbelief and hatred on the media that we have to bring out our own newspaper because the media is sold to the government!

Think, it was not so in the year 1947 and it is in the year 2021-22, then what is the reason? on this tomorrow. (Ongoing)

Shivam Bangwal

Shivam Bangwal is an India-based Entrepreneur. He is the Founder of Successful Startups like Youthistaan, People News Chronicle, Hitchhike TV & Branding Panther. Shivam has done his Master's in Computer Applications.

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