It is somewhat true that India related news suffer a poor portrayal. Surprisingly, some xenophobic western media houses show India’s successes but also add a bit of spices. These spices include listing a lot of India’s weaknesses and then mocking them, thus effectively undermining the achievements.
Let me share some examples:
New York Times had mocked India’s stand seeking greater emission cuts from the developed countries
They wanted to hold India responsible for the climate summit failure, given the fact that all the developed countries overused non-renewable resources (like coal) during the peak of their industrialisation, thus tremendously harming the environment.
India’s per-capita carbon emissions add up to just 1.7 metric tons, 10 times less than America’s per-capita emissions. Now, they are asking India to switch to costly and hi-tech renewable energy sources and methods. Since coal is used highly (70%), any commitment to reduction in carbon dioxide emissions will definitely affect its developmental goals. India’s argument was that developing countries should not be forced to compromise on their developmental goals but be granted monetary benefits to meet the climate-change mitigation plans.
Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, has publicly argued that it would be “morally wrong” to let rich countries off the hook for their historical emissions. Still, India has set an ambitious goal of receiving 40% of its power from renewable resources by 2030.
Cartoon by The Australian newspaper depicting Indians eating solar panels (although geographically, it’s not western, I added because it has close proximity to the western world).
This is related again to the climate summit failure as discussed before. The message is that India is too stupid to handle renewable energy and should stick to coal. I never thought they would stoop so low.
This was posted by New York Times after India’s successful Mars mission.
This is a quite popular one. I don’t need to say much but have to pity them. Because they have to use a lot of these cartoons in the future as India’s progress has just begun to sky-rocket and is destined to cause more heartburns for those media houses.
An insulting banner attached to a train in India by the BBC team:
By BBC (they are hardcore Indian well-wishers, really), there has been lots of mockery too. Another incident is being shared with the URL below, if somebody wants to check out.
On a different note: Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza won the Wimbledon doubles final 2015, but have a look at the news. BBC India doesn’t feel it necessary to write Sania Mirza’s name.
And regarding rape (which is nonetheless highly condemnable), India is crowned as rape capital of the world. As if no woman can go out in the streets alone and everywhere else, there are sexual assaults happening. These dumbs don’t even acknowledge that India is such a vast country and out of that, a few rotten apples are there. Which country doesn’t have that? They should check the relevant crime statistics of their own country first. However, any sexual abuse is condemnable and I strongly believe that India should keep on adopting a systematic and stringent approach to address its problems.
An interesting article by an independent observer:
I am currently studying in Munich and one of my German friend told me that whenever there is some news regarding India in their news channel, its always pitying on India’s poverty, rape and other problems (unfortunately these problems are also there). He said that it kind of spoils the country’s image by not putting light on any achievements and that he doesn’t get to know of any achievements of India from those channels. He has to Google search for that. It might affect others thinking towards India negatively.
No matter what, these kind of things will happen and maybe increase in future due to a promising Indian outlook. There will always be some who cannot digest the stellar growth of the still developing economies (both India and China which is already at a higher edge) and will mire the success stories with some sort of ill-willed controversies. Their thinking-How the hell can Indians progress terrifically and even dare to match our position? Little do they know it is not going to stop anytime soon. The show has just begun.
Written by : Anirban De