Communally provocative

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/06/2018

TV anchors conduct communally provocative debates, and our self-regulating TV industry does nothing about it. On June 1  this News 24 news show conducted a debate titled 'Has the Muslim vote bank reappeared in India's politics?' When one of the  panelists gave a measured reply the anchor would say 'you are mincing words!' But BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra obliged when his turn came to be asked how come a Muslim candidate won in Kairana where only 32 per cent of the voters are Muslims. He said the rest of the country was watching this, that the Muslims had united but the Hindus had not.                                                       

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