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” Until the Lions start writing their own stories, the tales of hunt will always glorify the hunter”

Mark Twain once famously quipped, ‘If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.’ And it holds true even today, infact it is more pronounced in this day and age of social media, reflected in the way our main stream media is reporting these days . The truth gets drowned in the loud voices of political party representatives and generously paid participants, each one of them pushing his own agenda.

The concerns of the common man, his issues and his voice gets scuttled in the din of their sinister antics. “The greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn’t exist”, may not be just a dialogue from a random Hollywood movie after all. The manner in which news is fed to us these days, we are made to believe that it’s our concerns, our problems, our issues that are being raised and we don’t even get to know that we have been tricked , tricked not by one but many devils.

The sneeze of a man in power becomes front page news, while the death of a poor man finds a casual mention somewhere on a corner of page 10. Religious discourse and communal issues have taken the centre stage while the ordinary man’s problems of roti, kapda aur makaan have been relegated to the dungeons of castle Neglect. News agencies should report on the politics that is in play at any given point of time in the country yet not indulge in politics themselves, but sadly everyone is pushing a political ideology of his liking and twisting the facts accordingly.

The jargon of ‘reporting news’ has been converted to ‘buying and selling news’ like every other market commodity reducing the credibility of the institution itself which many of us in the not so very distant past believed to be the 4th pillar of democracy .They only way out of this quagmire is that the common man himself decides the issues that need to be raised, debated, discussed and then addressed at the highest level. You and me together will have to raise our voices in unison to be heard. We will have to put up our hands and take the responsibility on our shoulders to make sure that our voices are heard.

With this thought we bring to you this platform where the common man will drive the agenda and set the pace, where he himself can be a part of the symphony created by the multitudes of whispers coming together as a war cry. I will leave you with yet another famous proverb, an African one this time, which roughly can be translated as – Until the Lions start writing their own stories, the tales of hunt will always glorify the hunter”. So come and join us , be a part of the journey , interact with us and be the news yourself. Your voice, our news. www.paigaam.in