Indian journalism is at a tipping point. With biased news trumping freedom of press and expression, there are very few news channels and journalists we can actually trust. In these dark times, Sudhir Chaudhary, the Editor-in-Chief of Zee News, comes as a source of light, a knight in shining armour if you will. With top notch anchoring skills and information par excellence, Sudhir is at the top of his game.
Below, we list some reason why he is loved by so many news-hungry people in the country-
1. He does not support communal politics.
The Babri Masjid Ayodhya issue has been one of the most hotly debated communal tension issue in the past two decades. The demolition of Babri Masjid and the resulting riots claimed the lives of 2,000 people. And yet, nobody powerful was ever held accountable. These people are in power today, and are facing little or no backlash for the sins of their past. But Sudhir doesn’t keep quiet. He questions the authorities and demands answers from them, about when the Ram Mandir will be made. Communal what now?
2. He has integrity beyond compare.
So many journalists today sell out in the name of ruling party politics. They show what the government wants them to, not the truth. But Sudhir is different. Through a barrage of attacks on journalists across India, he has stuck to the truth and never given up his integrity. Like when he did a segment on fake news on Zee News. Did you know that a Zee News journalist quit because while covering the JNU incident, they inserted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ when no such thing was said? Coincidence?
3. He is a science prodigy.
We all know how difficult it is to gain excellence in the field of science, let alone excel in another field as well. Sudhir is different though. Apart from being a world class journalist, he is a Biology wonderman. According to him, Bhagwan Ram hum Bharatwasiyo ke DNA me hai. Our ancestors are always present with us in our DNA because their DNA is indestructible, whether they are real or not.
4. He is a tech-savvy genius.
Do you remember when he revealed to the country the marvel that the new 2000 Rupee notes were? Sudhir said that each note will have NGC or Nano GPS Chip embedded in it, that will enable the authorities to track every hard cash transaction. How brilliant would the RBI have to be to invent a technology this powerful? And how intelligent would Sudhir have to be to decode this technology and present it to his fellow countrymen? I think he is amazing. *sparkle eyes*
5. He is a man of his words.
While doing a segment on the murder of Gauri Lankesh, Sudhir quoted a wise man who once said that journalists should stay away from politics and ministers. And yet, according to him, there are some journalists who only print and say what the government wants them to. They will only take a stand if the ruling party can be shown in a positive light. They will never criticize the bad things the government does. And such people shouldn’t be journalists at all. Oh wait..
6. He always asks the tough questions.
Mediapersons today are afraid to ask tough questions, questions that really matter, to the people in power. It could be because they don’t want to face severe repercussions or maybe because they are sell outs. But Mr. Chaudhary is brave, and unafraid. In January 2018, he interviewed PM Narendra Modi and asked him all the tough questions. Like, “Do you have as much enthusiasm today as you did in 2014?” or “Do you think you are on the right track?”. These questions surely put Modiji in the spotlight, of convenient, easy answers.
I am sure by now it’s pretty clear that I support free press and freedom of expression, and strongly protest the likes of Sudhir Chaudhary. Fake news doesn’t just harm the viewers, but the entire population in general. Because it travels fast. Case and point- lynching of two innocent young men in Assam on suspicion of being child kidnappers, and many more such stories. The Indian journalism scene is abysmal and frankly, shameful. Journalists are selling out like hot cakes. They are forgetting the true essence of journalism and giving up because a big scary organization (mafia?) named BJP bought them out. I don’t think it’s always humanly possible for journalism to be unbiased, as it shouldn’t be. Opinions are important, and opinions are biased by definition. But muddling facts to suit their own needs? That is unethical, wrong and detrimental for everyone. Journalists in India are afraid to take a stand against the ruling government and their goons, because they have made examples out of good journalists like Gauri Lankesh. And I get that. But what Zee News, Republic TV, etc are doing (ass-kissing in simple words) is repugnant. Why do we still listen to them then?
By Samruddhi Ganvir