Privacy, Media and Politics: 3 biggest jokes in the largest democracy
According to Cobrapost, Patym agreed to share the user data after the request of PMO.
In a digital era, we are not saying that our data is safe, which would be a foolish statement where anyone can know some of our interests just by visiting our social media profile, and no matter how much privacy settings have been done, it is difficult to hide everything. In a country like India, we assume that we are safe due to the lack of IT literacy, though the online presence is impressive still people are unaware of the revelation of private data through social media. The best example is the flood of memes on social media about data privacy after the controversial Facebook-Cambridge Analytical incident showed that we Indians are not serious about it. But now this is a time to take it seriously.
It’s not limited to the social media profile
According to Cobrapost, the news portal which is known for its investigative news expose the nexus between media, government organization and tech firm Paytm. The mobile wallet company is providing the user data to a political organization on the request of PMO during the stone pelting incident at Jammu & Kashmir to check if anyone of them is using Paytm or not. As per the video the company’s vice president Ajay Sekhar saying that he got a call from PMO personally and they suspect that some of them are using Paytm.
It looks like a fairytale. What if they are analyzing the data for the upcoming General Election? No one knows the truth behind it. What more concern is that the data of 230 million users are at risk that includes their bank and Aadhaar details and any security failure could cause massive damage.
An ugly tie between media and politicians
However, the story doesn’t end here. Operation 136 showed that top bosses of leading media are ready to start a campaign that could damage the communal harmony which will help the ruling party BJP to gain the public support. As per the report, Dainik Bhaskar got an injunction from the Delhi High Court which stopped Cobrapost to publish investigating news related to the company, and the court ordered it without hearing from Cobrapost. The biggest name comes from this allegation is Vineet Jain from Times group where the company agrees to start a propaganda in the name of Hindutva through a 500 crores deal in exchange for some advertising program based on Krishna and Bhagvat Geeta which will be used as the cover of their political propaganda.
It is not unknown that political parties have direct or indirect control over the media houses that act like their mouthpieces whereas the explosive truth is they can go to any extent that includes braking communal harmony just for the sake of funding which is utterly disgusting and shameful and is nothing but crony journalism. Some of the senior journalists shamelessly admitted that they are working as a negotiator for political parties, creating content in their favor, and doing sting operation against rivals, and sadly this sting exposed 17 mainstream media houses who are involved in both print and electronic medium.
The sting even left shocked the journalists who are involved in this operation to expose the media houses as most of them not only agreed to work for the money but also suggested some new ways to implement it and Kasganj communal riot was just an example of yellow journalism and proved that Indian Media is on sale. After seeing such high voltage drama, we are left to believe that privacy and fourth pillar of democracy are just an illusion in the largest democracy in the world.
Image credit: Cobrapost