PUNE: Taking the government to task, Justice Ajit Prasad Shah, former Chief Justice of Delhi and Madras High Court claimed that Indians are living in an intolerant society and a large section of the media, especially the electronic media through biased reporting is only emphasising it.
He was speaking in Pune on Saturday at a function organised by the Moneylife Foundation, Symbiosis and the All India Bank Employees Association. Justice Shah, also the former head of the Law Commission said, “Contrary to its accepted role of being in the role of opposition, the media has become the propaganda machinery of the government.”
“We are told what we can eat, what we can’t eat, what we can see or can’t see, what we can speak or can’t speak,” he said. He said film makers are forced to pander to suit the sentiments of a particular community. He referred to the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh that journalists are attacked and killed at point blank for the views they hold.
“If any one holds a view which is against that of the government, he is termed as anti-national and continuously abused online or trolled,” he said.
He alleged that BJP, which had supported the Lokpal agitation of Anna Hazare, had failed to constitute the institute of Lokpal in the last four years. “The only reason Lokpal was not appointed was because we don’t have a leader of opposition in the country as Mallikarjun Kharge has not been given that status,” he said.
“I agree there is a perceived incorruptibility about the image of the Prime Minister and some minister’s but that is not enough,” he said, adding, “There has been no change in the corruption in lower bureaucracy or in general.”