Journalism as the art of living
In a year or so, a unique and revolutionary new Indian school
of journalism is going to be inaugurated in Bangalore. In this school, students
will not only be taught the complete art of journalism. They will also learn to
look at India through an Indian perspective, to cast an eye on the world which
will carry some of the knowledge and wisdom of a civilisation -- their own --
which is five thousand years old.
They will, for instance, be taught pranayama, the ancient
technique of breathing devised thousand of years ago by Indian sages, so that
they know how to regulate their breath in time of stress and thus control their
emotions. They will be taught the art of meditation, so that they can get their
inspiration from a quiet, strong and silent mind. They will be taught asanas, so
that their body is strong and resilient and can endure any physical situation.
They will be taught a unique cleansing technique called Sudarshan Kriya, which
eliminates toxins and stress from the mind and body.
They will study the Vedas, which contain the ultimate truth,
the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and India's great philosophers like Sri Aurobindo.
They will even be taught to sing and dance, so that there is joy and spontaneity
in their life and not the dry, intellectual pompousness of the pipe-smoking,
Oxford English-speaking journalist, or the chain-smoking pseudo-Marxist... In
short, they will be taught the Art of Living.
Sounds preposterous? But these methods should be applied to
all aspects of education in India, from the kindergarten onwards, so that
schools and universities do not churn out western clones, who have no idea about
the greatness and the immense wealth of their own country. And the first thing
which should be taught to all students, whether they are toddlers or aspiring
journalists, is that there exists a Knowledge - spiritual, occult, yogic - still
alive in India, which has died all over the world, where only churches and
dogmas survive, although this knowledge was once prevalent in ancient
civilisations -in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece etc. They should also understand
that if this knowledge, which is not Hinduism, which is not religious, is left
to die in India, it will be gone forever from this world which might slowly
drift towards pralaya.
At the moment, India is still living under Nehru's legacy, who
had chosen to turn its back on anything which had a spiritual connection and had
espoused the Marxist way of life, which produced an immense bureaucracy,
corruption and the kind of politicians we see today. It also bred many
generations of Indian intellectuals and journalists, who kept running down the
greatness of their own country and aped anything that came from the West -- the
good and the bad. Today many of Indian newspapers and magazines do not reflect a
true Indian point of view, but constantly look at India through a western prism
which contains none of the wisdom and knowledge of ancient India.
Take the Pope's visit for instance. Instead of defending
India's point of view - as it would have beennormal practice in any other
country - by doing some background research on the atrocities committed by the
Portuguese in Goa, or about the economic incentives wh-ich missionaries have
used -- and are still using - to convert entire chunks of the Northeast and
Central India, most of the Indian press went on its usual VHP-RSS-Bhajrang Dal
bashing. It is too easy to repeat ad infinitum that Christians in India are only
two percent (a nearly ten years old census), because the influence which
Christians exert in India is tremendous. Not only do they control the best
schools (and hospitals), thus shaping the minds of India's future elite, their
sometimes alliance with Marxists make them redoubtable adversaries.
Furthermore, very few newspapers and magazines chose to
publish extracts of the Southern Baptist Church's prayer books (the second
largest Christian organisation in the US, of which President Clinton is a
member) which call Hinduism "satanic" and say that "Hindus live
in the darkness of their hearts,which no lamp can dispel". Some of the
Christian leaders (the majority of Indian Christians are nice and peace-loving
people) have thus been able to take full advantage of this hatred of the Indian
press -- which is mostly composed of Hindus -- against any organisation or
individual who dares to defend Hindus, and their softness for anybody who
It is in this way that the Vatican was able to lecture India
on the "atrocities" committed against Indian Christians, without
mentioning the much greater atrocities committed against the Hindus who had
welcomed so wholeheartedly Christians centuries ago. It is also sad that the BJP,
which not so long ago was the target of attacks by these very same journalists,
chose to arrest a few of the leaders of those groups who had the courage to
stand up for their own ideas. Do you remember, Mr Advani, when you were arrested
and branded a "Nazi" by the Indian press, who stood by you then?
So what is needed is a new generation of Indian journalists
who willbe proud of their country without being chauvinists, who will be
brilliant without being superficial, who will take the best of the west, without
being western clones, who will draw inspiration from the knowledge alive in this
country, without being bigots. They will be Indian journalists.