INDO-PAK CONNECT OF THE TIME COVER PAGE ARTICLE ON MODI

   By PC Bureau ,  12-May-2019
INDO-PAK CONNECT OF THE TIME COVER PAGE ARTICLE ON MODI

Though it is said to be a sponsored article. But if it is so, it is a shame since TIME cannot be expected to support yellow journalism.

In its latest issue America's TIME magazine has a cover story on India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The magazine conspicouosly appears to be raising a controversy with its supposedly bottom line question in the article. The journal asks  - "Can the world's largest democracy tolerate the Modi government  for five more years?" With the face of PM Modi, this magazine's coverpage is titled - "India's Divider In Chief".

Let us go back and see, this is the same magazine which has published  Prime Minister Narendra Modi thrice between the year 2004 to 2017. Modi was its cover story in 2004, 2015 and  2017 when he was included in the list of 100 most influential people in the world.  At the same time, there was a cover story called 'Why Modi Matters', on May 07, 2015  but for some unknown reasons in 2019 this magazine started calling Modi a 'India's Divider In Chief'.

Though it is said to be a sponsored article. But if it is so, it is a shame since TIME cannot be expected to support yellow journalism. In its May 7, 2015 article it analysed wow Narendra Modi wishes to Change India becoming a major global player. It also published and exclusive Interview with Narendra Modi.

This is a grave matter since it talks about India’s Prime Minister. Or let us put this way, the topmost leader who is marching to grow to a world power in the international diaspora is seen playing negative politics by the magazine. When the investigative team of journalists paid attention behind the curtain, there was a India-Pakistan link of the article was clearly visible.

The India-Pak connection
This journal has compared Nehru's socialism to India's current social scenario. The story is written by a journalist named Atish Tasir. Now the question is - who is this Aatish Tasir?

Atish Taseer is the author and journalist of a British origin. His father was a Pakistani politician and businessman and mother is an Indian journalist whose name is Tavleen Singh. These are the same Tavleen Singh whose articles are published in INDIA TODAY and THE INDIAN EXPRESS.

Things to consider
India is undergoing the Lok Sabha electionsa and the last phase of voting will be held on May 19. Earlier, TIME had published this report on its website. This article of TIME also mentions the 1984 riots and 2002 riots trying to connect it to Modi. it says, although the Congress leadership is not free from charges related to the 1984 riots, yet despite the riots, the party has kept itself separate from the mob during the riots, whereas Narendra Modi kept silent during the 2002 riots. And that made him look like a 'friend of the frenzied crowds'. Writing articles on the Gujarat riots after 18 year and the Indo-Pak connection of Atish Taseer hints towards a point whre it is evident that the article is written on ‘purpose’.

(Kamal Kishor Singh)