The Hindu Editorial Analysis : 20th January 2023

The Hindu Editorial Analysis

We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

The Hindu is now synonymous with civil services aspirants. What brought on this cult readership?

Interested group.

  • A proposal by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology that seeks to force social media platforms to take down content “fact-checked” by the Government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) as false needs to be opposed without even a second look.
  • The proposed amendment to the IT Rules opens the door for the PIB or any other agency “authorized by the central government for fact checking” for the purpose of such takedowns.
  • This is problematic at many levels, with deep implications for free speech and information.
  • At the most basic level, the question to be asked is how a wing of the “nodal agency of the Government of India”,whose job is “to disseminate information to the print and electronic media on government policies, programmes, initiatives and achievements”,could be the deciding authority on what is factual and what is not.
  • The disturbing absurdity of an an interested party also playing the judge cannot be missed.
  • It is a really nasty world of disinformation out there but one would have to be delusional to think that governments do not have an axe to grind. If the proposal is implemented, the government can play the super censor at will.
  • While this proposal signals a new low in the administration’s thinking on matters of regulating news and information, things were not rosy prior to this either.
  • The government in recent years has given enough indications that it wants to control the news sphere.
  • The reworked IT Rules in early 2021 are an example of this. A similar mindset was reflected in the provisions of the data privacy Bill that gave government agencies a free pass.
  • Defending the government and its institutions in the public sphere by putting out data or statements are very much within the PIB’s ambit and logically defensible; but fact-checking is a very different thing.
  • This is not to say that the PIB’s fact check unit has not debunked rumors circulating on various social media platforms. It has,but it has done so as the agency of the government. Making its “fact-checks” binding on news disseminating platforms is something else.

Practice Questions:

  • What was the disturbing absurdity of an interested party?
  • For which agency does the proposed amendment to the IT Rules open the door?

Important Vocabs:

  • Disseminate- to spread information, knowledge, ideas etc. so that it reaches as many people as possible
  • Debunk- expose the falseness or hollowness of (an idea or belief).
  • Implication- the effect that something will have on something else in the future
  • Ambit- the scope, extent, or bounds of something
  • Nasty- very bad or unpleasant

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