Role Of Media As Fourth Pillar Of Democracy

By Paras Mishra


“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch whereas, media is well-armed wolf which changes the perception of vote”.

The media ensures that people living in territorial and extra-territorial boundaries of a country are aware of Social, Political, Economic activities that happens within their country. It works like a mirror which reflects the harsh realities of life. The media is the powerful entity on earth because it reminds the government of its unfulfilled set of promises through television, radio, internet etc. At the same time, it is as strong as it can change the views of an individual by bombarding news without any evidences.


Why media is called as fourth pillar of democracy when, it instead of presenting views start- ed imposing views?

Instead of exposing power media is actually protecting power by telecasting selective news which is profiteering the news channels by generating TRP’s. This is the reason why people like KANHIYA KUMAR and HARDIK PATEL are overnight celebrity. Sometimes, while praising our country exclusively the media exposes the secrets of our country, which is definitely not the sign of greatness at all. Important news never gets coverage as of needed because it is less TRP generating. “Your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great, your country becomes great because of your pride in it.”


With every new year to begin, development raise questions about the quality and quantity of independent news coverage of the polls as local media comes under the influence of political parties.

  1. “But the issue of political control of Indian media begs the question of how truly free are journalists.” I believe that Democracy in India is not for the people, of the people and by the people instead it is for the politicians, of the politicians and by the politicians because indirectly media is used for campaigning, changing perception of a voter, giving instant ver- dict in news though the accused might be innocent. Example: SABARAMILA temple case, the issue was Deity used to practice celibacy, so women are not allowed to enter into inner circle of temple though it was allowed till the outer circle. But for winning election in state of KERELA Political party with the help of media spread the rumors that menstruating women are not allowed to enter into temple premises which is infringement of ARTICLE-14 of women.
  2. DEMONETISATION took place and the reason given was to quash the corruption, at some extent it works but the ulterior reason was to won election in particular state which was nurtured by the media.
  3. Evident in southern Indian state some states where they had opened the news channels which is used for Political Purpose.


For proper functioning of democracy “Discussion and Dissension” are equally important be- cause if we don’t have opponent in our democracy then there will be no one to be the mirror of the constitution which reflects opposing points of particular statement or act. Media trial should be stopped because it makes innocent proven guilty.

In ARUSHI TALWAR murder case, media coverage started tampering all evidence even exclusively talked about the illicit relationship of ARUSHI with male servant and her father’s with co-dentist. Prima Facie, she was told characterless by a police officer which was IN TOTO takes the perception of a society to another level irrespective of Judgement delivered after. I believe that “we the people” of our country have to take tough decision to restore government because if we as citizen are not aware then what will the government do alone.

Let’s start from today, As Great MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Said- “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy.”

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