Citing a notable change in the media landscape, Prime Minister PM Modi has justified his choice to forgo giving press conferences. According to Modi, journalists are increasingly endorsing their own opinions and ideas, meaning that the media no longer upholds the objectivity it previously did.

Changing Media Environment

PM Modi clarified his position in an interview with Aaj Tak Hindi, stressing that the media landscape has radically changed. “The Parliament hears my complaints. Journalists of days are recognised by their personal tastes. The media is no longer an impartial organisation, according to Modi. He made the observation that people are becoming more conscious of the prejudices and views held by certain journalists. “The media used to be anonymous in the past. No one cared who wrote for them or what their ideologies were back then. Nevertheless, things have changed since then,” Modi said.

New Work Culture in Politics

The Prime Minister emphasized how the new political workplace culture now prioritizes performance over media management. Politics has adopted a new culture focused on controlling the media rather than on performance But I don’t think you should go down that route. I have to put in a lot of effort and visit every poor household, “PM Modi said. He made a comparison between this strategy and conventional political methods, which prioritise high-profile events for leaders. “In Vigyan Bhavan, I can also be photographed cutting ribbons. But for a tiny project, I travel to a small Jharkhand district. “I have introduced a novel work culture, and it is up to the media to decide if they support it or not,” he continued.

Allegations of Compromised Independence

In response to claims that his leadership had compromised the Election Commission’s (EC) independence, Modi cited past examples of former CECs entering politics after retirement under Congress administrations. He pointed out that for fifty-six years, the EC operated with only one member. “It’s funny that some persons who left the Election Commission went on to become governors. Occasionally, they were elected to parliament. Periodically, they would go and fight Advani ji in parliamentary elections. The individuals listed above are former chief election commissioners from other governments. Retired election commissioners from that time period continue to tweet in favour of the same political agenda. They publish articles and share their thoughts. This merely demonstrates how recently EC has become. This merely demonstrates that the EC has only recently attained total independence,” PMModi said.

Constitutional Amendments and Political Allegations

Modi refuted claims made by the opposition that the BJP wanted to amend the Constitution in order to win over 400 parliamentary seats by pointing to earlier instances. “Who among us was the first to alter this nation’s Constitution? Pandit Nehru was the one. He said that the revisions he proposed were intended to curtail free expression, which went against both democracy and the Constitution. “His daughter (Indira Gandhi) then overturned a court decision and imposed an emergency,” Modi went on. Rajiv Gandhi placed limitations on the media and reversed a ruling made by the Supreme Court in the Shah Bano case. Rahul Gandhi, the crown prince of the Congress, once overturned a Union cabinet decision,” he remarked. He stated that other members of the same family have disregarded the Constitution on different occasions.

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