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Nithyananda Scandal: Media Coverage and their Mis-representations

1) Interesting to note how Times of India tone completely changed after we gave them an exclusive interview.

2) The names of persons and corresponding pictures were found faulty on several occasions in Tamil Media. However English media refrained from this.

3) Severe mis-presentation of Swamiji’s quotes where some channels used his words and twisted them to make juicy headlines

Times Now got an exclusive interview and misquoted Swamiji as saying:

- “ Yes, its me in the video”
- “ I was in a trance”
This ran whole day on channels and website on 14th March.
However, Swamiji did not say these anywhere in his interview.

4) IBN –CNN and several other channels used his interview with Rajiv Malhotra and grossly violated all ethics by severe mis representation of his statements.
IBN-CNN ran the headline on March 15th – “ I was experimenting in Bed” – tainted Swami;s Excuse.”



5) On the night of 14th when several media channels entered into Swamiji’s hotel and tried to get a statement out of him.
Aaj Tak and NDTV channels reported several erroneous facts without checking with anyone.
They reported that
“Swamiji was staying in room 104 checked in as S K Tiwari and has been using a fake name and ID”.
They did not check that one of our senior swami who was accompanying Swamiji had booked the room in his name.





From the night of March 2nd, 2010 we have witnessed how a well entrenched media group can misguide the people, inflame the passions of ordinary people and completely tarnish the image of a Spiritual Leader who's works have inspired millions around the world. Paramahamsa Nithyananda, over the last 5 years, was probably single handedly responsible for reviving spiritual interest amongst all age groups across the world, through his tireless work and inspiring talk. He even has around 700 free discourses on YouTube elaborating on almost every aspect of spirituality with such authenticity and has around 200 books published.

The TV channel that broadcast the videos have clearly violated all aspects of public decency just by showing such a video and yet no action has been initiated against them by any one. The whole episode was planned and timed to perfection. On 1st March 2010, Paramahamsa Nithyananda left for the Kumbha Mela. This was a schedule fixed months earlier. The perpetrators of this incident were well aware of this and showed the video on 2nd March 2010 at night, thus ensuring that Paramahamsa Nithyananda will not even be available for any comment.

The news videos were repeated continuously non-stop as though there was a national emergency. The intention of the video was purely to defame Paramahamsa Nithyananda and to orchestrate a public campaign against him. Within one hour of the video being shown, his ashrams in few places were simultaneously attacked. The news cast was repeated with the same intensity, now with the news mentioning, as though to justify, the public anger. The videos actually showed not more than 10 people in about 5 places, indulging in anti-social behavior by damaging the legitimate property of the ashrams. Yet the news conveyed the impression that the whole of Tamilnadu was actively agitating against Paramahamsa Nithyananda.

The following day the same news item was circulated with the same intensity, again as though a national emergency or calamity had occurred. Through out this episode, not even a single news of the other side was shown. No person from the ashram was even asked for an opinion. However, a single goonda like person was shown manhandling an ashramite from the Tiruvanamalai ashram repeatedly. The newsmen who captured this item were not even bothered to record a single word from this ashramite but even took statements from this goonda and others like him.

It was clear that they were trying hard to CREATE public anger.

The usual anti-social elements were being let loose to have a free run at any visible sign of Paramahamsa Nithyananda's ashram related activity areas. After having achieved the first objective of discrediting Paramahamsa Nithyananda's public persona, it was now time to start the 2nd phase of the malicious campaign.

Totally unsubstantiated new allegations of land grabbing, rape, sandalwood hoarding, unlawful confinement of ashramites were now being shown continuously. They had a free run in inciting and whipping up further public emotions. Now, other TV channels were keen on getting a slice of this pie.

An event was successfully created out of nothing significant and now there was also scope for good revenue to be made from it.

On 4th, the ashram put out a video on youtube and a message on their website stating "At this moment, we feel that a mix of conspiracy, graphics and rumor are at play in these recent events that have unfolded. We are working on a legal course of action and will come up with updates in due course" None of these TV channels bothered with this.

It was more sensational to hurl accusations, create confusion and spread more rumors. News was literally being made. Maximum mileage and revenue was being made sensationalizing every bit of unsubstantiated, unverified news item.

On 6th March, Paramahamsa Nithyananda had to make a videophone recording explaining that nothing illegal was done either by him or his organization. Sun TV which found it appropriate to air a 8+ minutes of sleaze footage for 2 days could not find time to broadcast the 2:30mins of Swamiji's statement even once. Repeated videos put out by the ashram, even of a 45mins press conference were conveniently ignored or merited only casual passing coverage.

The created news had to die its natural death by people getting tired (and disgusted) of it but not before inflicting maximum damage as intended by its perpetrators.

A regular massage video was manipulated to misrepresent a spiritual leader and completely malign his name and shamelessly shown on a public news channel with the sole intention of 'character assassination' and maximum revenue was also generated in all forms of media owned by this group. An assortment of charges were made, hurled and circulated, public chaos was created, and in the end nothing was substantiated. It was left to (like Swamiji said) the victim to remain guilty until proven innocent.

Even interviews with Swamiji that have been recorded and put on YouTube (thankfully) have been miscast and mis-captioned.

This is unfortunately the media that we watch daily and actually pay for watching. This can be carried out, at will, against any Hindu spiritual leader or organization but will never be attempted against any other religion or religious organization in India.

8 comments:

RAM HARI SHARMA said...

This thing of maligning the Hindu saints is becoming General. Earlier Saint Asha Ram ji was also defamed by the irresponsible media. Now time has come that we should boycott such type of channels. Theses channels will die their own death if public stops watching. Here i apeal to general public that they should be very cautious about rumors made by media to increase their TPR.

Sri Nithya Sri Priyan said...

Nithayanandam,
It is just disgusting to watch daily news issues on Swamiji fabricated by channels with single moto of Defamation and Malice.
It is high time the devotees joined hands to create a dedicated channels which broadcasts actual facts about Swamiji and His teachings,Testimonials form devotees and views of devotees and important enlightening videos and Medical eveidences of Swamiji's Enlightenement streamed to public veiw only can break the current trend of the faction planning massive mallicious attack on Swamiji.It can happen only in Hinduism, Hindus acting against Hindus, this is a far dream in any other religion be it in India or elsewhere.
Sri Nithya Sri Priyan

sansha said...

I totally agree with the comments. Nithyananda is a pure energy, anybody who has directly experienced him through his discources and his presence knows what he is. It is a loss to those who are being made fool by media , vested interest and negative forces.

Balu said...

No one can stop spritual growth. Modern day needs its..

Do swamis KALPATHARU... its a great course to start your spritual journey.

Anithaa said...

I agree most of the Indian Media are unprofesional,have hidden motive . I was so angry with CNN Ibn's headline

March 15th – “ I was experimenting in Bed” – tainted Swami;s Excuse.”

I am glad all the Interview that swamiji gave was published.

How could a journalist twist. I can understand if its a blog . But come one this is NEWS supposingly should report the truth only.Journalist and the media associated with are thinking they have power to downgrade people .

I am from Malaysia and decided and concluded that INDIAN Media are liars. Its a shame on them

Vaitheki said...

I guess only in India, a person is guilty until proven innocent and everywhere else a person is innocent until proven guilty. From a young age, I never trusted any news channel especially after the propaganda news published during the Gulf War by CNN (America's political propaganda news agency). I'm pretty sure, everyone in their life time will experience that news agencies publish sensational news as their main interest is revenue not facts and truth!

Similarly, in this case, one must ask why Sun TV and other news channels violated the censorship rules by repeatedly displaying adult content tapes to millions of under age viewers. The irony is that the same country would palce charges on insignificant people (i.e. an ordinary person who is incapable of defending himself) for committing similar crimes but why not the mightly powerful news agencies?

I believe in Swamiji and I benefited from his meditation techniques that helped me to come out of depression and stay the normal course of life.

I'm saddned by what is happening to Swamiji and the Mission and I sincerely hope that everything returns back to normal.

Vaitheki Bala
Canada

srimanit said...

Simply to say...

(*)After meeting Swami,my life has changed a lot!

(*)I am able to witness every moment of life with an awareness.

(*)Even if anger enters my mind i am able to visualize it and able to reduce it or express it with awareness.

(*)I am able to realize that the reality is missing in almost all the films.(let it be love story,family story or societal based).

(*)The films created out of some imagination are creating some more stress to the people watching them.

(*)But swami's teaching will surely help us in handling these entertainment stuffs in an intelligent way.

(*)Swami can just be thought as a friend of us!.How lucky we are!

(*)This friend of us has not talked about which topic of the world?.

(*)He has talked to the world about the worlds(inner and outer).

(*)Cannot even imagine whether such gift(Swami) is present just before us for us!We should be really lucky!

(*)Swamiji!Welcome! :-)

abaks3232 said...

dis is all because sensationalism created by media for their benefits....finally truth prevailed....

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