With India being a democratic country, everyone has a right to express their opinion. Everyone has a write to support or criticize the government if he agrees or disagrees with the decisions or its impact.
With the adamant of technology and social media, there has been an exponential rise in the political parties creating “IT Cells” and “War Rooms”. On social media platforms, you must have encountered the term “Godi Media” on various occasions. So what does this Godi Media mean? Readout to know more about what exactly of Godi Media means.
Meaning of Godi Media
“Godi” is a Hindi term that means lap. So Godi Media is the term used for the journalists or media houses/channels who speak in favor of the ruling party or a government. These media houses then propagate their ideas and ideologies and they have a partial representation of the facts. These media channels are sometimes referred to as showing news while sitting on the lap of political parties or governments. This, in short, means that the news channels will never show the true and fair view, and instead, telecast what is been told by the government/politicians.
Godi Media in BJP’s Tenure
It should also be seen that Godi Media has nothing to do with Modi or BJP. The term “Godi” and “Modi” sound similar but they are nowhere related. The Godi Media existed even at the time of Congress/UPA rule from 2004-2014. The only difference is that there was less use of social media to popularize these terms.
Who Popularized “Godi Media” Term?
Godi Media was popularized by NDTV journalist and editor Ravish Kumar. He also said that the other news channels are nothing but running shows, prime time, and debates in accordance with the ruling government.
Journalists part of “Godi Media” in BJP’s Tenure
The tags are given by social media users by referring these top journalists of media houses as a part of “Godi Media”. Some examples of Godi Media journalists:
- Rajat Sharma (India TV)
- Sudhir Chaudhary (Zee News)
- Amish Devgan (News18)
- Rubika Liyaqat (ABP News)
- Arnab Goswami (Republic TV)
- Anjana Om Kashyap (Aaj Tak)
- Rohit Sardana (Aaj Tak)
…and many more. So whenever you come across social media with the term Godi Media, it simply means that an article or a post is talking about these journalists.
Likewise, the journalists who were a part of “Godi Media” at the time of UPA/Congress rule are Ravish Kumar, Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai, Rana Ayyub, BBC, etc.