Motivational Story – When APJ Abdul Kalam advised Media not to be so Negative

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This is true that now a day’s media work mostly for TRP’s. As the negative news makes more impact hence most of the media houses always look for controversial and negative news and turn them to breaking news.

During one of his speech, former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam once advised media not to be so negative. In his own words he said:

Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?

We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.

Look at Dr. Sudarshan, he has transformed the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self driving unit.

There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed with bad news and failures and disasters.

I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert land into an orchid and a granary.

It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news. In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so NEGATIVE?

But truth is that APJ Abdul Kalam’s advice is yet not followed by media.


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