Anurag Batra Writes a Letter to the Prime Minister


Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh,

I write this letter with a lot of expectations, and reverence for you.

You have had the burden of expectations of the common man, and even someone like me who admires your integrity, vision and equanimity, still believes you can do a lot more for us Indians. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for leading India and for being a Prime Minister that we can be proud of.

A wise man said “A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better. ”

I know you have, inspite of your compulsion of coalition politics, tried to improve this country  and make it a better place to live in and do business in.

As I said in my opening lines of the letter , I am grateful and would like to congratulate you on giving us an information and broadcasting minister in Ms. Ambika Soni, who has upheld self regulation in media, who has made great strides in digitalization, and who acted as a catalyst in the growth of community radio.

I am grateful that you have brought a pragmatic, articulate, no nonsense and wise young man like Sri. Manish Tiwari to the information and broadcasting industry.

I am grateful that you have opened up FDI in retail and aviation. I am happy that you have taken a stand on many issues. I have seen that you have brought younger people into the cabinet.

However the events of the last one week have left me, as a citizen of the country, in shame.

Two top editors from a leading media group have been detained, and that too in my view, illegally. Personal rivalries and one upmanship is happening at the cost of a fair and democratic India. The freedom of the media is being muzzled. Their right to get bail has been denied. There seems to be larger design. You must intervene and help. You must take notice. You must let law take its course and the editors should be given bail.

This weakens the structure of governance in India.

You as the Prime Minister realise the role of the media and especially digital media, in being an important tool of democracy.

Digital and it’s impact on all other forms of utilities, whether it’s the power sector, water, or security must be understood. The overlap of digital systems, processes on governance, must be brought centre stage. Experts from the digital domain should be involved in decision making and policy making relating to the digital ecosystem.

Digital and cyber warfare should be something this government that you lead, must focus on more and more, and deploy funds that are much more than what are being deployed right now.

Disaster management and it’s application is very weak in my view. Strengthening the urban and rural areas, will strengthen our ability to deal with natural calamities and be back on our feet again.

I again congratulate you on doing the tough task of running this country, especially since this is a tough time.

You have my support and the support of many Indians.

Jai hind! Jai Bharat!

I believe Dr. Singh when I think of you and you running this diverse and great country in the current circumstances, I believe you will finally do a better job  than anyone expects from you.

As I think about you, a quote by William Barclay comes to my mind.

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.”

Anurag Batra

Mr. Anurag Batra is a media entrepreneur and the Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of the exchange4media Group.

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Disclaimer: The above article is the personal opinion of the author and not of the publication.