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Gomti Riverfront - ABP News Report, how Indian media glosses out a bad news into a good selfie.

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We found so many contradictions in this report that it needed a special mention. Media is considered


We found so many contradictions in this report that it needed a special mention. Media is considered the Fourth pillar of our democracy and if they are not reporting things correctly in a coherent way, its a sign of pending disaster.

Here are our observations

1. The report says its a "branding exercise" by Mr. Akhilesh to counter a similar model of development by Mr. Modi. River is just the battle ground.

2. The report clearly documents the massive construction and paving of fragile riverbed and flood plain. It also lists jogging trails, stadiums, fountains, theaters and a long list of construction activities pending.

3. The report has Chief Minister saying on record that River is going to be jacketed between walls. (3:08 - 6:39)

4. The report says Environment experts say its very good but there are dangers, but expert only speaks about dangers.

5. The report clearly indicates the functioning of rubber dam and its use in holding the water.

6. The report clearly indicates the plan on a pending river linking project.

7. The report clearly indicates the cost to project is 3000 Crore rupees and 12.8 KM long.

8. The report clearly highlights our own prejudice about anything foreign. So Gomti should become like Thames, Can't she be herself and we can be proud of her and keep her healthy?

9. The report clearly indicates the reasons on why such a sensitive project is rushed through, contradicting any western way of river side development where even a small development in such a fragile zone goes through decades. Its rushing for election and cutting the ribbon to get votes.

10. The report also signifies Indian mentality to keep a selfie over long term survival. Hope this changes soon.

Now on the style of reporting by Mr. Pankaj Jha and ABP news

1. The expert never said this development is very good, why your reporter is quoting it? (4:52 - 5:20)

2. Do you think the tone of your reporting justifies the content? The content and report is all about

Massive interference with a river system which will lead to a disaster (as per experts) and its just as a political branding exercise to supposedly  win elections, praying on the selfie mentality of us Indians. 

 But your Reporters keep quoting "Sham-e-Avadh etc..." to give the report a positive color. We fail to understand this. Any Answers? 



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