Why so negative?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/12/2017

PM Modi told the Hindustan Times Summit on Nov 30 about the many changes his govt had brought in the lives of ordinary people and quoted former president APJ Abdul Kalam to ask why the media here was so negative. “Why is it that we don’t acknowledge our capacities and achievements?”  Earlier in the speech he mentioned how much Swach Bharat was changing the lives of women  who used to wait for darkness to fall to relieve themselves. “But some people will take pictures of a little dirt and discuss it, and write about it, and show it on TV” he said.  “I want to tell the country’s media, come and help give direction to the country”. He did not laud the Hindustan Times’s positivism in dropping its Hate Tracker in October end.                            

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