MG, media and Muslims

With this issue, The Milli Gazette starts its 13th year. This is a matter of pride and joy for a publication which from the very beginning chose to swim against the tide and took up issues not appreciated by the so-called “mainstream” media and powers that be. Yet this is also a fact that we have been accumulating losses every single issue since MG was launched in January 2000 as a bid to give voice to the voiceless community which has no presence in English, the language increasingly read and even spoken by the old and the new emerging elite in the country, while Muslim media in India remains mostly limited to Urdu publications. Even this media is being slowly snatched away from the community as non-Muslim corporates are entering the Urdu press and buying away successful newspapers like Inquilab and Azad Hind besides starting a new ones like Rashtriya Sahara which, thanks to huge resources, became number one Urdu daily published from over a dozen locations. No doubt, you still find some news of Muslim interest in these publications but the policies are set by their corporate owners whose sole concern is raking profits and serving their national and international masters. This is clear when these publications support international corporate agenda like pressing for FDI in retail business in India.

We had thought that within 2-3 years MG will not only stand on its feet but will also progress to become a weekly publication. But this remains a dream. Our community does not seem to be putting its money where its mouth is. Unless you buy your copy of MG and advertise in it, we will not survive for long. As of now, we have decided to reduce our pages from 32 to 24 and to trim our long list of complimentary subscriptions. This will reduce our losses to some extent but the gap will still be huge.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2012 on page no. 1

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