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Book: Media, Urdu Aur Jadeed Rujhanaat (Urdu)
Publisher: Educational Publishing House, Delhi
Year: 2010
Pages: 248
Price: 230
ISBN: 978-82223-742-1
Author: Suhail Anjum

Suhail Anjum’s latest book, Media, Urdu Aur Jadeed Rujhahanat, is a well-researched and comprehensive study of India’s Hindi, Urdu and English media. it is of great importance for media students and journalists.

Earlier, Anjum had authored two books entitled, Media Roop Aur Bahroop, and Maghribi Media Aur Islam, which were about media’s role and Muslims on the national and international stage. This book has 22 chapters and each chapter takes the reader to a new discourse and opens his mind to the bitter reality prevailing in the media.

The book deeply probes media’s editorial policies and puts particular focus on Urdu journalism and contemporary media challenges. Anjum has also discussed television and internet journalism and has suggested some remedies to Urdu journalists suggesting how to improve the quality of their writing for the Urdu press.

the book tells us that we have good Urdu newspapers which have been playing a vital role and people read them with interest. the author of the book is not disappointed with the future of Urdu journalism. He has rightly said, “on some conditions the standard of Urdu journalism can be polished by paying sufficient heed towards the quality matter of Urdu newspapers.”

Shafey Kidwai, who has written the foreword of the book, commenting on the standard of Urdu journalism, said, “Suhail Anjum’s book is thought-provoking and has rightly pointed out that the standard of Urdu newspapers’ language is declining.”

The author boldly talks about media ethics and standards. Anjum is himself an Urdu journalist, yet he bluntly criticizes the contemporary Urdu press for lacking professional attitude towards its work which is the major cause of dismay among Urdu journalists who see no hope, and that is why they feel unable to comprehend let alone change what actually is happening around them.

Anjum’s work provides us with a glimpse of the deep-rooted policies of the mainstream media which has been making attempts to malign Muslims across the globe. The book tells us how the mainstream media indulges in the character assassination of Muslims in the name of “War against terror”. this stereotyping of Muslims by the media appears disturbing to Anjum. he answers the questions which have been raised in this context.

An important thing which the author has included in the book is “Journalism of Madrasas”, and, indeed, much more light has been thrown on that subject. it is not just an ordinary survey but a complete chronology of the issues related with madrasa journalism.

the book also sheds light on controversial incidents like Batla House encounter and other terror-related incidents in which Muslims had been targeted and tries to establish the role of the media while reporting on such issues.

While reading the book we do not find any communal leanings in the author’s mind. He has straightforwardly taken on media’s negative and positive roles. However, some proof-reading mistakes do disturb the reader in some chapters of the book. Despite that the author has successfully done the job which is a commendable attempt.

After reading the book it becomes clear that Suhail Anjum has been minutely watching media developments with keen interest. Anjum has been acting as a watchdog of media that is why the book has touched every aspect of contemporary media.

    Majid Jahangir

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2011 on page no. 27

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