No doubt that the entire world, particularly the West is passing through a phase of economic crisis. But in this period of crisis, if at all cutting in expenses is required, it should start from a cut in expenses for weapons and war. Huge expenses incurred vis-à-vis Iraq, Afghanistan and such other places where the British forces are operating along with the US forces, should be slashed instead of the most trustful BBC Radio service. But unfortunately the British foreign ministry took this hard decision without caring about millions of audience of the BBC.
Thanks to its incredible reporting and broadcast, BBC has created an impeccable image in the information world. Last year, in an effort to strengthen its contact with the Indian people, the BBC organized a special Railway journey and its correspondents also travelled by bus in many states in India. From this attempt, it seemed that the BBC is going to be more active. The BBC audience were even optimist regarding its possible launching of a Hindi TV news channel. But all dreams of the BBC lovers were shattered by the british foreign ministry and the BBC management. Indian listeners are even ready to the extent of paying for the BBC service and help it, if need be. By opting for the advertising model also, BBC can manage the expenses. Rather than closing this popular service down, the British government and the management should have found ways to make it more strong and popular. British government should have took note of the fact that the BBC, by its reliable, impartial and authentic information dissemination, left behind the Voice of America and other Russian, Chinese and German rivals. Taking such a disturbing decision in the name of financial crunch, and that too without caring about millions of listeners, makes it clearly evident that British government is incapable of taking right decisions. It would not be wrong to say that whatever respect Britain has in this world today, is just because of the reliable news service like the BBC.
Indian listeners will never forget Aajtak, Vishwa Bharati, Aajkal and Hum se Poochhiye programmes of the BBC, which were listened to in every nook and corner of the country. 20th March is yet to come. Indian listeners have expressed their views from the bottom of their hearts, on the BBC evening show India Bol. If the British government and the BBC management didn’t reverse its decision of closing down the BBC Hindi radio service, then the Indian audience for whom the BBC is like a family member, will feel ditched. Moreover, they will develop a feeling of doubt regarding the working, capability and functioning of the British government.
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Author Tanveer Jafri is a columnist based in India.He is related with hundreds of most popular daily news papers/portals in India and abroad. Jafri, Almost writes in the field of communal harmony, world peace, anti communalism, anti terrorism, national integration, national & international politics etc.He is a devoted social activist for world peace, unity, integrity & global brotherhood. Tanveer Jafri is also a member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy (state govt. bodies in India). Thousands articles of the author have been published in different newspapers, websites & newsportals throughout the world. He is also a receipent of so many awards in the field of Communal Harmony & other social activities.
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