Implications of the IT raids on ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ and ‘Bharat Samachar’

Language is a political instrument. In Indian society, who is saying what to the people in their zone of influence in a language understood by them matters to those in power, writes Anil Chamadia

Media discourse 

Dainik Bhaskar is one of the big brands engaged in the business of journalism. Since the advent of the new, liberalized economy, Bhaskar has been growing by leaps and bounds and now has a presence in a large part of the country. Besides Hindi, it has also been bringing out newspapers in English and other Indian languages. On 22 July 2021, the Income Tax Department raided the offices of the Dainik Bhaskar group. ABP News channel reported the claim made by the department that the raids followed complaints of financial irregularities committed by the group. Dainik Bhaskar claimed through social media that the raids on the offices of the group and the residences of its promoters were an attempt at intimidating the group for its fearless journalism.

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