KrishnaK wrote:The idea that a few can spin a picture of the country that does not reflect facts on the ground is a nonsensical one. India is an open polity. Facts on the ground are clearly visible to people - from correspondents, diplomats and businessmen to ordinary people. When people find that their tightly held opinions is not accepted by others, they resort to conspiracy theories of a powerful clique poisoning the minds of everyone. History is replete with examples of this behavior.
Your position seems to be dripping with naivete, KrishnaK.
Lets test this out, shall we? The statistics on per capita rape incidents lead to the conclusion that Northern Europe in general and Sweden in particular deserve their reputation among informed circles- of being the 'rape capital' of the world. Despite this, Western media vultures like Udwin focus on a handful of atrocities (far lower on a per capita basis than in the West) in India and have likely succeeded in creating a completely inverse perception of India on this issue among the uninformed majority in the West.
Similarly, Dadri was a "fact". The per-capita incidence of hate-crimes in India vs US / Europe is also a statistical fact.
Which "facts on the ground" that are "clearly visible to people" determines your own view of India? Lets hear that first and then draw the appropriate conclusions as to whether cliques are capable of manipulating uninformed public opinion or not.