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Banned – A Social Media Trial. The Untold Story of Boria Majumdar. Book Review

Banned- A Social Media Trial

Author: Boria Majumdar

Genre: Non Fiction/ Memoir

Published by Simon & Schuster India

Pages 205

MRP: Rs. 699/-

Thank you Simon & Schuster India for a review copy of the book.

Disclaimer: This is a review of the book, Banned – A Social Media Trial and not a commentary on the controversy itself. All opinions provided are just about the book itself.

Introduction “Banned,” a book that serves as a personal testament and a narrative of resilience in the face of adversity. It is a story that unfolds the layers of a controversy that shook the very foundations of Boria Majumdar’s life, both personally and professionally.

Background Boria Majumdar, a seasoned journalist, found himself embroiled in a controversy that began with a term, YPU, leading to a ban that threatened to dismantle his career. The book is his platform to present his side of the story, which remained unheard amid the social media uproar and public judgment.

The Controversy The core of the book revolves around the YPU controversy, which Majumdar describes as a term that, despite its obscurity, had the power to nearly destroy his life. He details the events that led to the ban and the subsequent silence he maintained, choosing to wait for the right moment to share his truth. The book, for legal reasons I assume,  refrains to mention the said Cricketer, with whom the controversy happened, but the whole cricketing world is well aware of the cricketer and the controversy, in case you are a reader who just came across the book by happen stance, just do some googling, it will help with context.

Impact on Personal Life Majumdar doesn’t shy away from discussing the profound impact the controversy had on his family. He writes candidly about the mental health struggles of his mother, the anxiety of his wife, and the confusion and distress it caused his young daughter, who sensed something was amiss at home.

Professional Ramifications The book also sheds light on the professional ramifications of the ban. Majumdar, who had built a career on his words and relationships within the sports journalism community, found himself ostracized and his credibility questioned. He narrates the challenges of continuing his work and the efforts to establish a media company, Revsportz, amidst the controversy.

The Media Trial A significant portion of the book is dedicated to what Majumdar refers to as a ‘media trial.’ He discusses the one-sided narrative that was propagated by the media, the lack of opportunity to present his side, and the role of social media in amplifying the voices against him.

The Decision to Write Majumdar explains his decision to write the book as a need to set the record straight and offer closure to himself and his family. He confronts the notion of apologizing for something he believes he did not commit and stands firm on his principles and values.

Conclusion “Banned” is not just a recount of events; it is a reflection on the power dynamics within the sports industry, the influence of social media on public perception, and the personal cost of standing up against a tide of public opinion. It is a narrative that questions the integrity of media trials and the ease with which reputations can be tarnished in the digital age.

Personal Reflection In writing this book, Majumdar has taken a bold step in reclaiming his narrative. He presents a compelling argument for the importance of hearing both sides of a story and the dangers of a society quick to judge without seeking the truth. The book stands as a testament to his resilience and the unwavering support of his family and friends.

Significance The significance of “Banned” lies in its ability to open a dialogue about the ethics of journalism, the responsibility of media houses, and the impact of controversies on individuals and their families. It is a reminder of the human element behind every story and the need for empathy and due diligence in the pursuit of truth.

In essence, “Banned” is a deeply personal account that transcends the specifics of the controversy to touch upon universal themes of justice, truth, and the human capacity to endure and overcome adversity. It is a story that resonates with anyone who has faced the court of public opinion and emerged with their convictions intact.

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