Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Indian Media's shocking apathy: 35 trapped in Purulia mine & 'Prince' in Kurukshetra
The shameless bias of Indian media was exposed once again when national news channels and most of the papers neglected the tragedy at Purulia where 35 workers are FEARED DEAD and were trapped for almost a week in a mine filled with water.
Now compare with the child, Prince, in Haryana who fell in a ditch and we had live non-stop 48 hrs of coverage. No denying that the life of Prince was no less precious but what about these 35 men.
Are they labourers and middle-class/upper-middle class India would not be interested in their safey as much as it is interested in a child's story that could boost TRPs? Or the fact tht Kolkata or West Bengal don't fetch the TRPs.
May be if Purulia was located in the Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Meerut/Ghaziabad...belt, it would have been a real story for TV wallas. After all, their Delhi-centric vision doesn't recognise anything that falls outside the small circle of say 50-75 km radius around Delhi. The newspapers were no better and proved that they are as insensitive as the much-maligned news channels.
Damn rural India! Isn't it the attitude right from Ajtak, Star TV, India TV to everybody including newspapers. Show celebrities, metro life, people shouldn't know the harsh truth else they might get restless and then who will watch their TV shows. Poor miners (termed Illegal by many) won't get even thousands. If channels wished they can make things move, CMs go and give lakhs to a child who survives.
Journalism was probably never a mission still journalists were concerned individuals. However, now it seems only the goodie-goodie would be shown so that the people remain glued to TVs and don't get repelled by such sights that can spoil the taste of their tea or dinner.
A Times Now link for the story
Posted by editor at 11:45 AM
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