Sunday, October 08, 2006

Introspection time for media: Three reports in Hindu, Tehelka and Outlook

In the anniversary issue of Outlook, Vinod Mehta has written a piece about insensitivity of our media towards the issues of the underprivileged Indian. On one side the greedy middle-class riding high on high-paying jobs that have arisen out of the changes in economy in the last decade and on the other side the Amma, whose house was razed by Delhi Municipal Corporation and no paper writes about it.

Read the piece and you feel that Mehta, despite all his biases, is a concerned journalist and when he writes that the pink papers (financial papers like ET, FE) never write about this India (poor, rural) but keep going ga ga over the 8.9% growth rate, he has voiced the harsh truth about the Indian media scene.

Madhu Gurung in The Hindu writes about the discriminatory rules that does not put restrictions on the number of cars a person can purchase, but makes it damn difficult for a poor guy to buy a rickshaw. On 'congested' road, the municipal corporation simply decides to ban rickshaws without a second thought to anyone. Kya 'rozi roti' kamaana gunaah hai?

The Tehelka has done an excellent story 'Capital's Sealing Drive: Whose Delhi is it anyway? I congratulate Gautam Bhan, the reporter, for writing about MCD bbulldozers crushing houses and shanties at Yamuna Pushta but IT (information technology) park on the same riverbank is regularised WITH RETROSPECTIVE effect.

Kudos to the paper to expose the double standards. People are made homeless in the national capital and electronic/mainstream print media is blind to all. Yes the slum populace doesn't look good on television. They are not Page 3 people, smart enough to talk and argue in discussions and surely they don't give ads. But journalism is about truth. Else let us put an end to this farce and stop saying that you are practising journalism.

4 comments:

babesinthesky said...

Vinod Mehata should have asked himself what he did in the last 11years since he launched Outllok.How many cover stories carried by his magazine on the issue that matter for India. The achievement is only in competing with India Today in carrying cover stories on sex .

Hiren said...

Some elements in the media are obsessed with sensationalization. Good of you to highlight the right focus areas.

Discrimination can be of various types. Since you are from the media, how about this- Are bloggers failed writers and half-wits or for professional journalism, is this the pits?

Shivam said...

EditIndia: Gimme, gimme, gimme the links!

Anonymous said...

HYDERABAD LOK SABHA MP ASADUDDIN OWAISI IS THE FIRST INDIAN DIPLOMAT TO VISIT LEBANON AFTER THE WAR ACCORDING TO THE ETEMAAD URDU DAILY MR ASADUDDIN IS ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO LEBANON AND SYRIA AND NOT REPRESENTING THE UPA GOVERNMENT OVER THERE IT IS SAID TO BE A GOODWILL VISIT AND TO SHOW SUPPORT OF INDIAN MUSLIMS IN THE WAKE OF DEATH AND MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OVER THERE ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS MR OWAISI FLEW FROM DELHI TO DAMASCUAS CAPITAL OF SYRIA AND WAS WELCOMED ON HIS ARRIVAL THERE BY INDIAN EMBASSY STAFF AND WHILE HIS STAY IN DAMASACUS FOR 3 DAYS HE VISITED HISTORIC AND ISLAMIC HOLY SHRINES AND EVEN VISITED THE GRAND UMMAYD MOSQUE AND AFTER THAT HE WENT TO BEIRUT BY ROAD AND WHILE HIS STAY HE ALONG WITH HEZBOLLAH MPS VISITED THE SOUTHEREN PART OF BEIRUT CITY WHICH WAS THE MOST BOMBED AREA IN BEIRUT WHICH WAS REPETADELY STUCK BY ISRAELI WARPLANES AND FROM THERE HE ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER SOCIAL AND AID ACTVISTS HE WENT TO QANA AND VISITED THE PLACE WHERE A BUILDING WAS COLLAPSED AFTER A ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE IN WHICH 57 CIVILLANNS WERE KILLED AND MR OWAISI HAS EVEN VISITED THE PORT CITY OF TYRE AN MET ITS MAYOR MR ALI MUSHARRAF .THE CITY WHICH WAS DESERTED AT THE TIME OF WAR AND BINT JEBIL AN AREA IN SOUTHERN LEBANON WHICH WAS THE MAIN BATTLEFRONT BETWEEN HEZBOLLAH FIGHTERS AND ISRAELI ARMY AND IS SAID THAT THE WHOLE VILLAGES IN THAT AREA HAVE BEEN DEVASTED BY THE FIGHTING WHICH LASTED FOR 34 DAYS AND ON HIS VISIT TO BEIRUT THE HYDERABAD MP GAVE AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO THE HEZBOLLAH RUN TV AL MANAR AND IS SAID THAT HE HAS CAME TO LEBANON TO SHOW HIS SOLADIRTY WITH THE LEBANESE PEOPLE AND HE SAID HOW TH INDIAN GOVT HAS CONDMENNED THE WAR IN LEBANON AND THE GOVT OF INDIA HAS ANNOUNCED HUMANITARIAN AID WORTH 10 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE LEBANESE PEOPLE HE MET WITH MANY CIVILLANS AND OLD AGE WOMEN WHOSE SONS WERE KILLED WHILE FIGHTING THE ISRAELI ARMY MR OWAISI WILL STAY IN LEBANON AND MEET LEBABNESE MPS AND EVEN WILL VISIT INDIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT AND MEET INDIAN EMBASSY STAFF AND AMBASSADOR . REPORTS SUGGEST THAT HE EVEN MET HEZBOLLAH LEADERS WHILE HIS STAY IN BEIRUT.HE MET HEZBOLLAH SOUTHERN COMMANDER HASAN HUBULLAH AND HEZBOLLAH CHAIRMAN FOR ECONOMIC AND RESARCH DEVELOPMENT DR ALI FAYYAD AND WHILE COMING OUT OF LEBANESE PARLIAMENT AFTER MEETING LEBANESE PARLIAMENT SPEAKER NABIL BERRI THE HYDERABAD MP SPEAKING TO REPORTERS SAID THAT PEACE CANNOT BE ACHIEVED IN THE REGION UNLESS ISRAEL WITHDRAWS FROM ALL OCCUPIED LANDS HE CRITCIZED THE ISRAELI AGGRESSION AND SAID WHAT ISRAEL HAS DONE BY KILLING INNOCENT CIVILLANS AND DAMAGING LEBANONS INFRASTRUCTURE IS A ACT OF STATE TERRORISM. AND THIS WILL NOT DESTROY THE WILL OF THE LEBANESE PEOPLE FIGHTING AGAINST OCCUPATION OF THERE LAND .HE SAID THE WEST WHICH PREACHES DEMOCRACY IN THE REGION IS ITSELF AGAINST THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVT OF HAMAS IN PALESTINE AND HE SAID IT IS NOT ONLY LEBANON WHICH HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY TERRORISM INDIA IS ALSO A VICTIM OF TERRORISM.

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