One could do nothing but wonder what madness was going on when the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula mosque issue suddenly dominated the headlines on Friday.
All channels kept on saying that Bhojshala was a temple. For god sake, you ignorant men how you call yourself journalists, all of you without bothering to check that it was a Paathshala (A sanskrit school) built by Raja Bhoj in tenth century kept on making a fool of all of us.
Everybody including Hindus never claimed it was temple. It never had a idol and to this date the issue is that Hindu Jagran Manch wants to perform Basantotsava. The HJM wants to bring an idol of Saraswati that is in London Museum to Bhojshala and instal it there. Now Kamal Maula Mosque was built in the complex but there was no demolition of any temple because there was no temple at all.
Now CNN-IBN kept on making a fool of itself. The anchors hadn't bothered to check with Arcahaeology Survey of India or historians or say local residents of Dhar and kept on saying the same. The flash kept on referring to Bhojshala (don't they know that Shala means school) as a temple and the entire nation was misled through out the day. But I must say its reporter did a perfect job. He was the most involved amongst all reporters present in Dhar. But the desk was amateurish.
The NDTV did the same. And so was Star TV and briefly Ajtak also erred. Only Sahara was correct and referred to the dispute in the right perspective. Oh! all disputes are not like Ayodhya Dispute, a xerox or facsimile of the same issue. Worse, no one was sure if it was 11th century or 16 th. Yaar padh likh lo. Delhi ke aagey bhi hindustan hai. It is shameful of journalists.
Even the agenices were wrong this time or rather casual. Without checking facts, they released stories. The credibility of UNI has been eroded. Lately the UNI and its Hindi version Bhasha has been depending on published stories on papers and rehashing them to produce them at a later stage. Naturally, it leads to such faux pas. Being an old news agency UNI should be careful. Credit goes to PTI for reporting correct news story with all the right facts.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Every news channel is obsessed with the aviation sector. Even the minor developments in the industry and the routine news items are covered extensively and presented as Breaking Stories. All at the cost of other genuine stories.
It seems everybody is travelling on air. The NDTV and CNN-IBN are even more obsessed. The moment you tune in these channels, you find that the strike by aviation employees is covered. Of course, the upper middle class and middle class is travelling more on air. But what about rail, bus and the other issues? But that is bound to happen, I guess, as the bosses in these channels hardly board a train.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Trying to be different the Times of India ended with egg on its face or rather print. Saudi monarch was referred as King Abdullah, rightly so but it all of a sudden started writing just Abdullah. Then a clarification kind of editorial was published on January 27 that is even more strange.
Times tries to justify its stand though it fails miserably. It tried to say that honorofics for royalty need to be dropped now. Hey whats the problem in mentioning a king as a king. After all there is no His Highness. And later it again came back to King Abdullah.
The problem is that it preaches one thing and doest the other. Why Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and not just Ravi Shankar. Why Prez Bush as if he is President of our country. It rarely appears that US President Bush in Headline or even in text but as if he is head of the world. Anyway lot of things, leaving them for later occasion.