Story of the Communal Monkey
HT reports that it was a monkey raised by a Muslim who used to bite Hindus. The paper terms it as a Jehadi monkey (for biting Hindus). Though HT site doesn't carry archives for long, this particular report is available Click to Read
CNN IBN reports that it was raised by a Hindu and used to bite Muslims. The report says Hindu monkey bites Muslim kid. Read it Here. (I have appropriately coloured text of both reports)
Now which report is correct? Both stories come from Orissa. Seems it was a monkey raised by Muslim as many other reports support that version. Then how Rajdeep Sardesai's channel got bitten? It seems just on the basis of paper cuttings it was reported in CNN IBN. After all, mostly it is local papers that print and the reports are later flashed in national media.
At least, NDTV stayed away from this monkey business and the report is straight. No Hindu or Muslim affiliation and just facts about a 'natkhat' bandar. Read
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
On October 2, an estimated 20 lakh Dalit Buddhists came to the Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur to have a glimpse of the casket containing Dr BR Ambedkar's ashes kept in the Stupa here.
Buddhist scholars, followers of Buddhism from Japan and other Eastern countries, the British and other White Buddhists all congregated in Nagpur for the 50th year of Dhamma revolution.
'Sadly enough, Indian television, which scours for stories to pack each minute of air time, lost the golden opportunity to bring this unique event into the public domain. It did not report a minute of it. Is it a case of marked indifference?', asks Raja Sekhar Vundru on the Editorial Page of Times of India on October 14.
Very genuine question. Every year Deeksha Bhoomi witnesses lakhs, but this event is not covered. Is Indian media casteist, anti-Dalit and treats Buddha as untouchable, as the writer puts up. Media does show stories of little journalistic value but turning a blind eye towards such major events is clearly something, it needs to answer.