Saturday, June 17, 2006

when tsunami strikes

I guess I already wrote something similar to this before, but time and again I get frustrated by the media and n number of news channels show casing biased news. Yes! Today the media in India has grown into a power which is capable of challenging people whom it was not able to a few years back, but on the flip side, coverage is becoming more and more biased, either political affiliation or geographical boundaries.

Remember tsunami, when a calamity of that scale occurs, what people expect is medias’ unbiased coverage. Two leading private channels in Tamilnadu were more focused on the political affiliation than the issue at hand.

Political parties however diverse their ideas be, should have come together to bring immediate relief to the victims. Political parties and media are just capitalizing the needs of day worker, the proof being, a govt. being elected just because it promised color tv. I am not against any party here, but just imagine how the party catapulted itself.

Man there are other basic needs, leave uninterrupted power supply, I dont know how many villages even have electricity, and metro city like Chennai doesnt have enough water!

Now coming back, what has happened to the people once the cameras were packed? What happened to the relocation and promised relief measures? May be its the hyenas time to cash in the situation!

Time for contractors to take control of the situation, tenders being given to the favored ones and no one knows about it! Now all this happens in Tamilnadu and just three days after tsunami struck, I read times of India and the main headlines was about a issue in Pakistan. Headlines is fine, I was not able to read news about tsunami in its entire first page! I had to select "states" page and in that "chennai" and there I found a news about this. Why this discrimination? Are they running short of reporters? Was this news not important for the people there?

I open Hindustan times, just to see a UK model posing for a photograph in the first page. Hmm thousands of lives have been lost and this paper is celebrating with model fotos.

All these things just increase my hatred towards media and other ignorant Indians.

13 comments:

Ghost Particle said...

very true...even here the people who wanted to donate wanted media coverage, they called up stations to ask whats the minimum to be given for them to appear on tv. the telco's on the other hand got 30% of all the fees donated through the careline. Nothing is free, so is human spirit. May god save us all.

Deepak said...

I really depends on which site you go to read news. Hindustan Times and Times of India are pieces of crap..that don't deserve the tite of news site. I would rather read ESPN than those two websites

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

Senthil tht was a nice post.. Yenna ivlo serious???

Vinesh said...

Very sad to know this was the case. I agree with you - this is pathetic!

Sudar said...

yeah mate, both politics and media needs a revamp in India. SUN TV and Jaya tv are a piece of shit, but unfortunately the masses watch these channels.

Shuba said...

very true its all bcos media is being taken over by politicians this shd change

tamizhan said...

you have to look at the positive side of things my brother.. life's too short to be spent experiencing negative emotions!

nice template btw.. wish wordpress had it..

senthil natarajan said...

@gp - 30%!! thats day robbery
@deepak - espn for indian news ??? enna da solura
@pk - am not serious..i wanted to write this long back ...

senthil natarajan said...

@vinesh - welome...this happens everywhere and is nothing new
@susi - indhia tholaikatchi il mudhal morai aaga...idhu solli solli kavuthuraanga
@shuba - the chances are it will get worse

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

Hahaha...Ok y not serious? :P Velayattu thanama post podratha? :P

Usha said...

adhai pathi eppo parthalum ezhuda mudiyadhu-nra normal marketing strategy? Otherwise times of India would be branded as unfocused

senthil natarajan said...

@usha - yeah! true but atleast after 3 days...i thought it should hve been in the main page...hmmm

SamY said...

its got nuthin to do with ppl innocense dude ... its all a matter of opinion

on one hand when ppl suffer ... therz no point in just being glum over it if you cannot help ... u'd rather eat, live ur life ... keep urself healthy so that u can help other

but there r those who dun care ... when humans dun care for nature u dun bother that much dyu ... but when it fello humans u do ... dun u think thats being biased /:)

as for the news channels ... well they just wanna b'com the next big super star in their dept.