May 18, 2012

Rekha and Jaya Bachchan's Silsila, and the complete decay of Indian media

While the media demands special privileges because they claim that the press is the fourth pillar of Indian democracy and serves a national purpose, the sad reality, especially over the last two decades is, social conscience and pursuit of public good have been replaced by total commercialization of media. “As Rekha takes oath, the camera kept focussing on Jaya Bachchan’s priceless expressions”... Thus went the first few lines of articles on the first pages of all national dailies the day after Rekha took her oath in Rajya Sabha, and that is exactly what TV channels had done the day before! Add to that the shameless gossip about Amitabh and Rekha.What national purpose does this story serve? And that too as headlines in the front pages of respectable dailies? Or even as the key stories of TV channels? Yes, Rekha is a big star, and her swearing in makes news. But is this the way to cover the event? Aren’t there enough Bollywood shows on TV and entertainment pages in newspapers where such news could have been easily showcased? For that matter, a few days before this incident, the biggest stories were to do with the ‘hurt’ of our so called respectable MPs due to some cartoons in NCERT textbooks. Or for that matter the front page outcry over SRK’s detention in the US airport or Salman Rushdie not being allowed to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival or whom Oprah Winfrey met during her India visit or Robert Vadra saying he wants to join politics or the entire Sunny Leone saga or the scores of lines on who killed Aarushi Talwar or the two kids taken away by welfare authorities in Norway or for that matter even the entire big deal made out of Rahul Gandhi’s UP campaign!

Are the above the real issues that concern India? Of course not! The real issues that confront Indians are farmer suicides, crisis in Indian agriculture, pathetic human development indicators, a virtual collapse of the public health and education system, and rampant corruption because of a paralyzed judicial system.

The only issues highlighted by our media are very, very high profile corruption cases... that too without any follow-up. For example, it is almost a decade since the Ghaziabad PF scam came to light but who cares about following it up? Many witnesses have died mysteriously and keep dying regularly in each and every high profile case and how... Yet, there is hardly any follow up coverage in the media. Because – as I wrote in my earlier editorial – just like no lost child can wake this country up and change laws or school rules, similarly, no killed witnesses will wake this country up or change laws for their protection! And while our mothers keep dying at childbirth and our children keep dying before the age of 5 (in both these counts, our figures are shamefully comparable to those of sub-Saharan Africa while China’s are comparable to the most developed nations of the world), our media will keep our masses busy, feeding them the ‘Silsilas’ in our Rajya Sabha.
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26 comments:

aaryan said...

I agree with you.....this is the reality today.......a very sad and indeed a bitter truth!!!!

Rajan said...

An ardent request to the media to stop focusing on baseless news and stories....try searching for some relevant stories.

Tinku Sharma said...

The media today has lost the focus.......most of the times they look for spicy news rather than something which is more relevant so as to attract more and more viewers.

mahesh kumar said...

Hope Rekha's presence will bring some positive changes in the system and the rajya sabha as well ...

Nisha said...

Seeing the type of job the media has been doing, I don't think they deserve any special privileges....they must first find the focus that they have lost in this commercial world!

ankit said...

Nisha you are absolutely right...i don't think Indian media deserve any special privilege....i would say take away the privileges that they are enjoying currently!!!!!!

Atanu said...

Shameless media.......why don't they first understand their duty towards the country.

Anand Rawat said...

Our media have lost the focus completely.....they need to understand that the job they are doing is a very important one from the nation's and its citizen's point of view....respect your job!

Sumit said...

Indian media have lost their senses completely.

sahil said...

Its hard to find news channel showcasing relevant news........the so called “breaking news” on some channels many times are the most ridiculous news making headlines!!!!!!

suman kumari said...

Excellent blog Arindam Chaudhuri.........i love your articles and this one perhaps is amongst the best that I have read till date.

Deepak Verma said...

Its a request to our so called media to please stop showcasing the type of news that you people are telecasting.........the Indian people are fed up of watching such news and stories.

jasmeen said...

Indian media today love covering news and stories that include high profile people.

Rohan said...

The media must understand that we people have Bollywood for our entertainment......please stop covering such stories that makes no sense.

Smita Nayak said...

Yes I agree with you completely...........its really a shame to see the kind of job that the media has been doing.

sonika said...

Its high time the Indian media stop feeding such useless stories and news to the people.

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