India’s capital (New Delhi) and India’s Media

I am back to the blog after long. Interestingly my last post was on eve of general elections in 2009 and this post is on the eve of next general elections of 2014. So 5 long years passed !!

Not that I deliberately chose this time, but I felt compelled to express my self about certain things I keep on hearing in the media.Indian media (and for that matter people) is known to be stereo typing, they create loud noise,hue & cry, build an image about people, things, places etc and continue to harness it , blatantly & shamelessly.

One of such examples is about city of Delhi. Media keeps on tagging Delhi as “Most unsafe” , “Most corrupt” and what not in their news, never highlighting good things about the city. And most of the time being blatant & wrongly putting facts giving bizarre and silly arguments (as listed below the first item).

Few examples below

1)    I was aghast by this and this prompted me to write this post.

After AAP’s win in Delhi assembly elections in December-2013, A journalist (Kumar ketkar if I remember name correctly on CNN-IBN) said on TV, “ parties like Aam admi party can win in Delhi but cannot be successful is Mumbai as Mumbai is a city of practical & mature people and such fairytale to remove corruption and clean politics by a new party will not be taken well by mature mumbaikars.

My question to Mr ketkar “ Does maturity lie in not supporting promises to clean politics and rather lies in supporting social hatred and violence against own countrymen?. No points for guessing, the biggest trump card to win “Mature “ Mumbai voters is to spread social hatred, indulge in street violence and goondagardi which has been the biggest political issue there.

Here I don’t intend to undermine Mumbai or its residents but intent is to rather show mirror to the particular journalist.

Not only Mr ketkar, I heard similar comments elsewhere also denying any credit to Delhites of choosing an alternate politics, rather branding them as non mature for not giving majority to traditional cong & bjp. Thank god Delhiets are not “mature” enough.

My point is here not to demean Mumbaikars. But I want to ask why Delhietes are not being given credit for opting an alternate brand of politics (Which may or may not prove to be successful), and rather they are being dubbed as “immature”. Hence a positive is turned into negative. 

2) Now An example how Delhi is denied credit it deserves.Delhi has been the rebellion capital of india where youth power of India is on full display. Youth of Delhi is well aware, mature and comes out of their comfort zone to demand justice for others and protest against the system unlike other “mature” cities. But Delhi is never given credit for such passionately display of its people against the social evils.

Be it Anna movement, India against corruption, Youth for equality movement against blatant reservations, whether Nirbhaya case or Jessica case. Youth of Delhi has always come and shown its power. On the contrary Anna movement was flopped in other cities when once he did his Anshan outside Delhi.

And again Delhi is never given credit and was rather dubbed as “angry” city  by Media (CNN IBN in this case). Hence yet again this positive  of Delhi is turned into negative.And other cities are never criticized for being apathetic to various social issues.

3) Delhi being showcased as “most unsafe” city of India. And when one looks for the basis, The basis are always “opinion polls” and not the hard data. And “opinions” are always driven by what media shows day in and day out.

“An autowallah brushes against the feet of a woman while taking out some material from under the back seat of auto becomes a national headline like ”Woman molested in Delhi”, as the front page news. But the rape & murders happening in other parts of india don’t even find a mention forget about being in headline. As per the statistics there is a rape in India every half an hour hence about 50 rapes take place in this country daily, but none of that finds even mention and autowallah-brushes-hands becomes the National Headline News.

Agreed, crime numbers in Delhi is higher than some other cities but on per capita basis its lower than most other cities. Only thing is that media shows Delhi news day in and day out and this may form opinions in people and these opinions very much created by media are the basis of the opinion polls which further create opinions. And his cycle goes on.

Above three points are just few examples. i am sick of such biased and stereotypical attitude of media towards Delhi. One reason may be that 90% of national media is based in Delhi. And that good news is no news, they have to show bad news only.

Another factor is also that there is no Local pride in Delhi unlike cities of Mumbai, Kokata, Chennai etc, which of course is not a bad thing, but it simply doesn’t exist in Delhi. There are no “ketkars” from Delhi who will put shameless and laughable opinions just to support his city and demean others. Also In Delhi there are no “locals” or “outsiders”. This is another outstanding feature of this city which media fail to recognize due to their biased attitude.

Objective of this post is not to demean other Indian cities but to help Delhi get its due respect as one of the greatest cities in the world which has historically been capital of this country under many dynasties, which constantly faced barbaric attacks , destroyed and rebuilt and stood from the Ashes and it today stands tall as the capital of the largest democracy in the world.

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Why should India fiddle with Sri Lankan issue?

 

Recently this has been a big issue, and I saw no post on the subject in the blogs I visit, so decided to write something about it. It’s a common knowledge that Sri Lankan government is on the way of eliminating the LTTE, a notorious terrorist organization of Sri Lanka who have been engaged in conducting heinous crimes against the humanity including assassination of  former prime minister of India,  Rajeev Gandhi and several top Sri Lankan politicians.

 

The aim of LTTE is to create a separate Tamil country in the northern and eastern parts of the island nation.LTTE are notorious for suicide bombings and here they outnumber even the Islamic terror groups. They have trained huge number of children to become suicide bombers who always carry cyanide capsules with them.Nowadays the government of Sri Lanka is running a massive campaign to eliminate LTTE and reportedly many civil Tamilians are too being victims of the same. This is an abhorable act by the government in Sri Lanka if some civilians too are suffering as a result of their drive against the militant outfit.

 

 Obviously India and other democratic countries in the world should condemn this act and request the government of Sri Lanka to protect the rights of the civilian people. I believe the reaction of India in this particular case should be same as it’s reaction in the case of Israel’s drive in Gaza which is again inhuman.But i dont think India can go out of the way and and force the Sri Lankan government to act in any particular manner.  

 

But what’s happening here in India is something different. The government of Tamilnadu state in India is forcing the Government of India to send very senior envoys to Sri Lanka and force them to stop their action against LTTE. Recently there have been lots of disruptions and Bandhs in Tamilnadu and even the colleges were to be closed. In Tamilnadu, there have been more bandhs for Srilankan Tamils than Indian Tamils, forget about other Indians:)  Even the political parties of tamilnadu are known to have links with LTTE.

 

This is what I find not appropriate, why India should go out of the way in the internal matter of Sri Lanka.I am all for the rights of civilians in Sri Lanka and for that matter any other country on the planet but have my reservations about Indian government interfering everywhere in the world and direct the respective governments to act. Can India go to Israel and make them stop their inhuman acts in Philistine, I don’t think so.World’s most influential country USA could do something but certainly not India.   

 

I must say I am surprised by this move by the government of Tamilnadu. Apparently they are doing so because LTTE and Sri Lankan Tamils also speak Tamil and are of same ethnic origin as them. But, so what? Even in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Pakistan one can find people of same ethnic origin as Indians, so can India take the responsibility to protect their rights rather than the governments of the respective countries. It is the responsibility of the government of a country to protect the rights of its citizens and not that of a foreign country.

 

The idea of so called same race and ethnic origin is costing our country dearly nowadays. In Indian state of maharashtra, people belonging to other parts of the country have been killed by the local political parties in hope to get votes. In Karnataka state of India, people of Maharashtra are being treated badly and in return buses entering from Karnata were burnt in maharashtra.Also there were incidents of people of Karnataka and Tamilnadu beating each other. Regionalism, along with terrorism has become a roadblock in the progress of our country. And in rest of India (Northern India, Gujarat, West Bengal, Orissa, AP, etc) people fight on the names of caste and religion, if not region.

  

I am sorry to say; still we humans are deeply divided and there is no point in growing up and being educated if we are going to hate other people who we think are not like “us”.

 

PS- Recently Sri Lankan Army released photographs of Indian tamil leader Vaiko with LTTE chief Phabhakaran in the LTTE uniform. Later Vaiko said that he is proud on the photos and his LTTE links. Vaiko is a prominant Tamil politician and is known to have links with LTTE.