Media, watchdog or gone to the dogs?

Posted: May 8, 2009 in Politics
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An inexperienced Rahul Gandhi let the cat slip out of the bag that the Congress is getting desperate. The Indian media has since gone in to a frenzy, getting reactions daily and trying force some words out of what other political party leaders think of which coalition’s chances.
But take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Wasn’t it always obvious that no party will get a consensus? Wasn’t it always a broad division that Congress in one corner, BJP in another and Left plus parties like BSP in the third will form a three-way tussle? So wasn’t it obvious that both Congress and BJP, after waiting and testing the waters midway through the long five-stage elections, will make a move to cut into the remaining motley bunch of small and medium parties?
So what is wrong if Congress is reaching out to the Left? What news is the news that Mulayam will support any combination that helps keeping Mayawati out?
Instead the media should have been focusing on probing questions such as: When the Election Commission decided to stagger the elections for so long, was the compulsion of security so much to force such a decision at the cost of holding it under oppressive heat conditions and hence low turnout?
After all the hype and agitated voices of stalwarts like Shobha De and Harsha Bhogle, why was the turnout in Mumbai so shamefully low?
There was a distinctly largescale attempt to create more awareness and urge people to come out and vote. If 41 percent is what Mumbai, the epicentre of the terrorist attack, has managed after all this sweat, what would it have been if all the NGOs and the filmstars had not put in an appeal?
Why such a low turnout even after the IPL was sent to exile in South Africa and the month-long strike between film producers and the multiplexes?
If the Congress has lost ground, it is because it has shot itself in the foot at this crucial juncture repeatedly. It took a Sikh journalist to throw a shoe at the conscience of party who shamelessly ignored CBI’s recommendation that Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar “maybe” guilty. The media ignored the judgement till then probably because it was a very old issue.
The CBI has been a rubber stamp of the ruling government despite being a neutral law-enforcing authority. Quattrocchi was taken off Interpol’s most-wanted list. LK Advani himself got his Babri case charges removed. So why is the media not turning on the heat on CBI?
Before all this, the integrity of the chair of the Election Commission itself came under doubt with BJP and Congress taking sides.
How can one expect journalists to expose the ills of Indian politics when they themselves are interested in making a quick buck. Yellow journalism is equally rampant as a foreign journalist has proved. He got in touch with a Chandigarh-based candidate who has talked about corrupt media agencies and brokers. A public figure, why couldn’t the Indian media get hold of the candidate and expose it? But then, considering that we have ignored big issues or highlighted it only briefly so as not to challenge the short public memory, that is hardly an issue, right?

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Comments
  1. kiran4189 says:

    times now is over sensationalizing each and every election issue.lts irritating to see arnab ask those questions that is least relevant or harishree asking the same question a zillion times.

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