Indian media has lost it totally

Today is the day the Commonwealth Games open, and the media is quite morose about it. Worse, it will not allow anyone to find joy through their stories. The ‘reporting’ is still about lack of facilities, empty hostels, disappointments, controversy……

I don’t know the reason behind this utterly schizophrenic behaviour, but now I suspect its more about a grudge with the country than reporting. I totally refuse to believe that on the day of the opening of the Commonwealth Games, absolutely nothing worth cheering is happening. I’d expect this kind of ill will toward the Indian establishment from the Maoists. I’d expect this unreasoningly critical attitude from the stone throwers, but it is an alarming thing to see it play out relentlessly, day in, day out from the country’s media.

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but even if every stadium built in the country collapses, isn’t it important to talk about the games themselves? What are the seventeen countries that participate in the Commonwealth Games? What are all the sports included and the competitions in them, who are reigning winners? The media is clueless. Witness for example, NDTV not knowing that its not lawn balls, its lawn bowling, though they are quite likely to know every problem there is around it. The asymmetric balls used in lawn bowling are called bowls.

I think its not a coincidence that the newspapers condemning the loudest are the ones who have TV channels that won’t be able to cover the games.

Increasingly we find that the media is more interested in profit than any sense of responsibility, which had become glaringly obvious during 26/11.

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6 Comments on "Indian media has lost it totally"

  1. Media should be there to report not to express its views and opinions.
    But given the state of the country, there is going to be absolute zero chance of action taken after the games/controversy of any kind.
    Its an old argument, lets get on with it we’ll see it to later, it doesn’t work that way, esp. when the internal state institutions are spineless(as is India’s case).
    Its now or never and now has passed i am afraid.

    Shaming India is just one of the few tools left which can actually hurt politicians nowadays.
    Being critical of you country is the zenith of patriotic behavior one can show, this argument is controversial and esp. in over the top nationalist country like India, it won’t accept this view for decades to come.
    National/State level games provide Country’s representatives to the Asiad and the Olympics, CWG provides nothing as far as excellence in sports on a world level is concerned.
    These are at the end of the day GAMES, and they are irrelevant on that level.
    And ya, con you give me the attendance statistics for the stadia’s in todays events? The 1st EVER CWG day in India.
    There is relevance.

  2. Media should be there to report not to express its views and opinions.
    But given the state of the country, there is going to be absolute zero chance of action taken after the games/controversy of any kind.
    Its an old argument, lets get on with it we’ll see it to later, it doesn’t work that way, esp. when the internal state institutions are spineless(as is India’s case).
    Its now or never and now has passed i am afraid.

    Shaming India is just one of the few tools left which can actually hurt politicians nowadays.
    Being critical of you country is the zenith of patriotic behavior one can show, this argument is controversial and esp. in over the top nationalist country like India, it won’t accept this view for decades to come.
    National/State level games provide Country’s representatives to the Asiad and the Olympics, CWG provides nothing as far as excellence in sports on a world level is concerned.
    These are at the end of the day GAMES, and they are irrelevant on that level.
    And ya, con you give me the attendance statistics for the stadia’s in todays events? The 1st EVER CWG day in India.
    There is relevance.

  3. “These games are most likely to finish without a hitch and Kalmadi & Co. are going to boast about it and get promotions in coming years, its a given.”

    This is precisely what I am saying. At the moment, the negative media publicity is harming the country, and when it is actually time to demand accountability, the media finds a new horse to ride. Screaming corruption is going to mean zero in this moment other than further damage to the country’s image, tourism, etc. It is only sensationalist limelight hijacking.

    Why go far, the headlines of a few weeks ago – Kashmir. What has the media done once a bigger limelight came up? What now about their strong opinions about the plight of the common Kashmiri?

    Yet, when the fire is burning is not when nation building is happening. This attitude of the media only encourages the common man to criticize whatever is in the highlight and ignore it when something new to criticize comes up. In essence, the media is training the citizens to find fault with everything happening and do nothing when its time to make change happen. Expect the government to fix their country for them, judge the politicians and sit back and risk nothing themselves.

    It isn’t shaming of India thats going to fix politicians. Demanding accountability will. It is once the games are over and the government is back at governing that questions about “So what is being done about checking those accounts?” or “So what is being done about those child labourers?” or “So what is being done about those corrupt builders?” can be addressed and turned into movements to change the nation. But that is boring. The media focus is not about fixing corruption, but to use it to sell themselves.

    As for CWG not being important, it is, to me. Even more, because of India hosting it on this scale.
    I guess its a matter of perception. To me, it isn’t about top nations and medal statistics, but opportunities for sport. By your logic, we shouldn’t have National and state level games at all, or the Asiad….

  4. “These games are most likely to finish without a hitch and Kalmadi & Co. are going to boast about it and get promotions in coming years, its a given.”

    This is precisely what I am saying. At the moment, the negative media publicity is harming the country, and when it is actually time to demand accountability, the media finds a new horse to ride. Screaming corruption is going to mean zero in this moment other than further damage to the country’s image, tourism, etc. It is only sensationalist limelight hijacking.

    Why go far, the headlines of a few weeks ago – Kashmir. What has the media done once a bigger limelight came up? What now about their strong opinions about the plight of the common Kashmiri?

    Yet, when the fire is burning is not when nation building is happening. This attitude of the media only encourages the common man to criticize whatever is in the highlight and ignore it when something new to criticize comes up. In essence, the media is training the citizens to find fault with everything happening and do nothing when its time to make change happen. Expect the government to fix their country for them, judge the politicians and sit back and risk nothing themselves.

    It isn’t shaming of India thats going to fix politicians. Demanding accountability will. It is once the games are over and the government is back at governing that questions about “So what is being done about checking those accounts?” or “So what is being done about those child labourers?” or “So what is being done about those corrupt builders?” can be addressed and turned into movements to change the nation. But that is boring. The media focus is not about fixing corruption, but to use it to sell themselves.

    As for CWG not being important, it is, to me. Even more, because of India hosting it on this scale.
    I guess its a matter of perception. To me, it isn’t about top nations and medal statistics, but opportunities for sport. By your logic, we shouldn’t have National and state level games at all, or the Asiad….

  5. I am among those who absolutely despises the modern Indian media.
    But on CWG i am kind of with them, they are in fact too lenient, i expected a witch hunt for heads to roll. It didn’t happen.

    These games are most likely to finish without a hitch and Kalmadi & Co. are going to boast about it and get promotions in coming years, its a given.

    “Forgive me if I’m wrong, but even if every stadium built in the country collapses, isn’t it important to talk about the games themselves?”

    Your are forgiven for being naive and yes your are Wrong.
    If that happened games/results/medals are irrelevant, as in Does Not Matter.

    But that hasn’t happened thankfully but frankly CWG isn’t important at all to be talked about for whats happening on the sporting front. Top 5 Olympic nations don’t take part, Asian games later this year are much important barometer if you’re concerned with sporting issues.
    Olympics are on another galactic level compared to CWG.

  6. I am among those who absolutely despises the modern Indian media.
    But on CWG i am kind of with them, they are in fact too lenient, i expected a witch hunt for heads to roll. It didn’t happen.

    These games are most likely to finish without a hitch and Kalmadi & Co. are going to boast about it and get promotions in coming years, its a given.

    “Forgive me if I’m wrong, but even if every stadium built in the country collapses, isn’t it important to talk about the games themselves?”

    Your are forgiven for being naive and yes your are Wrong.
    If that happened games/results/medals are irrelevant, as in Does Not Matter.

    But that hasn’t happened thankfully but frankly CWG isn’t important at all to be talked about for whats happening on the sporting front. Top 5 Olympic nations don’t take part, Asian games later this year are much important barometer if you’re concerned with sporting issues.
    Olympics are on another galactic level compared to CWG.

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