*****I think this observation holds merit. Metal detectors toppled by the crowd that were restored without damage or complaint by railways getting labeled as deliberate “rampage” and “chaos” by Aam Aadmi Party, while crackers igniting hydrogen balloons and sparks falling on leaders getting called a minor mishap certainly indicates a scale of calamity that is disproportionate. But more than that, it is also the attribution of intent. One story is reported attributing intent to act in a manner that cannot be accepted regardless of whether the action was deliberate or accidental as well as whether the people toppling the metal detector were AAP supporters or the general crowd, while the other separates political party from the mishap and actually makes it sound like a victim of random change – as though sparks around hydrogen being a bad idea is an unknown concept and the crackers and balloons just acted out of character. It could also be a matter of diversity of style between reporters, though it is hardly the first such “coincidence”. It could be related with advertising revenue, a private treaty or something else altogether. The cause is unclear, but the inequality of “neutrality” is evident. Whatever it is, the observation is valid, and I leave it on record here for you to find whatever meaning you wish out of it.
Founder at Aam Janata
Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.
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