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Media myopia

india Updated: Dec 14, 2007 21:20 IST
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With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Prisoners of the past (December 8), the war between the media and Narendra Modi resembles a saas-bahu serial. Media these days act like a bully, but are miffed at not being able to scare Modi. While they try to talk Modi into retracting his provocative statements, he responds with more horrific utterances and the plot thickens.

Som Sharma, Gurgaon

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Narendra Modi is one of the most successful chief ministers Gujarat has ever had. Whatever he said about Sohrabuddin was correct. Why are the media focusing only on the communal part of the story while there are many other issues? They are destroying communal harmony to make profits. If the media want to analyse Modi’s work, they must concentrate on developmental issues which are more important.

Shailesh Kumar, Bangalore

III

For the Indian media, sensationalism is a cash crop. They see in Modi a whipping boy who’s always in the wrong. Those close to the power centre in Delhi are immune from criticism. Karunanidhi gets away with his remarks, the Leftists massacre their villagers, and Congress leaders who orchestrated the killing of Sikh families in Delhi face no legal action.

B Rathnakar Rai, Bangalore

IV

The English language media have become irrelevant in Gujarat because of the single-point agenda of news channels: target Modi. There is a shelf life for any event, however horrible and every attack on him creates a larger-than-life image of him. Compare this with the directionless leadership of the Congress where it is unable to proceed on any issue, be it disinvestment, the N-deal or labour reforms.

N Divakaran, via e-mail

V

Barkha Dutt is partly right that we live in the past instead of performing in the present. The media are trying to tarnish Narendra Modi’s image. Where were these journalists 2-3 years ago when there was peace all over Gujarat? Why do they choose election time to spread hatred among the masses? Instead of targeting one person, they should target hidden enemies like poverty, terrorism, hatred, illiteracy and unemployment. Let the people of Gujarat decide their own fate.

Gulshan Kumar, Delhi

The murder of innocence

This has reference to the editorial Where childhood ends (December 13). The horrific incident at the Euro International School, Gurgaon, could have been averted if the school authorities hadn’t made light of complaints of the two boys that they were being bullied by the victim. A child is not born a criminal, and his parents are responsible for making or marring his career. The culprit’s father is responsible for making his son impulsive by failing to keep arms away from his reach.

Arjun Narain Jaiswal, Patna

II

Instead of deflecting responsibility for the cold-blooded murder on the school premises towards the teachers, parents should instill a sense of self-worth and purpose in the lives of children. Children must be made aware of the implications of their independent actions. One hopes this incident remains an isolated one, and bullets do not become the arbiters of differences among juveniles.

RK Malhotra, via e-mail

III

Children should be taught that the decisions they make must be good not only for them but also for society. Freedom should be accompanied by responsibility, otherwise more such incidents could be in store.

Manu Kanchan, Khanna

Politics of numbers

The efforts of secular parties to secure justice for the victims of the Gujarat riots are welcome. But their indifferent attitude towards the plight of Kashmiri Pandits is regrettable. Kashmiri Hindus were selectively murdered on their own soil and compelled to flee their homes. They have faced a lot of difficulties, looking for resettlement and means of livelihood. Unfortunately, they are few in number, and secular voices are less audible when the vote-bank is small.

PC Chakraborty, Delhi

Deja vu

Apropos of Ramachandra Guha’s article Cracking the code (December 14), Rajiv Gandhi’s amendment of the Constitution to placate Islamic hardliners in the Shah Bano case ensured that the Congress continued to look at India’s largest minority as a vote-bank. It would be unfair to blame the BJP for not having implemented a uniform civil code in its six years in power. For it was handicapped by coalition politics, just like the Left holds the UPA’s nuclear-deal hostage now.

Anirudh GR, Delhi

Judicial activism

Apropos of the report A day after ‘overreach’ rap, judges refuse to hear PILs (Dec. 12), the Supreme Court’s comments that judges must know their limits should be taken in good spirit. If there is a legislative underreach, judicial overreach is bound to take place. The courts must act as a watchdog in the public interest.

SK Wasan, Noida

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