Media circus in the aftermath of tragedy
Apropos The Second Murder (June 1), I am really glad Vir Sanghvi has stated how much our media has fallen — the incessant coverage of the Aarushi Talwar case has been marked by insensitivity. My family was the immediate neighbour of the tragically murdered Mathur family in Noida, an incident that occurred more than a decade ago. We interacted extensively with the cops and reporters. Investigative methods and technology may have improved tremendously since then, but the Noida police remains as ridiculously inept to handle such investigations. Thankfully, the great media boom was in its infancy, so the family, neighbourhood and people were spared this media circus. Rumours spread instantly, but fortunately, they didn’t make it into every living room across the country then.
Seher Latif, Mumbai
Apropos The Second Murder (June 1), I am really glad Vir Sanghvi has stated how much our media has fallen — the incessant coverage of the Aarushi Talwar case has been marked by insensitivity.
Sanghvi’s piece was superbly unabashed and hit right between the legs — where it should. Apart from the usual observations on the behaviour of the media, (which I believe is becoming hysterical on the lines of hormone induced teenagers), the most alarming revelation was how immature the police remains towards the changes in relationships in society. As urban India comes to terms with new relationship dynamics, like live-in relationships, nuclear families, estranged families and homosexuality, the police seems to be still stuck in the morality of a Victorian era. Hence, the brilliant deductions. Two separate, well-earning urban couples who are not related and yet continue to have close relations, just have to be wife- swapping. A teenage girl studying in DPS just has to have an MMS featuring her.
In all this hype, none of us have even thought of the aftermath of this case on the family. Tomorrow, should Dr. Talwar be proved innocent, what happens to his practice? The Fortis group of hospitals had promptly dismissed him even before the verdict on the case is out. What would a family that has lost its only child and a lifetime of professional development do after the dust has settled?
Tadasmi Koul, via email
Review the reviews
The Books page in Sunday Hindustan Times is lacking in good material. What should have been a review of Jeffrey Archer’s new book turned out to be a tirade on everything bad, sinful and criminal that the author was ever involved in (Lord of the Lies, May 25). Then, the review of The Men who killed Gandhi (Seven deadly sinners, June 1) only summarises the piece of history that led to his assassination — no critique about the book, its narration, accuracy, the authors viewpoints etc.
Cleo Isaacs, via email
Too literary for the aam aadmi
Indrajit Hazra’s God-damned explanations (June 1) is so replete with literary references that only a person as learned as Hazra himself can understand what he has written. Will he, for a change , write what a common man can also understand?
JS Bali, Dehradun