Proud of You, Media!

Thank You, Media!

It is with pride I can now say that Indian media has indeed evolved. For long, I have been very critical of the prime-time shows, their anchors and their guests. In this post, I would like to focus on the anchors and their diligent covering of news and their follow-ups.

When the news of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad being alive after 11 days buried in snow came about, it was heartening to see Bhupendra Chaubey rush to Betadur village in Karnataka to share the happiness of Koppad’s wife and mother. The interview really bought tears to my eyes. He wonderfully followed it up with asking Indians to have silent prayers at the India Gate. When all their prayers didn’t bear fruit and Hanumanthappa Koppad martyred, the nation wept along with his beleaguered family.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

I expected the media to let the family mourn in private. After the burial, it was Ravish Kumar this time – who went to South India for the first time and talked to the Koppad family. After all, the Koppads were also poor – very much like a JNU student who was put behind bars. I give Ravish immense credit for not asking his favourite “jaat” question too. This is a case study for future journalism students on how language must not be a barrier or excuse to not cover news.

Koppad

This is the site of Koppad’s mortal remains as shown by Ravish on his show. Two flags respect the martyr. The State government has promised to make this site a memorial. I am sure Ravish will follow-up on this news. In the mean time, I cannot forget those 60 minutes on February 13 when the Indian tricolor flew proudly in his show – no talk, no guests, no news. What a way to mark your respect to the soldiers and a message to the government to take care of our heroes!

This was not all. I had many more surprises waiting for me.

Rajdeep Sardesai, of all people, proved me wrong. I had expected him to not move out of his comfort areas of Lutyens, Montenegro or New York. But, there he was. He and his team visited the home-town of each of the 10 soldiers who were buried in Siachen. The pain of the families of the soldiers left me speechless. It was natural that Hanumanthappa’s story was the limelight, because of the odds he had faced to come alive. But, it was Rajdeep’s prime time show that made me realise that 9 other soldiers who were buried – their dead bodies were stuck in Kashmir. Weather didn’t allow the bodies to be flown to their home-towns for the final-rites for days. Rajdeep and his team were on the job taking the government to task for not being able to devise alternate ways to ensure the families get the bodies of the martyred soldiers faster. Talk of holding the elected government’s feet to fire.

The biggest surprise for me was from Barkha Dutt. I have to confess I hated her for the Radia episode, for her chubby relationship with Congress leaders and many other things. But imagine Barkha reporting from a war zone in Chattisgarh. It is not like a daily routine where she can hop onto a ride to JNU or 10 Janpath for a talk on how to change a narrative. But in this ongoing anti-maoist operation, based on various reports, fifteen CRPF commandos are injured and three are killed. The visuals of Barkha running from the operations center in Raipur, asking for minute to minute updates from the commanding officer, reminded me of 26/11 where she was giving a live commentary to India. Her cameraman running behind her, as the shaking images make it clear – was the type of journalism we have romanticized for ages. It is a different matter that Maoists may not have TV sets, so that they could have benefited from live updates from Barkha. Her concern for the soldiers and the villagers in the line of fire was palpable in that breathtaking reporting.

I had given up hopes on Indian journalism. My friends would tell me to watch or listen to local media to get local news. But I would argue that in Karnataka, how can I know what is going in naxal afflicted areas of Chattisgarh. I am so proud to be proven right. The prime time shows have re-affirmed common man’s faith in media. It was indeed “sense over sensationalism”. Borrowing quote from a favourite politician, I can say “Proud of You, Media!”


Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

Image Source: DNA

Karnataka: Police arrest techies for chanting Pro-Modi slogans at Rahul Gandhi event in Bengaluru

The police officers who were supposed to act to save the techies from being attacked by the Congress 'goons' not only remained silent but also unleashed its force against them for chanting pro-Modi slogans.
Nehru Gandhi family celebrates birthday in aeroplane

A Pulitzer Prize winning report on Priyanka Gandhi’s aeroplane trip by Mausambi Singh

Priyanka Gandhi took an IndiGo flight from Delhi to Lucknow, and it was a flight to remember.

Fact Check: Did 350 people convert to Islam in New Zealand after the Christchurch Mosque attack?

Many people spreading a fake news on social media that 350 people converted to Islam in New Zealand after the Christchurch Mosque attack

Aaj Tak channel spots lone anti-BJP voice in a crowd in viral video, uses him in multiple shows to attack BJP

Aaj Tak picked an anti-BJP man from a viral video where he was arguing with dozens of people
When Manohar Parrikar found $3 billion of our money lying forgotten in a US account

When Manohar Parrikar found $3 billion of our money lying forgotten in a US account

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had revealed that he had found $3 billion (or Rs 20,000 crore) of Govt of India money lying forgotten in a US account.

Shabbir Gurfan from Surat arrested for sending obscene pic to Barkha Dutt, three others for sending obscene texts

Shabbir Gurfan Pinjari, a Surat resident who allegedly sent Barkha Dutt a d*ck pic, works as a butcher
Mamata Banerjee shielding her family

West Bengal police shields wife of Mamata’s nephew as she is caught with 2 kg gold at Kolkata airport: report

This news has led a political storm where political parties are questioning the delinquency and the bias of the West Bengal Government

131 chartered accountants debunk the politically motivated baseless allegations of some economists and social scientists

CAs appeal to the professionals around the world to come together to present the true picture of India and counter baseless allegations with political motivations

Indifference to ‘slow poison’ in Indira Canteens shows how ‘secularism’ is literally killing people

No onion and garlic in school midday meals becomes an issue, but E. coli in Indira Canteen meals does not

As Congress appears lazy about its election strategy, journalists get restless with polling dates approaching

Some journalists, as we know, have been known for trying to push a narrative through their tweets and articles for quite some time now

Latest articles

Connect with us

147,522FansLike
119,067FollowersFollow
30,001SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these


Share This Post and Support: