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Cruel… June 19, 2009

Posted by astralwicks in Cinema, Cricket, crime, india, Mass Media, Media, People, t20 world cup, victim, viewership.
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…every which way.

A man allegedly rapes a woman working at his house. The channels go berserk calling her a ‘naukrani’ or ‘naukar. The heinous allegation almost being mitigated by the social position and of the girl and the nomenclature of her profession.  The media of the biggest democracy in the world doesn’t extend basic courtesies to victims of crime. In this case however they extended the same to both parties. For so long considered the repository of all things promiscuous – the film actor now has proved that he or she is indeed a vile, licentious animal that preys.

The perpetrator of this crime – Shiney Ahuja had to strangely be barefoot. That is the rule in India. An accused can’t wear shoes. What do shoes and guilt have in common? No idea. Anyways he still has to be chargesheeted, the case fought and the sentence delivered – a long way from now, some years probably – but why can’t he wear a shoe or a chappal for that matter.

India’s loss at the T20 World Cup. Another instance of the mob fury. Cricket is a sport. Cricketers are not gods. You win some and you lose some based on your strategy. Like petulant schoolboys with no emotional anchor finding solace in somebody else’s victory, they came out on the streets and burned the captain’s effigy.

It is not the mob alone that is to blame. It is the incessant analysis and counter – analysis, by ‘I-know-better-than-you’ ex-cricketers, who have to justify their payments, who hype the match and then impute reasons where there are none.  The self-feeding hype machinery of all media has to strike a balance between reporting responsibly and viewership targets.



1. Vinod Sharma - June 19, 2009

The real mob these days are the media. And their frenzy is everywhere, unlike the localised one of a physical mob. And it is competitive. Sab paise ka khel hai.

2. V - June 19, 2009

very true astral… its a sad situation… we seem to be going ‘the network’ route very fast…

3. Indyeah - June 19, 2009

Extremes..that’s the only way we know how to live..

that….and the fact that we just cant get over the class/caste/identity thing ..

the media ?

4. astralwicks - June 20, 2009

@vinodji – like they say ‘who will watch the watchmen’?

@v we are already looped in the network

@indyeah – we are using ‘we are like this only ‘ as an excuse to settle personal and social scores. strange that we bristle at attacks on us in australia or other countries while routinely attacking others on the flimsiest of reasons. yes – there is less and less sanity every day – it is faux news at best.

5. Anshumali - June 20, 2009

God knows the maid in this case might turn out to be a trend setter 😉 …and lots of othrs might follow her (path to fame and sum quick bucks).
Wish justice is prevailed and media stops posing as a peusdo judiciary and let law take its own course.

Feudalism is not out as yet….our own de-facto law implimenting agency still follows the Fuedal norms (read in history that some social reformers had abolished it – seems corrections are required in History books) but its traces are still pretty evident.

God one day and devils the other day…the cricketers must have got used too of all this. They must have started following “we are professionals and we work for money…if you need loyalty hire Dogs.

6. supichka - June 22, 2009

A balance you say? Between media’s responsible reporting and viewership targets? Aah…if only they remembered that journalism is less about viewership targets and more about fair, unbiased, responsible reporting.

But it seems that’s still a way off. A friend who completed her Journalism course a year ago and joined a news channel, now wants to do an MBA and focus her energies in business. Her reason – She is disillusioned. She thought being a journalist would entail responsible reporting, and bringing to light social issues among other things. But all they wanted was sensationalism that’ll grab the maximum eyeballs. As for business, unlike news channels, at least they’re upfront about only wanting profits.

Sensationalism and hype are now the norm. Question is –

‘Who watches the watchmen?’

– and makes them accountable?

7. astralwicks - June 23, 2009

@anshumali – welcome to the blog. Still some time to figure out Shiney’s case although prima facie he seems to be in a mess. our cricketers are not robots – they can have a bad day. We must live with that.

@supichka – even the most balanced have an agenda. increasing paranoia if you ask me.

8. Indian Homemaker - June 27, 2009

While cricket hero worship with garlands or shoes does not bother me as much, I fear society’s and media’s analysis of crimes against citizens must be very traumatic for the victims and their families. Sometimes it seems we treat all such news as malicious gossip…


9. astralwicks - June 27, 2009

@indianhomemaker – we hang people before the jury is out – makes for sensational viewing – the debate, the counterpoint, the anger – a potent potpourri of salacious details – a brief satisfaction before we move onto something more scandalous or shocking.

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