Writer and lyricist Jayant Kaikini in Deccan Herald:
“I am angry at the way the electronic media is making use of the incident and hyping it with a view on TRPs. The TV anchors are so excited, and though there are not too many details, minor information is being blown up.
“My children returned home from college safely, and I went home without any trouble. But a TV channel was reporting as if Bangalore is burning. People from all over Karnataka as well as the country thought that the situation was very bad, and this is exactly what the terrorists want. Instead, if the media is more restrained and behaves more sensibly then we can defeat the terrorists.”
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Link via Anand V.
Most of the channels would now have got info for one week to broadcast about the basts.
Just assume that the media ignores the blasts and concentrates on more newsy stuff like Amitabhs cold and Shahrukhs dog?
Ignore and the problem will go away, right?
Can’t agree more.
I take that route adugodi-madiwala-hosur road everyday; yes it is a little scary and d situation gets a little chaotic; but what i dont understand is people literally ran home as soon as they heard the news instead of staying safe in their offices. It was mainly because media had hyped the situation so badly; if you had ever gotten to watch Sushu/Susha (reporter) on Times Now, you would blindly assume bangalore was facing a ‘WTC-like’ crisis.
No no thats not the way it should be, it is going in the right direction, our citizens should wake up from the dormant state and ensure law & order is restored without any bias, I guess these terrorists are testing the national character of our country.
If so, they are just waking a sleeping lion, they will regret it later.
At least I hope these kind of incidents will make our country united and I see a national character will build up soon than ever before if these monkeys keep testing our nerves.
Prescription for TV 9 anchors when something like this breaks :
Take sizodan 1mg for 5 days – 1 or 2 tablets a day – to calm down the nerves
Why blame the media for the coverage. In parts of the world where incidences like this occur daily, the media does the same. Karnataka government’s approach towards this has been soft like in the past. Having said that, we can not expect anything better from a government that comprises of 10 ministers against whom criminal cases are pending in the courts. It is widely known fact that, in karnataka terrorist madrasas are flourishing, terrorists have set up training camps in malenadu jungles with an aim of creating chaos in the state and still the government is in denial. Recently a suspected terrorist linked to the UK bombings was accorded VIP treatment by the state and the people alike, when he landed after being deported from Australia. It may be that the government is using the terrorists to further their goals. Nothing is surprising when corruption rules the state
“Karnataka a soft target for terrorists?” screamed TV channels all through the day. They did the same thing when Jaipur blasts happened – “Jaipur a soft target?”
“Low intensity blasts” and “only one death” dampened the spirits of TV channels who quietly switched over to other breaking news towards the evening. It seems like the channels are throwing a challenge to terror groups to do something big and not indulge in “petty blasts”.
First of all, you can’t get me defend those news channels. However, Jayant’s comments surprised me!
“My children returned home from college safely, and I went home without any trouble.”
WOW!! Sure – so are the millions of other people in B’lore. What does he want? Tens of thousands of deaths and a complete shut down of city???
(Two people died and many were wounded – I guess it doesn’t really matter since “my children came home”!!)
A number of blasts in a big city killing a few poeple certainly qualify to be a big news. Unfortunately, it’s Jayant-like mentality that makes us forget these attacks within a week and get back to our 20/20, bollywood and india-superpower hallucination.
Yes – Ignore the problem. Ignore the deaths. Ignore the terrorists. May be, slowly they would get dissappointed and stop attacking us. Sounds like a great idea.
Thank you, Jayant.
Jayant Kaikini is right.
Read this: http://noenthuda.com/blog/?p=881
Sumne galibili maaDstare haaLadavru!
the jams happened at all the usual places?…. :-)
The news channels acted as if Bangalore had locked up for the first time.
Shri Kaikini is a respected man when it comes to Kannada movies. I suggest he use his influence to get rid of the steady diet of violence doled out by so many of our movies. We are too used to violence to be troubled by it.
Violence among us not of just one kind. It has many faces: political, linguistic, economic, casteist, even intellectual. Terror does not frighten us any more. Think of our last elections.
Well said! ““My children returned home from college safely, and I went home without any trouble.” what about the folk who were injured and the lady from Arsikere who died?
Jams are common. Some of the Channels unnecessarily highlight in such a way that one stops watching them. And some of the questions posed by the media irritates the viewers. I travelled from Mysore to Bangalore on Saturday quite comfortably, finished all my work and reached Mysore safely just like hundreds of other people. May be, the police were on high alert. NObody should were too much about it. Be calm.
Somewhere, something always happens in Bangalore everyday. So one lady’s death is no big news for a BIG city like Blore. I feel sad for what happened to that lady and sorry for the family. But as jayanth rightly said, the media make a mountain of a mole hill.
And perhaps what he meant by “MY Children returned….” is that when it has not effected even a most common man like him, it is no big deal and no big news.