Sunday, July 16, 2006

On violence , media and teachers

A week ago, the bomb blasts shocked Mumbai ,as well as the rest of the country. I was thinking about the violence , when I suddenly remembered another incident.

A couple of years ago , a teacher was hacked to death in front of his students. The students were barely 8 years old. At that time , I was in school. When I heard the news, I had a vision of my favourite Maths sir being hacked to death while he was teaching us. The vision was terrible. I was 15 then. And here, were 8 years old kids watching a group of people hack their teacher , watching his blood spurt on the walls. The reason was a political party fight. The description I gave above is not exaggeration. The media photos showed the scene of murder as it was. Recently, one of the kids was interviewed. He still carries the scars and the fears.

The media coverage of the Mumbai rains show an unhealthy inclination towards tragedies and misfortune. My friends at IIT told me that the media covered just a portion of the city and repeatedly telecasted the worst areas so as give an impression of a worse calamity than what actually happened.

The media were considerate and humane in the past . Not any longer ! . My sister’s local guardian – cum - professor passed away a couple of months ago. She died due to burns. Her clothes caught fire when she was praying at the temple. The newspaper coverage was totally bereft of respect. She was a PhD in her subject and a senior professor at the most prestigious engineering institution in the state . And the newspaper wordings were : “A 50 year old woman died ….”. For heavens sake ! She was a lady to be respected .. Look at it : “A 50 year old woman “ and not “ A senior professor” as she deserved .. not even the use of the word “lady” instead of “woman”. Nowhere in the highly gory article was her name mentioned. Death stole her dignity from her.

Talking about professors, my favourite professor is battling Parkinsons disease. It hurts like hell to watch him try to put on a straight face. There are 4 men whom I respect more than anything. They taught me a lot, as well as gave me the values I have today. One of them passed away last month leaving behind a void, and another is the Professor I mentioned above.

Coming back to the blasts, thousands of people might have lost their idols due to terrorism. Here’s praying for a better future, and a more considerate media ….


Sujit said...

The value of persons, in the profession is not a matter for media!.. and all they want is news.. at a feel of what has happened and waht happening.. over there!.. Now adays i feel its a mask than that it truth!.. Just hope things are better!..

you know when there was media coverage for the professor killed by terrorist in iisc campus.. there was so much hungama by media that students are scared that this and all.. there was nothing.. people were least bothered about what has happend.. And you should really see.. the expression on the lady before telecast.. she maskes herself with such anxious!.. oh gosh!.. i got so angry!!!

hope things get better...

Sujit said...

hey me first finally!.. heheh

mathew said...

Sad that these bomb blast victims are reduced to mere numbers..mere pawns for politicans debate on..mere souls that can be compensated by a lakh or so as per govt's scheme of things!!!

starry nights said...

You are so right about the media and what they cover,their only concern is how high their rating is, they want to make the news as shocking as possible and along the way forget that the person who died or was murdered is someones mother,sister, father daughter or son.and as you said the dignity is lost. most times they become a statistic.its really sad.I cannot imagine the emotional trauma and scars the children are left with after witnessing such a gruesome murder.

:: The Protector :: said...

tats sad. for media its busniess.. on the day of bomb attack CNN IBN presented the ad that they were the first to give the visuals of the bomb attack while showing some pics of the attack....

everthing becomes business these days... no moral values


Srijith Unni said...

Dignity, is reserved by the media, normally for celebrities alone. It does not care about the teaching fraternity, or less known professions, which does not get the required readership.
Nice to know of the respect and compassion you have for your teachers.
With Regards,
Srijith Unni.

Sudeep said...

It is really disturbing to see all the gory images contnuously beamed on all channels .. every channel is vying for the top spot by bringing in ineterviews of ppl sitting near their loved one who is on death bed n also by making a big scene out of some small incident just for their 'breaking news' section. Even the print media is not far behind.
Really sad!

I agree with ur prayer

neermathalam said...

I m pretty disappointed my media...
I too have vented my anger against them...u did against TV channels and I chose TOI..
Nice post..nice to know that someone shares same apprehensions..
Though the apprehension by itself is painful.
Check this post if u hav time...

Jeseem said...

hmm. can't remember a time, when i smiled and felt happy after reading the day's news. media is all about sensalisation.
But i think a lot of people are carving to hav a paper that says, hey the world is improving and we hav a bright future ahead.

Dew Drops said...

that was a scary evenng. v had no option but to take the trains as the roads were already blocked ..

Prashant said...

You know this is the bad face or todays media and it should be changed.

Anand said...

Well sad to hear ur experiences...gues we all go thru some experiences that always remain in our eyes and remind us to thank god for what we are!
Do hope your professor gets cured of parkinson

Anonymous said...

soo many tragedies!!(>_<)
i really hate media, but its hard to live without it. sob sob...
these ppl who committed murder before children should be strictly punished!!
now my net friend ahmad-chan is under fire of Bombs by Israel.
God, have mercy on eath!!
oh thanks for ur kind words, Deepa-chan!! ^^

zonko said...

silly girl!
'praying' doesn't do anything.

anyways too much of Gibran popping into my head so not going to deliver clumsy lecture of balance of life etcetra etcetra.

you've read The Prophet of course? No? Find it at

jay menon said... are just playin games with puppets....but we can only see wat they show we cant ask for more, i have an uncle who got parkinson....its a terrible disease...but this person is strong enuff to b witty all the time....dont know how ppl manage themself....sad to know abt ur professor, and abt me watchin a football match in real....i guess ther r no more bamboo i might take a risk

Keshi said...

**The media coverage of the Mumbai rains show an unhealthy inclination towards tragedies and misfortune.

media focuses too much on negative events...thats always the case. isnt that sad.

Deepz I hope ur not blocked by the Indian govt's stupid Blogger block drama.


Ekta said...

God..I cant imagine seeing someone getting beaten up mercilessly in front of me..that too somone I know and care about!
I do hope...time heals the sacrs left by these memories!

zonko said...

it will allow you to visit any URL that's been 'censored' by your govt.

pass this on to your Indian friends, I say chaps, who're struggling with reaching typepad/blogger.


(and someone who has D's email ID tell her too)

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...
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~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

2 ALL :

thanx for ur comments. it is terribly difficult to access thru a proxy here.

read all ur comments , but am unable to reply to each one b/c of the blocking ...

Sujit ; yeah ! the IISC coverage was kinda weird , as my friend in IISC said

MAthew :
yes !

Starry :
and it just gets worse !

Vishnu :
yes .. just pure competition !

Srijith :
what are we if we dont respect the people who have made us what we are ?

Sudeep :
yeah !
itz a horrible time that we live in
think we should do smthg
thanx for the prayers

Srijith Unni said...

True..! you`re right..!
I`m sorry..

White Forest said...

so sad!!

i pray all these departed souls RIP!

Sujit said...

neevu mail madthira.. hagadaru nimma contact irraThe?

AnonymousBlogger said...

I don't think we will ever see the media the way it was. It's gone.

Each media oulet has its own position to push on the people, and they will do whatever is necessary to get their own messages across.

I think the public stopped respecting the media when the media stopped respecting us.

silverine said...

What you say is absolutely true... because the media is become just another business now. It's all about money making and to do that you must have more readers. This leads to such tactics to attract attention.
During the Mumabi blasts I was shocked to see CNNIBN news readers repeatedly gloating and announcing that "this newscast is being bought to you by the power of CNNIBN". It was almost as if they were happy at the event. The media was behaving like vultures at the scene of the blasts, picking juicy bits of news and photos while there was despair all around. Very sad state of affairs. We the viewers have to use our descretion now and pick up bits of news that seem plausible and ignore what seems to be mere hype.

I finaly reached your blog via :)

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

2 neermathalam :
yes .....
will check it out ASAP

2 Jeseem :
hey !
welcome :)
yes .. we all hope for a better future , dont we ?

2 Dewdy :
i know ! i can imagine ...
i was there the previous day , na ?

2 Prashant :
yes .. but how ?

2 Anand :
yes .. hope he gets cured .. but chances are not so good

2 Niki :
yes Niki ..
what more can we say ?

2 Zonko :
right ! praying doesnt do anything .. but , what more can we say ?
got the link .. thanx

Prashant said...

Hey you know deepa wats the problem with all of us: Fear of our future. Here we kan see that a lot of people are putting comments on the blogs and giving their really excellent ideas but you know only with theoretikal knowledge you kant get all what you want. you should take some actions to get what you want or you wanna see in the society. Even this is the case with me also, i am also doing the same thing.
But we have to do something ,we have to.

iamyuva said...

in stalin words - one death is tragedy millions is just numbers.

media always report worst - that's job profile. you dont hear 6billion living today but hear 2 died, 3killed..

recent study showing a mutually beneficial relationship between terrorists and journalists ... More ink equals more blood, claim two economists who say that newspaper coverage of terrorist incidents leads directly to more attacks.

hope people will be responsible instead of just be honest...

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

2 Jay :
@ bamboo : that was funny !

2 Keshi :
no dear .. itz getting quite tough to get to blogger / blogspot

2 Ekta :
Inshah Allah !

kickassso said...

pkblogs is a bit down, but the other proxies still work fine :) I'm posting using!

Keshi said...

well they say it's gonna be lifted in 48hrs..yeyyyy!


~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

2 Srijith :
why r u saying sorry ?

2 White forest :
right !
amen !

2 Sujit :
eega blogger waapas sikthu

2 A/B :
yeah !
after all , we are also the "public" .. right ?

2 Silverine :
the media .. i had a close friend working in the media industry .. believe me .. it changed her a lot
finally ! blogger is unbanned !

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

2 Prashant :
it is not fear of ur future .. it is pure laziness and complacency .. we have the attitude : "chalega " .. thatz the problem

2 yuva :
hey !
welcome !
yeah ! it just gets worse day by day !

2 kickassso :
yeah !
but now , things are fine ... so ...

2 Keshi :
well, the ban is gone now !

Sujit said...

thats great!... some freedom finally.. nanu 29th ge barta idini!..

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

2 Sujit

29 of july ?

AnonymousBlogger said...

Good to hear you're back.

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

hi A/B

u missed out by a sec !

vaik said...

media always looks to sensationalize, they no longer provide facts.

zonko said...

ze snake post was 'save as draft'd by me by mishtake (sic).

had added a comment about the snake at the bottom.

but don't go to look now. I'll post a new weird thingie kinda post so check in the evening.. save on online mileage types.

zonko said...

since you were askin' for an update..

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

2 Vaik .. yeah

Zonko , i checked it out :)