Tuesday, August 17, 2010
kudos!... the commonwealth men and women
Since the day India won the bid to host the 2010 Commonwealth games, media has been in a frenzy! But it crossed all borders this year - the year when India is set to host its BIGGEST event so far. There has been one horror story after the other.......corruption, blah, blah and more blah blah! Yes it is the role of media to bring to light malpractices in the system, but to write and report only about expose is not journalism! Somewhere, somehow the Indian media has assumed that digging into the dirty boxes of politicians and bureaucrats is true journalism. But I beg to differ. Journalism is about presenting the good and the bad equally. I am sure there are enough good stories about the CW games. There must be umpteen number of men and women who have worked hard, working hard and will work hard to make the games a success. Has even one publication or news agency bothered to write about that! Harping on the negative all the time only brings bad name to the nation. It is this one-sided reporting of Indian media that has given the rest of the world a reason to point finger at us! It is a shame that such a big industry, full of some very creative and respectable people, cannot write one positive thing about an event that means so much for the country! I am sure that no matter how successful the games are, media will still find many holes in the success story and highlight them. But may I please request you to, for some time, look at the positives and cheer the magnificent efforts of the many people who have got us this far! Journalism is for the citizens and for once you can do us a favor by talking about some extraordinary citizens..