ravings, rantings and ramblings
It takes one Anna Hazare to see the real nature of people. Might I specify, media people. But it takes one long hard look.
Media people have long started behaving like vultures over a carcass. When it is all bare down to the bones, they quickly move down to the next carcass. I do not exempt myself from this tribe, since I have cared to belong to it for the last 10 years of my life. But I do certainly do not belong to the sensationalist, ‘let’s-get-some-mileage’ piggy-backing sorts.
One man’s protest against corruption is getting publicity of all colours. One man’s sincere efforts to be heard and make a point is being tom-tom-ed like cheerleaders in the IPL matches.
I heard somebody mention on radio today that Anna should succeed in his efforts as that would help India win more World Cups! How lame! How far-removed from reality are people who proudly claim an active media-life!
An excited expat radio jockey in Dubai makes an excited statement by getting in touch with an Indian news channel to show the support they are garnering by ‘feeling‘ for the cause. Deep. Then there will be related soft stories about good energy, signing online petitions, ‘liking’ status updates, starting Facebook pages that people join… the circus rolls on! Oh! And did you know there is a page on Facebook on somebody famous called Mahatma ‘Ghandi‘! The plot is all lost.
A quick update about the same on Facebook definitely speaks volumes about the commitment for democracy and justice. Something that will be discussed later, over a glass of wine. And later forgotten, once the make-up comes off. While some unfortunate ones in other media houses, might be cursing themselves for missing an opportunity of ‘contributing’ to a good cause.
The Indian population in UAE is talking about Anna Hazare or the Lokpal Bill is just as talked about as Punam Pandey. I am not taking anything away from the brave, old man; just that there many protests that happen in front of Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The Indian expat doesn’t get affected and hence do not care.
Sometimes, letting things take their course shapes a better tomorrow. Sometimes, not seeking publicity and not riding on something profitable, cash or otherwise, speaks of responsible media stance.