it is with profound sadness that i write this post. sadness that a great hero died unsung, and this was so long ago, it doesn’t even seem to matter now. and he isn’t the first one do go away. thousands of our soldiers put their lives in grave danger so that we can sit comfortably in the security of our homes, families and cushy jobs, in comfortable environments, completely oblivious of what it must take to be on the frontiers. and then blog about trivialities. some of these soldiers even die, leaving behind their families with not just grief, but also poverty.
i am also angry. angry with our media, for feeding us with a whole lot of nonsense. most of the so called news items these days isn’t really about news, but gossip. how does it matter how much money is spent in the making of a movie, or what goes on the private lives of public ‘personalities’? and who are these so called ‘personalities’ in the first place? they are either people from the film industry, sportspersons (who no longer seem to live up to the ‘sporting spirit’) or slimy, money monging politicians who have not an iorta of values in them.
manish pitambare, commander in the indian army, dies a heroic battle fighting dreaded terrorist belonging to the hizbul mujahideen, and i (and i am sure there are others like me) didn’t even hear about it. i would’ve continued to be in the dark, but for this telling article by one of my favourite columnists, to whom i shall be eternally grateful. i did a search, and confirmed the fact that there was hardly a mention about this incident, barring a few blogs like this one, or that.
for long, i’ve thought its not completely the fault of the media. most of the media in our society today is owned by huge business conglomerates. and for most of them, it is only TRP ratings, and ROI and stuff like that, that matters. so they will obviously keep feeding us stuff that we like. and if sleeze is what the people want, that is what they will get.
i am not entirely sure though. i am upset for having been kept in the dark. i am sure there will be others like me. lots of them, in fact. i am beginning to think that its not the only way of looking at the issue. for long now, we have only been exposed to a certain type of information. most of it doesn’t really matter, and definitely fails to inspire anybody. i think the media plays a much larger role, that of shaping the way a society thinks. to me, it seems like it is high time somebody did something about this. what, i wonder. stop watching NDTV, maybe. so they’re ratings plummet. and then they’re forced to rethink their strategies. is that a plausible idea, i wonder?
PS: 1) my salutations to manish pitambare, and deepest conodolences to his family
2) a actually wanted to write about last weekend (and another one has already come by!), but then this thing has shaken me quite a bit.