Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Being Unbiased

Being unbiased. It is really difficult. Whenever I write, it is easier for me to be forceful, and stress whatever I think, rather than thinking whatever is right. I believe that way is easier for anyone. Also I never bothered to be unbiased. I need not be, right?

But those who write for their daily bread have to be.

Unusually, I found the front page headlines of today’s (31.10.05) edition of The Hindu written in first person. Then I noticed that the author was none other than N.Ram.

That was a beautiful narration of Ram’s telephonic conversation with Natwar Singh. Natwar singh pleaded innocence and time will tell the truth.

Natwar singh may or may not be guilty. But the treatment given to him was special.

The same newspaper handled stains murder case differently. Even before conclusive evidence was available, every magazine unanimously blamed Bajrang Dal and BJP. It was to such an extent, that the both these parties were almost concluded as criminals. The damage caused to them was too much.

At last when Bajrang Dal was given a clean chit by CBI, none of these newspapers found it necessary to regret in a line even. That made a small bit of news. That is it. It was hard to believe that almost half a decade after this stains murder case, still some people believe that BJP has its hand in it. For public, Bajrang dal is synonymous to BJP. In late 1999, BD was acquitted and still the news is to reach the ears of great number of so called ‘elite’ Indians.

Also in Godhra issue, one sided verdict was given by Indian press, blaming BJP alone, completely forgetting or conveniently forgetting the other side of the coin. This has been happening for quite some time and The Hindu is not the only exception. To be clear, whole press is full of these exceptions and unbiased writing is in miniscule.

The sad part is, even the elite section, which have the capacity to judge what is right and what is wrong, find it easier to outsource opinions and conclusions. It is easier to embrace others opinions. Left with much lesser time for their personal life even, we cannot blame that community wholly.

But it is high time that press should really understand its responsibility and give some meaningful output. The chance given to Natwar was unnecessary. The defamation caused to BJP in earlier occasions was unjustifiable.

Apart from this penchant writing, the undue publicity which these newspapers give is really annoying. While Clintons and Musharaffs visits and the places of their interest were discussed in detail, taking utmost care not to miss anything 'interesting', the scientist Stephen Hawkins visit was covered with lesser enthusiasm.

All said, The Hindu has to be appreciated for one thing. The wide coverage and in-depth news it offers. Still I have not found a substitute for it and that is the only reason why I am still sticking to it.

7 Comments:

Blogger Tantalising Tycoon said...

Ha Ha Ha ......

Tycoon....

Monday, October 31, 2005 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Happy Deepavali, Vasumathy :-)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:41:00 AM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

@ Pramodh: Hee,hee hee. ho ho ho

@ Thennavan: Same to u. :)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005 8:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I know why you did not know anything about Mitrokhin. Mitrokhin was the KGB archive keeper who defected to UK. His recent book has shown how KGB (Russia's spy agency) used to pay propaganda money to Communist parties in India to "plant stories" in order to shape public opinion at the peak of cold war. It also mentions names, Jagannath Mishra,(Congress I) and Dange (Indian Communist Party) and Rajeswara Rao (CPI chief) and details how the money was passed on. It also states that key South Indian Magazines were on the payroll- and the needle of suspicion is towards The Hindu and Frontline- both with a communist bent. Hindu played down/ brushed under the carpet the whole story though IE carried it and in internet news-sites and analyses the news created a lot of uproar about how Communists and Congress have been traitors and anti-national.

Hindu Ram is a patently Marxist, Europhile and Sonia's slave. What else can one expect from this brainwashed stooge of China?

The only thing I like about The Hindu is the sports section- the photoes are of good quality. Otherwise it is only a propaganda wagon, conveniently used and trashed by Russia (then) and China (now).

Thursday, November 03, 2005 3:35:00 PM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

Anonymous, it seems u know better details. i think u can start writing.

criticism should always be construtive and less boastful. while i appreciate that u know much details, u cannot mock at someone for not knowing something. neither i proclaimed i know. i infer a boastful tone in ur comment.

Friday, November 04, 2005 6:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not criticism. Atleast I did not intend it that way though it has come across that way to you (why?).

Probably because I wrote "Now I know why you did not know anything about Mitrokhin", you see it as "boastful'? Please note that it is just an observation- observation that is neither boastful nor humble. It is just an observation -and a factual one too.

Monday, November 07, 2005 11:09:00 AM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

even if it is a criticism i do not mind. but if u bet that ur tone was neutral, then it is high time to mend ur language to sound friendly. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2005 9:32:00 AM  

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