Musings of a convoluted mind: Who will punish the media?
Irrespective of the TRP, should our media be more responsible? Aren't the laws or dictum binding on them? Why should they try to create news? Let us discuss the role of the media and also whether they need to be socially responsible.
Just now I was listening to the news. The newsreader was announcing: "Samajwadi Party has announced the list of candidates for the coming Assembly election. The party has announced the names of (*) candidates. Out of (*) candidates, (x) are Muslims, (xx) are Yadavs, (xxx) are from Backward castes, (xxxx) are Brahmins, (xxxxx) are Rajputs,....." and so on. This is not an abnormal news-item. Every channel analyses the candidates of every political party in this manner.
Only two weeks ago, the Supreme Court has strictly forbidden divisive use of religion, caste, community and language in elections. The political party and candidates found guiltty of this offence will be punished. But who will punish the media-people, who are analysing the candidates of every political party on the basis of community and religion? Aren't the media vitiating the enviornment? Why no action against them?