30th of Jan, was the death anniversary of the Father of Nation…Respected Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi……Bapu
I was not angry but a bit disappointed as there was hardly any coverage of Mahatma in the print media. Not even a customary photograph at Rajghat got space in the newspapers..(we realise it is normally a formality only,still..) There was an advertisement released by one Ministry and that was it.
One would have expected to see and read articles on Bapu by some eminent writers. But,unfortunately, there were none. I suppose in their anxiety to get advertising revenue,
, editors did not find space enough to cover the Mahatma, especially in the difficult times country is going through- Be it political, ideological ,social, economic or security, we could have done with some references to the Mahatma.
Less said the better about the electronic Media
.All the TV channels are always ready with “exclusive” stories on some or the other subject. Most of these channels had enough time to have a continued coverage of most non-entities called FIZA and CHAND.
HonestlyTV channels do believe that this love story has viewership and Mahatma will get lower TRP compared to FIZA and CHAND.
Most of the channels ask a most stupid question to the viewers and want the answers by SMS( perhaps,there is revenue sharing with the service provider) Questions can be
1 Who will win the Ist ODI
2 Who was the highest bidder at IPL
3 Who will make a better PM
4 The list is long and unending.
None of the TV channels had any question for it’s viewers .on Bapu’s death anniversary.
None of the TV channels ran an “exclusive” on Mahatma
None of the TV channels could find a single freedom fighter to say a few words for Mahatma………and so on
What has been expressed above is ,perhaps, a tone most of the pre-1947 generation has.
They feel let down,feel disgusted,feel neglected.
Most of pre-1947 generation is ,perhaps on their last leg.
May be someone from that generation will soon be reborn , yes, reborn as the new MAHATMA.
There was a time ,the entire country used to maintain a 2 mnts silence at 11.00am on 30th Jan.
Some of you may remember Rafi’s famous song…..
Tees jan shaam ko bapu birla ghar se bahar nikle…………………………………………
Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW
B K Chowla