This post is close to my heart because it is about the dichotomy that exists in my country and the kind of current affairs that is dished out in the name of news and the complete impunity with which news channels function with utter disregard for public sensibilities and only caring about the sensationalism. Today, I was stupefied with what was on offer on one of the Hindi news channels and couldn’t hold back. The news was about two murders that have recently taken place in Mumbai because there was a paucity of toilets and a couple of unfortunate souls couldn’t make it in time.
Why would anyone with a sane head on their shoulders try and portray “trying to make it to the toilet in time” and look for eyeballs and TRPs (Television Rating Points) which is exactly what a news correspondent did by showcasing that it indeed took somewhere between 15-30 minutes in a melee to make it for a dump by carrying your share of water to flush the toilet.
My intention is not to browbeat but give perspective to a real third world problem and something that I am not ashamed of. It happens only in India.