It’s been more than 72 hours now that Dorjee Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunanchal Pradesh is missing. His chopper, carrying 5 other people, is still untraceable. With every passing minute hope is dying and patience is fluttering.
But equally disheartening, if not more, the way media is treating this subject. It is well known that North East states don’t get their due space in the main stream media. Not only the Central Government but the media houses too are not ready to shed their colonial mindset when it comes to NE states.
It is beyond anyone’s comprehension that missing of a CM is a matter of grave concern for the nation. Three thousand security personnel are searching the inhospitable altitudes of Sela Pass to trace the missing chopper. Two Union ministers are based in Itanagar since the news broke. The Prime Minister office (PMO) is keeping a vigilant eye on the developments. Though, one can debate that this agility by the Central Government is because their own party is ruling in the state.
But for media Osama is far more important than missing of a head of the state. Every minute details of Bin-Laden’s death are getting flashed on the screens of 24/7 news channels. It seems Osama was shot dead not in Pakistan but in India.
The moment media get over with Osama mania they find themselves gripped in Air-India strike, and Ganguly joining IPL. They are important news but more important than a missing of Chief Minister is questionable.
Would media be reacting the same way if it had happened with the CM from some other state? Possibly the answer is no.
After day one no channel showed interest in doing follow up’s. Not a single reaction was taken from the locals in Arunanchal Pradesh. No reporter felt like going there and report from the ground. This is the media which claims to free, fair and transparent.
Just by saying that chopper is missing and it’s a difficult terrain for search and rescue operations, there job is not done. People want to know more about it.
When this mindset will change that covering news from New Delhi and few other Metros don’t fulfill their responsibility. It’s a high time that they should prove that they are the media houses with national presences.
Above all it is the time that mainstream media should start giving the due coverage to North East states.
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May 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm
I fully agree and in fact the day this incident had happened I am saying this to my wife and all my friends that why incidents of such grave concern of NE do not find a place find in National media.
Why this apartheid and neglect to NE region of India, I don’t understand.
M Rahman, Assam
May 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Its grave concern regarding attraction of national media to the north east. People are not even concern about the missing CM and others. The way The Andhra Pradesh CM has attracted the attention of the media. As you have stated Killing of Osama and joining of Ganguly in the Ipl is more the missing CM. People willing to the state of CM and ohters, and the hard work the jawans are doing should be highlighted more then the Osama who is terrorist. I thank you for highlighting and hope that everyone will agree with you. I myself bieng a Arunachali still hoping safe return of our CM.
May 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm
yes ! I agree with you all that media are doing injustice to NE ,
May 5, 2011 at 3:44 am
It;s high time that we recognize where we stand as citizen of this country. This media and the govt. remembers Anurachal or for that matter any other state from NE, only when some other country like China comment on it. It’s the high of discriminations when the head of a state is missing for so long our so call NATIONAL MEDIA is more impotence to Ganguly coming back to IPL or some domestic violence in Delhi or NCR.
May 5, 2011 at 3:46 am
It’s high time that we recognize where we stand as citizen of this country. This media and the govt. remembers Anurachal or for that matter any other state from NE, only when some other country like China comment on it. It’s the high of discriminations when the head of a state is missing for so long our so call NATIONAL MEDIA is more impotence to Ganguly coming back to IPL or some domestic violence in Delhi or NCR.
Phurba Tshering Tshechutharpa
May 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Those kind of impartiality even from the so called free and transparrent media clearly reflects the perception of rest of Indians for us Northeastern, compelling us thus to say that we are an Indian, living in constitution of India only.