Out of mind, out of sight

by Ritwik on September 24, 2012

A glance through several popular newspapers reveals how neglected the North Eastern parts of India remain in the mainstream press. The flash floods in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam which have killed dozens and displaced thousands so far, with 20+ districts affected, barely find a mention in the inside pages of our national dailies.

(Each of the following newspapers is Delhi edition dated 24 Sep 2012)

The Hindu ran no story on the floods although it did have a PTI picture on page 13

Times of India has a story tucked into page 11, while the front page featured “municipal school gives way to property tax centre” and “Chinese sperm donors get a helping hand from machine”

Mail Today ran a story at the bottom of page 10

The Indian Express ran the story on page 6, while one of the stories on the front page talked about Arun Shourie coming out in support of the PM on diesel prices.

Interestingly, the Hindi paper of the Express group, Jansatta was the only newspaper I saw which had the story as its main lead on the front page, where it emphatically belongs given the number of people killed and affected. This does bring up interesting questions about the differences in editorial vision between the Hindi and English newspapers of the  Express group.

Would such a disaster in say Delhi, Maharashtra, UP, Tamil Nadu not merit much more media coverage in our national dailies?

One comment

well said. North East should also be matter of concern for us

by vijayalakshmi on December 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm. #

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