Only Rapes, Murders, and Legislators Watching Porn?

Multilingual, multicultural nations have one big problem to solve in the media-driven world. It’s this. Minority languages and the stories of people who speak them are almost completely suppressed on ‘national media’. Anyone browsing through Indian ‘national’ newspapers, tv channels, radio stations, etc., finds hardly any news about a State like Karnataka that its people would like to call news. If you go by these media houses, you’d tend to think that the only things that happen in States like Karnataka are rapes, murders and legislators watching porn in the assembly.

Multilingual, multicultural nations have one big problem to solve in the media-driven world.

It’s this. Minority languages and the stories of people who speak them are almost completely suppressed on ‘national media’.

Anyone browsing through Indian ‘national’ newspapers, tv channels, radio stations, etc., finds hardly any news about a State like Karnataka that its people would like to call news.

If you go by these media houses, you’d tend to think that the only things that happen in States like Karnataka are rapes, murders and legislators watching porn in the assembly.

Okay, add that colonial game to the list: cricket.

In reality, this image is false. It appears true because the national media is looking for news with shock value. The only thing that appears like a shock to it is rapes, cricket, and the like.

You know what really carries shock value in a State like Karnataka? Almost every single move made by the Centre. But the national media can’t call it a shock because it is hand-in-glove with its lawful advances on the liberty of the people.

I carry the hope that one day, social media will completely overtake mainstream media. It’s an important part of the overall democratization of India. In fact, if we all decide to stop watching mainstream media today, that day is today.

Obviously, the forces that suppress the voices from within the States won’t keep quiet when social media overtakes mainstream media. But it will be a much more difficult battle for them.

We can make it even more difficult if we start today.