Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Shoe Journalism & Abusive Ministers
By Manuwant Choudhary
News is that a Delhi journalist Jarnail Singh threw a shoe at India's Home Minister P.Chidambaram protesting the clean chit given to Jagdish Tytler by the CBI in the 1994 Sikh massacre case.
After the shoe thrown at US President George Bush, journalists and protestors find the shoe a more effective way of being heard or noticed.
A shoe was thrown at Oxford on the Chinese PM by a pro-Tibet activist.
Indian news channels like NDTV India even carried a story on the merits of throwing shoes.
But a photographer from Samastipur Girendra Bharti does not agree, "If journalists throw shoes then what is left? Journalists can be more effective if they can ask valid questions."
"Also the journalist threw the shoe at the wrong man - our Home Minister. The CBI is under the Prime Minister....Sardar ka juta sardar ke sar tab hota asar."
But Jagdish Tytler being given a clean chit is no small matter. The Prime Minister of India should personally explain his conduct.
This Prime Minister seems to have abused his powers.
Thousands of Sikhs were killed and Tytler was among the main accused.
I wonder whether there is any model code of conduct this elections. A Varun Gandhi talks violence, followed by a Laloo Prasad who says if he were Home Minister he would crush Varun's chest under a road roller.
Now an arrest warrant has been issued against Laloo Prasad.
But I am not concerned about Laloo and Varun so much, my concern is the violence they spread in society through their actions.
Girendra is a freelance photographer, covering Bihar & Jharkhand, for the Times of India and the Telegraph but he tells me two days ago a violent mob attacked him and broke his Rs.2 lakh digital camera when he took a photograph of a patient who had died.
Newspapers pay him peanuts for his efforts and Girendra is himself from a modest background but for him being a photographer in a district is his only dream. Now its shattered.
He cannot cover these elections.