When I read articles like this one that appeared on CNN today it irks me no end. Not only because it portrays India in a bad light but because with one generalization, the media paints over a broad spectrum of people. With a country as populous as India, there are bound to be pockets where progress is slow or at a standstill. Like as if the article was not enough, the comments section made me go off on a tangent. Don’t mistake me, I totally feel that the section of people that the article mentions need to be empowered. I am all for dignity of labor. What appalls me is the use of this story to sensationalize and graphically portray all of India in one broad category.
I dug up another article that appeared in The Hindustan Times about a year back. The reason I was able to search for and hunt this one up was because it made me think when I read it first.
Much has been talked about untouchability and the caste system on print, in the media and everywhere I know. There is no denying that the past has been cruel on a huge section of Indian society courtesy the rigid social mores of those days. But, I do believe society equals out. What goes under the name of reservation and government job quotas are effectively hitting the so called “FC” right where it hurts most. Economically.
How much longer is India going to be portrayed at the land of Elephants and Rajahs? How many more such articles are going to sensationlize random happenings and make it seem like all of India is this? When will we be viewed for the large vibrant democracy we are? When will the cultural treasures we own be front page news?
I have no clue. I only wish I will learn to walk by unaffected and believe in the best for my nation.