I am a sad man today.
Coming to Bangalore, one of the best things that I got introduced to was, The Hindu, newspaper. Apart from having a lot of quality content, what I liked most about it was its social and cultural commitment. It is a paper which feels so connected to things around it. After TOI, it felt good not to find front page covered with all the sensational news which 8 out of 10 times would be related to sex or women or something like that but with things more important. And good and informative articles on the editorial pages always forced me to think. I didn't always agreed with them but I found myself thinking about them and questioning my assumptions and believes. It was a healthy process.
Yesterday night I came to know about what all happened in Bombay with the medical students. The belligerent Arjun Singh was all over the news channels . But even after watching all that, I wanted to read it all in the next day's newspaper. There is a kind of satisfaction associated with print media that news chanels can never provide. So I waited for the Monday morning Hindu.
And look at today's Hindu (or try their website). The front page carries the news article about Arjun Singh's statement. That's it. No protests, no strike nothing. On page 12, you will find news about student's hunger strike but no clear mention of the strike called by IMA. I checked last 2 days' papers, the lathi charge in Bombay gets a mention in an article on page 12, no front page. On the page 3, the Bangalore Protest is covered but with no context to other protest reports.
I felt shocked and betrayed. This is the paper I trusted. To which I asked everybody to convert to. I do not expect them to always say things or express opinions that I agree to. But I assumed an honest attitude that is not afraid of belonging to some ideology but which is rational and balanced. They call themselves India's National newspaper. I think they need to wake up to the sensibilities of a lot more people before claiming that.
It is often that I have found useless articles on TOI front page while important news items completely missing. But then I know that TOI really believes that all the crap they publish is really the way to go. Hindu on the other hand carries a much more mature and respectful image. Such ommision coming from them can be nothing but intentional, motivated by political leanings. It wouldn't have felt bad if they had reported it and written in the editorial that this is nonsense. That way they would have left the choice of decision on me. But instead they chose to make that decision for me and block the news.
I am really heartbroken and sad today. I really am ! It is my apeal to everybody who reads Hindu, to please send a letter to the editor or atleast a note of dissent to let them know how you felt.