Just this morning, I got this link via twitter. It is a link to an article on the Financial Express where Baba Ramdev says that India should ban Rs500 and Rs1000 notes so that we can reduce corruption. This article reminded me of a scene from 30 rock (IMHO the best show on TV, more on this later) where Tracy Jordan goes onto Larry King live and asks the viewers to panic in reaction to news about a financial downturn in Asia.
The number of time our media reports ” XYZ said …” and “Famous actor ABC feels …” as news is ridiculous. I can expect gossip magazines and E! Online to carry this stuff but isn’t the job of the media to be responsible and report real facts and news. I am certain Baba Ramdev has no idea about finance or Macroeconomics. Everyone and his monkey knows this, yet why would a respected site like the Financial Express carry this ridiculous article.
It is really sad that, here in India, we do not seem to have a single good paper which publishes only news and none of this crap. All the media seems to do is make us dumber by giving us minute by minute reports of Sania Mirza’s wedding and a passing mention to a massacre of jawans in Dantewada. Sir Francis Bacon once said ‘scientia potentia est’ or “knowledge is power”. This is far truer today than it was in Bacon’s time. And instead of knowledge of real issues we know all about insignificant bullshit, instead of people giving real commentary or explaining things for the layman we have fake godmen giving idiotic suggestions.
Freedom of speech and all that is fine, but you can’t just tell everyone in India what one guy feels. If Baba Ramdev wants to tell India to burn all Rs500 notes of stand on your head while crapping, he can do it of his own expense on his own show, why is the media doing it for him? Why is it that the media completely ignores the people who actually need to be heard? I assume most people in the media are educated, why is this so difficult to understand?