Friday, September 19, 2008

A curious question

Just who was this Laxmanananda Saraswati, the VHP leader who was recently murdered? He was variously reported as an 84 year old monk and a VHP leader. But none of the papers ever carried any picture of his, not even a file picture. Surely not in Bangalore and surely not on the net. 

Even today, a search of him does not give you a picture. But our papers routinely carry pictures of people who are shot dead or killed. Why, they even carry pictures of terrorists families. So, what about this seer or his group? No picture at all? Why? Because photographs evoke sympathy? Balanced reporting anybody?


Anonymous said...

I remember NDTV (or was it CNN-IBN? - can't tell them apart) carried a interview with from last December. Old dude, but feisty, saying he would fight "forced" conversions as long as he was alive. At least thats what the english transcription said, I can't understand hindi.

Rey de Vaqueiros

Neelakantan said...

lncidentally, NDTVs coverage has been better (less biased) than the rest on Kandhmal. One of their correspondents had put out a different report as compared to the rest of the media.