Saturday, May 17, 2014

A little objectivity

See this article on the Varanasi elections before the elections. Reading this one would think that Arvind Kejrwal had a chance against Narendra Modi. A 49 day chief minister versus a 3 term chief minister.

"The holy city is in a state of confusion with too many suitors putting its social fabric under stress. People wake up every morning to a new twist in the gladiatorial fight between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal."                                                                                                                                Gladiatorial batle indeed.The elections got over and Mr. Modi won by a wafer thin margin of about some piddly 3.37 lakh votes.          ...counting of votes was over and Modi had secured 5,16,593 votes as against 1,79,739 votes of Kejriwal.
About 10.28 lakh votes were polled in the constituency where voting was held on May 12, and with more than 50 per cent of vote share, Modi appears to have received the support of the electorate cutting across caste and communal lines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This , is by no means, a gladiatorial battle - the way it was projected. As far as my limited understanding, a gladiatorial battle is a battle of equals and the media sought to project it that way. Why I do not know. Partially explained by their own hope perhaps or their own bias. Or in a funny way wanting to sound neutral. Whatever it is clearly, the objectivity is lost.
And then we had this sociologist, who never once takes off his bias and writes a  piece   that is a perfect reflection of the bias. On the whole you would expect a sociologist to be objective, like an engineer - who may like wood but to claim that it is stronger than iron would be a little too much. Not this one though - who wears his bias on his sleeve. Sometime earlier, Times of India projected 44% vote share for AAP  in the metros in a shockingly biased article. Clearly, unless they sampled a set of committeed AAP supporters, this sort of a number if impossible to get.And here is another one, blah blahing about the possibilities.                                                                           And for the record, only about 22/24 candidates of AAP saved their deposits out of the 400+ candidates they put up.  So, when these analysts and reporters and scientists report one would expect them to show a little objectivity. PS: Not so, for bloggers ;-)              

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