Tharoor slams Indian media shout stop acting as judges

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 20:35

Dubai: The Indian media needs to behave more responsibly and stop acting like prosecutors or judges in dealing with allegations, former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has said.

Tharoor said the Indian media behaves irresponsibly and has a knack of focusing more on negative issues, Tharoor said while speaking in Doha at a reception hosted by the Indian Cultural and Arts Society (Incas).

He said the media in India was too much interested in triggering controversies that do not make any difference to the lives of the people.
"Media should behave a little more responsibly. They are acting like prosecutors or judges. There is a process to decide on allegations. We should not rush into judgements," Tharoor was quoted by The Peninsula as saying.

"The current situation in India is that people would believe if you level allegations against any politician, with the exception of A K Antony (Defence Minister) and Manmohan Singh (Prime Minister). The Indian middle class is too fond of such controversies," he added.
He said corruption in the country was denying rights to the common people.

"If a poor woman is forced to pay a bribe to get treatment for her child in a government hospital that is a serious issue," he said, insisting that the media should focus on such issues.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Tharoor said the media should also highlight the achievements of Indians in various fields, rather than focusing only on the "bad things" in the country.

Tharoor had last month asked the media to stop a vilification campaign against P J Thomas over his appointment as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).

Tharoor, who is a parliamentarian from Thiruvananthapuram, said his dream to transform the city into an Indian Barcelona could not be realised due to the obstacles posed by the Leftist government in the state.

He said there were striking similarities between Thiruvanthapuram and Barcelona but his personal initiatives to develop the city failed due to lack of co-operation from the local authorities.

"This is a weakness of the Indian federal system. We cannot implement any project without support and co-operation from the local authorities," Tharoor was quoted as saying. He added that the response from the CPM-led government in Kerala in this respect was disappointing. He put much of the blame on the state government for the poor state of affairs in Kerala.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 20:35

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