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When Rahul Gandhi’s tantrum trumps charred toddlers

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In a ghastly incident in Faridabad district, two kids were burnt alive, allegedly by some upper caste people of the village. And as it always happens, some cops got suspended, the ministry ordered an inquiry, politicians flocked to the scene, and we are waiting for some compensation to be announced.

That’s what usually happens every time when such an incident takes place. But, India Today TV came up with something different this time. In a race for exclusive content with the ‘exclusive’ watermark running across the screen, there is a severe crunch of quality content as well as the often demanded ‘angle’ these days. Well, angle is very important as there are 360 of them!

What do they do? Every channel is doing the trending story of two ‘Dalit kids burnt alive in Haryana’. Where is the innovation?

Enter Rahul Gandhi – seemingly ‘unhappy’ with some reporters asking whether it is just a photo-op or does it hold some meaning as well – who took them head-on with a vicious use of sentences with ‘poverty’, ‘death’ and ‘insulting’ in an angry vein.

As if it was not all for the usually calm Rahul Gandhi, while he tried to gain access to the aggrieved father, he had an altercation with an India TV group reporter. That was not even an altercation as he merely asked her that he wanted to talk to the victim family and if she wanted to do so, she could go ahead. Later, he even apologised and entreated her to go for the interview with the victim.

Here is the 20-minute video of ‘exploding’ Rahul Gandhi from India Today TV YouTube channel:

What’s important?

What is lost among all this is the charred bodies of two toddlers, so young and innocent. The news channel does not talk about it as the main issue. Rahul Gandhi and his ‘supposed’ attack on the fourth pillar of democracy becomes the prime concern of the nation instead.

This is not just one instance. It happened in the Delhi rape of two kids earlier this week when the rapes were sidelined amid Kejriwal’s verbal attack on central government and Modi.

The same happened with Dadri lynching where the family was asking the people to stay calm, but the media chose to keep fanning the fire of communalism to suit its agenda of squeezing the last drop of a trending news.

This is a sad situation when media becomes a milkman to squeeze the last drop of newsy milk and then adulterates it with its agenda and ‘sells’ it as a premium product.

In present times, it is seldom the political parties that play the politics of hate or death. Rather, the media channels have emerged out as the biggest polarisers and sell-outs to various political parties singing their tunes on their convenience, in the name of serving the society.

Communal death did not stop with Dadri lynching of Akhlaq, rapes did not stop with Nirbhaya, farmer suicides did not stop after the media hue and cry… But media makes it appear so. Media has the power of keeping an issue alive for its advantage in the garb of being the ‘watchdog’.

If media was any dog, it won’t be the watchdog; it is a savage beast that tears apart its prey to satiate itself.

Here, the prey is any news that has a shock value. Any news which some editor, smoking cigars in his bathtub or yelling at a panel of guests, decides to make a national cause of concern, becomes the ‘most shocking event that shames the nation and humanity’ every single time.

Clearly, India Today TV could have played it down even if a reporter had some altercation with Rahul Gandhi as the issue was ‘two kids burnt alive’ and not the anger of the Gandhi scion. But alas, in these turbulent times, Rahul Gandhi’s anger has more news value than roasting of two little angels in a house.

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  • arealgoodfellow

    Fake Gandhi was angry because ke was faking his concern . This Raul fellow is corrupt and fraud thus he is angry and envious . ???????????????????????

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Lack of Proper Sanitation Affects 620 Million Children Around The World: Report

Despite the improvements, more than a third of the girls in South Asia miss school for one to three days a month during their period.

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A new toilet recently installed in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. VOA

A lack of proper school toilets threatens the health, education and safety of at least 620 million children around the world, the charity WaterAid said in a new study published Friday.

Children at 1 in 3 schools lack access to proper toilets, putting them at risk of diarrhea and other infections and forcing some to miss lessons altogether, according to the study, based on data from 101 countries.

Guinea-Bissau in West Africa has the worst school toilets while Ethiopian children fare worst at home, with 93 percent of homes lacking a decent toilet according to the report, released ahead of World Toilet Day on Monday.

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Students arrive for class at the Every Nation Academy private school in the city of Makeni in Sierra Leone, April 20, 2012. VOA

“The message here is that water and sanitation affect everything,” WaterAid spokeswoman Anna France-Williams told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “If there’s no toilet in schools, children will miss lessons and it will have an impact on their growing up.”

Diarrhea, infection risk

A lack of proper sanitation puts millions of children around the world in danger of diarrhea, which kills 289,000 children younger than 5 a year, WaterAid said.

But some regions have started to clean up their act, notably South Asia, where access to toilets in schools has improved.

More than half the schools in Bangladesh now have access to decent toilets, while students in 73 percent of schools in India and 76 percent of those in Bhutan can access basic sanitation.

Akramul Islam, director of water, sanitation and hygiene at the Bangladeshi charity BRAC, said the country’s once-high levels of open defecation — using open ground rather than toilets — were now less than 1 percent.

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India’s plight in sanitation has not improved much since ages.
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“Today, schools have separate toilets for girls and boys and the issue of menstrual hygiene is also being addressed,” he said. “This has happened because of initiatives taken by both the government, the NGOs and other stakeholders.”

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Improvement needed

Despite the improvements, more than a third of the girls in South Asia miss school for one to three days a month during their period, WaterAid said, urging greater investment in basic sanitation.

“If we are serious about all children and young people, wherever they are, whatever their gender, physical ability or community background, having their right to clean water and sanitation, we must take decisive and inclusive action now,” said Chief Executive Tim Wainwright. (VOA)