Yet another forward doing the rounds. This time about an army officer’s death shadowed by the media coverage of a movie-star’s court case in an arms handling case.
The forward is replete with sentiments and anger and crude rhetoric of the coverage of movie-star’s case. In fact, I learnt more about the case about the movie-star when I read the forward than I have seen in the media. It barely touches upon the valiant soldier’s death.
I see this indignation around and it irks me even more – not about what our media chooses to cover – but how we look at the world around us. The only premise of media companies is coverage and circulation. It has got nothing to do with the news. If you understand this premise, you wont believe in injustice as much as you do. This particular forward, while attempting to raise awareness of a soldiers death, puts it at the same level as the case of the movie-star. It intends to seek the same time that was spent on a crass case. The author of the forward should have known better. Starting a chain mail just trivialises the issue even more – as more people I know have started ignoring forwards.
A soldier’s story doesn’t need prime time. Your very ability to freely start a chain mail is due to the soldier. My ability to write about it is due to the soldier. Our ability to sleep well and get up the next day and restart this discussion is due to the soldier. All the freedom available to us, every waking moment is due to the soldier.
Deep down, I am happy that a soldier’s blood is not the focus of the media – they would end up commercialising that one last value amongst men that remains pure and noble.