Media failed to grasp vitality of Indian politics: Anantha Murthy

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Bangalore, Jan 28 (UNI) The media has failed to properly understand the vitality and vibrancy of Indian politics and is content in just ridiculing or pampering politicians, Jnanpeeth Award winning writer U R Anantha Murthy said today.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the Karnataka Media Academy here, Mr Murthy said it was important for mediapersons to be curious about politicians and not just stick to their 'fixed mindset.' ''You will not find such vibrant polity anywhere in the world.

Anyone from any level of social standing can make it to the top in politics in this country.

''This cannot happen anywhere else. You (the media) have failed to understand its vitality,'' he stated.

Mr Murthy regretted only vernacular media had been sensitive to highlight the culture of the land and report the happenings of the society where it was being circulated, while the English media had totally ignored this aspect.

''If a newspaper or a TV channel cannot depict the region or highlight the culture, it becomes useless and irrelevant. If you write only about the cosmopolitan world, who will write about our villages and the problems faced by the people in remote areas?'' he asked.


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