The article "Where India shining meets great depression" (April 1) deserves praise for its brilliant and unsparing exposé of the indifference of the national media towards the plight of the farmers.

This attitude is a reflection of the general heartlessness of our elite, which is bent on living it up through the destruction of livelihoods, natural resources, and cultures of farmers and tribal communities.

Kishore Saint,
Udaipur, Rajasthan

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The media's obsession with the antics of the urban elite is deplorable. As for the distress of farmers, the Government should get its act together soon. The more time it takes, the more the chances of naxalism and other forms of extremism spreading to rural India.

C. Manoj Mohan,

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Our callousness towards the consequences of our lifestyles and ambitions is matched only by our compulsive preoccupation with looking good. The writer deserves praise for prodding the elite's conscience. One would like to hope that it is still not too late to reverse the growing trend of alienation from the land.

Sumitra M. Gautama,

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It is unfortunate that the share market, in which a negligible percentage of our countrymen invest, makes it to the front page of all newspapers. The media seem to have become an advertising agency for the corporate sector.

Anand V. Bhosale,

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Not one dress worn by the participants in the Lakme Fashion Week, as seen in the media, is wearable beyond the ramp in India. The media would do well to throw more light on pressing issues than on glitz.

C.G. Senthilkumar,
Davis, California

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There was a time when such articles shocked the nation. But our sensitivity is much reduced now; reality no longer shocks us. We have become blind to the stark realities in the countryside, and exult in a superficial glamorous India orchestrated by the media. In the era of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation, why would anyone want to write about the poor?

K.V. Rajeev,
Kaiga, Karnataka

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There is a reason for share markets and fashion shows getting more media coverage. No newspaper or television channel would like to waste time and space on "commercially unprofitable" news like farmers' suicides.

C.K. Ratheesh,
Kannur, Kerala

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The media, which ought to act as the mirror of society, not only disregard villages but also shut their eyes when it comes to rural India. It is time the media performed their duty as mass educator and made efforts to bridge the ever widening gap between Bharat and India.

Sanchita Bakshi,
New Delhi