The article "Caste matters in the Indian media" (June 3) comes as a whiff of fresh air. To those who have a social conscience, the display of so-called equality by the medicos striking work against the proposed 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher education and the assortment of those supporting them was nauseating.
They tried to redefine equality and merit. More irritating was the droning narration by news anchors, broken only by hysterical reporters some of whom described the agitation as a revolution in the making.
I am astonished to learn of the incident involving Dalit students in UCMS. That it took place as recently as 1999 in a medical college where one expects the cream of society to study shows what the plight of Dalits in villages, mired in age old customs and traditions, must be.
We frequently ask why the lot of the backward has not improved even after almost 60 years of reservation. Where is the scope? Even if they advance educationally and economically, can society become a cohesive unit without interaction among its members?
The article was very much on target. Most news anchors and reporters are a shade too smart and savvy to be sensitive to social realities. Far from shedding their bias when it comes to the issue of reservation, they tend to sensationalise and oversimplify it for the consumption of their middle class, mainly forward caste, readership.
Being overwhelmingly forward caste themselves, journalists were also guilty of ignoring insulting casteist parodies of sweepers, etc., during the recent protests against reservation in Delhi.