28 July, 2021

Judge And Hangman

In its sickening feeding frenzy after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the media has gone far beyond its accepted mandate. It’s feeding real regional hatred on the ground.

Judge And Hangman

I have been a proud journalist for most of my life, but for brief phases when professional pitfalls such as a delayed promotion or a psychopathic boss forced me to ponder whether pursuing a profession considered of higher calling was worth the pain. I have, I must say, somewhat relapsed into a similar, contemplative mode over the past few weeks. Ever since Bollywood star Sus­hant Singh Rajput was found dead in June, the media drama around his unt­imely death has given the hallowed principles of journalism a noisy burial. If Sus­hant’s death—whatever the cause—was tragic, what followed has been no less a disaster. It has left practitioners like me disturbed and dismayed.

No one denies that the media’s job is to speak truth to power, point out injustices, unearth evidence of corruption and ens­ure justice is done to those wronged. But what we have witnessed since Sushant’s death is far beyond what the media’s accepted mandate is. In the guise of a campaign to deliver justice to Sushant posthumously, a raucous section of...

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