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Scales of Injustice


Mused with #whataboutery fact-sheets, I wonder -- why do media hype only few cases viz. Aylan Kurdi, Nirbhya, Akhlaq and some others, particularly when the world witnesses such cases almost everyday. Hypocrisy?

Remember the case of Thangjam Manorama? How many prime time slots were attributed to the poor lady's case? How many arrests and award returns (except one Padma Shree by Binodini Devi) were made in that case? Take Kerala's recent one. You won't see any prime time debate. However, almost all the prime time slots covered Nirbhaya case weeks after weeks. These weren't political.

 Disparities in the news coverage on the basis of regions and religions aren't new, but now so obvious that we choose it to ignore. Thousands in Syria and neighbouring countries have lost their lives due to ISIS attacks. However, it was Alan Kurdi's case that helped end Kobanî attacks in August 2015. 

Disparities are undeniably because of 1) the TRP estimates that further result into ROI 2) the absence of good reporters in the less happening cities/states and some other concurrent issues. Having said that in a world where everything, be it emotional sentiment or else is to be measured in 140 characters only, people go for adjectives. And, when it comes to the scale of injustice, words seldom suffice the emotional requirements.

This is where, come the Nirbhaya, Aylan Kurdi and Akhlaq, new standards to measure one's pain, suffering or calamity... similar to the other systems of measurement -- MKS, FPS, CGS and SI. 


Eventually, you get to know -- how to express the pain and anguish in 140 or fewer characters -- @k^^n: Kerala suffers a Nirbhaya

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