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This article was pointed out to me by my friend, Judy, and  goes along so well with the theme of  my other post this morning.  I thank the reporter for his/her candor. 
Why did the media ignore Kailash Satyarthi?

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October 10, 2014, 5:45 PM IST Kingshuk Nag in Masala Noodles | India | TOI
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I have a confession to make. I had not heard of Kailash Satyarthi till the news broke about him being awarded the Nobel peace prize for 2014. I checked with many friends; none of them had any clue about who he was. All this is not a reflection on the Nobel committee but a commentary on people like us (PLU) who think that they are aware citizens but are ignorance personified. And the blame for this ignorance is on the media of the country, who are responsible directly and indirectly for holding a mirror on to happenings in the country. Of course, I am part of the media and therefore this is a reflection on my work too.
Kailash Satyarthi
As mediapersons we spend an inordinate amount of energy in concentrating on trivia, on leggy beauties and the rantings of the neta class and what we think is news. In the process, many real things, things that are meaningful and make a difference to our life, are all neglected. Kailash Satyarthi has spent a lifetime fighting against the practice of child labour, but for the mainstream media such matters hardly make news. Nor does child and women trafficking; nor does hunger or poverty. Well, to be correct, it does make news, but only sometimes and such news is relegated to the inside pages. The front pages are dominated by the discounts offered by Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and their likes. Of course, the aspiring middle classes – men and women – are all excited about these deals and this is what we write about. After all, the papers are brought out by the aspirants – oops people who are aspirational, I mean.
Of course, no newspaper can be complete today without party pictures and of the rich and fashionable as they jostle to be seen at happening parties. In fact for many such page 3 personages their only claim to fame is that they are page 3, which means that they are recognized socialites. But what is a socialite? Well one who is recognized in social circles. And who is recognized in social circles? Anyone, who is frequently seen on page 3. But is it meaningful what they do? Nothing really, unless you think that to be featured on page 3 is all that there is to life! In this myopic world of have-nots posing as haves, is it strange that nobody has heard of Kailash Satyarthi?
As I write a (doctor) friend messages: Kailash Satyarthi stays at L6 Kalkaji (New Delhi). He used to stay at DDA Flats Kalkaji a few years ago. Yours truly was their family physician then.
Is it strange that newspapers don’t write about Satyarthi? After all Kalkaji is not happening. Who will read about people who stay in such non-happening places: because only inconsequential people could stay there. I am sure Satyarthi does not own a Bentley nor does he wear the costliest of watches and have costly accessories. So who will read about him?
But don’t blame the media alone. Has the government recognized Satyarthi for his efforts? By all accounts, no. Though I have no means of checking, I guess the government has not even conferred him with a Padma Shri, much less a Padma Bhushan. In fact beyond the NGO circles there may not be any awareness about the man who won the Noble prize and his work.
Many times I am called to meetings where readers ask why is the coverage in the media so one-sided? Why are meaningful things not covered? Why is there so much stress on sensationalism? Partly as a self-defence mechanism, I am quick to answer: a paper exists to satisfy its readers. We give our readers what they want. As readers you do not exercise your rights to ask for meaningful news, instead you love trivia and non- serious stuff. That’s why you get what you get. Most of the vociferous lot gets silenced by this answer and shut up. But some of them go on to ask: isn’t your duty as a mediaperson to be an educator and to provide a wholesome paper to us? I protest: can anybody say that we don’t provide a wholesome paper to you? Everything is covered in our paper – whether it is politics, human interest stories, technology and consumer trends, business and economy and even spiritualism. With this statement everybody falls silent.
As I write these lines, a colleague comes in and tells me about his previous organization, where there was a reporter who used to often quote Kailash Satyarthi and his Bachpaan bachao Andolan. He adds: but we banned the reporter from writing on this matter; we felt there was a surfeit of Satyarthi and his movement. Everybody was getting bored.
But can there be a surfeit of Satyarthis and the movements spawned by them? No, never. It is time that the media recognizes this. The reader also has a responsibility for ensuring that the media focuses on such meaningful matters. Otherwise there is no scope for progress of the country. And if the country does not progress, where is the chance for the individual citizens to progress? All you aspirational types, are you listening?
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

Gv Rao• 4078 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Visakhapatnam•1 sec ago
the primary concern of the media is its popularity. the newspapers want the circulation figures to skyrocket and the tv channels are forever concerned about the tpr ratings. each channel boasts it is the number one channel to garner max number of commercials. as for the news, any silly comments or actions by celebrities of cine actors, cricket players or politicians who are practically jokers will get them more viewers. a wardrobe malfunctioning of an actress will be better news than a hundred satyarthis. the media should do some introspection, reduce its goals for profits and concentrate on the society, its evils and attempt to correct them.

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COMMON INDIAN• 723 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •HK•1 sec ago
kingshuk nag- comment is appreciated .

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Jai Shankar Joshi• 2006 •Movie Buff Influencer Moderator •Norwich, UK•1 sec ago
i agree. not many people know about him till the news came out for him to receive the prize

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siva kumar• 350 •Movie Buff News King Frequent Flyer •coimbatore•1 sec ago
as always satyarthis in the lime light after getting nobel prize. and the media covers his movements and lauds his services. somebody will give something to get recognition of good work also.

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Vineeth Kumar• 21548 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •Bangalore•1 sec ago
research revealed that people voted for a particular political party in the last elections who were more exposed to indian media. it shows how the media plays partisan politics, does not highlight the many shortcomings in indian society, totally ignores the needs of the downtrodden, is interested in catering to the interests of the already well-off middle class. in short, the indian media is status quoists. it is just happy with the returns it receives in the form revenues from advertisement. it is least bothered about playing an active role in ferreting out the filth in indian society or to play any role in ushering in revolutionary changes in the country to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich. it is so self-congratulatory about the negligible achievement our country makes like the mars orbiter mission. just a glance at the medals table in the last asian games reveals the kind of hollow system ours is. today the indian media is more concerned about ranbir-katrina relationship and the cleavage of deepika padukone. it is shame that we were unaware about satyarthi but not the europeans and the nobel prize committee.

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anilkagi•1 sec ago
you too are writing this because the name kailash satyarthi has attained the status of glamour/sensation now. but its heartening that you have recognized your mistake.to tell you frankly and explicitly, this nation or any nation or society does not run on news makers, news sellers or news readers. it runs due to the humble farmer, labourer, the house hold woman, who don’t listen to yoyo, or drop jaw at the poster of deepika padukone or fire crackers when india wins a game over pakistan, or go on a procession when modi or rahul wins an election, or wants to know what mukesh ambani says. the true music of life sustains on them. the page3 people just make noise, because they love making noise. they think the purpose of life is to make noise, clad in expensive suites, roaming in luxury cars. they are desperate for attention. this nation does not run on them. it runs on diligent toil, devoid of the need for attention. such people can feed others with the fruits of their toil. the page3 people are hungry themselves. how can they feed any one? where do they have the time to toil, relieving themselves from their born duty of feeding their hunger for attention? all they can do is exploit the humble ones. the humble ones don’t mind that too. they are ready for that too. they know that, if they have to exist, they have to feed their exploiters too. they have to let themselves be stolen, be deprived.so whether the media talks of kailash satyarthi or not, this nation will run, because he will toil without the requirement of any attention. because those who make this nation run are not the ones that make news, sell news or read news. they are the people who toil humbly. kailash satyarthi existed and did his work despite of media attention. he did his work humbly.it is an illusion that media is the pillar of democracy. no, toil is the pillar of life, irrespective of whether the toiler lives in a democracy or a dictatorship. he has to toil, and he is exploited, irrespective of whether he lives in a democracy or a dictatorship. he has to toil to sustain. he has to get exploited, to sustain. otherwise the page3 people will not let him live. they will device new ways of exploitation, so that they can keep themselves busy with making noise and not be trapped in the business of sustaining themselves. they sustain by exploiting the toilers. the page3 words like, democracy, rights, journalism are illusions. the only truely existing words are toil and exploitation.the toilers toil and be humble. the exploiters exploit and make noise. that is the true story of life. and you and your media is part of that noise making system. useful for nothing. the human society runs with you or without you. it has been running since times immemorial and will run for the future time. nothing has changed. toil and exploitation existed together then and exist now. all the talk of evolution, progress, development etc is page3 noise.

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kpmalik• 99 •News King Frequent Flyer Well Connected •1 sec ago
main stream media like toi have become rubbish…only to be sold to raddiwala without even reading. in mumbai bombay times is sheer waste for majority becuase it only to page 3 culture of film industry. actually they should ask subscriber if he foes not want bombay times then price is rs 3?even their eeb version should give readers which sections they want to read and rest should not download. there is one entry in toi which has remsined unaltered gor over 3 years and it is so irritating to read and note that none from toi has realized to delete it gor 3 years in his web vesrion. it is under section more…and says australia offers incentives to indian ….something like that….hope they improve

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Apurba Paul• 22489 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •Bangalore, India•1 sec ago
people can’t focus on the news that media don’t provide us. we don’t know what is happening out side of our circle of concern if media don’t provide the news to us. yah people don’t like news which is so called boring. but it is their duty to make ‘boring’ news interesting.

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Loves India• 14726 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •India•1 sec ago
an excellent article to put a cover on responsibility of media………some body does not ask you a question, what is the primary function of media; is it a business house or social responsibility……..answers given by author reflects that he things journalism as a business and hence loses all rights of teaching moral lessons to society……bhai sidhi bhasha mein bole to….ganda hai par dhandha hai ye

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ceregemnugabest1• 169 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •1 sec ago
the u.s. and the e.u. have been using the argument of child labour in india to further their protectionist agenda of blacklisting imports from the country. a blanket ban on the involvement of children at work is shortshighted and ignores the complex real causes. very often, the money earned by the child bridges the gap between starvation and survival for the entire family. also many traditonal skills of artisans and craftsmen are taught to children while they help at work. learning such skills is also an education. we could end up losing all our traditional crafts and skills if this agenda of a blanket ban on involvement of children at work is blindly implemented. the nobel peace prize has often had the hidden agenda of the western political and business establishment behind it.

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Ramasubramanian Appathurai• 89 •News King Frequent Flyer Member • ceregemnugabest1•Chennai, Tamil Nadu•1 sec ago
the great statesman rajajai tried to introduce this concept of skill building from the school stage by the father to the child. but it was totally rejected by the other politicians terming as kulakalvi. german model of schooling is based on the above concept of skill building from 8th std onwards.

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Sandip Patil• 2767 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Mumbai•1 sec ago
most news today are paid news. politicians or celebrities all pay. satyarthis have neither the doe or inclination for publicity. so how do you expect jlu (journalist like u) to give any importance to such people?

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shashidhar P• 1459 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •Hyderabad•1 sec ago
he is eligible for bharat ratna

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Sumeet Mahajan• 335 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •New Delhi, India•1 sec ago
why did the media ignore kailash satyarthi?a simple answer to this is – because all of the non-belabors who are a lot more in numbers than you people criticizing the media.i am a software professional and have no association with any of the media agencies and am myself a strong critique of the way media works these days especially the likes of arnab goswamis… however, this blog has made few strong statements and that too someone from the media itself (of which i am quite impressed). but the fact remains – what we want is what we get.we did not want to know about sir kailash satyarthi and therefore we did not get to heart of him.. i think its no more than that.. if we really wanted to know about people like him we would have certainly seen them in the media too..media gives us what we want.. its as simple as it is.. and it works just like any other business model.. did you think media houses are social agencies running for the pure benefits of the readers? they are just like any other corporate houses. their interests purely lies in making money by increasing the readership/viewership. and if they continue to do what they do then it is indicative of the fact that the viewers/readers are increasing by the work they do…so in the end its the viewers/readers who are to be blamed more than the media houses themselves…no matter how much we all criticize the media houses here, the people who take interest and increase the client base of the media houses out-number us by many folds.

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True Indian• 3307 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •India•1 sec ago
its a real shame to indian govt’s that they never recognized this great hero

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sushil mohata• 2343 •Well Connected Member •jabalpur m.p•1 sec ago
salute to silent hero of india

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madhulika• 59 •Member •1 sec ago
i feel very bad when i see times of india news paper or such type of papers. nowsdays they are just for advertisements. on first page where reader think that he or she will see the news there they saw full page of discount and that will continue till next 3 page. many times i noticed that out of 30 pages 10 for advertisement then 7 pages for entertainment. when media is earning lots of money then what is the need of working on ground realities. i stopped taking timesofindia. standard gone down at very low level

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Vishnu• 2385 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •Akola•1 sec ago
i agree with the writer. i will also add this: though mr. satyarthiji has not been given any award by india government, he has won many awards in many countries. to name a few, 2009: defenders of democracy award (us)2008: alfonso comin international award (spain)2007: gold medal of the italian senate (2007)2007: recognized in the list of ‘heroes acting to end modern day slavery’ by the us state department2006: freedom award (us)2002: wallenberg medal, awarded by the university of michigan1999: friedrich ebert stiftung award (germany)1998: golden flag award (netherlands)1995: robert f. kennedy human rights award (us)1995: the trumpeter award (us)1994: the aachener international peace award (germany)but for the noble peace prize, his recognition would have not happened..!! this attitude of our media/people shows our `mental gulaami’ according to me. we only pay attention to a western big name/organisation. nothing lesser is not paid any heed.

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Vijay Hans• 196 •Frequent Flyer Member •Lucknow, India•1 sec ago
because he was anti against those leader, mafiya, corporates who are engaged in the unlawful and anti social activity i think ignorance by media maximum indians not know to this personality .

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Pallavi Kas• 2226 •Movie Buff Influencer Wordsmith •1 sec ago
congratulations to nobel peace laureate kailash satyarthi, a true champion in the fight to end child labour.

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tanmay.78• 532 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •1 sec ago
we all human being consider ourselves different than other animals in this world. moreover media in the human society considers itself as the builder of next generations.my experience of indian media is not that of builder of society, forget of next generation. if any intellectual media person asks his children about what they think the life of future generations should be, i am sure they will be stunned.it is high time that indian media takes some time off and do some serious forward thinking as what should be the life of future generations – may be 5 to 10 generation ahead. they must go back in history and take some lessons as how how ancestors had futuristic thinking that has given us this quality of life.on one side oil is getting exhausted from the earth, on other side human acts are showing its effect on the environment and devastation it is causing in different parts of world.i appeal to all so called media for guide and initiate educate human society for the rights and wrongs and preserve future (forget building of future). they must share more and more positive events happening around the world

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ssundararaman20 sundararaman• 41303 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •mumbai•1 sec ago
the holy media is looking at their only goal-post of trp… viership… sensationalism… distorted words of neta community spread at a high cost to flow into media domains…. do they think that the people are fools… ?? high time for the media of all kinds… to introspect… how different they are from the arrogant neta powers… to mislead the people… to suppress many scams, scandals, darkest truths of the past…. to sing and sing the praise of the most paying netas… ???? gok

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ssundararaman20 sundararaman• 41303 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •mumbai•1 sec ago
dont try to justify or camaflouge your media goons… who are always by the side of the neta power… either to hail… or sabotage… depending upon the corrupt money flow to your pockets… ??? how long the media power can cheat the nation… or the common men… ??? many media influential names were reportedly in the black money lists… but were traded for a beneficiaal money flow… ??? is media pretending to be a holy cow… the same way nawas shariff does … attempts in the international arena… ?????????? gok

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brahmdeo.singh85 singh• 7612 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Ranchi, India•1 sec ago
not only media, govt. also never recognized sri satyarthi and his work although he was well reconsidered abroad. it is a prize plus an international reminder to india to take care of its child labors. it shows how cruelly we treat poor children. if we want to know meaning of this prize we should focus on plight of poor children in this country.

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STOP Corrupt• 7309 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Mumbai•1 sec ago
because corporates maphia is paying huge money to media to publish fafricated stories of modi to praise him. sun phara was one of the main sponspor along with adani, ambani and essar in madison square. though the indian media celebrated saying indians giving huge respect to modi in madison square. for the millions what the corporate spent for this huge event management the result are coming out. modi is giving free hands to pharmaceutical giants to loot indians for essential medicines. now cancer and othe deceases these companies can charge 30 times or 40 times for the medicine. what a good governance from modi and sangh parivar to loot indians. free hands to corporates for deciding the price of petrol, dielsel, gas , commmodities and everything. still sangh parivar mongers are saying modi is doing wonders. even the corrupted media with maphia coporates are praising modi.

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somnath Pal• 5382 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Location•1 sec ago
who cares about social responsibility ? satyarthi is now a sought after personality just because his work has been recognized by nobel prize committee. nobody had heard about him until then but people abroad keep tabs on those who really do service to the society and give recognition to those who really deserve recognition.

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Anubhav Agrawal• 6711 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •1 sec ago
modi can not only use the man’s accomplishments but also seek to use his skills and experience to solve problem of child labor..which is problem that very few people actually want to solve and which is so widespread that one fear if there will be negative consequences of such a campaign on survivability of many poor children.

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Vasantray Vachhani• 5117 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •India•1 sec ago
media is busy with news from film stars, sunanda, jaya, lalu and all masala to increase readership. they have no time to look at a person who is doing good work in far corner.

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SG Kolkata• 938 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Kolkata•1 sec ago
indians are good at ignoring those under their own noses who do amazing work. only when they are noted by international bodies do we start going gaga in true bollywood fashion. pathetic. one great example is of dr dilip mahalanabis, who has saved millions of lives by inventing the oral rehydration solution for diarroea in the 1970s (with john hopkins), a simple treatment that indians failed to note.he continues to do his work silently in calcutta at the age of 80. check him out.

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Abrakadabra• 5395 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Timbaktu•1 sec ago
more surprising is the silence from the ngo community!

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soumen soumen• 374 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •1 sec ago
that is indian tradition….media will only cover only news

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JANARDAN IYER• 510 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •1 sec ago
indian media is more inclined towards spreading cynicism in the society by ignoring the positive things happening around and glorifying the negatives.

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Tanima Saha• 1285 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Abu Dhabi•1 sec ago
finally one journalist showed the courage of admitting the bitter truth. media in india always focused on cheap political and popular issues and not on real issues. time has come for media to postmortem their faults. media should not think that people of india is spineless and will accept blindly whatever they tells. people of india can give the same treatment as they gave to upa. modi already took initiative to make fb available to every remote places. that can be made a platform to start protesting against media.

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atiys_143• 2519 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •1 sec ago
yes… listning.

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Ashwin S• 5176 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Mumbai•1 sec ago
because our media is very busy covering deepika padukone’s cleavage and our dirty politicians

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Sanjay Kabra• 313 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •Unknown•1 sec ago
media has never been independent in india and many parts of the world. if they need to survive they depend on politicos for hinder free running and corporates for the funds to publish. if any one of them does wrong how can media highlight it? the fight against child labour by kailash was actually against the system and systematic exploitation by the employers. employers of children are very powerful people such as in fireworks manufacturing, brick kilns, bangle making etc. they are a big mafia. most of them are in politics too at least at the local levels. even if a local news paper highlights these problems the publishers would get into trouble and that’s what the media wants to avoid. the electronic media is more worse. if it wants to sensationalize a issue it repeats the news 100 times in a matter of hours with big bang words. media has never been neutral, you can find them either on one of the sides. i hope they wake up at least now and look for the people who work for the welfare of the society silently and seek no personal glorification.

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M.P. Rao• 5528 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Hyderabad, India.•1 sec ago
many haven’t heard of hims for the simple reason, he has been a silent-soldier and not flashy like most others! 😦

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Umax• 1998 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Pune•3 mins ago
hats off to a journalist to openly admit a lapse. and that too for a cause that is priceless and deserving. guilty we are as readers and viewers to have missed the importance of the person(s). having said that the ‘means to the end’ to majority of us is the news channels and the internet. neither of them were useful in this context. any ideas for changing this is more than welcome. thanks for the article.

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Aravindan Duvvuri• 985 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •Chennai•4 mins ago
rightly pointed. my thoughts as well..

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B S Guruprakash• 15019 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Unknown•20 mins ago
there are many, many such people are serving the society silently with out publicity ? since paid news / channels are not interested to come foreword to expose to the country of such serving people and this is the truth ?

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Desi Guy• 1104 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Hyderabad•32 mins ago
what’s the point of this article? will anything change in this paper? are you meeting with the editors and the idiotic news hour host to institute coverage of serious issues in a deeply professional manner? even as you publish this article, i can see semi-nude pictures in the home page. do something. don’t just talk.

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Gaurav Shrivastava• 854 •Movie Buff Influencer Wordsmith •Pune•37 mins ago
really a good blog and true confession. even i feel that i as a reader is not doing my duty of asking for the meaningful articles.

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akash76 y• 15034 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Hyd•1 hour ago
can’t blame readers. there are millions who want to be aware of good things happening in the neighborhood. it’s just that media lacks motivation to capture such news.

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Aam Aadmi• 30858 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •India•1 hour ago
i too have a confession to make. as a commenter of considerable ‘seniority’ i have accumulated quite a few biases and distortions about some of the regular blog writers in the times. unfortunately mr. nag belonged to the ‘them’ side in contrast to the ‘us’. but his current blog-post is … unbelievably good, hyper-real and super-contextual to the times we live in. broadly, we are guilty of two things: 1) not singing the odes of real heroes. 2) printing ‘paid’ praises of undeserving zeroes. today the precious nuggets of human struggle – that our nation has in plenty – are buried in thankless sands, while the marketing-savvy, glib-talkers (be it sports icons or authors or politicians or anybody), carve their tortuous way to fame and riches (which is then split between the paid gods and their promoter poojaris). we as a nation need to value the wealth that lies hidden in these ordinary unsung heroes. for every shivaji in history, there are hundreds of mothers like hirkani who braved steep hillsides in blind love upon hearing the cries of their child. india needs to rediscover this wealth and restore it to its deserving glory.

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Unmesh Bagwe• 95 •Member •Thane•1 hour ago
we do not cover many many personalities like kailash for an obvious reason. they work against the interest of powerful class of ruling indians, political goons or corporate goons…we need external impetus to know the great work being done by our gems, a very sorry status of our social reality…

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K.K.RAJAN Rajan• 16377 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Kottayam•1 hour ago
ouur media are in the hands of our corrupt corporates

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Nataraj• 7562 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Bangalore•1 hour ago
good that mr sathyarthi was off from media attention. otherwise they would have projected him wrongly to increase their trp

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ia_jai• 544 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Mumbai•1 hour ago
now arundati roy will write some b.s to get some attention- pity her

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Boforsthief Sonia• 29302 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •canada•1 hour ago
bharat ratna for a match fixing tendulkar and congress mp post for azaruddin

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winrawat• 163 •News King Frequent Flyer Inboxer •Location•1 hour ago
all praise for media to unearth so many scams and consequently make public aware what is happening with their hard earned money. and people dethroned last govt for same. i am also proud of indian democracy where a sitting cm was sent to jail for misdeeds, though very late. however, it is a shame that media could not find space for mr. kailash satyarthi and noble committee reminded them hey you have a gem. and that’s where media and govt fall behind to celebrate real hero. and we, our children and younger generation end up where we could not find our role models, whereas there are may be plenty of noble men to be noticed and distinguished. nevertheless, every day is learning. i hope and wish media will stand up and find out every single noble man who deserves and celebrate. amen.

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ia_jai• 544 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Mumbai•1 hour ago
feeling guilty after exposed – still better than amma not feeling guilty even after conviction. the simple truth is good news is no news –

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Prof Sudarshan• 3273 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •1 hour ago
apart from the media, which is narrow-minded, the indian govt is primarily responsible for our ignorance of kailash sathyarthi and his noble work.

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harman sharma• 9966 •delhi•1 hour ago
ys v sorry we too did not heard till.but may b news too has t r p .

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Ayan Samanta• 106 •Burdwan•1 hour ago
at present what we hear , see and understand are all controlled by media accordingly as they are ordered either by some high profile political worker or by capitalist businessman. there is also a very important thing to notice that every person getting in touch with power or money, they are changing like shave shifters even tough belonging from a well educational background. surprisingly we have our hard working political leaders, who are cheating their own people daily for money and power. we also can see that media is changing their sides from one political party to another time to time. as we have freedom of speech in india our political leaders tell lies with out even bothering a bit. i think time has come for every indian to wake up…#hokkolorob..

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Sonalee Dutta• 34 •Calcutta, India•1 hour ago
i know what i am writing is very rude. but this nobel for one is a silent but very very loud slap on indian media and indian government. yes, today i feel proud that i did know about bachpan bachao andolan and so i did not have to search but i also have to confess that i possibly did not bother to know more. so, may be just may be with this we the average indians would learn to recognise the real achievers, the real people who make a difference however, small. and for once we would forget the glamour of the actors and cricketers

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Kathakam Kathakam• 11663 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •Bharat•1 hour ago
it is because common house fly enjoy the putrid smell of rotten meat they don’t enjoy the aroma of sandalwood .

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Rajchandra Reddy• 6163 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •Unknown•1 hour ago
because media slots are purchased by the politician, goons, so called celebrities and employers of under age kids.

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Ayan Samanta• 106 •Burdwan•1 hour ago
at present what we hear , see and understand are all controlled by media accordingly as they are ordered either by some high profile political worker or by capitalist businessman. there is also a very important thing to notice that every person getting in touch with power or money, they are changing like shave shifters even tough belonging from a well educational background. surprisingly we have our hard working political leaders, who are cheating their own people daily for money and power. we also can see that media is changing their sides from one political party to another time to time. as we have freedom of speech in india our political leaders tell lies with out even bothering a bit.

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Jitendra• 180 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •mumbai•1 hour ago
media was busy looking into deepika cleavages, we all are mirror of same media and vice versa, do we look at a child in streets, answer nobody. shame on all cappuccino drinkers

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kumnaray • 4557 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •oo•1 hour ago
we are more interested in knowing about the celebrties like cricketers,actors etc..how many us know about people like dr.brindeswar pathak,,narayanan krishnan,dr.sunita krishnan,sudha murthy,rajasree birla,……….?they are our real heroes…we should educate our children about the virtues of charity by highlighting the noble work of these great people

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Jagdish jainj• 6878 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •San Francisco, California•1 hour ago
no indian is worth anything unless a foreigner recognizes his or her worth – this is what the british did to india; the british made india and indians worth nothing. the british raj ate all the cherries of the colonial india – one by one. and now the american raj will do the same. the indians will remain divided – hindus, moslems, gujratis, maharastrisns, tamilians and the people of karnataka. gandhi and tagore understood the miseries of india well. people like modi has no understanding of what india is; they do not even know the mythology of india – they pretend that they know the mahabharata and the ramayana.

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supriya mahajan• 407 • Jagdish jainj•1 hour ago
we have a habit to blame the world for our miseries..we do not like somebody trying to help,uplift the undertpriviledged,downtrodden,of which there is no dirth.very few like such work

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omparkashpuri17 Puri• 2927 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Narwana Hr.Now in India( From 20 August•2 hours ago
our media is dominated by corporate houses, whose function is only to care of this section, our media in india is pro-rich clash. majority people never heard the name of kailash satrathy and about his work in media. media should be ashamed of for their role in society and should seek apology from the people of this country.

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supriya mahajan• 407 • omparkashpuri17 Puri•1 hour ago
the corporates control the media. they dont see any gains in promoting satyamutthi like phenomenon. at the govt level money if allotted is eaten up by politicians.

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Vijoy Ambasta• 868 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Nagpur•2 hours ago
media is the slave of its owners. will cover only that news that is in the owner’s interest and in his business interest. one can see the front or last page advertisement in full page glorifying one product or the other. people like shri satyarthi are no sensational news material. people like to read gossip and sensational news so the papers are full of them.

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vijay chopra• 14353 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Unknown•2 hours ago
honest person concentrate on their work and are not interested in media coverage. he is one of them and the world has recognised him.

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supriya mahajan• 407 • vijay chopra•1 hour ago
this is mother therasa like work.very few indians are inclined this way.hats off to sattyarthi

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ram bishariya• 2111 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •Unknown•2 hours ago
it is a general perception that media focuses most on the topics which benefits its own interests and get attention easily but not on the boring topics like children.

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supriya mahajan• 407 • ram bishariya•1 hour ago
we immediately blame western world and media if they discover something extraordinary here.

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Raji Venkatarajan• 146 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •Bangalore, India•2 hours ago
kingshuk nag’s honest analysis and confession as a journalist is appreciable, for his frank reflection of state of affairs of our journalism and government’s apathy towards social causes, while all the news focus more on sensationalism.government machineries also owe an answer to the people of india as to why such a name never figured prominently even in any discussions for a recognition of padma awards while hundreds of them are bestowed on many year after year? does this mean that india do not recognise or appreciate such contributions to society? this episode must make the powers that be including journalists, that over emphasise on self-publicity and being in competition to be the first to ‘breaking the news’ should not the only goal of competent journalism. quality of journalism should get equal focus if not more, besides commercial interests of circulation etc.venkatarajan

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Ravichandran Rajamannar• 11107 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •Unknown•2 hours ago
not surprising as media, including this paper, is highly corrupt and acts with vested interest. they mislead citizens along the way. kudos to nobel committee for doing independent ground work

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Critic• 2688 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •New Delhi•2 hours ago
mr. nag, the unknown mr. kailash satyarthi getting a nobel prize is a slap on india’s face again – india is always incapable of recognizing her own talended people. i was familiar with the last name satyarthi, as someone with that name from bihar shared a room with me in the hostel of the national library in calcutta where i stayed for a month in 1985 for research. but, i never heard of this satyarthi. consider that even though india’s first nobel laureate was known to the educated people in bengal, the educated people in the rest of the country probably barely knew him until he was recognized by the nobel committee. this incapacity to recognize her own people stems, according to me, from the fact that generally, incapable people holding power run the country, and greedy newspapers like yours appear to be only interested in publishing sleazy, so called page 3. one does not see such sleazy coverage in the hindu. but, then, the hindu also did not help the country help recognize mr. satyarthi. any suggestion for a corrective action?

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K.S.Rao• 25957 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •Bangalore•2 hours ago
i agree with the author of this blog.how the media missed his nomination for nobel peace prize?there was no clue as to who this kailash satyarthi and what he did and where he lived.we,the regular readers of news papers are also guilty of not knowing him.this man,satyarthi is unheard,unsung hero of this country,we congratulate him profusely for getting this coveted award.may his tribe increase.

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Niranjana Ravindranath• 795 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •2 hours ago
i have lived nearly 4 decades in delhi and have never heard of kailash sathyarti nor heard of his organization and never knew he lived in delhi.hearty congratulations mr kailash sathyarti.last night sawthe co nobel prize winner in her lengthy talk in times now..where are you hiding sir? surprized indian media could find the pakistani and not the indian.

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PatrioticIndian• 30021 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •India•2 hours ago
never heard of him..!

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Anantha V Prasanna• 896 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •2 hours ago
this news item is a true eye opener. many like me were not aware of mr kailash satyarthi, till he was awarded nobel peace prize for 2014. not our fault, true his efforts have gone unnoticed by media, govt. for one like him there are many crusaders who fight for social cause, and it forms the duty of local administration to identify such persons. yes our award system is full of hypocrisy. we award the same person padma shri to bharat ratna, as if it is some sort of graduation ceremony. things need to change. it will be no surprise if goi awards mr kailash satyarthi a bharat ratna directly. hope they do so!, otherwise we indians are shameless like our government.

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Seng Kally• 25358 •Timbaktoo•2 hours ago
never heard about kailash satyarthi, till tv broke the news..!! that urban india did not know about this, confirms, that media is not for real news but trps

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Moon C• 6366 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •NJ•3 hours ago
i am also surprised by the name and had no knowledge of what was his accomplishment till date. i have no recollection of reading it in any media reports on any of his endeavors….i take pride in his achievements and he being awarded nobel prize. i do not want to take away the glory from him or india(myself included), but i have now very poor view about nobel prize on peace. i think it is highly politically motivated after they awarded obama for doing nothing but on hope that he might do something! it was a dud…specially after they royally ignored gandhi – mk! today i get a cynical feeling….till last year malala was too young and now a year after what changed? and why 2 people one from india and one from pakistan to be equated? is it really just a happy coincidence? looking at the politics of nobel i do not think so! anyways, congrats to stayarthi for doing a great service to humanity and making us all proud! congrats to malala for her courage and being voice of women in pakistan….great job guys….

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Critic• 2688 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer • Moon C•New Delhi•2 hours ago
i think you are wrong if you now have a very poor view about nobel prize on peace. many critics in the past commented about the probable highly politically motivated aspects of the nobel peace prize, but this has not been established ever. and, as they say in law, until proven guilty, one is innocent. in the case of the pakistani girl, she has been in the news (a darling of the western media) in the past couple of years, ever since she was shot in the head by the taliban. but, in the case of this indian gentleman, the indian and any indian state government, and the media totally failed to recognize his contribution that the nobel committee was able to recognize. now, of course, the indian and the mp state governments will recognize him. but, the lesson learnt is that, we have capable people with great minds, and we all, as ordinary citizens of the country, ought to recognize them for their contributions to the cause of the humanity.

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Vincent House• 1122 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Nagercoil•3 hours ago
a perfect presentation before the world, to welcome the peace in time before us.

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WARIS varghese• 134 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Jaipur•4 hours ago
great, mr kingshuk nag at least you have got the courage to tell a few facts about media the spoiler.

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Jayanti Balakrishna• 335 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •Visakhapatnam•4 hours ago
i appreciate shri kingshuk nags realistic article.when i heard the news i thought am i so ignorant not to know the great person amongst us for many years.—bkjayanti

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Ramesh Sinha• 13210 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •4 hours ago
yes we also never heard of ks, our own unsung hero. while the blame cannot be totally on media but major part of it must be attributed to them. they keep on repeating things from morning to evening , so much so that sometimes we joke, it would be a good idea to give these tv channels course books of school students and ask them to keep on repeatedly telecasting chapters from these books all day around. the children who are generally glued to tvs would soon learn many things from such media blitzkrieg. but they never could assign even ten minutes of time to such unsung heroes. i am sure kailash styarthi story may not be the sole story which has been skipped by the media houses , there would be plenty of them. media houses should sit down and decide to assign at least one hour every day to telecast stories from such social activists and ngos. they need such a support from them. they as such operate on shoe string budget , and such a coverage would help spread the news and awareness and their cause.

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Suresh Hattangadi• 11930 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Mumbai•4 hours ago
most of the comments have missed one most important occupation of english media in the last decade or more.all journalists were only commenting on modi day in and day out till they were somewhat silenced by his election by a thumping majority.even now they give news only if they can somehow show modi in a bad light.they were carrying out htis campaign at the instance of political parties interested in fixing him politically.

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Subhash Mantri• 5227 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •India•4 hours ago
satya ka abhas r ehsas very true but don;t think we will improve in near future-society still salam to might any way sir-congrats- nobel satyarthi- brought pride to bharat @ his own without media -neta limelight- few-not even m teresa r malala

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philomenaindia philomenaindia• 3892 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •4 hours ago
media ignored him because they were busy hyping the feku to be the pm and what a big mistake they have done! kailash would have got thus last year and we indians could not be more embasseys to have a pm like we have now who has lowered the office of the pm by using words liked’koi mai ka lal’

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Prem Ghai• 6605 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Ballarat•4 hours ago
media and politicians need to share the blame for ignoring the noble efforts of kailash satyarathi. readers do not have a choice, who bothers for readers?

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desai_janak• 781 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •5 hours ago
media to blame for not finding real hero .i have seen too much focus on cricket , when indian team wins they publish on first page of times of india.nation focus only on cricket ; film industry guys .few recognition to real hard worker indian.

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Dipak Bose• 4413 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Location•5 hours ago
what is the clue? is he a obc christian or a dalit christian?bharat sevasram sangha has orphanages in most cities and towns in many states, but it will never get any nobel because it is a hindu organization.what mother teresa did for calcutta with all these monies? only gave a terrible name to calcutta.

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Dipak Bose• 4413 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Location•5 hours ago
there are many such organization. in my home town bharat sevasram sangha has a big orphanage; it has in most other towns and cities. however, bharat sevasram sangha will never get any nobel because it is a hindu organization.

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Ajay Joshi• 7556 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Mumbai•5 hours ago
because ignorant and arrogant media has a focus on page 3

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Balvir P Gupta• 766 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •US•6 hours ago
he has exposed the true colours of india media.

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Swap• 1742 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Pune•6 hours ago
oh so now the readers are to blame. why not all media just provide a newspaper with the right news and just skip the glam? why are there no good articles as there were used to be before. do you think that majority read page 3 so we should just have page 3 news on all the pages? the speaking tree and other sunday times articles are all gone and replaced with bollywood discussions and other such stuff. people used to read newspaper then too and now also. in fact more in those days as there were no other media. but why is the content changed now. this is all about media’s greed. ask your toi head mr. jain

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Swap• 1742 •Influencer Wordsmith News King • Swap•Pune•6 hours ago
and on top of that why are we celebrating just his win and not highlighting his cause. where are the social news that mr. satyarthi is fighting for?

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velagapudisudhakararao• 1860 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •6 hours ago
how readers are responsible ? they generally have no say in what you write. it has been my experience with this news paper that whenever i write a comment criticising the media on any issue it gets automatically deleted. it happened a no. of times. now what i learnt is, if i want my comment is to be published i should not say anything about media .

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onebookend• 2357 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •6 hours ago
what non-sense. another stroke to fool unsuspecting people. another manipulation of the masses. join the politicians you would make more money. why satyarthi diatribe? what about isro? many other remarkable achievements taking place in india. know any? enjoy the self inflicted glow.

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Askmore• 9893 •Influencer Moderator Movie Buff •Delhi•6 hours ago
this is a wake up call. not many people have heard about this man until the announcement of the prize. blaming the reader is totally unacceptable. there is a concept called ‘leading the audience’ which is totally absent in indian media, be it newspapers or movie makers. look at any other country. they all have sensible movies, low budget yet sensible movies. bollywood, with all the noise cannot produce even a single decent movie. movies like ek tha tiger, krish, kick makes up the big grossers list. that says alot.

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Ramalinga Reddy Arumalla• 92 •Member •Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh•6 hours ago
so sad all worthy indians hav e to be recognised by out siders this is the time for change and journalists have the means to change direction in all fields –start the day with good works not deaths and rapes

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guru gurunathan• 2041 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Unknown•6 hours ago
good confession but i do not understand how a people ask for right information…you only focus a news for 2 days later it will become old one and will search for new sensational…. have you ever taken as obligation and posted a single para later 2 days or a week after about any sensational news stating the progress…. if you have kept this article in any of you main pages people might have read.. but its admirable to accept the mistake…. great article altogether…atleast from now on let us focus on national news instead of actors and actress in the center page.

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sapan boss• 10166 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •USA•6 hours ago
media never reports anything useful, they have become like cheap ektaa kapoor serials, that is why they ignore the real stuff.

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American desi• 10617 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •NYC•7 hours ago
well written article mr. nag. living in the western world most of my life, i have learnt a valuable lesson that charity and politics starts in your backyard. the difference is we have paid attention to all the politics but anyone in a noble ngo work in india has not been recognized unless of course you are mrs. ambani or anyone with a fancy surname. i feel sort of ashamed but after reading your article i think a lot of us will change our outlook and perhaps reading habits for good.

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Arin Basu•Well Connected Member •Christchurch, New Zealand•7 hours ago
‘the reader also has a responsibility for ensuring that the media focuses on such meaningful matters. otherwise there is no scope for progress of the country. ‘rather than passing the buck to the reader, why don’t you guys do some homework yourselves? at the end of the day, it is you who draw the pay check for your reporting, not your readers!

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Chitral Cheetah• 3545 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Chennai•7 hours ago
toi devotees a quarter of its front page to each of the topics, sleazy bollywood gossip, crime, politics and cricket. there is nothing left for other topics. most people are not interested. sad but true.

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onebookend• 2357 •Influencer Wordsmith News King • Chitral Cheetah•6 hours ago
interests are created by repeated exposure to materials. the assumption that people want this that and the other is bunch of non-sense.

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Mike Bose• 10313 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Unknown•7 hours ago
for times of india, salman khan’s sister’s wedding and sridevi’s daughter return to india and their subsequent dinner is more important, than selfless souls like satyarthi. padma bhushan and padma shri and even bharat ratnas are awarded to loafers like saif ali khan, sant chatwal absconder from indian banks and languishing in a us jail

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vijaypardeshi vijaypardeshi• 41 •7 hours ago
is it possible to have a section – maybe a half page each weekend that lists not the problems – but the good people like mr satyarthi are doing. people are fed up of problems – but if they see genuine cases of people helping, it will encourage them to help/ join as these projectswhy the government does not know but the nobel prize foundation does … because politicians get no mileage in these matters. if even a few of them get to align with such causes , it could bring a culture change there too

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onebookend• 2357 •Influencer Wordsmith News King • vijaypardeshi vijaypardeshi•6 hours ago
when was the last time any site had anna hazare on its front page?

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Appa• 41400 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •Coimbatore•7 hours ago
we use our padma awards not to honor people who work for the society but to please the celbraties, professionals, film artists with an eye to exploit them as brand ambassadors with political motives.for governments people like saif ali khan are considered as proud citizens of the nation

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Satyanarayana Gavarasana• 7578 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Syosset, NY, USA•7 hours ago
kingshuk nag is to be congratulated for the timely news-piece! though i consider myself as a literate person, i am ignorant of shri kailas satyarthi. now i realise, at the age of 78, that newspapers cannot be relied on for the important news.

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Dr. Jagdish Pathak• 2632 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Canada•7 hours ago
@kingshuknag or your breather elsewhere remains enamored by those who helps in selling your paper. there must have been and will always be many satyarthis about whom people will never know. it is not your fault as we are used to read the stupidities of diggy raja or some childish comments of another ignorant princeling. reporters will flock to any place of filmi people who speaks dialogues written by some poor writer. amazingly, many are not even competent to speak those correctly but media reports day in and day out for these folks. they are called celebrities. it is not the media of this country but all over..

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Pandya Bhargav• 1765 •Movie Buff Influencer News King •Chernivtsi•8 hours ago
midea should not ignore that person who make proud them in world…..

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Razzz.Zzzz • 273 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •8 hours ago
it’s a sad story, media in east or west only recognize glamor, wars, scandals and politics. like him, sharmila irom from north-east has never been recognized

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mayank agrawal•delhi•8 hours ago
this person is working for things which we aspirational indians want to believe does not exist and indian media being market driven has forgot about this india. people working for neglected sections of society are seen as anti- establishment anti free market, and anarchist

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Tomsan Kattackal•Bangalore•8 hours ago
take the front page of this news site. there is hardly anything that is worth being called news. there are first looks of movies that will mostly end up as disasters. there are details of wardrobe dysfunction and all that nonsense. singing paeans to politicians, cricketers. despite this blog, nothing would change.

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onebookend• 2357 •Influencer Wordsmith News King • Tomsan Kattackal•5 hours ago
this blog is just as manipulative under the guise of ‘admitting’ as the rest of the site. its impossible to read anything without having to fight tooth and nail against the pop ups. at least dawn is the cleanest news site and covers a wide range of topics right on its front, and also gives you the choice to pick your area of reading interest.

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tanmoy.assansol Ray• 1728 •Movie Buff Influencer Wordsmith •9 hours ago
good thoughts. i will hope for some action too!

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Chaya Balram• 3887 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Unknown•9 hours ago
oh no !! i nearly missed the nobel peace price.. i used to stay in l54 kalkaji !!

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onebookend• 2357 •Influencer Wordsmith News King • Chaya Balram•5 hours ago
yes it comes at a great ‘price’ that’s why you missed it.

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Prasad Sovani• 13 •Member •Pune•9 hours ago
the media must also accept the blame for deciding what people like and printing only paid page 3 or news. i do not like to read your supplements as they are trash and clearly not something people wanted. you printed that and made that popular! and how does your paper(print) answer why are there so many grammatical errors? surely no one wanted that! i had invited media for some social event and your paper asked if any celebrity / page 3 type person is coming and when i answered no, he did not come for our event! it is high time the media gets its act together and starts printing some good stuff and not just what is paid and what you feel is public wants. clearly, the public does not like (on their own) what you have decided they like!

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Pema • 1264 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •9 hours ago
media cover only about politicians. cricket and bollywood. not ngos who are doing social services.

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Ajay Joshi• 7556 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Mumbai•9 hours ago
really appreciate your views as a journalist yourself mr. nag. time for media to become more neutral, educated and not be on anybody’s payrool like rajdeep sardesai, barkha dutt et al who have always indulged themselves in yeloow journalism

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msdeuskar msdeuskar• 51 •9 hours ago
you have not heard about mr satyarthi. i have not heard about mr. satyarthi. there seems to be no news of him in media. then how come the nobel committee heard about him.or, as a cynic would put it , the committee wanted to focus on child labour in india , so they found out who can be awarded the prize without generating much controversy .

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member • msdeuskar msdeuskar•9 hours ago
exactly. they want to stigmatize india.

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ALLAFU CKBAR• 17132 •DRONEISTAN•9 hours ago
media has million words for a paid entertainer like sachin tendulkar and the government even gives him a bharat ratna. explains why the society and nation is so backward.

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member •9 hours ago
isn’t china indulged in child labor? yes, much more than in india. then why does west buy stuff from china and want to stigmatize india? because they want to cramp india’s prosperity. they would much rather see india subservient to the west in terms of prosperity.

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Pema • 1264 •Influencer Wordsmith News King • Jason Bellingham•9 hours ago
noble committee is scared that once chinese is given prize he or she will be put in prison like lui xia bo who is still in prison although he was awarded noble peace prize in 2010

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Ritesh Sinha• 644 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer • Jason Bellingham•9 hours ago
they do it because, china has stuff to sell, and we don’t.

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member • Ritesh Sinha•9 hours ago
exactly!

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member •10 hours ago
why is mr. satyarthi god? because he won a npp. mr. satyarthi is just pushing kids into deeper levels of poverty because of his misplaced sense of morality. he is taking a way of earning away from the kids. the west wants to use this angle to halt india from reaching the pinnacles of prosperity. they would much rather have india subservient. everybody knows the nobel peace prize committee is an extended arm of the vatican.

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Ritesh Sinha• 644 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer • Jason Bellingham•9 hours ago
wow!! you opened my eyes!

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member • Ritesh Sinha•9 hours ago
thanks for understanding my view. 🙂

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Ashok Prabhu• 20966 •Influencer Movie Buff Moderator •Location•10 hours ago
it is not just kailash satyarthi who is ignored by the print media and the mass media.what coverage are they giving to children kidnapped from their homes and brought as beggars by organized gangs,often breaking their arms and legs to better qualify as a beggar?what coverage are they giving to the fate of a girl -child who is kidnapped and find herself at the pad of a bai of a kotha for immoral purpose or as a dancer?of young boys (pappu’s/rajus)working as servants at the havelis of delhi and agra ?how eagerly and cheaply they rush to a press conference where unlimited free scotch is served ?

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Lord Krishna• 35597 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •Dwaraka•10 hours ago
all stupid indians with false pride………….. listen to this carefully————————-the nobel peace award to kailash satyarthi is not a great news for you or for any indian. don’t start jumping up and down and begin celebrating……… this is an expose of miserable facts of india where children work in bonded labor including in regular households, on farms, factories and shops. most of you have seen children working in your households in india……… children are abducted and sold in child prostitution and sex trafficking. children are kidnapped to beg on streets. we have seen it in the movies and we have see it with our own eyes in india. we saw … ‘slum dog millionaire’ for entertainment and totally forgot that this is a reality in india………… tourists from foreign countries and rich people in india buy and rent boys just have per*vert se*x………… know it well………… we have made india a miserable place with our behavior…… this prize was awarded to throw light on the miseries in india and pakistan which are totally created by its own peoples. there is nothing to celebrate…….. it is a sad day to be exposed on the tragedies of human lives… especially in india where we boast of a superior culture in the world………….. think about these children before you say… rahul gandhi ki jai and modi nu gujarat again……….. you miserable azzholes >>>

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Kalki • 2383 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith • Lord Krishna•sanfrancisco, california•8 hours ago
some people they pretend to be god, pretend to be patriot. can not contribute anything to the nation.just keep blaming someone for mistakes of politicians, gujarathis, marathis, south indians, punjabis, americans, pakistanis, etc.not having any wisdom, just keep hitting someone. krishna is the god of celebration, happiness, joy, omnipresence of godliness. this guy can copy paste repeated hatered texts in all articles against all religion and all race just to gain points. you can notice this ineligible maniac person copy paste the repeated comments in all articles. if you are hindu, christian, muslim, sikh, jain, buddisht, all are good, even if you are atheist it is ok to be in india. but the dangerous peoople of entire human race are, who pretends themself as god. i am going to be blamed for copy-paste of this same text, but i will do, since i am tired of his annoying comments. this person filling the entire comment pages, not giving space to read good comments from others.

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Lord Krishna• 35597 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •Dwaraka•10 hours ago
all stupid indians with false pride………….. listen to this carefully————————-the nobel peace award to kailash satyarthi is not a great news for you or for any indian. don’t start jumping up and down and begin celebrating……… this is an expose of miserable facts of india where children work in bonded labor including in regular households, on farms, factories and shops. most of you have seen children working in your households in india……… children are abducted and sold in child prostitution and sex trafficking. children are kidnapped to beg on streets. we have seen it in the movies and we have see it with our own eyes in india. we saw … ‘slum dog millionaire’ for entertainment and totally forgot that this is a reality in india………… tourists from foreign countries and rich people in india buy and rent boys just have per*vert se*x………… know it well………… we have made india a miserable place with our behavior…… this prize was awarded to throw light on the miseries in india and pakistan which are totally created by its own peoples. there is nothing to celebrate…….. it is a sad day to be exposed on the tragedies of human lives… especially in india where we boast of a superior culture in the world………….. think about these children before you say… rahul gandhi ki jai and modi nu gujarat again……….. you miserable azzholes

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Kalki • 2383 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith • Lord Krishna•sanfrancisco, california•8 hours ago
‘lord krishna’ some people they pretend to be god, pretend to be patriot. can not contribute anything to the nation.just keep blaming someone for mistakes of politicians, gujarathis, marathis, south indians, punjabis, americans, pakistanis, etc.not having any wisdom, just keep hitting someone. krishna is the god of celebration, happiness, joy, omnipresence of godliness. this guy can copy paste repeated hatered texts in all articles against all religion and all race just to gain points. you can notice this ineligible maniac person copy paste the repeated comments in all articles. if you are hindu, christian, muslim, sikh, jain, buddisht, all are good, even if you are atheist it is ok to be in india. but the dangerous peoople of entire human race are, who pretends themself as god. i am going to be blamed for copy-paste of this same text, but i will do, since i am tired of his annoying comments. this person filling the entire comment pages, not giving space to read good comments from others.

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AK K• 1413 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •India•10 hours ago
it’s not just kailash satyarthi, media is ignoring so many others who are devoting their life to india’s well being and the scientists burning day and nights in labs. besides indian media being obsessed with political news has itself become part of politics. kailash satyarthi doesn’t seem to have any political affiliation. if he would have been a modi supporter, this author would have written a very different blog.

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seenan1931• 157 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •10 hours ago
at the ripe ageof 83 years i find some of the newspapers busy publishing trivia about movie stars and minor mafia type politicians .kingshuk nag has rightly pointed out the blnkered vision of our media. they refuse to recognize good thngs.doyou remember the no of pages devoted to devyani khobragade who did not deserve even half a line??

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member •10 hours ago
the europeans will seek any pretext to halt india’s economic prosperity.they’re trying real hard with ‘climate change’ and now ‘child labor’. both aredesigned to put a cramp on india’s industrial growth. they rather that we staysubservient to the west in economic progress.on the face of it, child labor is morally outrageous. but consider thepracticalities, no employment = less money = more poverty. it is not the bestbargain but it suits those involved. and who are these westerners to lecture uswhen they engaged in rampant child labor before the 1940s when theirindustrial progress demanded it. now that they’re rich, they have the luxury(and the malicious intent) to moralize.hope the indians in power will see through this blatant attempt at keepingindia down and press through with economic progress while at the same time not turning a blind eye to injustice perpetrated on the weak and oppressed.

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eklavyagupta1• 46 •Frequent Flyer Member •10 hours ago
after a long time, toi has published a good blog!!!i am happy to see that they are coming out cleavage upskirts and printing some good stuff..

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Tina Cohelo• 948 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Mumbai, Maharashtra, Ind•10 hours ago
shame on all us indians for ignoring kailash – it took the nobel committee to educate us about him – shame shame!!

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enjay• 2172 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •10 hours ago
brilliant exposition of indian tradition of ‘self flagellation’. the author does a great job of creating a ‘aspirational types’ v/s stayarthi divide. wow! anybody looking to better their lives are the new villain now. pary which type are all the children who satyarthi has saved?

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Sunny Patel• 1121 •News King Frequent Flyer Member •Vellore•11 hours ago
feeling guilty that i did not know this great person kailash satyarthi before today… but i like to share this guilty with indian media who doesn’t have time for the person who really works for society and the indian government for not giving any encouragement to this guy who already got 13 awards from countries like us, spain, france, germany and netherland. thanks to the world for recognizing our geniuses again and again because we don’t have that eyes or we just don’t care or may not be interested in this type of people or probably most stupid.

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amar nath• 12242 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •meerut UP India•11 hours ago
we are proud of him , media has ignored lots of people doing the good work in tribal areas , environment, education, health ,child welfare etc etc they only remember or give importance to charity of celebrities and prominent figures

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member • amar nath•10 hours ago
i still do not understand. but, why is child labor bad?the children who are doing the work obviously do not have the money to eat or educate themselves. they are much better of earning their living. atleast they can provide food for themselves and their families. taking kids away in the name of morality will only push them into deeper pits of poverty and more expenditure for the exchequers. rather than falling into the western definition of morality, india should legalize child labor and ensure that the children who do so are provided atleast 2-3 hrs of schooling per day after work.that will be a real game changer. taking away the livelihood of children who can’t feed themselves is not a good thing!

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Johnson• 13831 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •Location•11 hours ago
india needs to be proud of this man and how we wish that our leaders took a lesson from him and learned to do their job in an honest and sincere way and develp india instead of trying to loot the country and being involved in criminal activities. india needs more men like him

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Jason Bellingham• 30 •Frequent Flyer Well Connected Member • Johnson•10 hours ago
for what? he says he is a gandhian and he accepts the nobel peace prize. a real gandhian would never accept because gandhi was snubbed 5 times.

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kesiganmp• 4308 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •chennai•11 hours ago
every body is proud of sri kailash for being selected for noble prize on one hand but his selection gives an opportunity for the readers to scan the role of media in social uplift. it is good to read the confession statement of the author in his blog and it is time for the media to introspect its ethical role, lest all papers would hereafter be meant for dust bin only.

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vidurishi2 • 3268 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •New Delhi•11 hours ago
yes, honest and law abiding and ones who are worried about the society live in kalkaji or kalkaji extension which is nothing but a burrial ground for the uppish media which runs after drinks. i have seen how press reporters run after drinks in public sector undertakings meetings where legally the drinks are banned. we thought they were purchaseable commodity. why not? but emergency, bofors and recently modiji, an electrifying personality who does not mind cleaning our bath rooms though occupying the position of the most power personality in the nation. i agree madame j or criminal politicians are the most sensational news. we condemn those who deserve to be condemned. yes, from hell celebrate sensationalism.unless your wife or child gets orphaned, kailash satyarthi does not matter for you. but if he gets nobel prize, how can a third rate indian media ignore it?

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Sankar Km• 27019 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •Chennai, India•11 hours ago
exactly. the blogger has brought out the fact that sensationalism and, to add my humble bit to the blog, negativity, is marketable. similar is the case with malala of pakistan. there are many unsung malalas but this brave girl had the attention of the media from both the sides of the border and elsewhere. the acclamations would continue for the time being in the media till the next happening event.

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Hardeep Sondhi• 4475 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Jharkhand•11 hours ago
right, i had never heard of mr. satyarthi….and i congratulate him for the good work he has done and will do in the future…a truly great man….never sought publicity but carried on his work quietly and the right people recognized him and conferred the nobel prize on him…..we need more people like him….work for the nation without blowing one’s trumpet…

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Bipin Bhardwaj• 7766 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •HP•11 hours ago
first who controls media, who dictates editorial policies/ it is the same elite class who loves corruption, monopolize the state power, the elite which is profits hungry and its interests are supra national. it has nor regard for the indian people, their problems, and not prepared to face the bitter truth about the shame of india, like forced refugees in the slums from the country side, the ills inherited from the british which make them privileged class and rulers, why they would be interested in the people or history who fought and fight against social ills, corruption and illegal practices of the govt.

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Srinivas Reddy Appidi• 21 •11 hours ago
i feel ashamed to be born in this country where no matter what you do you don’t get any recognition…hats off to satyarthi

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Pravin Patel• 750 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •11 hours ago
why our gems are searched out by others !

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Johnson• 13831 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith • Pravin Patel•Location•11 hours ago
exactly. maybe our leaders make more news to hog the limelight by their criminal activities

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ashoke kumar• 2247 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Delhi•11 hours ago
thank you very much kingshuk for your most honest and candid article. the story of this unsung hero once again proves an adage in bangla, গেঁয়ো যোগী ভিখ পায়না। (meaning, a monk does not get alms in his own village.) how many people knew who was amartya sen before he was confered with nobel prize? loads of honours and awards would be showered on mr. satyarthi, because he has been recognised by the norwegian nobel institute. *** now, in the honour of these two nobel lauriates, the border skirmishes between pakistan and india should stop for ever.

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bikerman bikerman• 3089 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •12 hours ago
cause he is not big politician rich man or criminal

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Asit Ganguly• 81 •12 hours ago
absolutely right. now for a few days, mr satyarthi will be all over the places. all those page 3 socialites, politicians and so called who’s who of society will eulogize and then forget. mr satyarthi and people like him will continue their work to make the society clean.

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Bipin Bhardwaj• 7766 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith • Asit Ganguly•HP•11 hours ago
and above all a looter.

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Girish• 20418 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •USA•12 hours ago
you are absolutely right. our society is not made up off netas, richs and criminals only. this person is the real life hero for me. in fact from today onwards i will change something to my attitude towards my own children whom i love very much but but love to administer them hard as well. this got to change, and i will, starting today !!!

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vidurishi2 • 3268 •Influencer Wordsmith News King • Girish•New Delhi•11 hours ago
smiling mahatma once said he would smile from grave unbearable to a corrupt politician. with all harvard or stanford qualifications of the kith of our corrupt politicians, the honest ones are the ones whom they shudder to think about. who cares otherwise for these so called divorced socialites whose role is to criticise the people like kailash satyarthi who has been equated to mahatma gandhi.

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VN MUKUNDARAJAN• 304 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •Trivandrum•12 hours ago
confessions are cathartic but the question is will the media including the toi change their bad ways? will we see at least a weekly column on men and women who toil to make meaningful changes in the lives of their fellow citizens?

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samit• 12458 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •pune•12 hours ago
ok kingsuk, at least you got an impulse to write about this an absolute unknown hero, today world class figure. lets leave aside all this. but really did the (your media) co. realized flaw now. what a ‘damagers’ they are for the indian society. when the same is compelled to keep voices shut, take the case of ‘gas price increase burglary’ or ‘delhi electricity bill loot by discom” or ‘santosh koli’s murder’ hardly found a place in regular news. but big boss or kapil sharma’s mockery do appear every day in front page. feel sorry for the rascal, who edit the news headlines and give more importance to gaana beta, being jamai project.

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themugs• 4496 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Guyana•12 hours ago
he did it silently and did not show up in page 3. he did for children sake and all the rich which i have been preview in so many visits use child labor to clean and upkeep their houses. how will the media know as are too busy with sensationalism and half baked news and half worn dress of the rich where a poor kid does not even have a dress. how many nri bring their old kids dresses and give it poor in india while eager to stack their one suitcase thank goodness for that and applies well to indians, carry useless gifts and take back all lentils as though not available in other countries. when the country is desparate to become white with creams where is the time to look at poverty next door step to you. it is applaing they never talk about it and take it as gods right that poor suffer.

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Easwaramurthy M• 2319 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Location•12 hours ago
our own people need to be identified by foreigners. our father of the nation was not harmed when british were ruling and but was assasinated once they left. this shows we cannot protect, recognize or respect our own great people. you need political connection if you need to be identified as bharath ratna not real contribution. everything politics and corrupted including media.

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Pramod Kumar Patel Ramiah• 4079 •Wordsmith News King ShareKhaan •Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh•13 hours ago
kingshuk… yes! you have at least confessed that you guys always follow the rich and the fames and report about the big-fat-marriages and stuff. so, it has surprised everybody after the new – kailash sathyavarthi getting the noble. bang – that for his fight, to protect the rights of the children. what a shame – we could find so many every year, year after year, the yearly padma sri, padma bhushan… the unending list, who virtually buys them – bunch of sycophants and charlatans are drummed-up and encomiums showered. so, nag, even the government doesn’t know much about kailash’s work. what a gaffe! you guys are all responsible for this…

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Easwaramurthy M• 2319 •Influencer Wordsmith News King •Location•13 hours ago
i fully agree with the article including the criticism of the readers. you get what you want. let us blame the indian society, the educated mass mainly for not focusing on the real hero. when people do not appreciate good news and the news papers selling more for sensational news about bollywood for more circulations, what you will get?after all the media people also indians, and you can expect same level of quality, bias, corruption etc., our mentality need to change as a who.le irrespective of the profession. but media need to be more responsible and then only they will get respected. you can listen to niira radia tapes how corrupt is media.

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Parshuram Gautampurkar• 4263 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Sawai Madhopur•13 hours ago
i take blog writer`s confession as a confession being made by whole of the media, as they must be feeling ashamed of their failure in attending to their duties judiciously but they may not have dared to do what nag has done( confession ). it`s a great surprise to read, as nobel prize committee has said, that shri kailash ji had been in the race for being considered for said nobel peace prize for last several years but here we did not know even little of what the winning gentleman had been so strenuously exerting for. our media of course covers up promptly the news of beauty contests, films and useless political stunts and so many other fields/areas superfluously which at times we even do not bother to read.any way i feel consoled when one of media`s important and senior member ,unhesitatingly rather honestly confesses what blunder has occurred on their part. at the same time one also feel relieved of the blame on the part of journalists when he happens to read a column in toi – who kailash satyarthi is ?p.gautampurkar,sawai madhopur,rajasthan

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sathyameva jayathe• 304 •Wordsmith News King Frequent Flyer •13 hours ago
stop thinking that media has the same morals and ethics it supposed to have. media lost it long time back. media is just another business for profit. so don’t expect anything moral or ethical from it. media also should stop bluffing people that they are for people to serve.

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pgangadharan nair• 5782 •Influencer Movie Buff Wordsmith •Nileshwar•13 hours ago
the media in most occasions makes the news to highlight political events and images of political figures and they gives a blind eye to the great men in service of humanity, including child rights, healthcare, social works and uplifting the poor . in this particular case of satyarthi the things are no different that i think. the state has failed miserably or the authorities concerned in admitting and admiring the services of such a noble heart that too in gandhian way of service and let us all take this opportunity to congratulate the great human heart the pride of nation in this greatest achievement. also make this occasion to see that noble services and the persons are brought to light of the media attention and there by giving a chance to know them by the public and their valuable services.

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ksinghrahul7 Singh• 12597 •Influencer Wordsmith Networker •Indore•13 hours ago
indian media lives and breathes on hype. barring few other are more of an entertainment channel.

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Dev d• 18451 •Influencer Moderator Wordsmith •India•13 hours ago
exactly! i too spent a lot of time before the idiot box and i am also a couch potato but cant remember he being mentioned either by burkha or arnab or rajdeep or any other known journalists. they may rush to interview owaisi, togadia or raj thackerey but never mention people like him. i am glad that they did this and prevented one life from getting destroyed by poison of publicity.

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Subramanian K• 42385 •Influencer Moderator Movie Buff •Unknown•13 hours ago
media is only after sensationalism rather than nationalism and vie with each other to glorify the page 3 social personalities and the media are after scoring the ‘fist and exclusive’ title rather than disseminating considered news items which would be an eye opener to the public at large; bravo kingsuk for being candid for once!

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drjpreddy• 267 •Member •13 hours ago
hats off for a brilliant piece on the story of kailash sathyavarthi and it is a big slap on the face of media and the previous governments who are blind,deaf to this great social activist.i fully agree with you.media and govt must be ashamed of this blunder of not recognising and exposing this social activist to the country.but a foreign organisation has to recognise his services.poor kailash he he has no money to pay to media for his story as every news is a paid news.

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Kingshuk Nag, Resident Editor of The Times of India, Hyderabad, considers himself a jack of all trades. Accordingly, his older blog on this site, Masala Noo. . .

 

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