As we all know, Sushant’s drug case, sorry, Sushant’s death case, is the highlight of every news channel. Even though it is a very controversial and deep-entrenched issue that involves drugs and mental health, let’s not forget about what goes on behind the screen.
An increasing number of people in India are dying due to COVID-19 and the GDP is falling rapidly every day. Yet, Indian media cannot step a foot beyond Bollywood. They should report on international relationships of India with other countries, on its economy, healthcare sector and technology, amongst others.
Education has been drastically affected by COVID-19 — millions of students are taking online classes every day with more than five hours of screen time. Additionally, students’ term-end exams, and colleges and universities admissions have come to a long halt because of the pandemic. This halt is affecting the bright future of the Indian youth. These are some of the main issues that the media should have been reporting on for the past few months.
Media has a lot of power to influence the mind. The purpose of media is to give voices to people’s pain and suffering, and educate people by talking about real issues. The youth doesn’t want the media to be a place for drama, but rather a place for people to gain knowledge and information from. By not showing these, India media is failing at its single task.