The voice goes silent, for now

For years now the Nation knew where to turn to for their answers every night, what if it just left them with even more questions.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 12:11 am
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The Nation has lost its biggest voice. Now no one will ask questions, at least till the Nation’s voice, the question mark that hangs over all that is wrong with the Nation, finds a new platform to vent its voice.

For years now the Nation knew where to turn to for their answers every night, what if it just left them with even more questions. Soon that hour will fall silent, ‘quiet’ literally. That silence will be a void hard to fill. And coming soon after the high-decibel Diwali, this bit of silence will be louder than anything the Nation has heard for long.

But then the voice of the Nation has promised to be back, maybe with something louder, some place where more questions are asked, someplace where lesser voices will be heard. The ‘game has just begun’ for the Nation, and certainly for the softer, quieter new channels out there.

Interrogative journalism will be back, upholding the voice of the Nation, to take on the rest of the world. The BBC, CNNs and Al Jazeeras might do well by going for a larynx replacement and also add more panels to their screens so that there are more people in the frame to hear to their voice when it speaks. That is how the Nation loves it. Yes, clutter adds edge to noise.

Will this lull on Indian television spurn a gaggle of louder, more patriotic, channels, or maybe give someone the guts to experiment with something quieter? Only time will tell. So what happens next? We can only say, the Nation wants to know.

Views expressed by the author are personal.