Delhi Underground: Without cameras,no protest is complete

That media attention is necessary for a protest or demonstration to become successful in this age is a well-known fact.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 16, 2012 2:42 am

Without cameras,no protest is complete

That media attention is necessary for a protest or demonstration to become successful in this age is a well-known fact. This was evident at the dharna held by the teachers of St Stephens College against their principal last week. When media landed up at the college to cover the protest,the security at the gate refused entry,leaving journalists,mostly TV crew,with no choice but to stand on the road outside the college,filming what little was visible through the grilled fence. The protesters,however,had foreseen the problem and were prompt to find a solution. They got up from their dharna outside the principal’s office and moved in a ‘march’ to the boundary wall where the TV crew were waiting. Mikes were handed in through the grills,bytes were duly recorded and the dharna ended.

A website which is ‘honest ‘ to a fault

Delhi government’s Sushruta Trauma Centre in Civil Lines,has found space on the government website. The hospital,which had met with the wrath of successive Health ministers and secretaries for its non-performance,listed out its achievements,successful surgeries,departments,and doctors posted on the left panel in the website. However,below were two sections titled,“Failures” and “Failure 2”,which many saw as an honest acknowledgement of the problems plaguing the hospital. But unfortunately,both the links threw up dead ends,with the pages announcing,“Sorry there is no information.” The centre in the past had been refused a certification by the State Blood Bank Council,been served notices for non-functional diagnostic machines,and,for the longest time,was operating without a single dedicated neuro surgeon,despite many head injury cases coming in.

Media gets a lesson on covering policing

The Annual Police conference had Commissioner BK Gupta explain everything — from the Delhi Police’s achievements in the past one year to the introduction of new PCR vans and other initiatives. However,a few days before the press conference,the Delhi Police had announced the setting up of a ‘Know your police station’ website,a portal which will help in getting information about the nearest police station and its Station House Officer apart from other available facilities. Despite the police touting this as a path-breaking initiative,the launch got poor media coverage. Gupta,therefore,expressed his discontent over this by saying,“This was one of our better initiatives. But,perhaps,the media did not understand it as well as they should have”.

Special treatment for CM’s statues

After an Election Commission order to cover up all statues of UP Chief Minister Mayawati and those of elephants,her party symbol,52 elephants at the Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal were covered in plastic sheets. Two statues of Mayawati,however,were accorded special treatment. Large boards,made of wood,and as high as the statues themselves,were put up on all four sides. Cloth was then draped over them. Sources in the Noida Authority said this was to make sure nobody tampered with the Chief Minister’s statues.

When the fake is as good as the real one

Recently when a fake currency consignment worth Rs 2.5 crore was seized by the police,the currency notes looked so real that the police chief himself was not sure they were indeed fakes. After the police seized the consignment,Police Commissioner B K Gupta took out a 1,000 rupee note from his wallet and compared it to one of the notes only to be surprised by its fine quality.

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