The bundle of The Times of India and The Economic Times at the doorsteps of hostelers at MDI offered an interesting insight to those who could read between the lines.
The front page of the Times of India read - "2 Parts to Hindus, 1 Part to Muslims" and a showed a map of the divided Ayodhya site. The front page of the Economic Times read - "Land divided, India United" and showed pictures of hope, peace, preparedness and prayer.
One story, two ways narrate it. One media conglomerate, two newpapers with differing styles.
Is the former a case of provocative writing and the latter of responsible writing? Or is it that the former is reporting the facts, and the latter feelings, personal or general? How much should the media reflect public opinion and how much should it steer it? At what point does it cross the line?
These questions have always dogged society at large, with no conclusive answers. Perhaps it's best to deal with it on a case to case basis. An issue, as sensitive as this one, deserves sensitive reporting.
What was the best way to handle this bit of news? This byte? What is your opinion?