Why is the Indian media so obsessed with Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab? OK, reports about his trial relating to the attacks in Mumbai on 26/11/2008 are newsworthy but do we really need to know that he’s acting like a spoilt child by refusing to eat unless he’s given mutton biryani or that he wants some woman to tie him a rakhi because his two sisters can’t? When will the media realize that his antics are the result of the ‘star status’ given to him by their warped perspective and lack of imagination?
Then there was this humourous story in yesterday’s Indian Express about his magnanimous offer to sketch faces of
two senior Lashkar operatives who are wanted for their role in the 26/11 attacks, but whose photographs are not with Indian police or intelligence agencies. What Kasab has given the police are, however, a child’s doodles which have no resemblance to human faces, and are, for the purposes of the investigation, “completely useless”, sources in Arthur Road jail said. “Although he is not a sketch artist, we were expecting him to make a serious effort to draw the two faces,” said a prison official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read this ‘report’…What did Mumbai’s finest expect from him? Da Vinci-type realistic sketches? And what did Indian Express and Times of India gain by reporting these ‘stories’? Did they sell more newspapers or did they get more ads?
I know newspapers are businesses and like other businesses they need to sell, but do we really need to read such absurd crap under the guise of ‘human interest’ stories? Have journalists become so lazy that they no longer want to go out and find newsworthy stories?