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Sai Rajeshwari Gourishetty

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Are we too harsh on our politicians or leaders?

We expect cent percent righteous behavior of our politicians, every unsuccessful action of theirs in highlighted and if any decision of theirs backfires, we do not expect or encourage them to make it right. With elections nearing, they are left with justifying their wrongdoings (since accepting their mistakes wont help them get votes).
Can we encourage a model where leaders who have failed in some decisions or policies (which they have not done intentionally, and can be repaired) get a chance, can we change our outlook and not forget their bigger and very helpful contributions?


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    Dec 8 2013: It's silly to be too harsh on our politicians and leaders. They are not imported from Mars.
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      Dec 8 2013: True, if we keep judging in this manner then we are a hindrance in their well initiated projects; this way we are encouraging them to focus more in rallying and less in doing things; they do not confess for that matter and therefore no improvement.
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        Dec 8 2013: They are sent for a task. We evaluate their performance and simply change them. There is no point ridiculing them and painting a picture as if they are all evil and we are saints. That is utterly silly.
        I am frustrated the way we jump on the Government and the politicians at the slightest of opportunity. This fosters a delusion that Government and politicians can deliver everything at our doorstep without us acting with any responsibility.
        Leaders are not necessarily politicians always either. They are people who stand up and start to determine our fate.
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          Dec 8 2013: Do you think a change in our understanding, big change in the way how media covers news for both the good and bad steps taken by the govt. can help tackle this?
          And a model that checks their progress on how much repair is done on their mistakes, with calculated time frame made available for this be of help?
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        Dec 8 2013: Mainstream Media, no. They prevent dialogue between public and leadership by pulling them apart. They report bad steps because that sells better. Open a news paper and you get your daily dose of rape, murder, corruption, crime, war and destruction. When these out number the positive stories of small hopes and successes, that becomes real news.
        Social Media are game changers. Obama or Narendra Modi can write and communicate with the public. They can confess that they too make mistakes and people can tell them if they think the mistakes are honest or otherwise.
        New Media is interactive and participatory rather than just reports.
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          Dec 9 2013: Thanks for sharing your perspective; what you stated are present facts. I wanted to know if a change in the way media operates is a plausible solution, I don't think its impossible. Social media are definitely game changers but the penetration rate of internet in India is poor, and news channels are still thought to be an active voice; it is more trusted also because the protocol with which social media like facebook and twitter operate are open to heavy misuse.

          It's true that news channels report bad steps because they sell better but it's time they change this.
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        Dec 9 2013: Dear Rajeshwari,
        Social Media also include blogs. I have been blogging since 2008 and am a member of European Journalism Center. Blogging is no less than a movement all over the world and it has created a niche readership who find it quite credible.
        The current generation is not interested in only reporting; They want to know what might be the take of the author on the issue. This is serious business and very different from facebook or twitter.
        It is true that internet penetration is low in India but it is fast changing. With mobile aided computing (smartphones and fablets around) I think social media will rule in India.
        Sensing the future, mainstream media is already collaborating with social media.
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          Dec 9 2013: Hi, the blogging potential is still untapped when it comes to news: http://bit.ly/1cw29dq
          Especially Indian blogs are mostly about cricket, travel and technical blogs. And whether blogging or not, it doesn't address the problem; the shift of majority from mass media to blogging, etc will take a lot of time, it's unpredictable and cannot be estimated.
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        Dec 9 2013: A lot of time is a relative idea, I think. It depends on what is your spectrum of anticipated change. I agree that the blogging potential is still untapped, but the constraint is primarily technological not institutional.
        If you allow me to go back to your question of 'a change in our understanding, big change in the way how media covers news for both the good and bad steps taken by the govt', I foresee a change. The journalistic neutrality has run its course. New media will need to take a stand on the issues reported on. It's risky but any big change is risky.

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