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On my usual 30 minute surf through English news channels last night I caught @BTVI for the 1st time where professional panelist Nishant Verma also happened to be making his debut.

It seems between 8-10 pm there is no escaping him so the remote was used to move on to Netflix.
What kind of template is this -
that half a dozen English news channels discuss the topic of the day & invite the very same 6-8 panelists?

Except for a couple of noteworthy exceptions the rest are irrelevant with opinions that add no value to the discussion at hand & in fact
turn it within seconds into a vaudeville of horror, the initial novelty factor having long worn off.

More reporting from the ground with better trained reporters, in such a large country would anyday be more welcome than getting the same 6 people to give the same
opinion night after night, without fail.

The tragedy of conducting these discussions more so w/ anchors who harbour suppressed for long, school marmish zeal, not only exposes our penchant for drawing room talk in sound proof environs but also reinforces dangerous stereotypes.
Ranting mullahs, hysterical Kashmiris,
off the rocker Bengalis,
whiskey sipping Communist Dinosaurs,
venomous, finger wagging ‘nuetral’ political analysts,
‘journalists’ who dabble/dabbled in politics but can’t string a sentence together in any language,
screechy activists who keep checking their phones perhaps getting a crash course right there via WhatsApp on History, Geography, whatever.…

If this lazy, theatre of the absurd is not bad enough then the deliberate, devious dumbing agenda is worse.
The question also must be asked why aren’t positive stories ever given coverage?
Are to believe that in a country of 1.2 billion with a land area of 3.287 million sq kms there is not one story a day, a week or for God’s sake in a month that is not politics, rape, murder, riot ?
The hammering in of that untruth is a great diservice to the citizen of this country who lives his life peacefully, lawfully, honestly & with a sense of humour.
No wonder viewership has taken a beating.
Since the last many years there are more people who declare they don’t see TV at all because of this very reason.
If we want to see a difference -
Its time the Consumer showed who was King.…
Its time to demand better.…
Let’s just switch off that Idiot Box !
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