Open letter to national news media: Shame on you for ignoring Tamil Nadu floods

Last week was all about Aamir Khan and intolerance.

 |  1-minute read |   02-12-2015
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Dear national news channels, people keep writing open letters every now and then to you folks and you must be used to it now. I am from the city of Chennai - which is the capital city of Tamil Nadu in India. The moment I say Tamil Nadu please don't be mistaken that Chennai is in Sri Lanka, it's very much part of our country about 300km from Bangalore.

Wanted to let you all know that it's been raining continuously for the last ten days and our local channels are mentioning that this rain is the highest recorded in 100 years. Several people have lost their lives and water is only flowing up to the neck level and hence it's really not serious.

Also read: How long before Tamil Nadu drowns?

I switched on the TV yesterday, only to find news about how the Congress and BJP are accusing each other for the ED raids. Last week was all about Aamir Khan and intolerance and then about this great lady who is accused of murdering her daughter etc... Each of these news are of utmost national importance and floods/loss of lives are not significant.

I have seen several times in the past when toll free numbers are set, relief materials collected by each of your channels etc but cannot see the word Chennai floods even in the breaking news section which in any case is breaking lot of news which are irrelevant. It's perfectly fine if you don't cover this news but for heaven sake don't call yourselves a national news channel by any means.

(This first appeared on the writer's Facebook page.)

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Sujith Kumar Sujith Kumar @sujithkumar13

The writer is founder, Maatram Foundation.

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