An Open letter to Times of India

Dear Times of India,

With due respect you for being the most reliable newspaper that a common man thinks of in India, i would like to write this open letter to you on a very personal note. Hope you won’t mind; because this is also my POINT OF VIEW 😀 .

I will start from my school and college days when I was a huge fan of Times of India. But not for the obvious reason as i was an Odia Medium school student and had no relation with a English News paper like Times of India whose cross words were also like mountain for me. But in my school, among all lower middle class students, the one who used to have a glossy and colourful paper back cover in the text books and note copies was the most respected one and obviously the center of attraction.

An Image of Times Life

The glossy piece of paper was of Times Life and we had the most fascination to go through it. Reason was quite obvious and when now we mostly hate Mondays those were the days when we used to wait for Monday’s. All our anxieties were to see what had come in Times Life. The Photos (Mouth Watering for us then), the conversations, the stories (sexist) were simply fun for us even if we hardly understand any of the sentences.

I remember i had known about WIFE SWAPPING from TOI only when i had joined college and had thought that it must be very interesting. We used to cut some photos and keep those inside our books to be our favourite pass time. This may not have relevance to the discussion, but i just wanted to share this fact, you too have fan and admirer for all your stories and photographer no matter they understand it or not.

So i guess your twitter was for those section of readers, unfortunately i have overcome that and now can read and write basic English and luckily have worked in a English daily as well.

A recent story and photo in Times Life.
A recent story and photo in Times Life.

Please do not judge me from the above paragraph as i am a good boy now and i do not see all those, however i have saved your twitted post. I don’t feel regret sharing it here. There is nothing called good or bad and never in India if you see; as we are all a real bunch of hippocrates. Again at least not in this present time where every other Indian citizen is logical and can prove things the way i am doing now. 😛.

It was TOI that many says; who first used this term NIRBHAYA and this went viral. With all due respect for TOI for its stand during NIRBHAYA incident, i am asking you R not You the biggest hippocrate by publishing the new story “Dear Deepika, our point of view…” Just think logically, is not it something sheer example of arrogance and being immature and illogical. What you want to prove by saying…

“Yes, the headline could have been better. But the world of online is very different from that of newspapers. It is chaotic and cluttered — and sensational headlines are far from uncommon.

If you admit that, rather playing blame game and stone pelting with Deepika and the rest of India who has out raged against you you can sort the things out very logically.

You also know that tweet was a mistake and you won’t lose your business or credibility if you accept that and stop the discussion then and there. Let me tell you, though i was not a regular reader of times of India, before i joined Media education, but had seen many of my batch-mates, for whom it was TOI, the real meaning of journalism and many are also working with you and yes, your own employees are making fun of yours. Now tell you loose or won a big battle by publishing a reply to Deepika. Also by Taking it as a lead story in Bombay times by posting all such photos of Deepika which seems an attempt to assassin her image and character.

Analysis of a survey on newspaper reading habits among the Media Students of one of the leading J-School in India.
Analysis of a survey on newspaper reading habits among the Media Students of one of the leading J-School. 

Just see the above analysis of a Leading J-School where students prefer reading TOI than anything else. At least have mercy and do not misguide them. They are the future of Indian media. Againg Just to prove yourself right and Deepika wrong, R not you loosing your credibility. When it comes to moral policing, how will you justify this paragraph…

“Deepika, just for the record, we do not zoom into a woman’s vagina or show her nipples. As a newspaper, we take every care to ensure that we pixelate them if they show up in a picture, but your cleavage is as sexy as Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘8-pack’ abs. Given the nature of the online media worldwide, there could well have been a story headlined, “OMG…Shah Rukh’s 8-pack sexy abs!!!”

The sheer arrogance has made a mockery of TOI before the whole nation. Now i would like to request you to have some conscience and be sensible. You can appoint creative champs to handle your twitter, and there are many unemployed or under employed.

I can give you the example of this recent tweet about the Chinese Presidents charming wife which could have been much much and much better, than the portrayal of “Beijing’s secret weapon” as she is a National Guest and deserves respect from all fellow citizen.

The recent Tweet by TOI on Chinese President's Wife.
The recent Tweet by TOI on Chinese President’s Wife.

I am not sure if TOI authorities can able to read this or not. But yes, i hope some day TOI will understand, posting it in Twitter though was not a big crime, but the way of handling it afterwards was definitely a mistake.

NB: Please ignore all grammatical error, i am still poor in English 😦

Yours faithfully
Ananta Prasad,
The then 10th Class Student and an all time admirer of TOI





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