Avoid Defaming Assam!

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Avoid Defaming Assam!

Bishaldeep Kakati | March 19, 2018 16:07 hrs

Issues relating to sex, sexual harassments, sexual violence etc are such that they always create a great deal of hue and cry as well as delirium among people. And the sole reason of it is that they ingrain negatives in the society and those negatives hover around in the minds of all. Added to this, the scenario worsens to a greater degree, when something false and horrendous is put forward openly regarding such issues. However, even if the burgess tries to distract their attention from these, the public comes across these issues again and again in one or the other way, and hence these factors keep on lingering in and around the native ambience. And that is the reason we see people boldly trying to impose their self made opinions, some of which might be too strong to digest and some might be equally appalling to believe. 

The above scrupulous deliberation or excerpt is intentionally brought in to focus on the fact that anything related to sex or its relative physical work processes have the capacity to create a sensation as well as a buzz in any film, script, story, news, article etc in a larger magnitude. Not to forget the fact that they can also create pandemonium in an entire country or a state. And something of similar substance happened in Assam a few days back.

In the March issue of one of the top and leading magazines of India, a piece of news was published regarding percentage of people involved in sex in different states of the country, and that particular news shocked and flabbergasted one and all.

According to the article, a whopping 86% of office goers in Assam get involved in sex during office hours. As the news became viral and reached the ears of the dwellers in Assam, a strong wave of vexation and indignation hit the residents of Assam, giving rise to many pivotal questions in their minds, the answers of which they immediately demand from ‘India Today’.

Every statistical survey requires some basic fundamentals to be done, in order to make that statistic valid. And that statistic should include methods of data collection, sample size, area of survey etc, those that may be technically termed as primary and secondary sources of data. But the bigger question lingering in the minds of the people of Assam is: How correct and proper is the statistic that has been published by India Today?

Hence the people of Assam are demanding the magazine to reveal the primary and secondary sources of data based on which they have published this news. They want India Today magazine to prove the authenticity of the news. However, if the magazine fails to prove the same, then the pivotal query is: who gave them the right to publish such a piece of news and defame Assam in the national level?

The degree of sadness increased when the same piece of news was covered by a journalist from Assam itself. However, the same journalist in his defense mentioned the fact that Assam has a history of such sexual involvements citing the examples of mythological places like Madan Kamdev. 

But what perplexed everyone is the fact that the journalist rather than defending his news in the appropriate way, made the entire scheme of things lighter and urged people to take the news positively without creating too much buzz and hue and cry. But the same cannot be accepted, as it has destroyed the reputation of Assam to a great extent. While most of the office goers in Assam are depicted as sex lovers, on the contrary, the real scenario is that office goers in Assam are more involved in their jobs rather than sex during office hours. Thus, in one or the other way, the journalist has completely forgotten something called ‘media ethics’.

And that is the reason people are often found quoting a very common phrase, “Assamese are the enemies of Assamese.”

In an era where ethical journalism seems to have lost its way, people still have faith and belief upon magazines like India Today to enrich them with correct data and facts. But if magazines of such reputation paint the sordid picture of ‘yellow journalism’, then time is not far when people will start losing their belief upon mass media.

(Photo: The North Lines)

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