A Candle in the Dark

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Quick thoughts on the Mumbai tragedy

with 3 comments

Terrible events in Bombay today. My heart goes out to the families & people caught in this. A live update of the situation from BBC can be found here.

I am incredibly angry with the completely irresponsible TV coverage from channels like NDTV, CNN-IBN and Times Now. You DO NOT show live feed about positions, type or number of combat troops. You don’t tell that the special forces are in floor X and are about to launch an attack at location Y. All the terrorists need is a contact sitting outside watching the telecast with a cell phone. You’d expect better of a Padma Shri award winning journalist like Barkha Dutt.

We definitely need a proper crisis management and response team (as Ratan Tata rightly indicated), which would handle the media, bystanders, etc during such an event.

I’ve lost a lot of respect towards Barkha Dutt. What a colossally insensitive idiot.

Also, helplines and a list of injured and dead


Written by parseval

November 27, 2008 at 3:11 am

Posted in events, media, terrorism

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  1. Is there a half a chance that the what the TV journalists are doing are spreading disinformation for the consumption of the loons with the guns and that they’re actually cooperating with law enforcement?

    Full disclosure: Don’t have a TV myself, so have no idea how bad the coverage has been…


    November 27, 2008 at 5:20 am

  2. Ludwig – interesting thought, but then again I think the Indian media is much too shallow to think about that.

    Mahesh Mahadevan

    November 27, 2008 at 5:34 am

  3. Truly sad.

    This reminds me of the Richard “Night Stalker” Case- Apparently, the media had revealed the type of shoe (from the unique footprints) Ramirez had been using, and that the police were using this to tie together the murder cases and track him down.

    As any thinking person might have guessed, Ramirez ditched the shoes.

    I hope the News coverage begins to act more responsibly.


    November 28, 2008 at 11:47 am

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