No dull day for AP journalists in 2009

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December 24th, 2009 Prashanth Chintala

There was never a dull day for journalists in Andhra Pradesh during the year 2009.  As the state faced one of the most turbulent years since its formation 53 year ago, they were often on the tenterhooks. One agency reporter even resigned, unable to bear the pressure.

The year started with the unfolding of Satyam saga and confession of company’s founder, B Ramalinga Raju, to the biggest corporate fraud in the country. This was followed by a no-holds-bar, bitterly fought elections to the Lok Sabha and the state Legislative Assembly.

As the things slowly started returning to normalcy, the helicopter carrying the state’s chief minister disappeared. A frantic search ensued but his body could be traced only a day later. The sudden death of YS Rajasekhara Reddy, arguably  one of most popular Congress leaders of the state in recent times, led to a succession struggle,  though Konijeti Rosaiah was anointed as chief minister by the Congress high command immediately.

Even before Rosaiah could settle down in his new position,  the worst drought  hit the state. This was followed by unprecedented floods in the Krishna river basin leading to inundation of Kurnool, the former capital of AP, nearly for five days.

As the floods receded, a noted civil rights activist, K Balagopal, died.

Meanwhile, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which lost a lot of ground among the electorate, revived its effort to regain its hold. As a part of this effort, TRS  president, K Chandrasekhara Rao, decided to go an indefinite hunger strike. However, he was arrested hours before he was to go a ‘fast-unto-death”. This led to widespread unrest in the entire Telangana region.

The central leadership of the Congress, which did not agree to the creation of a  Telangana state despite a prolonged struggle 40 years ago in which over 350 people were killed in police firing, suddenly announced that Telangana would be carved out as a separate state. This caused consternation among the leaders of all parties in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema leading to en mass resignation of MLAs from non-Telangana regions.

Consequently, even while I am writing this, non-Telangana areas of AP are on the boil with people  hitting the streets and observing shutdowns in various towns and cities.

The hectic pace of events resulted in a rat race among journalists. Especially in the case of Satyam, every rumour was being lapped up including that the company founder has 1,000 designer suits. All kinds of reports appeared in the press as scoring-over-the-other spirit continued at the cost of objectivity.

Aghast at seeing such reports, Raju’s lawyer sent a couple of rejoinders to one of the leading papers but they were not carried. He wanted to send a legal notice but Raju, who was already in deep trouble, did not allow him to take any such action. To contain the damage and bolster confidence among their colleagues, the Satyamites themselves started an internal newsletter in which they clarified about some of the reports that appeared in newspapers.

In the case of unverified reports, the visual media was much ahead of the print media. For instance, two days after Raju’s confession, there was a scroll on a local TV channel stating that Satyam’s former chief financial officer, Srinivas Vadlamani, was learnt to have committed suicide. The “breaking news” was retracted half-an-hour later.

With regard to other incidents mentioned above, the less said the better. In fact, there is a section of people who strongly believe that it is the visual media, which is fueling the ongoing Telangana and united Andhra agitations.

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9 Responses to “No dull day for AP journalists in 2009”

  1. Птица Говорун Says:

    Как у вас складно получается писать, но как-то мало вы популярных тем затрагиваете, это и плюс и минус ;)

  2. Автоманьяк Says:

    Много у вас рубрик, но все они об одном и том же, а так ничего бложец ;)

  3. Египтянин Says:

    А вам ещё не задолбал спам в комментах, я уже его видеть не могу=((

  4. Трейдер Василий Says:

    Тема интересная, но у вас она не полностью раскрыта(

  5. КрасавЕц Says:

    Классный у вас диз, сами делали, или заказывали? Не подскажите где?

  6. Жиртрест Says:

    Как умело вы пишите, наверное давно свои навыки оттачивали? :)

  7. Dating Website Says:

    Thanks a lot for the information!

  8. koshy Says:

    N. D. Tiwari must have read your blog. He has added to the chaos in the troubled state. He was supposedly enjoying the company of Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema.
    Pressure was “mounting” on the 86-year-old leader to quit on ‘moral’ grounds but he resigned on ‘health’ grounds!!!!!
    How much more health does he want ???????

  9. Swapna Says:

    Breaking news: At a zonal quiz conference:

    Quizmaster: What is the full-form of NEWS?
    Team1: North East West South.
    Quizmaster: Wrong.
    Team2: Naughty Entertainment Woolly Stories.
    Quizmaster: Absolutely right!

    The above news is as usual fictitious.

    Merry Xmas & Happy New Year, everyone!

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