For a country that’s in the middle of an uncontrollable pandemic, job cuts, falling GDP, students’ protests and more, actress Rhea Chakraborty was once again one the most discussed topics on TV news debates. Like every week, MAKERS India brings to you some of the strongest messages and opinions that were shared on social media by India’s fierce women.
Many activists, celebrities and influencers questioned the role of the media in the various ongoing issues being faced by the country.
The economy has shrunk by over 23%, there are 80k covid deaths a day- causing many to commit suicide or die or hover at the brink. Bits of evidence being strung together outside the investigation are misleading. I spoke to @maryashakil on #SushantSinghRajput https://t.co/m9dYxEA4i0
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) September 1, 2020
Much like Supreme Court Advocate Karuna Nundy, journalist Faye D’Souza shared similar concerns.
Dear TV news Channels,
- 80,000 covid cases in one day
- GDP growth number might be negative for the first time ever
- China violates status quo in Ladakh
- Severe job loss esp among youth
- JEE &NEET to be held amidst raging floods & pandemic
For heaven’s sake, do you jobs!
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) August 31, 2020
Faye also questioned the announcement of no-question hour during the monsoon session of the Parliament.
It is our democratic right for elected representatives to ask questions of the Govt on our behalf. Esp, now when there are questions to be asked about the Economy, Covid, China, Unemployment, PM CARE fund, fuel prices, GST dues to the states. https://t.co/d3e9CXhhLk
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) September 2, 2020
Politician Mahua Moitra also shared her concerns over this latest announcement.
Asking questions in Court is Contempt
Asking questions outside Parliament is Sedition
Asking questions inside Parliament is Forbidden
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) September 2, 2020
Journalist and activist Rana Ayyub appealed to the media to cover ‘real issues’ bothering the country.
There were close to seven pregnant women in the queue, many women with toddlers. They are going without food for days. If you are done with the voyeurism on news channels, these are the real issues plaguing the country. Link herehttps://t.co/y6OADrDpPE pic.twitter.com/0Hb9eMDXu0
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) September 3, 2020
The news of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracting to almost 24% in its first quarter caused a stir across the nation. Actor Shruti Seth, along with many activists and economists, spoke up about the adverse effects the country is slated to face in the face of this economic disaster.
Since not everyone is fortunate enough to be employed by the IT cell to spew hate, isn’t the GDP and job loss in the country worrying everyone?
Or are we happy being distracted?
— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) September 2, 2020
The week also saw actors Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu and Shibani Dhandekar speak against the unfair media trials being faced by Rhea Chakraborty in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
Filmmaker and actor Konkana SenSharma also questioned the role of the media in the ongoing witch-hunt for Rhea.
I am appalled at how irresponsibly media is ‘covering’ Rhea Chakravarty. Do they not remember Princess Diana? Are we never going to learn? Especially at a time when there is no dearth of serious issues to focus on. https://t.co/Z7JlA0p8Eh
— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) August 29, 2020
Let’s look forward to the next week with this message from award-wining photojournalist Masrat Zahra:
Change your view, learn to see things in new ways. pic.twitter.com/9O07gSeILi
— Masrat Zahra (@Masratzahra) September 3, 2020
(Edited by Athira Nair)