Nepal earthquake: Indian media faces complaints about ‘insensitivity'[courtesy: Hindustan Times]

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Indian media’s alleged insensitive and biased coverage of Nepal earthquake has come in for severe criticism, with  #GoHomeIndianMedia hashtag trending on Twitter through Sunday.

India was the first country to rush aid to Nepal after a 7.9-magnitude quake on April 25 left more than 7,200 people dead and a trail of destruction.

While rescue effort has been praised, media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the calamity and that of the relief operation seem to have left a bitter aftertaste among Nepalis.

People in Nepal took to social media in droves to complain about what they described as the Indian media’s “insensitive” reportage on the April 25 temblor that killed more than 7,000, devastated infrastructure across the country and left tens of thousands displaced.

More than 128,000 tweets on Sunday complained about and debated Indian press’s handling of Nepal’s worst quake in 80 years that has flattened large parts  of this impoverished country and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

The development coincided with the observance of the World Press Freedom Day.

Hundreds of Indian mediapersons have been reporting about the tragedy the extent of which is still not known. The criticism on social media will not be music to the ears of them.

Many contended the Indian media was treating its coverage of the quake and its victims as a public relations exercise on behalf of the government in Delhi.
“Some Nepalis, not all, feel Indian media is a bit patronising in their attitude and that is perhaps why such sentiments are being expressed. That is how a section of Nepali media also feels,” said Kunda Dixit, a veteran journalist and editor of Nepali Times.

There is a feeling among Nepalese that the Indian media is only highlighting the plight of Indians in Nepal and rescue efforts by teams from the Indian military and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Twitterati accused the Indian media of being insensitive to survivors, asking them irrelevant questions such as “How are you feeling?” and not helping those needing immediate medical aid. Many tweets reminded the Indian media that Nepal is a sovereign country and not a “satellite state”.

“Some Nepalis, not all, feel Indian media is a bit patronising in their attitude and that is perhaps why such sentiments are being expressed. That is how a section of Nepali media also feels,” said Kunda Dixit, a veteran journalist and editor of Nepali Times.

There is a feeling among Nepalese that the Indian media is only highlighting the plight of Indians in Nepal and rescue efforts by teams from the Indian military and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Twitterati accused the Indian media of being insensitive to survivors, asking them irrelevant questions such as “How are you feeling?” and not helping those needing immediate medical aid. Many tweets reminded the Indian media that Nepal is a sovereign country and not a “satellite state”.

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