Why are TV Channels Downplaying it?
Swine Flu (H1N1) has so far affected half of India this year, with 663 reported deaths and more than 11,000 people having contracted the virus.
North India, including Delhi, has borne the brunt of it, with Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh being the worst-hit States.
It is slowly spreading to the South, with Hyderabad/Telangana already affected. It has claimed 46 lives in Telangana this year, with little signs of abating, as fresh cases are emerging every day.
Tamil Nadu is not safe from it as well, with eight deaths so far.
Still, it appears to me that the media is downplaying the outbreak, at least based on the English news channels I watch in Singapore – Times Now, NDTV and IBN, obsessed as they are with cricket and silly politics. I saw some serious coverage only today on NDTV.
Newspapers and online portals in India, though, have been covering it in depth. One report attributes it to the poor spending on health in the country, rightly so! When Prime Minister Modi is busy spending billions on election campaigns the world knows what his priorities are.
I have not seen any travel advisory from Singapore as well. So isn’t the pandemic serious enough?
G Joslin Vethakumar