The recent Ronen Sen’s controversy has resulted in one day’s loss of proceedings in the Indian Parliament. The Indian Legislators are fuming over the sentences made by Ronen Sen (
Ronen Sen reportedly said:
“It has been approved here [
He has later clarified that he was referring to his ‘media friends’ and not the legislators of
A note about media
Especially the politicians, who are quite conversant with how media works, should understand how these sentences indeed get misquoted and misinterpreted by the media. They should have known by now how some sentences can convey completely different meaning when put out-of-context.
From my personal experience, I can say that, ‘yes indeed, such things happen on a regular basis in the media reporting’. When Outlook Money interviewed me (the supposed achievement of mine being that I returned from US to work in
In another incident, in an interview to IT magazine I said, ‘In India, when a fresher joins a small startup company, he is considered a loser’. And the IT magazine quoted me saying, ‘In India, a person starting a new company is considered a loser’. There’s a huge difference in these two messages.
We need to live with the fact that media does indeed get the interviewees into such mess. Some errors, misinterpretations, misquotes are quite prevalent. We can be little careful, but cannot avoid them completely. Such guffaws are bound to happen. We need to learn to tolerate them and move on. Not stall the Indian Democracy’s one day proceedings in the Parliament!
Need to grow up