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158 - IIT students, staff protest media glare - TNN

TNN Aug 28, 2012, 03.34AM IST

CHENNAI: Staff and students of IIT Madras organized a candlelight vigil on Monday evening on the campus in response to the media glare on the institution after a photographer was allegedly beaten up when he went there to cover a suicide on August 21.

A press release from the IIT said, "we only appeal to all those involved to stand up for the truth. Our only desire is to let truth prevail."

"It has been a painful few days for us. We have seen that truth has not prevailed. Our women students feel harassed when photographed against their wishes, and we are not allowed to even point this out," the release said.
"We cannot even stand up for the truth. It makes us angry and want to fight back. But we will not retaliate. We will fight for truth to prevail."

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Dr.Chandran Peechulli (Chennai) 
28 Aug, 2012 08:50 AM

STRONGLY PROTEST to Staff and IIT Madras Management in politicising the situation, taking their students to their own fold in politicising the situation to cover up their administrative lapses. As IIT’s, are our nation’s prestigious institution of higher learning, constituting brilliant students admitted on merit. In this age of transparency when the citizen are honoured to know the truth as per RTI 2005 Act. Truth should not be concealed by cheap tactics. The Govt. of India has approved e-governance through social media for the public to participate and interact, for real true expositions of the facts and early corrective action.
Abheek (Chennai) replies to Dr.Chandran Peechulli 
28 Aug, 2012 02:36 PM

I was a part of the protest...and no one was forced to join it. Everyone in IIT knows what happened that day and what the media said is certainly not the truth. We just want the journalists to follow the motto of our nation. Satyamev Jayate.

shubhangi (Bangalore) replies to Dr.Chandran Peechulli 
28 Aug, 2012 01:44 PM

yes, I think its better to be violent in to prevail truth rather be quiet to cover impotence
HypocriteJounalist (Chennai) replies to Dr.Chandran Peechulli 
28 Aug, 2012 11:33 AM

If the journalists use the help of politicians, it is not politicising. If the journalists ask other journalists to come in large numbers to make a loud protest in front of a police station, it is not politicisng. But if the staff send an e-mail to the students to voluntarily (on their own wish, without pressurizing) take part in a silent vigil, it is termed as politicising. Do you journalists know the word "hypocricy" ? One never ever sees a journalist criticizing another journalist. Or are they above mistakes ? One need not go beyond the issue of "paid news" and how those reports were cunningly and stealthily swept under the carpet. How convenient.