While the Nepalese may be thankful to India for its help in relief efforts, they do not feel the same way about the Indian media. Thousands of people have taken to social media to vent their disdain about the reporting by Indian media organisations. The hashtags #GoHomeIndianMedia and #IndianMediaDontComeBack were trending on Twitter with over 60,000 tweets.
People believe the coverage has been insensitive and one-sided. Some even accused the media of using the devastating earthquake as a public relations opportunity for the Indian government. Many have said the media has only focused on India’s relief efforts and not enough on the devastation itself. There are few who stated the Indian media has undermined the sovereignty of Nepal by treating it as a part of India.
Below are reactions by the Twitterati:
#GoHomeIndianMedia . That it comes from Nepal tells a tale of morality. Of Modi Sarkar making political capital out of human tragedy.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) May 3, 2015
Have you seen the Chinese media interviewing anyone? Less talk and more work please. Respect is earned, not publicized #GoHomeIndianMedia— Rubina (@RubinaKharel) May 3, 2015
Dear indian media! We just hate u. kindly request u to go home. We dont need u. Learn frm CNN & BBC. U need to learn. #GoHomeIndianMedia— सानुमाया (@iSanumaya) May 3, 2015
Nepal always have been a sovereign country, Please don’t treat them as Part of India. So, “Fuck Off” from Nepal. #GoHomeIndianMedia— #PrayForNepal (@cutetriptee) May 2, 2015
We don’t have any problem wid indian govt thanks for helping us in this worst,we have problem wid those indian media #GoHomeIndianMedia— गरिमा (@iGarima1) May 3, 2015
Stop your Media-quake!! We are already in pang by devastating Earthquake and your news are not helping the victims!! #GoHomeIndianMedia— सूचना घिमिरे ツ (@artless77) May 3, 2015
Below is a video that highlights the shoddy reporting by Indian media.
Full coverage: Nepal Earthquake
Feature image source: Twitter