Das ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das: Do you think the Indian media doesn’t project disability appropriately? Would it help if all media organisations hire Persons with Disabilities so that they get upclose with their concerns?

03 Dec,2019

It’s World Disability Day and we thought it was appropriate to ask a question around that as part of Das Ka Dum with Dr Bhaskar Das. Read on…

 

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Q. This isn’t one of those questions we ask you as part of this series… it’s not provocative. Today (December 3) is World Disability Day. The unfortunate fact is that disability can afflict anyone – even those born able. Do you think the Indian media doesn’t project disability appropriately? Or do you think it’s not the media’s role to go out of the way to track issues that the disabled face. Would you say it will help if all media organisations hire Persons with Disabilities so that they get up-close with their concerns?

 

A. First disability isn’t socially and empathetically the right word. I feel differentially abled is more respectful for them. They don’t need sympathy. They need encouragement. And for that I agree to what you suggested. But that is not enough. As a country we are not sensitive enough to acknowledge and handle the challenge of the differentially abled community. The support system is also lacking. There are some organisations who have been doing seminal work in this space but that is hardly enough.

 

Yes, the media in general does not play an activist role in this case to facilitate/ force a transformation. Hence individuals quite often  play a more active role than media organisations or corporates. Every organisation, media or non-media, has to play a more active and conscientious role in this area than at present.

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