Monday, November 20, 2006
In The Premises Of The National Broadcaster!!!
"Why media needs an insight look? Every time when tv journalist share their account of working , the agony, apathy and insenstivity looms large.You know all and we also. So when a particular case come to us, we get hurted. And this is not in the good faith of journalsim and media. So this is a lesson for us".....Mediayug.
An Open Letter To Mr. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyaya(DD News Research)
Dear Mr. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyaya (DD News Research),
This is with reference to the last conversation we had on the mobile on 17th November 2006. You had asked me to talk to you after I get well from my migraine.
Let me remind you of what happened on that day. You had scheduled my duty in the night shift from 16th and when I came back on 17th noon from the office, I had a severe migraine attack. Then in the evening at around 8.30 p.m., when I called you on your cellphone, Ms. Varsha picked it up. I told her my problem and asked for a leave which she responded with saying that with this attitude, we could not continue together and disconnected. Then I tried getting ready for the pick up as I had no choice, but then I thought of asking for the leave once more as I knew that I had to leave the office in the midnight only because my condition was getting worse. This time, with the same argument, shouting for a couple of minutes, Ms. Varsha again disconnected. Then my husband called up and you picked up the phone. He requested on my behalf to grant a Leave Without Pay very humbly but you arrogantly denied asking to transfer the phone to me. When he gave me the phone, before I could speak out something, you again started shouting at me and threatening me to sack. This time, my husband took the phone from me and asked for your final decision and you were stucked to the same argumentative position of the attitude problem, rather than considering it as prima facie related to the medical problem. He asked you to clear the dues and the conversation ended up. You had asked him that I must talk to you when I get well.
Now, considering the inhuman and exploiting conditions prevailing in your organisation, it is almost impossible for any sensible person to talk to you after the series of events which I had experienced under you in less than two weeks of working with you. Continuing working with you is far from the impossible, as I had been told from some of my aquaintainces who have previously worked with you. They too had a bitter experience of your feudal and autocratic working mechanism, but as you are better aware, the newcomers have no choice except being exploited in the hands of people like you who are currently governing the whole media.
It was shocking to Dr. Hemant Joshi also when I shared the experiences and the conversations I had with you during severe headache. He was deeply disappointed with this as he is aquainted with your democratic and progressive past and I came to you with his reference only. Although, there are many people in the Delhi media circle who never blink their eyelids on these type of daily events.You must be aware of them.
I am very disappointed with what happened between us...as individuals of the same profession as well as in the context of employee and employer dialectics. Far more than that, it is a matter of great sorrow that an exploitative machinery comparable to the feudal structures of the medieval period is operating inside the premises of the country's national broadcaster DD News.
I humbly request you to clear my dues and pay the salary of 12 days i.e. from the day of joining Nov 6th 2006 to Nov 17th 2006 which amounts to Rs. 2000.00 only according to the committed Rs. 5000.00 per month by you. Please send the cheque at my address. I hope that you will do this, although you have not paid the dues of many people who have worked with you in the past.I know them by names and faces.
I am no more in the condition to talk to you as there is no point in it. Please do send my cheque as it is in the larger interest of the media community, specially the newcomers who have a minimum trust on the seasoned journalists like you. You will break this trust completely if you do not pay for what I have experienced in your organisation.
I will not like to go into more technical details regarding the other irregularities going on in your organisation as they are not yet part of my empirical domain.
(This letter was sent to us by the writer on firstname.lastname@example.org. Do feel free to share your media experiences with us at the above email id: Editor)