Let me post an observation about a subject that I normally shy away from: media triviality.
Every now and then an editor gets up at seminars and public meetings to tell everyone of the "meaningful" social interventions his publication is making. They will tell you how distasteful politics has become, how public life is an ego game of the netas and how the "real" issues are being unaddressed.
There were two developments in the election campaign that I thought was significant.
First, the BJP released a well-researched policy documented on its policy on Information Technology (see www.bjp.org). It raised many important questions on digital sovereignty and the use of "open standards" software.
Imagine my utter surprise on discovering that this thoughtful intervention was by and large ignored by the mainstream media, with an odd exception or two. The only aspect of the launch the media found interesting was the fact that Arun Jaitley arrived 30 minutes late.
Two days later the CPI(M) released its election manifesto. I am no fan of the CPI(M) but it is the most important party of the Left and runs state governments in three states. I expected the media to dissect its approach to the economic crisis and its perceptions on foreign policy in a post-Obama world.
Once again I was disappointed. Most publications dismissed the election manifesto in a few paragraphs.
The media laments the absence of ideas in politics. When political parties focus on policy, their interventions are blacked out. It is time media professionals stop being so utterly sanctimonious about politicians. They too are part of the problem of an imperfect democracy.