Indian Media Berated for Insensitive Reporting of Nepal Quake

Indian Media Berated for Insensitive Reporting of Nepal Quake
An Indian man reads a newspaper with front-page news of Nepal earthquake in Mumbai, India, on April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
5/4/2015
Updated:
5/4/2015

In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake that claimed over 7,000 lives, nations from all over the world offered their assistance, and neighboring India was among the first to act.

When the quake—Nepal’s biggest in 80 years—struck on April 25, within four hours India had sent 285 first responder personnel, three army field hospitals, civilian doctors, and a C-130J military transport aircraft.

The swiftness and scale of the Indian response was praised both in Nepal and elsewhere, yet one group received the ire of the Nepalese people: the Indian media.

In recent times, sections of the Indian media have become infamous for sensationalizing the news, whether it’s Leslee Udwin’s controversial documentary on the 2012 Delhi gang rape, or India’s loss to Australia in the Cricket World Cup semifinals. And this time, the Nepal quake wasn’t spared.

Thousands of Nepalese netizens criticized India's sensationalist news coverage.

Indian customers read newspapers with the front page headlines of the Nepal earthquake in Amritsar on April 26. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian customers read newspapers with the front page headlines of the Nepal earthquake in Amritsar on April 26. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)