But over the years with every media house laying claim to how specialised and exclusive their coverage is we've kind of lost the big picture. The images are so skewed that we can't tell what's real and what's hype.
And even the way the elections are referred to isn't flattering. One channel keeps referring to the great Indian election "pageant"! To me the word means something frivolous and I am offended. If I type the word into dictionary.com this is what comes up.
|1.||an elaborate public spectacle illustrative of the history of a place, institution, or the like, often given in dramatic form or as a procession of colorful floats.|
|2.||a costumed procession, masque, allegorical tableau, or the like forming part of public or social festivities.|
|3.||a show or exhibition, esp. one consisting of a succession of participants or events: a beauty pageant.|
|4.||something comparable to a procession in colorful variety, splendor, or grandeur: the pageant of Renaissance history.|
|5.||a pretentious display or show that conceals a lack of real importance or meaning.|
|6.||(in medieval times) a platform or stage, usually moving on wheels, on which scenes from mystery plays were presented.|
|7.||display or pageantry.|
|8.||Obsolete. a stage bearing any kind of spectacle.|
Another channel referred to it as Indian election "circus"! Circus?
This is what dictionary.com throws up
cir⋅cusa large public entertainment, typically presented in one or more very large tents or in an outdoor or indoor arena, featuring exhibitions of pageantry, feats of skill and daring, performing animals, etc., interspersed throughout with the slapstick antics of clowns.
|2.||a troupe of performers, esp. a traveling troupe, that presents such entertainments, together with officials, other employees, and the company's performing animals, traveling wagons, tents, cages, and equipment.|
|3.||a circular arena surrounded by tiers of seats, in which public entertainments are held; arena.|
|4.||(in ancient Rome) |
|5.||anything resembling the Roman circus, or arena, as a natural amphitheater or a circular range of houses.|
I think I will stick to newspapers and local gossip for information. At least they give the election process the respect it is due.