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News channel using man from North East Delhi as expert for debate on elections in North East India

03, Mar 2018 By Sandeep Kadian

New Delhi: In a historic day for Indian media, North East India dominated the news cycle the entire day. Counting of votes for Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura assembly elections managed to do what even massive flooding of some states in that part of India never could, force news channels to cover North East India. However, this led to a unique problem for news channels, they had to bring in experts from North East India to discuss the results and they were not readily available in Delhi.

While some news channels stuck to their regular panel which debates everything from weddings of celebrities to Nuclear power to space travel, some invited the first 5 people from North East that they could find in Delhi. However, one news channel decided to invite a resident of Dilshad Garden in North East Delhi to discuss the election results.

Explaining the decision, the chief editor said ,”Delhi is India and India is Delhi so it doesn’t really matter if the person is from Dilshad Garden or Agartala. Important thing is that like a responsible news channel, we gave representation to North East. Tyranny of distance may stop us from fully covering that part of India but we still managed to do the best that we could.”

Recalling his experience in the debate, the noted ‘expert’ said ,”It was very easy to contribute to the discussion despite knowing nothing about Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. I just had to say some party’s name loudly and then others in the panel cut me off and started shouting. I really should think about becoming a full time panellist on these shows.”

Meanwhile, crew of a news channel reached Mizoram to cover these assembly elections where they were shocked to learn that no elections are taking place and they have reached the wrong state.