What Do We Mean By Inflammatory?

It seems whenever I surf through news channels on television—the word ‘inflammatory’ keeps popping over and over again.

When the Indian cricket coach Greg Chappel is asked about poor performance at the World Cup. His response to media: That is an inflammatory question. I will not answer it. Perhaps the intent behind the question was. I am not sure, but I sure did hear Chappel calling several other questions inflammatory.

Few days later, BJP releases a CD during Election campaign in UP. I, like other headline viewer of the country, am not aware of the contents of that much talked about CD. All I know thanks to media that the CD was ‘inflammatory.’ The election Commission will have a hearing about the CD.

Thanks to 24 X 7 news channels, I have now heard this word so many times that my brain has immuned me to the sensitive perception of this word. I seemed to have forgotten the profound meaning of the word. As far as I am concerned, everything in the national news is ‘inflammatory.’

3 Responses to “What Do We Mean By Inflammatory?”

  1. 1 rameshindiatimes September 6, 2007 at 2:07 am

    Ahhh……In so many (almost all) Govt. departments so far there was freedom of duty, because Government works has to be in proper system,process and principle. Now they got yet another tool in their kitty to disqualify all our sensible questions, either because they won’t feel like answering or they won’t have an answer to em.

  2. 2 Poonam Sharma September 6, 2007 at 6:51 am

    Ramesh: “either because they won’t feel like answering or they won’t have an answer to em”

    So true 🙂

  3. 3 FALCON November 3, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    bull shit the media… it always makes a mountain out of mole hill. twisting and showing the parts that is good enough to be fed to maggots… and we like fools read and watch it… better watch cartoons it ismuch more informative

    Poonam: True, Media is not as trustworthy as it was supposed to be. Sadly, it remains a common man’s window to the outer world. 😦

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