Public-Hullabaloo and the RGIT: Request for the community: Shiva Neupane (Melbourne)

What makes the news is not a dog that bites a man but a man who bites a dog. This above aphorism was quite frequently shouted in the school of journalism that I went to. Now getting to the point here, the current deregistration of RGIT by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) may have been simply because of the unfortunate and undesirable error that human by nature is conditioned to make in the audit process. It is true that given how tactful monkey is on holding the branches of a tree it still may fall off the tree just because of unimaginable bad luck. It is undeniable fact that shit happens in life. I think so is the case with the RGIT.

The authority is right in most of the instances but it would be erroneous to think that they are right round the clock. Sometimes, they may have lapsed in judgment therefore there is a discovery of words such as “appeal” and “review” that came to exist by means of linguistic-revolution since the human civilization stuffed-up with the tasks.

I am not surefooted about one thing that why news of this sort remains the only game in the town to talk manipulatively loud out. I would not blame particular media or a person for spreading the negativity of the issue. I think we all are the stakeholders of these repercussions because we are the ones who love to share that news on social media without giving a second -thought to its contents and issues that need the legal-surgery and linguistic-calibre.

The authorized people can tackle with this issue in an official and outstandingly professional pinpoint accuracy. We should not pretend to be a qualified person on what it takes to solve this issue. The safe landing of the arguments in the public domain is not guaranteed by the Medias though the society is inundated with their news.

Oddly enough, what we have been witnessing is what pops up on the social media or newspaper, we have tendency to take it for granted without being sceptical, or if you will, not thinking outside the box. One thing what I would like to suggest is if you find some baseless news which has no any substance in it then please do not share it because small contribution of your finger tip in this digital-era may result in the debacle of societal-glory of an organization or institute.

When we find news of controversial and verbal-diarrhoeal types then it is always better off not spreading it because it may give rise to the erosion of institutional- reputation for no valid reason. Therefore, it is important that we should not make a sweeping statement before getting the clear picture of what had happened in the first place.

In this juncture, I would like to share my experience about Nepalese media versus Australian media. I have been writing for the newspapers for well over 17 years in various national newspapers and scores of online portals, magazines, and list goes on and on. However, I haven’t been asked by any editors about the clarifications of my writings in terms of issues like above and otherwise. They just publish without cross checking with me. This is a fundamental problem that I would say almost Nepalese Medias have in common.

A few weeks away from now, I had published my article in Australia’s reputed newspaper “The Age”. When I submitted my article the editor phoned me and she went on reading my article word by word and confirmed the issues by sending the edited copy back into my email inbox for me to double cheek whether the edited version reflected my ideas. I actually felt really educated and enlightened in a journalistic-sense. This is how the reputed Medias look out for the crux part of the issue in a sheer vigilant manner to avoid possible slander slipping through the linguistic -crack shamefacedly.

Let’s hope this hard time will be on the wane and students will heave a sigh of reliefs and the staff and all the stakeholders will return to normalcy after the positive outcomes.

Shiva Neupane, is the author of four books including “In the pursuit of Utopian Life in Australia”, “Falang English Dictionary”. He writes for “The Nepali Times Australia”, “The Kathmandu post”, and “The Himalayan Times”. He can be contacted at : [email protected]

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