The answer is simple.
To the media, covering the ordeal of a starving child is not breaking news. One can't start Primetime with the words, "News is just coming in that Romila, the five-year-old child suffering from severe malnutrition, has not eaten anything today, either." It's always better to begin with, "Breaking news, a child who has been stuck in a borewell for three days has died. Let us go over to our correspondent live to speak with the child's grandparents..."
And, could you blame the media for feeding on the ugliness that is the present Indian presidential polls? The one post in the government which was earlier meant for 'dignified eminent personalities' has metamorphosed into politics of the most vulgar nature. Now, you can watch each presidential candidate tell you why he is best suited for the position. One of the candidates said that he has 'never lost an election before.'
It's time we rethought EVERYTHING.
As for us, you and me. Why do we not like to think of the starving child? Well. We are in denial. We know policy needs to be changed. In order to change policy, we have to change the structure of the government. And to do that, we have to gather consensus, or worse, protest. Too much to do? Yes, we'd rather watch a child die stuck in a borewell.
And when that gets too depressing, we can always change the channel and watch Indian politicians bicker in bad English. BlisS.