Think about it. A very popular cricket tournament runs into trouble when the government decides it cannot offer security. The tournament’s organizers decide to take it abroad. The BJP attacks the government. It says that the message this sends out is that India is not safe. No foreign teams will come here now.

 A while later, after the tournament has been shifted to South Africa, Australia declares that it will not come to India to play its Davis Cup matches.  India, it says, is unsafe. Read more

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So, how are we to react to the news that the father of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina was ready to sell her to a bogus sheikh for Rs 1.8 crore?

At one level, this is a media issue. While most of us in the media are deeply ambivalent about sting operations, they flourish in the British tabloid press. Read more

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In 1984, when Indira Gandhi was assassinated, all of us knew she was dead long before the government was willing to admit it. She probably died right after she was shot early in the morning. While doctors at AIIMS struggled to revive her, the government would only say that there had been a shooting incident. All India Radio and Doordarshan parroted this line. Read more

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Among all those who represent the BJP on television, there is nobody who is more articulate than Arun Jaitley. It helps that he is a politician of the television era who has found a new constituency in the viewers of the news channels. His critics say that he needs to fight a Lok Sabha election. But Jaitley’s supporters know that a TV news constituency is pan-Indian and, therefore, much larger than any parliamentary constituency. Read more

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