Were the media justified in showing Prabhakaran’s dead body? And the body of his son, Charles Anthony? I ask because there has been almost uniform condemnation of the decision to show the footage from media critics. Read more

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How you cope with adversity probably says more about your character than the way in which you cope with success. Over the last four days I have been watching BJP spokesmen try and handle the magnitude of the party’s defeat. To their credit, most have behaved with grace and dignity.

The BJP began badly when the graceless Balbir Punj was assigned the task of conducting the press conference at which the party conceded defeat. Punj has many admirable qualities, none of which, alas, is visible on television. Read more

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You will have heard all the usual stuff about television and the election. You will have been told that TV focuses on superficialities, that it does not reach the masses, that TV debates are an irrelevance etc etc.

I don’t want to get into all of that. But there’s one way in which TV has changed the rules of electioneering. And I find that it does not get enough credit for that. Read more

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I don’t know if I’m reading too much into this but politicians seem to have adopted a new strategy when it comes to dealing with journos during the election campaign.

In the old days, the top politicians seemed remote and inaccessible, only meeting top editors at their residences. Read more

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