Just  in  case  you  are  not  fed  up of Michael Jackson stories, here’s a question  for  you:  why  has  MJ’s  demise become such a big international story?

Or  put  it  anther  way:  why  was  MJ such a global phenomenon? Here’s my theory:  he  had  risen  above  nationality, race, colour or gender, to the extent that he belonged to the whole world. Read more

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As you may know, Britain is currently in the grips of a political crisis. On 5th June, six ministers resigned, the ruling Labour party was routed in the European Parliament elections, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown clung on to power by a thread. Read more

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Do you feel a little sorry for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the rest of the Indian team? After all, they flew off to London as heroes and now, they have been transformed into enemies of the nation.

Not only are effigies of Dhoni being burnt in Ranchi but virtually every sports commentator has got up to give Dhoni a figurative punch in the eye. Read more

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Should journos take sides when it comes to political parties? The glib answer to this question is framed in terms of objectivity and the need to seem unbiased. But the reality is far more complicated. Read more

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Most Indian journalists have contempt for cheque-book journalism. We believe that it is entirely wrong to pay sources for information and regard those who do so as being beyond the pale.

Many — if not most — American journos have a similar attitude. Cheque-book journalism remains restricted to sleazy super-market tabloids who are content to pay, say Britney Spear’s hair-dresser a large sum of money for some story about Britney’s love life. Read more

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