It’s interesting how the debate over Aseem Trivedi’s cartoons has twisted and turned. It began with knee-jerk responses from most people who said that freedom of speech was being trampled on. Read more

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Now that the anniversary of 26/11 is upon us, expect to hear the usual debates and discussions about the need to urgently hang Ajmal Kasab, about problems involved in dealing with Pakistan, and the consistent terrorist threat that India faces. Read more

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Before we go much further, let me make one thing clear: I have no intention of passing judgement on the rights and wrongs of the Kiran Bedi saga. Frankly, it seems like an issue where two opposing positions can seem equally strong. Read more

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It makes you wonder about the times we live in — and the country we live in — when the news that the Prime Minister is going to talk to five journalists is such a big deal that it makes page one of major newspapers and is a headline on TV news. Read more

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Now that the Obamas have left India, two questions might usefully be asked about the progress of their visit. Read more

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The Union Cabinet decided on Monday to put off approving a hike in the salaries of MPs and ministers. Read more

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Everyone and his dogs seem to have an opinion on how the media are covering Sania’s wedding. So here are my two bits. Read more

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Why do you suppose Shashi Tharoor lurches from controversy to controversy? Some of it, I am prepared to concede, has to do with his unfamiliarity with the Indian political idiom. Read more

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In the aftermath of 26/11, politicians emerged as the biggest villains. But close on their heels were the media. Whether it was people you ran into on the streets or the hate groups on Facebook, the middle class seemed united in its disapproval of the way in which the media had covered the crisis. Read more

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Do the media waste too much time trying to be kind to the dead? If you go by the way in which Indira Gandhi has been treated by the mainstream English press and TV channels, then probably not.

By and large, the treatment accorded to the 25th anniversary of Mrs Gandhi’s death was fair and largely free from mawkish tributes. Read more

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