As a life-long Dara Singh fan, I can’t help being devastated by his death. But I am also pleased by the deluge of emotion and affection that his demise has evoked. It is many years since we saw Dara Singh on the screen (Jab We Met was the last significant role that I remember) and decades more since he stepped into a ring. So it is gratifying that his passing has moved so many people, including many who were not even born during his wrestling and film heyday. Read more

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Back when news TV first became a phenomenon, we heard many complaints about how the influence of TV would rob Indian politics of its gravitas. Read more

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I don’t know if you’ve seen the  movie Man Of The Year, staring Robin Williams, Christopher  Walken, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Linney. It came out at least a couple of years ago and was about a Jon Stewart-type talk show host who becomes President of the US thanks to a computer error. Read more

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Have you been watching the election programmes on television? If you have, then you will have noticed a curious phenomenon: the relative absence of Hindutva/right wing voices.

Programme after programme, it is still Swapan Dasgupta and Chandan Mitra who appear on TV to give us a BJP perspective. Sometimes, we get Ashok Malik. And occasionally, there is Praful Goradia, though I am not quite sure that he really understands where the BJP stands. And that’s pretty much the lot. Read more

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