Ratan Tata as Indian premier. Forbes' wish, relayed by Indian mediaBy Kishore Budha • Dec 4th, 2008 • Category: Media Practice
Forbes put out an opinion article by Robyn Meredith, which pushed the argument that making Ratan Tata a part of Indian polity, a subtle reference to executive power, would be an Obama moment for India. CNN-IBN picked up this agency report on the Forbes article and asked rhetorically on its website:
Who could be India’s Barack Obama who could unite the country and march the nation forward at a traumatic time? Ratan Tata, chief of the Tata group of companies, says US business magazine Forbes.
Forbes and Robyn Meredith are justified in expecting Ratan Tata to lead the country. After all, he is literally and symbolically, what the magazine stands for. The question really is what is CNN-IBN‘s enthusiasm in carrying the story? The argument that it is “newsworthy” does not hold good because there are enough facts to go around that deserve equal, if not more, attention. So, does the published words of Forbes carry such significance because it speaks “the truth” or is it because Forbes articulated a position that CNN-IBN would have found it difficult to articulate itself, without inviting accusations of bias and neo-liberal agenda setting? At least Forbes is honest about where it stands.
Press Trust of India (2008) Forbes chooses its Obama for India: Ratan Tata CNN-IBN Thu, Dec 04 <online> Link
Meredith, Robyn (2008) “India’s Obama Moment?” Forbes, 12.03.08, 12:01 AM EST <Online> Link
Kishore Budha is one of the co-founders of Subaltern Media and the founder-editor of the peer-reviewed Open Access journal Wide Screen. He holds a PhD in media and communications studies from the University of Leeds, UK and has professional experience in print journalism, internet news, and public relations industries. His interests include Critical Theories of Media and Communication, Semiotics, Transnational Communication, Film industry & production, Film theory, Film and history, Communications Policy, Visual Culture, Communication Technologies, Web media and Communication
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