A retort to the "liberals"

Tehelka has published a retort by  S Anand, publisher of Navayana to the online peitition by Ranjan Kamath urging users to switch off their mobile phones in protest against a few corporate billionaires who support the right-wing Narendra Modi. In Read More …

Times of India frames Modi's shining Gujarat as "shame"

Times of India reports on attainment levels by primary school students in rural Ahmedabad and wobbles the axis of the spin and propaganda that surrounds discourse on Gujarat. Headlined “Ahmedabad: Show piece or shame!”, the report states that: only 51.5 Read More …

Rock, new media, and caste counter-revolution

In 2007, VH1 and Nokia had launched a competition that encouraged individuals to produce their own versions of Pentagram‘s Voice (link). A user (identified on Youtube as Varun Agarwal), in response produced a version that deploys the song to voice Read More …

Others focus on terror; Hindu plays up BSP sop for forward caste poor

While the Indian Express, Times of India, and Hindustan Times largely focused on aftermath of the 26 November Mumbai terrorism incident, The Hindu had a rather interesting front page story about Mayawati promising “reservation for the economically weaker sections among Read More …

Khairlanji Vs Azamgarh, who's in the news

The Khairlanji verdict was passed after the Sep 13, 2008 Delhi blasts. As a result, Azamgarh, linked with the blasts, was in the media spotlight. Separate Google news search for the keywords Khairlanji and Azamgargh (archive: going all the way Read More …

Imagining the global financial meltdown as news!

UPDATED 19 Sep! Interesting how journalists imagine their readers and tailor their message accordingly. Afterall, they don’t — and can’t — survey their readers each day the newshole has to be filled. For Indian Express and Times of India, the Read More …

Chengara and the media blackout

Chengara is a little known place in Kerala that symbolises the perverse logic of “reforms” in India. So while the west celebrates India’s ascendancy and the Indian middle class fawns over its arrival on the global stage, the manner in which “reforms” are being delivered demands moral accountability from citizen benefiting from the reforms. Read More …