To hyphenate or not to hyphenate India-Pak…

Mitchell Reiss (cited in Christian Brose’s blog at Foreign Policy) says Hillary Clinton could be asked the following question at her confirmation hearing. It has been reported that there will be a Special Envoy for South Asia. What will be Read More …

Pakistan lobbying and spin on US public and policy opinion

The media coverage of Mark Penn dropping the PPP account last year hides more than it informs, in particular how public opinion is shaped and the weaknesses of Indian media’s foreign news coverage. Late December 2008, Times of India, The Read More …

D'Press 16 Jan 2009

“Narendra Modi becomes India Inc poster boy”, Economic Times, Link Today’s cartoon is about leading corporate billionaires Anil Ambani and Bharti Mittal signalling their thumbs up for Narendra Modi as PM of India. Modi, as widely believed, is accused of Read More …

Child prodigies and television news scripts… aaaw! Guest post at Kafila.org

My guest post at Kafila.org, “Child prodigies and television news scripts… aaaw!”. The essay critically analyses the script of NDTV‘s news report on Lavinashree and what possible meanings it might offer. Read it in Kafila.org here.

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 …

Mint on India's neo-socialism

Mint asks if India is more socialist now and goes on to answer in the affirmative. The authors Manas Chakravarty and Mobis Philipose state, “It’s also widely accepted that liberalisation started from the Rajiv Gandhi era in the early 1980s”. Read More …