NDTV vs Kunte. Some thoughts on law

Talk about corporate own-goals. Or worse, loss of irony. Blogger Chyetanya Kunte appears to have been coerced into making “an unconditional apology to Ms. Barkha Dutt, Managing Editor, English News, NDTV Limited and to NDTV Limited, for the defamatory statements… made Read More …

Pirates? Aarrr, our frigates will fix em! Err… what about context?

When the Indian Navy sunk a Somali “pirate” ship in the Gulf of Eden, the Indian media (including leading journalists) cheered from the sidelines. Nothing like booming guns and gun-toting soldiers to fire up the cockles of journalists. But here Read More …

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 …

Networked societies and surveillance, lessons from US

Many politicians, policy boffins, and journalists have been saturating the airwaves and print that the state needs surveillance laws (link), there are the pliant corporates who will oblige the state with this (link), or there is the plain ol’ mob Read More …

As Obama ascends… Martin Luther King on All India Radio, 1959

Talk about the role of mass media in the history of South Asia and  making history in South Asia and the world. This couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The web site of the Consulate General of India Read More …

Wahajat Khan on Advani's contradictory logic

Wahajat Khan of Dawn Pakistan interviews L. K. Advani and raises the issue of Gujarat killings 2002. Advani offers New Delhi 1984. He is able to hold the moral equivalance for a while till he unwittingly falls into the trap Read More …