Ethnic conflict, global capital, and framing

Is Indian foreign policy reflecting that of neo-con US, with both policy and outlook reflecting national interests and pragmatism over insights, intellectualism, and morality? Read More …

Updated: Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2008 resources

A regularly updated resource on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2008. From a collection of media, academic, and blog sources.

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 …

Updated: US speaks, Indian media listens

The media continues with its fascination with US words, reprimands, and actions against Pakistan (see another example here)   even while political thinkers such as Pratap Bhanu Mehta argue that: “Even after Mumbai, instrategic terms we may have to be Read More …

NIA, UAPA Acts: media editorials

On 18 Dec 2008, the Indian parliament passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and constitution of a new federal agency, National Investigating Agency. Both the acts were cleared by the parliament with little public debate. Did the incessant media coverage Read More …

Indian Express editorial on the Indo-Pak media war

The Indian Express put out an editorial criticising the television medium in India and Pakistan for their hasty, impatient, and rhetorical coverage of the other country in recent times. The newspaper argues that journalists of the two countries are acutely Read More …

Shah Rukh Khan, bipolar Muslims and media

In an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN and Barkha Dutt of NDTV, Hindi cinema superstar  Shah Rukh Khan “finally comes out” and speaks out about Islam, defending it as a peaceful religion (watch the segment below). Fair enough. He Read More …

Cricket, nationalism, and media

Sport and nationalism mix well. Sport and mass media in a commercialised environment mix well. And now sport, terrorism, nationalism, televisuality mix well. And the newsrooms of all three major newspapers think alike. A minor gripe: would Sachin dedicate a Read More …