Of hyphens and the US-India-Pak trinity

While India seeks to impress on the big other to dehyphenate it from the bastard cousin, Pakistan feels the exact opposite. Read the 8-Point agenda for Holbrooke by Dr Maleeha Lodhi, former envoy to the US and the UK, and Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …

PS3: Corporate propaganda and spin

The corporate marketing and propaganda machinery morphs itself easily to stay on top of our minds and this is not achieved merely through relentless advertising. In the field of gaming, which is a highly competitive industry, if you connect your Read More …

26 Nov proof: Of media truth and truthfulness

Times of India says Pakistan has conceded to Indian “proof” of the 26 Nov, 08 Mumbai attacks (link). The News, on the other hand reports Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stating all “attempts aimed at isolating Pakistan have been Read More …

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 …