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 …

Two things have died in the media. Outrage and compassion

P. Sainath argues that the the moral universe of the media has shifted. You have a lot of drawing-room outrage, but not over issues that moved earlier generations of journalists. The structural shutout of the poor is evident in the way beats are organised in newspapers. You have fashion, design and glamour correspondents. In a country with the largest number of rural poor, you do not have one full-time correspondent on the beat of rural or urban poverty. Read More …