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 …

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 …

Is Anahita Mukherji a "Pakistani"?: Thinking media sociology

Times of India Mumbai carried a front page story (Jan 4 2008) about the city’s police “advising” book stores to remove works by Pakistani authors fearing attacks from the right wing parties such as MNS. According to the report, the Read More …

CNN-IBN's big idea for 2009: Prime time terror, good Muslims, gays, internet

CNN–IBN broadcast a 10 minute program “Ideas 2009: What will shape our world this year”. Filled with graphics and montage sequences, the segment presented five big ideas that will shape 2009 — Prime Time Terror; Technology; the Liberal Muslim who Read More …

Is the Urdu press a monolith?

No, says Mubasshir Mushtaq in a guest post at Indian Muslims Blog (link) and analyses the Urdu press coverage of the 26 November terrorist attacks on/in Mumbai. A quote from the article: On a careful analysis, it becomes abundantly clear Read More …

Updated: What is the legality of Md. Mukkaram's shooting?

Okay we know Mohammed Mukkaram was reckless (as is expected of most normal youngsters his age) and he paid with his life for his mis-adventure. The media has faithfully reported this, but has failed to inform us about the legality 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 superstarĀ  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 …

The News says Pak link "does indeed exist"

In an editorial Dec 15, Pakistan’s The News conceded to the mounting evidence of Kasab’s legitimacy and argued thatĀ  “while conspiracy theories, involving a plot by Indians to frame Pakistan abound, the facts have to be faced up to. No Read More …

The problem called Arundhati Roy

Indian society, while valorised for various reasons, is a deeply problematic one. A society that is constantly at odds with itself. While appreciating its history (as much as any other civilisation ought to be respected), one cannot help but reflect Read More …