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 …

Rahman’s Oscar: Media Coverage (continuously updated)

As Rahman enters the hunt for Oscars, we keep track of the madness that unfolds in Indian media. The latter is known to go give importance to any western recognition to Indians in a sign of its readers’/audiences’ westward cultural Read More …

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.

India and Pak media, public opinion, and own-goals

Washington Post reports that Pakistan — from the extreme to the liberals, rich to poor — have united against what they see as the existential threat of India. The questions to be asked are, did the media — through its Read More …

The doomsday machine and media effects

Media effects, panic, and scaremongering raised its head once again in Indian media as the media and communications industry attempts to cope with the explosive growth in liberalised conditions. A girl in Bhopal, India, has been reported to have panicked Read More …