Interesting reads: Media, merit vs. communism, and elections 2013

Some good stuff to read this week: Vinod K. Jose in Caravan on the lack of a larger philosophical framework for the Indian media to operate within: “Habits of Mind” Nobel Laureate physicist Walter Kohn remembers one-time partner, Indian physicist Chanchal Kumar Majumdar in “A master and his protege“. Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s engaging piece onContinue reading “Interesting reads: Media, merit vs. communism, and elections 2013”

Defamation: who should you fear more- Big Govt. or Big Corporate

Unlike many other countries, India has both civil defamation (if you defame someone, you have to pay compensation), and criminal defamation (you defame someone, you go to jail). Most other countries have removed criminal defamation as a crime from their law books. The result is that in India, not only does a publisher face theContinue reading “Defamation: who should you fear more- Big Govt. or Big Corporate”

How Indian media can become better

The New York Times quotes Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of American democracy as having said that “he would rather have newspapers without government than government without newspapers.” If such is the exalted status which a founder of the world’s oldest democracy gave to the media, it is perhaps important for the mediaContinue reading “How Indian media can become better”

Spectrum Scam: Confidential transcripts summarised

Some official and confidential documents relating to the 2G-Spectrum allocation scam were put up by the Hindu on its website for a while yesterday.  A read through the 2gspectrumscam document reveals a disturbing network of politicians, businessmen, PR firms and journalists.  What follows is a small summary. The CBI is investigating a criminal case under the IndianContinue reading “Spectrum Scam: Confidential transcripts summarised”

India No. 1on “The World’s Most Inappropriate Government Agencies”

A recent article in Foreign Policy Magazine titled ‘The World’s Most Inappropriate Government Agencies’ lists the Backward Classes Bureau as one the world’s most inappropriate government agencies.  The body is separate from the National Commission for Backward Classes, and implements schemes for Backward Classes. Other such bodies in other countries include: 1. The KGB inContinue reading “India No. 1on “The World’s Most Inappropriate Government Agencies””

CAT thinks RAW ‘secrecy’ is a joke!!

Nisha Priya Bhatia, a senior RAW officer had in 2008 filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment by A.K. Chaturvedi , was arrested, compulsorily retired, and put in a hospital for ‘medical illness’.  The Central Administrative Tribunal (‘CAT’) today ordered the central government to re-instate her with immediate effect. She had accused A K Chaturvedi, ofContinue reading “CAT thinks RAW ‘secrecy’ is a joke!!”

Lobbyists BT-ing the new Brinjal

The recent controversy over the introduction of BT-Brinjal is a fantastic example of how much sustained lobbying can prevail over well documented facts.  The BT-Brinjal has been demonized over and over in print as well as on television.  Some have even called it “Zehrila Baingan” (poisonous brinjals), so they don’t have to bother explaining whatContinue reading “Lobbyists BT-ing the new Brinjal”

Ruchika and the Indian Visa embargo

Two new op-eds in Indian Express offer substantial views on the issues discussed in the last entry: Call off the mob Article on the Ruchika case highlighting the following issues: (1) the easy acceptance of injustice in society, (2) the systemic failure which prompts the Union Law Minister to say one particular case should beContinue reading “Ruchika and the Indian Visa embargo”

Idiot Box: Not just idiocy

In this post I wish to cover two recent stories brought forward by the media: (1) the Ruchika molestation and suicide case, (2) the N.D. Tiwari expose. Ruchika was a teenager when she was allegedly molested by a police officer who’s also (or has been) the DGP of the state.  Among other forms of harassment,Continue reading “Idiot Box: Not just idiocy”

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