News Media in India

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I’m a huge news junkie and in the recent times have expanded my range to read:  FT,  WSJ, NYT, Guardian, The Economist and the Hindu on a daily basis. One trend I have been noticing in the recent past, is the amount of coverage India is getting by these papers ( The Hindu which is an Indian daily). NYT has opened an India focused section (India Ink); FT has a new India section; recently the Economist had a 14 page write up on doing business in India. Surely, India is making headlines. The question is how accurate or correct are these headlines.


While each of these news sources are very experienced in what they do. I personally find them to be quite lost when it comes to covering India’s changing social landscape. Recently the NYT published a piece on a NRIs return to India and how it was not the rosy place he had imagined. The backlash to that article was so quick and powerful that NYT had to publish a post defending its publication of the piece. Guardian took quite a critical stance on Indian GradPrix which was sour tasting for many of the article readers. The newspapers seem to be realizing how difficult it is to express opinions in India.  The issue seems to be the lack of a wholesome definition to India and its people.


India is a land of many. The poor, the rich, an emerging middle class, cultures, castes, languages and people. To each his own life, dreams and ideas of success. Hence opinions are not easy. But I dont blame these news papers for trying. I find The Economist to be very good at this. But what these news sources need to learn is how to address India as an whole and to understand the aspirations of each segment of its population.

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Art and Limits

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My friend and I keep having these discussions (a.k.a. arguments) on and off every week and one off every week. Among the most interesting of these is about the boundaries of art.

It all started with the Danish cartoons. (please do read about it before you go ahead). While, my friend took the stance that cartoons were meant to ridicule a subject and must be taken as a joke and not seriously. And, any action against it will be a curtailment of freedom of art. Making the statement – ‘Art has no Limits’.

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