Awakening the somnolent state
The common thread between our external and internal security predicaments is our approach to time. Most security issues are long-standing and seemingly interminable. If we understood why this is so, we can change it, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
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A managed media
Editors and columnists are flattered into believing that because of their proximity to power, they somehow enjoy and exercise power, too. Ramachandra Guha finds the seductions of power starkly apparent in the media's coverage of Pramod Mahajan's passing.
OP-ED Ramachandra Guha A historian's view
The great Indian laughter challenge
If you decide that 75 per cent of the country does not make news, you're shrinking your potential zone of coverage. And if you decree that only a small section of the other 25 per cent does, you've painted yourself into a corner. P Sainath finds the deluge of trivia in the media decidedly not funny.
OP-ED P Sainath The Real Picture
Overflowing with the official view
In response to the devastating floods in Gujarat, state officials were quick to point fingers at activists who have long opposed raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada. And even though their claims were clearly off-track, at least one publication thought it fit to repeat them. Himanshu Upadhyaya reports.
Political expediency in journalism
The media is partisan and the government corrupt. In this environment, the committed reporter has no choice but to go out and investigate with a hidden camera. But such sting operations are not a substitute for investigative reporting; as a result even serious revelations are quickly forgotten, says Arun Sadhu.
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