An Undeclared Emergency: Controlling Media from the 10th Floor

Reading Time: 3 minutesTelevision and the net media are making news, especially in the context of coverage given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has been divulged by a fairly popular TV anchor that the Modi government is monitoring the media from the 10th floor of Soochna Bhavan with a 200-strong team of bureaucrats answering only to I&B Minister […]

Modi-Shah Desperate to Muzzle Free Press before Lok Sabha Poll

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe media situation in the country is precarious. At the national level, excepting one or two, most of the leading news channels managements are aligned with the ruling party and on their own, they are touting the policies of the Modi government forgetting the minimum principles of journalism. In some channels, the anchors act as […]

Agenda of Taming Delhi Journalists

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe liberal journalist is this regime’s No.2 enemy. And dividing the media is a work in progress. Some have been turned. Others are being targeted. Among the second lot are national English newspapers packed with Lutyen’s Delhi journalists of the “liberal clique”. A probe, for Different Truths. The conservative right in the country values ‘true […]

Disillusions of Worshipping False Gods

Reading Time: 4 minutesArun Shourie in his journalistic heydays was not like Arnab Goswami. He recognised talent in young journalists and went out of his way to give them a chance. Today, if this column can stand on its two feet, it’s only because long ago Arun Shourie gave a chance. And that he did by just listening […]

Fake News: The Octopus in the Newsroom

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe hard fact these days of impact journalism and paid news is that perception managers run newsrooms, not newspersons; and journalists get to become ‘made guys’ when they’re promoted to write columns and peddle motivated opinions. Fake news is the octopus that has invaded the newsroom. A report, for Different Truths. ‘Postcard News’ stands branded […]

Jeremy Irons Mesmerises in a Semi-Autobiographical Play

Reading Time: 5 minutesLong Day’s Journey into Night, currently being staged at Los Angeles, is a masterful rendition of Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece about the human condition. The British cast is led by the venerable Jeremy Irons. The approximately 3.5-hour play is the stuff of Greek tragedy and Shakespearian drama, following the descent of the Tyrone family into the […]

Music and the Cusp between Day and Night: Songs on Dusk from the Fifties to the Seventies

Reading Time: 4 minutesMusic and poetry have been beautifully wedded in the songs of dusk in Hindi film songs where words become perfect pegs to showcase music aesthetically. The collapse of the dying day or anti-aubades is viewed by songwriters in Mumbai film industry with varying moods. Shaam could be a prelude to seduction, of frivolous banter, a time for […]

Great Chilean Musician Max Berrú Carrión Passes Away

Reading Time: 4 minutesDespite not being born in Chile, Max Berrú became Chilean by choice and lived five long decades in that country and became an emblem of trans-Andean music. Together with Jorge Coulón, he joined a group that played Argentine folk music. In this period, they meet Horacio Salinas and Horacio Durán, together with whom they created […]

My Poet, My City: Owning Tagore and the Bard in Allahabad

Reading Time: 18 minutesOur Editor-in-Chief, Arindam, shares his personal relationship with Tagore. It deepened when he learned that Gurudev had a close connection with Allahabad, the scribe’s birthplace. Tagore’s niece was married to a legal luminary in the City of Confluence. Moreover, the Bard had an interesting relationship with the Indian Press. The three editorials of Tapati Sinha, […]

On Jey Day, Jigna Walks Free: Mumbai Scribes Take Reporting to the Underworld

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe day came for journalist Jey Dey to get justice. Mafia don and Dawood eyesore Chhota ‘Chindi’ Rajan got convicted along with nine others, while another journalist, alleged femme fatale and jealous professional Jigna Vora walked free. Here’s a report, for Different Truths.  Finally, the day came for journalist Jey Dey to get justice. Mafia […]