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From ‘one peg a day’ to Ramdev’s recipe — all that TV channels served to fight coronavirus

While reporting on coronavirus, news channels experienced Hamlet’s dilemma, as they tried to tread fine balance between inducing ‘panic’ and reducing ‘panic’.
Times Now's Rahul Shivshankar (L) and Zee News' Sudhir Chaudhary (R)

On Delhi riots, TV channels finally reported news. Then the anchors swooped in

Questions such as "Was this a deliberate, calibrated attempt to 'malign the image of India' during Trump’s visit?" undercut good reporting by news channels.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at a bilateral meet at the UNGA | ANI

ABP News forgot lessons from Mumbai terror attack in its Trump visit coverage

ABP was so impressed by the security preparations for Trump's India visit that it revealed many particulars that should perhaps have remained secured.
Nimki Vidhayak

What’s common between Kejriwal and Nimki Vidhayak? Both swear by Hanuman

Nimki Vidhayak, aired on Star Bharat, stood out in a cast of TV shows that feature a galaxy of young women characters overdressed and under-employed.

Shaheen Bagh will not be seen as a national threat next week. Here’s why

TV coverage of an assembly election had never been restricted to one geographical space, and certainly never to one protest.
Comedian Kunal Kamra | Facebook

Kunal Kamra, you only harmed yourself. Next time with Arnab, do what Arvind Kejriwal does

Zee News’ Sudhir Chaudhary sounded like a man spurned and scorned. Next day, he was back to discussing PM Modi’s plan to take back PoK in ‘240 hours’.
Times Now's Rahul Shivshankar (L) and Zee News' Sudhir Chaudhary (R)

For Times Now and others, Vadra-Sonia link is more important than Indian economy

Republic TV went on about Congress’ secularism, India Today looked at CAA, CNN News18 remained with Kashmiri Pandits. But anyone barely touched the IMF story.
Fauji set Shah Rukh Khan on to the path of superstardom in the 80s | Images: YouTube | ThePrint

Shah Rukh Khan Fauji 2 must rescue Indian armed forces from Republic TV, Aaj Tak, Zee News

In times of CAA, police encounters, JNU and AMU, and now DSP Davinder Singh, Indian TV serials are still about who loves whom and who loves to hate whom.
JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh was injured in Sunday's assault on campus | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

On JNU violence, video war on India’s news channels: Times Now aired 10, Republic TV had 7

On India TV, Rajat Sharma used them to suggest Left was as much to blame as ABVP, while Arnab Goswami saw them as ‘proof of Left’s extreme brutality’.
Times Now's Rahul Shivshankar (L) and Zee News' Sudhir Chaudhary (R)

Zee News, Times Now, Aaj Tak must perish in 2020. India’s TV news needs to go back a decade

The biggest constitutional amendment that India needs in 2020 is this: abolish TV news channels.

On Camera

Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

How is Modi’s BJP different from the one founded by Advani-Vajpayee 40 years ago?

Forty years ago, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani founded BJP. Today it's led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, who have won two general elections with full majority.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

5 Special Forces men, 5 terrorists: How a deadly hand-to-hand fight at the LoC unfolded

Five commandos of the elite 4 Para were killed in action after they eliminated 5 terrorists from Pakistan in close combat in J&K’s Keran sector.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.