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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, 14 April 2021 | PTI

‘Corona jihad’ to ‘holy dip’ – India’s TV channels shocked at Kumbh but it’s no ‘human bomb’

News channels’ coverage of Haridwar continued to dip in and out of Kumbh Mela. But no channel called this a ‘human bomb’ or ‘corona warfare'.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in support of BJP candidates ahead of the 3rd phase of West Bengal Assembly polls at Baruipur Paschim in South 24 Parganas, on 2 April 2021 | PTI

Amit Shah, Bengal, Mukhtar Ansari — TV news channels push everything but vaccine shot

Hindi news channels spent most of their time following Mukhtar Ansari's journey from Punjab to UP prison. Elsewhere, cameras remain fixated with Amit Shah’s bald pate.

Nandigram is a do or die battle. Is that why no one’s wearing masks?

The TMC forces were led by ‘Bengal Tiger’ Mamata Banerjee, mounted on her trusty wheelchair, the BJP by the king of polls, Amit Shah, aboard a saffron chariot.
File photo of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray | Twitter

Mumbai Mahabharat dominated TV news, edging out coronavirus surge

Much of the criticism that the MVA govt is facing today could have been avoided with better media communication.
Mamata Banerjee during a roadshow in Kolkata, on 14 March 2021

Masks, Mercedes and Mamata — Three mysteries TV news channels couldn’t solve this week

TV anchor after anchor questioned why Indians weren’t wearing masks, why there was a car in front of Antilia, and why Mamata’s ‘accident’ happened.
Veteran Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty with PM Narendra Modi at a BJP rally in Kolkata Sunday | ANI

TV played Bengal blockbuster ‘Parivartan’, starring Modi, Mamata and Mithun

Nothing was too inconsequential for them to report: Aaj Tak looked at potential homes for Mamata in Nandigram while others caught up with the CM while she made tea.

Between Rahul Gandhi in Kerala and Modi in AIIMS, TV saw the battle of biceps

News channels this week didn’t focus on Mumbai’s cyber attack, Bengal elections or the Hathras case, but the muscular politics of PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi.
PM Narendra Modi at Haldia in Bengal Sunday | ANI

If TV news is to be believed, West Bengal election is Modi’s to lose, not Mamata’s

‘Tigress’ Mamata is being hunted by the fierce BJP pack led by Modi, as per TV channels who have a keen eye on the West Bengal poll.

TV is an idiot, it hasn’t learnt from SSR coverage. Nikita Jacob, Disha Ravi new targets

‘Nobody knows what’s true anymore,’ says a friend of Disha Ravi. That’s the truth of this week’s news coverage on the ‘toolkit conspiracy’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his farewell speech for Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha during Budget Session, in New Delhi on 9 February | RSTV/PTI Photo

Like him or not, Modi is the prince of political drama everyone is compelled to watch

Within the space of 48 hours, Modi projected himself as a strong leader who attacks the opposition with fury & a sensitive statesman moved to tears by compassion.

On Camera

An online class over Zoom | Photo: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

In the age of Zoom, it is challenging to maintain eye contact. What can we do to fix it?

Trust is the bedrock of civilisation, and living through screens is taking a significant psychological toll.

India’s oil demand worsens as country remains under local lockdowns to battle Covid

The plunge in consumption at the world’s third-biggest crude consumer will weigh on sentiment on oil prices and damp expectations for a strong global demand rebound in the summer.


Armed forces doctors arrive in Lucknow Monday | Twitter/@suryacommand

What’s DGAFMS, Indian military’s medical wing leading the fight against Covid

The Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service reports to the Department of Defence and not to the Department of Military Affairs or the CDS.

By the rivers of the heartland & across Vindhyas, proof which politics sucks & which works

Politics & economics are at the heart of Covid tragedy in UP, Bihar. The regional imbalance in political power, economic & social indicators is deeply troublesome.