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From Ram Navami ‘clash’ to ‘gun-tantra’ in New York, Indian news channels sell violence best

The latest news from Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s wedding celebrations seems to be the only coverage across channels that isn’t blood-stained.

Meat ban, Sri Lanka crisis, Russia-Ukraine war – IPL couldn’t have been timed better

In the midst of war and economic distress, IPL 2022 offers four hours of unadulterated entertainment every evening—that’s more than what Hollywood and Bollywood can do.

The extraordinary TV performances of an ‘ordinary man’ — the week of Arvind Kejriwal

When he wants to, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal can pack quite a punch for someone who projects himself as a cross between an income tax officer and R.K. Laxman’s common man.

India takes a backseat on Indian news channels. It’s all Ukraine, Ukraine, WW3

News channels put out promos and boast of the size of the team covering Ukraine. Even a smaller player like 'India Ahead' is promoting itself through its Ukraine stories.

TV news had time for UP, Ukraine, Kashmir, Congress. What if Pakistan had misfired a missile?

We could've had a little ‘mahayudh’ of our own than ‘non-stop’, ‘exclusive’ coverage of ‘World at War’ in Ukraine. But TV channels won't show it.

Why Smriti Irani’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi rerun feels like a live show today

From the Virani parivar to the Sangh parivar, there’s not much of a distance to travel, as Smriti Irani’s real-life journey has shown us.

Why is Indian TV news focused on Ukraine 24X7? Even BBC & CNN take a break

You will witness non-stop action — bombs going off, buildings exploding, Russian convoys, tanks entering not only Ukrainian cities but also Indian TV studios.

TV news channels say PM Modi can stop Ukraine ‘mahayudh’. If only Putin-Biden listen

TV9 Bharatvarsh, WION, Republic TV and India Today have all sent reporters to Ukraine to show ‘what Western media blacks out’.

It took Ekta Kapoor to bring Covid on TV. Don’t worry, it’s still a Naagin’s fight

The first episode of Naagin Season 6 on Colors TV pulls no punches: it identifies the enemy as 'Chingistan', although the characters look Eurasian.

TV debated the hijab row but it’s the protest videos that took the story forward

The defining image of Muskan raising her arm in defiance and screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ at men will remain with us long after the debate dies down.

On Camera

YourTurn

Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
Representational image of bottles of cooking oil at a store on the outskirts of New Delhi | Bloomberg

Why is your tadka getting more & more expensive? Blame India’s reliance on edible oil imports

Indians spending 14% more on edible oil compared to last year. Experts expect a cooldown if no shocks prevail, government says ‘situation under control’.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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