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Indian TV news is hooked to MGM— no, it’s not a movie channel, but #ModiGetsMichel

TV news channels were in a celebratory mood over the ‘big success of CBI, RAW and the Modi government’
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray and Rashmi Thackeray offer prayers during Saryu aarti at a ghat in Ayodhya | PTI

A recent Bisleri ad and Ayodhya TV debates have much in common

TV news channels delivered a narrative that said Ram Mandir march was a make-or-break situation for parties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event | PIB

When it comes to family, if only Karan Johar and Narendra Modi saw eye to eye

Modi needs to watch Indian TV serials to know that ‘family’ isn’t a dirty word.
The official image released from Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's wedding | @deepikapadukone/Twitter

How Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh wedding became more important than ‘plot to kill Modi’

Prime time debate on TV was all about analysing colours of Ranveer-Deepika’s wedding dresses.
A file photo of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh | DeepikaPadukone/Facebook

Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone wedding has finally edged out breathless Rafale debates

'DeepVeer' wedding is juicier than the endless diatribes on Ayodhya and Sabarimala.
Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers in protest for Ram temple in Ayodhya | Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India is waiting for 2 things: Ram Mandir & India’s Got Talent winner

The underlying narrative in the cacophony of views is ‘mandir wahin at any cost’.
Narendra Modi infront of Sardar Patel's Statue of Unity | @PMOIndia/Twitter

Between Sardar Patel and Urjit Patel, TV news channels forgot Sri Lanka

Punsters had a field day when Narendra Modi dedicated Sardar Patel’s statue to the nation.
File photo of Alok Verma | Ravi Choudhary/PTI

There is a story more baffling than the CBI feud playing on primetime TV

The CBI drama is more confusing than the twists in the current plot of Zee's Kumkum Bhagya
Sabarimala Temple

As women block women, there’s no #MeToo solidarity on the way to Sabarimala

From Ravish Kumar on NDTV India, to India TV, News 24, Newsnation, Prime News, Total TV and even a regional channel like Kashish TV have broadcast #MeToo.
Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India’s #MeToo has eclipsed even Rahul Gandhi and Vladimir Putin in the media

When it came to #MeToo, Indian TV wanted to stand up, be counted and get noticed too.

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elections

Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

Gunman kills 25-year-old youth in Pulwama district

Police are hunting down the assailant who killed the man near his residence
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?