The political executive has always had an uneasy relationship with the press. It extols its virtues while trying to curb its freedom, says lawyer Gautam Bhatia.
Whether the Prime Minister's statement on press freedom is a “threat” for dissenting media houses will depend on what media houses consider their jobs to be.
The PM’s statement on press freedom is not a veiled warning; it is a statement that anyone who values a free, vibrant, and credible media would agree with.
Many media houses have practically become government PR agencies, instead of fulfilling their function of holding the government accountable, writes Congress MP Rajeev Gowda.
By invoking casteism, one cannot rule over the country or state. People know the real Congress and will not let them divide our country on caste.
The tide has quietly turned, and the Gujarat elections are all set to throw up major surprises.
Unlike the BJP, where Amit Shah makes all the decisions, one isn’t sure who holds the baton in the Congress with regards to alliances.
Now, for the first time in decades, caste combinations seem to be drifting away from the BJP, thanks to the rise of Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani.
The Congress would put up a fight in Gujarat and show the Prime Minister's clout has reduced. But just forming a rainbow caste coalition won't be enough.
Ahead of the crucial Gujarat elections, the Congress party has been actively seeking out powerful leaders of different caste communities. Can Congress use caste to challenge BJP’s ‘Hindutva-Vikas’ in Gujarat elections?