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PM Narendra Modi during an election rally in Coimbatore | PTI

Modi got over 1,000 hours of AIR coverage as PM, 6 times more than Manmohan

Modi’s foreign visits got 321 hours of airtime, over 11 times the number for Manmohan Singh. Officials say this is because Modi has been a more ‘active’ PM.
Panorama of Jallianwala Bagh | Commons

British media woke up to Jallianwala Bagh massacre eight months after it happened

A section of the Indian media also took little note of the incident, and buried it in the inside pages of the newspapers.
In its effort to cover up the IAF’s strike at Balakot, the ISPR showcased a blatant lie to the worldwide media on 10 April 2019 | By author

Pakistan took 43 days to show media Balakot Madarsa intact, but took them to wrong place

Pakistan took 43 days to organise a tour of reporters & diplomats to Balakot, the site of India's February airstrikes. Forty-three days is a long time to hide an inconvenient truth.

Modi govt plans PR blitz in newspapers on price cut of anti-cancer drugs

NPPA, the agency behind the price cut decision, is ready with the final copy of the print advertisement but is waiting for approval from the EC.
PM Narendra Modi introduced the channel on his Twitter account | @narendramodi/Twitter

Narendra Modi didn’t need NaMo TV or biopics in 2014, he needs both now

Modi’s media messaging now centres on fear rather than NDA’s achievements, indicating need for an overarching narrative to whip up emotions.
Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

When paid news becomes the practice, media objectivity obviously takes a back seat

Who funds elections is an open secret, but nothing much is written about it in the media, write Jaishri Jathwaney & Samir Kapur in their book ‘When India Votes’.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Bloomberg

The 2019 election is just about Narendra Modi, not BJP, Sangh or even opposition

The key theme of the BJP seems to be – Narendra Modi versus anarchy.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat | PIB

If India continues to politicise military, we may not look very different from Pakistan

The Indian armed forces are as accountable to the people as any other institution in a democratic country.
Local newspapers in Jammu and Kashmir with blank front pages

Kashmiri papers carry blank front pages to protest ‘ad ban’ on 2 English dailies

Protest due to alleged ban on government ads to Greater Kashmir and the Kashmir Reader since the 14 February Pulwama attack.

On Camera

Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.