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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'.
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The ‘foreign hand’ in journalism and how Australia is at the front lines

Can Facebook, or any international company, make rules regulating speech that are equally appropriate in every country they operate in?
File photo | Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik arrive for questioning by CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, at Santacruz, Mumbai, 28 Aug | PTI Photo

‘Drugwood’, ‘Umar Lobby Secret Tape’, ‘UPSC jihad’ — You aren’t watching news but masala TV

A reporter climbs Ladakh mountain, another asks a postman why he tore down Kangana Ranaut’s office, and yet another calls an FB session a ‘secret tape’. TV isn’t news anymore.
Media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput's death and controversies around it | YouTube

Aatma, autopsy, jadu—After Ayodhya, TV news went right back to magnificent Sushant obsession

As soon as the Ayodhya bhoomi pujan was done and PM Modi had spoken, news channels scuttled back to their favourite obsession — conspiracy theories about Sushant Singh’s death.
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Editors in Modi’s India have two choices — speak up or give in to intellectual slavery

The press, which is the fourth pillar of Indian democracy, is not given the same status as the other three pillars today. Journalists have to make their choice.
Sachin Pilot

Sachin Pilot has done the unthinkable — united all TV channels from NDTV to Republic

Nearly every single anchor on English and Hindi news channels praised Sachin Pilot – from NDTV to Republic. But they just couldn’t get the headline they wanted.
Mumbai: Footwear of protestors lying on the road after police action on migrant workers who assembled at Bandra Railway Station, Tuesday | PTI

How not to report: A lesson from Republic TV, Times Now, ABP covering Bandra migrants

Was the gathering of migrant workers at Bandra railway station the result of a masjid, a conspiracy or is the clue in absent luggage? Indian TV picked all.
PM Narendra Modi releases butterflies at the Butterfly Park on the occasion of his 69th birthday, in Kevadia | PTI

Not Howdy Modi, Indian TV channels were busy eating cake & saying HBD Modi

As the Modi birthday festivities wound up, Zee News found a Pakistan ‘kabootar’ with a mysterious phone number on its back.
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Media-bashing as a political strategy works for Modi. The opposition could use it too

The first step to countering the negative media narrative against the opposition must be to question the media itself.
Zee News anchor Sudhir Chaudhary | Screenshot

What economic slowdown, Zee News & India TV are busy giving tips on surviving nuclear attacks

According to self-appointed nuclear expert, TV anchor Sudhir Chaudhary, the best way to protect yourself is to stand stark naked under a cold shower.

On Camera

File image of Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma | PTI

Covid, connectivity, climate – CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has early mover advantage in Assam

From visiting Covid patients at 2:30 am to giving deadlines for Dispur flyover, Himanta Biswa Sarma has hit the ground running as CM.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

WPI inflation shoots up to all-time high of 10.49% in April

The WPI inflation was 7.39% in March 2021, and (-) 1.57% in April 2020. This is the fourth straight month of uptick seen in the WPI-based inflation.

Defence

Russia's S-400 air defence system

Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears

The delivery of the S-400 missile system was originally scheduled to begin in 2020, but the deadline was extended after payments to Moscow were delayed.

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.