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File photo of Sambit Patra | sambitswaraj/Facebook

The journey of BJP’s Sambit Patra from a trained surgeon to a nasty TV star

For someone who lives his life under studio lights, BJP's Sambit Patra is quite the mystery man.
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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.
Amitabh Bachchan in Kaun Banega Crorepati | AmitabhBachchan/Facebook

How KBC and Big B killed a good show with wife jokes and inane questions

From a much-loved show, Kaun Banega Crorepati became an agenda-setting exercise.
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.
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.
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.
File photo of Arnab Goswami | Bhaskar Paul/India Today Group/Getty Images

The nation wants to see Arnab Goswami apologise to me tonight

At 9 pm, I will switch on Republic TV in the hope that Arnab Goswami follows broadcasting authority's orders and issues a public apology.

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India’s Balakot strikes were long time coming, but only Pakistan can end terrorism

Trump must focus on ensuring that Pakistani terrorism against India (and Afghanistan) is defeated for the larger success of US geopolitical interests in Asia.
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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

File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Five IAF Spice 2000 bombs hit JeM camps in Balakot, govt satellite images show

High-resolution images procured by India show two JeM structures were hit by IAF in Balakot on 26 February.
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?