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Obama Certification
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Obama Certification

November 21, 2020

Suddenly the Senior Congress leaders are voicing their dissent against their party in the media! Ironically, earlier the same leaders encouraged the suspension of their party colleagues who indulged in such “introspective” acts because it was seen as trying to undermine the Gandhi family.  Where did these Senior Congress leaders suddenly find such courage?! And…

The Arnab Saga
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The Arnab Saga

November 14, 2020

Three days ago, Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV walked out of jail. The telecast was theatrical with exhilarating music playing in the background as Arnab popped out of his car’s sunroof to deliver a freedom fighter style “Bharat Mata Ki Jai.” Many of my journalist friends were emotional, even those who detest Arnab’s…

Call-Out Culture
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Call-Out Culture

October 31, 2020

For a few days now one video has been making the rounds on WhatsApp. The video shows some empty pizza boxes strewn alongside a road in Kodagu and you can hear a local Gram Panchayat’s (GP) former President angry with tourists from Mysuru who threw that trash. What happens next is interesting.  The ex-GP member…

Police: Fear and Affection
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Police: Fear and Affection

October 24, 2020

Republic TV is in the dock as its senior editors have been booked for allegedly airing “false” news about a “revolt” within the force against Mumbai Police Commissioner. This TV channel has had repeated run-ins with the Mumbai Police over the last several months with its reportage. Though the Mumbai Police say it’s not “revenge”…

Lights, Camera… Caution !
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Lights, Camera… Caution !

October 17, 2020

For a few weeks now, a debate has been raging, especially between the “Cautious Mysureans” Vs the “Daft Dare Devils of Mysuru”; between “Covid Warriors” Vs “Political Warriors”, the names of these groups may sound like IPL teams, but unlike cricket which has a positive outcome, they are debating over this year’s “festive” Dasara which…

Need both – Good  & Bad news
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Need both – Good & Bad news

October 10, 2020

As television news channels turn our living rooms into gloomy rooms with reports of Covid deaths, Sushant Singh Rajput’s investigation and Hathras murder, three “Good News” items gave us a break from this constant “negativity.”  First, social media after a while was put to good use. A food blogger, Gaurav Wasan, made a short video…

Inhumane
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Inhumane

October 3, 2020

On September 14, in the Hathras district of Western Uttar Pradesh a mother found her 19-year-old daughter lying naked in a field with her tongue protruding from her mouth. The young girl’s eyes were bloodshot and she was bleeding from her mouth. The mother then noticed bleeding in the groin area; she quickly covered her…

Puff and Prejudice
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Puff and Prejudice

September 26, 2020

The Sushant Singh Rajput case has slid from being just a murder investigation to a drug bust.  One wonders if this investigation has ended up exposing middle-class India’s prejudice, hypocrisy and Victorian prudishness?  To begin with Rhea Chakraborty, Sushant’s girlfriend, has been portrayed like a typical movie ‘Vampy-Villainess,’ the woman who drugged her lover to…

Blocking Ambulance should be criminal offence?
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Blocking Ambulance should be criminal offence?

September 5, 2020

A week ago, the city Police arrested a car driver for deliberately blocking the way of an ambulance carrying an aged person who suffered a heart attack. The patient, 85-year-old Chandrashekar Acharya, was being brought to Narayana Multispecialty Hospital in Mysuru when a Hyundai i20 car moving ahead of the ambulance started driving in a…

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