Daily Archives: 16 December 2006

Trying to be better is half the battle won

There is advice—and then there is advice—on what newspapers should be. Much of this is predicated on doomsday theories that do not hold much relevance in the Indian context. Nevertheless, Alan Jacobson‘s thumbrule for transformation is apt and precise: “Products need not be perfect. They just need to be good enough and slightly better than…

Do we need quotas in the media?

G.N. Mohan forwards a survey of the social profile of key decision makers in the “national” media conducted by the Centre for Study of Developing Studies. Its key findings are that the India’s “national” media lacks social diversity and does not reflect the country’s social profile. Hindu upper caste men dominate the media. They are…

Ours is not to ask why

Last Saturday, a friend—a businessman 34 years of age, Indian, resident in India—called out of the blue and among, other things, said, “Oh, I forgot to tell you, I am buying a plane.” Yes, you read that right, a plane, an aeroplane. It’s going to cost Rs 34 crore. Ours is not to ask why;…