Monthly Archives: April 2007

Stocks yesterday. Books today. Tomorrow?

As the delivery of information instantly and instantaneously becomes possible through a variety of devices (television, internet, mobile phones to name just three) the accountants who masquerade as managers but are not brave enough to call themselves editors have been forced to ask themselves some seemingly tough questions. Like, do we really need to provide…

Boot is on the other foot in ex-PM’s family

In the evening of his political life, H.D. Deve Gowda has emerged as a minor terror for young reporters. Eyebrows furrowed all the time, with a scowl permanently plastered on his face, the former prime minister is alternately fretting, frowning and fuming at all and sundry, especially sundry. “Some of my reporters, especially women, plainly…

Provocation is in the eyes of the editor

There used to be a guy called “Regret” Iyer in Bangalore not too long ago, a man who had immortalised all the rejection slips he had accumulated as a writer and cartoonist, in his name. Wonder what he would make of this one. Scott Adams, the creator of hugely syndicated Dilbert, this week had the…

Reporter who broke fake encounter deaths story

This man is Prashant Dayal. He was once an autorickshaw driver. Now he is a journalist. A senior reporter with the Gujarati daily Divya Bhaskar. He broke the story in November 2006 of the fake encounter deaths in Gujarat, which led to the unprecedented arrest of three ranking police officers on Tuesday. Dayal who writes…

Do Time magazine’s lists mean anything at all?

Time magazine is compiling its list of the 100 most influential people of the year—and it wants YOU to do all the hard work. It has ten Indians on the list. The American Idol contestant Sanjay Malakar, Manmohan Singh, social worker Anna Hazare, Sonia Gandhi, Pepsi chief Indra Nooyi, the prince who said he was…

Will this man be the next US Secretary of State?

When Indian journalists like M.J. Akbar, Arun Shourie, Chandan Mitra, Sudheendra Kulkarni et al cosy up to politicians, tout a particular ideological line, stand for elections, grab non-journalistic posts, negotiate deals, etc, we look at them with a slight degree of circumspection. Are they, you wonder, misusing their editorial positions and platforms to advance a…

David Halberstam: Rest in peace

David Halberstam, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Powers That Be, the definitive biography of the American media, died in a car accident in the Bay Area in San Francisco yesterday. He was 73. Halberstam had come to Berkeley to give a talk on ‘Turning Journalism Into History’. “A writer should be like a playwright…

The base-five calendars of our magazines

Magazines, and increasingly newspapers too, love producing thick, fat anniversary issues with the “Best of” stamp on them. But does the reader care for such “shamelss self-regard”, asks Jack Shafer. Publishers love the self-valentines because they make the anniversary issue a “destination” for advertisers—much easier to sell than the crap that’s published the rest of…

Samyukta Karnataka fete in a controversy

“MARK BRADSHAW” writes from Hubli: The Vice President of India Bhairon Singh Shekawat is all set to commit a faux pas of propriety when he visits Hubli  on Sunday to participate in a function being organised  to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Samyukta Karnataka, the leading Kannada daily of the state published by the Loka…