Daily Archives: 22 May 2007

Is this man the new media mogul of India?

He began his career as an ordinary newsreader on the State-controlled All India Radio and Doordarshan television channel. But is this man the unsung hero of Indian media? A real visionary who saw the television explosion before any of his peers and compatriots with decades and centuries of journalism in their blood could? We are…

‘Criticism should not be a democratic activity’

Circulation, revenue and imagination-challenged newspapers and magazines are turning their publications into playgrounds for readers. Reader generated text, photographs and video, polls, blogs, talkbacks, social networking are all being added and heralded as the possible manna from user-generated heaven. Short of setting her own crossword clues, the reader can do just about anything. All this…

The slow but sure death of editorial cartoonists

On days when his health doesn’t permit him to draw, The Times of India is only too glad to republish R.K. Laxman from the archives. The redesign of The Hindu saw Keshav being moved out permanently off the front pages into the edit page. Unny appears on page one of the Indian Express in the…