Daily Archives: 14 June 2007

How open and accountable is your organisation?

The media is forever expecting and exhorting various arms of the government, business and industry, and even individuals in some cases to perform better, show greater transparency, to open themselves up to scrutiny, etc. But how do news outlets perform on these fronts? The International Center for Media and Public Agenda (ICMPA) conducted a survey…

Why did Shilpa Shetty row evoke such a reaction?

The racial bullying of Bollywood siren Shilpa Shetty at the hands of Jane Goody and her artless associates on Big Brother drew sharp reactions in India. There were angry street demonstrations in Patna. Union ministers were quick to register their protest. And when Britain’s prime minister to be, Gordon Brown, visited Bangalore, the story surfaced…

‘Our big papers don’t use their power properly’

Reviewing Martha Nussbaum‘s new book The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future in the New York Review of Books, the author Pankaj Mishra argues that the Indian media have “concocted a world —all statistical evidence to the contrary—which have helped India’s elite to withdraw from the social and political complications of the country…