Monthly Archives: June 2012

Media advisor is second highest-paid in PMO

Life isn’t easy for a public servant in the age of transparency, when every little detail is open to scrutiny under the right to information (RTI). Mail Today, the tabloid newspaper owned by the India Today group, carries a two-page story today on what the prime minister and his key men earn, and it turns…

‘The exclusive Indian political news delicacy’

The Indian bureaucracy is a major journalistic niche, especially in Delhi where a number of magazines (Governance Now, Bureaucracy Today, etc) and websites (Gfiles, Whispers in the Corridor, etc) have sprouted to help readers navigate their way through the thickets of redtape. A display ad for the website Sarkari Mirror appears in Mail Today.

Samir Jain’s son-in-law rises on TOI horizon

Six days after the internet chief of the Times group, Rishi Khiani, quit to start his own venture, the new CEO Satyan Gajwani—son-in-law of Times bossman Samir Jain—has made his appearance in the newspaper. A business page story in the paper today announces that the Times’ online music platform will be available on Microsoft’s Surface.…

And Asia’s second oldest newspaper is…

Asia’s second oldest newspaper, the Bombay-based Parsi daily, Jam-e-Jamshed, turns 180 years old this year. Its editor Shernaaz Engineer, a former journalist with the Afternoon Despatch & Courier, in conversation with Prabhat Sharan of Deccan Herald: What does Jam-e-Jamshed mean? And is the origin of newspaper connected to the growth ofMumbai as a trade post…

TOI reports first Indian sub’s death after 22 days

The Times of India doesn’t usually run obituaries of its staffers. But the paper makes an exception today, June 22, to mark the demise of its first Indian employee who passed away on June 1: “Veteran journalist, historian and author Alfred D’Cruz died in Bandra after a brief illness. He is believed to be the…

The angst of the editor searching for his roots

On world refugee day, Mail Today editor Sandeep Bamzai writes: “Displaced in your own country, willy nilly ignored by different political parties and in many ways expunged from the national discourse. That in many ways sums up the plight of Kashmiri Pandits in India. One of the greatest human tragedies since partition, a lost community…

Tarun Sehrawat: 22, and killed in the line of duty

sans serif records with regret the passing away of Tehelka photographer Tarun Sehrawat after contracting malaria while working on a story in the Maoist-controlled areas of Chhattisgarh. He was 22 years old. *** The Hindu‘s Aman Sethi pays tribute: “Today, when one of our own has been irrevocably lost, I feel we — as reporters,…

So which newspaper wants ‘growth at all costs’?

Ramachandra Guha in The Telegraph, Calcutta: “Jairam Ramesh’s judicious, sensible recommendations attracted hysterical condemnation from a New Delhi newspaper wedded to the doctrine of “growth at all costs”. “The newspaper ran an editorial accusing India’s excellent and extremely well-qualified environment minister of “gadding about looking for more fashionable causes to sponsor”. It charged him with…

When Shekhar Gupta met Abdul Kalam

As the prospect of a “contest” for the President looms between the UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee and the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta writes of the latter in his weekly column: “I wrote two National Interest articles more critical of Abdul Kalam than any you have seen anywhere…. The second…

Sacrilege! Mihir Sharma takes on P.Sainath

As he exited the Indian Express last year as its most acerbic pen, the Harvard-educated economist Mihir S. Sharma launched into “adman” Suhel Seth in a long review of the latter’s book in The Caravan. Now, at the Business Standard as the editor of its opinion pages, Sharma trains his guns at the Magsaysay award…

Brother, sister spar over seat on PM junket

From Delhi Confidential, the gossip column of the Indian Express: FAMILY FRACAS The inclusion of Team Anna member, former TV anchor Shazia Ilmi, in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media team for his trip to the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, has been the cause of much fuss in the PMO and in the MEA over the…

How a letter-writer entered the Guinness Book

In The Hindu, Aman Sethi profiles Subhash Chandra Agrawal, the tetile merchant whose use of the right to infomration (RTI ) Act unceasingly shapes the news agenda. Before he donned his current role, Agrawal had entered the Guinness book of records for the most number of letters to the editor of newspapers and magazines: “His…

What your settop box says abour your newspaper

The perils of cross-media ownership are obvious and the Bombay daily DNA demonstrates it in ample measure today on its business pages. The news-you-can-use story is ostensibly aimed at empowering TV viewers on the various options before them as the country’s four metros go digital from July 1. It lists the comparative advantages of Tata…

Put your money where your mouth is: Rs 500

“India’s first professionally run rural newspaper” is being crowd-sourced! After trying to raise funds, the brains behind the venture want you to give up your coffee and sandwich—or that lipstick—and donate Rs 500 that will enable a village reporter to write a story or two. Email Gaon Connection: gaonconnection [at] gmail [dot] com Follow Gaon…

Is the PM’s media advisor Missing in Action?

Former NDTV Hindi anchor Pankaj Pachauri took over from Harish Khare as prime minister Manmohan Singh‘s media Man Friday barely six months ago. It was seen as a scam- and scandal-tainted UPA’s desperate attempt to reshape the prime minister’s image in the eyes of the media and its consumers. Now, as the economy goes into…