Congress reopens a socialist chestnut in post-liberalised India; says will curb monopolies and cross media ownership if it comes to power in 2019

The manifesto of the Congress for #GeneralElections2019 has seven paragraphs on what the party promises to do should it come to power.

It talks of the usual things: strengthening the Press Council of India, working towards a code of conflict, etc, but there is no mention of more important and germane issues like decriminalising defamation.

Point No.4 will sound familiar to media behemoths who have been laughing all the way to the bank since 1991.

“Congress will pass a law to curb monopolies in the media, cross ownership of different segments of the media by other business organisations. Congress will refer cases of suspected monopolies to the Competition Commission of India.”

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