Tag Archives: Emily Wax

Does western media treat India with kid gloves?

The manner in which the “western media” covers India has, for long, been a pet peeve of patriots and expatriates. Poverty, disease, death, despair, corruption, communal violence… these are the only things that capture the attention of the “arrogant”, “condescending”, “patronising” foreign correspondent based in India, is the setpiece argument. Well, guess what, Chinese patriots…

‘Anybody here been raped and speaks English?’

Who is the best judge of a foreign correspondent? The readers, editors and bosses of the foreign correspondent? Or the residents (and critics) of the places the foreign correspondent is reporting from? Surprising as it may sound, Amit Varma contends that it is the latter, and offers by way of evidence a Washington Post report…

If our reporters are sloppy, what about theirs?

PRITHVI DATTA CHANDRA SHOBHI writes from Oakland: Each time a foreign correspondent moves to Jorbagh and begins her South Asia Bureau chiefdom, the West rediscovers the essence(s) of India. If caste and Hinduism were the old Orientalist inventions, as time has gone included into that list are some new ones: Bollywood, cricket, Taj Mahal, IT,…