Tag Archives: Warren Anderson

Why media houses must maintain a proper library

The library has become an endangered section in Indian media houses in the age of the internet—and in a business culture populated by philistines that frowns upon the concept of a “newspaper of record”. But India’s original newspaper of record, The Hindu, has just shown the invaluable role a well-maintained archive can play in shaping…

Paparazzi pic of Bollywood babe sans makeup

If Indian journalism is uniformly second-rate, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Aakarbhai. Let Kanchan Gupta of The Pioneer tell you a story: “The popular Gujarati newspaper Sandesh had an interesting story about aspiring journalists who appeared for this year’s entrance test for the media course offered by Saurashtra University. “I have no idea about the…

How media kept Bhopal’s quest for justice alive

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy—not the 1984 one but the 2010 repeat—had everything going for it to be quickly consigned to the deepest crevices of our consciousness. A ridiculously long overdue verdict, a farcical sentence, poor (mostly Muslim) victims in a non-metropolitan city, the short memory of the public. And then the fact that 1984 happened…