Esquire magazine has just published a landmark article by C.J. Chivers on the massacre at School No. 1 in Beslan, Russia, by Chechen rebels in 2004 that left 362 dead, including 186 children.
At 18,000 words, it is the longest story published by the magazine in 20 years, and has been hailed by The Washington Post as "one of the best pieces of narrative journalism to appear in any American magazine in this millennium". Sample a few paragraphs here and here.
Here's the key question. Our newspapers and magazines are minting millions. Why don't we see something like this, of similar length and intent, on ordinary Indians? Say the plight of Kashmiri pandits or the Narmada displaced or terror victims or dead farmers?
Readable journalism not turgid party propaganda.