Banks, lamps, oil, paints, paper, planes, power, soap, silk, steel, sugar: the precocious Maharaja who made Mysore “self-reliant”—a century before Narendra Modi could say ‘atma nirbhar’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s tongue-twisting call for an “Atmanirbhar Bharat” has evoked the usual gloating among the devout who still can’t get over Niti Aayog’s nursery-school alliteration, “vocal for local”. …

What you (really) need to know today: Jubilant Generics, the “single-source” of 82% COVID cases in Mysore that went below the media radar, because, maybe, it wasn’t in Delhi, or the Tablighi Jamaat

For over 50 days now, R. Sukumar, the editor of the Delhi newspaper Hindustan Times, has written a daily wrap titled ‘COVID-19: What you need to know today‘. But three …

‘Namma’ Uday Kumar has a small story to tell about how #Coronavirus has changed his life. When you see someone like him tomorrow morning, it is good to keep him in mind and say ‘Namaskara’.

  Something about the creeping crisis in Indian media doesn’t smell right. On the one hand, media barons, who should be steering clear of government if they value their freedom, …

J-POD || Podcast || “Kannada newspapers’ circulation is down from 25 lakhs to 5 lakhs due to #Corona. No ads, no sales, no newsprint. It’s unimaginable; a grave existential crisis” || ‘Vishwa Vani’ editor and owner, Vishweshwar Bhat

Media management in India doesn’t present a pretty sight on a day when the “Old Lady of Bori Bunder” rides on little #Corona to announce salary cuts and defer increments, …

Six heart-warming stories of Muslims coming to the aid of Hindus in #Corona season: How come no swami, yogi, baba, guru or godman has the nerve to speak for “communal harmony” any more?

*** Coronavirus has been communalised to such a degree in India by the usual suspects—and their “useful idiots” in the media—it should leave genuine Hindus aghast at what is being …

“#Coronavirus tells us that government matters, facts and science matters, rule of law matters. That having leaders who are humble and well-informed, and want to bring people together rather than drive them apart matters.”

  View this post on Instagram If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the American spirit of looking out for one …

From double-digit to zero per cent growth: how India’s economic future looks bleaker than ever before, if only you can remove your blinkers

*** The Economic Survey, released a day before Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget on February 1, had projected a GDP growth of 6-6.5%, up from 5% estimated for 2019-20. …

J-POD || A podcast on journalism || Why my mother would not have cheered the suspension of publication of ‘Star of Mysore’—despite its Islamophobic editorial

J-POD || A podcast on journalism || Why Sharada Viswanath (and hundreds of mothers) would not have celebrated the temporary suspension of publication of India’s most successful English evening newspaper …

If you are a journalist, if you 40-50 years old, if you are out of a job or in danger of losing it due to #Coronavirus, what can you do? Prem Panicker has a few thoughts on J-POD.

J-POD || A podcast on journalism || Prem Panicker, the former Rediff.com Editor and Yahoo! India managing editor, on what Indian journalists, whose jobs are in danger due to #Coronavirus, …

Journalism in the time of COVID: Why Indian TV anchors and reporters need to read up what Article 51 (a) (h) of the Constitution stands for

Campaign for Ethical Media Reporting, a Bangalore-based group of activists, parents, lawyers, and academicians who are working towards making media more accountable to journalistic standards, ethics and principles, has put …

Has #CoronaVirus helped Narendra Modi to discover the virtues of democracy? Or, has ‘The Supreme Leader’ only craftily seized the moment to craft a new persona for himself?

Across the world—from Britain to Israel, Chile to Bolivia, Hungary to Philippines—political analysts and academics are horrified at the powers elected leaders are accumulating under the cover of #COVID to …

From the ramparts of ‘Sly Granny’, Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya blithely makes a major announcement: India is “already” a ‘Hindu rashtra’

Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra‘s pre-CoronaVirus 40-minute powwow with Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya has already clocked 1.2 million “views” on YouTube (although the definition of a view in the digital …

“Print media is in a deep mess. The time has come for every business to press ‘reset’”: newspapers and magazines in India are suddenly gasping for breath as #CoronaVirus strikes multiple blows

*** In 1988, Andrew Grove, the founder and former CEO of the American chip-manufacturing giant Intel, wrote a book titled Only the Paranoid Survive, in which he floated the concept …

There is no proof that Coronavirus broke out because the Chinese ate bats and snakes. Why do Indians find it so easy to lecture them that they should be eating ‘khichdi’ and ‘papdi chaat’?

Even in the best of times, Indians are never short of sanctimony and self-righteousness but there has been an oversupply of both since the outbreak of #Coronavirus. The virtues of …

13 photographs which show how ‘Vikas’ has propelled India towards a $5-trillion economy on your WhatsApp. (No wonder Narendra Modi’s jokers want you to amuse yourself with ‘Ramayana’.)

COVID shines the light on two sides of India. The first is political and medical: the preparedness and readiness of the Narendra Modi government to combat #CoronaVirus after China first …

42 years after Dr Raj Kumar’s ‘If you come today’—and 18 years after Rumsfeld’s ‘known unknowns’—has Shekhar Gupta beaten them (and ‘Swami’ Nityananda) at their own game?

*** It is not widely known that the Kannada movie legend Dr Raj Kumar won only one national award in his long and illustrious career, but it was not for …

When Narendra Modi took notes: How the owners of India’s language newspapers “advised” the PM six hours before he announced a 21-day shutdown. (Or so it seems.)

Narendra Modi‘s relationship with the news media since becoming prime minister in 2014 has been built on conspicuous contempt and confrontation, but behind the scenes, chummy co-option and cultivation has …

“To err is human. To look at every Indian, and every life, with the same value is divine”: The 1,275-word speech that Narendra Modi should deliver at 8 pm to launch a process of “national healing”

My fellow Indians It is 8 pm.  I know the sight of me at 8 pm strikes fear in your hearts but do not be afraid, my dear countrymen. I …

Six gems John Oliver packed into his 17-minute takedown of the ‘aggressive hugger’ with ‘no emotional validation’, the ‘temporary symbol of hate’

John Oliver‘s hatchet job on prime minister Narendra Modi on his ‘Last Week Tonight‘ show is “trending” but it is easy to not quite hear what the voluble British-born US comedian says …

When a Kannada columnist completes 25 years of writing a weekly political column, it’s occasion enough to celebrate the silver jubilee

There are columns and there are columns–good, bad, sad and odd—in the vast landscape of Indian newspapers and magazines. Some go on interminably because the columnist has a direct route …

A steady drip-feed has normalised hatred against Muslims in BJP-ruled Karnataka. Which is why Kannadigas are so apathetic to the Police claim that a poor, unlettered domestic help tutored a Class VI girl to wage war against the mighty Indian state.

As a pictorial representation of the perverse inhumanity that the “land of Buddha and Gandhi” has embraced as its key performance indicator since 2014, it is difficult to beat the …

A Hindu bomber detonates the Mangalore ‘bomb’ in the face of Kannada news media. And a newspaper suggests mental tests and medical treatment for the ‘real terrorists’: embedded editors, owners and TV anchors.

Karnataka is the outlier in peninsular India—the only state in the South that the BJP has managed to come to power, by hook and by crook. Twice. There is a …