Facebook and Narendra Modi: How FB’s policy head in India allowed a BJP politician to spread hate online so that it would not hurt its “business prospects”

Facebook’s shady role in Indian politics—hunting with the majoritarian hounds and fuelling the communal fires, for a price—has been blazingly apparent for over eight years now. But it has taken …

J-POD || Podcast || “In 1962, Nehru heard the Opposition, convened Parliament, didn’t stifle media. In 2020, Modi is trying to snatch victory from jaws of defeat by managing headlines” || Jairam Ramesh

When WhatsApp becomes the chief source of information, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that India was a mere 15 years old as a free nation when …

“India has ceded territory to China. Status quo ante has been lost. China has redrawn LAC”: scathing editorials call the Narendra Modi government’s bluff on the ‘Surender’ in Ladakh

Editorials in India’s major English newspapers on the “mutual disengagement” that India and China have agreed upon, are nearly unanimous in their verdict: under “strong man” Narendra Modi, India has …

What Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman can learn from the Mughals, the Marathas—and the Maharaja of Mysore—on direct cash transfer to India’s needy

With millions suddenly thrown out of jobs due to closures and shutdowns following the COVID outbreak, or deprived of a source of livelihood, governments across the world have rushed to …

J-POD || Podcast || “National newspapers devote 0.67% of front page to 69% of India. Corporate media is the bed on which religious and market fundoos cohabit. Morons are reworking labour laws” || P. Sainath

Less than 2% of India’s population is invested in stocks and mutual funds. Yet, India has at least half-a-dozen business newspapers in English. And just as many business news channels. Every …

‘Onions suck out bacteria. Neem sanitiser works for 15 days. Brahmins in Bhopal were saved by prayers over fire”: advice from a top Kannada publisher, an ex-BJP MP, to fight Coronavirus

Vijay Sankeshwar, the transport operator who founded Vijaya Karnataka and Vijaya Vani, shocking the Deccan Herald group and The Times of India group respectively, has offered his sage advice on …

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 …

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.”

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“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 …

“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 …

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 …

If Baba Ramdev can get Babul Supriyo a BJP ticket in 3 days, what’s the big deal over a Lingayat mutt head demanding cabinet berths for 3 Lingayat MLAs?

  The most touching aspect of a Lingayat mutt head publicly “threatening” Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa to include Lingayat MLAs in his cabinet, failing which he would incur the wrath …

At the latest science “circus”, Narendra Modi’s yoga consultant urges scientists to study the influence of “external forces” on man

The Nobel Prize-winning scientist of Indian origin Venkatraman Ramakrishnan rightly dubbed the Indian Science Congress a “circus” after he had to sit and watch an audience applaud Narendra Modi‘s mantra …

“Institutions are being targeted. Public space is being shrunk. Fundamental rights are being threatened…. It’s only if the nation survives, officers will survive”: IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil

In ideal circumstances, speaking your mind is a simple biological function, a sign that a synaptic link has been achieved between the brain and the tongue; a sign that you …

Eight reasons why Indian cricket looks like Indian politics today: a loud, mindless cauldron of ‘desh bhakti’, unaccountable, Pakistan-obsessed, and a darling of shady corporates

In the late 1980s, the then Editor of The Times of India, Girilal Jain, wrote that in India, politics sets the pace and everything else follows in its wake. In …

In Gauri Lankesh’s home-state, a frighteningly real story of ‘fake news’, with the clumsy footprints of BJP and RSS—and embedded ‘sangh’ journalists and newspapers. (And, yes, a serial fabricator followed by Narendra Modi.)

*** A leading Kannada newspaper owned by a former three-term BJP MP and a serial fake news peddler followed by Narendra Modi on Twitter, have been embroiled in a forged letter scandal, following the …

‘Praja Vani’ editorial asks a pertinent question: why is the BJP only making communally provocative statements even after getting a majority and a full five years in office?

Narendra Modi says Rahul Gandhi is running away from Hindus to contest from Wayanad. Amit Shah says all infiltrators except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs will be removed. Yogi Adityanath talks …

It takes a PhD in environmental toxicology from Cornell University to serve up a nice number to those who love the fudge cooked up by Narendra Modi’s statistical chefs

Can’t beat UPA’s growth rate? Calculate the GDP rate differently. Can’t provide two crore jobs as promised? Stop tracking employment. Worst unemployment in 45 years? Bury the NSSO report. Can’t …

Hundreds of crores have been squandered in ‘Digital India’. Isn’t there a more dignified way of informing families that a ‘jawan’ is dead than through a TV news flash?

Hundreds of websites, apps and interactive services have been launched by the Narendra Modi government, whose barely disguised objective has been to collect the data of citizens—and everything else that …