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 …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

When a real-estate baron officially worth Rs 1,015 crore runs into Vidhana Soudha to tender his resignation, it tells you something is rotten in the state of Hoskote

Karnataka’s politics is something that you can only speak of in the past tense. This was the land of the first representative assembly. This was where the earliest social reforms …

100 years ago, today, when Gandhi had a dream in the home of the owner of ‘The Hindu’ that led to the non-violent movement, which led to India’s independence

One hundred years ago, today, India’s struggle for independence from the British took a decisive and inspired turn, when Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had a dream that would catapult him towards …

“Anybody can do an MBA. Not everybody can become a cartoonist”: the sage advice that turned Satish Acharya into a 24×7 cartoonist in the social media era

Although the Mysore-born R.K. Laxman is the best known of them all, it is Kerala that has produced more political cartoonists in the English language: P. Shankar Pillai, O.V. Vijayan, Abu Abraham, …

Whether he wins again or not, Narendra Modi has caused irreparable damage to Indian science: Lord Ganesh, Shiva, Kunti and Gandhari are witness

Evaluating Narendra Modi’s imprint on India’s social fabric, or the stains left behind by five years of relentless, unapologetic majoritarianism on the communal tapestry, is an easy task to undertake. …

7 true, 2 partially true, 4 false: How InFinMin Piyush Goyal’s interim budget speech is faring on the lie detector test (so far)

Since India finally, formally and forcefully entered the post-truth world in 2014, a genuine growth industry, generating dozens of jobs, has been the business of fact-checking. With everybody, starting from …

10 hilarious tweets in response to a hilarious tweet trying to defend Narendra Modi’s biggest feat yet: the highest unemployment rate in 45 years, for the first time in 70 years

Somesh Jha‘s story of the day in Business Standard—that unemployment rose to its highest point in 45 years after the stupidest decision in post-independent India’s history: #Demonetisation—led to a strange …

Kannada University postpones silver jubilee event after students and teachers object to the ‘consistent misogyny’ of an invitee: a right-wing newspaper Editor

The valedictory function of the silver jubilee of Kannada University—a University set up in Hampi in Karnataka 25 years agoto celebrate the state’s language—has been abruptly postponed following protests over the participation …

In 1976, George Fernandes plotted to bomb the Vidhana Soudha to warn Indira Gandhi. Today, his friends would have called him ‘anti-national’ and put him in the ‘tukde-tukde’ gang.

Before he was crowned “giant-killer” at age 37 in Bombay, for defeating S.K. Patil…. Before he set up a highly profitable co-operative bank for taxi-drivers…. Before he moved on to …

Seven reasons why BJP’s breast-beating about the grand alliance of Opposition parties doesn’t make sense unless you are a ‘bhakt’, bot, troll, or media lapdog

*** The “United India” rally in Calcutta, where 20 political parties stood on one stage on January 19, has understandably sent BJP and its bhakts, bots, trolls, media lapdogs, and …

Even the RSS feels BJP is losing hold over Dalits and tribals. Is a 10% quota for the “poor” going to counter perception that it is against caste-based reservations?

Various analyses of the election results in the five States late last year—especially Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh—have all pointed in the same direction: BJP has a problem on its …