POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 23:59 IST

As was to be expected, Mr Modi waded into the "Dehati Aurat" controversy, reported earlier, in his speech at BJP's Delhi rally:

"How dare you (Sharif) address my nation's Prime Minister as a village woman? There cannot be a bigger insult of the Indian Prime Minister. We can fight with him on policies but this we will not tolerate. This nation of 1.2 billion will not tolerate its Prime Minister's insult"

He went on to add:

"The journalists who were sitting in front of Nawaz Sharif when he was insulting our Prime Minister should also answer to the people of my country".

"I want to ask those journalists, I don't know who were they but journalists of my country who were having sweets sitting with Nawaz Sharif when he was abusing our Prime Minister calling him village woman, I expected those Indian journalists, the country expected them, to refuse the sweets and walk out"

Reportedly at Mr Sharif's initiative, Pakistan got into damage control mode:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Feb 29, 2012 AT 23:40 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 29, 2012 23:40 IST

Of the many TV shows, documentaries and discussions, the Last Word with Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN stood out, which discussed: Whether Narendra Modi still faces serious questions about his alleged role Is he the best administrator in the country? Or can both coincide?


Karan Thapar: Does the good administration image wash away his role in 2002 or does it simply reveal that here we have a schizophrenic or Janus-like personality? 

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Feb 29, 2012 AT 23:40 IST, Edited At: Feb 29, 2012 23:40 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 21, 2011 AT 21:23 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 21, 2011 21:23 IST

We got alerted to this thanks to a tweet by India Against Corruption:

In response to NDTV anchor on  whether  Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan should continue to stay as civil society representatives on the Lokpal drafting committee, given the charges they were facing:

NDTV anchor: “Swami Agnivesh… you will see that the number of people who had to resign from public office—and many people believe this is a good thing—just because of suspicion or allegations or accusations, I mean, from Shashi Tharoor to Ashok Chavan to Sharad Pawar, there are so many different examples where legally, the allegation has not been proven, but even before the trial has begun, these politicians have stepped aside. Now some people are making the argument that those drafting the Lokpal bill must do the same. How do you respond? Do you believe the same standard must be applied as they are applied to politicians?”

Swami Agnivesh: “Well, Barkhaji, let me put it to you this way. Supposing there is an accusation of corruption on some mediaperson who is an anchor of a very famous TV channel, and if that person is initiating debate after debate on corruption and such [a] person is asked, first get yourself cleared of all these allegations and then only you will have a moral right to start or initiate a debate on corruption, should that person step down? What would be your answer?”

NDTV anchor: “My answer would be very simple. My answer would be that we all must answer to the same levels of scrutiny that we subject other people to, and that is exactly what we are debating, whether that should take the shape of answering questions, whether that should take the shape of stepping down, will vary from case to case. And that remains my position. Justice [Santosh] Hegde would you disagree?”

Transcript courtesy sans serif

Also see: an earlier protest against the same anchor

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 21, 2011 AT 21:23 IST, Edited At: Apr 21, 2011 21:23 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 18, 2010 AT 13:35 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 18, 2010 13:35 IST

Sanjay Baru, editor of the Business Standard; Bharat Bhushan, editor of Mail Today; Dipankar Gupta, sociologist and member, News Broadcasters Association discuss the fall-out of the Radia affair and indict the media, pointing out that the zeal shown by media in taking the politicians to task for perceived misdemeanours and wrongdoings is missing when it comes to fellow journalists.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 18, 2010 AT 13:35 IST, Edited At: Dec 18, 2010 13:35 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 27, 2010 AT 20:15 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 27, 2010 20:15 IST

T.N. Ninan in the Business Standard:

This is not to defend the indiscriminate reproduction of private conversations. Barkha Dutt, for instance, is entirely right to complain that Open magazine did not seek her comments before reprinting her conversations with Ms Radia; Vir Sanghvi would be right to make the same complaint. Others who are in the tapes and who were displayed on the cover of Outlook that featured the 2G scam, had nothing at all to do with the scam; they too have a valid complaint. And since gossip and the airing of loose judgements in casual conversation are indulged in by almost all journalists, those who are not on the tapes should be saying to themselves: There but for the grace of God…

Nor should one overstate the case against Mr Sanghvi and Ms Dutt, since neither is accused of being on the take. What they seem to have done is fall into the trap that beguiles well-known journalists, of thinking that they are important players rather than observers on behalf of their readers/viewers. It is also important to recognise that no one has accused Ms Dutt of tailoring her telecasts to suit Ms Radia, and she declares that she has not. Mr Sanghvi, who is by far the most gifted journalist of his generation, is in a trickier spot because his writing matches what he promised to do in his taped conversations, and you could be forgiven for raising an eyebrow when he argues now that they were his opinions anyway.

Read on at Business Standard

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 27, 2010 AT 20:15 IST, Edited At: Nov 27, 2010 20:15 IST
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