Thursday, April 28, 2005

NDTV again

I wonder how I missed mentioning the Walk The Talk program in my previous post on NDTV. Well thought out and implemented in style by Indian Express' Shekar Gupta. He's managed to interview a whole host of people including an ex-CIA chief, RSS's Sudarshan (in the episode that got him the most footage) and this week he's walking the talk with Kofi Annan. Should be an interesting one to watch.

Talking of Shekar Gupta, the other print media personality who used to floor me with his analysis of foreign policy matters was Dr. C Rajamohan. He was a regular in most foreign policy discussions on NDTV, and wrote rather regularly in The Hindu as well. He hasnt been doing either for some time now. Wonder what he's upto...

Another person who excels in discussions on foreign policy is G. Parthasarathy, who has been India's top diplomat in various countries including Pakistan. He seems to be a favourite of NDTV anchors as well :p

On another note, I've cribbed a lot about how biased the US media was while reporting the war on Iraq. I did know some bias would exist towards India in our own media, but it was indeed revealing to note certain instances of it live on tv. Both involved Burkha Dutt. The first was on the day the Tourist Reception Centre was attacked. Burkha sought to interview members of the public who were present on the scene, and one of them went on a tirade on how he'd rather have Kashmir be a part of Pakistan than of India. Burkha was quick to cut him off and get us back to the studio while she sorted those tiny issues out there. Also, another instance was in the We the People program (aside: another remarkably good prog) in the same week. When Sajjad Lone tried voicing his opinion on how the Indian government should accept that the bus was the result of the sacrifices of Kashmiri people all these years, Burkha quickly switched to someone else. But well, I guess she doesnt want to antagonize her target segment which is India. The question is whether this runs contrary to her journalistic ethics that should put pursuit of truth above everything else.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i haven't seen rajamohan's writings in the hindu off late. have seen a few on indian express.

google gave me this

April 29, 2005 1:04 AM  
Blogger eV said...

Yippee! Rajamohan was back on NDTV 24*7 - in the Foreign Correspondent episode telecast today. Apparently, he's now a Professor, South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru Univ.

May 01, 2005 10:53 PM  

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