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World Press Freedom Day 2017: From death threats to bans to beheading, how free is press?
03.05.17 - Chanchal Chauhan*

From death threats to bans, from censorship to beheading by the terror groups such as ISIS, journalists all over the world have been through and go through a lot, each day. With all the news of curbing press’ right to know, to say it out loud and to pass it on to the general public, the question every year we all face is how free is the press if every day we know there are attacks happening on them while they exercised their profession?

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed unwavering support to the freedom of media, saying it is essential in democracy. "World Press Freedom Day is a day to reiterate our unwavering support towards a free & vibrant press, which is vital in a democracy. In today’s day & age, social media has emerged as an active medium of engagement & has ...
  


Is India losing Kashmir?
28.04.17 - Soutik Biswas*

As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir?

Last summer was one of the bloodiest in the Muslim-dominated valley in recent years. Following the killing of influential militant Burhan Wani by Indian forces last July, more than 100 civilians lost their lives in clashes during a four-month-long security lockdown in the valley.

It's not looking very promising this summer.

This month's parliamentary election in Srinagar was scarred by violence and a record-low turnout of voters. To add fuel to the fire, graphic social videos surfaced claiming to show abuses by security forces and young people who oppose Indian rule. A full-blown protest by students has now erupted on the streets; and, in a rare sight, even schoolgirls are throwing stones and hitting police vehicles.
 

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who leads an ...
  


Do not worry, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Aisi Koyee Ghatna Huyee Hee Nahi, Kotha Sahib Theek Thaak Hai
07.04.17 - kanwar manjit singh

ALWAR LYNCHING: AN OPEN LETTER TO INDIA’S MINORITIES AFFAIRS MINISTER 
 
Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,
 
IN ANY different circumstances, I would have addressed you as 'honourable' minister, but you just made some effort to lose that epithet. You actually stood up in Parliament and said that the Alwar lynching of Muslims did not happen? None of your party leaders, including ministers, took that line. It is not that they wanted a more credible person to say such a thing. They, my dear, wanted a ranking member of the tribe of people who impersonate as saviours of minorities to say something utterly inane. And you made the cut. Congratulations.

We in Punjab have known this tribe. In 1984, when the Indian Army tanks came trundling into the Golden Temple complex and Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, was reduced to ruins, we had a top cleric, the then head priest of Golden ...
  


The Tribune celebrates arrest of journalist, Indian Express blasts EC for it
14.02.17 - By PT Media Pundit

*Wah, wah, Election Commission jee, aap ne kamaal kar ditti - says The Tribune
 
*Sharm karo, koyee akal di gal karo - says The Indian Express

FORGET OPINION POLLS. Here are opinion piece writers arraigned against each other over an exit poll controversy.

Editorial opinion reflected a Split Wide Open today with The Tribune hailing the Election Commission for arresting an editor of Dainik Jagran for publishing "exit polls" related to the first phase of polling, and The Indian Express blasting the EC for the same. 
 
At least one approach reflects a pedestrian understanding of what happened, and tends to be shamelessly preachy. Nuance with this particular newspaper does not really carry much currency, and if you don't believe, the editor thinks he only has to offer you a weekly coffee for you to become a fan.
 
Telling the media to "Hold the Line," The Tribune said, "Media enjoys no immunity."
 
The Indian Express, on the ...
  


Intolerant or too tolerant
03.02.17 - Mandeep Singh

The bad guys haughtily beat the hero and leave him with livid bruises. Hero recovers with the thought of vengeance in his mind. Soon, the hero valiantly strikes back and gives bad guys the taste of their own medicine and in the end, good wins over the bad and the justice is served. 

The above lines can very conveniently encapsulate the plot line of any typical 90's bollywood drama. But now welcome to 2017. In 2017, members of a fringe group, Rajput Karni Sena ferociously hounds upon a national award winning director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali because according to them, his latest project, Padmavati is showing "distorted history” and Rani Padmavati very derogatorily. 

Obviously, members of Karni Sena never bothered to read the script of the movie or ask for it. They are not aware of the fact that Bhansali directed an opera on Rani Padmavati in 2008 in Paris which was a ...
  



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