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Amarnath killings

7 pilgrims have been killed by terrorists. They were on their way to Amarnath. It’s saddening. It makes me sadder than other forms of killing since it was a pilgrimage. Moreover Amarnath is a high profile, strenuous ‘Yatra’ meant only for the chronic Hindu devotees. Civilians, on a pious trip, would be the softest of all targets, even for the hardcore terrorists. Hence it must be condemned harder than other forms of homicide. And that’s what the media is doing. When the Mumbai massacre (26/11) happened in 2008, we were all hooked on to the TV set. The nomenclature was an obvious derivation from the WTC attack on 9/11. Our indigenous ‘dd/mm’ format gave us a boon. Let me not repeat a ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ line here, though I’ve deep respect for the makers and the content. Today’s newspaper headline reminds me of a few incidents around that time. 1. RGV went to an affected area along with the erstwhile CM and spotted by the media. He wasn’t supposed to accompany a CM. He had probably cast th…
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Blitzkrieg on TV

Arnab Goswami has listened to Mr. Narayana Murthy's plea. India, Mr. Goswami's nation, has found an answer to the charges on lack of innovations. Mr. Goswami is spearheading a movement in his new avatar. After a brief hiatus from public eyes, he is back with a news channel which claims to have snatched the numero uno spot in no time. For the last 1 week, its only line is India vs Pakistan. It's a hard line as opposed to the carefully crafted diplomatic ones being watered till now. It's a pseudo war (albeit verbal with slurs being the only weapons) that gets played out on national TV everyday. In aggression it can beat even a real army on a scorching summer day, in warmongering an Alexander or a Kublai Khan. I'm not going to raise fingers on his (or his financier's) ulterior motive behind running such a high octane show. The typical questions his rivals ask e.g., whose money is it, are the fierce exchanges scripted, why just one headline, is it about news or just…

Raju, the forgotten hero

Dear Sir, How are you doing? Being a senior citizen, you’ve every right to enjoy your retirement. I know I may be disturbing your sojourn, but who else? Indian media have left you high and dry once they were done with their coverage. The fall from the grace, in front of the public, must have been painful and humiliating. The only face-saver was the bail and coming out of those dingy walls. You still have all the wealth you possessed. But romantics claim money can’t buy love. Do you miss the demi-God status of a business icon, earlier offered by your ex-employees, their families, the government and the rest of this nation?

News brews

Amitabh Bachchan is in jitters, will he or won't he be the brand ambassador of 'Incredible India' after his name got entangled in something called Panama Papers. Mr. Bachchan, who was declared by a court as anyone but a farmer from Barabanki, UP, is a role model to a billion plus.

Tech-no-logical update

Mr. Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys and proponent of value-based-service in India, has blamed the Indian software industry for acting as "immigration agents" guaranteeing visas and green cards. He was addressing at the ISB, Hyderabad.

It's curious me, you little Indian God!

1. The 'face of 4G' chirpy girl all over TV channels - does she think she is luckier than Abhijeet Sawant? She's so happy, so shiny, so all over India (covered Himalayas, Lakes, Forests for the sake of 4G technology, brave girl!). Don't feel depressed honey, 10Y down the line. You probably don't have a lot of airtime left!