Amitabh Bachchan spews venom at India Today Executive Editor Kaveree Bamzai on his blog and rues that his criticism would lead her magazine and channel Headlines Today to turn against him. Guess someone needs to advise the megastar to be restrained in his posts, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari. A free-to-access blog is open for public view, and he is legally liable for all that he writes.
Last Friday’s incident of a Tamil Nadu police sub-inspector crying for help as he was injured and two ministers on the spot doing precious little has led to a debate on what should the cameraperson capturing the incident have done: save the cop’s life or go on filming. There is need for the media to do a soul search on the issue, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.
Will Aman Ki Asha force Times Now to go soft on Pakistan, will YRF TV work for Sony, why does our film industry not respect intellectual property well enough, will the Editors Guild initiative on paid news work and will mobile transaction get due patronage… some of the questions that worry Pradyuman Maheshwari on Day 5 of the new year and decade.
It’s the last week of the calendar year as also of this decade, and although most of these exercises are purely academic, they do offer an opportunity to reflect on events and issues. Having highlighted the highs and lows of the year, here are Pradyuman Maheshwari’s top stories of the decade: 2000-2010. Plus a pop forecast under ‘looking forward’.
Or so tweeted Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt on the current crop of the Sunday newspapers. While it’s too early to predict whether The Times of India’s new weekend paper Crest will do well, it was clearly not a case of love at first sight with the paper, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.
That Congress leaders asking for the sack of Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor for a controversial tweet is unfortunate. While statements on public forums like Twitter and social networks are liable for scrutiny, it’s important for political parties to be democratic and allow for a free exchange of views, writes Pradyuman Maheshwari.