28 July, 2021

Delhi Diary

I am glad the prime minister has taken my advice! Now, before I am stoned to death, let me read that again...

Delhi Diary
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Media Shy No More

I am glad the prime minister has taken my advice! Now, before I am stoned to death, let me read that again. I am glad Narendra Modi has decided of his own free will to resume normal relations with the fourth estate. As readers of my columns and this page know, I have been banging on for the past four months about a worrying situation: an informal information blackout, initiated and implemented by the PM himself. As a result, newspapers and TV channels have had to survive on handouts from the Press Information Bureau, which in turn is controlled by the Prime Minister’s Office. It became more scary when sources in the government revealed that this minimalist approach was going to be the media policy of Modi’s NDA.

So, when last Saturday (October 25), the PM’s Man Friday, Amit Shah, invited 400 hacks...

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