21 June, 2021

Finger On Your Lips

An open letter to Justice Katju on his thundering silence of late

Illustration by Sorit
Finger On Your Lips

Dear Justice Katju: Was it the Bard who said there are times when silence is the best way to yell at the top of  your voice? But these are troubling times, Mr Katju, and your silence, as chairman of  the Press Council of India (PCI), doesn’t serve any purpose. Just to give you a little jolt, let me remind you that Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has threatened to crush the media that dares to impute motives to Rahul Gandhi’s noble gestures (adding, as an afterthought, that he meant the ‘social media’ and not the news media, both electronic and print). The honorable minister has also said that with the intelligence apparatus under his watch, the media had better watch out.

And Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said again, for the umpteenth time, that some sections of the media (television, one presumes) have been bought over by corporates. Short of calling journalists lowlifes, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has targeted those who work in the print media for their low salaries and lower intelligence. (You too once...

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