25 November, 2020

Notwithstanding NDTV

There is no middle ground any longer in Indian politics or journalism. You are either a Sanghi or a Presstitute.

Notwithstanding NDTV
outlookindia.com
2017-06-10T11:03:54+05:30

These are trying times for journalists. In this edition we have a story, a rather detailed one in fact, without a byline. It is about the controversy over conversions and the activities of the Islamic State in Kerala. The writers—several of them contributed to the story—didn’t want to be identified because of the threats involved: ranging from being labelled a Sanghi to getting their hands chopped off. There is no middle ground any longer in Indian politics or journalism. You are either a Sanghi or a Presstitute. If you are a Sanghi, everything that happens around you is for the good, including the cow lynching and the peacock theories. If you are a Presstitute, you ought to defend the Vadras, the Chidambarams, the Virbhadras, and now the Roys. And if you don’t, you are reminded of Martin Niemoller.

So, here is my take on the CBI raids against NDTV. At the outset, a disclosure: I was an NDTV employee 10 years ago. NDTV is not an ordinary news organisation. Politically connected people seeking contracts from the government...

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