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Editors Guilt

It is a touch funny to see many media professionals expressing righteous indignation over how politicians and political parties bought editorial space during the last general elections. The Editors Guild, responding to the criticism, appointed a panel to look into the phenomenon of 'paid news' and also to suggest ways and means to prevent it. The innocence displayed by these worthies about this practice is quite amusing.

Hidden hand that divides

The advantage of getting old is that one can spot charlatans, turncoats easier. You can also see writers, journalists, TV talking heads, and columnists change their tune when their chosen party has taken a beating. Supporters of Hindutva have been particularly good at it. Members of the BJP think tanks are going around as objective news commentators. Some of those who used to hang around with BJP leaders and had flaunted their RSS roots are slowly gravitating towards the ruling Congress party.

Chinese whispers

On the face of it, it looks difficult to make sense of what is happening on the Chinese front. If the government in Delhi is to be believed, then all is quiet on the northern front. Some newspaper reports, denied furiously by the government, suggest a different perspective altogether.