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.
Till the last count, golfer Tiger Woods had 13 mistresses in the US. Singer Jessica Simpson denied that she had anything to do with a Tiger who could not keep his paws to himself.
The manner in which the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai is being observed has the makings of the theatre of the absurd.
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.
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.
The horrors of partition still live inside us. An entire generation of Indians and Pakistanis have journeyed through this living nightmare more than 60 years ago.
India and Pakistan just cannot get enough of each other. At every opportunity they get anywhere in the world, they display a dangerous obsession where either they are making up or breaking up.
For quite a while Pakistanis were a bit embarrassed about what was happening in the country. The prognosis from western experts was not good.
If there was one big issue in the 2009 general elections, then it was power shortage
What really hits you all over the country are questions about the objectivity of the exercise.