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Your honour at stake

It is important that the government and the entire society work towards restoring the credibility of the judiciary at all levels so that it dispenses justice without fear or favourSanjay Kapoor

Bullets vs people

It is critical to engage the people in meaningful dialogue before embarking on ambitious industrialisation that requires land acquisition and displacementArun Varma Delhi

Network behemoths on way out?

The domination of big channels with bigger money looks like a temporary phenomenonParsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Delhi Television channels – news and entertainment – in India will remain corporate ventures for quite some time to come. The capital investments needed to run a channel are too huge, which is beyond the capacity of individual entrepreneurs.  The neighbourhood or community TV channel is still a dream, but it cannot be ruled out. Until then, the few big players will dominate the scene.The TV news channel developed along peculiar lines in the country.

Dumb dumb dumbing down

With millions of illiterate young desperately wanting to read and write, the small, elitist commercial media won’t be able to dominate the diverse and plural environment in IndiaParanjoy Guha Thakurta Delhi We in India would not be able to describe ourselves as belonging to the world’s largest democracy were it not for the existence of an independent media.

Mr Johnny Come Lately comes to UNI

With his RSS links and predatory instincts, Zee owner Subhash Chandra’s UNI takeover bid has made people sit up Hardnews Bureau DelhiAt the far end of Rafi Marg in New Delhi is located the United News of India (UNI) office. Surrounded by government offices, UNI, inconspicuously works from a colonial style bungalow. To the chagrin of its employees, UNI is known more for its canteen that serves inexpensive south Indian food and snacks, than for what it is – a national news agency. Here, everyone knows, legendary writers, journalists, poets, theatrepersons, actors, and editors would often get together to share the news of the day. Even famous industrialist, late Dhirubhai Ambani, would occasionally drop by for a quick snack with a friendly bureaucrat. Many important deals, old-timers recall, were struck over a plate of piping hot dosa and uttapam.

Murder, not suicide

The farmers in Raigad are ready to fight a do-or-die battle  Bunty Das Mumbai  Call them land pirates. On the face of it they intend to develop infrastructure, provide jobs, reduce pressure on cities in lieu of tax concessions and subsidised land. But remove the veneer and the real intention is visible. The aim is to grab huge tracts of farmers’ lands, convert them into a real estate megalith, and earn eternal profits. What happens to the displaced persons is not their concern, and anybody opposing these SEZs is coolly termed anti-development. Especially in Maharashtra and Mumbai, our own utopia – Shanghai.

Green signal, red crossing

The Tata small car project, at Singur, in West Bengal, has reopened simmering wounds in a Left bastion chasing CapitalismAshis Biswas KolkataThe Left Front government in West Bengal has copped a lot of flak on the Tata small car project, at Singur, in Hooghly district, 50 kilometres northwest of Kolkata. Accusations have flown thick and fast. The CPI (M)-led coalition government has tried hard to hold its own against an avalanche of criticism.Consider that up to 1991, Bengal did not receive any industrial investment from the public or private sectors.

Not for sale

Okay, go ahead, build industries. But why at the cost of the precious, fertile, ancestral lands of farmers? Punjab’s farmers are unanimous—no SEZs on our landSandeep Yadav Chandigarh