India

From Media to 'Modia'

America is great again, despite Donald Trump. Media resistance in the face of an authoritarian regime is a heartening thing to see. It has inspired some of India’s mainstream journalists to tweet about it in awestruck tones. Yes, the very same people who bow and scrape so low before the establishment that even footstools are taller than them. The tragedy is that a few of that lot were former liberals who, after they figured out which way the wind was blowing in 2014, caved in as depressingly as cakes do when eager beavers open oven doors too soon.

Déjà vu

NDTV’s promoter, Prannoy Roy, did not conceal his gratification at the solidarity expressed by media persons and several superannuated editors at the Press Club in New Delhi after his premises were raided. Most of the speakers reminisced about the dark days when Indira Gandhi declared an internal emergency and smothered the press. In the reckoning of these worthies, the country was sliding inexorably towards similar media darkness and it was a matter of time before some kind of emergency – in the name of terrorism – is imposed once again.

Saharanpur’s Ground Zero

A month after violence erupted between Dalits and Thakurs in Shabbirpur village, tension still simmers below the surface. As the government transfers senior police officers and moves to contain the damage, will the Dalits be appeased ahead of the crucial municipal elections?
Shalini Sharma Saharanpur

“Any attacks in the future in Kabul will be entirely by the pro-Pakistan groups who want to create a new bogey — the ISIS bogey”

Hardnews Foreign Policy spoke with Anand Arni after the recent terror attacks in Kabul, which killed 120 people. The interview touched up the possible causes for the recent spurt in violence, the involvement of Pakistan and the complicated scenario unfolding in the war-torn country

Gau Wapasi!

The government’s decision to issue ‘Cowdhaar’ cards is the latest in a series of absurd theatrical maneuvers to protect cows. If history is anything to go by, our ancestors had no such concern for the herbivore
Hardnews Bureau Delhi