The state of science reporting in our media

The quality of science reporting in newspapers, if it exists at all, is abysmal. Some might even add the quality of any section in most newspapers is abysmal. Probably this has more to do with the quality of training of journalists than the ability or willingness of papers to find spaces in science section. Since … Continue reading The state of science reporting in our media

Neglect of history and obsession with the past

लो अतीत से उतना ही जितना पोषक है जीर्ण-शीर्ण का मोह मृत्यु का ही द्योतक है तोड़ो बन्धन, रुके न चिंतन गति, जीवन का सत्य चिरन्तन धारा के शाश्वत प्रवाह में इतने गतिमय बनो कि जितना परिवर्तन है।  -- Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari One of our historians has noted, rather ruefully, the lack of taste for … Continue reading Neglect of history and obsession with the past

Obesity : Killer combination of fat, sugar and salt

In 2010, Guardian published an article written by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Dr. David Kessler. This article is no longer on Guardian since their copyright on it has expired.  A simple googling will still reveal some other sources. SOME EXCERPTS: THE LIEFor years I wondered why I was fat. I lost weight, gained … Continue reading Obesity : Killer combination of fat, sugar and salt

Indian media and rural coverage

How little space is given to poverty, labour and agriculture reporting in Indian media is no secret. This week EPW edition has published a study high-lightening percentage of new-items in Hindi-English media about rural area. This study says  that '.. India’s highest circulated English and Hindi dailies finds that they devote only a minuscule proportion … Continue reading Indian media and rural coverage

Stray thoughts on Money, Market and Media

Yours was not, in the beginning, a criminal nature, but circumstances changed it. At the age of nine, you stole sugar. At the age of fifteen, you stole money. At twenty, you stole horses. At twenty-five, you committed arson. At thirty, hardened in crime, you became an editor. 'Lionising Murderers' – Mark Twain “Because they seemed to represent … Continue reading Stray thoughts on Money, Market and Media

Et tu Barkha Dutt!

"There are two kinds of journalists. One kind are journalists, the other are stenographers." -- P. Sainath In last sixty years, overall degradation of public institutes in India have been quite troublesome. It is remarkable that a generation which was 70% illiterate could built up such kind of institutes which were among the best in the world. … Continue reading Et tu Barkha Dutt!