What the Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister must be doing?

There are some exciting things happening in the India media: print and TV. There is also much contradiction in the minds of media owners as to what constitutes news for the Indian audience. Even some of the well-established English newspapers are filling up the pages with downloads of foreign columns, so there are more US and UK news and views than Indian news and Indian opinion. So, the question, what constitutes news and what constitutes Indian opinion and Indian points of view assumes a new priority.
The Indian and global context seems right to ask such a question. There was this seminar in Hyderabad the other day. The Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Mr.Jaipal Reddy was the main speaker. The other media stars, moghuls were Mr.Ramoji Rao, the owner of the Enadu group of newspapers and media products and M.J.Akbar, the star editor cum innovator in the Indian print media and also part owner in the Asian Age newspaper. Also were present the newest of the new media star, the NDTV breakaway rebel, Rajeev Sardesai who had floated a new news channel, a highly risky venture in the already crowded Indian news media and news channels market.

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News is what the commentary makes it to be!

Newsheadlines almost seem to define the daily news and opinions of most people.People in India,more than the west,do belive in the printed word.Once there was in the West,the common refrain:”Dont belive the newspapers!”.Not anymore.People do believe the newspapers,their favourite newspapers and their headlines go as given wisdom for their readers.
But is news always truth?Or,is news the truth?There are any number of definitions of what constitutes news.There are any number of media moghuls and media pandits.As James Cmeron,the famous Foreign Correspondent as he was know for once said:”News for the most time is just newsprint!” People just read and get excited and then forget what they read.Tabloids in fact did make instant news as instant wisdom.The broadsheets now almost all want to go the tabloid ways.In UK every major newspaper is now printed in Tabloid format.Even the venerable Guardian is now planning to follow suit.All the news batteles is circulation battles.How to get the extra reader!

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Bifurcate the HRD Ministry!

We need a bold new culture policy to preserve our ancient heritages and to project our contemporary brand image.

Before I write about anything else this time, I have to mention two events, one exciting, one saddening. The exciting this is about the archeological discoveries in Athens, Greece, where they have unearthing of  a marble bust of Aristotle, the roman coins showing Brutus, the murderer of Julius Caesar. There is going to be a three-storey New Acropolis Museum.

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We seem to be reading our daily newspapers and much of the books or TV news as dished out by American media.
Have you ever thought of who gives us these news or views or thought processes?

Yes, it is the world newspapers, world TV channels controlled by nine transnational corporations America dominates a monopoly of colonialism. Even the established Indian newspapers shamelessly fill their pages from US/UK news media! This is the hard truth! The mergers and acquisitions of the large media companies in 2000 had produced this media monopoly in the modern world we live in!

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Criminal defamation, Contempt of court, Violation of legislature privileges.

Can the hidden cameras/sting operations justified?

Press Freedom is a much talked about subject. Just now, Mr. N. Ram, the Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu has delivered a lecture in Hyderabad  at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the High Court of  AP had dealt with this much hyped subject. What is new in his lecture? What is not new?

Yes, there have been changes in the media world. Indian press had grown up with the freedom struggle. The Emergency saw the assault of the State against press freedom in its brutal forms. Now?

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