Shailaja Bajpai has been writing about television since 1984. "Far too long," in her own words. But she has also watched it change, grow, grow and grow into what is today... the elephant in the room and any conversation on any subject. In her case, it would be true to say that you have to pay her to watch television!
People’s real problems seldom make it to the evening gladiatorial contests.
Varnika Kundu took on her stalker, united otherwise warring news channels
Most news channels ignore the vegetable, while Nitish turns a shade of red
In the last few weeks, the women in blue have hit the men out of the TV headlines like Harman hit the ball out of the ground and Australia out of the Women’s Cricket World Cup and all the drama that went with that.
In the guise of entertainment and news, a lot of talking down to women. During the IIFA Awards, star scions of Bollywood guffawed at their own witticisms at the expense of Kangana Ranaut louder than the assembled audience.
After Amarnath attack, a question: Is it only politicians who play politics?
Why can’t TV news simply say ‘Modi in Israel’?
The Modi-Trump meeting, in detail: Not bad for two gentlemen whom we saw perched rather uncomfortably on the edge of their seats in the White House where Times Now had claimed they would meet for “5 hours, one to one”.
India lost to Pakistan on the cricket field. But that’s not all
Less coverage of issues like farmers’ protests makes these seem unimportant
Between rockets, raids, plastic eggs, some channels even questioned the govt
A Babri test for the BJP — and news TV
Because there is little else that qualifies as family entertainment on TV
Moments of respite from Hindi soaps and American shows.
But with Republic TV, only the Opposition is being chased.
News TV has ratcheted up the anti-Pakistan rhetoric
News channels seem bullish about the cow
From ads to daily soaps, TV promotes white or, at best, ‘wheatish’ skin
Most TV channels don’t realise there’s more to the world than Indian politics.
TV went delirious chasing Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister
Indian news TV is doing a terrific job. The coverage to India’s PM? Tremendous
News channels will regale you with numerical figures, confuse you with psephologists figuring out their data and try to figure out how to best rile the politicians.
TV got worked up over Gurmehar Kaur for all the wrong reasons
The UP assembly election is getting louder and shriller.
There is little or no lampooning of the political class on Indian television
Battle for Jayalalithaa’s legacy is made for TV.
Budget presentation is FM’s finest hour in Parliament. Not so much on TV.
DD news has a diverse range, but is weak in coverage of politics
When was the last time you had a real grown-up conversation with your pet? That’s because our pets need the baby talk as much as we do.
In the SP, the wheels of fortune turned with dramatic effect
From alleged waste water on ‘Bigg Boss’, to Delhi’s garbage — a refuse lot on TV
The plots of Hindi TV serials seem as sensible as some TV news headlines
News anchors cried themselves hoarse for most of the year, but TV got back to the business of informing in the wake of demonetisation
... for the government. Or former cricketers turned commentators.
Jayalalithaa’s death overshadowed all else.
For a pop culture expression of resurgent Hinduism, turn to Hindi channels.