Shailaja Bajpai

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!

Telescope: Blame it on Babur
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

For some, the demolition of the mosque was his fault. And Rahul is Aurangzeb.

Telescope: Secret mission of Ivanka Trump
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

News channels tracked the First Daughter’s visit, couldn’t figure out why .

Karni Sena, the new celebrity
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Must TV channels give so much air time to the threat-throwing group?

Telescope: Yes to toilets, no to bedrooms
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Question ahead of Gujarat polls: Isn’t Hardik Patel entitled to privacy?

Telescope: The fog on screen
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

One year ago, it was on TV that the prime minister took us all by surprise.

Telescope: A dog named Pidi
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Everyone is talking about him. He’s bow-wowing viewers everywhere.

Telescope: Gabbar Singh returns
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat and Rajasthan’s proposed ‘media gag’ got the channels interested.

Telescope: A tutorial for UPSC
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

A question for KBC: Why has current affairs replaced Bollywood on the show?

Telescope: Losing sight of the nukkad
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Why can’t channels invite cinema’s finest, a la Kundan Shah, to make TV shows?

Telescope: Bleeping out b**f
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

Food shows are a feast for the eyes, even if they need a little bit of censoring.

Falling on deaf ears
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Footage of women being harassed does nothing to shame the perpetrators.

Miles to go
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Indian TV is not good enough to have an award of its own

Bashful Rahul Gandhi, feisty Nimki
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Congress vice president could borrow some telegenic spunk.

Telescope: Asking the wrong questions
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

This is the moment, perhaps, to ask why India’s world ranking on press freedom is falling.

Telescope: One Baba, extra large
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh overshadowed the resolution at Doklam

Telescope: Prime time gaalis and golis
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

People’s real problems seldom make it to the evening gladiatorial contests.

Telescope: Making common cause
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Varnika Kundu took on her stalker, united otherwise warring news channels

I say tomato
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Most news channels ignore the vegetable, while Nitish turns a shade of red

Ladies at Lord’s
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

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.

Telescope: At her expense
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

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.

Telescope: A yatra, a blind alley
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

After Amarnath attack, a question: Is it only politicians who play politics?

Shalom Namo’ste
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Why can’t TV news simply say ‘Modi in Israel’?

The Modi-Trump meeting, in detail: 5 hours, 3 hugs, 2 handshakes
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

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”.

Patriotism games
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

India lost to Pakistan on the cricket field. But that’s not all

Telescope: Partial Views
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Less coverage of issues like farmers’ protests makes these seem unimportant

Telescope: An odd week
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Between rockets, raids, plastic eggs, some channels even questioned the govt

Back to Ayodhya
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

A Babri test for the BJP — and news TV

IPL, the only game in town
Thu, May 25, 2017

Because there is little else that qualifies as family entertainment on TV

Telescope: A stop-over in Turkey
Thu, May 18, 2017

Moments of respite from Hindi soaps and American shows.

On the run
Thu, May 11, 2017

But with Republic TV, only the Opposition is being chased.

Telescope: The belligerent box
Thu, May 04, 2017

News TV has ratcheted up the anti-Pakistan rhetoric

Telescope: Political fodder
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

News channels seem bullish about the cow

Great Indian whitewash
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

From ads to daily soaps, TV promotes white or, at best, ‘wheatish’ skin

From Yogi to Arvind
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Most TV channels don’t realise there’s more to the world than Indian politics.

Telescope: Dancing with the Yogi
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

TV went delirious chasing Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister

Telescope: Dear Modi, from Trump
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Indian news TV is doing a terrific job. The coverage to India’s PM? Tremendous