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!
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.
Along with demonetisation, PM’s absence from Parliament is now an issue.
Evening debates applaud PM’s money move, daytime reports capture queues.
He is a TV natural, speaking in a way the average person can identify with.
Delhi’s air cast a gloomy pall. Bhopal’s ‘encounter’ deepened the haze.
What general news channels could learn from business news anchors
When Manju became an unsung warrior in a proxy war against the nation
Channels outraged over the Pakistani journalist, chose not to reflect within.
Freedom to hold contrary views seems disallowed in this moment.
From Fawad Khan to Kalki Koechlin, journeys to keep an eye on.
TV channels tossed violent suggestions as casually as a peanut in the mouth
Regional news channels show what the English channels ignore.
An AAP MLA featured in a sex tape. Rahul’s UP yatra began on a chaotic note.
Ramdev is a major TV advertiser. He also makes news.
OP Jaisha, the marathon runner, claimed that she had received no water from Indian officials along the route of the marathon, leading to her collapse at the finishing line.
Prime Minister’s I-Day speech was a spectacle that didn’t hold together.
In Brazil, majestic horses leapt over hurdles. In India, the holy cow lay low.
Perhaps, the most tangible way in which India felt the change was through television. Yet, the more the industry has grown, the more it has splintered us
Spunky Sania, indecorous Melania and the stiff upper-lipped Brits.
On Kashmir, channels pulled in one direction, RSTV restored perspective.
Smriti Irani’s downsizing in the Modi ministry took everyone by surprise.
On Monday, Arnab Goswami was about as hard as melted butter
Ministers struck awkward poses. If there is maun yoga, let Salman Khan practice it.
As the Kairana story underlined, TV news does not have the patience to verify