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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!

Singing the Sangh’s song
Thu, Sep 20, 2018

For TV channels and Bollywood celebrities, RSS conclave was the place to be

Telescope: Taste of diversity
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Bharat Bandh was all over the place, Masterchef Australia turned a corner.

Telescope: Finger on our lips
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

No matter what your views, you are in danger of being labelled

Telescope: Maoist, by media
Thu, Aug 30, 2018

You would think determining whether individuals are plotting against India is a matter for the police.

Telescope: The ruse of balance
Thu, Aug 23, 2018

Must the media give space to every viewpoint, no matter how prejudiced?

Telescope: Sounding the bugle
Thu, Aug 16, 2018

PM’s fifth Independence Day speech clearly had the next election in mind

Telescope: Loss of innocence
Thu, Aug 09, 2018

The week when Karunanidhi died and ‘shelter home’ became dirty words.

Telescope: It’s raining misogyny
Thu, Aug 02, 2018

Is TV empowering women, or exploiting their woes?

Telescope: Now you see me
Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Sometimes a hug can jolt perceptions

Telescope: Goals of our lives
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

A goal is a goal in any language, and by any other name.

Telescope: Telling a soggy tale
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

From the dramatic rescue in Tham Luang to the unrelenting monsoon in Mumbai.

Telescope: No news like bad news
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

A mysterious mass death and Mumbai deluge have TV channels going tabloid

Telescope: Can history be far behind?
Thu, Jun 28, 2018

In New India, on screen and off it, the past overtakes the present

Telescope: To 2019, with machismo
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

On the football field and on Kashmir, there’s a lot of testosterone around

Telescope: Upside down
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Congress president sounds like PM. And news shows question ruling party

Telescope: After IPL
Thu, May 31, 2018

Away from cricket, we have other concerns. Or do we?

Telescope: Marriages, royal and political
Thu, May 24, 2018

What if channels covered the royal wedding like the Karnataka drama?

Telescope: Stooping to conquer
Thu, May 17, 2018

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Congress, BJP and JD(S) traded insults, charges — perhaps even MLAs

Telescope: Can you spell Yeddyurappa?
Thu, May 10, 2018

Karnataka polls are all about viewers in North India.

Telescope: A subtle shift of power
Thu, May 03, 2018

Channels used to slamming the Congress president are giving him more space.

Telescope: Drama of justice
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Asaram Bapu verdict brought on a made for TV moment.

Telescope: So who is guilty tonight?
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

TV news excels in fault-finding, has no time to spare for facts.

Telescope: A zoo in the arsenal
Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Mercifully, gone are the days when a commentator on Doordarshan memorably described a male swimmer as the “best breast-stroker”. Now, we are more sophisticated and circumspect.

Telescope: We have been warned
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

On fake news rules, was Smriti Irani overreaching or a scapegoat? Does it matter?

Telescope: Just that Bancroft-Smith got caught
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Going by TV commentators, it seems that ball tampering is part of cricket.