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!
On the football field and on Kashmir, there’s a lot of testosterone around
Congress president sounds like PM. And news shows question ruling party
Away from cricket, we have other concerns. Or do we?
What if channels covered the royal wedding like the Karnataka drama?
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Congress, BJP and JD(S) traded insults, charges — perhaps even MLAs
Karnataka polls are all about viewers in North India.
Channels used to slamming the Congress president are giving him more space.
Asaram Bapu verdict brought on a made for TV moment.
TV news excels in fault-finding, has no time to spare for facts.
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.
On fake news rules, was Smriti Irani overreaching or a scapegoat? Does it matter?
Going by TV commentators, it seems that ball tampering is part of cricket.
It's not that media does not ask questions. Some do it only of the Opposition.
TV shows need to laugh more at the political class
Coverage of Sridevi’s death was tasteless and insensitive. Is anyone surprised?
Indian TV needs to look out at the world more, be less insular.
TV is falling behind the streaming services.
In Parliament and outside, the PM remains the consummate campaigner
Hindi channels’ coverage was more sober, balanced than that of English channels.
But was he probed well enough in interviews last week?
Writer-scholar Rana Safvi says it is imperative for Delhi to hold on to its cosmopolitan culture. Her latest book "The Forgotten Cities of Delhi" emerges at a time when there is a brazen attempt to re-write Indian history with demonisation of the Mughals.