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!
For TV channels and Bollywood celebrities, RSS conclave was the place to be
Bharat Bandh was all over the place, Masterchef Australia turned a corner.
No matter what your views, you are in danger of being labelled
You would think determining whether individuals are plotting against India is a matter for the police.
Must the media give space to every viewpoint, no matter how prejudiced?
PM’s fifth Independence Day speech clearly had the next election in mind
The week when Karunanidhi died and ‘shelter home’ became dirty words.
Is TV empowering women, or exploiting their woes?
Sometimes a hug can jolt perceptions
A goal is a goal in any language, and by any other name.
From the dramatic rescue in Tham Luang to the unrelenting monsoon in Mumbai.
A mysterious mass death and Mumbai deluge have TV channels going tabloid
In New India, on screen and off it, the past overtakes the present
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.