FOURTH ESTATE

Media Screams Free Speech, Has Conspiracy Of Silence For Its Own Soldiers

Th Charlie Hebdo attack was widely condemned in our country. There was a flurry of news reports which stressed on how free speech was being attacked in the name of religion. This raises a vital question. Why was there such low coverage of the blocking of two Telugu channels, TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyothi, only because they had criticised the incumbent government? Isn't this an attack on free speech? Maybe here lies the irony. The media, which is supposed to unearth the ugly realities of our democracy, chooses to ignore its own dirty laundry sometimes.

A Hole In A Pink Kurta

This piece of cotton-candy hues saw me through some great times including my first kiss, my first media junket overseas, and also some tough times including hanging around the Bachchan residence during the media melee surrounding Bachchan Jr's marriage to the beauty queen and to waiting around for hours outside the sessions court waiting for trials to end.