Kamal Morarka

There Is An Over Dependence On The Corporate Sector : SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF INDIAN JOURNALISM

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Journalism in India as all over the world has changed over the years, especially since 1947. If we take Independence as a benchmark, there has been a sea change during the last 67 years. After the advent of satellite TV, that is, say mid-1990s onwards, the 24×7 news channels have created a brand of their own — by repetitive telecast of the same news. And the funny part is that different channels pick different news items to go on repeating. ...

People Are Very Enthused By The PM’s Personality : NOBODY IS ENTHUSED BY WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING

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Parliament opened on April 23 and meanwhile there was no real movement on the political front. The Prime Minister was on a tour of France, Germany and Canada and there were people making fun of him, saying he was acting as the Foreign Minister and not as the Prime Minister. This is not very well conceived because even previous Prime Ministers had to visit abroad to keep good relations with important countries. He is a new man on the job ...

Totally Uncalled For Character Assassination By The Press : WE ARE BRINGING OURSELVES DOWN FOR NO REASON AT ALL

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It is disappointing that our entire media is in some sort of a negative mode. Why, I don’t understand. I can understand in a democracy we have different views and somebody can criticise the Government, somebody can support the Government, somebody can support a particular party, all that is acceptable. But when it comes to national issues, why should there be differences of criticism? The latest case is of evacuation of people from Yemen. Very boldly General VK Singh, who ...

What Has Happened To Us As A Country? : OUR LOSS OF SENSITIVITY IS CHILLING AND KILLING

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The disturbing trend being observed now is that in our mad rush — actually mad propaganda — for development – ‘vikas’, infrastructure, bullet trains, airports, roads which are all necessary, but in this mad propaganda that we are doing all this, the basic sensitivity as a nation we are somewhere losing. Two examples are enough to illustrate this. First of all, there was a judicial verdict on the Hashimpura massacre which took place in the 80’s and the court has ...

PULL UP YOUR SOCKS AND DO YOUR BEST

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The Union Budget is being discussed and is in the process of being approved by Parliament. While that is being done the real analysis has started as to what exactly the Budget has provided for. Analysts have found two things. Firstly the much publicised transfer to the States going up from 32 per cent to 42 per cent — it is the 15th Finance Commission which has recommended it. Good, but the point which people have not noticed is that ...

BJP MUST WAKE UP TO GROUND REALITIES

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It has been ten months now since Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister and formed a Government together with his allies. The overall picture is that the Government is carrying on business as a usual Government. Most of the things run as usual in this country. There were big hopes given by the BJP of some big change coming. The political observers even at that time understood that in a big country like India changes cannot be made quickly. ...

THE RIGHT PATH IS THROUGH DIALOGUE

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Parliament was in session recently and belatedly the BJP is realising that Parliament has to be run in a bipartisan manner and without the cooperation of the Opposition it is not possible to get the various Bills passed. Actually, they should have begun on this note right from day one. However it was their allies who made discordant notes on the Land Bill etc. That has made them realise that even if the Opposition does not agree the Bills cannot ...

A CONSTRUCTIVE BUDGET BUT TOO TIMID

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The existent health of the nation is in reasonably good shape and therefore there were high expectations that in the Union Budget for 2015-16 the Finance Minister would take some risks and take some bold decisions towards reforms and other measures to lift up the economy. The Reserve Bank Governor and the Chief Economic Advisor had both hinted that in the medium term the Government may relax the fiscal deficit target so that more money can come into the economy ...

Land Acquisition Bill/Ordinance : IRONING OUT DIFFERENCES IS THE ONLY CORRECT WAY

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Recently, we have seen the return of Nitish Kumar as the Bihar Chief Minister and secondly, the presentation of the Rail Budget. After the Lok Sabha elections, which went in favour of the BJP, Bihar saw a change in the Chief Minister with the JD (U) deciding that Nitish Kumar should step down on moral grounds. It was a wholly misconceived and unnecessary decision. He stepped down and by consensus they made Jitan Ram Manjhi the Chief Minister. As it ...

Land Acquisition Bill: Farmers Agitation Can Get Out Of Hand : A RATIONAL, PROPER SOLUTION MUST BE FOUND

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Recently, there was total excitement about the India-Pakistan tie in the cricket World Cup. Strangely enough, Pakistan never seems to win against India in World Cup matches. It is difficult to understand. The only explanation can be that psychologically they are under too much pressure and they are not able to win in spite of good players in their team. This time I thought that Pakistan would win because the Indian bowling attack was poor. Even then India won very ...
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