‘Now that it has become a police matter, on the advice of fat cat lawyers whose services only the very rich can afford, Tarun begun to do what many men accused of rape do—vilify the woman he preyed on and call her a liar. Outrageously, it is being suggested that Tarun is being ‘framed’ for political reasons…So now a young woman who he very recently saw fit to employ, is not just a loose woman, but an agent of the fascists? This is Rape Number Two: the rape of the values and the politics that Tehelka claims it stands for…It is the hollowing out of the last vestiges of integrity, political as well as personal.’
“The law must and will take its course but meanwhile there are practical issues to be attended to in the wider media world. The most vital among them is the protection of the identity of the young woman journalist, the victim of alleged sexual assault and rape. Her letter of complaint and other sensitive communications have been leaked from within Tehelka and are in the public realm, and we must assume that all this has been done for a very good reason, to defeat the obfuscation and the cover-up. The expressions of solidarity with the victim, from across the board, following the leak are heartening.’
‘The shrinking ranks of print and broadcast reporters, along with the advent of the Internet, has handed the PR industry a historic advantage in shaping the news. Even original reporting bears the fingerprints of industry and government spinmeisters.’ http://www.propublica.org/article/pr-industry-fills-vacuum-left-by-shrinking-newsrooms (Courtesy: P. Sainath)
‘When Bradman looked at the diminutive stature of the 5-foot-5 Tendulkar, at his unmatched balance and footwork and at his extraordinary bat speed, he admitted to recognizing more than a little of himself.’
The Gujarat pogrom is the elephant in BJP’s parlour. It is the unbreakable genetic connection between 2002 and the present that makes it clear that a Narendra Modi prime ministership would be disastrous for democratic and secular India:
Edit page, The Hindu, Chennai edition, November 6, 2013.pdf
Narendra Modi and why 2002 cannot go away’, NR, TH, edit page, November 6, 2013.pdf
Mainstream economics resists the idea that “there are other ways to view the world than as a series of algebraic problem sets”, so much so that Smith, Marx, and Malthus are taught only in “development studies” — and Schumpeter barely gets a mention. And despite the crash, “the high priests of economics refuse to look at the big picture — and continue to prop up world elites”.
Has not Edward Snowden been vindicated yet again? NYT speaks up:
“The White House response on Monday to the expanding disclosures of American spying…was a pathetic mix of unsatisfying assurances about reviews under way, platitudes about the need for security in an insecure age, and the odd defense that the president didn’t know that American spies had tapped the German chancellor’s cellphone for 10 years .”
An insightful and interesting exchange: Glenn Greenwald in conversation with Bill Keller of The New York Times. For some reason, there is no specific reference in this conversation to Judith Miller’s notorious reporting on Saddham Hussein’s WMDs that never existed; NYT’s reliance on Ahmad Chalabi as source; and its failure to face up to the implications of the travesty of journalism that resulted and to tell its readers the truth.
With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed
A well-informed and interesting look at the state of The Guardian, its heavy financial losses, its strong focus on investigative journalism with a global impact, its digital strategy, and where it is headed.
A major survey of Jews in the United States done by the PEW Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project finds ‘a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their children Jewish — resulting in rapid assimilation that is sweeping through every branch of Judaism except the Orthodox.’
President Vladimir Putin on Russian values, unity in diversity, Syria, and western policy and attitudes.
‘The chant, and various antisemitic tropes which always grow out of it – involving hissing to represent gas and celebratory references to Auschwitz – exists far beyond White Hart Lane: at Chelsea, Arsenal, Millwall, West Ham, even at Ajax, in Amsterdam.’