The economist dilly-dallies on Modi, Congress; Embarrasses itself
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:57,

In his column Media Mantra, Annurag Batra looks at The Economist article which doesn’t “endorse Modi for the top job” and wonders whether a publication can “recommend” to the electorate “the lesser evil”?

South Asia: Where perils await the pen!
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:27,

In his column Media Mantras, Annurag Batra talks about the perils of reporting in South Asia today, one of the most dangerous regions for journalists in the world

NDTV joins global Taliban boycott, triggers debate
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:02,

Annurag Batra talks of NDTV's boycott of coverage of the Taliban, after its members killed nine persons – including a well known journalist– at a hotel in Kabul. But does such a boycott adhere to the tenets of journalism, he asks, because the Press has to be free and fair to all

The changing, yet challenging contours of journalism
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:33,

Annurag Batra in his column Media Mantras dwells on how the advent of technology and the Internet have profoundly changed the practice of journalism and distribution of information

Pro-Public and Krantikari Kejriwal
Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:42,

On the back of Arvind Kejriwal’s off-the-record comments going viral, Annurag Batra in his column Media Mantras mulls how politicians shoot from the lip, only to retract their statements later. He believes it’s not just politicians who should be careful but also media organizations

Rs 1,000 cr and counting: political advertising touches new high
Sun, 03/09/2014 - 19:04,

In his column Media Mantras, Annurag Batra looks at political advertising today that has become pervasive and inescapable. But, this form of intrusive advertising is totally opposite to austerity which politicians preach 

Media on trial in Egypt
Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:07,

In his column Media Mantras, Annurag Batra comments on the grave situation in Egypt where journalists have been arrested and accused of having connections with a ‘terrorist group. He ponders why journalists should be punished for simply doing their job

Online fury as penguin India withdraws book on Hinduism
Sun, 02/23/2014 - 18:51,

In his column Media Mantras, Annurag Batra dwells on how the banning of Wendy Doniger’s book, ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ represents the collapse of our politico-intellectual space at a time when we look forward to electing a modern, pro- development government

The case against a wage board for newspapers
Sun, 02/16/2014 - 21:05,

In his column Media Mantras, Annurag Batra debates why the Majithia Wage Board is no longer relevant and what could be the repercussions of the Supreme Court verdict upholding Majithia Wage Board’s recommendations

Instant remorse served. Thank you, IRS
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:54,

In his column Media Mantras, Annurag Batra quips that the IRS imbroglio has done the unimaginable- united Indian media owners in their rejection of IRS! He also raises fundamental questions related to the issue, while questioning whether IRS 2014 is a case of too much promised and too little delivered