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Postby Vayutuvan » 28 Apr 2015 02:13

Sometimes (rarely though) they mock themselves as well.

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Postby sanjaykumar » 28 Apr 2015 03:02

The British media mocks everyone including the US. Superiority complex is all they are left with.

Not really, they usually fawn over Americans. I used to note this on cringe worthy pandering to America on reruns of Danger Man, The Saint, The Champions.

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Postby UlanBatori » 28 Apr 2015 23:29

As Charles Bronson said in "Telefon":
Everyone Must Do What They Do Best

And so do the British, extremely well: they lie.
Remember Bliar's "Dossier" that led to the destruction and occupation of natural-resource-rich Afghanistan while all the terrorists were in Pakistan?
His "Dossier" on Iraq that was used as cover for that invasion?

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Postby UlanBatori » 29 Apr 2015 05:15

RESPONSE TO NYT FOR THEIR REQUEST FOR INTERVIEW ON FORD FOUNDATION
April 28, 2015 · by rvaidya2000 · in NGOs/FCRA · Leave a comment
Dear Professor Vaidyanathan,
I’m a reporter with the New York Times, and I’m writing a story on the recent news about the Ford Foundation. I wanted to talk to you about tax rules governing NGOs and foreign foundations as well as your reaction to this news. Please let me know if you’re available.
Best,
Nida Najar
The New York Times
Dear Nida Najar,
Thanks for your mail and invite. I was travelling and hence the delay .
I am a regular reader of New York Times for the last nearly 20 years—earlier Print edition and now the Net one.
In the last two years I find the paper is more a views paper than a newspaper particularly with reference to India.
Articles/Blogs/News Reports all are biased in the coverage of India and more like Tabloids spewing venom on anything Indian. I presume the case about other developing countries also.
My own experience of my earlier interviews to your paper has not been satisfactory.
Under the circumstances I do not see much point in giving my opinion regarding this Ford Foundation issue since your paper will anyhow write what it wants—namely abuse Indian action.
I wish and hope that in the near future –your team covering India will be more balanced and go back to the earlier times when news and views were kept separate. Needless to add I will be delighted to share my views with you and other correspondents at that juncture.
Hope you understand and appreciate my position .
I am keeping the text portion of this communication in my website for friends to know my reluctance vis-à-vis NYT
Prof R. Vaidyanathan
Professor of Finance
Indian Institute of Management
Bangalore
http://rvaidya2000.com/2015/04/28/respo ... oundation/

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Postby pankajs » 30 Apr 2015 00:28

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/04/27/the ... -pakistan/
The Road Not Taken in Pakistan
This lesson applies equally to India, where intolerance of non-Hindus is on the rise, abetted by rhetoric from the government. Despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s protestations of tolerance, there have been recent attacks on churches and the Muslim minority.

Two issues
1. False narrative that has clearly been debunked
2. Why bring Indian into an fart on Bakistan's internal issues.

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Postby Anindya » 04 Jun 2015 22:59

The opposition met w/ Tapan Bose yesterday - to get a sense of this person...

Tapan Bose's harangue against Modi's Kashmir & Pakistan policy - could have been dictated by the ISI

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Postby UlanBatori » 21 Jun 2015 16:02

A comparison of attitudes:
From our Tritiya Bhoogol AtiShakti (TBA) series:

New Orleans Officer Killed While Transporting Prisoner
The prisoner was allegedly able to free himself from handcuffs, grab a weapon, and shoot Holloway as he drove.


IOW, the American police OFFICER has a name, a human identity.

Sopore: Blast in police van kills Pak militant :(( , police constable

The 'blast' happened because said 'militant''s buddies tossed a grenade into the van. Indian police officers are not worth even naming, per Indian English-language journalists. Oh, and the report says that four 'security personnel' were injured. Now if those had been dogs instead, that would have been on the front page.

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Postby member_26535 » 22 Jun 2015 13:02

http://www.dawn.com/news/1189570/beyond ... -diplomacy

Not heard much about this Dilli biased journalist in the past. Look at the venom she is spewing. Shows a pathological hatred for Modi

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Postby Avinash R » 22 Jun 2015 14:15

srikven wrote:http://www.dawn.com/news/1189570/beyond-selfie-diplomacy

Not heard much about this Dilli biased journalist in the past. Look at the venom she is spewing. Shows a pathological hatred for Modi


Name of author Latha Jishnu

Works as Senior Editor at Down To Earth http://www.downtoearth.org.in/users/latha-jishnu

Down To Earth is owned by Society for Environmental Communications http://www.downtoearth.org.in/node/1095

Sunita Narain is currently the director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth http://www.cseindia.org/content/sunita-narain-0

Sunita Narain was kicked out from PM's climate change panel http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 052674.cms

Sunita was part of the jholawallas co-opted by congress.

The congress thinking was indians are demons and devil worshippers, keep them poor by denying them basic necessities in name of protecting environment using jholawallas such as sunita.

Now that congress gang is out of power its members are finding it hard to sustain themselves. So the constant whining in the media.

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Postby member_28638 » 24 Jun 2015 13:53

US lessons for the Anglicized Indian Media?

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Pentagon rewrites ‘Law of War’ declaring ‘belligerent’ journalists as legitimate targets

The Pentagon has released a book of instructions on the “law of war,” detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy. The manual also states that journalists can be labeled “unprivileged belligerents,” an obscure term that replaced “enemy combatant.”

...

But the lengthy manual doesn’t only talk about protocol for those on the frontline. It also has an extensive section on journalists – including the fact that they can be labeled terrorists.

“In general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents,” the manual states.

...

http://rt.com/usa/269281-pentagon-war-m ... urnalists/

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Postby Arjun » 24 Jun 2015 15:24

Avinash R wrote:Now that congress gang is out of power its members are finding it hard to sustain themselves.

Latha Jishnu used to be writing for Business Standard in India. Now she peddles her trash to the Dawn, Pakistan.... tough times are indeed here for the jholawala brigade. :wink:

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Postby Anindya » 24 Jun 2015 15:58

Lath Jishnu can now take the place of Praful Bidwai, who seems to have passed away under strange circumstances, reminding us of Omar Khalidi's timely death in 2010.


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Postby RoyG » 24 Jun 2015 18:49

chakra wrote:US lessons for the Anglicized Indian Media?

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Pentagon rewrites ‘Law of War’ declaring ‘belligerent’ journalists as legitimate targets

The Pentagon has released a book of instructions on the “law of war,” detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy. The manual also states that journalists can be labeled “unprivileged belligerents,” an obscure term that replaced “enemy combatant.”

...

But the lengthy manual doesn’t only talk about protocol for those on the frontline. It also has an extensive section on journalists – including the fact that they can be labeled terrorists.

“In general, journalists are civilians. However, journalists may be members of the armed forces, persons authorized to accompany the armed forces, or unprivileged belligerents,” the manual states.

...

http://rt.com/usa/269281-pentagon-war-m ... urnalists/


Interesting. Remember that the US has fault lines which can be exploited by foreign agencies. They know how bad these journalists can be given that they've been waging this kind of war on others.

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Postby A_Gupta » 24 Jun 2015 21:07

http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/ ... -away.html
New Delhi:Senior journalist and well-known columnist Praful Bidwai has died, a family friend said on Wednesday. He was 65.

Bidwai died in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening while eating at a cafe there, family friend Pamela Philipose told IANS. Earlier reports said he suffered cardiac arrest.

"He was sitting at a cafe there when he choked on his food and died," she said.

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Postby chetak » 24 Jun 2015 21:10

A_Gupta wrote:http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/veteran-journalist-bidwai-passes-away.html
New Delhi:Senior journalist and well-known columnist Praful Bidwai has died, a family friend said on Wednesday. He was 65.

Bidwai died in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening while eating at a cafe there, family friend Pamela Philipose told IANS. Earlier reports said he suffered cardiac arrest.

"He was sitting at a cafe there when he choked on his food and died," she said.


the waitress probably presented him with a bill without knowing that he was a freeloader. The shock must have done him in.

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Postby UlanBatori » 24 Jun 2015 21:16

Died gasping for breath. No one there knew the Heimlich Maneuver? What a pity! The new version includes several swift kicks to the musharraf, which would have been well-earned and life-saving. I am sorry to sound so utterly without human decency as to say such things about the dear departed, but this guy was a prominent speaker at a Naxalite Conference called to celebrate how many Indian policemen they had tortured and killed. Then he was prominent in pushing the Sabrang Report of the (alleged) Fraud Perpetrator and Embezzler Teesta Setalwad, which was intended to put sand in the mouths of thousands of leprosy patients, battered and homeless women, and orphans, and tribal children getting midday meals, the only meals they would get most days. I want his co-thugs to read the obituary comments under news reports of his choking.

Somewhere a new worm is born.. Scratch that, it would be too high a promotion towards Moksha. Maybe a new IndusInd Bank Customer Service Manager.

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Postby Gus » 24 Jun 2015 21:36

eating on a cafe in amsterdam..HMMMMMM

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Postby Prem » 24 Jun 2015 21:54

="chetak]New Delhi:Senior journalist and well-known columnist Praful Bidwai has died, a family friend said on Wednesday. He was 65.Bidwai died in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening while eating at a cafe there, family friend Pamela Philipose told IANS. Earlier reports said he suffered cardiac arrest."He was sitting at a cafe there when he choked on his food and died," she saidthe waitress probably presented him with a bill without knowing that he was a freeloader. The shock must have done him in.


Bhadai on Bidwai's Vidai. Finally Nature too getting in action against undesired freeloader Faltu fools wasting Indian natural resources.

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Postby fanne » 24 Jun 2015 21:55

poor guy killed by his masters, coz he was too old and they wanted to make place for the new. If AK 49 becomes strong, such is the fate of familia.

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Postby Tuvaluan » 24 Jun 2015 22:17

UlanBatori wrote:I am sorry to sound so utterly without human decency as to say such things about the dear departed, but this guy was a prominent speaker at a Naxalite Conference called to celebrate how many Indian policemen they had tortured and killed.


Saar, Human decency should not be wasted on the likes of Bidwai given that he had none when he was alive. It is a good thing that happened in amsterdam, and no doubt falls in line with the divine and mysterious plans of the great goatherder in the sky.

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Postby Prem » 24 Jun 2015 23:13

He died on IYD !

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Postby sanjaykumar » 25 Jun 2015 00:26

At least he didn't choke on his words.

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Postby SwamyG » 25 Jun 2015 01:36

Gus wrote:eating on a cafe in amsterdam..HMMMMMM

If people did not see it, it did not happen. Overdose of drugs?

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Postby member_22733 » 25 Jun 2015 02:03

RoyG wrote: Interesting. Remember that the US has fault lines which can be exploited by foreign agencies. They know how bad these journalists can be given that they've been waging this kind of war on others.


OT. But that is a one way ticket to fascism that the US has already taken. They are making sure that any more "wiki leaks" type incidents are dealt with a iron hand, guantanamo style.

Soon the threshold of such journalistic "infractions" will be set lower and lower based on some imaginary and arbitrary calculus. Everyone will be unkil's biatch after that.

CON party and the casteist parties of India already do this to some extent. The burning of the UP journo for example.

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Postby member_22733 » 25 Jun 2015 02:15

After years of spewing bull$hit, I think Bidwai got his 72 by trying to swallow soup #5

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Postby Gus » 25 Jun 2015 02:16

SwamyG wrote:
Gus wrote:eating on a cafe in amsterdam..HMMMMMM

If people did not see it, it did not happen. Overdose of drugs?


i have no confidence on these holier-than-thou "civil society" types on any alignment between their public lecturing and private behavior. tejpal, that pachauri guy, greenpiss etc.. are but a scratch on surface.

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Postby Vayutuvan » 25 Jun 2015 05:56

more power to cows. kAma dhEnUs dead or alive. May be same fate is indicated to all those "prime rib" lovers of the NACsalite kind.

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Postby Anindya » 25 Jun 2015 10:00

Praful Bidwai - avid hatemonger, inherently dishonest, Nabi Fai's bunk-mate, ever ready to steal food from the starving Hindu children and viciously opposed to Indian parity with genocidal states w/ WMDs as Pakistan, China - but otherwise a good guy.

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Postby Agnimitra » 25 Jun 2015 11:39

Condolences. I recall fondly how Bidwai was in the vanguard of the anti-India lobby in the US, which, at least until recently, was far more active, influential and high profile than any pro-India lobby here. He departs leaving behind skid marks in the commode of atrocity literature, poverty p0rn and quaintness that some groups churn out for Mother India.

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http://idrw.org/explain-why-you-shouldn ... more-70926
Explain why you shouldn’t face action for Yakub coverage: Govt notice to 3 channels
For the first time since it took charge, the NDA Government has issued separate show-cause notices to ABP News, NDTV 24×7 and Aaj Tak alleging that these three private news television channels showed disrespect to the judiciary and the President of India by airing certain content on the day 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged. The Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry has asked these channels to explain within 15 days why action should not be taken against them for broadcasting such content.

The content includes phone-in interviews of Chhota Shakeel on Aaj Tak and ABP News in which he claimed Yakub Memon was innocent and said that four mercy petitions were dismissed in a single day. He also alleged that justice had not been done and that he did not believe the court. NDTV 24×7 had aired an interview of Yakub Memon’s lawyer who spoke about how many countries have done away with the death penalty.

The show-cause notices to the channels invoke at least three sections including Section 1(d), Section 1(g) and Section 1(e) of Rule 6 of the Programme Code prescribed under the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994. Section 1(d) states that no programme should be carried which contains anything “obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths.” Section 1(e) states that no programme should be carried in the cable service which is “likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promote anti-national attitudes. Section 1(g) bars channels from carrying content which “contains aspersions against the integrity of the President and Judiciary”.

Yakub Memon’s hanging on July 30 came hours after an unprecedented late-night opening of the Supreme Court that eventually rejected a final plea for a stay on his execution. That order came 12 hours after the same bench had dismissed another writ petition by Yakub challenging the validity of the death warrant. Justices Dipak Misra, P C Pant and Amitava Roy also rejected objections raised by Justice Kurian Joseph a day earlier and said there was no legal lacuna in dealing with Yakub’s curative petition which was dismissed on July 21. Sources said the I&B ministry obtained video clips of the Chhota Shakeel phone-in and Yakub’s lawyer’s statement from the Electronic Media and Monitoring Centre (EMMC) to get the quotes which have been cited in the notice.

At least three orders prohibiting transmission of channels for a period ranging from one day to 30 days have been issued by the Government so far. NDTV Good Times and TLC were taken off air for a day for content described as adult and Al-Jazeera was prohibited for five days after it did not show Jammu & Kashmir as an integral part of India in the country’s map. Once the channels reply to the show-cause notice, an inter-ministerial committee, which includes officials from the Home, External Affairs and Defence ministries, will review their response and decide on the next step.

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Postby UlanBatori » 11 Aug 2015 11:31

High time the GOI started enforcing the laws of the land. However, WHY does the GOI Ministry have to send these out? Why doesn't the SC simply call in these guys kindly to face Contempt of Court?

Now this issue will be painted as the usual "Hindootva censorship" :(( :(( It is pure contempt of court, and I think the SC has the power to sentence these ppl.

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Postby SSridhar » 23 Aug 2015 16:56

I was very disappointed with Zakka Jacob of CNN-IBN yesterday as he was mocking at Indian approach to the NSA-level talks along with K.C.Singh. Is that the CNN influence on him?

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Postby Tamang » 23 Aug 2015 18:35

Well like some of his brethens/sistens in news media, he doesn't like the Modi govt. I am disappointed with KCS, he wasn't like this earlier.

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Postby Sabyasachi » 23 Aug 2015 19:09

He is known compulsive Modi hater. On twitter everyone knows it. Same can be said about KC Singh going by his tweets. KC Singh is using his past experience (insider's view) to give better twists than other anti Modi panelists; therefore he is in more demand.

For last one weeks almost all TV channels are inventing one excuse over other just to blame India. Pakistan was winning propaganda war till Paki NSA asked Sushma Swaraj to answer back via press conference. SS's PC shut many mouths but still media Crooks like Zaka J are collecting crumbs as face savers. His latest Retweet Modi holding onion and taking selfie, tells his level of professionalism; which is same as an ordinary jobless troll IMO.

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Postby ramana » 10 Dec 2015 00:31

During my last visit in India, small sample of Hyderabad only I noted the following:
- No one cares about English language news channels.
- They are in the 300-350 range on the channel listing so not so easy to switch on
- Most people are busy carrying on living and don't have time to waste.
- Traffic takes two - three hours to get from outskirts to mid town. So time is at a premium.
- Papers are subscribed by only old timers. Too much raddi and terrible dust magnets. Even maids complain about old papers stacked in the living room.
- Even here preference is for Eenadu type local language papers.

So I think except in BRF no one cares for Radia media.

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Postby ramana » 21 Jan 2016 21:01

chetak wrote:The BJP needs to really kick some media owner arses, instead they continue to channel vast advertisement funds to these very hostile channels in some misguided sense of fair play/whatever.

the-big-five-the-media-companies-that-the-modi-government-must-scrutinise-to-fulfill-its-promise-of-ending-crony-capitalism



the-big-five-the-media-companies-that-the-modi-government-must-scrutinise-to-fulfill-its-promise-of-ending-crony-capitalism

Through loans and investments, Mukesh Ambani, Mahendra Nahata and the industrialist Abhey Oswal have given the five media companies funds that range from tens to hundreds of crores of rupees. As a result, the control that the three businessmen wield over these media networks varies from 20 to over 70 percent.


Filings with the registrar of companies in the ministry of corporate affairs have revealed that five Indian news media companies—NDTV, News Nation, India TV, News24 and Network18—are either indebted to Mukesh Ambani, the richest Indian and the owner of Reliance Industries, or to Mahendra Nahata, an industrialist and associate of Ambani’s, who is also on the board of Reliance’s new telecom venture, Reliance Jio.

Through loans and investments, Ambani, Nahata and the industrialist Abhey Oswal have given the five media companies funds that range from tens to hundreds of crores of rupees. As a result, the control that the three businessmen wield over these media networks varies from 20 to over 70 percent. This is a cause for concern for the freedom of speech in this country. The state of affairs also raises questions about monopolistic practices that may be in conflict with the competition laws of India.

On 12 August 2014, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, TRAI, published a paper titled Recommendation on Media Ownership. In its opening remarks, the paper said, “The right to freedom of speech is essential for sustaining the vitality of democracy. This is why the right is sacrosanct; it is fiercely protected by the media. The question that arises is whether reposing such a right in the media simultaneously casts an obligation on the media to convey information and news that is accurate, truthful and unbiased.” “What happens in the media,” the paper went on to state, “is the concern of the entire country.”
The TRAI had highlighted this belief in the context of its argument that the ownership of media companies by a handful of entities would increase the “possibility of misuse of the rights of the media for interests that are not in the larger public good.” The paper warned against such structures because of their “negative impact on media diversity and plurality.” Elaborating on these fears, it stated, “There may be thousands of newspapers and hundreds of news channels in the news media market, but if they are all ‘controlled’ by only a handful of entities, then there is insufficient plurality of news and views presented to the people.”

A day after the paper was released, R Jagannathan, the former editor of the Indian news website Firstpost, published an editorial on the website that declared, “Trai’s media ownership curbs make no sense: half of India’s media may have to shut down.” Jagannathan opened his piece by saying that TRAI’s recommendations “need to be thrown in the nearest dustbin.” Arguing that the lack of corporate finance in media companies was no assurance of an impartial media, Jagannathan valiantly defended the current structure, going so far as to assert that the TRAI’s recommendations would only create a more opaque system. “If corporates want to run media houses,” he noted, “they will do so, Trai or no Trai.” Jagannathan’s blanket dismissal of the recommendations was not surprising; only perhaps, a little ironic. The website whose editorial direction he was steering at that time, and on which he had published this point of view, is a part of Network18, a media conglomerate that owns CNN-IBN, IBN 7, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC TV18, IBN Lokmat and Firstpost.

In his editorial, Jagannathan said, “Given the growing non-viability of media, a lot of corporate money has come in to support news media.” Nahata and Ambani appear to excel in extending such support. Since television news in India is not a lucrative business, the generosity of these two businessmen is called upon frequently. Such favours, it is safe to conclude, are not acts of philanthropy.

Transactions of this nature are rarely straightforward. As the TRAI paper observed, “there are numerous other ways by which an entity can exercise control over another.” This prophetic finding is validated through the complicated structures that both Ambani and Nahata have used to invest in the five media companies. The control that they exert over these groups is a function of the investments they have made through direct loans, Optionally Fully Convertible Debentures (OFCDs)—loans that can be converted into shares at the investor’s discretion—and direct ownership of shares.

The two centerpieces of this complex jigsaw puzzle are Shinano Retail, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance, and Vishvapradhan Commercial Private Limited (VCPL). VCPL was earlier owned in part by Shinano and another Reliance subsidiary. As I had noted in my December 2015 story on NDTV, VCPL’s directors, Ashwin Khasgiwala and Kalpana Srinivasan, were both employees of Reliance. The company was also registered under the same address as Shinano. In an affidavit submitted to the Delhi High Court in September 2015, the income tax department quoted its report from June 2011, stating that VCPL “has no business activity and is not a genuine concern.” In the financial year 2012, VCPL was sold to Infotel Televentures and Skyblue Buildwell, both of which are entities related to Nahata.

In May 2014, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) acquired Network18 for Rs 4,000 crore. A statement on shareholding patterns that was released by Network18 on 30 September 2015 lists Shinano as one of its two promoter groups. Shinano holds 1.85 percent of Network18’s shares. This is a part of the 75 percent stake that RIL owns in Network18.
The transactions that diluted the ownership of Radhika and Prannoy Roy—the co-founders of NDTV—over their channel are slightly more complex. Between 2009 and 2010, the Roys took a loan of Rs 403.85 crore from VPCL and signed an agreement on behalf of Radhika Roy Prannoy Roy Holdings Private Limited, or RRPR—an entity that they set up in 2005, and in which they placed NDTV’s shares beginning mid-2008. The agreement gave VCPL the right to convert this loan into 99.9 percent of RRPR’s equity—effectively, complete ownership—not just during the period of the loan but even after. By the time RRPR got the loan in March 2009, its total shareholding in NDTV was 29.18 percent, and the agreement effectively sold this portion of NDTV’s shares to VCPL. In the 2012 financial year, VCPL received Rs 50 crore from Eminent Networks, a company owned by Nahata. All of these loans were interest-free and unsecured. Although the money Eminent lent to VCPL was much less than the amount that VCPL had lent to RRPR—Rs 403.85 crore—it now owns OFCDs worth the same amount with VCPL. This may also mean that Eminent has now taken over the 29.18 percent of NDTV that VCPL owned. Which entity among these indirectly controls NDTV is not clear at the moment. It is, however, certain that these transactions have resulted in the Roys losing a significant amount of control over their company.

Eminent also features in the account books of News24—a 24-hour Hindi news channel—and E24 Glamour, an entertainment channel. Both News24 and E24 are owned by Anuradha Prasad. As of March 2014, News24 had taken a loan of Rs 12.5 crore from Eminent. This loan was taken in the form of OFCDs. According to the agreement, the OFCDs could be converted into equity at any point during a period of eight years, starting from the date on which the debentures were allotted to Eminent. The debentures were worth approximately 36 percent of News24’s paid-up capital—the amount of its capital that was funded by its shareholders. This loan had originally been given to News24 by another Nahata company, Digivision Holdings, which transferred the debentures to Eminent on 14 November 2013. As of March 2014, Eminent also lent Rs 12.5 crore to E24 Glamour in the form of OFCDs. During the 2013 financial year, E24 Glamour invested close to Rs 63 crore in the form of OFCDs in a company called Oscar Software. Oscar owns over 18.6 percent of News24’s shares. This would mean that E24 Glamour, which is indebted to Eminent, exerts an indirect control over News24.
According to a February 2015 Economic Times report by Rohini Singh and Vasudha Venugopal, the journalist Rajat Sharma’s India TV does not fare much better in this regard either. In September 2012, Nahata’s Infotel—which owns half of VCPL—bought 23 percent of India TV’s shares from Shyam Equities, a company that is related to Reliance Industries. Shyam had bought this stake for Rs 100 crore in 2007. It was sold to Infotel for Rs 12.5 crore.

This sphere of influence also extends to News Nation, a 24-hour Hindi News television channel which is headed by the industrialist Abhey Oswal. Oswal Greentech and Oswal Agro, companies that are owned by Oswal, own 3.64 crore shares in News Nation, which amount to about 50 percent of the channel’s shares. Last year, in November, Digivision Media, (Nahata’s company that owns 50 percent of Infotel) invested Rs 10 crore in News Nation in exchange for 10 lakh non-cumulative redeemable preference shares. A preference share ensures that the holder of the share is assured a fixed sum of money—and on priority over other kinds of shareholders—from the company’s reserves or profits. A non-cumulative preference share would mean that Digivision would not be entitled to claim a foregone dividend that News Nation did not pay in a particular month or year, at a later date. Since the preference share is redeemable, News Nation would have to pay back the amount of money that Digivision had invested in it, on a date that would have been agreed upon by both the companies. The amount that Digivision invested accounts for 13.9 percent of the paid-up capital of News Nation. Shinano already owns 1.3 crore shares in News Nation, which are worth 18 percent of the channel’s equity.

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The media groups in which Ambani and Nahata have invested are aligned to all hues of the political spectrum. Prasad, the owner of News24 and E24 Glamour, is married to the Congress leader and Indian Premier League Chairman Rajeev Shukla. She is also the sister of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the telecom minister of India. India TV’s Sharma is perceived to be close to the BJP. As a student, he was a leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad—the BJP’s student wing—and a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. NDTV’s co-promoter Radhika Roy is the sister of Brinda Karat, a senior Communist Party of India leader. Apart from his shares in News Nation, Abhey Oswal, whose son-in-law Naveen Jindal is an industrialist and a Congress leader, also owns 14.17 percent of NDTV.

This information is already with the government. Not all of these investments were made during the last year, of course. Several of them were made when the Congress government was at the centre. But, the BJP had come to power with promises of ending crony capitalism. Will it act against industrialists such as Ambani and Nahata by initiating an enquiry into the five media houses to provide a non-monopolistic media business?

Three of the ministries that can act against this concentrated ownership of the media—the ministry of corporate affairs, the ministry of information and broadcast, and the ministry of finance—are all headed by Arun Jaitley, who maintains a largely favourable relationship with both the media, and media owners. Jaitley is particularly close to Sharma, who is also deposing for the minister in his defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi.

On 4 January 2016, I sent a questionnaire to Nahata. He responded by saying that his investments in media were not “strategic” but “portfolio investments made from time to time.” According to Nahata, his companies were not acting in concert with any other entity. He added that since he did not “control any media entity,” there is no threat of a monopoly.

Reliance’s spokesperson Tushar Pania responded to my queries by saying: “Reliance group has invested in Network 18 [sic] group of companies through Independent Media Trust. TV 18 [sic] a subsidiary of Network 18 and Shinano, a company 100 [percent] economically owned by Reliance Industries also holds investment in ETV channels.” ETV is a Hyderabad-based satellite television network. “The group,” Pania wrote, “does not hold any media investment in any form apart from this.”


Krishn Kaushik is a Staff Writer at The Caravan.

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Re: India Media role in contempt and derision about India

Postby member_29325 » 23 Jan 2016 23:07

Amusing to read this Babucrat wanker Ramamohan Rao (who now runs ANI) and his advice to PM Modi

So, in the year of the lord 2016, if there is one English volume that the PM’s minders might like to place by his bedside, may it be Ram­amohan Rao’s. Principal spokesman of the government of India under four premiers and under three political formulations, when the media was not yet the ‘feral beast’ of the breaking news and social media era, Rao unintentionally shines the light on the “trust deficit” bet­­ween the PMO and the “news tra­­ders” and “presstitutes”, as we have been libellously labelled by worthies in the current dispensation, including the former by the big man himself.


and ends it with gratuitous "advice": Surely this clown knows very well that the problem with MSM is that it creates its own news to suit its prejudices than actually report what the PM said.

The word that Ramamohan Rao repeatedly uses vis-a-vis his interactions with the four PMs he worked with is ‘access’, but for reasons not hard to fathom, the a-word is clearly anathema in Modi’s lexicon. Rao is no William Safire. But this motley collection of newspaper columns originally published in Kannada, which owes its title to his initial days as a defence PRO during the three wars from 1962, has a sterling piece of advice to those who think keeping the “nattering nabobs of negativism” at bay can be standard operating procedure to stave off scrutiny and criticism: “Not treating the media like an adversary is the first thing that a government communicator must keep in mind.”


Of course, this is applauded by his daughter who works for daddy's firm and a regular MSM pimp Sushant Singh (editor of IE and teacher of policy at bangalore think tanks and a big fan of P Chidambaram) -- apparently "required reading" for the PM. :roll:

"Not treating the media like an adversary is the first thing that a government communicator must keep in mind.” Sushant Singh added to

"Smita Prakash @smitaprakash
In 2016 if there's 1 Eng volume that the PM’s minders might like to place by his bedside, may it be Ram­amohan Rao’s http://mcomments.outlookindia.com/story ... &aid=29646"


Looks like the babucracy in new delhi is itching to bring down this regime, given all this self-serving advice to the PM...given their love and affection for Namo.

Correction: ANI is owned by Ramamohan Rao's son-in-law and seems to employ the rest of the family..nice family business. Must be sheer coincidence (and not because babucracy connections) that it was the one of the 2-3 media channels that got a one-on-one with PM before he was elected.
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Re: India Media role in contempt and derision about India

Postby arshyam » 23 Jan 2016 23:20

Wotsissain wrote:
So, in the year of the lord 2016, if there is one English volume that the PM’s minders might like to place by his bedside, may it be Ram­amohan Rao’s. <snip>


Who the hell talks like this? :eek: No wonder the PM's 'minders' don't care for such media movers-n-shakers. These people need to learn to talk normally first.

Here's another of those 'elite' phrases, oh-so-gora-sahib in its pronunciation:
"nattering nabobs of negativism”

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Postby SwamyG » 23 Jan 2016 23:22

Arnab Goswami sometimes uses that expression on TV - In the year of Lord...


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