A Silly, Short Slip


One reader put a note on it, asking everyone to read, but did not reblog it. No one else commented.  I said that I wrote a short piece once because no one reads long posts. In the process I seem to have, inadvertently belittled other short blogs (“of just a few words”).

How can I write against poems? My first byline in print was for a poem. Ridicule writing short tales or on ‘prompts’? Was not  58 years of writing for print just on assignments or on what was asked? And “three line pieces” cannot be wrong. Editors keep on asking for fewer words and all through I had to keep cutting down.

Writing long, verbose pieces is easy; just pour it out.  Writing short is difficult.

People not reading? Of course, if it is worth it would be read. Lack of comments? In my book, I mention an instance of journalists in a particular city being angry with Sharad Pawar, who was then Chief Minister, for some reason. In a Press conference, after his initial remarks, there were no questions,  except to ask if it was all he wanted to say before they dispersed. An astute politician, he understood and sent an aide to all agency and newspaper offices to settle the issue.

All I can say, long or short, let us keep saying. You write to express, not for ‘like’s or comments. Or stats.


Waning Press Freedom in India

 May 1 march  to Ranchi  planned  to seek Majithia Wage Board implementation

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN INDIA is reported to have slipped three places to the 136th place among 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Rankings, released by an international organisation ‘Reporters Without Borders‘.

India is placed three places above Pakistan and a rank below Palestine. The organisation attributed the fall to ‘rise of Hindu nationalists’, self-censorship by mainstream media and the threat of sedition charges.

Strangely, it blames ‘Hindu nationalism’ but not internationally financed  Islamic terrorism. Obviously a  ‘liberal, secular’  influence.

Whenever press freedom is mentioned, it is normal to see threats to it as coming only from the government. The present NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is supposed to be not very close to the media. The earlier Congress government had developed a system of crony media by bestowing invisible favours on some.My Books_1

As a result, even after it imposed of the 21-month Emergency in 1975, some media still back the Congress, mostly out of hatred for ‘communal’  BJP. They are trying to bring the dynasty back to power, even by partisan reporting and interpretation, They lost their credibility in the process. Continue reading Waning Press Freedom in India