Phone Tapping – Editorial (Dec 16, 2010, The Telegraph)

On Monday, December 13, the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, sought to assure the nation that she and her party would not support the undermining of established institutions like the Central Bureau of Investigation and the public accounts committee. On Tuesday, the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, declared that the sanctions for the tapping of phones would …

Credibility in peril – By Praful Bidwai (Dec 18, 2010, Frontline)

The 104 leaked conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and some of India’s best-known journalists continue to agitate the public. Although much of the mainstream media blacked them out, they have reached the public through the Internet, derivative media reports, and special “damage control” television programmes featuring some editors. The editors came through either as …

Unblanking The Tapes – By Saikat Datta (Dec 27, 2010, Outlook)

Lobbying, manipulation, subversion and media management in India has a new name. Niira Radia. Its exposure has left some whining about “the India story”, while others are lamenting the “invasion of privacy”. The 800 new Radia tapes accessed by Outlook and released partly on its website earlier this week are an exploration of India’s underbelly. …

Why Still Politicking Over Karkare! – By Mustafa Khan (Dec 13, 2010, Countercurrents)

It is difficult to say when the Congress party leader Digvijay Singh ceases to be a rationalist and secularist, and when he becomes a politician. However his remarks are extremely important as they provide the leads to further investigation as well as a fresh judicial process into the matters related to terrorism and fake encounter. …