‘Maoist rebels are mirrors of our own failings as a nation’

sudeepSudeep Chakravarti, author of Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country, discusses the Maoist rebellion in India. “There is a crying need to mainstream it, tell the lay reader what is going on, shake ‘middle India’ out of its mall-stupor and diminish the delusions of grandeur of India’s lawmakers,” he tells Rohit Chopra. “The truth about this wrenching war has to be told.”

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War reporting is dead

It has been shot in the head by ‘embedded journalism’. “Reporting conflicts in foreign lands has become an extension of government justification for the war,” says Phillip Knightley, “rather than the public reality of war.”

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Harry Soldier and the Order of Pressmen

Even as the British media patted itself on the back with one hand, with the other it dished out princely servings of Harry topped with every sinful dressing in the spin world. They used to call such reportage ‘plugging’ in old-school journalism. It used to be frowned upon, writes Chindu Sreedharan.

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