Freedom of Doordarshan
In the next few days Narendra Modi is expected to be sworn in as the prime minister of India. When that happens, here is hoping he remembers the ruckus he and his party raised recently over an interview with him, that was allegedly selectively edited by Doordarshan (DD).
Modi referred to DD's struggle to maintain its freedom. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Manish Tewari retorted that the government keeps an arm's length distance from Doordarshan.
Much of this is familiar territory. The state-controlled broadcaster is the whipping boy for politicians of every hue, especially when they are not in power. But most forget their worry about the "freedom of Doordarshan" once they are in power.
Text: Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, Business Standard
Image: Reuters, Doordarshan