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CJR: Uncomfortable Truth

P. Sainath reminds us that India is still a poor country

Author: Naresh Fernandes
January/February 2008


Naresh Fernandes examines the discrepancy that exists between the glowing reports of a booming Indian economy and increasing wealth versus the reality that most citizens of India live in poverty. Fernandes writes that Indian media cater more to the aspirations of the elite through aggressive advertising campaigns rather than acting as “the fourth pillary of democracy.”


Many of India’s English-language newspapers are transforming themselves into halls of mirrors, focusing only on news that they believe will interest their elite readers. This metamorphosis is the product both of a perfervid neo-liberal climate in which everything, including the news, has become a commodity that’s up for sale.

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