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Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Sri Lanka votes for change Fortune for Indian Airlines Medical costs hit the roof... Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Making ‘my Amaravati’... GNS - 100: our first subscriber Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS More heat than light Wise Presidents Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Welcome focus on core competence Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Should we change the official year? Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Banning booze... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… TELANGANA at last…BUT Delhi Chalo... When small is no larger beautiful.. Multi-faceted Venkat Silver Years of Madras Musings IPL type auction for VCs? An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Protest masters... 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Sweet news for TN sugar mills Put expensive assets created to use... The brown list of Venkitaramanan Tatas moving out of urea production... Make standards certification mandatory... Things happen by accident and not by design... Tough task taking states together Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel London, London Narayan Readers' Mail Discoms deserve better… The rise and fall of Annamalai University MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Fortune 500 review Solar, solar everywhere … Waning interest in public discussions… When Ratan Tata visited SRM Come elections, come advertisements... Road development slows down Towards speedy justice No Maha Koottani in TN... 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Cutting the nose to spite the face Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Where is Rajaji? S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Rahman at CIC More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Maximising the micro pricing … Secularism and anti-Hinduism The balancing act Plummeting profits of PSBs Editor's Notes Moily’s bold thrust A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Contrarian cousins Robber barons everywhere EVM is tamper-proof Nuclear power at the nucleus Tax agriculture When the President was rendered homeless… Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel For whom the bell tolls? Tribute – M V Murugappan Demise of a media baron... IPL - no surprise this scam Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra A more liberated TN… Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Editor's Says A proud Madrasi An inexplicable neglect Recognition to role of NBFCs....
 
More heat than light

I remember one of the tenets of Hind Lever, that close association with media persons does not guarantee favourable promotion and that it is best to keep aloof. Several large corporates seem to believe in using their advertising clout for favourable projections. The Nira Radia tapes did reveal the attempt to build bonhomie with journalists from mass media but sadly exposed the unreliability of this approach.

Political leaders at the top rung are wary of mass media. They seem to follow the belief of large multinational like Hindustan Unilever that it is best to keep away from media except to advertise for product promotion. The repeated refrain of Rahul Gandhi on issues like women empowerment in his interview to Arnab Goswami proved disastrous for the Congress party. After her unhappy encounter with Karan Thapar for a BBC interview, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa withdrew even further from media interviews. Narendra Modi had walked out of a Thapar interview when faced with a bouncer of a question.

Thus there was much interest in the interviews that Modi gave to television channels. A seasoned politician he is, Modi handled these relatively less known journalists with ease. There were the familiar questions on an apology for the 2002 riots and the response again has been on familiar lines. Modi handled the questions with consummate ease and was convincing in his response.

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