The BJP, the RSS and the security establishment have been equally, if not more, successful in mobilizing both the mainstream as well as social media for counter-insurgency, including to malign anyone critical of the government.
WhatsApp is helping government circumvent the law according to a two-part investigation in Business Standard. The Ministry of Rural Development used a chat group on WhatsApp called ENCORE this summer to convey directions to state officials implementing MGNREGA, in place of normal official channels of communication. Senior officials of the ministry as well as state-level MGNREGA officials are on this group.The story suggests that this was done because orders were being passed on through WhatsApp to reduce workdays provided under the scheme. This goes against the MGNREGA law which says that as much work has to be provided as as there is demand for, regardless of budgetary constraints.
NDTV bested some of the business channels in their reporting on the Tata story and the quality of the panel discussion which followed on Tuesday night. But in the course of the latter anchored by Sreenivasan Jain, during a comment by Supreme Court advocate Dushyant Dave on Ratan Tata's association with Niira Radia, the sound disappeared suddenly when her name was mentioned. If it was an accident it was a convenient one!