Doordarshan is trying hard to win brownie points with the PM. It has joined the govt’s propaganda war over Balochistan. Yesterday, Aug 27, it broadcast an interview with rebel Baloch leader Nawab Brahumdagh Khan Bugti in Geneva, a first for the channel which usually sends a team abroad only if a VVIP is on a visit. Apparently the idea came from DD and was approved by the powers that be. Was the channel spurred on by perceived competition from Times Now which had been at hand to speak to the Baloch leader right after the PM made his comments on Balochistan at all party meeting just before Independence Day? With the PMO perceiving an ally in Times Now, it seemed like somebody had tipped them off.
A state that is due to go to the polls cannot afford to get tough with journalists. After the Supreme Court said allotment of govt property to private bodies or persons should be discontinued, the UP govt asked journalists to vacate govt housing. Then 300 affected journos met the CM and voila, the good CM said he would come up with a scheme for offering houses to journalists at subsidised rates. As the Hoot reported earlier,the Telangana CM has bestowed similar largesse on journalists in his state. There the flats are virtually free of cost.