BY HOOT| IN LAW AND POLICY |08/11/2016
How did our durable democracy, with much more media on offer than several older democracies, get to this stage?
BY HOOT| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |21/02/2016
Local police filed their FIR not on the basis of the information they gathered on campus on February 9, but on the basis of Zee TV footage made available to them.
BY HOOT| IN SPECIAL REPORTS |29/10/2015
A decade of RTI, Part II---How many Indians are using their right to information? Studies suggest that the figure of users has yet to cross one per cent of the population in a given year, but there could be substantial under-reporting.
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The BJP's celebration of three years of rule has meant multiple bashes for journalists of different kinds. The TV crowd was feted separately from print and digital journalists, one for each category,  combined with other segments such as financial institution professionals. The Amit Shah part of the picture was a repeat on each occasion, journalists and others around his table edging in to catch every word. Even as senior ministers were secondary draws.            

Union minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has been blitzing her way through the online petition site change.org to solicit support for her draft national policy for women. After a personalised letter to all those on the site's email list, she sent out another personalised letter today to thank signatories for support, and for  'out of the box' suggestions sent for the policy document.The only snag is several  recipients of her email had not signed any petition, nor sent any recommendations nor supported the policy document, leave alone sending 'out of the box' suggestions.                                             

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