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IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/12/2017
Young inheritors are running empires in several Indian media groups, but contributing to the journalistic side is  less common. Times of India proprietor Samir Jain's daughter Trishla Jain does write a regular lifestyle blog for the paper called 'Begin Within'.  But a four-column piece published on Dec 3 in the Sunday Times   stood out for talking about "being present" or "writing a blank cheque in honour of the present moment" and suchlike across four columns on top of the Nation page, surrounded by rather harder news.                            
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Of all the resignations announced on Twitter, this one was the most curious: Nitin Sethi, deputy editor of the website Scroll.in,  announcing his resignation today, added a link to the last story he filed on the Adani Mundra port, setting off intense speculation in media circles that the Adanis were behind his exit. No one's talking as yet but with jittery media folk facing censorship from within and without, their antennae are quivering in curious anticipation.                      

Times Now's daily harangue against the Congress Party got fresh grist with Karnataka's Congress government declaring Lingayats as a separate religion. Anchor Rahul Shivshankar took personal credit for his channel not having been taken in by Rahul Gandhi's speech at the Congress plenary on Saturday claiming that the Congress would unify the country. A poll was duly presented:What do you think about the Congress? Unites India: 25 percent.  Divides India: 75 percent. Now there's a channel the BJP can always count on.                     

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