It is legitimate journalism to interview not just terrorists and mass murderers but Maoist rebels, Kashmiri militants and the late Sant Jarnail Singh. What is not legitimate is for journalists to cross the line and pretend to be doing government work and this is what Ved Pratap Vaidik appears to have been doing in Pakistan.
Modi himself has long years of administrative experience and so is unlikely to be trapped in this maze or any other but his Ministers will be easily trapped and this would be a disaster because the people who voted for ‘achchhe din’ are angry and impatient for change.
The Prime Minister promised ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ so he needs to recognise that this will not be possible unless he makes drastic administrative changes. Very few democratic countries have the convoluted procedures that India continues to have to do the simplest things.
It is because of populism of the worst kind that the Indian Railways have gone from being among the finest and grandest in the world to being the worst and most unsafe today.
As someone who has often had to report on horrific and much more serious crimes against women and little girls, I find it hard to feel sympathy for Ms Zinta. If the Twitter sisterhood, who I have so offended, had seen just the ravaged body of the two-year-old girl who died from being raped by her mother’s boyfriend in a Delhi slum!
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