Cheering aggressive PM

IN Media Watch Briefs | 31/08/2016

Is India Today competing with Times Now? Its latest  cover  could have been designed by Arnab Goswami, featuring as it does a photograph of the Pak Army chief with the imprint of a slap on his face. Says the text,"By upping the ante, the Indian prime minister had slapped the Pakistan Army, particularly its chief Raheel Sharif, with a direct challenge". From Times Now to Doordarshan to India Today it seems like a phalanx of eager-to-please media is cheering on the PM in his Baloch aggression.  


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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar. They also vandalised an exhibition organised by Mathrubhumi books in Kochi in protest. They found portions of a dialogue between two characters in the novel objectionable. The Mathrubhumi Weekly editor tweeted that literature was being mob lynched.                                

ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    
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