Differing on Kashmir

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/10/2010
There are in house divisions over Kashmir, judging by the debates on TV channels. On October 26 while Junior Jethmalani sat in a TV studio saying powerful authors cannot use their pen to write seditious stuff...Senior Jethmalani was busy in another studio flying in the face of what his son and the BJP were saying by defending Dileep Padgaonkar's stand on how Pakistan should be included in talks on Kashmir. And on Times Now Arnab Goswami questioned one of the Times Group's editors, Dilip Padgaonkar's views on including Pakistan in talks.


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The Hindu  reports that  writer S Hareesh has withdrawn his novel Meesha which was being serialised in Mathrubhumi Weekly after threats from organisations of the Sangh Parivar.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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