Too many studio guests

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/02/2018

NDTV lined up more guests for its night time discussion on the Budget than it could accommodate, so as others waited patiently you had the spectacle of Prannoy Roy and Vikram Chandra hustling  West Bengal finance minister  Amit Mitra to  finish even as he was rolling out devastating  statistics on reduced allocations,  unchanged allocations, and puny increases. Thank you for that unbiased view, quipped Roy. CEA Arvind Subramanian was also said to be waiting, but never did appear on the show.              

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Well-known cartoonist Satish Acharya took to Facebook to say that his column with Mail Today ended after multiple attempts to censor his work. The latest was a cartoon on China's growing influence in the sub-continent, rejected because it was ostensibly 'defeatist'. Ironically, he said  cartoons critical of BJP President Amit Shah featured on the latter's personal website, which makes us wonder if this was another case of crawling when asked to  bend!                      

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