THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
23 August 2017
Opinions : P Sainath
FIGHTING PAID NEWS
Paid news undermines democracy
The government’s counter-affidavit in a recent suit could strip the ECI of its power to disqualify candidates for fraudulent accounts or put an end to the pandemic of paid news. P Sainath reports on civil society attempts to stop the subversion of the EC’s powers.
Elections OP-ED The Press The Real Picture

FARMER SUICIDES
Some states fight the trend, but still ... Five States did manage a significant decline in the average number of farm suicides between 2003 and 2010. However, more States have reported increases over the same period, reports P Sainath.
Agriculture OP-ED The Real Picture
PAID NEWS
The pay-to-print saga resumes The Delhi High Court's dismissal of Ashok Chavan's petition and the CIC's orders to the Press Council to make its report on 'paid news' public promise many blushes for Big Media and platinum-tier politicians, writes P Sainath.
OP-ED The Press The Real Picture
FINANCIAL FLOWS
The great drain robbery India has lost nearly a half-trillion dollars in illegal financial flows out of the country, says a new study by Global Financial Integrity. P Sainath reports.
Economy OP-ED The Real Picture
COMMONWEALTH GAMES
The narcissism of the neurotic The Commonwealth Games were no showcase, but a mirror of India 2010. If they presented anything, it was Indian crony, casino capitalism at its most vigorous, writes P Sainath.
OP-ED The Real Picture
HUNGER
Food security, by definition In the 1960s, Maharashtra ended famine forever by passing an Act that deleted the word 'famine' from all laws of the State. It's an idea that is still in fashion, writes P Sainath.
Food Security OP-ED MAHARASHTRA The Real Picture
HUNGER
Oliver Twist seeks food security The NREGS is restricted to a 100 days a year. The PDS is targeted to exclude 'APL' families. Only exploitation is universal, writes P Sainath.
Food Security OP-ED The Real Picture
PRESS SCANDAL
Private Treaties harm fair, unbiased news, says SEBI There is indeed a vital link between paid news and private treaties. One is in the political sphere. And, second, in the sphere of business and commerce, writes P Sainath.
OP-ED Media The Real Picture
PRESS SCANDAL
The Empire strikes back - and how! The original report on 'paid news' of the Press Council of India sub-committee is relegated to the archive. Then too, it does not even appear on the PCI's website, writes P Sainath.
Elections OP-ED Media The Real Picture
FOOD FOR ALL
Food security - of APL, BPL and IPL The official line is simple. Since we cannot afford to feed all the hungry, there must only be as many hungry as we can afford to feed. The truth is the government seeks ways to spend less and less on the very food security it talks about, writes P Sainath.
Food Security OP-ED The Real Picture
DROUGHT IN VIDARBHA
The colour of water Two years of drought has started to take its toll on the people of Vidarbha, with a failed crop leaving them with no income to tide over the crisis, writes P Sainath.
Water OP-ED The Real Picture
IPL CRICKET
How to feed your billionaires Freebies for the IPL - at a time of savage food subsidy cuts for the poor - benefit four men who make the Forbes Billionaire List of 2010 and a few other, mere multi-millionaires, notes P Sainath.
Public Funds OP-ED The Real Picture
THE BUDGET
Yet another pro-farmer budget! Maybe the pro-farmer claim was a typing error. This is a budget crafted for, and perhaps by, the corporate farmer and agribusiness, writes P Sainath.
Agriculture OP-ED The Real Picture
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