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Inside Track: From Sitharaman’s PC to Digvijaya’s ‘Sangat mein Pangat’; all you need to know

11 4 19

Party before govt?
At the BJP national executive in Delhi last week, the media was segregated from the delegates. When defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman briefed journalists on the first day’s proceedings, co-convener of the media cell, Sanjay Mayukh, cut her short when she attempted to explain Amit Shah’s remarks on the petrol price rise. Sitharaman, who just a month ago threw a fit when Karnataka state minister Sa Ra Mahesh tried to end her press conference claiming she had a busy schedule, surprisingly did not protest. However, a day later, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stood his ground and completed his remarks to intrepid scribes who raised the petrol price hike issue, even though Mayukh once again wanted to abruptly conclude the meeting with a “namaste”.

Ban for non-fans
At the Mumbai release of his latest book Newsman: Tracking India in the Modi Era, veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai pointed out that today’s politicians are far less tolerant of criticism than earlier. Both national political parties have started boycotting TV news channels if they object to their coverage. To illustrate his point, Sardesai........

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